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November

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Being Fit Rocks! Big Holiday Specials

Being Fit Rocks!        I’ve had the privilege of coaching hundreds of athletes over the past 30 years and am continually inspired by how their choice to be fit positively affects their lives. That influential effect isn’t relevant to how fast or skilled an athlete is. Though it is related to their choice to maintain a daily consistent baseline of fitness—at which ever level they choose. Observing this, while consistently practicing my own diverse fitness program, has motivated me to publish more tools for athletes and aspiring athletes at all levels; whether that means offering coaching programs, how-to-books, or by sharing inspiring stories to motivate and encourage. I feel so strongly that Being Fit Rocks our lives in every way, that this holiday I want to offer you and […]

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Category: Books

31

October

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Putting Swimmers Workout Handbook to Use

Today I was coaching my usual noon, masters swim workout at Simpkins Swim Center. As I was writing the workout up on a white board for the swimmers to view, a regular Tuesday swimmer jested with me, “Isn’t that cheating?!” I was writing down a workout taken from a book I was looking through. “Nope,” I countered, “This is a book I wrote of swimmers workouts!” That said, my book, Swimmers Workout Handbook, is designed for recreational or competitive swimmers, triathletes and coaches to use. On the pool deck. Or when writing up your swim workouts for your club, team or swimmers. No cheating with this Handbook, just a smart way to give effective, interesting workouts every day. So have at it! A perfect […]

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Category: Books

28

June

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Sierra to the Sea

Kudos to the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) for hosting the 30th Annual Sierra to the Sea Bike Tour this past week—a 450 mile/7-day ride across our beautiful state. About 120 riders plus staff enjoyed an impressive 7-day route from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco on some of the most scenic and historic backroads our state has on offer. Each day of tough riding wound through little known towns, up memorable climbs and with views that remind us why we spend so much money to live in this state. I felt giddy, like a kid at Christmas each time we headed down yet another stretch of backroad I had never ridden. After sitting in a frigid river or swimming […]

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Category: Adventure

29

July

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Ocean to Mountains to Ocean—Quickly

After helping some open water swimmers get psyched about the ocean on Saturday, I headed up for a quick/big hike in Yosemite. Leaving the Valley early morning I headed up the John Muir Trail to top out in the afternoon in Tuolumne Meadows. I loved the huge/tough push, the heady granite visuals and pristine mountain lakes. Rugged hiking up high never gets easier—given that I have not been doing much hiking specifically, I could really feel the effort in my feet about 6 hours in. Yet the allure for it all just seems to continually deepen. From the ocean, then in close to triple digit heat in the mountains while pushing hard amidst the granite waves, it was sweetly pleasurable to […]

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Category: Adventure

20

April

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The Good News About Getting Out of Shape

A month in Bhutan with no bike, a running injury and a lot of excuses, left me back in CA in the worst shape that I can remember. Even if I am not training for an event or big (or small) adventure, I always train—for life. I enjoy swimming, biking, running, hiking, strength training and yoga while mixing in a couple other activities as desired. My body likes to cross train and even after all these years, I thrive on my activity time each day. So though I’m approaching 55, I haven’t known what it feels like to be in my 50’s and be totally out of shape. Now I know that it really really sucks. What I have known […]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

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February

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Know Yourself

Just did a, very enjoyable, 4:30 AM (Bhutan time) podcast interview for Science of Ultra Podcast about Dirty Inspirations and one particular moment popped out (I’ll let you know when the interview is live). Shawn asked me if there was one overarching aspect that I’ve learned in all my years of endurance racing that has served me the most and that I can share with other ultra athletes (and that happens to speak to everyone!) My response: Know yourself. Know your strengths, be honest about your challenges, admit, accept and work with, your shortcomings. Know your mind and how to train it, know your physical needs, and define what your intensions are at the start line of every race. Ask […]

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Category: Bhutan