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Are you at risk for a performance setback?

The other day I was chatting with a friend and I told her that there was no way that I would have been able to write my new book, Athlete to Triathlete , six years ago. Even though I've been a triathlon coach for over 13 years, several things have changed over the years that have helped me become better coach triathletes and understand the sport of triathlon. For example, on Pg. 35 of my book, I address several factors that can place an athlete at risk for a performance setback. Setbacks are no fun. They are frustrating, distracting and depressing.  While motivation and excitement can help you show up to a training session, as an athlete, it's your responsibility to be an active participant in all aspects of your life. Seeing that lifestyle choices impact your training, your athletic success is built on great body-mind awareness. In my book, I will help you train smarter and improve the odds of maintaining consistency with your training, all while building confidence for ra

The 5's of mindful holiday eating

For athletes, social eating at holiday parties family gatherings and end-of-the-year events can be challenging. Even with the best intentions, it can be difficult to stay consistent with nutritious eating when you are overwhelmed by so many calorie-rich food choices. No need to skip your work holiday party, the family cookie-swap, your child's holiday function or your team social. Here are a few tips to help you feel good about your eating choices and improve your relationship with food. Sit down -  Instead of eating standing up, put food on a plate, sit down and focus on the present moment. You will enjoy your food much more when you give eating your full attention.   Slow down - Intentionally chew slower than normal.  When you eat slowly, you will notice your food and enjoy it much more.  Savor - Enjoy every bite. Use all of your senses and eat without distractions. Remind yourself that the first bite is always the most flavorful.  Simplify - Create an environment where y

The ultimate cycling experience: Haute Route Alps!!

Pic Source We are registered for the 20202 Haute Route Alps !!  For the past 8 years, we have been traveling to Europe every other year to visit Karel's family in his hometown of Znojmo, Czech Republic. For the past 3 visits ( 2014 , 2016 , 2018 ) we combined our trip with racing Ironman Austria - which is now one of our favorite race venues. For the past few years, I've been wowing over this event called the Haute Route Alps (pronounced "oat" "root". The more videos I watched and more I learned about the event, the more excited we got for a new challenge (Karel and I like to share our crazy adventure ideas together). Although we are not removing ourselves from the sport of triathlon (we are already registered for two Ironmans and 5+ half IM's between us), we are constantly seeking different/new events to keep our spark alive for endurance training and racing. Through long distance training and racing, we have both developed great endurance,