Bikes, Brewing and Kombucha – Becca Schepps

Becca Schepps is a Creative Director & bike racer turned Kombucha brewer. As the creator/founder of Mortal Kombucha, she’s based in Boulder, CO but will always be 100% New Jersey at heart.
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SHOW NOTES:

Let’s start in NJ: I think we met almost a decade ago racing in the ECCC, right? What got you into bike racing?
What kept you in bike racing?
Why the move to Boulder, CO? What’s so freaking great about Boulder?
You’ve been super public about having diabetes: has that made you more passionate about bikes and exercise, do you think?
In addition to her day job, Schepps is a professional cyclist for Team Novo Nordisk, a team comprised of 15 women from 6 countries, all with type 1 diabetes. Their goal is to lead the way in diabetes education, advocacy, and research.
You write about bikes a lot too: I loved this http://www.bicycling.com/training/tips/how-to-handle-getting-dropped
Can you give us some of your best getting dropped advice you learned while writing that piece?
You mentioned Mortal Kombucha was an accident?
Let’s talk kombucha: why should everyone be drinking it (i am addicted.)
Handling balancing business and hustle with athletic endeavors? — did you shift from cycling to other stuff?
You started in copywriting for mainly cycling pubs and branched out—what was that like?
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Sept Q&A – Pushups, Beers, Weight Loss Plateau, CX World Cups

pushup, beer, kabush, weight loss, cyclocross, Intervals

Q & A Episode with questions from the listeners. Today Molly and Peter discuss their trip to the first two cyclocross world cups and cross-vegas (and Interbike).

Topics are Geoff Kabush hitting the record for beer-50pushups-beer in under a minute (he mentions this in the episode with him a few weeks ago). We talk about weight loss after you plateau but still want more and how to do max intervals (pacing). sept qa

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Tweet at us—@mollyjhurford and @peterglassford 

 


SHOW NOTES:

Kabush hilarious video for his pushup/beer challenge and grouse grind
Max effort intervals: how hard should you go
Peter article on intervals
Dealing with weight loss plateau/belly fat
weight lifting withPeter: how’s it going / what are you doing differently? coach
-= coach clance on instagram – https://twitter.com/clancelaylor?lang=en
= Laylor performance systems =-https://lpsathletic.com/
BMX Training 
 – Video of Peter riding BMX on instagram
core workouts — upper body / lower body: the myth of arm day
Cyclocross World Cup Coverage 
cx hairs twitter https://twitter.com/CXHairs
Molly on Performance Bike Facebook at Interbike

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Ironman Postmortem Episode

swim, bike, run, Ironman, Triathlon, skills, training, coaching, volume

Molly and Peter talk about their experience training for Ironman over the last year. They talk about what they liked about the process, hacks, learning and take-a-way skills and tactics you can transfer to whatever big scary event you are training for.

Check out Peter’s Post on BIG CRAZY GOALS on www.smartathlete.ca

And Molly’s top 10 takeaways over on Bicycling.com

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Social/links 

 Check out Peter’s Post on BIG CRAZY GOALS on www.smartathlete.ca 
 
ALL Ironman posts on consummate athlete  https://consummateathlete.wordpress.com/?s=ironman
Molly’s Posts on Ironman

BEST BOOKS FOR TRIATHALON TRAINING 


SHOW NOTES:

