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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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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Training Between Tightly-spaced Races

One of the greatest challenges as both a coach and an athlete is training between several tightly-spaced races. Short local races can fit well into a regular training program, but big races with extended travel really disrupt training. Consider the demands of each race and...

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