Return to Racing with a Firefighter’s Mindset

In recent weeks we have seen numerous races taking place across the United States.  As a coach, it has been very refreshing to be able to have the familiar pre-race conversations about race day execution and strategy.  It has been…

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Do You Circle the Block?

As I once again watched a few athletes run an extra couple of blocks because “we want to get to eight miles”, Coach Brad and I exchanged grins as we coached the workout. I’ll admit to planning my route home…

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A New Year, a New Day

At the end of the outgoing year and beginning of the next, tradition tells us to make commitments and plans to improve in the new year. It’s a new year, with new opportunities and new possibilities to make ourselves better.…

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Use Your Brain (to Sort Out Misinformation About Our Sport)

I suspect there is at least one thing that everyone in this country can agree on, there is a lot of misinformation and outright lying out there in social media and in the news.  We won’t all agree on what…

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Self-Inventory and your State of Readiness using TTM

As a coach, this past nine months of helping triathletes through a global pandemic has presented many new and unique challenges. At the forefront is the health and safety of my athletes, friends, family, neighbors, and the population as a…

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Finding Motivation

Adjusting to a New Life and Putting Things in Perspective The header photo seems to say it all about our situation right now in regards to training and racing.  Lay back and enjoy it, go with the flow.  I also…

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Time Heals—Even in Strange Times

During these strange times, some folks are struggling with loss of races, camps, group workouts and camaraderie. Here are a few things you can do to address the loss. Time Heals. Place yourself two years into the future when things…

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Race Day Planning, Part 2: The Pre-Mortem

Everyone knows what a post-mortem is: examining a corpse to determine the cause of death. Gruesome, I know, but there is another kind of –mortem that can help you execute your races better. It’s the pre­-mortem. It’s a proactive, pre-emptive…

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How to Write a Race Plan in 7 Steps

There is some magic between the hand and the eye, the heart and the mind, when you write something down. In triathlon, one of the most important things you can write down is your race plan. Whether it be your…

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Release from Trauma

You don’t have to be a military veteran or first responder to be exposed to trauma.  Many athletes have endured traumatic experiences in training, in racing and in life that impair their ability to train and race and enjoy multisport…

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MANTRA

Mantras have become popular with triathletes, but as simple as they are, mantras can be a help or a hindrance.  To get your mantras to be as effective as they can be, there are a few simple ideas that can…

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When the Going Gets Tough

QUESTION FROM ATHLETE:I’ve noticed lately—with the exception of track work, which I’ve been rattling off just fine and have been happy with my performance—that longer runs feel like a slog.  It isn’t an issue of being unable to get HR…

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Racing in Adverse Weather

The alarm goes off. It’s race morning. You’ve been training consistently for months your hydration and nutrition are dialed in, and you’re ready to go. Except for one slight hurdle, a cold front has moved in overnight, and it’s 42…

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3 Lessons I learned Watching the 2018 Winter Olympics

I really love watching the Olympics, I look past the politics and look at the essence of the sport and the sportsmanship. I look at what has allowed these amazing athletes to become so successful and what we can take…

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Start Your Season By Setting the Right Goals

While I am a big fan of the holidays (I’m lucky enough to have my family close enough for long visits, but just far enough away to make it a real trip), I love this time of the year for…

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