Thank Yous – it takes a community and a lot of inputs and energy to race anything but especially Ironman. 
What was the best thing about Ironman?
   – a chance to go out west and do a few big adventures, visit friends, be a beginner
  – molly nerves/ confidence in swim
**** LINK to Peter article on BIG CRAZY GOALS on www.smartathlete.ca 
What was the best part of training for Ironman?
    – learning to swim and double/triple days. training together.
   – molly – back to a training plan, training together
What would you do differently if you did it again? 
   – open water sooner and uphill/downhill running more
   – a little harder in bike
MOLLY – interval training
Would You do it again? 
   -> bucket lists and
   -> Negatives of training for Ironman – leeway to eat sugar/badly, sacrifice in other areas of life, stress on body, stress on family
    ->
The difference between Training for Molly vs. Peter 
  -> Swim – molly build vol vs. peter build skill/ability/equipment
  -> bike – Peter focused on efficiency/position/bike while molly built time/skill/endurance/engine
  -> run – Molly had time to build volume and body adapts well/enjoys vs. Petre limited time but needed to adapt ankles/calf (more confidence in engine/endurance/running for 12hrs/mindset)
  -> prep/transition/event knowledge => Peter had more unknowns around how event worked, rearch of event day, aid stations, rules etc.
What advice would you give to a cyclist who wants to do Ironman?
  – consider if your skill and speed is sufficient before adding volume
-try and perfect short course
-> Brave athlete ->
What advice to someone with limited endurance back ground (no swim bike or run)
   – learn skills/speed
  – many local and even bigger profile sprint, Olympic, short, Xterra style TRI that will help you refine position in all sports, develop speed and avoid injury due to over training/volume.
Best Swim Advice – what really helped? 
   – get comfortable (Total Immersion and the Latest Joe Friel Triathon Bible) helped Peter
   – to get fast need to work on cadence and the high elbow concept worked well for Peter (more with Rich Pady Podcast) and Book= Swim speed secrets for swimmers and triathletes
 – get into open water asap to work on sighting, and you may like it more.

Ultra-Running and Yoga – Tara Mayo

tara mayo

Tara Mayo on Ultrarunning, Yoga and Balancing It All
Tara is a vegan ultrarunning, hiking, mountain lover and a super bendy yoga teacher. When not busy doing one of those three things, she can be found in the kitchen with her kiddo creating recipes, working with clients or lost in a good book. She also talks about the interesting concept of having a Hair Salon in a Gym!

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BIO

Tara Mayo on Ultrarunning, Yoga and Balancing It All
Tara is a vegan ultrarunning, hiking, mountain lover and a super bendy yoga teacher. When not busy doing one of those three things, she can be found in the kitchen with her kiddo creating recipes, working with clients or lost in a good book.

Social/links 
 Read more about her here: 5 Easy Nutrition Tips from Vegan Runners http://blog.mapmyrun.com/5-easy-nutrition-tips-vegan-runners/
 

 

Instagram @mayo_tara Facebook Facebook.com/Tara.mayo.5

SHOW NOTES:

In this episode, we cover:
    1. What got you into running? Were you active as a kid?

 

    1. What made you want to go longer versus faster? (ultra vs something like 5Ks?)

 

    1. Ultrarunning tips? (For people who are already runners, and then for total newbies)

 

    1. Fueling on a vegan diet?

 

    1. Balancing training for that with everything else that you do! (do you think women have more trouble carving out solo time?)

 

    1. What do you think about on the long runs?

 

    1. Trail versus road versus treadmill: favorite/why?

 

    1. Molly loves that you run a hair salon in a gym. Best tips for women to keep hair decent post-workout?

 

    1. Where did yoga come into play?

 

  1. What kind of yoga do you teach/prefer to practice?

 

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Instagram @mayo_tara Facebook Facebook.com/Tara.mayo.5

Boundless Adventure – Paul Trebilcock

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The Boundless adventurer Paul Trebilcock joins us today to talk about doing lots of sports, finding adventure and making a TV show. So many great take-a-ways today to apply to your life and favorite sports.

Check out the Show Notes at www.consummateathlete.com

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BIO

Paul Trebilcock, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, Philanthropist
Of all the goals and accolades Paul has achieved as a professional (which includes co-founding/hosting the reality adventure show Boundless), his proudest accomplishment is starting the Kids for Kenya-Toilet Run, which supports the building of toilets at schools in Kenya.

Social/links 
Twitter: @Brooklyn_North Instagram: @turbocock
IMDB for boundless -> 3 seasons x 10 episodes on Esquire network (
 

SHOW NOTES:

1) what’s your sport background? Carpenter?
nickname Turbo?!

