When we learned from his questionnaire that Morgan Stebbins is a psychoanalyst and professor of religion in Garrison, New York, we wanted to hear more about this fascinating work and forget about all of that sports stuff. But then we remember that 80/20 Endurance exists to serve a community of athletes, so we kept reading and learned that Morgan’s athletic history is even more interesting.
In the 1980s, he represented the United States in field hockey at the world junior championships, the Pan Am Games, and the Olympics! Later, he won a world championships silver medal in masters track cycling. And, just last month, with the help of his first 80/20 training plan (which unlike previous plans did not leave him “tired or burned out”), the married 61-year-old won his age group at the USA Triathlon National Championship.
You can see the teacher in Morgan when he shares his advice to other 80/20 athletes in answering the final question of our questionnaire: “It seems counterintuitive at first,” he writes, “so listen to what the pros do and hang in there for at least one whole season (since the buildup is slow). If you have to ride with your buddies on the weekend (as I do!), just make that your fast day. The secret of speed is incremental gains over a long period, mixed with creative variation.”
We’re going to have to find an excuse to make our way to Garrison, NY, to sit down with this well-rounded man for a cup of coffee.