152. Matt Fitzgerald On Building Mental Fitness, The Flowchart of Facing Reality and 80/20 Endurance Training

Matt Fitzgerald is a world-renowned sports journalist, nutritionist, and endurance sport coach. He’s a true expert on all things fitness, having written more than 20 books on sports performance, training, fueling, and the importance of mental toughness.

On today’s episode, Matt and I sync up about his latest book, The Comeback Quotient. Matt shares his wisdom on building mental fitness, and how the greatest athletes are the ones who possess the ability to make the best of a bad situation. Matt takes us through the steps of coming back from a challenge and tells us how these steps can be used in all areas of life—not just athletics.

We chat about Matt’s signature 80/20 training plan, and the common misconception that training needs to be hard all the time. You, too, can be trained by Matt! His endurance training plans can be found both on his website and on Training Peaks. He also provides customizable plans through his website, and he offers one-on-one training with a lucky five people at a time.

Matt also talks about his battle with COVID-19, and how he’s using his own strategies from The Comeback Quotient to fuel him through his recovery. We discuss how Chinese medicine might help with chronic fatigue and sync up about the importance of recognizing the severity and threat of the COVID-19 virus.

Matt truly inspires us to reframe our mindset in the midst of obstacles—through his expertise, we can all become “ultrarealists.”

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