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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. ​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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Feb 26, 2017

No more one-size-fits-all training! Are you interested in learning how to do Outside-the-Box thinking about endurance that is both Big Picture and 100% personalized and customized? If so, join the conversation we'll have with Terry Laughlin, Founder and Chief Executive Optimist of Total Immersion Swimming

Welcome to Episode #62 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 Rich Soares and Bill Plock and we're excited to have you join us this week. 

Thanks for again for joining us this week.  If this was your first time listening, we hope you found this valuable and will join us next week. 

Let us know you like the content by following our guests and MHE on social media.  Check out the Mile High Endurance website and milehighendurance.com for more on upcoming interviews, past interviews, resources, blog, about the show, and discounts.  

Check out the Halo Neuro Sport deal on the MHE Discounts page.  Save $150 on Halo Sport.  We'll see if we can get some more deals added to that page.

Also, as announced with Terry, Total Immersion is giving MHE listeners 10% off on their self-coaching courses and anything in the store really.  Go to the "Discounts" page on MHE and you will see discount code MHETI10

Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Mike Dion, Film Maker of Ride the Divide, Inspired to Ride and more.
  • Dirk Friel will be joining us to talk about the Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering race that he is competing in this weekend - this is going to be the Anniversary episode
  • Coach Will Murray of D3 Multisport to talk to us about how to get the most out of your workout
  • Simone Cordery-Cotter of Rudy Project is going to talk to us about how to equip yourself with equipment that has the latest safety engineering and designs
  • Scott Thigpen - author of the book "Trail Magic" which is about his experience with the Ride the Divide

Thanks for your continued following of the podcast.  Join us next week for Mike Dion on the film making of epic documentaries like Inspired to Ride.

Have a great week everybody!  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Obvious Mentions:

Total Immersion

303 Triathlon

 

Also Mentioned:

Ironman

Team Colorado

Ironman Boulder

TrainingPeaks

Dirk Friel

Audi Power of Four

Without Limits

5430

Ironman World Championship

Phil Whitehead

Alan Couzens

USAT

Colorado Athletic Club

Wellbridge

Amy Boone Thompson

Danny Dreyer

 

Feb 19, 2017

We thank you for giving me the next hour or so and exited to share this week's guest with you.  Brian Burk, author of "Running to Leadville - Life, Love, Loss and a 100 mile ultramarathon through the extreme Colorado Rockies.  More on our feature interview in just a bit. 

Brian Burk - Amazon Link to "Look Inside" of the book

When I look for opportunities for guests on the show, I have a couple of things that I'm looking for:

What is the candidates relationship to endurance sport? Are they relevant?

Do they possess enough knowledge on the subject and are they credible?

Will the audience find them interesting?

When I started reading the book, this is the caption that caught my eye and I identified with:

"I've come to face reality, I may not have the drive, genetics or time to be in a position to ever place first in my age group or ever win an event, But I can do epic.  I will do epic and I will live an epic life.

I read started reading the first chapter and was immediately engaged by trying to figure out is the character in the book named "Brian" really the author's persona on the page.  Before I knew it, I was engrossed in the story that was unfolding in front of me with each turn of the page.  The first chapter of this story was emotional and I admit I cried.  But then I'm the sentimental type

 

Khem, I'll have to pass along this book.  It's funny how this book surprised me in terms of how interesting I found it.   Here's a funny analysis.

I really like football.  Football is exciting. Like many, I have a date with the NFL every Sunday afternoon for at least a couple hours.  Yet, when it comes to movies or books about football, I couldn't give a flip.  Don't care, don't want to watch inspirational movies about football.

Running, let's face it, can be boring.  It can be boring to run (speaking in the first person).  Ever spectated a running race?  Real exciting right?  No, not real exciting.  I'm not talking about the finish line of a marathon, I'm talking about standing on the sidewalk in the middle of the course. 

So to pick up a book, that I know is not "instructional" on the topic of running, I was like -really?

I'm so glad I bought the book.  I was really entertained by this story and blown away about how he drew the characters from his life in the story.

Thanks for joining us again this week.  Guess what's coming up in just a couple of weeks, Khem? 

