Matt Dixon is a professional triathlon coach and founder of Purplepatch fitness. Matt is former professional triathlete and elite swimmer, now coach and has set up a highly successful performance training and coaching support business. Purple patch has a roster of numerous world class triathletes that Matt and his team of coaches have supported to hundreds of ironman and half ironman victories. But they also have a slogan of Performance Training for Time-Starved People which is fascinating as a growing group of their clientele are executives searching for an outlet and a health and performance goal but clearly having to manage work, life and their sporting endeavours.
Thanks to Andy Blow from Precision Hydration for putting me in touch with Matt. I caught up with Matt at his family home when I was speaking over in the US.

4:14 Triathletes – performance driven people
6:40 The intellectual challenge of triathlon
11:30 How to do a triathlon poorly!
12:20 The value of failing
13:45 Work ethic
14:24 Not allowed bottles on the pool deck…
16:54 It’s great to work hard but in order to maintain balance you need to recover
18:01 Why do we train?
19:23 Drop weight, drop weight drop weight…poor behaviours
21:19 My actions, my behaviours, my mistakes that proved fruitful
21:32 Subjects like strength & conditioning, nutrition and recovery were only given lip service
22:10 The barometer of success is more work
22:30 The four primary subjects of consistency endurance component, nutrition, recovery and strength & conditioning as an educational. Recovery is part of the programme – the Recovery Coach
24:22 Stressors – the components of recovery
25:40 Stress, recovery & adaptation
26:50 Supporting people that are ‘time starved’
29:45 How did Purple Patch start?
30:53 I want to change the way endurance sports are coached
33:24 The scaling problem – without diluting quality
33:49 Set up your business with multiple oils wells
37:28 Content marketing opens an environment of sharing globally
39:10 The best coaches to have worked with are those which have an environment of sharing
40:03 Elite and professional athletes unapologetically driving towards world class performance
41:19 Amateur athletes to improve but not at the expense of the other areas of your life
42:25 Purple Patch attract people that are time starved and high performers
43:56 Redefining what it takes to be successful
44:54 the classic sense for many coaches is to take a training programme and dump it on top of life
45:27 We don’t start with the training programme we start with life
46:40 The growth of executives searching for a sporting outlet
49:44 A training programme cannot be just about the prescription of training
51:04 Empowering athletes to make adjustments
52:04 Prescription is the first act of coaching, but it’s the execution of the why that is imperative
52:34 Purple Patch focus on triathletes but also globally performance driven individuals
56:58 Which habits keep you performing well?

You can follow Matt on twitter @Purplepatch

If you’re interested in more from Matt, have a listen to his podcast episode 59 and 66 are particularly good !

He also offers squad based training support, that you can look up

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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