Tag Archives: ESP Podcast

Blue Ridge Outdoors Iron Cross XIII race report

The past decade has seen an explosion of new “challenge” events geared towards being inclusive to more athletes, while adding unique features. Mud runs and warrior runs have replaced the venerable trail run, while trail ultra-marathons continue to grow. In the cycling world, the Gran Fondo has emigrated from Europe...
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ESP Tipcast 72 follow-up: Building toward 2016

On Tipcast 72 I discussed the importance of using your off-season as a springboard for next season’s success. Sound like old advice? Yup, you’re right. But the truth is, many athletes still fall well short of the mark in the off-season by resting too much, or simply having no coherent...
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2015 XTerra Season is a wrap!

Time passes so fast at times its hard to keep up. It seems like the my 1/2 marathon and Myrtle Beach were years away and just yesterday. OK, enough with the cliches, but seriously, this season has been a tornado in many ways, with its ups and downs, so I suppose...
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Performance Optimal: Can micro-dosing really improve performance?

In a continuing series of articles and podcast as we lead up to the World Cycling Championships in September, I delve into doping through micro-dosing. As testing has became more stringent in the 2000’s, it is believed that athletes, including pro cyclists, moved to micro-dosing drugs like EPO to reap...
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(Stop the) Swimming insanity: Why most swim programs are dumb

There is one inevitability of training, no matter how well-intentioned, someone will always find a way to add complete insanity to a sport. In the sport of triathlon, its swimming. What’s equally insane is that many triathletes see this as completely normal. Let’s face it, though, endurance athletes are predisposed...
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Redemption comes at XTerra RVA!

Flashback to 2013: I was coming into amazing form, probably the best since I quit racing half a decade earlier. Luck seemed to be on my side at that year’s Xterra East Champs in Richmond, when huge amounts of rain saw the swim cancelled and the even turned into a duathlon....
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