Looking back over time there have been certain traits and skill sets that come to the forefront that I have noticed both personally, in athletes coached, and others within endurance sports that have made them successful. Below are the top three listed in order of importance.
This is a commonly over looked factor needed for success but by far the most important. However, before beginning, I want to clarify something. Notice I say “desire” and not “motivation.” These are two very distinct and different things.
When I was a 19-year-old kid I competed in a race called the Armed Forces Eco Challenge. I had no idea what I was doing or how to prepare. I suffered tremendously over the sleepless 225 miles of remote Alaska wilderness. Twenty-eight teams started the race, eight finished and we were in the top 5 beating other teams consisting of much harder men such as Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Marine Force Recon. Fast forward to just last year, going into the Leadville 100, I had prepared by working with 4-time winner Ian Sharman, ran thousands of miles and climbed tens of thousands of feet. I had done all the right things. Yet I failed to finish the race. Why? While there were other factors, by far the main reason was lack of desire. During the Eco Challenge, I had a