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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …