Purple Patch Podcast



The Purple Patch Podcast, hosted by 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.


  • 182 Put Your Performance Knowledge into Practice - When You Know Better, You Do Better

    25/08/2021 Duração: 40min

    A defining component of Purple Patch Fitness is our highly distinct methodology and approach that frames a way of thinking and performance in both sport and life. Most think about Purple Patch as building a strong platform of health, and assisting time-starved athletes to thrive within limited training hours, and a strong focus on supporting habits, such as nutrition, strength, and sleep. The good news? So many have bought into this approach via our coaching and education resources, but there are still many who struggle to apply the acquired knowledge across several area including: Post-Workout Fueling - many recognize that proper fueling is part of the performance puzzle, but it’s one of the things people fall down on consistently. Going Easy on the Easy Days - Inherently, we know this is a key to progression, but that logic is often overridden by fear and motivation for great success Strength Training - Again, while many appreciate the value of strength training to overall performance, it is often the first

  • 181 Tim Deer - Breaking Down Badwater 135

    18/08/2021 Duração: 01h03min

    He's back and better than ever at Badwater 135. Two years ago, Purple Patch athlete, Timothy Deer, completed his first Badwater 135 Ultra in just over 36 hours. This year, at age 56 and in some of the hottest historical race conditions, Deer finished again...faster, stronger, and healthier than ever. In fact, he was 11th overall, the first athlete 50+, and four hours faster than in 2019. The Badwater 135 is billed as the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet because it takes athletes from Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ below sea level, all the way to the Whitney Portal at 8,300’, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Tim chats with his coach, Matt Dixon, about his goals for this year, his purpose, and his non-traditional race preparation for this arduous event. This episode is a masterclass on how to approach training with purpose in a time-starved life. Tim: Outlines a typical training week and, trust us,

  • 180 Best of - "Return to Triathlon Racing" Series

    11/08/2021 Duração: 01h09min

    If you’ve raced this year, we hope allowed yourself the joy of “dusting the rust off” and approaching your events with a mindset of celebration. If you’re still building up to your first race, you’ll love this “best of” that encapsulates some of the earlier stand-alone episodes from earlier this year. In fact, we highly recommend you go back and listen in full to episodes 160-165. It was our ‘triathlon takeover series’ where we did a deep dive into each discipline as we all head back to the start line of the sport. Episode 160: Dust the Rust Off Episode 161: Solutions and Strategies for Triathlon Swim Success Episode 162: Your Guide to Race Day Fueling and Hydration with Andy Blow of Precision Hydration Episode 163: Dial in Your Bike Performance - Fit, Posture, Equipment and Strategies with IOG Bike Fit Episode 164: A Triathlete’s Guide to Run Success Episode 165: Nailing Your Race-Day Performance Today, the "Meat and Potatoes" are actually more like dessert with some highlights taken from each of those

  • 179 Matt Dixon Talks Philosophies of High Performance on "The Greg Bennett Show"

    04/08/2021 Duração: 01h25min

    Matt is on holiday this week, so we're releasing a recent interview he did on “The Greg Bennett Show,” hosted by former Olympian and professional triathlete, Greg Bennett. It was a perfect match as Matt and Greg share many of the same philosophies around high-performance sport and life. In this episode, Matt: Shares his journey from collegiate swimmer to pro triathlete. Discusses the key lessons he learned during that time to become the great coach he is. Describes how he takes a holistic view of an individual when working with them, understanding their work and family life, what stressors do they have, and other non-negotiable obligations. Summarizes the four pillars of performance - Endurance, Functional Strength, Nutrition &Fueling, and Recovery. Dissects how to use data from wearables and why some people will be more comfortable with more data than others. Frames why fueling immediately after working out with protein and carbohydrates is so important. Show Notes from The Greg Bennett Sho

  • 178 Precision Hydration's Andy Blow Answers Your Questions on Fueling and Hydration

    28/07/2021 Duração: 01h19s

    We are thick into the 2021 race season and the most common questions we receive are always centered around hydration and fueling during training and racing. We’re proud to welcome back Precision Hydration founder, Andy Blow, to answer your questions. Precision Hydration is, first and foremost, a hydration company, but they have recently expanded into new fueling products that include gels and a carb drink mix. Bars and chews are coming soon. Andy explains why the timing was right to expand their product line and how they were designed to keep your fueling strategy simple and effective. Of course, Matt puts Andy on the hot seat to answer your questions: It is going to take me 13-14 hours for my IRONMAN. Do you really expect me to consume 4000+ calories worth of sugar in my race? I will become diabetic before T2. There must be some more pragmatic advice for the 11+ hour club? What is the glucose-fructose-other sugars ratio of the PH gels? I’ve heard women metabolize differently depending on the time in th

