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The Gift of Parker Valby

By Matt Fitzgerald | January 4, 2024

Of the 254 athletes who competed in the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship, the one who did…

Matt Laughing all the way to finish line

Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

By Matt Fitzgerald | February 15, 2021

Dear Dr. Young, The good news is I have heart disease . . . These are the actual first words…

Excessive Training for Ironman Triathlon

A Lot of Triathletes Train Too Much During Ironman Prep

By Matt Fitzgerald | February 8, 2021

There is a consistent pattern in my coaching of endurance athletes that I wasn’t conscious of until quite recently. When…


Why You Should Treat Negative Emotions Like Pain

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 19, 2020

Try not to react merely in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself. –Epictetus…

FTP test measurement

What Gets Measured Gets Overemphasized

By Matt Fitzgerald | September 14, 2020

Recently I created a custom training plan for an Italian ultraendurance cyclist who was preparing for a pair of multiday,…

Caroline Rotich, Me, Ryan Bolton, Patrick Smyth for Creative Goal Setting

Creative Goal Setting

By Matt Fitzgerald | July 19, 2020

Recently I received a text message from Matt Chittim, host of the Rambling Runner podcast. In it, he informed me…