Here is a closer look at an old but new, alternative interval workout that satisfies many of the criteria for improving endurance performance and has been scientifically proven effective over and over again for the past 20 years (and in practice for decades before).  This workout...

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Training Habits Determine Race Day Success

How you deal with adversity in your training will set you up with the coping skills to get through adversity during race week and on race day.  You never go into a race or workout completely fresh and you shouldn’t expect to. Yes, you will...

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Interesting vs. Effective

Too often athletes and coaches try to make workouts interesting at the expense of effectiveness.  Roughly 80% of training should be sustained low to moderate intensity, so these workouts don’t need to be dressed up with all sorts of variation in intensity.  For the other...

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Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

Right now, many athletes are taking stock of their current fitness and coming up with a plan to prepare for the 2019 season. This often means setting goals which is a topic we have covered numerous times in the past. Maybe you have kept up...

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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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