March 28, 2016

On March 5th, Gordon Powell, a triathlete and runner that I coach, ran 2:54:03 at the Albany Marathon. With that performance, he set a big personal record, went well under the vaunted three-hour mark for the first time, and easily qualified for next year’s Boston Marat...

February 1, 2016

When dispensing training or nutrition advice, any good coach will include a disclaimer. While sound training principles are grounded in exercise science and/or proven training methods, the degree of an athlete’s physiological response can vary greatly based on the athl...

November 17, 2015

As an endurance athlete and coach, I've never liked the term "off-season."  It simply doesn't apply.  We may not be racing, but no athlete I know takes the colder months completely off.  In fact, many of us don't even stop racing!

Certainly, a break is needed...

September 22, 2015

As a teacher and a coach, I often fall back on one of my favorite quotations from John Dewey, the American philosopher and educator.  It comes from his book School and Society, immediately following a long explanation of his conception of a learner's mind: 

"I...

June 10, 2015

Ironman Texas - May 16, 2015

By: Chris Nasser (M 25-29)

What does Hawaiian lei signify during a post-race celebration?  To me, it is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of gratitude, the feeling of happiness, an overwhelming flood of joy with tears rolling down my smile-w...

April 6, 2015

​An endurance athlete who is looking to accomplish big things is in greater danger of working too hard than of not working hard enough.  Over the last twenty years as a coach, I have had to hold ambitious athletes back far more often than I have had to push lazy ones f...

February 25, 2015

A few years ago, I coached an athlete who didn’t like to run in the dark.  She lived in an unlit town, and training outside after sunset made her feel unsafe.  As we got closer to the cold months and it started getting dark earlier, she began to get nervous about how s...

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