The "Off Season"

I don't think there really should be such a thing for amateur athletes. To me, the off-season is about keeping your fitness, not losing it. After I finished my career as a pro cyclist, I still trained pretty hard in the spring and summer and thought I needed to take time off in the winter like I did when I raced professionally. I started to realize that... Read More

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Spending Time In The Pool During The Off-Season

September and October are the months to relax in the pool. For most, the season has concluded and a mental break is needed for both the coach and the athletes.* I’m a proponent that it's ok to get a little out-of-shape so you have something to get back into. This means that you continue to attend your regular swims and maintain your feel for the water (and as you always do: arrive on-time so as to not be the cause of discontent to the coach on deck) but you know that the intensity level will be less than at other months of the year. Read More

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How Does Cyclocross Benefit Road Cyclists?

You may be wondering how you as a dedicated roadie can benefit from the sport of cyclocross. There are many reasons, some compelling, and some just fun! Read More

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My Ironman Story

Over a beer, we told our war stories, gloated a little, ate a lot and then swore we would never do one again. After all, Ironman isn’t just hard, it's crazy! Read More

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My First Ironman: Coeur d'Alene 6/24/12

I honestly don't know where to begin. This has been more than just a race for me. In the process, I've been through more emotions than I knew I had and I've learned so much about myself and what I really want out of life. Way too much thinking and feeling for me! Read More

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Mont Tremblant Race

took that in and kept remembering Chrissie Wellington’s crash ten days before winning the IM World Championships last year. This setback was just that: just a setback. It changed my plan for sure, but I always have felt like things happen for a reason. Even if we can’t figure out what that reason is, there is a reason. Read More

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Do Less to Do More

There is an adage in the training world that the optimum training load will be the least amount of work that produces the desired results. Many athletes though are of the “more is better--and more than that is best” philosophy. Read More

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