Featured in Sports Illustrated, Esquire Network
-> started as a carpenter, then started a bike messenger service in 1990
Outside of sport and competition, I’m a pretty regular guy, going to work every day and coming home to my family. In high school, I ran cross-country and track. It wasn’t until I started a bike courier business that I got into cycling. Riding every day quickly got me hooked on adrenaline. I eventually sought out other sources of adrenaline and started competing in endurance races that combine every type of physical activity you can think of. During the Costa Rica Adventure Race, we biked for 20 hours, trekked for 60 and kayaked for 32. Off-season, I train three times a day, usually starting with a 6 a.m. high-intensity bike ride. When I am not training, I also love to take on new adventures as part of Boundless, a reality adventure TV show that I co-founded and host. While I’m obviously competitive, I’ve learned that the journey is more important. Of all the goals and accolades I’ve accomplished, my proudest is starting the Kids for Kenya Toilet Run which supports the building of toilets at schools in Kenya.

2) how did you start Boundless? The jump from two friends adventuring to a TV show is not a small one.

3) What was your favorite adventure/episode – was it the one you were most looking forward to before the show/in planning?

4) craziest moment? is there a method or mindset you use or have found useful during times of emergency or danger?

5) Training for being a ‘consummate athlete’ or to be ‘boundless’ … How can you be ready for these? (ie. ironman without being on the bike for months before?)

5) 3 seasons of a TV is certainly an accomplishment, where do you go from here?
– your back to MTB, is that the favorite?

6) For the 1/2 Ironman in Thailand – what did you learn about triathlon that you wish you knew before?

7) seems like you’ve made more of a dive into the wellness side of fitness now. Has this always been an interest?
-> you mention ‘small things to keep the body happy so it can go forever in one of the episodes’ … what are some of those little things?

 

8) BOOKS that have influenced you.

 

 

Multi-Day Running – Emily Allan-Dakin

emily dakin
Emily Allan-Dakin is an athlete from Ontario, Canada, and she’s running the 895km Bruce Trail end to end in June to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. (only a few days away from finishing on schedule!
22 DAYS. 895 KM. 1 GOAL.
From June 10 to July 1, 2017, Emily Allan will run the length of the Bruce Trail, 895km from end to end, to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Emily will run nearly a full marathon each day while aiming to raise over $13,425 ($15/km) for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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BIO

Over the past six years Emily has cycled across the Canadian Rockies twice, and in 2016 she rode around the perimeter of Prince Edward Island, all in support of CF. This year, however, she has decided to take on a new endeavor.
Running the entire Bruce Trail in three weeks means running an average of a marathon per day on some of Canada’s most technical hiking trails. It won’t be easy, but I know that Sarah will be on my shoulder, pushing me along the way. And I know that anything ‘hard’ that I experience will be nothing in comparison to what she went through. I know that any extra breaths I take will help make a difference, thanks to donations from people like you, towards ground-breaking research, treatment, and care so that others with CF can take more than 30% of the breaths of a full life.

Social/links 
 ->To donate and see the details of the route and progress
 
Emily & Dan: endtoendcf@gmail.com
Media Requests: dandakinmedia@gmail.com

SHOW NOTES:

 What drew you to raising money to end CF?
Why the Bruce Trail? (And what is it for those who don’t know)
First attempt?
Any other long runs before this?
What are your goals for it?
Who/What will support this epic adventure?
How have you trained?
Biggest challenges you’re facing? Ryan Atkins recently tried and failed to set the Fastest known time—are you nervous?
Tips RE ultra running
RELATED EPISODES:
Jan 9/2017 – Running Marathons with Aimee Shilling = https://goo.gl/OHNdQy

The Consummate Athlete Podcast Guide to Training Like Wonder Woman

Resident comic nerd Molly here! So, I went to see Wonder Woman last night, and naturally, as someone who loves the whole Consummate Athlete lifestyle, it got me super motivated to train. And that led to thinking about how to train like Wonder Woman. I started flashing back to some of the rad guests we’ve had on the show, and thinking about which ones would be the most relevant, and get me the closest to Wonder Woman-levels of fitness and skill.

(If you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer here!)

Pretty rad, right? So, let’s talk about training like a superhero, and get inspired!

How to Parkour with Adam McClellan

Of course, I have to open with Parkour. All the crazy free-running that happens in that movie immediately made me think of Adam and the couple of sessions that I’ve had with him, and some of the great advice he’s given on the show!

