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Author and Triathlon Coach, Matt Dixon, will empower and educate you to integrate sport into life in order to reach your athletic potential because, it is through the lens of athletic potential, that you reach your human potential.

In addition to topics such as planning your fitness into a time-starved life, the show will provide in-depth interviews, advice, and insight into optimizing your health, work, and life performance, along with the critical habits and approaches that facilitate the success of some of the world's top performers across many disciplines.

Purple Patch Podcast Matt Dixon

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Author and Triathlon Coach, Matt Dixon, will empower and educate you to integrate sport into life in order to reach your athletic potential because, it is through the lens of athletic potential, that you reach your human potential.

In addition to topics such as planning your fitness into a time-starved life, the show will provide in-depth interviews, advice, and insight into optimizing your health, work, and life performance, along with the critical habits and approaches that facilitate the success of some of the world's top performers across many disciplines.

    The Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make When Guiding Time-Starved Athletes

    The Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make When Guiding Time-Starved Athletes

    Does it sometimes feel like the training you’ve been prescribed doesn’t fit comfortably into your life?
    Does your training volume have you feeling like a zombie rather than a finely tuned athlete?
    Did your coach still schedule a bike workout even though you made clear notes that you had a work trip with no access to cycling?
    Do you struggle to understand the big picture of your training?
    Does your coach keep pushing for commitment and focus even though you’re already stretched too thin?
    If so, you are experiencing some of the biggest mistakes coaches make when working with the time-starved athlete.
    The challenge of every time-starved athlete is finding a balance between the demands of life’s competing non-negotiable priorities, and the pursuit of self-improvement, or peak performance, in sport or fitness.
    Whether you're a triathlete, runner, cyclist, parent, or CEO, each role comes with its own unique challenges, making it difficult to stay on course with a training program designed to maximize performance outside the context of your life. 
    While plenty of coaches are skilled at building training programs anchored in tried and true methodology geared towards high-performance athletes, the question is, do the same approaches and methodologies fit when someone is incredibly time-starved?
    Today, Matt takes a closer look at the relationship between the coach and the time-starved athlete to identify the coaching mistakes that often lead to underperformance or an ineffective coaching relationship, along with the keys to fostering a healthy coaching relationship in the pursuit of balance and success in sport and life. 
    You'll learn:
    Critical Benefits from Leveraging a Successful Coaching Relationship
    (16:19) “It's beyond sporting results. The other thing a coach should be able to do, particularly for a time-starved athlete is, through their expertise and experience, help you improve your profile in health, your work performance, and how you show up in life.” 
    (17:07) “Coaching isn't just about writing some magic good plan. It is enabling the athlete to appreciate and understand the plan, buy into it, and then be able to self manage.”
    The Biggest Coaching Mistakes When Guiding Time-Starved Athletes
    (27:25) “If you just build your proverbial, this is the plan that is necessary to get ready for X - a marathon, an Ironman, a half Ironman - whatever it might be, it's always going to conflict with life. Because for a time-starved athlete, life is non-negotiable.”
    (41:31) “Give them freedom. Allow much of the training to be a little bit of ME TIME. A freshener. A cognitive cleanse. So many coaches miss that as an opportunity and they overload.”
    Building a Framework of Coaching and Program to Get the Best Return for Your Hard Work
    (46:54) “You can set high standards, you can have high expectations as a coach, but that is only going to be fostered to high performance if it is supported with great listening and empathy.”
     
    We hope this episode will empower you, the athlete, to improve your own training and performance and raise the bar when it comes to finding the right coach.
    Episode Timestamps
    0:00-09:49 Introduction and Matt's Personal Picks
    Purple Patch Blog - How to Train for Half IRONMAN and IRONMAN in a Time-Starved Life
    Purple Patch Blog - Are You in a Broken Triathlon Coaching Relationship?
    Purple Patch Podcast - Episode 218: Conquer The Optimization Challenge - Getting the Most Out of the Time You Have
    The Purple Patch Center is Open - Learn More and Schedule a Visit
    Purple Patch Website and Newsletter
    10:03-11:55 Word of the Week - Right Off - "Don't give up on yourself."
    12:11- The Meat and Potatoes - The Biggest Coaching Mistakes for a Time-Starved Athlete
    Purple Patch and Episode Resources
    This episode is sponsored by our collaboration with INSIDE TRACKER. Inside Tracker and Purple Patch - Receive 20% off their services with code: PURPLEPA

    • 49 min
    Conquer The Optimization Challenge - Getting the Most Out of the Time You Have

