Team MPI Newsletter
May 19, 2020
Endurance athletes usually have the type of personality to just push through as issues arise during a workout. After all, isn't that the main point of living an endurance athlete lifestyle? To keep going, no matter what? But is pushing through always the best answer?
I tell my athletes that you should always listen to your body. But what does that actually mean?
Coach David gives some practical (and applicable examples of *how* we can listen to our bodies!
TeamMPI Coaching Staff’s collective thoughts on our current COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects our attitude towards coaching athletes.
It’s important for athletes to understand the uniqueness of each person training, racing, and living during these ever-changing and challenging times as we move forward.
Our goal is to provide support, advice, and wise coaching to all our athletes in every circumstance and to “coach the individual”.
Team MPI Tuesday Zwift Rides
Join a virtual group bike workout with Team MPI athletes and coaches!
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: Zoom starts at 6 pm, the Zwift ride starts at 6:30 pm sharp!
Because Zwift doesn't quite support group structured workouts, there are a few extra steps you'll need to take to join the party. Here's how:
1. Follow Coach Kelly Ryan in the Zwift companion app and send her a note so she can add you.
2. Coach Kelly will invite you to the ride and you can "join" the meetup on Zwift
3. While you're spinning, waiting for the group to start, click Menu, and select the workout (this week's workout TBD).
4. You should now be back with the group, waiting for the workout to begin.
The Zwift workout will start at 6:30 pm EST. The Zoom call will begin at 6 pm. Contact Coach Kelly for the Zoom link to join the event!
Virtual race via Rouvy
Register online free!
NEW! Team MPI Anniversary Spotlight
Celebrating Beth Tucker
With the launch of our Team MPI Athlete Loyalty Program, we're so excited to feature some athletes who are celebrating their TeamMPI anniversaries!
To kick things off, we interviewed Beth Tucker who trains with Coach Laura and is celebrating her 3 year anniversary with Team MPI. We asked 5 questions to get to know Beth:
1. What accomplishment during your time with Team MPI are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the 2019 Syracuse Half Marathon. I ran that race perfectly for me and had negative splits for each 5k of the race. (Post-race photo included)
2. What's one thing you've learned about yourself through endurance sports?
I learned that I am stronger and much more capable than I think.
3. What's one thing you appreciate about your coach?
I appreciate Laura's honesty. She has ALWAYS told me exactly what I needed to hear and when I needed to hear it, even if it was challenging at the time.
4. What's something on your bucket list? (Could be sports-related or not)
The elusive IRONMAN 70.3 is on the top of my bucket list. Earlier in the year, I said to Laura that "2020 was going to be my year" after chasing it for three. Then COVID-19 happened so, guess not!
(Don't worry, Beth... you'll grab your 70.3!)
5. What's your go-to tasty snack before a long workout?
I just love a homemade acai bowl with extra fruit and granola.
😨 Post-Workout Comment of the Week 😅
"Good thing we talked earlier as I would have nothing nice to say right now to you! I still absolutely hate this workout and it makes me want to quit every time but the good thing is I didn’t quit... This is all I got other than I need to go back to the basement and find my lungs - I think I left them down there🥵
From an athlete coached by Coach Laura
Team MPI athlete post-workout comments are an important part of athlete-coach communication. They are often quite revealing and humorous in the aftermath of a workout gone well or awry!
Upcoming Team MPI Events
*Stay tuned for updates as we continue to follow CDC and government guidelines in light of COVID-19*
May 30-31, 2020 - Team MPI MTB Skills Clinic (Boise, ID)
June 20, 2020 - Open Water Swim Clinic (Boise, ID)
Looking for sponsored events? See listing of Invitation Only camps.