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09 Ed Baker - An Executive's Thirst for Self-Improvement

Ed Baker has most certainly lived an accomplished and fulfilling life. He was captain of his cross country team at Harvard and then went on to Stanford School of Business. While there, he trained and ran in the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2007. Baker’s business credentials are also rather impressive, serving as Head of International Growth at Facebook and then VP of Growth and Product at Uber until the Spring of 2017. What more could one person want to accomplish? What could possibly be...


08 Dr. Chris Winter, MD - The Unbreakable Bond Between Sleep and Performance

“Sleep isn’t sexy, but it is a performance enhancer, and the wise leverage it to their advantage.” - Dr. Chris Winter, MD Dubbed "The Sleep Whisperer" by Arianna Huffington, Dr. Chris Winter, MD, is the medical director of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and also one of the country's leading sleep researchers. When he is not seeing patients private clinic, he is often traveling across time zones to work with professional basketball, baseball, and hockey teams...


07 Carmel Galvin- Integrating an Athletic Mindset to Overcome Fears and Create Success

Matt dives deep with Carmel Galvin, CHRO of Glassdoor, about integrating high performance, training, and community into a time-starved life. In Part One of this conversation, Matt and Carmel talk about the evolving work culture of today's generation. There is an undeniable connection between work performance and life. Who you are outside of work is who you are at your job. Galvin discusses how companies like Glassdoor are prioritizing a company culture that enables optimized health,...


06 Bonus Episode - The Emerging Purple Patch Pros

You know it's going to be a good episode when Coach Matt Dixon refers to it as the "Brainiac Pro Edition!" Sonia Bracegirdle, Cecilia Davis-Hayes, and Laurence Delisle are the antithesis of what you might stereotype as a typical professional athlete. Yes, all three are brand new pro athletes starting their journey to world-class, but they have already excelled in many other areas of life. Collectively, their academic, business and sporting accomplishments make up a body of work that is...


05 Performance Lessons from Purple Patch Pros - Part 1

This week, we are offering you a special edition of two episodes in which Purple Patch pros join Matt for roundtable discussions with professional Ironman triathletes like you've never heard before! In Part 1, Coach Matt moderates this honest discussion with three of his elite pros, Kevin Collington, Laura Siddall, and Sarah Piampiano, about goal-setting, managing fears, training management, race day mindset, definitions of success, and so much more. All three are IRONMAN champions and,...


04 Planning Your Endurance Training Season

Matt discusses the first Purple Patch Pillar of Performance: Endurance. He covers everything from how to set up your week, execute your training effectively, and consistently nail the basics. You will hear why the focus of your training should be to achieve the necessary volume in order to receive positive adaptations, but still avoid accumulated fatigue. As he says in this episode, "If training becomes a monkey on your back, you will rip the monkey off." So, how exactly do you set up...


03 Sami Inkinen - How a Time-Starved CEO Creates Sustainable High Performance

In this eye-opening episode, Matt goes one-on-one with one of his athletes, Sami Inkinen. Growing up on a farm in Finland, Sami was always intrigued by health, wellness, and athletic performance. He did ride his bike or cross-country ski to-and-from school most days, after all! He moved to the United States in 2003 to attend Stanford Business School, and it's there where he met his friend and business partner, Pete Flint, and, together, they founded Trulia, eventually turning it public....


02 Performance in a Time-Starved Life

Welcome to Episode Two of The Purple Patch Podcast, Performance in a Time-Starved Life. In this episode, Matt issues the challenge to shift our lens of training success away from simply “punching the clock” or achieving a certain number of training hours per week. By using a real-life case study from a Purple Patch athlete, Matt illustrates the corrosive effects of trying to do too much without the proper training focus and balance. It's a story that may sound all too...


Ep. 1 The Purple Patch Story

Welcome to Episode One of The Purple Patch Podcast. Will this just be another triathlon podcast? Absolutely not. At Purple Patch Fitness, our mission is to empower and educate every human being to reach their athletic potential. It is through the lens of your athletic potential that you will reach your human potential and our interviews and conversations will be driven by this mission. The podcast will not only help you improve performance in your chosen sport, it will help you...


Purple Patch Podcast - An Introduction from Coach Matt Dixon

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...