  • 177 Beat the Heat - How to Get Heat Adapted BEFORE Your Next Big Event

    21/07/2021 Duração: 44min

    If you are running a marathon, prepping for a hot triathlon, getting primed for IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 summer racing, then this episode is for you. Matt digs into performance readiness for HOT environments; more specifically, how to get heat adapted BEFORE your event. After outlining some rules around heat adaptation, Matt defines two of the best protocols for heat adaptation before your event: Implementing a Safe and Effective Sauna Protocol Training in the Heat Topics covered: What's happening on the inside of our bodies when we get hot? It's all about our blood and Matt explains the three key roles of blood in successful performance. What Happens to our Bodies and Mind When it Gets Hot? Why does it become so much more difficult to perform? What are the Rules Around Heat Adaptation? - When should I begin, how long should the adaption process take, and when should I aim to stop prior to the race? Performance in the heat is simply an additional challenge to overcome -- and the good news is that you CAN

  • 176 Gimme a Break - How to Take a Step Back So You Can Leap Forward

    14/07/2021 Duração: 41min

    There is no easy way to deliver high performance in life, work, or sport. It requires a tremendous amount of hard work, but performance only arises when your hard work is supported by downtime, rejuvenation, and really positive habits to health and vibrancy. Matt outlines the mental and physiological benefits of stepping away to facilitate mental and physical rejuvenation—the ultimate accelerant to excellence. Why’s it so important to provide the mind and body space? How to Implement a successful break and recovery period The key aspects to getting it right so that you don’t regress Guide to Rejuvenation includes advice around: How long should it last? When should you schedule a break? What should I do during the break? How to retain all of health and recovery promoting habits Developing the courage and resisting the panic button Finding gratitude in your rejuvenation Moving forward is accelerated by stepping away, so embrace the space of a well-executed break. Episode Timestamps 00:00-01:08 - Welcome and I

  • 175 A Mid-Year Reset - How to Course Correct When Sh*t Hits the Fan

    07/07/2021 Duração: 31min

    You began the year with the best intentions, big ambition, and commitment to your BHAGS - your Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone quite as planned. You may be struggling or dealing with more adversity than you had anticipated. You may have fallen off the training wagon, or had a bad race result or two. It happens to the best of us because that’s what the performance journey is. It isn’t a rocket ship of progression, but how you respond to the adversity and those inevitable setbacks. Rather than throwing in the towel (or throwing your bike off the nearest cliff), let’s focus on a mid-year reset. You may have struggled, or you might still be in the midst of a struggle, but we can course correct. The year is only half over and there is plenty of time to pause, reflect, and find those opportunities for growth in the back half of 2021. 19:00 Step 1: Reframe the challenge - pause and reflect. Come up a level and restructure 19:55 Step 2: Identify what worked well in your prior attempt? Di

  • 174 High Performance from Within - from "The Changeable" Podcast

    30/06/2021 Duração: 52min

    Matt is on holiday this week, so we're releasing a recent interview he did on "The Changeable" podcast hosted by Social Psychologist, Dr. Amy Johnson.  Dr. Johnson was Matt's guest last week when they discussed our brain's tendency to "get in the way" and take things that happen to us personally - sabotaging success and happiness. In this interview, Matt and Amy discuss failure, resilience, and the importance of being change-able.  They also talk about the equation performance = potential – interference, and how he takes the seriousness out of things to help his clients have their best possible performance.  Show Notes from Changeable Podcast About Dr. Amy Johnson Amy Johnson, PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower. She is author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). In 2017 she open

  • 173 Dr. Amy Johnson - Why Does Your Brain Keep Getting in the Way of Your Performance?

