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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.

    What You Need to Know about Training and Nutrition: A Speed Round with Alex Hutchinson - Part 1

    What You Need to Know about Training and Nutrition: A Speed Round with Alex Hutchinson - Part 1

    The premise of the Purple Patch podcast is all about performance and helping you enhance your performance journey to become the best that you can be in sport and in life.
    As the performance engines rev up in 2021, it is more vital than ever to educate and empower all human beings to reach their athletic potential because, through the lens of athletic potential, you reach your human potential.
    For the next two weeks, Matt features a little expert “speed dating” with Alex Hutchinson who is a leading researcher on everything cutting-edge in the world of performance.
    Hutchinson is a science journalist who writes about fitness, health, and endurance sports for Outside magazine in his Sweat Science columns. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a post-doctoral physicist for the U.S. National Security Agency, and competed for the Canadian national team in track, cross-country, and mountain running.
    In today’s quick-hit series of discussions, Matt and Alex dig into the first two Purple Patch Pillars of Performance: Training and Nutrition.
    What are their thoughts and what does the research show about things like:
    The Coach-Athlete Relationship
    Heart Rate Variability
    Power Meters for Running
    Training Mistakes of Aging Athletes
    Cross-Training and HIIT Training
    Diet Trends
    Ice baths
    Gut Health
    Hydration
    …And this is all just in Part One of the conversations with performance expert, researcher, author and athlete, Alex Hutchinson.
    Get out your pads and pencils and prepare to take notes on this immersive diver in performance education.
    Episode and Purple Patch Resources
    Alex Hutchinson Outside Magazine
    Join the Purple Patch Performance Academy
    Email info@purplepatchfitness.com with questions about team training and strength programming.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Let's Get Cracking: Race-Ready Fitness Starts Now

    Let's Get Cracking: Race-Ready Fitness Starts Now

    Yes, we're still in the midst of it all and racing feels like a way off, but it is time to begin to build your base for performance. Yes...starting NOW. I don’t want you to let this opportunity bypass you.
    Admittedly the postseason/prep-phase of training is not usually the favorite of athletes and yet, it’s so critical that you can’t be race-ready without it. 
    The problem with this kind of preparation is that the real rewards of this kind of training can only be seen in the rearview mirror. You can’t make up deficits in this early work later in the season because you will be neck-deep in other goals. So our goal, therefore, is to build sustainable consistency with specificity that fits into the context of our lives.
    This is where the all-important ARTERY SESSIONS come into play.
    Artery Sessions are designed to help you put your finger on the "pulse" of your performance and provide a sense of continuity as your training progresses. The workouts will retain a familiar feel, but evolve through the season.
    This is Essential: Don’t think of these as benchmark tests. Instead, you are looking for a real read on physiological progress, so trying to redline to improve your time will only fool you into thinking your threshold is higher than it really is. 
    Even if immediate racing plans are murky, I encourage you to lean into ARTERY sessions -- that can run like an artery through your season -- to track and monitor the progress and effectiveness of your training.
    What are these magical sessions that Purple Patch embraces throughout the year? You get to preview 12 of them!
    This is a wonderful time to begin training with a purpose and the artery sessions are your backbone that you come to every three weeks. Apply patience, seek mini-victories, and build a massive season of performance.
    Purple Patch Resources
    Download our FREE Artery Sessions Here: https://www.purplepatchfitness.com/arterysessions
    Email info@purplepatchfitness.com with questions about team training and strength programming.
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    • 56 min
    Staying Power - Creating and Cementing Habit Change for Performance

    Staying Power - Creating and Cementing Habit Change for Performance

    Matt lays down a solid foundation on STAYING POWER - creating and cementing performance habits, especially in the popular areas of nutrition and strength.
    First, though, we must differentiate between a habit and a resolution.
    A habit is something that stays with you - becomes a part of you -- for the long-term. 
    A resolution, conversely, is quite often a self-imposed intervention and reeks of unsustainability. These are often pass/fail short term fixes with very little chance of success.
    Matt anchors this timely discussion around two always-popular topics of performance: strength training and nutrition. How do you go about making a long-lasting change without falling into short-term, pass/fail traps?
    Here are some of the tips that Matt breaks down in detail.
    Share the journey (for accountability)
    Focus on the process, not the outcome
    Seek mini-victories
    Draw from the lessons of 2020
    Habit formation.
    It should feel like a small change, a small step. But it will be a step that makes a mighty echo across your performance spectrum.
     
