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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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Mar 31, 2019

Welcome

Welcome to Episode #171 of the Mile High Endurance podcast.  Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.

We're your hosts coach Rich Soares and 303 Chief Bill Plock.   Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.  You have a lot of options for training information and we are glad you are choosing to spend some time with us. 

Brain training. What has always fascinated me about endurance is the brains role.  You undoubtedly have your own experience with pacing, giving up or digging deep.  I mentioned last week that I was reading the book, Endure by writer Alex Hutchison.  A significant amount of the content of this book covered various aspects and studies about the brain's involvement in everything from learning to pace ourselves like we heard in last week's episode and the example of the study of children in a running study and at what age the brain learns to conserve energy and "pace" our effort for future needs.  Or, in Tim Noake's "Central Governor" theory and research that first proposed that it isn't the body that knows the limits and the brain simply responds and decides to slow down, there's actually a part of the brain that takes information and stops the body before you reach the physical limits of endurance.

 

You undoubtedly also have experience using your brain to things as simply as learning to ride a bike, or as hard as nailing the swim stroke or increasing your running cadence.  Today, we are taking a look at a different aspect of brain training.  Is there a way to make the neural connections between the brain and muscles stronger, to recruit muscles more efficiently, to be more resilient, to have greater strength and endurance. 

We have Tom Griffin from Halo Neuroscience joining us today to talk about the science, the studies, and the new design of the Halo2.  You will be introduced to the topic of TDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation).  We will talk about that in the interview, and then elaborate on it after in some additional studies that I read about in Alex Hutchison's book Endure.

 

Announcements:

  • Just a reminder that clothing orders will ship on April 4th.  If you missed the order window, I will have some bib shorts, running shirts, arm warmer and hats. Just contact me at rich@milehighendurance.com and I'll hook you up.
  • If you love the show, please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the page. 
  • If you have a coach, expert, author or professional athlete that you want to hear on the show, please let us know.  Similarly if you are a coach or have something to share with an audience of endurance enthusiasts, please reach out and tell us about the topic you want to share.

 

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

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Last Week's Guest: 

Thanks to last week's guests, Franko Vatterott and Matt Smith on the topic of training camps.  If you are interested in the Park City, UT Sansego camp you can save $100 off the registration by using the code MHE100.  If you haven't heard that yet, check out last week's interview on episode - #170.

 

In Today's Show:

  • Brain training and studies on the brain's role in endurance
  • News
  • Book Recommendation, Endure by Alex Hutchinson - we'll talk about that more later
  • Brain training trivia
  • Upcoming interviews

 

Sponsor - Riplaces: 

Our interview is sponsored by Riplaces.  Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe.  The system comes with 10 bungees in each of 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit.  The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package.  Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount.  Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance

 

Interview Introduction:

We all have experience finding that additional reserve.  You've been in a race, felt like you've reached your limit, yet when you are within sight of the finish line, you have the crowed cheering, or a competitor approaches, you find the energy to push harder.  We see it with marathon and ironman finish times.  You see a higher concentration of finish times before the hour marks than after the hour marks suggesting the runners and triathletes find those reserves to finish under those milestones.

Similarly, when doing a 20 minute all our effort on the trainer in your basement, you may be able to achieve what you believe is your best 20 minute power effort.  Yet, do a time trial race the next day in a competitive situation and now you miraculously find an additional 6 watts of power over the same or greater distance.  Is it that you are 6 watts stronger the next day? 

What is the brains role in slowing us down or speeding us up?  How can we tap into those reserves in training?  Do muscles really have memory? How can we get stronger, faster and have more endurance, using our brains?  Let's get into the interview with Tom Griffin.

 

Sponsor - Halo Neuroscience:

Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Halo Neuroscience.  The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance. Use the code "MHE" at checkout to save an additional $20.  Pre order now and your regular price of $399 is $299.  Add the MHE code and your price is $279.  If you use the code MARCHMADNESS, you can save $30 for a price of $269.

 

Video of the Week:

Building a Champion: Olympic Sprinter Hafsatu Kamara

  

Endurance Trivia:

Question #1 - How much time needs to pass from the time glucose-based sports drink passes the mouth before there is a measurable improvement in performance?

  1. A) 30 minutes
  2. B) 15 minutes
  3. C) 5 minutes
  4. D) 5 seconds

Read from page 189 of Endure, Alex Hutchison 

Question #2 - Using a combination of CAT scans and EEG, researchers have been able to identify the part of the brain that shows increasing activity just prior to muscle failure.  That region of the brain is the:

  1. A) Motor Cortex
  2. B) Insular Cortex
  3. C) Polar Cortex

Read from page 234 of Endure, Alex Hutchison

Question #3 - The acronym tDCS stands for:

  1. A) Transmission Direct Connection Stimulus
  2. B) Transcranial Direct Contact Stimulation
  3. C) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Read from page 229 of Endure, Alex Hutchison

 

News:

 

Post Interview Discussion:

 

  • Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial - https://khmtt.com/
    • 2019 Dates: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
    • Weather Make-up Date: May 15
    • Khem 5:23:00 (4th 26:36)
    • Rich 5:27:20 (3rd or 5th 22:21)

 

Upcoming Interviews: 

  • 303Radio - Karen Horn Time Trial Race Director David Hunter
  • Sam Long on his Napa Valley Marathon win in a time of 2:32:33 and upcoming Oceanside 70.3
  • Julie Moss on her new book in mid April after her race at Oceanside 70.3.  She is also going to be in Boulder with her friend Wendy Ingraham who is training for Boulder 70.3
  • Writer Alex Hutchison, author of the NY Times best seller Endure
  • National champion cyclist, Denise Korenek on her record breaking feat of being the fastest sustained cycling speed of 184 mph.  You may have read the brief article in 2019, Issue 1 of Bicycling. We have an exclusive interview with Denise to hear about The Speed Project.
  • Jason Blalog - gravel bike across iceland
  • Tyler Hamilton Training

 

Closing:

 

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Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

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