Team MPI Newsletter
July 21, 2020
The concept of interval training isn’t new in endurance sports. Even athletes who are new to their endurance sport of choice have at least heard of the concept: Do work for a set amount of time, then recover, then repeat that cycle for a predetermined amount of time. Voilà! You have an interval workout.
Like so many things in endurance sports, the strategy employed in interval training can be translated beyond sport into everyday life situations. The most common thought process I encounter with athletes is the “more is better” mindset. As I have said very frequently over the years: more is not better; better is better.
With the swim being the weakness for the majority of triathletes and the lack of ability to swim in the pool due to continued lockdowns and restrictions, there is more reason for people to seek out strengthening and simulation activities.
Over my years of being a triathlete, I have developed some sport-specific strength training programs.
The key is knowing the correct exercises and drills that force your body to do it right. Here are 5 exercises that will help your swim without even getting in the water.
Coach Maria's Monday Minute
This week on Maria's Monday Minute: Meal-Prepping
This week, we’re going to discuss meal-planning. My family and I are getting back into meal-prepping. There are so many benefits to this. Learn what's driving this decision and some of the benefits we enjoy!
Keep reading over at the blog!
Coach Laura's Coach Tip Tuesday
This week on Coach Tip Tuesday: "The Tortoise Always Wins"
Most of us have probably heard the age-old story, "the tortoise and the hare." In this week's Coach Tip Tuesday, Coach Laura helps us improve how we think about setting and pursuing goals. Head over to the blog to read all about it!
Team MPI Spotlight
Team MPI Launches Athlete Reward Program & Hires A New Marketing Director
This might be "old news" to a few of you, but in case you missed it, we launched our first athlete loyalty program for our Performance Coaching athletes and we hired a new marketing director!
Why do we think these are essential additions to Team MPI? The athletes we are so fortunate to work with trust us with their goals. We want to honor that trust and commitment by recognizing their loyalty to Team MPI. Our new loyalty program is just one small way that we can express our gratitude to the athletes who have invited us to be a part of their lives.
In addition to bolstering their Performance Coaching program, Team MPI hired Jen Jordan as their new marketing director. The goal is to expand the reach and influence of Team MPI in the endurance and multisport worlds.
Read the rest of the press release and learn more over at our blog!
Team MPI Racing Calendar
IRONMAN VR 15
Track/Velodrome 200m TT
San Diego, CA
July 17, 2020
Pride 5K Run/Walk (Virtual)
July 18, 2020
Warrior Women Triathlon (Sprint)
Fort Collins, CO
July 18, 2020
This is a 70.3 distance VR race!
Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what virtual races or events you're going to do so we can cheer you on!
Julie Bartolomei (& her wife, Betsy Mayer) completed the Pride Virtual 5K
Jennifer Pearce raced the in-person Warrior Women Triathlon!
Julie Bartolomei crushed the Velodrome 200m TT (And check out the mask-wearing!)
Snapshots From The Team MPI Community
Thanks for sharing your pics and adventures with us! We're always excited to see what everyone is up to. Here are just a few pics people shared on our Team MPI social media over the past 7 days!
Tim Bender shared some great advice: "Never stop and listen to self-doubt!"
Navarre Beach to Pensacola Beach round trip group ride!
Coach Maria and Team MPI Athlete Betsy Moore crushed a very muddy trail walk and breakfast in NWFL.
Team MPI Partner Product Spotlight
Quintana Roo & The American Bicycle Group
At Team MPI, we love giving the spotlight to companies that make great products and do good work in the multisport community and in the world.
Not long ago, the American Bicycle Group rolled out its Ocoee gravel and mountain bike line. Being located in the culture-rich state of Tennessee, they wanted to pay homage to the region with the name. The company discovered after the fact that the name was also connected to a horrible massacre. We'll let The American Bicycle Group speak for themselves:
Beset on all sides by beautiful rolling forests filled with meandering trails, lazy creeks, and craggy canyons, we’ve always been honored to impart our brand after local trails, mountains, and rivers. Such was true when we chose the name Ocoee in 2019 for our burgeoning gravel and mountain bike company, hearkening to the nearby Ocoee River, a tributary that flows just east of our Chattanooga headquarters. It’s simply our way of establishing a sense of place with you, our customers, showing you who we are. Thus, it was saddening for our team to learn that in the 1920s, a racially motivated massacre related to voting suppression that took place in a town of the same name in Florida.
So we opted to change. And while we change our name, we still retain that hearkening to our Tennessee roots… with Obed.
So what is Obed? It’s a gorgeous 45-mile long river to our north, with many of its miles maintained and protected by the National Park Service, designated as a national wild and scenic river in 1976. The Obed River is dotted by mountain bike, hiking trails as well as white water rafting and rock climbing points. It’s the area’s vitality that represents everything our bike brand should encompass.
With that in mind, we are proud to debut Obed. We’re excited to share with you our continued passion to ride and inspire. And of course, we look forward to seeing you out on the trails.
Team MPI is honored to continue partnering with Quintana Roo and their parent company, The American Bicycle Company. We're proud to work with companies who seek to do good and honor people at every level of their business--right down to the name of their product!
Team MPI Tuesday Zwift Rides
Join a virtual group bike workout with Team MPI athletes and coaches!
When: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: Zoom starts at 6 pm EDT, 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 EDT. The Zoom call will begin at 6 pm. Contact Coach Kelly for the Zoom link to join the event!
Team MPI Thursday Virtual Bike Workouts
Don't use Zwift? Don't worry! Coach Becky is launching a series of Thursday virtual bike workouts just for you!
When: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: Zoom starts at 4 pm MDT
There's no need to have a Zwift account for these sweat fest sessions, Coach Becky will be leading some RPE workout sessions (rate of perceived exertion). That means anyone can join!
Want in on the excitement? Just send Coach Becky an email so she can send you the link to join on Zoom!