How hiring a coach could save your life!

How much time are you investing in your training? Eight hours of training for 50 weeks ends up at 400 hours each year. That's 16.6 days... are you wasting a percentage of that time on bad training? Even if you're wasting 30% of those training hours on junk workouts, are you OK with that? That's almost 5 days wasted each year! If you're concerned, continue reading...

endurance coach joe sulak Taking a break from saving lives

endurance coach joe sulak Taking a break from saving lives

Three points to life saving
1) life requires time
2) time wasted is life wasted
3) saving time = saving your life

Q: How could I be wasting time with my workouts? They're all pretty hard and I feel worked! 
A: Intensity is the key here - are you training at the right intensities at the right time? Effective training means that you're acknowledging that fact that your body requires hard days, easy days, a lot of low intensity volume at specified times, short intervals, long intervals, etc. It's like making a pie. Tweaking the recipe a little can destroy your dessert. 

Q: How is using a coach any different than using a training plan found in a book or online?
A: A good coach knows how to interpret workout feedback and data and ALSO knows how to take that information and plot the best course to your goals. Training plans don't adjust for bad days, tired legs, hard day at the office, family stress, etc...all of which affect your ability to perform. Managing all of those variables and getting you to the start line feeling strong, fresh, excited and ready to execute on race day is a tricky balancing act. No one without a functioning crystal ball can pre-plan and take all of those variables into account, rendering all pre-made plans unsuitable for anyone who's serious. 

Q: Is it best to use a coach who gives you a weekly plan? My current coach provides one month at a time.
A: One month at a time may as well be some random plan online. It doesn't take into account variables and is unsuitable in my mind. An effective coach will adjust daily if necessary. Who wants to attempt hill repeats if your legs are tired and sore? Not a good idea. It possibly could cost more but it all depends on what you're after. 

Use a coach who has a vision of what you will become!
An effective coach not only practices visualization with their athletes, they also use it themselves. I visualize daily how I want each athlete to look, feel, perform, and race. If a coach doesn't have that vision, how do they know what to create? This is where artistry comes into the coaching profession. Science with an artists touch. 

Don't waste time. Make the most out of each minute spent training.

Happy training, 


Tailwind Nutrition Review


Summer of 2014 we were traveling through Santa Fe on the way to Crested Butte, CO. We stopped at a local bike shop and after browsing around I found Tailwind Nutrition's drink mix on a shelf. It looked like another product I had recently wanted to try but with more calories, which I preferred, and was eager to give it go. We took some samples and within two days I had to express order more from a shop in Salida. I'd been using water on rides and just eating food for fuel, but this stuff was a game changer for me. It not only tasted great but allowed my energy to remain constant no matter what I put my body through. Morning ride > afternoon bouldering > evening run = no problem. My recovery was really great as well, far better than without the stuff. I highly recommend Tailwind Nutrition!

Trail 401 in Crested Butte

Marcus enjoying the 401

Marcus enjoying the 401

More like being in a dream than riding a bike. The trail starts around 10,600' and climbs to 11,300' in the first mile. It's steep but not technical at all. If anything the lack of O2 will make you pay for living low. Swooping single track, breathtaking vistas, exciting exposure, all just amazing stuff. 

Words don't describe but this video helps you get the idea. Outside Online posted this just when the winter blues start to set in. 
Crested Butte Trail 401

La Sportiva Bushido Review

testing the la sportiva bushido in crested butte

I've run trails for over 20 years and have seen the many transformations of the "trail shoe". From a heavy shoe that resembled a low top hiking boot to a road shoe with dull colors and lugs, there's been a lot of sub-par shoes produced in the process. I started rock climbing in my early 20's and quickly grew fond of La Sportiva's ability to make a shoe that not only worked well but outlasted other brands. So when they started making trail running shoes, I was psyched to give them a try. I've been running in Sportivas for at least 3 years and have fallen in love with many of their models including the Skylite (discontinued), Helios (all around great 
lightweight shoe for shorter distances and approaches to climbs), and the Anaconda (nice flatter shoe with fell-racing type cleats). 

Fast forward to 2014 or maybe even early 2013, La Sportiva crafted the Bushido. I was able to test the shoe initially in Crested Butte on some mellow trails with minimal rock and they left a good first impression. I ordered a pair for both my wife and myself as soon as we got back from the trip (wife tested them and loved them as well). Six months later, they're my go-to shoe for all things trail. I still break out my Helios if I want to do a short quicker speed-type workout but for all else the Bushido are my shoe of choice. 

Reason for the love
1) FIT: the upper fits like a glove, can be worn without socks, hugs your heel like a climbing shoe, has a roomy toe box but not sloppy - it still feels and runs fast
2) RUBBER: super sticky, works great on wet limestone slippery stuff, is holding up beautifully
3) BUILD: the upper is solid and holding together in lieu of the abuse I hand it, the sole shows little if any wear with almost 300 rocky miles

Give them a try if you like awesome shoes that feel light yet protective, stick to surfaces like velcro, and make your feet just plain happy to run on rocks. 
La Sportiva Bushido