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STRESS!

What is stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus. This is known as the “fight or flight” or mobilization stress response and is your body’s way of protecting you.

When stress is within your comfort zone, it can help you to stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV. But beyond your comfort zone, stress stops being helpful and can start causing major damage to your mind and body. 

It was all sounding good, almost positive until the very last sentence (in BOLD). Over the last few weeks I have experienced more stress than I have ever experienced before, and this is coming from someone who had a stomach ulcer at 33 years old (something that is heavily linked with stress).

The reason for my stress has been a new addition to my world recently 'cashflow'. Since moving my UK manufacturing business to it's new, bigger premises cashflow has been a challenge. I had been told to expect to find cashflow hard, but I never imagined how hard. I have been on a very steep learning curve over recent months.

I know everyone has stress in their life and everyone deals with it in their own way, but I wanted to share four ways that I deal with it.

1) Training. For me this is the most powerful form of stress relief. If I feel like things are getting to me there is nothing better than going for a run or a swim. Shutting myself off from work and just spending an hour or two alone with just the hurt to think about is a very powerful tool and something I would recommend to anyone. 

2) Talking. I try and talk to people and get the things that are stressing me out off my chest. Sometimes it will be a rant to a friend, sometimes a heart to heart with Marsha or my Mum and other times a discussion with my staff, but talking can be a great way to dump off some stress.

3) Working. For me much of stress comes from work, so believe it or not to do more work can help relieve my stress. Much of the time work related stress comes from needing more work in, paying bills, hitting deadlines etc. So, doing more work and concentrating on your work quite often will put me in a better place.

4) Television & Movies. For me TV and watching movies with Marsha is probably one of my favourite things to do. When I am watching a movie it is one of the few times I don't look at my phone, don't think about work, want to check my emails. to totally immerse myself in a TV programme or movie is great and for the 60-90mins I have no stress.

These are very obvious, but sometimes people ignore the obvious things and start over thinking the problems. For me the simple things are always best and any stress can be dealt with if you are lucky enough to have family and friends around you. For me Marsha is my best friend and I am lucky enough that she supports me and puts up with my work hours and the stress that comes with it.

Thought i'd write this post after a bonkers week, helps me put things into perspective, but unfortunately my stress levels will remain very high until tomorrow's Private Equity triathlon is over.

John

A EXPLANATION FROM GUINNESS...

Hello Everyone,

I haven't written blog for a while and one of the main reason why is that after Blenheim and the World Record attempt I was waiting for my response from Guinness World Records (GWR) as to whether my World Record would be allowed to stand. Well, yesterday I got my answer from GWR and like the whole GWR experience it was less than satisfactory.

As you might know, when applying to GWR for the attempt at the beginning they mentioned a target of 10 full spring triathlons or 30 disciplines inside of the 12hrs. this was always going to be virtually impossible at Blenheim due to the tough course but we hoped that should I try my best they would recognise it and allow the record to stand for someone to come along and break it.

After Blenheim I collated and submitted all the my video and photographic evidence, my times, my witness statements etc. I sent it away and after 2+ months of waiting this is what I received from GWR...

"Dear John Brame

Thank you for sending us the evidence of your record attempt for Most sprint triathlons completed in 12 hours. We have now looked into your evidence pack in detail, and we are sorry to inform you that we are unable to approve your record. Unfortunately your application has failed to break the current record which stands at N/A and is held by N/A. Whilst we fully appreciate that this is not the decision you were hoping for, we trust that you will understand our position. However, if you have any further record proposals please do make another application, we would be delighted to hear from you again.

Once again thank you for contacting Guinness World Records.

Kind regards

Records Management Team at Guinness World Records"

To say I was disappointed was an understatement so I after a quick rant on twitter I got back in touch with GWR and asked why can my record not stand if there is no record that currently exists and what/who is 'N/A' supposed to mean?

GWR did reply to me quickly, but mainly because of the twitter rant and the response that so many of your guys gave that was less than nice about what GWR had replied to me. In this latest reply they state that in looking into this record 'in depth' they have found someone, somewhere to have done 25 disciplines so they can't allow my record to stand.

Did this person do it as an official GWR attempt?

Did this person provide witness statements and evidence to prove his 25?

If it is a record that I have not beaten why is it not in the GWR book?

I am sure there are people out there (maybe even me) who can eat more Ferrero Rocher chocolates than the person who currently holds the World Record according to GWR, but if these are not registered or done through the correct, long winded way that GWR insist, the record according to GWR stays. So, unless this 25 discipline record was done 'officially' I can't see why thy won't allow my record to stand and put it out there for someone else to beat? 

If anyone doesn't agree with me then thats cool, and this is being written in the heat of the moment when I am disappointed, not for myself, but for the team at IMG who put in so much work to allow the attempt to happen at their event, for the team at Bloodwise who have supported all my silly 2016 challenges and for my amazing friends and family, many of whom lived the whole 12hr experience with me.

I am going to tweet this, make sure if you retweet it add the @GWR tag so they can read it to, and we can either get the 25 discipline attempt in the GWR book for someone to beat, or my 21 discipline attempt in the book for someone to beat, either way this record SHOULD exist!

Thank you for reading and see you all soon for a less frustrated blog post!

John