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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for modern teams. I write about productivity, #NoOffice, #iPadOnly and I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do.

🎾 Sports

My struggles as an amateur triathlete and a novice tennis player… and most of all, how I’m trying to stay in shape.


⌚️ 🎾 Competing in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch Series 4

Friday, October 4, 2019

Competing in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch Series 4

Yesterday I mentioned that this last Sunday I competed in an olympic-distance triathlon with an Apple Watch. Thanks to the advice by Ian of “Apple Watch Triathlete” blog blog I downloaded the app Tri Tracker for my watch and it worked perfectly. Here’s the full story:

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😎 🎾 My 11th Olympic-distance triathlon - why I keep loving these 3 sports and why I keep sucking at them?

Thursday, October 3, 2019

My 11th Olympic-distance triathlon - why I keep loving these 3 sports and why I keep sucking at them?

Last Sunday I ran my 11th Olympic distance triathlon. Can’t believe it’s been so many. It all started after my first sprint-distance race - back in October 2014 and in 5 years I’ve done 11 events! Here’s what I learned so far and why I keep doing triathlons:

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🎾 Undertrained

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Undertrained

After this last Sunday’s Ironman fiasco I got many reassuring messages from friends and this helped me deal with my utter failure and embarrassment… thanks everyone for kind words! It really means a lot! Apart from messages reassuring me that “this stuff happens to everyone”, I also got some constructive feedback. One of my buddies from my triathlon group who knows me pretty well and has been following my training sessions, wrote to me that probably this was for the best, because he feels I wasn’t prepared enough. He believed I was “undertrained”.

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☑️ 🎾 No Ironman - how I blew my dream because I was… late

Sunday, August 11, 2019

No Ironman - how I blew my dream because I was… late

Yesterday evening at 9:30pm I was rushing in my car loaded with an amazing triathlon bike and all the gear ready to put everything in the transition area before my first ever Ironman race… It was my dream come true - I was about to become an Ironman in my home town of Gdynia, right when I turned 40. It was going to be great!… I was driving fast as they’d close the area at 10 pm. “I’ll make it! I always do!” I thought. Yet again I was doing stuff at the last minute, but as a person who always gets away with this, I was fine. There was still time, right? Wrong. When I got there I realized I was too late. Yes, they were closing the transition area at 10pm and I arrived just before that… but I failed to pick up my starting number and this had to be done before 8pm. And there was nothing to be done. Without a starting number I couldn’t participate in the race. I couldn’t leave my bike in the transition area…

This time I didn’t make it. This time I was really late. This time I really blew it.

I was standing there with the bike and the gear, completely ashamed and disappointed… and was replaying the events of this day over and over in my head trying to realize what just happened. I couldn’t understand how I got to this point where the race will take place and I won’t be in it. And it all looked so promising…

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🎾 Why suck at three sports, if I can suck at four? Or how I’m loving my tennis game and why you should start practicing a new sport this year, too!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Why suck at three sports, if I can suck at four? Or how I’m loving my tennis game and why you should start practicing a new sport this year, too!

As you know I’ve been competing in triathlon races for the last 4 years. I’ve done 2 sprint-distance races and 10 olympic-distance ones. And this year I’ve signed up for a half-Ironman. I’m all about swimming, biking and running… but last year I started practicing a fourth sport - tennis. Here’s how I got to it and why:

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😎 🎾 So in the end I want to become an Ironman…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

So in the end I want to become an Ironman…

I really like doing sports. 4 years ago I started doing triathlons to stay in shape. After 10 Olympic-distance triathlons I decided to get out of my comfort zone and celebrate being fit by doing an Ironman 70.3 next year. Here’s why:

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🎾 Polish football - no heart, no passion… and a big disappointment

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Polish football - no heart, no passion… and a big disappointment

In my home country of Poland, football (in USA: soccer) is our national sports. We love it, we play it, we cheer it. And we used to be good at it… like 40+ years ago… but we’ve never been good at that until now… or so I thought.

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🎾 😎 Golden State Warriors - how to keep eye on the prize and lead an unselfish team

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Golden State Warriors - how to keep eye on the prize and lead an unselfish team

Another year and another NBA finals are done… and two years in the row Golden State Warriors won against Cleveland Cavaliers. I’ve been supporting this team for the last 4 years and I remember vividly when they lost the finals 2 years ago… and out of that loss they decided to recruit one of the best players of the league, and their main opponent - Kevin Durant. And now with Kevin they won two championships. I remember last year I was personally there to witness their greatness and it was an amazing moment:

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✅ 🎾 A triathlon-packing checklist I created for me and you [Nozbe.HOW]

Friday, June 17, 2016

A triathlon-packing checklist I created for me and you [Nozbe.HOW]

As you know from this blog, I started my triathlon adventure when I lost weight thanks to the “Slow-carb diet” two years ago. This year I’ve already done one Olympic-distance triathlon in April, I’m doing my next one this Sunday and I’m planning to do a third one in September. Each race lasts a little less than 3 hours and as I’m doing three sports one after another, a good checklist is necessary to make sure I don’t forget a thing. Thanks to Nozbe.how templates I created a checklist that you also can use, even if you don’t have a Nozbe account:

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😎 🎾 Lessons on humility and hard work from the Warriors vs Thunder basketball playoffs battle

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lessons on humility and hard work from the Warriors vs Thunder basketball playoffs battle

I’m a big basketball fan. I’m a short guy but I love playing the game and I’ve been watching NBA games since my high-school days. This last season was particularly interesting as my favorite team “Golden State Warriors” broke the record of most wins in the regular season set by none other than the famous Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan. The “Dubs” (that’s how “Warriors” are nicknamed) won 73 games and lost only 9. They made history… but they still have to go through play-offs and win the Championship title, and they barely made it to the finals… here’s what we can learn from their 7-game match-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder:

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💼 🎾 It takes a team to win. How Poland got to Euro 2016 finals

Monday, October 12, 2015

🎾 ☑️ What I learned about productivity, perseverance and long-term thinking from Jenson Button’s win in F1 2011 Canada GP

Friday, July 31, 2015