Coach Conversations: Matt Dixon on Powermeters and a New Outlook
Sometimes truly negative stages of life can end up pushing you to see things through a different lens, and this was certainly true of my own experiences as an athlete, and subsequent development into a coach. While I managed to swim at an elite level, then race triathlons professionally, I am a prime example of how to complete professional athletic development poorly. I held little regard for recovery, placing all emphasis on accumulating hard training hours, and likely grossly under fueled relative to the demands of my training. Ironically, throughout my professional triathlon career, I utilized a PowerTap, but ignored the opportunity that it provided to measure my true performance, metrics, and even my levels of fatigue.
In this video, I highlight my own story and mistakes, but expand to discuss how this, ultimately, became the platform to create a coaching approach that has enabled us to deliver some world-class results. As I mention in the video, a better coach than athlete -- you will have to watch to understand how I did (and didn't) use the PowerTap to help me on my path.
Matt Dixon is one of the leading endurance coaches in the world. He brings a unique background of professional coaching experience, elite athletics and education to lead the purplepatch team. He is a highly sought after resource in the endurance community, writing and contributing to multiple publications such as Triathlete Magazine, Lava Magazine, Outside Magazine and Triathlete Europe. His Master's degree in clinical and exercise physiology, as well as his experience as an elite swimmer and professional triathlete, form the backbone of his coaching philosophy, but it is his incredible ability to lead, educate and develop all levels of athletes to their potential with his excellent communication style that makes him such a sought after resource. You can follow him on the purplepatch blog, Facebook or Twitter @purplepatch.