5 Tips for Being a Successful Athlete in a 24/7 World

We live in a 24/7 world with constant demands on our time and pressure to do more and more. The nature of social media and the ever-present smartphone feeds this pressure, whether it’s work emails coming in at 9:30pm or social media updates exalting everyone’s latest achievements. Athletes face the same career, family, and social pressures as everyone else, and …

Stop Holiday Parties From Wrecking Your Fitness and Exploding Your Waistline

As the Arctic Blast thoroughly chills a large portion of the nation, you might need some added motivation to stick with your training. What if I told you that you can wake up on January 1st without the spare tire you normally strap on during the Holidays? It’s much harder to lose weight than it is to gain it, because you …

Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Cramping

  By Chris Carmichael  Endurance sports are all about pushing yourself and testing your limits. Sometimes your brain has to step in and protect you from yourself, like when you bonk and your brain conjures up nausea in an effort to get you to slow down and address the problem. Other times your body skips protection and moves straight to …

Weekend Reading: Meaningful Gifts for the Endurance Athlete in Your Life

As I’ve gotten older I’ve noted a shift in the way I look at gifts. Sure, I still buy little niceties like a sweater or bottle of wine for people, but these days I’m not buying as many wrappable items for the people who mean the most to me. I want my gifts for these people to be experiential and …

SteadyState Intervals – The Cornerstone of Your Training for Summer Goals

Now is the time to figure out how you’re going to prepare for your summer goals. It’s not too late, but for athletes with a solid base of aerobic fitness I recommend a minimum of three months of structured, goal-oriented training in preparation for a goal event. For athletes who are starting out with a lower level of fitness, I’d …

Weekend Reading: Get Your Training Moving with this Mid-Winter OverUnder Workout

I am so happy to be in Santa Ynez, California this weekend. I love Colorado Springs, but so far this winter has been a tough one. We’ve had a few sustained periods of bitter cold, like many areas of the US in recent months, and I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to escape to warmer climates for training …