    23/06/2021 Duração: 56min

    The Purple Patch Podcast is all about performance in sport, but also in broader life. We work with people who are seeking to improve and evolve their relationships or behavior patterns, ideally for the better. Our guest today is Social Psychologist and Coach, Dr. Amy Johnson. She, too, helps people who are seeking to improve their lives, mostly around freedom from and anxiety and unwanted habits. She also hosts a podcast called, “Changeable.” Today, Matt and Amy discuss the parallels and similarities of their work and clients. The Ways We View Change and How to Navigate Change and Adversity Why We View Certain Actions in our Life as Pass/Fail and How to Release that Tension How to Build a Healthy Relationship with Failure Why our Brains Seemingly Keep Getting in the Way of Performance The goal? Both Matt and Dr. Johnson assist their clients in developing a mindset to not take the thoughts that fill our brains quite so personally. As Dr. Johnson says, “Your brain gets in the way because it loves you

  • 172 Lars Tandrup - His Purpose? To Find Opportunity in Unthinkable Adversity

    16/06/2021 Duração: 01h04min

    Matt welcomes longtime Purple Patch athlete, Lars Tandrup, back to the podcast. In 2018, Lars and his wife lost everything in the Santa Rosa fires. He was left, quite literally, with only his pajamas - and even those were on fire as he escaped through acres of flames to safety. A few months after this tragedy, Lars came on the podcast to discuss how he hoped to emerge from this adversity. He sought purpose, clarity, and a fresh start with gratitude. Now, almost three years later, Lars returns. What actually happened in the aftermath? How did he do? How has his perspective changed, and how has he used adversity to help others, especially in a year when we've all faced the unthinkable? Lars did, in fact, set his lens forward and developed key elements for an arsenal of performance that he continues to share often in work presentations. This toolbox is paramount to his personal health and has certainly been a catalyst to growth for those he works with on a daily basis. What Are A Few of the Lessons He Carries Wi

  • 171 Keys to Effective Coaching - Optimize Your Relationships in Order to Develop, Grow, and Thrive

    09/06/2021 Duração: 45min

    You need support and guidance in your endeavors. You go and find an expert or coach who can help. And just like that...like magic dust...The results flow. Is it really that simple? No.It isn’t. Ironically, so many folks just don’t know how to be coached. There is an important perspective, mindset, and action that can enable a coaching relationship to flounder or flourish. When you get that right, THEN the positive results will flow. How can you optimize your relationship with leaders, mentors, and coaches in any endeavor so that you can develop, grow, and thrive? Through stories and case studies, Matt outlines advice on how to be coached effectively. Key Takeaways: Case Study 1 - Athlete, Susan: A strong runner and rider, but refuses to implement a regualr strength regime. Case Study 2- Athlete, Heather: Commitment to be coached and follow the program through. She provides feedback and is engaged in the journey. Case Study 3- Athlete, John: Wants to go pro. Does he have the patience to play the long-gam

  • 170 Dr. Stephen Seiler - What Decades of Research REALLY Unveils About High Performance

    02/06/2021 Duração: 01h27min

    If you care about performance, if you want to understand the mechanics of training, if you’re invested in optimizing your training returns to yield the best adaptations, then this episode is assuredly for you. Matt Dixon welcomes a conversation with Exercise Physiologist, Dr. Stephen Seiler, a living legend in the world of Sports Science and Training Methodology. After unpacking Dr. Seiler's background and journey to becoming the preeminent Sports Scientist, they dig right in on a variety of topics and myths related to performance. The premise behind his polarized approach to training Season planning and how it is the most important thing an athlete can do, but with a caveat that sometimes planning is futile Dialing in the prescription of training and the mistakes athletes and coaches make when drawing up the training recipe Dr. Seiler's definition of stress and why our body's ability to perform diminishes in stress Finding Control in Calm and Chaos His Trinity of Training Perspectives Quick hit

  • 169 Design a Life of Discipline and Commitment with Veteran and Coach, Sean Garick

    26/05/2021 Duração: 01h07min

    This week in the United States, it's Memorial Day Weekend, where we take a moment to reflect and honor those who have served in the military. Today, we celebrate by welcoming long-time Purple Patch coach and veteran, Sean Garick. Sean didn't get into coaching simply by being an endurance athlete-turned-coach. His background is something entirely different. He's an aerospace engineer, a longtime United States Marine Corps fighter pilot, and he was a test pilot with over 2300 flight hours. He has a background that is eclectic, strong, and steeped in intentional focus and performance. What can we learn about endurance sports from this Marine Corps vet? Plenty. This conversation digs into Sean's journey as a Marine and how mentorship is vital, both with the mentors that he had, as well as his role as a teacher and mentor in the Marine Corps and now as a coach. Matt and Sean also explore various words that are synonymous with success in the military, but also across success in any aspect of life. Words like: disci

