What Endurance Activities Have You Done?

Cheryl Knowlton:             Hi, everybody. Cheryl Knowlton with Dynamite Productions, here with Clay Johnson, Castle & Cooke Mortgage. Here we are with day three talking about how the hardest endurance activities that we have both engaged in, you with road biking, me with half marathoning; we learn so much about ourselves. And one-

Clay Johnson:                    We do.

Cheryl Knowlton:             … Yeah. One of the things that I love that we’ve talked about is how important it is to have an accountability partner, and that is something I talk about in my book that is absolutely essential for life and living. How has that helped you to prepare for athletic events?

Clay Johnson:                    Well, I think two things. Number one, you feel a sense of responsibility when you have somebody you’re training with.

Cheryl Knowlton:             You’re not going to quit on that person, right?

Clay Johnson:                    You’re not going to go quit. You’re not going to leave them hanging at the meeting place at a certain time or be late. You want to be there. You want to be on time. You want to be present. And whenever you work out, or anybody who’s worked out knows this, when you work out with a partner, you work harder. You push yourself a little bit more. There’s somebody there to know how hard you’ve worked every pedal or every stride of the way to say, “Okay, this is what we’re doing.” And then when it comes down to performance time, my goodness, there are times in those types of events, and you know this, where we kind of hit a wall, they call it bonking. You kind of-

Cheryl Knowlton:             Yep, that is an actual expression.

Clay Johnson:                    Yes, you bonk.

Cheryl Knowlton:             Wham.

Clay Johnson:                    And the key is nutrition, hydration, staying ahead of that. But inevitably, we all have kind of those walls. And I think the thing is, and then you have that person and saying, “Come on, you got this. We can do this. We’ve trained for this. Let’s keep going.”

Cheryl Knowlton:             We can do this.

Clay Johnson:                    And you do it for each other at different points in the event, where you hit those points at different times. And man, I just think when you hit those and you have that person to pull you through, it gives you that motivation that you say, “I can do it.”

Clay Johnson:                    And I think in the work, it’s the same thing. Sometimes we want to end the day early. We want to say, “Ah, I’ll do those calls tomorrow or I’ll do those… I know I told them but… ” When you say, “Look, I committed to something. I agreed to do it. I need to make sure I do it.” Then it makes all the difference.

Cheryl Knowlton:             Absolutely.

Clay Johnson:                    And I think the two feed on each other really well.

Cheryl Knowlton:             Absolutely. We’d love to hear about times in your life when you have utilized an accountability partner to help push you to things that you thought you couldn’t do. And until then, we’ll see you next time.

Clay Johnson:                    Bye-bye.