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I Rowed 1,000,000 Meters in 9 Months!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

  THE FACTS I burned a total of 67,094 calories. It took 175 rowing workouts. The cumulative time rowing was 2 days, 18 hours and 6 minutes. The longest I rowed in a workout was a half marathon (13.1 miles) on August 8th. I rowed 21,107 meters in 1 hour and 23 minutes. The shortest I rowed in a workout was 3,000 meters which took 12 minutes. I did this on multiple days. My average row came in at 5,714 meters per rowing workout. I lost 18 pounds during this challenge. I started on January 2nd and finished on October 2nd (9 months to complete). I typically rowed in the morning, sometime between 6:00 – 7:00 AM. 975,000 meters were completed in my home gym (@JohnnyQuinnUSA, click on Quinn Gym story). 25,000 meters were completed at The Breakers gym. I used a Concept 2 Rower and the ErgData Tracking App to complete the Million Meter Club Challenge. I had an accountability partner, Michael Streight, who will be at 1M soon! I rowed all 1,000,000 meters at a 1:59 / 500 meter pace (or faster). THE STORY I rowed a little bit in 2021. 621.37 miles to be exact, or 1,000,000 meters. To put that in perspective, it takes 664 miles to drive from Dallas, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. So, I almost made it to Nashville. I probably stopped in Franklin, TN. On January 1st, a friend introduced me to Concept 2’s Million Meter Club and the goal was to row 1,000,000 meters in a year. Quick math says you need to row roughly 3,000 meters a day to finish on December 31st. If I held a 1:59/500 meter pace, that is only 12 minutes of rowing a day. I can commit to that. My quest to row 1,000,000 meters in a year at 1:59/500 meter pace began on…

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My Run on American Ninja Warrior

Monday, May 24th, 2021

One cool thing about American Ninja Warrior (ANW) is they film during the night. When you film at night, it has more of a ninja feel, I suppose.​ ANW had three new wicked obstacles and it was awesome! You can watch my run to see if I made it to the warped wall. I also want to note, I never thought I would be on a TV show. I found being open to exploring unexpected opportunities makes life more fun and meaningful. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself on a TV show soon. Are you open to exploring unexpected opportunities?​ Ready. Set. Go!​

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My TEDx Talk on the Olympic Mindset

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Most people struggle with carrying a positive mindset. There is a strong pull to focus on negative things which can be overwhelming. Quite frankly, a negative mindset is down right debilitating. It sucks your dreams, goals and aspirations right out of you…​ I did a TEDx Talk on Understanding the Olympic Mindset to help win the mindset battle. It’s a relief to know there are easy and practical steps to protect and strengthen our mindset.

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Eat Breakfast Like a Champion

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

As a U.S. Olympian, former pro football player and business owner, I am always looking for ways to increase my performance and production. The foods we choose to eat have significant power in impacting our performance and production, along with our day-to-day and long term health. What we eat, done correctly, can be a game changer! During my first season in bobsled, I was traveling and competing in Europe with Team USA and had the chance to meet Dr. Scott Stoll who was on the 1994 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team. Dr. Stoll is a member of the Google FoodLab, serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Stoll is the Chairman of the board for The Plantrician Project. He is also the author of Alive! which I would recommend. Dr. Stoll was with us for a few weeks on the bobsled tour helping out as a doctor on staff and I was determined to question him until I knew the industry secrets. What does it take to become an Olympian? How important is food for peak performance? Which foods will help get me there? He gave me the answers to the test and I am here to pass them on. His family had been following a plan for years; they were delighted with it and it all starts with breakfast, as every good day does. With the mentality that this smoothie is the correct blend of all I need to perform to my peak and it tastes good! This is the kick off to the day that fuels my greatest mindsets. So every morning, I pull out my blender and make the most powerful breakfast known to man! Blueberries (1/4 cup)…

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How to Speak Live in a Pandemic

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

I spoke at my first LIVE event since the pandemic began and it was amazing! The extrovert in me was thrilled to be around human beings again and it was glorious to be back on stage. There was a coordinated effort by everyone involved (event planners, conference center staff, attendees, etc.) to host a safe and successful in-person event! Here is how it worked so you too can have the confidence (and plan) to get back to live/in-person events A.S.A.P. 1. The attendees had the ability to attend in-person or virtually. The event was originally scheduled in late March, but we all know what happened… We tentatively re-scheduled for June and had to move it again to August 21, 2020. This was the 29th year for the NLF so they had good data on expected attendance. Pre-covid, the estimated attendance was going to be around 175 people. On our event day, we had roughly 120 people (70%) attend in-person. The remaining 30% attended virtually. 2. Tables of four instead of tables of eight. The circular tables that decorate conference rooms (you know what I’m talking about) traditionally seat eight people. On our event day, they cut it in half. Four people at a table instead of eight. The seating was 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. The elbow room was great and it made life easier for the conference center staff to bus each table. 3. Masks were required, until… Everyone had to wear a mask until they took their seat at their table. If you had to get up to go to the restroom, take a call outside, etc. you had to put your mask back on. Some people chose to put their masks back on after eating. From the stage, I would say 25% of…

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Will to Win vs. Fear of Failure

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

What do you tap into for motivation? Is it the will to win or is it the fear of failure?  

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Comparison vs. Contentment

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Every morning you make a choice. Do you want to walk in comparison or a healthy form of contentment?  

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Trust or Suspicion?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

When there is a gap created in your life, do you choose trust or do you chose suspicion?  

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Better, Same or Worse?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Are you getting better, staying the same, or getting worse? Trick question, there is no such thing as staying the same!  

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