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Mark Allen

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Since retiring from racing as a professional triathlete in 1996, Mark Allen has become a highly regarded inspirational speaker. The Ironman Triathlon is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. Mark’s first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman Champion. Finally on his seventh attempt Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon’s greatest race ever. Allen went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. Mark completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90% top-three finish record and going undefeated in 20 races over a three year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times, and after retiring in 1996 was called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine. Mark was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from the Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark is also an award winning author for the recently released book titled Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You that he co-authored with Brant Secunda. They received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.

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The Ironman Triathlon is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. It starts with a 2.4-mile ocean swim, followed by 112 grueling miles of cycling, and then finishes with a 26.2-mile marathon in the heat of the tropical sun. For most of the 1,500 men and women, who compete in the Ironman, crossing the finish line amounts to a victory.

Mark had a different destiny"¦

His first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman Champion. Finally on his seventh attempt Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon's greatest race ever.

Allen went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. His final victory came at the age of 37, making him the oldest champion ever in this incredibly challenging event! Mark completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90% top-three finish record and going undefeated in 20 races over a three year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times, and after retiring in 1996 was called “The World's Fittest Man” by Outside magazine.

Still living the principles that enabled him to turn adversity into success, Mark was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from the Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark works for NBC Sports as an expert analyst each year at the Ironman and provided commentary at the Sydney Olympics for triathlon's debut at the Games.

Mark is also an award winning author for the recently released book titled Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You that he co-authored with Brant Secunda. They received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.

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The Art of Ironman Success

How can we create certainty in an uncertain environment? Will we let defeat stop us or will we use it as feedback for change to bring about ultimate victory? Where will we draw strength from when we want to quit? Are we the person our dreams demand us to be to achieve them?

These were some of the many difficult questions Mark had to answer in his seven year journey from defeat to ultimate victory at the Hawaiian Ironman. Accompanied by dramatic race footage, Mark's compelling and inspiring keynote presentation incorporates strategies for dealing with change and unexpected challenge, addresses how to come back when success seems impossible, and clearly emphasizes the importance of doing the work required to become a champion and achieve high levels of success.

Key Points

Mark breaks his talk into three simple yet powerful points:

  • Clarify
  • Adjust
  • Complete

These are the core strategies that make up The Art of Ironman Success. If any of these three key elements had been missing in his pursuit of the Ironman title, he would not have won.

These Action Items were all missing from Mark's approach to his first six Ironman races. Instead of creating success, he let factors outside of his control defeat him: the heat, the wind, and his other competitors. He had not asked the Tough Questions of Clarify, Adjust, and Complete that make these principles so effective. His results showed...six defeats, all short of his dream.

By 1989, Mark was ready to give up and focus on other races where he was more successful and more comfortable. But he asked the tough questions. He saw that his action plan was not effective and came up with the adjustments needed to make his dream a reality. He saw that he was not the person that could win the Ironman and put the steps into place to become that person. And he saw that indulging in disappointment was not an effective strategy for bringing about success.

He changed his focus. With an unwavering commitment to completion Mark finally did the work required for success at the Ironman Triathlon. Armed with renewed inspiration, a clear strategy, and a full season of doing the right kind of work Mark realized his dream in 1989, winning Kate Adamson | Goodman Speakers Bureau the first of six Ironman World Championships.

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