    Conquer The Optimization Challenge - Getting the Most Out of the Time You Have

    The endurance training circles are buzzing again about this (not-so-new) trend - Let's call it Zone 2 training, or to put it another way, training that is high in volume in low in intensity. There is inherently nothing wrong with this style of training unless it doesn't work in your time-starved life. Today, Matt discusses training optimization and getting the most out of your training time as a time-starved athlete. You shouldn't chase the same training hours as someone who has similar fitness and experience level as you, but who has no time limits. It wouldn’t be smart. If you have time constraints in your life, you have an optimization challenge and Matt provides insight.
    How can you optimize your limited training hours to yield the best performance returns?
    You'll learn:
    How to frame effective training with positive adaptations (17:10) "As you go on the journey to improve in any endeavor, there needs to be a challenging demand or stress applied, because it is only under challenge and adversity that there is a stimulus for real growth and development.
    (19:30) "Every single coach and athlete should be seeking to develop a program from which you can maximize the amount of training that you can execute while continuing to produce positive adaptations."
    Why more training volume is not always better (31:48) "More training doesn't always result in higher adaptation yield."
    The importance of being pragmatic and flexible with a dynamic mindset (35:12) "If you try and follow an incredibly rigid training program that is built around the accumulation of training hours, you are going to fail because what was good last week and appropriate this week might not be the same as next week."
    The secret to optimization success and prioritizing what is important Bottom line: You need to demystify training. Look at the hours you have and ask yourself, "How do I get the most out of it?"
    Episode Timestamps
    0:00-13:28 Introduction and Matt's Personal Picks of the week
    The Purple Patch Center is Open! - Learn More and Schedule a Visit
    Purple Patch Website and Newsletter
    Listen to the original Sami Inkinen Episode
    13:40- The Meat and Potatoes - Conquering The Optimization Challenge - Successful Racing in a Time-Starved Life
    Purple Patch and Episode Resources
    This episode is sponsored by our collaboration with INSIDE TRACKER. Inside Tracker and Purple Patch- Receive 20% off their services with code: PURPLEPATCHPRO20
    Ask Matt Anything - Leave a voicemail question for Matt
    Learn more about Purple Patch Squad High-Performance Training Program
    Join Bike Squad - Don’t just exercise and work out; learn to train with our structured online cycling program
    Join Run Squad - Increase your running performance through our progressive, multi-sport approach to running
    Learn more about Purple Patch Fully Customized 1:1 Coaching
    Learn more about Purple Patch Strength Programming
    Purple Patch Swim Analysis
    Stay Up-to-Date with Purple Patch News and Events
    Purple Patch Upcoming Webinars and Events

    • 52 min
    Knowing When to Show Up - Nailing the Training Mindset for a Time-Starved Athlete

    Knowing When to Show Up - Nailing the Training Mindset for a Time-Starved Athlete

    Athletes often hear coaches talk about the importance of remaining focused and fully present in all of their workouts, but should this apply to every single training session? Should every training session really demand your full attention? The mission of this episode is to provide a framework around your training mindset that will both optimize the results from your training and also prevent the performance journey from becoming a second job.
    The KEY for any athlete, but especially the time-starved athlete, is knowing WHEN to show up; that is to say, reconciling your commitments with the need to ensure that the training process is joyous and facilitates a de-stressing effect.
    While distractions in key sessions can lead to poor execution and limited results, and random will always generate random results, there is a sensible path in which you can glean all you need by being present in training, while at the same time ensuring that the bigger part of the long performance journey includes plenty of fun and enjoyment.
    You'll learn:
    (18:40) The Fundamentals of High-Quality Training - You, the athlete, must understand the goal of the session and where it fits within the broader program as a whole. "Most coaches and athletes fail to even consider such a basic question - stumbling toward a goal by simply embracing the daily ‘grind’ of work. It is no wonder mental and physical fatigue impacts so many.
    (26:00) The Challenges of a Time-Starved Athlete’s Life. Your goals are important. To achieve them will require commitment and consistency of training. The journey will include setbacks and some adversity, but, undoubtedly, success will emerge from successfully integrating training into your life.
    The Role of Training for a Time-Starved Athlete Training is a demand and stressor that enable adaptations for performance, but that doesn’t mean each session should be debilitating. Much of training can and should be soul-filling - beneficial for developing tissue resilience and general cardiovascular conditioning, but equally facilitating a dishwasher effect to the brain and a globally restorative impact on the body as a whole.
    How to Put Together an Effective Training Plan By implementing these key points, not only will you enjoy it more, but you will get better training results, fewer injuries and you will go faster.
    Episode Timestamps
    0:00-012:10 Introduction and Matt's Personal Picks
    Purple Patch Blog -How to Turn Stress into an Advantage
    Purple Patch Podcast - Stress is not a Dirty Word
    The Purple Patch Center is Open - Learn More and Schedule a Visit
    Purple Patch Website and Newsletter
    12:20-14:30 Word of the Week - Stress - "Each of us is an adaption machine."
    14:45- The Meat and Potatoes - Knowing When to Show Up - Nailing the Training Mindset for a Time-Starved Athlete.
    Purple Patch and Episode Resources
    This episode is sponsored by our collaboration with INSIDE TRACKER. Inside Tracker and Purple Patch- Receive 20% off their services with code: PURPLEPATCHPRO20
    Ask Matt Anything - Leave a voicemail question for Matt
    Learn more about Purple Patch Squad High-Performance Training Program
    Join Bike Squad - Don’t just exercise and work out; learn to train with our structured online cycling program
    Join Run Squad - Increase your running performance through our progressive, multi-sport approach to running
    Learn more about Purple Patch Fully Customized 1:1 Coaching
    Learn more about Purple Patch Strength Programming
    Purple Patch Swim Analysis
    Stay Up-to-Date with Purple Patch News and Events
    Purple Patch Upcoming Webinars and Events
     

