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A monthly in-depth interview with a coach on innovative approaches to improving athletic performance. We will also occasionally talk about coffee, beer and dogs.
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Aug 16, 2019

Episode 21 is with Dr. Sue Jackson who published in 1999 Flow in Sports.  It's a great book that details athletes in flow states.  She covers all of the pre-conditions for flow to occur and describes some of the unusual perceptions that athletes have while in flow.  If a coach or athlete is looking for untapped potential within their sport this book is a great place to start.  

Aug 1, 2019

In this special episode we talk with Magnolia Masters team member Deena Williams.  She shares her story on her successful race at the 11 mile Portland Bridge Swim.  We discuss her training, things that surprised and things that didn't and what it's like to swim 11 miles in Portland without a wetsuit in sub 70 degree water.  

Deena has been a great athlete to work with and I look forward to helping her with her next big swim goal.  

Jul 15, 2019

Brad Cooper is CEO of a Health and Wellness Company.  He is an 11x Ironman Finisher having competed multiple times at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and at 52 he is completing his PhD on Functional Mental Toughness.  


In this episode we dive into what is Mental Toughness and is it possible to cultivate and access it at any time.  Brad has done a lot of interesting work on this topic and is putting together a program so anyone can increase their mental toughness in a race or in their daily lives.  



Jun 9, 2019

This is a great episode with some of the athletes who raced Ironman Texas.  Balazs is a long time pro triathlete who I have coached in the swim for the last 5 years.  He's usually one of the fastest swimmers at an Ironman event.  The rougher the water the better.  Kim Pilcher is an age group athlete who I have also coached in the swim for 5 years.  She came to me after she had missed some swim cuts in Ironman and we have gotten now where she can consistently make cuts and she knows what prevents her from making cuts.  Debbie Staton has been on the team for 2 years now and she had a fantastic Ironman Texas swim this year and all of her hard work is paying off.  With all the athletes we talk about how they got into triathlon, what motivates them to continue and what they have learned along the way.  



May 19, 2019

These were some interviews during the Magnolia Masters Pro Camp in January 2019.  I've held the camp for the last years and it's always a lot of fun with a lot of athletes making some big gains in their swim.  This year I decided to interview a couple of the pros and an age grouper who qualified for Kona.  We talk about their careers leading up to this point and their goals in triathlon.  

Mar 11, 2019

A great conversation with Magnolia Masters Team Member, Raul Luzardo.  We talk about his time in endurance sports and his recent race at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race.  

Oct 12, 2018

A new format, special episode with three other co-hosts.  We talk about Kona, what the week leading up to the race feels like

Oct 12, 2018

A quick chat with Professional Triathlete Jocelyn McCauley about her season, her thoughts on her upcoming race at Kona and why she likes to come to The Woodlands to train in her build.  

Sep 30, 2018

Rachel Vickery is a New Zealand physiotherapist who has done research on breath retraining and the impact it can have on performance in competition.  We discuss her original masters thesis that demonstrated how breath retraining could impact the performance of competitive cyclists and then we talk about how she has helped athletes from swimmers through golfers at the Olympic and professional level.  


Sep 17, 2018

A special guest episode with local endurance legend TJ Fry.  In this episode we talk about TJ's long history in endurance sports from swimming through triathlon and now his latest in BikePacking the Trans North Georgia Route.  

Sep 2, 2018

Pete Kirchmer is the program director for mPEAK based out of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.  The program was developed in 2014 with the US National BMX team based on the latest neuroscience research around peak performance, resilience, focus and "flow."  We talk about the program and the importance of training the brain for optimal performance in every aspect of life.  

Aug 16, 2018

Episode 17 is a talk with Walter Staiano, an exercise scientist, from the University of Valencia.  We discuss his early career as a coach and then his study of how the brain impacts performance.  We also talk about his most recent study about the Danish Jr. National Handball team and the novel brain training intervention they employed successful to increase attention/focus and reaction time.  

Aug 4, 2018

A terrific with Ronnie Delzer on his first attempt at running Badwater 135.  He placed 17th overall and finished in just under 34 hours.  We talk about his training leading up to the race and how the race unfolded over the two days of running through Death Valley and up Mt. Whitney.  

Jul 18, 2018

In episode 16 we talk with Charlie Cunningham, swim coach at Grand Canyon University.  Charlie has over 35 years of coaching experience and we discuss how training has evolved and his use of parametric training with his swimmers.  

Jun 6, 2018

Episode 15 - Alex Hutchinson, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.  In the interview we discuss the view of endurance training of the last 100 years and then the discoveries around the brain's impact on performance that have been shown coming out of the exercise science lab.  Alex does a great job of distilling down all of the information and putting all of the understanding into easy to understand terms.  

May 2, 2018

A fantastic special episode with 2018 Ironman Texas Champion about this past weekends win and his confirmation as the new world record holder of the fastest Ironman ever.  Enjoy.  

Jan 7, 2018

A great interview with one of the leading authorities on "flow" states.  We discuss how he got interested in researching flow and what the current research says about "flow."  

Nov 2, 2017

A great interview with Carl Valle.  He is an experienced performance coach mainly in track and field and produces a lot of solid online content for coaches.  We discuss his views on motor learning and coaching in general.  

Sep 3, 2017

Great interview with David Barra.  David has created and is the race director for some iconic open water marathon swims and has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in less than 90 days.  

We talk about his start in open water marathon swimming and where he thinks the sport is headed.  

Jul 5, 2017

Interesting interview with the associate coach at University of Tennessee.  He has worked with a lot of distance swimmers and developed a number of very competitive open water swimmers.  We talk about the lessons he's learned as a coach over the years and the experience he gained working at some of the top developmental programs in the US.  

Jun 9, 2017

Episode 10 is an in-depth interview with Peter Ralston.  He was the first westerner to win the full contact world championship martial arts competition in China.  During his training for that tournament he developed his training program for "effortless power."  

May 7, 2017

A great interview with tennis coach, Scott Ford.  Around 40 years ago he developed a technique for getting into "flow" state or the "zone."  Until that point, it was believed that an athlete stumbled into "flow" or the "zone" at random and there was no way to achieve it at will.  Scott Ford found a way.  

Apr 2, 2017

A great interview with Mike Ritland.  Mike is a former Navy SEAL and now owns his own dog training company, Trikos.  He trains military working dogs for the Department of Defense, law enforcement and everyday pet owners.  We had a great discussion on the fundamental principles of training that are equally applicable to people.  

Mar 1, 2017

Episode 7 of Coffee, Beer, Coaching and Dogs.  We are lucky to have Jason Goldsmith of Focusabnd with us.  He is a golf coach and has helped to develop the training of golfers with the Focusband and mindful meditiation.  I met Jason last year through Kevin Kirk when I was invited to a discussion by Tom House.  He told me about Focusband and what it did for training and I immediately recognized its potential for training endurance athletes.  


If we as coaches are looking for the most efficient ways to train athletes in a particular skill set then we have to focus on how the brain is learning that new skill.  Also, most of coaching is helping an athlete get out of their own way and the focus band can be key in accelerating that process.  


I hope you enjoy the discussion today and as always if there are any questions, please let me know.  


Feb 3, 2017

This was a great interview with Adrienne Taren, MD, PhD.  Her research has focused on mindfulness and stress in endurance athletes.  This is at the center of a lot of the exciting research taking place around the brain and endurance sports.  

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