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Growth Mindset

In the past few years I have given several talks about the importance of failure as a vital component of success.  My story of becoming XTERRA World Champion at age 37 on my 15th try was not a direct line of achievement but a series...

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Time to Rest, or Time to Get Back to Work?

Time to rest, or time to get back to work? This time of year is one of the most difficult times of the year to consistently get in your workouts with crazy holiday schedules, less daylight and poor weather conditions. Many athletes make the mistake of...

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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Planning for your “A” race is not like planning for any other race of the season. It is the race you have been looking toward and training for all year so naturally it is going to be more stressful. Coming up with a good race...

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Stay in Your Lane

To the athletes we coach, Yaro and I talk a lot about the importance of dialing in the proper intensity. Ultimately, the goal is to deliver the right kind of training load to stimulate improvement but when we review athlete workouts, too often we see...

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You Are What You Repeatedly Do

With the Pan American Championships less than two weeks away and the World Championships rapidly approaching in less than two months many athletes are hoping to have their best race. They are looking at their training and performances to this point and deciding what it...

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Fueling For Your Big Race

Ask 10 different endurance athletes about their diets and you are likely to get 10 different answers. On race day, however, this changes.  Your nutrition plan needs to be precise because high-intensity exercise requires carbohydrate as your primary fuel source. The muscles, liver, and bloodstream...

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Training for Downhill Running

If you know anyone who competed in XTERRA Beaver Creek or if you did it yourself, you probably spent a number of days wincing any time someone bumped your legs or struggling down stairs because of super sore quads and/or sore knees from hammering the...

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Preparing for Altitude

Altitude is one of those things that, as a runner, you either love or you hate. Generally, if you live at altitude, races held over 6,000 feet are to your advantage, while if you live a sea level, racing where the air feels thin enough...

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