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Mile High Endurance Podcast

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. ​The 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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Jan 29, 2017

Welcome to Episode #58 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.  Bill Plock and I had a blast talking to guest Dr. Amanda Stevens about metabolic efficiency training and eating.  We discuss swim form and drills to help you achieve balance in the water.

00:00

Introduction and interview setup

11:27

Interview with Dr. Amanda Stevens

58:52

Interview take-aways, upcoming interviews and wrap up

With the scheduling of the interview this week and trying to figure out when to record the intro for this week's episode, we were not able to get Khem Suthiwn with us this week.  She'll be back next week.  Khem, wish you were here with us.

Interview setup:

  • We brought Amanda up a couple of weeks ago when we were talking about the top minds on the topic of swimming.  Bill, you brought her up in the conversation and I wrote down a note to reach out to her.  We sent her an invite and she graciously agreed to join us.
  • We brainstormed topics and came up with metabolic efficiency, avoiding overtraining, and swimming coaching.  We pulled off our first Twitter Poll and actually got some good play on the poll.  Here's what you told us.
  • Twitter poll, results
    • 29% - Swim Technique
    • 13% - Over Training
    • 42% - Metabolic Efficiency
    • 16% - Race Strategy
  • Needless to say we decided to spend most of our time talking about metabolic efficiency/eating for health and swim coaching
  • Dr. Amanda Stevens-Sadler is a professional Ironman triathlete and consultant focusing on sports medicine and general health and wellness.
  • As a professional triathlete, Dr. Stevens-Sadler competes on the Ironman World Circuit.
  • I don’t want to steal too much from the interview.  We'll get to know Amanda and her background in just a minute.
    • Dr. Stevens-Sadler, her husband, Randy, and their whippet, Dash, currently live in Arizona
    • During downtime or recovery, she enjoys reading and watching movies and always seems to have a project to work on.
    • An Enid, Oklahoma, native, Dr. Stevens-Sadler earned her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University and later graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Stevens-Sadler enjoys and encourages a healthy lifestyle and is an expert in a range of topics, including sports medicine, injury prevention, fitness, nutrition and preventive medicine.

Amanda Stevens can be contacted at the following:

https://dramandastevens.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DocAmandaStevens

https://twitter.com/DrAmandaStevens

If you enjoyed today's interview, please let us know by going on Facebook and Like the site and Interview Post.  Please Like the Twitter posts and follow there as well @milehighpodcast.

I announce the released episodes on Sunday morning on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow the show on Twitter at MileHighPodcast and check out the Facebook Page at Mile High Endurance.  The episodes get released on iTunes and GooglePlay and other podcast subscription sites on Saturday evening, so if you subscribe to auto download, the show will be there on your phone ready for your Sunday morning training session. 

Coming up on the show we have:

Mark Mastalir

Halo Neuro

Brian Burk

Author of Running to Leadville

Natalie Brockeveldt

Personal Trainer and Certified Nutritionist

Daragh Kneeshaw

Aspen Snowmass - Audi Power of Four

 Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the triathlon journey!

Jan 22, 2017

Welcome to Episode #57 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.   I'm you host Rich Soares with co-hosts Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock.  We have a very cool interview with Terry Laughlin of Total Immersion today.

Thank you to Dirk Friel for coming back on the show and talking about TrainingPeaks recent features.  I really didn't hype it up, but I would encourage you to go to the website www.milehighendurance.com and note there is a new menu item called "Blog".  Under that you will see MHE Blog and Photos.  In the MHE Blog you will see my complete write up and step by step exploration of the new features in Workout Builder and Annual Training Plan.

 

Okay, let's get into today's interview with Terry Laughlin, founder of TI.  Let me start with the reason I wanted to get him on the show.  We have been focusing this northern hemisphere "off season" on topics related to form, technique, strength/balance to create the greatest opportunity for efficiency and injury prevention when your season begins in earnest.

 

Back in episode #48, Khem and I interviewed coach David Warden on the topic of bio mechanics.  In that interview, David mentioned getting coaching help from Terry Laughlin of TI and how it helped improve his speed and efficiency in the water from a below average swimmer to a top ten percent swimmer.

 

Well I took a mental note during that interview.  I too studied TI In my first year or so of triathlon.  It's been a while since I read the book and I thought it would be great to bring Terry to all of you.  I hope you have read TI, taken the course work, or receive coaching.  Whether you have or you haven't, I think you will find Terry has a talent for teaching swimming technique.  You will hear how incredibly well he describes techniques and feel of the water for streamlining and power. 

We're going to have Terry back in a few weeks or so to talk about "the ability to repeat effective swimming motions (or strokes) for a duration, and at a pace, of your choosing."  We also talk about the 3 M's of Endurance: Metabolic, Motor, Mental.

Speaking of upcoming interviews, let's talk about the lineup.

Kane Russell

To talk about the Neuro Halo next week.  I gave a little intro last week.  The one thing I'll add is that there is a potential surprise guest that will join Kane when we talk.  We're waiting to get confirmation, so I'll keep it a mystery.  If it gets confirmed during the week I'll put a post of FB and T to let you all know.

Amanda Stevens

To talk to us about - Fill in the blank.  We want your help with questions for Amanda.  Here's what we're going to do.  I'm going to put a poll out there on twitter and facebook.  I'm going to put 2 or 3 poll choices out there.  Some of the topics Amanda and I kicked around when we spoke earlier this week were, 1) Nutrition, 2) Amanda's Swim Instruction , 3) how to identify and avoid over-training.  Look for those polls and please, please respond

Audi Power of Four  Ski Mountaineering Race

We are in talks with these guys, but nothing is confirmed yet. 

