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 …

Recovery weeks are important!

Whether you are self-coached or on a training plan, it is important to time to back off once in a while. Your body and mind will thank you. I just finished a recovery week, and to be honest, I forgot about the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with a recovery …

Iron Lent

Now that I’m training again, I get glimpses into my past life. Especially recurring ‘phases’ of my training cycle that I repeated year after year. These ‘phases’ were so engrained in my yearly rhythm that the training that went along with each ‘phase’ was as normal as birthdays, holidays, and the …

Joy in the Journey!

“Joy is what we experience in the process of growing nearer to the goal of becoming ourselves.” – Erich Fromm What brings you pleasure? What makes you happy? When are you joyful? Spend some time with these questions. Let them sit in your mind for a while. See what answers …

A wise dose of selfishness

The quote above is from one of my favorite Buddhist authors Thich Nhat Hanh. It resonated with me because it is a philosophy I follow. I’m not sure when I adopted this philosophy, but I know it’s True (with a “Capital ‘T’”) for me. I challenge you with this: If …

Adapt to persevere

As I write this, it is snowing. This is our second major snowfall of 2019. Last weekend we saw about 8 inches of snow, and today, I’m guessing there is another 4 or 5 inches on the ground with the snow still falling. The upside is that I have the …