It's the show's 1 year anniversary coming up.  March 10, 2016 was the first episode and in that first month we had a total of 104 downloads.  April 276.

Let us know you like the content by following our guests and MHE on social media.  Check out the Mile High Endurance website and milehighendurance.com for more on upcoming interviews, past interviews, resources, blog, about the show, and now discounts.  

Check out the Halo Neuro Sport deal on the MHE Discounts page.  Save $150 on Halo Sport.  We'll see if we can get some more deals added to that page.

Thanks for your continued following of the podcast.  Join us next week for Terry Laughlin from Total Immersion Swimming.  Please share with a friend, or running buddy, or post on your club social media page.  Have a great week everybody!

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

 

 

Feb 12, 2017

Welcome to Episode #60 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 Rich Soares and Bill Plock and we thank you for giving us the next hour or so.  We have Daragh Kneeshaw from Aspen Snowmass on the show today to talk to us about the Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race later this month and the Trail Race coming up this summer.

Thanks again to Mark Mastalir for joining us to talk about the Halo Neuro Sport.

 

I really need a few minutes to reflect on this.

  • I've now used it to "prime" before a couple of workouts
  • The elephant is in the room - I've been asked does this work?
  • Mark and the team at Halo Neuroscience are going to try and make us successful
  • More workouts
    • The swim workout that I mentioned went great, but with a twist
    • I feel it at work best when I'm doing a powerful muscle contraction
  • Questions I'm getting
  • Published Research on the mile high endurance resources page (by Sunday AM)
  • Neuro Halo is offering a MHE listener discount.  Normally $749.  They are knocking $150 off the price for any MHE listener.  Simply use MHE150 at checkout and you will save a chunk of money.  Simply go to www.haloneuro.com, click on the Green Order Halo Sport button on the upper right of your screen and proceed.
  • Also, 30 day money back guarantee, including free return shipping if you are not convinced
  • I've made some updates to the website with a Sponsor page and a banner ad at the top 
  • Back to the question - does this work?  How do you know? 
  • Takes 2-3 weeks to see measurable results - so I don't know yet
  • I spoke to Mark and Danny at HN and asked if they could guide me on a good isolation test (with a sample size of one), but to help me answer the question.
  • Halo Sport accelerates improvements in muscle memory, strength, explosiveness, and endurance.  It does not improve cardio vascular fitness and biomechanics efficiency.
  • I am going to set up a 3 week strength training protocol and measure my performance before and after starting this coming week.  More on that next week.  I encourage folks to follow my progress with the Halo Sport

If you listened to Khem's and my interview with TrainingPeaks co-founder Dirk Friel a few weeks ago about new features in TP.

 

At the tail end of that interview, we talked about Dirks races in 2017.  Now Dirk, as you probably know was a former professional cyclist.  So what does a former pro cyclist do for races and athletic activities in the winter you ask?  Well we'll tell you.  He does that Audi Power of Four Mountaineering race.

 

The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes.

 

The Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Sport Division has a 6:00 AM race start in Snowmass Base Village. The Power of Two Rec Division begins at 8:00 AM at the base of Aspen Highlands.

Bill, you first looked this up and shared it with me.  What made this race appealing to you?  What are the four mountains? https://www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass

Aspen Snowmass has two additional races in this series.  There's a Trail Run with 10K, 25K and 50K distances.  There's also 33 mile mountain bike race across all four mountains.

We've got Daragh Kneeshaw with us to talk about Aspen Snowmass, the 4 mountains, the race series and much more. 

Let us know you like the content by following us on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out the Mile High Endurance Page for more on upcoming interviews, past interviews, resources, blog, and more.   Be sure to visit HaloNeuro.com to check out the Halo Sport and their website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to follow what Mark Mastalir and crew are offering.

Bill - Any things that you or 303 Triathlon want to tell the listeners to be looking out for?

Thanks for your continued following of the podcast.  The show is growing by leaps and bounds all of a sudden and we are really thrilled by the growth.  Please share with a friend, or running buddy, or post on your club social media page.

Have a great week everybody!

