Grit – traits of great athletes

I have been thinking quite a bit lately about what the traits are that define great athletes. Of course the old adage of picking your parents well has a lot to do with it. However I have seen average folks do well with the talents they have regardless of their genetic gifts. I have also seen athletes make life long … Read More

Avoiding illness this season

I hate getting sick! I am pretty sure I am not alone. We endurance athletes are a funny bunch. We are more than willing to hammer for hours on end on the bike, run mile after mile, complete brick after brick and strength train like Olympic weight lifters without a complaint. Inevitably we all push our luck, get sick and … Read More

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

The title of the article says a lot about me, the people I coach and how a race went down over the weekend that I want to share with endurance competitors. I have had my fair share of obstacles in life to overcome and sports is no different. I have had bad years, good years and great years as an … Read More

The “Odd Season” and Transition Timing

In terms of sports seasons we usually talk about the race season and the off-season but right now I am dealing with the odd season. The odd season is that time of the year when you are between your last major A/Priority event or race and the off-season. This can be a mentally and physically tough time of the year. … Read More

Staying Frosty, The Best Performance Boost Ever!

As I write this article it is late summer and its hot, really hot! Over the winter months I performed several experiments while training to monitor how heat impacted my performance. Let me be very clear on what I mean by experiment. I didn’t use a detailed or written test protocol that I can share in this article. I am … Read More

The pre race warm up

I have written about warming up and cooling down after races and training rides in the past and even had some interesting comments about cool downs but this season I have had more conversations with athletes I coach about pre race warm ups. What do I mean by a pre race warm up? This is a training ride done the … Read More