This New Year, It’s All About Powerful Goals, Not Resolutions

At some point when I was in college, there was a shift about how best to honor Lent.  Up until that time, it had always been about giving up something you enjoyed, a sacrifice.  But then something changed, and instead of abstaining from something we enjoyed, we would do something to make a positive difference – whether in our own … Read More

This holiday season, blame the coach!

It’s that crazy time of the year when we are all stressed about work deadlines, getting our holiday gifts, too many holiday parties, and way too much family time.  In honor of the craziness of the season, here are a few of the best excuses I’ve recently heard to help you get out of a few sticky holiday situations. The … Read More

How to Stay Motivated Through The Holidays

The training period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day can set an athlete up for success for the next year, or to lead to a prolonged off-season resulting in sluggish results.  This year Thanksgiving is early and there are a full 5 weeks between the two holidays.  While retailers will cheer, athletes will find it harder to avoid holiday treats, … Read More

What Your Grandma Knows About Recovery

Having grown up in the suburbs with weekends on our family farm, my family were no strangers to Epsom salt soaks.  Whether it was my Gran soaking her feet in a bucket, or my siblings and I being sore after hours on horseback, we all knew how good we felt after that warm bath.  As an athlete, you can use … Read More

Fall Transition

Fall is officially here, and with it comes some pretty big changes. Marathoners are peaking for the NYC, Hartford, and Philadelphia Marathons here on the East Coast. Cyclo-cross races are only just starting to enter their competitive season, and multi-sport athletes are entering their transition/ off-season, except those doing late fall races like Ironman Florida, Florida 70.3 and the Kona … Read More

My First Ironman 70.3 World Championship

This past Saturday, I raced in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, TN.  It was an incredible experience, and it was so much more than I could have imagined.  It was a culmination of everything Ironman I’ve known since my first one in 2004. While so many know of the Ironman World Championship held in Kona, less know of … Read More

Training Technology – Friend or Foe?

Naked Training, and a few takeaways from some time spent with the legendary Dave Scott Have you had a helpful acquaintance tell you about how much they are in love with their Fitbit?  Or perhaps you and your friends are competitive in Strava with your segments? Maybe you know people of the belief that if their Garmin didn’t record the … Read More

How to Beat That Mid-Season Workout Slump

5 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Motivation We’ve slogged through half of this hot and humid July, and it has been brutal – the sun feels like it could melt your skin, it’s muggy and gross even at 5AM, and what’s with those little black gnats that keep getting caught in the sweat on our arms and legs?  Training in the … Read More

Do you train to race? Or do you race to train?

While some athletes are elites that must prioritize training above nearly all, many are age groupers that train and/or race to have fun, push themselves, reduce stress, and to feel good.  It’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees in our pursuit of these worthy rewards.  What do I mean by that? There are athletes among us … Read More