What is RacersReady.com?

RacersReady.com is a website dedicated to helping individuals improve their exercise performance through training, nutrition, and competition.

 History

My name is Dave Morris.  I am an exercise physiologist and I started RacersReady.com in 1996.  As a young man I competed in a number of sports including distance running, boxing, triathlon, mountain biking, and road cycling.  My love of sport brought me to study exercise physiology at the University of Missouri where I received my bachelor's degree in 1989.  After finishing my undergraduate studies, I went to work running the strength and conditioning program at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.  During my tenure in Lake Placid, I developed conditioning programs for athletes from a wide variety of sports including ice hockey, skiing, ski jumping, luge, canoe/kayak, and bobsledding.  After some time in this position, I returned to the University of Missouri to study for my master's degree in human performance.  I finished this program in 1992 and promptly returned to work for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), this time as a physiologist at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  I worked with a number of sports in Colorado Springs but my main focus was with the US Cycling Team.  I spent countless hours testing cyclists and working with National Team and Regional Coaches advising them in areas of exercise physiology and the development, implementation, and monitoring of training programs. 

After working with the USOC, I returned to school to pursue my Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the Ohio State University.  During my time at Ohio State, I was mentored by Mike Sherman, who many consider to be a "founding father" of sports nutrition, especially in the area of endurance exercise.  I also worked with Steve Alway, a muscle physiologist who had, and still has, many pioneering views on the ways that muscle tissue responds to exercise training. 

Apparently, the work I did with the US Cycling Team in Colorado Springs left quite an impression on the folks at USA Cycling, for while I was at Ohio State, USA Cycling decided to start a sport science division and offered me a two year position as a physiologist helping with preparations for the Olympic Games in 1996.  I decided to put my doctoral studies on hold and accept the position.  During my tenure with the US Cycling Team, I got to work with some pretty amazing folks like Chet Kyle, a fluid physicist and chief designer of the GT Superbikes, and Dean Golich, another sport physiologist.  Chet, Dean, and I were some of the first people in the world to use the SRM powermeters.  Chet and I used the SRM extensively on the velodrome to test the aerodynamic qualities of equipment and rider positions on the bicycles, while Dean and I used them to monitor power outputs in order to develop more effective training methods.

During my work with the US Cycling Team, I realized that I was in a very unique position.  Very few of my colleagues who worked with elite athletes had the kind of scientific and research background that I possessed, and very few of my colleagues in academia had the opportunity to work hands-on with elite athletes.  It also became apparent to me that much of the research done by exercise physiologists never reaches the athletes it is designed to benefit, and many of the needs of athletes go unrealized, and thus not studied, by exercise physiologists.  Because of these realizations, I decided to start my own coaching, consulting, and research business to provide services to athletes and RacersReady.com was born.  Over the next seven years, I collaborated with the sport physiology staff at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, coached athletes to numerous national, Pan-American, and world championships, and wrote a book, "Performance Cycling" about training and competition in all disciplines of competitive cycling.

In 2003 I decided to return to school to complete my Ph.D. in exercise physiology.  I had accomplished all of the goals that I had set for RacersReady.com, and I wanted to reach a goal that I had set early in my academic career - to pursue a career in teaching and research as a college professor.  Over the previous few years, I had continued to take classes at the University of Colorado in the areas of genetics, philosophy, and logic.  These courses, as well as those I had completed at Ohio State had me very close to completing the course requirements for my Ph.D..  While working on a research project at the USOC Athlete Performance Laboratory, a colleague of mine suggested that I contact Rob Robergs, an exercise physiologist and professor at the University of New Mexico.  Rob was, and still is, a giant in the field of exercise physiologist.  A prominent teacher and researcher, Rob has published numerous books, has performed numerous research studies, and founded the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP), a professional organization for those practicing in the field of exercise physiology.  It didn't take long for me to realize that returning to school to work with Rob was a good choice as he is incredibly intelligent and one of the most innovative thinkers in the field of exercise physiology.

Upon graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2005, I immediately went to work in academia, teaching and doing research in the areas of sport nutrition, athlete performance and training, and environmental exercise physiology.  I currently am an assistant professor at Appalachian State University.  As part of my responsibilities as a faculty member, I have established a relationship with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), which is the organization that oversees the special forces programs of the United States Army.  Much of my recent research work has been done to try to find ways to help the special forces soldiers adapt to harsh environments and perform better in the field.

Despite my forays into a new career, I continue to coach and consult with athletes and do scientific research designed to help push the limits of athlete performance.  Importantly, I should point out that all of my work has been done to develop legitimate technologies to advance exercise performance and I have never worked with performance enhancing drugs, advocated their use, or knowingly coached an athlete who was using PEDs.