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Determined to Finish: Our Experience of The Pioneer MTB Race conditioning courage cycling determination fitness racing the pain free athlete Jan 16, 2020

Find Stunning * Find Character * Find Welcome

This is the promise of The Pioneer, a six-day mountain bike stage race. Without doubt, our character was tested and strengthened during this epic event that was held December 1-6, 2019. The stunning views were often covered in clouds, though we did...

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What is Athletic Toughness? character strengths heal yourself pain free athlete racing self self-compassion self-discipline the pain free athlete May 23, 2016

Is athletic toughness pushing through the pain and possibly compromising your body for future sports participation to compete in a race?

OR

Is athletic toughness having the integrity to listen to your body, make self-respecting choices and think beyond today’s game? 

Depending on when...

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Knowing When to Let Go of a Sports Goal athletic injury character strengths health goals pain free athlete racing self-compassion the pain free athlete Jun 17, 2014

Balloon Letting go is hard. In my experience, it is much more difficult to coach someone to postpone participation in an event than to continue ahead with strenuous training. I've also struggled with this personally. Consider this . . .

July 15, 2011 - It is the day before cross-country...

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5 Tips for Planning a Winning Athletic Season pain free athlete planning racing the pain free athlete training Nov 25, 2013

It's never too early to start planning for your next athletic season. Sometimes it takes years to build up the fitness for an event. You also need long range planning in order to peak for an important competition.

As a coach, I help athletes develop a realistic season calendar. Here's what I...

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Are you racing out of fear? pain free athlete pain free body racing self the pain free athlete train Oct 16, 2013

Why do you race? I have been asking my friends, teammates and clients this question for years. Yet, I have not heard a satisfactory answer. Recently, I had a conversation on this topic with a client. This caused me to write this blog.

Let me elaborate. There are many motivations that may be...

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Three Strategies to Settle Competition Nerves character strengths competition racing self training Aug 10, 2012

1. Embrace Your Competitor

When I read about this strategy in Running Within by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott I was intrigued. I had always seen the other women in my races as rivals to be beaten and crushed, not embraced! Lynch and Scott describe how anger is a counterproductive emotion...

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