The Biggest Mistakes Athletes Make When Hiring a Coach

As FTP coaching approaches our fifth anniversary, I am reflecting on the lessons learned both as a coach and an athlete.  Over the past five years, I have worked with over 100 different athletes.  They have ranged from a 19 year old eager, army athlete to a 65 year old woman who has trained for […]

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Doping and the Future of Triathlon

Sometimes coincidences strike you at an odd time.  In my never ending quest to love the trainer, I have dedicated myself to watch the ESPN 30 for 30 series on Netflix.  Surely sports and investigative journalism can keep my attention for 50-75 minutes. The other night I watch the 9.79* documentary that chronicled the rise […]

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What Matters? FTP Coaching Athletes Share Their Success Habits

I read a sobering statistic yesterday: The average American watches 4 hours and 55 minutes of TV per day. That means that each WEEK they spend 1.5 days watching TV. 1.5 days out of 7!! I found that so appalling. What a waste of time. As athletes, we hopefully spend some of our free time on more healthy […]

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Book Review – The Art of Mental Training

I wanted to share this short book with you as we get close to Ironman Chattanooga. Some of the variables of this Ironman course have shaken the confidence of athletes (the shorter time to finish combined with a longer bike) and now is a great time to focus on what YOU can change – your […]

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IM Chattanooga T-shirt

Here is the design.  It is subject to change just a bit as I work with the artist, but the concept should stay the same.  They will be cotton t-shirts like the ones we have done in the past.  Men & women’s sizes are available.  You can order for yourself or order for your family.  […]

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What is My Job Title? Professional

As a coach, I wear many hats…motivator, doctor, psychologist, marriage counselor, etc. I anticipated the multiple roles well before I became a coach.   But I also wear several hats when it relates to running the business.  As such, I never really know what to call myself. Several months back I received a call from […]

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FTP 2014 Summer Gear

Time to order spring & summer gear.  As always, you are under NO obligation to buy.  We put this gear out for you all and to help build team camaraderie.   Plus, it is a heck of a lot easier to identify you all in races.   Champ Sys needs 6-8 weeks lead time to print […]

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Ethics in Coaching and Your Responsibility as an Athlete

Most people will assume this blog is in response to the recent allegations levied against a local triathlon coach here in Nashville.  That is in part true.  Some is in response to a situation where we find ourselves at odds with another organization.   It also happens that Coach Jessica is taking an online course […]

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The Racer’s Remorse

How do you feel when you cross the finish line?  Are you full of joy and amazement from your accomplishment?  Are you ready to kill over and die?  Is there room for both? Racing is a personal contest with yourself.  While you may toe the line with hundreds or thousands of competitors, the race is […]

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Top 6: Items I’d Love to Own

While there are many days that I feel I hit the jackpot with this job, the reality is MegaMillions hasn’t sent me a check with enough zeros to make my eyes bulge.  And until that time comes, I’ll keep plugging away in the world of coaching.  Despite not winning millions of dollars (yet), it doesn’t […]

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