Still Learning Lessons Ten Years Later

In over a decade of racing, I figure I have completed nearly 100 different multi-sport races.  As both a coach and an athlete, I feel that I have experienced just about everything you can experience in a race — adverse weather, wrecks, poorly marked course, blatant cheating, etc.  But at this years Music City Triathlon, […]

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Following the First Two Rules of Training

Triathlon training isn’t a complicated matter.  While sports scientists and physiologists do contribute a great deal of lab time to the science behind training, the concepts are really simple.  To get an adaptation, you simply need to stress the body at an appropriate level.  The body, then responds, and grows stronger.  Sure, that is a […]

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Starting Over Part Two: Making a Plan

In my previous post on this topic I talked about how I took advantage of starting over with my fitness to make some changes that will pay off in the future. If you spent a little too much time “recovering” from your last race of the season or have just fallen off your game, I […]

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One Ironman, Three Approaches

I had the great pleasure of coaching 3 first time Ironman athletes this November for IM Florida. It was an experience that deserves to be shared as it demonstrated so clearly how individualized coaching works. These were all online coaching athletes, which meant that I built their schedule on a weekly basis and managed their […]

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Ironman Chattanooga–Bike Course pt 1

This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a couple days in Chattanooga. This gave me an opportunity to scout the bike course on a little recon journey. I will outline below my initial thoughts of the course, and in the future discuss racing it and give you a number of tips for training […]

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Ironman Chattanooga Planning

In less than 7 days, scores of athletes will sit by their computers anxiously waiting for their opportunity to register for Ironman Chattanooga.  For many, this will be their first ever Ironman.  Their anxiety will be at an all time high as the fear of training and racing begins to feel a bit more real.  […]

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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 Power Trumps HR and RPE

In my last post, I discussed why I believe a power meter to be one of the best investments I ever made in this sport.  I am entering my 6th season of training and racing with power.  During that time, I have likely ridden over 15,000 miles.  One of the things a power meter does […]

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The Best Purchase I Ever Made

Both Jessica and I have been in the multisport world for about a decade each.  Over that time we have criss crossed the world training and traveling.  We have purchased numerous bikes, gear and gadgets.  While we might disagree on what bike is the best, we definitely agree on our best two investments. 1.  A […]

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Why do more?

My experience as a coach has taught me a number of valuable lessons.  One of the most influential is that sometimes less is more.  Many athletes comment that in the first few weeks of training with me that I am holding them back.  I am asking that they do LESS than they were previously doing. […]

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