The Athlete PEACE Survey

Hello! I am a Boulder based Olympian and former World Champion in triathlon. I now spend my time doing sport science research in athletes. My previous study on mental toughness in endurance athlete can be found here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0193071 If you are interested in learning about your mental toughness, I created a quiz based on the results of that study: http://sisu.racereadycoaching.com I am currently the lead investigator for The Athlete PEACE Survey. Our aims are to … Continue reading

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Find your x

When I first got injured, my main objective was information gathering. I wanted to understand the nature of my injuries and how to fix them. It was obvious from the start that the answers to those two questions were complex; what was not at all obvious was that 8 years later, even though I now know the nature of my injuries, I would still be trying to “fix” the injuries. Early on, doctors all asked … Continue reading

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The Desert Allegory

Imagine you have to walk through the desert to get to much needed water. Imagine that the shoes on your feet are a size too small. They were super cute when you bought them, but suddenly, when you most need them, you realize they just don’t fit right (don’t you hate that?), but they were expensive, so you keep them. And now you’re stuck. At first, when you start your journey, the too small shoes … Continue reading

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Override Button

We all need an override button. A button that can be pressed to prevent us from making bad decisions. A button to override thoughts of going out to train when we know we shouldn’t, or conversely, a button that would help override the inclination to skip a training session for no other reason than lack of motivation. Lately, my override button has been seeing a lot of action. So much so I traded in my … Continue reading

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Training for Life

Training for life took on a new meaning for me last summer. I put racing on hold as I tried to figure out the next steps in dealing with my injuries. There was no point in subjecting myself to extra pain that would only result in a poor outcome. However, I still ran almost every day. My “training” wasn’t regimented as per my usual protocol. It couldn’t be. I was never certain, on any given … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word “failure” and how much I dislike it. It has such a negative connotation and truly does an injustice when applied to the world of sports. When an athlete does not achieve their goal, but tried very hard or just had a tough day, did that athlete fail? Tires or brakes fail causing accidents. Machines fail. You can fail a test. But, does adding 30 minutes to … Continue reading

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