    • 53 min
    Fueling and Nutrition for the Female Athlete - Part 2- with Kyla Channell and Stevie Lyn Smith

    Fueling and Nutrition for the Female Athlete - Part 2- with Kyla Channell and Stevie Lyn Smith

    Matt welcomes back Kyla Channell and Stevie Lyn Smith, for Part 2 of a discussion around nutrition for female athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Part 1 is HERE.
    Both Stevie and Kyla bring with them a wealth of expertise, passion, and decades of experience in this particular area of fueling for the female.
    Stevie Lyn Smith, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDN, is one of the lead dieticians with our partner, InsideTracker. She's an experienced Registered Dietitian, board-certified in Sports Nutrition, with a history of working with both individuals and groups in clinical settings. She is wonderfully skilled in sports nutrition, weight management, and, through her work at InsideTracker, brings a great backbone of understanding biomarkers as a tool to help people focus and hone in their nutrition needs.
    Kyla Channell, MS Nutrition & Human Performance, is also the owner and founder of Nutritional Revolution, where she specializes in elite athlete fueling for each unique sport and sex differences between athletes. She is a longtime nutrition partner of Purple Patch and has worked with countless athletes of all levels from beginner to pro.
    Episode Timestamps
    0:00-012:30 Introduction and Matt's Personal Picks
    Purple Patch Blog -How to Turn Stress into an Advantage
    Purple Patch Podcast - Stress is not a Dirty Word
    Hop on the Interest List for our Upcoming Fall Training Camps, including St. George - email: info@purplepatchfitness.com
    Purple Patch Website and Newsletter
    12:40- The Meat and Potatoes - Fueling for the Female Athlete and Fitness Enthusiast, Part 2
    Matt, Kyla, and Stevie provide guidance on:
    Definitions and distinctions between oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea
    Are these symptoms exclusive to women with eating disorders, or is it more broad than that?
    "Many times, we'll see the loss of a menstrual cycle or just irregular cycles in our endurance athletes because there is an energy deficit to some extent, and that could be unintentional, meaning maybe they're in a bigger training block and they're pushing out a ton of calories to hit longer sessions, harder efforts, etc. But they're not matching the the energy intake."
    The (unintended) difficulties women often feel with not fueling enough based on training load and intensities
    Why these are often red flags and symptoms of greater problems
    "Anytime we're getting irregular cycles or losing the cycle for a period of time, it does result in low estrogen and that's a big player in our bone health, of course, among many other physiological functioning things we need going on in the body."
    What biomarkers or blood test results can be used to identify potential red flags in overall female health and performance? "I've never seen an athlete with overtraining and overreaching, who doesn't have elevated cortisol levels."
    Consequences of low energy availability on both health and performance "Our strength might decline, we might hit the wall a little bit faster, because again, we don't have those carbs on board. So glycogen stores are inadequate. This increases our risk for injury, you might notice more things like depression or lack of motivation to train, and you might feel a little bit more irritable."
    Actions for an athlete if they are experiencing elevated stress and biomarker levels?
    How to help female athletes who have a fear of carbohydrates and clean-eating obsession
    "Starting small, getting those wins, making the person feel comfortable, and working on helping them trust their bodies a little bit more."
    Ways to provide validation and proof of success when eating for performance
    Impacts of birth control on female athletic performance
    "We might have a harder time recovering from training sessions. We might have a decreased drive to hydrate, right? Being dehydrated absolutely can impact our performance. Some people notice more regular sleep disturbances, or even slight weight gain water retention."
    Why there is such a negative con

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Race Ready Replay - Successful Race Day Execution

