Constant motion, go hard, and always have a reserve parachute.
- 4 Deployments in the Global War on Terror
- 2 Emmy Nominations
- 37 min Murph
- 3rd Place Escape from Alcatraz Aquathon
- Ran 5 miles underwater with 45lbs rock
Kaj’s field tested gear
10 MINUTES WITH KAJ
Q: WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR TWENTY-YEAR OLD SELF?
Q: WHAT’S THE ONE WORKOUT YOU ALWAYS DREAD? WHAT’S THE ONE WORKOUT YOU ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO? WHY?
I always dread Speedwork days. They are so good for you, yet they take so much out of you. Also, when swimming, the 200 m sets. They are the 800m run of swim workouts. Middle distance, long and hard. The workout I look forward to every year hands down is Murph. Mike Murphy was my roommate in training and it just means so much that thousands of people around the country honor him each year through sweat and sacrifice.
Q: WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM FITNESS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
Almost all my life lessons have come from service or fitness (and family, sometimes even family fitness!). My father was a top ranked competitive racquetball player. He was graced with pure athleticism. I have had to work harder for my achievements. The ocean is also a great teacher. It teaches patience, mastering fear, humility, and delivers pure joy. Ideas that I have implemented in every domain of my life.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FAILURE? HOW HAS THAT SET YOU UP FOR LATER SUCCESS?
I think the first time I had a parachute that I packed, it did not open. I realized attention to detail, and the importance of practicing emergency procedures cold.
Q: WITH ANY NEW MODALITY YOU GET INTO, HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT IN ORDER TO MASTER?
I need to understand and break down principles. When I first started jui-jitsu I needed to understand the mechanics behind it. I didnt have a wrestling background so I needed a crash course in whizzers and shoots and sprawls. Same with surf foiling, I needed to understand the principles of hydrodynamics before I could understand how to fly the wing. I need to know whats happening physically or physiologically in order to learn new skills.
Q: WHAT’S ON YOUR FITNESS BUCKET LIST?
So much of our terrestrial planet has been explored or conquered while paradoxically we know almost nothing about what is below us. We have explored less than 1% of the ocean which covers 80% of our planet. There are a ton of places I want to freedive like an underwater military graveyard in Jordan, an underwater statue in Bahamas, and a bunch of shipwrecks. I also want to spear a dogfish Tuna and freedive with orcas.
Q: WHAT IDEA, PERSON OR BOOK HAS BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL IN YOUR LIFE? WHY?
There are three in 3 different domains of my life.
Military – The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (taught me about what it means to have the right stuff).
Journalism – A Problem From Hell by Samantha Powers (taught me to live in fear of being the good man who does nothing)
Life – Blue Mind by Dr. Jay Wallace (for understanding life and the environment we live in)
Q: WHY DO YOU PRIORITIZE FITNESS IN YOUR LIFE?
Mostly because it simply keeps me alive and ready for everything good and everything tough life throws at you.
WAIMEA ROCK RUN
FEATS OF STRENGTH
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