Peak Performance with Steve Magness & Brad Stulberg

These guys are brilliant, and so is their book. (Get a copy here.) While they might not teach any Wonder Woman-specific skills, if you’re doing any kind of training while mixing it with regular life (or, in her case, trying to stop a war and learning about the world of man… I’ll stop being a nerd now, I promise), this is a good one to listen to.

How to Start Obstacle Course Racing with Lindsay Webster

I kind of think Lindsay might actually *be* Wonder Woman, to be honest. Schlepping heavy weights like they’re nothing, bouncing over obstacles, racing for hours on end… Yeah, sounds about right. This was a super fun episode to record, and even more fun for me to re-listen to so I can steal some leaping-buildings-in-a-single-bound advice.

(Want a guy’s perspective? It’s also worth listening to our earlier episode with her husband,  OCR World Champ with Ryan Atkins!)

How to Run a Marathon with Aimee Shilling

Hey, you don’t get to comic hero level without an endurance base, and Shilling is the woman to talk to about that, since her marathon-running schedule is absolutely insane.

Self-Defense & Awareness with Krav Maga with Dan Gador

Those fight scenes don’t just happen, they take a ton of work. I personally loved this episode—and am so intrigued by Krav Maga—because it combines the stuff I was interested in with MMA with a bit more of a self-defense “I can actually kick your ass” side. And the basis isn’t kicking ass, it’s being aware of your environment. Not unlike Parkour, honestly.

How to Get Strong with Power Lifting with Robert Herbst

I mean, that tank didn’t lift itself.

How to Swim with Total Immersion Swimming

One of the early scenes is Diana saving Steve Trevor from the ocean. Now, I’m a good swimmer and this episode was a really interesting one for new swimmers, but I’m not sure I could pull a guy out of a plane 50 feet underwater. But next time I’m in the pool, I might try to touch the bottom in the deep end. Just for funsies.

Erin Taylor on Why You Need Yoga in Your Life and How to Hit Reset

Watching some of the fight scenes, especially the ones where the Amazons are just practicing, made me feel super self-conscious about my extreme lack of flexibility. Erin Taylor’s Hit Reset and Jasyoga is perfect because it’s yoga tailored to those of us who are more athletic, and less inclined to get serious about a true yoga practice.

Rock Climbing with Leslie Timms

A couple of the scenes in the movie centered around rock climbing (or tower climbing, to be more precise). And I don’t know any other woman I’d want giving me advice about climbing other than Leslie Timms, one of the top women climbers in the world and an all-around badass.

It’s pretty cool to realize how many episodes we’ve done that can all speak to this idea of being like Wonder Woman, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Really, if you dig on mythology, the Amazons were sort of the first Consummate Athletes, so it makes sense.

Get training! (And let us know in the comments if you liked this article!)

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May 2017 Q&A – Muscle Soreness, Sweet Potato, Macro-Nutrients

may q&a

This week is our Q &A. Thanks for your questions. Feel free to submit more questions for next month at www.consummateAthlete.ca

DOMS while Cycling

Macro-Nutrients for Athletes

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes


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SHOW NOTES:

DOMS from intense Cycling 
QUESTION:
You mentioned DOMS in regards to running, but I’d like to know more in regards to cycling. I’m a masters cyclist and I seem to get a horrible case of DOMS a few times a year. I never bonk or cramp during events, but after races (not training) I sometimes get DOMS a few days after a very hard race. My glutes, hamstrings, quads, ITB, hip flexors all get inflamed and then my lower back starts to seize and I can’t walk, bend over etc.Any thoughts on preventing this? Is this a post race hydration issue? Massage, cool down, recovery ride? Supplements, electrolytes?

ANSWER:
A few added thoughts from this information,
a) making sure you are conditioned for the intensity and demands of the race is first response when I deal with cramping, back pain or excess soreness.

b)  making sure to cool down and maybe even a recovery day spin may help as well but also making sure not to overdo it the day or two after, don’t rush back! You might just need a recovery spin the day after and then an off day 2 days out. It is often tempting to go back to the regular, textbook schedule but the body may not go on that rhythm.

c) if you are taking any anti-inflammatories during or after the race that would also be something to avoid to make sure you are not masking symptoms, and again be getting feedback on how your preparation was for that event.

