Top Race Mistakes You May Be Afraid to Admit You Made

Now that race season is in full swing, we are starting to do more and more post-race analysis for our athletes.  Post-race analysis usually makes the most difference when there is a failure of some kind, like walking the run, having stomach cramps, panic during the swim, etc. It’s like anything else in life: there […]

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Those Critical 72 Hours

A few weeks back I was giving a talk to a group of triathletes.  I didn’t have much to work with prior to the talk so I decided to wing it.  My topic was on all the things you should do before, during and after a major race…those critical 72 hours. For a first time […]

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When It Pays to Be Deluded

I want to share with the you all the embarrassing lies I tell myself and why I think you should work on your lying, too. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently returned to racing after a very long time away. I have only done two running races so far but in both […]

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Analyzing Your Ironman Race File

Now that Chattanooga is behind us, we have a lot of race files to look at. We can compare how an athlete did versus their race plan and tell each athlete how well they executed their plan and how that impacted their race. All of this data is combined with the feedback we get from […]

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The Race Is In Front Of You

We have 19 athletes racing Ironman Chattanooga tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about what lasting words I want to still be ringing in their ears as they jump in the river and I remembered something a friend had said recently: the race is always in front of you.  In her situation, what she meant by that […]

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Ironman Chattanooga–Bike Course, part 2

This past week, I had the opportunity to once again travel down to Chattanooga to participate in ongoing ‘field research’ for Ironman Chattanooga.  This is definitely one of the perks of being a full-time coach.  When you see sunny and 70 degrees, you find somewhere to ride.  I previously rode the course back in October.  […]

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Racing in Difficult Conditions

I sat down a few weeks ago to write this blog.  But I was writing from a different perspective.  Athletes had just endured a cold, wet miserable Olympic and Half-Iron race in Knoxville.  Other athletes fought the elements at Country Music Marathon.  Both events were rain soaked.  At Country Music, hundreds of athletes completed the […]

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Why Practice Matters

A few weeks ago, I posted on facebook a four part series of interviews with Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander. While I am always blown away when I hear things like 18 hours a week on the bike, that wasn’t what caught my attention the most. Instead, it was a minor aspect of the interview […]

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Socks or No Socks

This issue comes up frequently among athlete circles when discussing ways to save time in a triathlon. Here is my take on wearing socks during a race. On the bike? No, unless it is really cold. I enjoy riding sockless and have had no issues over the past few years doing so. Plus, putting on […]

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