Team MPI Newsletter
July 28, 2020
Starting in March, most of us have endured a steady stream of canceled and deferred races--a torturous "drip drip" of bad news across all endurance sports.
We aren't the only ones dealing with canceled and deferred dreams and goals. Olympic athletes around the world saw their life goal moved an entire year!
We amateur athletes can learn a lot from the elite competitors about how to set big goals in a way that won't backfire on us if things change, move, or get canceled. The key: they break down their goals into smaller pieces and focus on the process, not the goal itself.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, RUNNERS did marathons. The mentality (at least given by my Dad's group of running pals) was that if you entered a marathon, you needed to be able to run the entire thing.
There was never any talk of a run-walk methodology, despite Jeff Galloway's now wildly popular "Galloway Method" that he developed in the mid-70s.
This method helps delay muscle fatigue, minimize the risk of injury from overuse, reduce core temperature, and recover quicker (during and post-run). Learn more about how it works and how to try it!
Coach Maria's Monday Minute
This week on Maria's Monday Minute: Swimming Head Position
The pools are open - I say again, the pools are open! At least they are in NW Florida. Since reopening, I’ve been working with athletes to improve their swimming form and I find one issue to be more common than the others--HEAD POSITION.
Learn more about how proper head position can dramatically improve your overall swim!
Coach Laura's Coach Tip Tuesday
This week on Coach Tip Tuesday: Stress Reserves Do Have A Cap
No one reading this needs me to tell them that the last several months have been stressful for almost every single person on the planet.
You’ve heard me say it before: stress is stress, and the body doesn’t care what the source of it is. What I mean by this is that while your brain might be able to differentiate between stress from work and stress imposed by a workout, your body only knows that stress is being imposed on it.
Keep reading over on our blog!
Team MPI Athlete Anniversary Spotlight
Heath Port is celebrating his one-year anniversary with Team MPI and Coach Maria Netherland.
We invited Heath to share a bit about himself and pass along wisdom he's learned along the way.
1. What accomplishment during your time with Team MPI are you most proud of?
Before I got involved with Team MPI I had primarily focused on distance running, but I had always admired my wife, Kelly's, participation in triathlons. The prospect of adding to my toolbox of events always appealed to me.
Cycling is something that was more of a casual activity and in the past year I am proud of the strength, endurance, and general confidence I have built both in road cycling and mountain biking as I mix them in with my running.
I am still working on incorporating swimming, but I have also taken up stand up paddleboarding and have looked for races with this element.
2. What's one thing you've learned about yourself through endurance sports?
I think the biggest thing I have learned is to 'listen' to my body. I have what I would consider a high tolerance for discomfort/pain. While that has helped me from a mental toughness perspective, it sometimes led me to over train or train through pain, which impacted my ability to fully recover and perform at my best.
Understanding this has helped to give myself some grace as I recover from an injury. I am still not perfect in this regard but have definitely learned a lot.
3. What's one thing you appreciate about your coach?
Coach Maria is great at listening and being flexible. She is open and adaptive as I throw in new sports that I want to try and incorporate into my training. She is also responsive to the fact that I have a busy professional and family life and helping work my plan and goals to align.
4. What's something on your bucket list? (Could be sports-related or not)
While I have enjoyed the outdoors and camping since I was a child, I have never had the opportunity to really dive in and do a long backcountry trip. I would love to go to some exotic place, like Patagonia, and backpack with good friends for several days.
5. What's your go-to tasty snack before a long workout?
Before a long morning race, I have stumbled into the routine now where I need a cold brew coffee with coconut milk and a bacon gouda sandwich from Starbucks. If the workout falls in the afternoon, I enjoy a peanut butter crunch Clif bar before I dive in.
Team MPI Racing Calendar
Lauren finished her first 70.3 distance race, coming in 16th out of 60! Way to go, Lauren!
July 31- Aug. 2
This is an Olympic 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!
Go Fierce Women's Tri Bra
This custom bra is designed with comfort, breathability, and coverage as the top priorities. You'll stay cool, comfortable, and chafe-free whether you're hammering out training miles or crushing racecourses. Plus, you'll look like a pro, especially if you pair it with the Epix run shorts or tri shorts.
A blend of our Askin material in the front and Pro Eyelet Lite material on the shoulders for maximum temperature control
Full-print sublimation design- will never crack, peel, or fade
4-way stretch for excellent comfort & fit for a myriad of torso sizes and bust sizes (see size charts to find the best fit)
Light breast padding made from quick-drying fabric for maximum sweat absorption and drying while substantially increasing support resulting in less bounce and modesty in cold water.
Flat-lock stitching throughout to reduce the risk of chafing.
Visit our custom gear store to get all the details and order today!
Team MPI Tuesday Zwift Rides
Join a virtual group bike workout with Team MPI athletes and coaches!
When: Tuesday, July 28, 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 30, 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!