XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh and his brother Yaro have signed on to write bi-monthly training tips for the XTERRA Tribe in 2016.
Their column, titled the MIDDAUGH COACHING CORNER, will feature a year-long series of training articles talking about everything from race preparation to sport-specific philosophy.
“What we hope to provide is practical training advice that is scientifically sound,” said Middaugh, an 11-time XTERRA National Champion. “There is so much misinformation or just plain bad advice on the Internet, our goal is to be a trusted source with advice that everyone can benefit from to get more out of their training and racing.”
The Middaugh brothers are certainly qualified to be the voice of reason and a source the XTERRA Tribe can trust.
“I have been training and competing in endurance sports since I was 10 and for the past 15 years coached athletes of all ages and abilities based on science and experience,” said the 37-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado.
Josiah has a master’s degree in Kinesiology and has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years (NSCA-CSCS). Yaro also has a master’s degree and has been an active USAT certified coach for a decade.
The first installation of the Middaugh Coaching Corner column will debut in next week’s XTERRA Tribe Newsletter. This week we caught up with the champ for a quick QnA to learn more about his plans for the column, his racing season, and his coaching business…
XT: What’s new now that you’re the XTERRA World Champion?
JM: I tried to get my kids to call me champ but they insist on calling me Dad.
XT: Any changes for you in 2016?
JM: This year I am stepping back from my personal training in the gym to focus on Middaugh Coaching and my racing career.
XT: What will your race schedule look like?
JM: It’s pretty ambitious. While still a work in progress, here’s what I’ve got cooking:
Jan 30, Fat Bike World Championship
Feb 13, Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon
Feb 27, USSSA National Snowshoe Championship
Feb 27, USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championship
Mar 20, XTERRA Costa Rica
Mar 26, XTERRA Argentina
May 1, Whiskey 50 Off-Road MTB Race
May 7, 70.3 St George (probably not)
May 14, XTERRA Tahiti
May 21, XTERRA Oak Mountain
June 11-12, GoPro Mtn Games Ultimate Mountain Challenge
June 17-19, Carson City Off-Road MTB Race
June 25, XTERRA Mine Over Matter
July 4, Firecracker 50 MTB Race
July 16, XTERRA Beaver Creek
July 31, XTERRA Dominican Republic
Aug 6, XTERRA Mexico
Aug 20, XTERRA European Championship
Sep 10, Vail Outlier Mountain bike festival
Sep 17, XTERRA Pan American Championship
Oct 23, XTERRA World Championship
Nov 19, ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship
XT: Silly question, but how do you pronounce your last name?
JM: “Mid-daw” like the awe in awesome : )
XT: About your column, will athletes have to be hardcore to follow your advice?
JM: I think we are all hardcore in some ways, but no, the advice will be applicable to athletes of all levels. It won't be just excerpts from my training log.
XT: Are you also taking clients for in-person coaching?
JM: My coaching business is evolving and I now do more long distance training programs through Middaugh Coaching, although I still teach a masters swim group and CompuTrainer classes.
XT: How do you manage long distance training programs?
JM: The platform I use is Training Peaks. It’s individual coaching based on your race schedule, training history, and time available.
XT: What do you share with your clients that I won’t find in your training column?
JM: The difference with the clients I coach is that I am detailing out their training program specific to their life schedule and based on their strengths and weaknesses. I get input and feedback from them and adjust as needed--no template training programs.
Learn more about the Middaugh brothers and their coaching business online at www.middaughcoaching.com.