Our interview this week is with return guest and 5x world champion Craig Alexander and coach Matt Smith. At the end of the Boulder Sansego training camp, they spend a little time reflecting on the lessons and training session during the camp. They also highlighted a couple of the important training tips that we covered during the 3 days.
Thanks to last week's guests, registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Dina Griffin. Dina talked about some of the endurance considerations that are unique to the female athletes, including getting the right amount of iron in your diet, having ferratin and iron panel testing, training and racing while pregnant and more. If you missed it, go back and listen to episode #130.
At the Boulder camp this past weekend, Matt Smith was the chief coach and presenter. Crowie trained with the athletes in the pool while Matt was on the deck delivering the workout sets. Matt and Crowie biked and ran with us. Crowie led the strength training session.
Matt Smith has been involved in triathlon and multisport for over 15 years. As a coach, his athletes have achieved the highest accolades in triathlon including Ironman and 70.3 podium finishes and overall wins. Personally, he has qualified for the Ironman and 70.3 world championships on every attempt. Matt serves as the North American coach for Sansego by Craig Alexander.
Matt has a unique ability as a coach to work with any athlete to fit a highly competitive race program into a busy life. He looks at an athlete holistically, coming from a background of leadership and executive coaching before starting triathlon coaching 8 years ago.
Matt holds USAT certification, a Masters degree in Adult Education, Executive Leadership certification from Harvard University and is completing his Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification to be able to help athletes with more than just race day nutrition planning.
As mentioned in the intro, Crowie is a 3x Ironman World Champion. He also has 2 70.3 world championship titles.
Crowie, is a 5 time world champion and is still a top competitor at the age of 45. He is an absolutely amazing athlete, and he is extremely generous and humble. He loves the sport and was great about sharing his experience and what he's learned, but also recognized that each athlete comes with their own experience, strengths and weaknesses, biomechanics and flexibility and was great and helping each individual get the most out of the camp.
I had a chance to chat with Crowie and Matt at the end of the camp. We talked about the highlights of the workouts and lectures, and we got them to share some specific training tips.
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