Four Phases of Ironman Competence

If you have realized that endurance training is complicated, congratulations! You are on you way to becoming a master! Even though endurance training mainly consists of “putting in the time,” there are a lot of moving parts to a complete training program. I’m sure you have found out that simply …

Planning your Transition Bags for Ironman

As if Ironman racing wasn’t stressful enough… getting to the race healthy, getting your bike to the hotel, checking in…  You have to figure out what to put in your transition bags! Many of us have done triathlons where we simply set up our transition area the morning of the …

Joe’s Ironman bike set-up

I put a lot of time and thought into planning the gear and equipment I use for training and racing. I built my 2019 bike specifically for Ironman Florida. In this video, I explain how I set up my bike and why I chose the equipment I did.   Joe’s …

Change is the key to growth!

This post was inspired after leading a weekend triathlon camp. For those of you who didn’t get the chance to attend, check out the video summary. As the guy who leads the camps, it is interesting to meet people and observe their willingness to learn, to accept new ideas, and …

Order -> Disorder -> Reorder

I was reading an article last week about “feeling lost.” It resonated with me and may be helpful for you. “Lost” doesn’t mean helpless or clueless. Rather “lost” means unsure of what to do next; unsure of how to do it. For goal-focused individuals, this can happen once a goal …

Transitions = free speed!

Why are transitions important? Well, an efficient, speedy transition ensures you move smoothly and effectively from the swim to the bike and from the bike to the run, AND good transitions can be the difference between being ON or OFF the podium. I have won three races because I transitioned …

Transition 101

Any race requires that you get from the starting line to the finish line as fast as you can. In triathlons, this involves swimming, biking, running and TRANSITIONING between disciplines. Races can be won or lost in transition. In fact I can identify two races I WON because I transitioned …

Never, ever give up?

I just finished a memoir from John Hellemans, Never, Ever Give Up?, an endurance coach I’ve followed through my racing and coaching career. If you like reading about endurance sport, his book is worth checking out. He ended  his book with an anecdote from a multi-stage race he competed in last year. About half-way …

Training allows you to handle challenges

There are so many parallels between endurance training and life. We all face challenges. Successful people aren’t successful because they avoid challenge. They are successful because they can overcome challenges. They can turn challenges into growth and become a better, stronger person because of the challenges. The key is to train …