  • 168 Greg Bennett - Being a Champion in Sport, Work, and Life

    19/05/2021 Duração: 01h27min

    In this special episode, Matt speaks with a living legend in the sport of triathlon - Greg Bennett. Not only is Greg one of the best triathletes in the world, but he has also successfully transitioned to a business owner as a corporate coach, speaker and podcaster. This conversation paints a wonderful illustration of a successful athlete transitioning to build a business, all with a wealth of perspective on everything related to high-level performance and resilience. Matt digs into Greg’s background and journey as a young athlete, including the role of his family and parents in his pursuit of excellence. Believe it or not, Bennett’s triathlon career started at age 15 and spanned over 30 years, almost unheard of in the competitive and dynamic world of multisport. This decades-long journey garnered Greg a trophy-room full of accolades including two International Triathlon Union World Series titles,  three Australian National titles in 1998, 1999, 2000 (long course), two Oceania titles in 1998 and 1999, one Tria

  • 167 Matt's Top 10 Tips for Racing Back-to-Back Events

    12/05/2021 Duração: 45min

    It was inevitable. After a full calendar of racing was canceled in 2020, we knew that 2021 was going to be the year of deferrals and stacked event calendars. And now, here we are in the midst of the training season for this upcoming cluster of races that all feel important to you. You did invest the money and emotional energy into these races, after all, and you rightfully expect a positive return.  But, how do you plan to train for these clustered races? There are few off-the-shelf training plans that guide you through this scenario. The textbooks and magazines don’t give you much solid perspective, and many coaches stumble and get confused. Unfortunately, as a result, many athletes pinball through the season, going back and forth to events, layering fatigue, and not performing their best at any of these events. The confusion stops now, thanks to Matt’s Top 10 Tips for Success on Back-to-Back Racing, or the ol’ Dirty Dixon Double. Learn how to go into each race feeling fit-n’-fresh ready to commit to a stron

  • 166 Back to Basics - How to Build Your Training Recipe for Any Event

    05/05/2021 Duração: 52min

    Now that restrictions are lifting and we're emerging from the fog of Covid-19, you may be deciding to take on a challenge - to TRAIN for something. It's your time to embrace the journey and go on a charge to challenge yourself, to stay consistent, and to achieve big hairy audacious goals. Today, Matt strips it all down to the fundamentals, to reground you, reset the mindset, and course correct in case you have strayed. This episode is a timely and important reminder of how to find performance in your time-starved life, no matter if you're embarking on your first 5k, family rafting trip, hike across the Grand Canyon, European bike tour, or a journey through IRONMAN training. Successful training means understanding and implementing key ingredients of your recipe: How to Set Yourself Up for Success - being clear about your purpose, knowing where you are starting from, aligning your team of allies, and understanding how to integrate the training into your life without letting it dominate. How to Build Your Pl

  • 165 Nailing Your Race-Day Performance

    28/04/2021 Duração: 52min

    Today, 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, p

  • 164 A Triathlete's Guide to Run Success

    21/04/2021 Duração: 01h08s

    The Purple Patch Podcast Triathlon Takeover strides towards the finish line this week where Matt takes you through all you need to know to help facilitate hitting your potential on the run - including shoe choice, nutrition, terrain, and even walking your way to your fastest run performance. It is a triathlete’s guide to run success. You come out of T2 and all you need to do is run to the finish.  What could go wrong? Well, apparently, a lot.  The run is the most common discipline for your race to unravel.  Across the three pieces of the triathlon puzzle, the run sees the greatest discrepancy between performance expectations and reality.    Athletes struggle here and they don’t need to. Today’s show is all about optimizing your run performance. But before you reach for your flats and add more miles to your schedule, take heed. In order to reach your potential you must first understand two important things: Why is the run such a challenge in triathlon racing? It’s presumably the simplest of the three discipl

  • 163 Dial in Your Bike Performance - Fit, Posture, Equipment and Strategies with IOG Bike Fit

    14/04/2021 Duração: 01h06min

    The Purple Patch Podcast Triathlon Takeover rolls on this week with an hour of power on all things related to bike performance and race-day execution. Optimum bike fit, posture, equipment, and pacing strategies are all covered in this episode that features two of the best in the industry, Ivan O'Gorman and Chris Soden of IOG Bike Fit and Consulting. As you'll hear, IOG's approach to consulting is informed by research, while their recommendations are driven by years of experience. Put simply - they will help you as an athlete not only ride faster, but also run faster off the bike. Topics and questions covered include: Is aero everything for every athlete? What do you look for in a virtual or in-person bike fit? How much time should athletes allow before races to make significant bike fit changes? Why is power different on the road vs. an indoor trainer? Why is power different on a road bike vs. time-trial bike? When is it best to come out of aero? Is there a speed or hill grade? What is normal vs

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