Topic: Blogs

Why Happy Athletes Are More Successful (And How to Be One)

  “If I run happy, I run well.” – Kaci Lickteig, Western States Endurance Run Champion Kaci Lickteig is one of those people. You know, those people who can still smile when everyone else is grimacing, who has the presence of mind to thank course volunteers while climbing steep grades, and whose happy countenance and…

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4 Things Cyclists, Runners, and Triathletes Do Poorly

  You’re a smart person and endurance training isn’t rocket science. To be perfectly frank, you could probably figure out most subjects if you had the time and motivation to do so. So we understand if you’re looking at a bunch of training manuals, websites, and magazines and figuring you can handle this training thing…

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Build an Unbeatable Ultrarunning Support Crew in 6 Steps

  You spend a lot of time inside your own head during an ultramarathon, and entering an aid station sometimes feels like a brief and welcome visit to civilization. Most ultras now have such comprehensive race provided support that a runner doesn’t absolutely need his or her own personal support crew, but it sure is…

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The Definitive List of What to Carry on Epic Cycling Adventures

  When your derailleur hanger snaps off in the middle of nowhere your choices are limited. You’re either going to make your bike into a single speed or walk, unless of course you are carrying an extra derailleur hanger… Epic endurance cycling events like Dirty Kanza, Cape Epic, Breck Epic, and Rebecca’s Private Idaho are…

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Caffeine and Performance in Ultrarunning

Several years ago while pacing my wife during the latter stages of the Run Rabbit Run 100 I vividly remember stumbling upon a ream of a dozen 200-mg caffeine pills. I wondered whether the runner who dropped the package was simply lazy and had not cut the foil-constrained ream down into more realistic chunks of a…

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Can You See Me Now!? Winning the Fight for Visibility.

  “You’re invisible out here,” said the older gentleman who turned left out of a driveway on the opposite side of the road and drove across four traffic lanes before nearly pinning me to the curb. Invisible, and therefore responsible for our near collision despite riding in a bike lane, in broad daylight, wearing bright…

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ADAPT: A 5 Step Plan for When Everything Goes Wrong

By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” —Mike Tyson If you do one single thing at a high enough intensity for long enough, every once in a while everything goes wrong. As much as you have trained and prepared, you will eventually…

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Tracking Training for Trail Runners

  By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Prescribing and tracking workload and work rate are essential components of effective training, for any endurance sport. Cyclists have it easiest because power meters directly measure mechanical work. Runners who stick to generally flat and smooth terrain have well-researched calculations for workload and work rate…

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