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 …

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 …