Don’t Act Your Age

My diet used to be simple; I was only allowed to eat until it hurt once per week. You know, the meal where you end up on the floor with your belt buckle undone moaning in pain. That was my diet. When the holidays hit,...

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Chopping Wood

When I was a kid, I wanted to be strong like my dad and older brother.  Our backwoods house was 100% heated with wood, logged from our own property, and we needed about 25 face cords of wood to get us through the long winters.  Then in...

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Responding to Failure

  “Failure is not the opposite of success, rather a vital component.”    How do you respond when you come up short of your goal?  Failure can be an incredible motivator, a reality check, a kick in the pants.  A race is an indication of your fitness level,...

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Fit For Travel

Traveling can wreak havoc on your training. Whether it’s business trips or family vacations, we all have busy lives. It’s so easy to go into these trips with good intentions only to return feeling like you’ve lost your fitness, gained five pounds, and now you...

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Rest, Evaluate, and Get Back to Work

 At this point in your racing season you have probably completed nearly half of your season’s races. Hopefully, you are right on track to reach your goals and crush your “A” race in a month or two. The physical and mental strain of consistent training...

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Nutrition for High Intensity Exercise

What athletes eat/drink before a race can vary widely, but there is more agreement regarding what to take in during exercise.  Especially if we are talking about sustained high intensity exercise, such as what you experience during an XTERRA race.  During high intensity exercise your...

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Race Morning Nutrition

If you ask 10 athletes about their pre-race meal you will probably get 10 different answers. Often pre-race nutrition depends almost entirely on the continental breakfast of the hotel they stayed in the night before the race. This meal can make or break your race,...

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How Much Racing is Too Much?

  A carefully planned race schedule should develop you as an athlete with valuable race experience, help guide your training, and serve as stepping stones to peak performance.   Racing Frequency Races planned too frequently leave little room for quality training between races and can erode some components of...

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The Intangibles

 “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts” We often talk about training metrics and how to use them to guide your training.  They can help define training targets, gauge progress, and give you confidence heading into races.  However,...

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Swimming Part III: Open Water

You’ve mastered the breathing techniques and body positioning required for freestyle swimming and your swimming times are dropping in the pool, but you just hopped in your first race and swam the same pace or slower than you did last year. Anyone who has been...

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