Meet Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week…Neil Lande

Q: Where do you live and what do you do in real life?

A: I live in Park City, UT and am a Ski Technician (Alpine): US Ski Team, TXA

Q: What are your weaknesses?

A: Complicated work and travel schedule. Also cake, and ice cream, and……

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Q: Why are you training?

A: To find out what I am capable of both athletically and mentally. I also enjoy the process of learning about how to train more efficiently and effectively.

Q: Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

A: Not yet, it’s a tough commute to make it to classes from Park City, Utah where I live!

Q: What’s your ideal sporting event to attend or compete?

A: I enjoy competing in any event with plenty of climbing.

Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on a bike ride?

A: An older and very eccentric man riding his unicycle up the brutal Independence Pass in Colorado (18 miles with over 4,000 ft of climbing)

Q: What is your favorite food to eat post training?

A: Recovery smoothie

Q: How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy foods?

A: By being aware of what my goals are and weighing the value of the snack vs the outcome I am hoping to achieve. This is especially difficult when on the road full time for ski racing.

Q: What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever

had?

A: Crashing my mountain bike in the exact spot that my friends had warned me about roughly 60 seconds before I went flying off my bike! Got a nice set of stitches out of that one.

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Q: What do you think about during long training rides/runs/workouts to stave off the boredom?

A: When inside on the trainer I really enjoy catching up on podcasts (always a fan of ‘Fast Talk’)

Q: Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

A: Working full time in ski racing plus the frequent travel associated, creates a fairly challenging puzzle of how to optimize my time, efforts, jet lag, changing altitude, etc. Working with Julie, I am able to focus more on my training and less on the stresses of how to organize and manage my training.