1) A lot of times a good warmup/cooldown will help … make sure not going hard immediately and not giving some time to get body cooled down at the finish.

2)  more calories in ride and/or around rides -> don’t skimp on in-ride fuel (this robs your work capacity too) and also don’t skimp after the ride.   Other meals can certainly be more protein/veggies if trying to reduce calories/increase nutrient density.

3) and upping protein intake (think extra egg at breakfast, extra meat serving dinner, maybe some whey protein after ride)

Any or all of those 3 are common causes of cycling soreness in the absence of very hard mountain biking (eccentric loading/pounding) or crashing.

QUESTION: Sarah asks about Macro-Nutrients and how much good nutrition will improve performance?

=> Many options depending on genetics, goals, body type, age and gender.

=> Performance improved by optimal body composition, sleep, mood and energy which are all a result of good nutrition.

 

QUESTION: HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATOES?

ANSWER: Sweet Potato Recipes/methods

1st fastest sweet potato method -> Microwave (this is a game changer for a lot of people)
-> Many microwaves have a ‘potato’ button … press it twice and put 1 potato in and it almost always will be pretty close. Add a minute or two as required at end.

->  Poke a hole in it and put it in a microwave for 4-8 minutes (if under a beer bottle size it is closer to 4 and as it gets bigger then beer bottle closer to 8min)
-> Top it with cinnamon, salt hot sauce and/or mustard for easy/low cal flavor  (to taste)
=> adding eggs, meat, veggies etc. to taste
=> actually really tasty with a bit of nut butter as well

2nd fastest sweet potato method  ~20min with ~4 min of work (I often leave this going on low while I do some morning core/calisthenics/stretching)
-> cut up into ‘chips’ and fry, on low, covered with coconut oil
-> add eggs and spinach to the same pan

3rd fastest sweet potato method
-> bake 4+ while making another meal and keep them in a Tupper-ware!
-> don’t over cook them (ie. to the point there are juices running) as this usually is not as good the second day when you reheat or eat cold.

4th option – slow cooker
-> throw a hunk of meat and BIG chunks of sweet potato and onion, maybe some celery in a slow cooker and let it go on low
* sweet potato will get pretty soft so if you can add them in last 2-4hrs likely better but not mandatory

5th option – BBQ  (can do these in frying pan as well)
-> cut into lengthwise pieces … this is somewhat dangerous to do with a knife … cut a flat edge initially then leave that face down to provide more stability
-> cut thin slices and place the long ‘slabs’ on the bbq
-> for some reason these are more delicious and easier to handle on a grill then ‘chip’ cut.

March Q & A – Threshold, Sickness, Intervals

Threshold, Training when Sick, Intervals on Hills

March Q & A – thanks for questions !

Submit questions for April at www.consummateathlete.com


Social / links 

Tweet at us! —@mollyjhurford and @peterglassford
 
 

Questions 

what are we up to?
-oxnard
-crossfit
-Increasing training volume
what are we reading?

How do you start training, increase volume or increase intervals without burning out ? 

what is my threshold?

 = not everyone is a 60 min threshold and not everyone can hold 95% of their cp20 for 60 minutes. If you are struggling with zones of your cp20 or what you think is your threshold try using 10% of cp20 , or trying a longer TT 30-40min long for a better estimate.
 = Software is WKO+ that Peter referenced and uses with all his Smart Athlete Coaching Clients, it will help model your threshold much more accurately then generalized formulas based off TTs .

Question about Frequent Sickness with Kids – how to ease back into training ?
   – mentioned zinc lozenges, Vitamin C and Hand washing.
   – watch training load – be happy with consistency more then suffer-festivals
Nutrition changes where to start ? 

Intervals on hills . Remember flat power and also that the time in-between intervals is important consideration .

Training for Time Crunched Cyclists – Jim Rutberg

Key Words: Training, Cycling, Busy People, Productivity, HIIT, Threshold, FTP

Jim Rutberg joins us today on the show to talk about the new 3rd edition of The Time Crunched Cyclist that is due out in March 2017. We talk about marketing/business practices for coaches, training tactics for those with limited time and what is new in the book, including strength training and a huge nutrition section.