Brian Burk

Author of  "Running To Leadville"

Folks, please do me a huge favor this week.  Take two seconds to open up your Facebook app and type Mile High Endurance into the search field and follow the podcast.  Please do the same thing on Twitter at MileHighPodcast.

Also, please take another minute this week to pass along the podcast to a friend or relative who is into endurance sports or health and fitness in general. The referrals and growth are much appreciated.

Please also give some love to Terry Laughlin and Total Immersion and go to their Facebook page and website to learn more. 

If you have been out to the www.milehighendurance.com website this week, you have seen some changes.  There are now sub menu items on the website.  I've also changed some of the content.  Where there used to be a menu item for "Episodes", that has been reworded to "Interviews" and then there are sub menu page selections for 2016 and 2017 interviews.  I've also added the date of each episode and made it much more mobile friendly.  There were also a few links that were broken and are now fixed.

Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the triathlon journey!

Jan 15, 2017

Welcome to Episode #56 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.    I'm your host Rich Soares and I'm joined by co-host Bill Plock from 303 Triathlon.  Welcome back this week.  Today's guest interview is with Dirk Friel from TrainingPeaks to talk to us about some of the newer features in TrainingPeaks.  We'll get into that in just a minute.  How's it Bill? 

 

Catch up with Bill.

 

Thanks to Michael Rodgers for joining us last week to talk about the NYC Marathon.

We've been talking about this week's guest for a few weeks now.  Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, has been a guest on the show in the past.  This week we caught up with Dirk to talk to us about some of the new TrainingPeaks features. 

My inspiration for the topic.  I had upgraded to the Coaching Edition and had received an email from Tony at TrainingPeaks offering to give me a 45 minute overview of the coaching version.  During the orientation session, Tony was walking me through how to create an Annual Training Plan (ATP).  I have been using ATP, and had struggled the task of data entry and calculations to design and build the ATP.  My specific thought was "jeez it would be great if you could just enter the target Training Stress Score and have that automatically produce an ATP volume required to prepare an athlete for their A Race.  It seemed like a reasonable question, so I asked Tony.  He chuckled a bit, and I expected to hear Tony follow the chuckle with a "it's right there in front of you", Instead, Tony explained that the functionality did not exist yet, but was actually scheduled in an upcoming release.

In preparation for the interview I was poking around with the TSS/CTL/ATP tool and the Workout Builder.  The more I played with them the freaking cooler it got.  As a guy who works a Product Manager for a software development team, I have an appreciation for how "in-tune and intuitive" it is.  I usually work too hard to try to figure out some software functionality.   When I let myself mouse around, I began to find that there were controls exactly where you want them and an interactivity between the data tables and the graphical display that is dynamic.  Meaning, you can create a table from drag and drop templates, you can adjust things like set length by dragging, or go to the table and make data changes directly.

The same is true for Workout Builder.  From Calendar, either click on Workout Library or create a new workout by clicking on the plus sign on the day you are adding a workout.  Depending on the type of workout, you can pick the Training Method (eg, % of FTP, % of MHR, RPE, etc).  You can drag or click blocks, within a block, you can hover over each and see the duration and intensity displayed in the text.  You will also see the zones dynamically specified for the individual athlete.  You will also see starting time/distance in the hover over text box.  This helps you make sure you have the right training volume to reach your target.

If you want to increase the intensity, you can over the top of the graph bar and you will see the mouse arrow change to a double-arrow.  You can left click and move the intensity up or down. 

Likewise, you can adjust the duration by hovering over the side of the graph bar, reveal the double-arrow curser.  Left click and then drag to be longer or shorter.

If you want to increase or decrease the number of reps in the set, you can hover over the block and you will see a +/- on the left side of the block.  You can click on the + to add reps or the - to remove reps.  Note that you can see the projected TSS.

Let's get into the interview with Dirk Friel and hear what he has to say.  

 

Jan 8, 2017

Welcome to Episode #55 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. This week's interview is with Michael Rodgers of New York Road Runners.  Michael talks to us about the NYC Marathon, the many options to gain entry to this epic race, what it takes to run it, and the many things that NYRRs do to grow communities and create opportunities through running.  Michael is a 5 time Ironman finisher and planning to Lake Placid in 2017.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 15:24 Michael Rodgers from NYRR
  • 59:54 Wrap up and coming episodes

Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.    I'm your host Rich Soares and I'm joined by co-hosts Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock.

Thanks for giving us the next hour or so.  If you are new to Mile High Endurance, welcome.  It's our goal to bring you great weekly content to help you get the most out triathlon and related endurance sports.  Each week we interview new guests in the endurance sport industry to share their knowledge with you to inspire and educate on a variety of topics.  Topics range from training tips, products, services, and races.  If you are listening from a direct download link, be sure to go to your iTunes, Google Play or other podcast subscription service and subscribe to automatically download the latest episode to your phone. 

Last week we had Lance Panigutti on the show to talk about the Boulder Peak and the 5430 Series.  Last week we talked about the bargain price of $300 to register for all 3 races.  I made a bit of a deal about the 'early bird' price and encouraged folks to register before midnight on New Year's Eve.  We thought it was going to take a modest bump up to $330 - well it didn’t.  I just checked yesterday and it's $315.  $315 for the Sprint, Boulder Peak Olympic, and a half Iron distance race. 

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