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Mile High Endurance is recorded in the Rocky Mountain front range area in Denver, Colorado. 55 miles to the north is the triathlon 'Mecca' of Boulder, home of some of the most prominent pros in triathlon and related sports. 56 miles to the south is the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. The 110 mile stretch between Boulder and Colorado Springs is one of the fittest and athletic populated areas in the world. I share these statistics, not so much to brag but to give you the listener context for what the culture and vibe is here in the Mile High area. ‚ÄčThe objective of the Mile High Tri podcast is to connect you to the triathlon community and empower you to achieve your triathlon and fitness goals. Each month we will take subjects that you are interested in and connect your interests with news, expert interviews, and information about services and products in a way that inform your decisions to achieve your full potential in the sport.
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Jun 24, 2018

Our interview this week is with return guest and 5x world champion Craig Alexander and coach Matt Smith.  At the end of the Boulder Sansego training camp, they spend a little time reflecting on the lessons and training session during the camp.  They also highlighted a couple of the important training tips that we covered during the 3 days.

Thanks to last week's guests, registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Dina Griffin.  Dina talked about some of the endurance considerations that are unique to the female athletes, including getting the right amount of iron in your diet, having ferratin and iron panel testing, training and racing while pregnant and more.  If you missed it, go back and listen to episode #130.

At the Boulder camp this past weekend, Matt Smith was the chief coach and presenter.  Crowie trained with the athletes in the pool while Matt was on the deck delivering the workout sets. Matt and Crowie biked and ran with us.  Crowie led the strength training session. 

 

Matt Smith has been involved in triathlon and multisport for over 15 years. As a coach, his athletes have achieved the highest accolades in triathlon including Ironman and 70.3 podium finishes and overall wins. Personally, he has qualified for the Ironman and 70.3 world championships on every attempt. Matt serves as the North American coach for Sansego by Craig Alexander.

 

Matt has a unique ability as a coach to work with any athlete to fit a highly competitive race program into a busy life. He looks at an athlete holistically, coming from a background of leadership and executive coaching before starting triathlon coaching 8 years ago.

Matt holds USAT certification, a Masters degree in Adult Education, Executive Leadership certification from Harvard University and is completing his Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification to be able to help athletes with more than just race day nutrition planning.

As mentioned in the intro, Crowie is a 3x Ironman World Champion.  He also has 2 70.3 world championship titles. 

Crowie, is a 5 time world champion and is still a top competitor at the age of 45.  He is an absolutely amazing athlete, and he is extremely generous and humble.  He loves the sport and was great about sharing his experience and what he's learned, but also recognized that each athlete comes with their own experience, strengths and weaknesses, biomechanics and flexibility and was great and helping each individual get the most out of the camp.

I had a chance to chat with Crowie and Matt at the end of the camp. We talked about the highlights of the workouts and lectures, and we got them to share some specific training tips.

SANSEGO highlights

  • Friday
    • 3K swim, drills and video analysis
    • 45 mile bike ride to Hygiene
    • Strength training with Crowie
  • Saturday
    • Sighting
    • Drafting
    • Deep water starts
    • Buoy turns
    • 55 mile bike ride to Ward
    • Swim Race Skills
  • Sunday
    • Long run
    • Ride
    • Strength
    • Q&A

 

Bill and Haute Route

Khem's MS150 Update

Bob Seebohar Metabolic Project update

  • Food log at https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/soares3711
  • Much better at periodizing my carbohydrate intake according to my training needs. On days where you have less quality (zones 1-2) and lower duration (<2 hours) of training, I've been sticking to the 1:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio.

Lake to Lake Race

One more shout out on IM Boulder

Upcoming MHE Interviews:

  • Heidi Strickler  - plant vs. animal protein - finding what works for you
  • Michael Horvath
  • Andrew Talansky

Our show is also supported by 303 Endurance Network, which includes 303Triathlon and 303 Cycling, which covers the endurance culture, news and events on triathlon and cycling.  Be sure to subscribe to the 303Radio podcast for great interviews.

  • Kyle Coon is doing the RAAM with team SeatoSea.  They are currently in Illinois and will be making Indian and Pennsylvania this weekend.  Check out the interview on 303 Radio

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Thanks again for listening to MHE.  Train well this week.  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

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