We live in a culture that glorifies the hustle. But the 24/7 grind mentality is actually anathema to long-term success. How do we break this paradigm and avoid the inevitability of burnout? You periodize your life as you would your training.
Ditch the guilt and take time to rest. Choose your fallow chapters. And embrace your life in seasons.
In the race of life, the tortoise always beats the hare.
Welcome to another edition of ‘Roll On’, wherein myself and Sir Adam Skolnick corrupt your neurochemistry with ideas big and small. Beyond sundry matters of varying interest, we play show and tell, share a few wins of the week, and round it out by answering listener questions deposited on our voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
Beyond RRP hype-man duties, Adam Skolnick is an activist and journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. He writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently awash in his umpteenth draft of an untitled novel—slowly losing his mind in the process.
Topics explored in today’s conversation include:
- the benefits of periodizing both your fitness and all aspects of your life;
- why fallow periods are essential to optimal creativity;
- Iron Cowboy ‘Conquer 100‘ challenge update (and WTC’s tone-deaf response);
- the recent Laird Superfood / Picky Bar acquisition;
- the HBO docuseries ‘Q: Into The Storm’;
- Rachel Kushner’s collection of essays, The Hard Crowd;
- Michelin star restaurant Eleven Madison Park‘s shift to a plant-based menu; and
- plant-based bodega start-up Plantega’s plan to eradicate food deserts
“We are wired to have phases of great productivity—but if you want to sustain your output long-term, it’s imperative to periodize everything you do.”
– RICH ROLL
In addition, we answer the following listener questions:
- How do you manage the financial risks that come with following your passion?
- How do you properly train for a Swimrun event without access to safe open water?
- How do you maintain relationships with people who have unhealthy drinking habits?
Thank you to Greg from Virginia, John from Northern England, and Nancy from Santa Clarita, California for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
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- Connect With Adam: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- YouTube: Rich Roll Podcast Clips Channel
- Smithsonian Magazine: New Evidence Suggests Sharks Use Earth’s Magnetic Field to Navigate
- Triathlon Magazine: Iron Cowboy responds to Ironman: “I’m done with you”
- Trail Running: UTMB/Ironman partnership draws head shakes in trail running world
- Steve Magness Tweet: Periodize Your Life
- The New York Times: You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything
- Book: The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020, by Rachel Kushner
- The New York Times: The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless
- Esquire: The Passion of Daniel Humm, the Greatest Chef in America
- Eater New York: Chef Daniel Humm Is Relaunching Eleven Madison Park as an All-Vegan Restaurant
- Bon Appétit Magazine: Inside the World of L’Arpège’s Alain Passard, the Man Who Made Vegetarian Cooking Cool
- Plantega: About
- Effect: A new story for sustainable food, powered by plants and community
- VegNews: Vegan coolers filled with beyond meat, miyoko’s, and just egg launch in nyc bodegas
- Wall Street Journal: Chef’s Challenge: Squeezing In the Cycling
- DuVine: Chef Q + A with James Beard Winner Daniel Humm
- HBO Docuseries: Q: Into The Storm
- TV Series: Le Bureau
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