    Race Ready Replay - Successful Race Day Execution

    On our final Race Ready Replay, Matt provides his insight on successful race day execution. It is a "Dixon Deep Dive" into all of the elements to ensure you are able to meet your trained potential with race day performance.
    It is normal and common for you to feel a little anxiety, even fear, when you return to racing. You are rusty, it has been a while, and the event feels bigger because of the gap from the last race. Acknowledge and even embrace the feeling. Why? Because what you are feeling is NORMAL. It is your body priming, and your brain cannot answer the question as to whether you are ready to have a breakout performance. There is no need to suppress the feelings, or pretend they are not real, but you can decide how you interact and respond with these feelings. Remember this mantra:
    This won't define me. There's nothing to lose. Nail the basics. Celebrate the return.
    Once this mindset is established, you can then shift into race execution mode. Matt walks through each discipline and provides his insight on how to get organized, plan ahead, and work your plan including:
    Planning and packing ahead of the race to avoid unnecessary stress
    Making sure bike and equipment are secured and tested
    Smart pacing advice for the swim, bike, and run
    Remaining flexible to work the plan
    No matter what happens, on the day, never forget your mission: to get from the start line to the finish line as fast as possible across all three disciplines. You might face challenges, adversity, and obstacles, but if you remain on task and focused on the mission, no matter what happens, you can be proud. You can solve those challenges, grow from the experiences, and provide the greatest yield for what the day presents.
     
    Episode and Purple Patch Resources
    Learn more about Purple Patch Squad High-Performance Training Program
    Learn more about Purple Patch Strength Programming
    Learn more about Purple Patch Customized 1:1 Coaching
     

    • 34 min
    Stress is Not a Dirty Word

    Stress is Not a Dirty Word

    Right now across athletes, leaders, employees, parents - many folks are overwhelmed and struggling. Between a return to the office, school, financial uncertainty, global unrest, training, and more, you may find yourself in a state of anxiety, descent, or even apathy. You are STRESSED.
    Today, we explore this word, STRESS, and unpack the pros and cons.
    We want to ensure you have an empowering attitude and mindset with the word so that you can build a toolbox that will help you not just cope with times of strain and high stress, but to leverage the situation for your own development and growth.
    Matt discusses:
    The definition and origin of the word, "stress," including whether or not it is a BAD and harmful thing, as common perceptions dictate.
    A few case studies which will display how a practical approach to stressful times can build your capacity to grow and develop
    Stress through the lens of coaching and athletic development
    I place a training demand onto an athlete (discomfort and challenge) from which physiological adaptations should occur (muscle growth, fitness gains), facilitating performance improvements.
    Why our body isn't adept at discerning between work/life stress and athletic stress.
    Stress is stress is stress. If you have a demanding work and family schedule, and are adding systemic stress to your body through poor sleep, rest, and nutritional habits and THEN dump an unsustainable exercise and training regime on top of these accumulated stressors, the result will be so much amplified stress that you may be ill-equipped to adapt.
    The role of an athlete’s journey which can be utilized as the backbone to build you or your team's approach to enable development into a highly moldable and anti-fragile adaptation machine.
    How to shift your lens to see stress as a challenge and not as something to be avoided at all cost
    The stark truth is that stress is the common thread of improvement in anything you care about pursuing. These symptoms we associate with stressful situations can be helpful, if not critical, to your performance. 
    So where does that leave us?
    Stress is a complex phenomenon. Stressful situations are seldom pleasant to navigate, but they are also the key ingredients for you to grow, develop, and improve - no matter your quest.
    By leaning into the stress, you are equipping yourself with an opportunity to grow and thrive within a challenging environment.
    The positive relationship to stress does not make life easier, it doesn't make the adversity disappear or shrink, but it can provide a physiological robustness to help the participants emerge stronger. 
    Episode Timestamps
    0:00-04:52 Episode Introduction
    04:52-10:05 Matt’s Picks and What’s Going On
    Explore the Purple Patch Blog - Free Training Resources and Education
    Turn Stress into an Advantage
    Huberman Labs with Alia Crum - Episode and Resources
    Dr. Alia Crum Published Work
    Purple Patch Website and Newsletter
    10:15 - 15:20 Word of the Week - Capacity
    15:30- The Meat and Potatoes - Stress is NOT a Dirty Word
    Purple Patch and Episode Resources
    This episode is sponsored by our collaboration with INSIDE TRACKER. Inside Tracker and Purple Patch- Receive 20% off their services with code: PURPLEPATCHPRO20
    Ask Matt Anything - Leave a voicemail question for Matt
    Learn more about Purple Patch Squad High-Performance Training Program
    Join Bike Squad - Don’t just exercise and work out; learn to train with our structured online cycling program
    Join Run Squad - Increase your running performance through our progressive, multi-sport approach to running
    Purple Patch Training Camps - Education, Skills, Community
    Learn more about Purple Patch Fully Customized 1:1 Coaching
    Learn more about Purple Patch Strength Programming
    Purple Patch Swim Analysis
    Stay Up-to-Date with Purple Patch News and Events
    Purple Patch Upcoming Webinars and Events

    • 53 min

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