Welcome to Episode #173 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.
Endure: to suffer something difficult or unpleasant in a patient way over a long period. Today we have an incredible interview with author Alex Hutchinson and we are exploring his NY Times bestseller "Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Potential". We've been teasing content from the book for weeks and this week you get to hear directly from Alex as he pulls threads through hundreds of interviews and research studies on various aspects of endurance.
We hope you enjoyed last week's interview with professional triathlete, Sam Long. We recorded the show prior to Oceanside 70.3 and eagerly anticipated his result. If you followed it you already know that he DNFd. I saw his Instragram live after the race. From what he described, it sounded like he was pretty close to the front of the pack through the bike leg. He described getting a bum steer from a volunteer and lost a little more than 5 minutes. He tried to stay positive and focused on the run, but couldn't shake the mistake and the loss of time and ultimately decided to pull out. We will have to wait until St. George 70.3 to see how Sam fairs.
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Last Week's Guest:
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Alex Hutchinson is an author and journalist in Toronto. His primary focus is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside as a contributing editor and writes the Sweat Science column, The Globe and Mail where he writes the Jockology column, and Canadian Running magazine, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
He competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running. He's also a smart cookie with some impressive degrees as you are about to hear.
Let's spend some time with our guest interview.
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Alex Hutchinson Interview Discussion
If you live in the Denver/Boulder area, you are in for a encore. Alex Hutchinson will be in Denver on May 1st presenting to the Rocky Mountain Tri Club at West High School. I am going to have my copy of the book autographed. Hope to see you there.
It's no wonder that teams like Zoot are choosing to have their athletes read this book as a part of their virtual book club, or that Triathlon Club's like RMTC are booking events with Alex Hutchinson. This book has the most dense collection of studies related to endurance that I've been able to find.
Among the things that I learned was that according to Alex, Halo has in the pipeline a shoulder electrode to make their device even more effective. I'm looking into that and will let you know what we learn.
One of the studies that I found most interesting and intriguing was the Red Bull Endurance Project. It had participants including Jesse Thomas, Rebecca Rusch, and Angela Naeth absolutely gutting themselves in these tests. Check it out.
Video of the Week:
Question #1 - What is Vo2 Max?
Page 23 of Endure - 1923 Hill papers.
Question #2 - Can you breathing too much while swimming?
Question #3 - Why the warm up?
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