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Executive Challenge

 2012 Executive Challenge

   "Some executives thrive under pressure. Others wilt. Is the reason all in their heads? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands physical and emotional strength as well as a sharp intellect. To bring mind, body, and spirit to peak condition, executives need to learn what world-class athletes already know: recovering energy is as important as expending it”

From the White Paper “The Making of a Corporate Athlete” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz published in the Harvard Business Review Jan. 2001.

Executive Challenge Summary

The Executive Challenge is a training program designed to combine advanced business productivity, physical preparation for an Olympic distance Triathlon, and Community service. The expected results are increased productivity and satisfaction in business, the completion of the Nations Triathlon in Washington D.C., and fundraising a “give or get” of a minimum of $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 Executive Challenge Overview

The creators of the Corporate Athlete performance model, described in a January 2001 Harvard Business Review article ("The Making of a Corporate Athlete"), argue that in order for executives to achieve sustained high performance, they must learn to train in the same systematic ways that elite athletes do. This requires drawing on four seperate but interconnected sources of energy to achieve sustained high performance. Most Corporate Training programs are designed to train and support executives from the “neck up”. This program is designed to support the Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual areas of the lives of executives and managers, and similar programs have been implemented at more than two dozen Fortune 100 companies.

At its foundation is physical well-being. Above that rest emotional health, then mental acuity, and, finally, a spiritual purpose. Each level profoundly influences the others, and all must be addressed together to avoid compromising performance. Rigorous exercise, for instance, can produce a sense of emotional well-being, clearing the way for peak mental performance. Rituals that promote oscillation--the rhythmic expenditure and recovery of energy-link the levels of the pyramid and lead to the ideal performance state. The authors ("The Making of a Corporate Athlete"), Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz,  offer case studies of executives who have used the model to increase professional performance and improve the quality of their lives.

 Executive Challenge Benefits

Intangible benefits -The intangible benefits we would expect you to realize would include an increased energy level and productivity in your business. As a role model we would expect that many folks would be inspired by your efforts. You will have a new found camaraderie of being part of a team, the satisfaction of being part of the solution to blood cancers, and in some cases new close friendships that extend far beyond the realm of TNT.

Tangible benefits -The tangible benefits Executive Challenge participants receive include a professionally designed and coached 18- week training program (similar programs cost $500+), event registration ($200 value), 3 night hotel stay and airfare to Washington DC ($1,000 value), bike shipping ($300), tickets to celebrity VIP Reception and 2 special dinner events in DC ($175), a wetsuit ($175), team technical shirt and cap ($55), TNT shirt ($25), and hydration and nutrition support at all training sessions.

Executive Challenge FAQ

What is the training time commitment? There are two “official” group training sessions weekly, we will have a swim session on a weekday evening (i.e. Wed. from 7:00pm to 8:00pm), and bike or run, or both on Saturday mornings. Saturday is our weekly “long session”. In addition to the “official” sessions we have “on your own” scheduled sessions that we expect you to do by yourself, or with a small group of teammates. In total you will be scheduled to have Sunday and Monday off and training on each of the remaining days of the week.

 When does training start? The 2012 Nation's Triathlon is September 9th. We will Kickoff training the first weekend of May.

 What is the “Give or Get”? “Give or Get” is common terminology if you have ever served on the board of a non-profit organization. It is a specific dollar commitment, in our case $5,000, which you can “Give” by making a personal or business donation, or you can “Get” by soliciting donations from others, or some combination of both so that by 30 days prior to the event (August 9th) you have $5,000 in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society account. The $5,000 is a minimum and most participants set goals much higher than that.

 Team In Training has been around for over 20 years and has developed proven strategies for fundraising including setting up an individual website for each participant, templates for fundraising letters, support in organizing fundraising events, and an individual “Fundraising Mentor” whose role is to help you develop a personal fundraising plan to assure that you are successful in your fundraising. Your Mentor will be in touch with you weekly throughout the season.

 What are the distances of an Olympic Triathlon? The swim is 1500 meters (.93 mile), the bike is 40 Kilometers (24.85 miles), and the run is 10 Kilometers (6.21 miles). For the average athlete it is a 3 to 4 hour event.

 I am interested, but I am a terrible swimmer? Many prior participants lacked confidence in their swimming; in fact several could not swim at all. The reality is that most people have never had any swim instruction and with a little bit of effort can become a proficient swimmer in a relatively short period of time. Your coach is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is certified as a Level II Coach. He has trained many participants from beginners to college level competitors. There is a Group Swim practice weekly and we expect you to swim two other times a week on your own or with a small group.

 What kind of bike will I need? You do not need to go buy an expensive bike to participate. You will need a bike, and a new or used Road, Tri, or Mountain bike can be used for the event. New entry level Road bikes are in the $500-$750 range. We have local triathlon Shop(s) that offer nice start-up packages with a tri-bike, helmet, pedals, and tri shorts and a top for less than $1500. In some cases you may be able to borrow a bike until you are ready to make a decision. Please talk to your coach if you are considering buying a bike before you make the purchase.

 What other gear will I need? You will need running shoes, running clothing, hat, swimwear, goggles, a Sportswatch would be helpful. Most items are not individually expensive and many people may have, or be able to borrow what they need to get started. The coach can evaluate what you have and make the necessary recommendations.

 What is the Next Step? If you are interested in joining the program for 2012, or have additional questions, please use the “Contact” form and send a note and we will contact you directly.


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