    Episode and Purple Patch Coaching Resources
    Email info@purplepatchfitness.com to be the first to find out when our Strength programming becomes available
    Listen to Episode 146 - Strength Training with Coach Mike Olzinski
    1:1 Coaching
    Purple Patch Squad
    Purple Patch Performance Academy
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    • 45 min
    A How-To Guide on Finding the Right Coach for Your 2021 Journey

    A How-To Guide on Finding the Right Coach for Your 2021 Journey

    A coach is not the catalyst to your success and breakthroughs don't lie in a software platform or a wristwatch.
    You are the one who determines if you achieve success and, in this episode, Matt provides perspective and three steps to find the best coaching fit for you.
    Ask yourself: What are your needs and what type of support do you need? Go shopping to find the best relationship that meets your needs. Develop a relationship that will evolve over time. Once you’ve made the choice, get committed to the process! If you follow these three steps and you retain a clear head, your chances of having a fruitful coached journey will be amplified.
    Purple Patch Coaching Resources
    1:1 Coaching
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Matt Dixon's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

    Matt Dixon's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

    Matt Dixon is back with his 2020 Holiday Gift Guide and, in a year that was anything but ordinary, we hope these gift ideas spark a little extraordinary creativity, love, and thought.
    We also hope they ignite a little positive motivation to start your own performance journey in 2021. Sport has the potential to amplify life, happiness, resilience, and adaptability and we’re here to provide the tools you need. Let us know how we can help.
    Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
     
    Shop Local
    Consider a gift card or gifts from area running stores, athletic stores, and restaurants
    Reach out to a local events producer and sign up for an area race or event
     
    The Gift of Performance
    Customized Purple Patch Gift Card - email us at info@purplepatchfitness.com and let’s create a custom performance package
    Tissue Health with Addaday.com - https://www.addaday.com/discount/T-Add-PPF-30
    code: T-Add-PPF-30 
    Lauren Fleshman’s Running and Training Journals
    The Gift of Schwag
    Gift of Chocolate from Dandelion Chocolate
    Purple Patch/Precision Hydration Stainless Steel Water Bottle
    Precisionhydration.com - promo code: purplepatch
    The Gift of Scholarship and Charity - While the opportunities to help others are endless, here are two ideas:
    Sponsor a Purple Patch athlete in 2021. Reach out to us at info@purplepatchfitness.com if you'd like to empower others to stay on their performance journey
    Keep athletes in the game of life with a donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation

    • 32 min
    Strength Training is Not Weightlifting- with Coach Mike Olzinski

    Strength Training is Not Weightlifting- with Coach Mike Olzinski

    Some athletes think about "strength" in terms of push-ups and pull-ups, others think about bodybuilders and weightlifting. Strength training for multisport development is NOT strictly weightlifting.
    Matt talks with long-time Purple Patch Coach, Mike Olzinski, about the role of strength training in endurance sports and life performance.
    According to Olzinski, a comprehensive strength training program consists of FIVE Basic Biomotor Building Blocks:
    Mobility + Stability
    Balance + Coordination
    Strength → Endurance = Ability to do work
    Power → Power Endurance = Ability to do work over time.
    Speed → Speed Endurance (aka getting faster in a RACE) = Ability to do work over time while in motion
    Matt and Mike discuss each of these elements in detail, along with common mistakes endurance athletes make in the process, how to incorporate a routine into a busy schedule, hormonal benefits, and why you shouldn't worry about gaining too much bulk.
    Strength training is a Purple Patch Pillar of Performance that requires time, pateinece, and consistency, but, as you'll hear, the benefits extend FAR beyond simply 'getting strong.'
    Remember, it’s no different than any other concept in life, health, and performance. It is a life-long project. Starting is always better than not starting, but if there was ever a PERFECT time to start, it would be in the post-season or early in the year. Do yourself a favor and just get to the point where it starts to truly feel good. Success will only bread more success.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Iron_Pete ,

Dream come true podcast !

Have been searching long time for high quality triathlon podcast, this is it! I listen to this podcast every day while training. Content is very interesting, obviously high level of expertise, Matt is also funny and i love the true English accent :)
Matt you are doing everything really well, just keep more episodes coming, thank you so much!
Best Regards, Petri, triathlete from Finland.

M1kk0L ,

Lookin forward to Dixons podcasts

So much of Matts thoughts resonate to me, that I’m very interested of hearing more during my recovery and endurance rides on my balcony. Matt, keep up your good work, as you are close to signing up another amateur triathlete recovering from functional overtraining, with a busy life.

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