BIO

jim-rutberg

Jim was a collegiate cyclist and raced after college as well before starting with CTS as a coach in 2000. He started writing books/web content and has written 8 books at this point on cycling and, recently, on ultra-running. His book ‘The Time Crunched Cyclist’, co-authored with Chris Carmichael, is a popular handbook for the busy athlete.

 
 

Questions 

Working in bigger coaching company
In CTS, can see how other coaches work with other athletes, good network of coaches and athletes
“Coaching can be a hard industry to make a living in”
good / bad practices for coaching success
Success of a coach isn’t necessarily connected to coaching ability, a lot related to network/environmental factors
Common coach mistake:: people over-rely on science end of coaching vs personal. Don’t forget you’re dealing with a human
What is time crunched cyclist ?
Time Crunched: 6-8 hours per week available for training. Just don’t have enough training time for standard periodization plan
People who can’t do normal periodization don’t have the time or focus to make that work. Life has to be pretty predictable to make that work. The busier a person is, they have to prioritize something other than structured training.
Want people to perform well, have fun and be competitive in a reasonable time frame
Adapted to the reality of people’s lives
3rd edition changes
People have been following along for awhile, Low volume high intensity: people make slow progress cycle after cycle or use it periodically but at some point hit a limit on what they can do with the training alone with time limits / limits on intensity can handle in week
You reach a point where you can’t add more workload–no more room
Body weight becomes a factor: can improve power to weight and VO2max by losing weight
Most masters he works with only had 10-15lbs to lose.
Skip junk food/start exercising –this audience already doing it
Weight vs composition?
Always been a debate re weight training for endurance athletes
  – As we age, benefits to gaining muscle mass
  – Strength training becomes more important
  – Most people just want to stay fit and enjoy the ride, and be a well rounded human
   – Most people can fit body weight exercise into the day
Reverse periodization: harder efforts further away from the event, then volume
The TCC plan basically increases VO2max quick but it won’t be able to last long, fatigue builds quickly
In an optimal world, we do volume and endurance base training, the TCC largely excludes this except for blocks of endurance when time/vacation allows.
Most important thing for time crunched cyclist is CONSISTENCY. Maintain schedule even on easy weeks. Back off intensity, but stay on schedule
Would you rather be really good for a short period of time or mediocre all year?
Athlete identity is huge–but being an endurance athlete is really difficult
This sport is too hard to continue doing when it’s not fun, the TCC helps people go fast for a targeted time/duration as long as they take the rest between blocks and during week .
TCC Most Commonly misunderstood: 3 hour limit
In the book, the workouts get you ready for rides and races under 3 hours. And there’s this idea that if you can’t do an epic 6hr ride you’re not a real cyclist. Look at what you’re preparing for and what you want to be good at. You’re not getting shortchanged.
People are a little scared that somehow they’ll be at a disadvantage if they ride less hours. But difference can be quality. Someone can have more matches to burn but you still have matches. You just need to be smarter.
Strategies for when life gets in the way:
Fit it where you can
Start by carving out time that’s least likely to get interrupted
Restructure around schedules as possible (i.e. Doing recovery around a business trip)
Don’t stress about missing an occasional workout. We’re not getting paid for this.
If fitting a workout in is a stressor versus a stress relief mechanism, need to look at why we’re doing things
Total stress on body is what matters, not exercise stress
Oftentimes, family is happier when athlete is on a training plan and not stressing about what to be doing–can just do it!
Sometimes the answer is making it ok to not do something, or taking more rest. (Can be antithetical to how Type A people think and act)! You need to get a person out of their own way
The longer you work with the athlete, the less the conversation has to do with training!
New workouts in 3rd edition?
Irony is writing a 3rd edition is that it has doubled in size now!430 pages
With each edition, added training plans. This edition rearranged them and added.
Training plans divided by time and style, from criterium to CX to centuries to endurance MTB (long endurance still surprises people)
“You may not have the fastest 12hr race but you can be ready for it”
Added in 2 Michelin star chefs with some recipes that fit in with eating behaviors discussed in book–eating healthy but tasty can improve morale!
How to get book?