The Gear Show with Lisa Gerber

20: Staying Motivated Through Adversity to Finish Your Own Ironman

August 31st, 2017

Episode description

The Gear Show will return October 5th with all new episodes!

“Encouragement doesn’t have a price”


We each have “our own Ironman.” It might be a 5k. It might be climbing Everest. Doesn’t matter.


today, my friend, Tom Garrity, owner of The Garrity Group, the leading PR Firm in New Mexico, joins us to share how he trained for and competed in the Ironman 70.3 Boulder, crossed the finish line with his arm in a sling, and still achieved a personal record.


Tom’s story of getting active didn’t even start until his late forties. From couch to marathon training, to ultras to Ironman 70.3 - that’s a Type A character if I’ve ever met one, all while running his PR agency.


There is no shortage of laughter in our conversation as well as ideas for keeping motivated for those mornings you just don’t want to get out of bed.


  • What is the key to motivation?
  • Why you don’t have to be a top finisher to be achieving big goals.
  • Finding the balance between pushing yourself but knowing your boundaries, your strengths. In other words, how to keep it real
  • Training and juggling running a business. Don’t expect a three-step framework here. There is no answer.
  • The awesome story of working through adversity to finish his second half ironman not only finish, but best performance.



Links mentioned

Team in Training


Black Dog Triathlon


Where to Find Tom

Instagram - @tomgarrity

Twitter - @tom_garrity


Counselors Academy PRSA


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