I think it was Wolfgang Gullich who said, “The hardest part of training is starting.” He was close, but not completely correct. It’s true that starting to train is hard. It’s easy to procrastinate. But even worse is starting over because it’s often accompanied by regret or despair from what preceded it: an unplanned break. […]
All models are wrong. Some are useful.
~ George Box
I loved the idea of an app that could tell me to train or not to train, to go easy or go hard. Not having to make that decision was a relief. However, the current crop of HRV apps are more hazard than help. After using them for a couple years, I did a two-month, […]
On October 24th, 2016, I hired a coach. I had previously made so many mistakes that I was left with a declining work capacity and worries that I may not be able to train again. Months later, my coach told me, “I was surprised at how fragile you were.” Read more at Medium
It’s been known for a long time that training at one’s anaerobic threshold is not a magic bullet. Then why is it still so popular? Read more on Medium
It’s almost 4am and I’m crying in a rocking chair, trying to get my 2-month-old boy to go to sleep. Yesterday, Guy Lacelle died in an avalanche in Hyalite Canyon. For some reason it’s sadder when I hold a baby. Most people know that Guy was a great ice climber. That’s not news, although it […]
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. A friend and training mentor once told me, “The secret of the pros is that they train in secret.” For a while […]