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 …

The choice is yours

Well, we are back at it. January workouts are always bittersweet. I like that it’s time to train again, but as I start the program, I remember all of the work that training entails. I have two choices: 1)  I can think about how hard I’ll need to work, the sacrifices …

Winter Nutrition Guidelines.

You should have read the “Beginning the conversation on NUTRITION” article now. If you haven’t, check it out HERE The intent with this conversation is to help you improve your diet, improve your health, improve you performance, and help you understand the differences between eating for health versus eating for …

Surround yourself with good people

The new year is a great time to do a “mental reset.”  Here’s how I approach the “mental reset” practice: I take time to reflect on the year. I like to identify the things that went well. And the things that didn’t go so well. I use this reflection to set …

Three things that will maximize success?

A few years ago I received an email from one of my athletes. In the email, the athlete asked me, “if you had three things that you said are the three things I should change for next season that WILL make me faster at my goal race, what would those three things be? I …

Putting FTP in its place (part 1)

The FTP (Functional Threshold Power) concept has been around as long as we have known about lactate threshold. The figure above is from a book published in 1979 by Dr. David Costill. The data is from a paper published in the 60s. However, FTP is a relatively recent term, but …

Phases of Motivation – Part 3

  This is part 3 of my “Phases of Motivation” articles that I began writing after finishing my last Ironman as a professional (click for part 1 and part 2).  It took me almost an entire year to realize what “Phase 3” was, but here it is… The picture above was taken during …

Phases of Motivation – Part 2

  This is a continuation from “Phases of Motivation (part 1).  I continue to reflect on my continuing journey as an athlete.  The photo above is a picture of me getting my transition area ready next to Luke Bell at the Spirit of Racine half-Ironman.  I was definitely lining up …

Phases of Motivation – Part 1

  As I look back on my career, I can pinpoint three major motivators or, rather, “motivational phases.”  Within these phases, I had specific motivators, but these three phases encompass the general focus of that time. Motivation Phase I lasted from my athletic beginnings, 1979 (the first time I remember …

Ironman: the journey is the destination

From 2002 – 2007 I was “all in.” I ate, slept, and breathed Ironman training. I studied the science of nutrition, metabolism, and psychology. I used myself as an n=1 study. I trained hard. I raced hard. I basically gave five years of my life trying to get the most …