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

 

Feb 5, 2017

Welcome to Episode #59 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 Rich Soares and Bill Plock and we thank you for giving us the next hour or so.  We have a very different kind of guest today.  Mark Mastalir, the Chief Marketing Officer and Halo Neuro Science joins us to talk about an innovative product.

Thanks again to Amanda Stevens-Sadler for joining us to talk about metabolic efficiency training and diet, as well as a bit of a discussion on swimming form.  If you missed that episode - are you crazy?  Get on the website or iTunes and listen to it.  She really was a lot of fun to talk to and had great information to share.

If you did listen and enjoy the interview with Amanda, would you please go to her Facebook page at @docamandastevens and tell her you liked what she had to tell us.

Episode #57 was just 2 weeks ago.  We spoke to Terry Laughlin, author of "Total Immersion" and Founder of the swim coaching company of the same name.  His insights in the interview were amazing.  We ran out of time and agreed to get him back - soon.  I've been in touch with Terry and we are just trying to line up dates.  Now I'm already starting to prepare my questions for Terry.  As I'm re-reading part of Total Immersion recently, I came across the following quotes.

 

"Because SSP (Sensory Skill Practice), as I call it, is a good deal more important - each drill heightens the kinesthetic, or sensory, experience of how 'right swimming' feels.  In SSP, we practice swimming while focused on feeling"

 

"Just one repetition of a new drill may start the learning process, may even begin tracing a faint neurological imprint that will make the next repetition easier and more natural.  But real skill requires that the groove be cut deeply through many repetitions, done the same way." - muscle memory through repetition, right? 

 

This is not ground breaking right?  Have we heard this before?  Of course we have.

 

Back in mid-December we had Marc Evans, author of Triathletes in Motion.  He is probably the foremost expert on bio mechanics and the importance of training the body and developing strength and flexibility to achieve optimal form for your best performance.  During the interview, we asked him where the greatest opportunity for athletic performance improvement could be found.  He said that the greatest opportunity lies in the connection between our brain and the neuro muscular skeletal system.

 

You'll hear more about it in the interview, but there is another book that is extremely relevant to today's subject.  The book is titled "Make It Stick - The Science of Successful Learning" by Peter Brown.  In short the book takes the latest research on how we has humans learn effectively and what learning methods have been debunked or proven ineffective by contemporary research.  Mindless repetition does not improve retention and learning.  Hard effort thinking like trying to recall information without cues.  Asking questions before you read so your brain is activated trying to search for an answer to a question while it's reading - really working.  Traditional learning teaches a subject one topic at a time, right?  If you were attending auto mechanic school, you might learn fuel systems, then electrical systems, then the air flow system, then suspension systems, etc.  What contemporary research tells us is that understanding how the fuel system, electrical system and air system work together.  Learning 3 or 4 topics within a subject at the same time, may seem hard and it its. However, it is the context of how things relate that makes learning occur faster.  Learning can be equated to walking across a grassy field.  If you plot a straight line across this field and walk lightly across it a few times and you might start to wear it down a little.  Drag or shuffle your feet across the grass and it's harder, but you may wear a path faster.  The path through the grass is a metaphor for the neural connections that are developed in our brains.  The harder the work, the faster the neural connection development.

 

The brain is plastic and always changing.  We can make it change faster with proper learning approaches and techniques.  What applies to learning the inner workings of a car or applies to memorizing equations for your next math exam, also extends to bio mechanics, proprioception and movement.  Early in the book Make it Stick, they talk about a study of the 3 foot toss.  Two groups tested for accuracy throwing balls into a basket place 3 feet away.  One group practiced from 3 feet, and only 3 feet.  The second group practiced from 2 feet and 4 feet, never from 3 feet.  Guess which group tested with a higher accuracy and percent of balls in the basket?  The answer - the group that practiced at 2 and 4 feet because they had context.  Because it took greater concentration.  Because it was harder.

There are brain games that people subscribe to for developing their brains performance and increasing the activity in the brain and exploiting the plasticity of the brain to develop neural connections.  How is learning to do something physical any different.  We are an organism learning to do something new or be better at something all the time. 

You will hear in the interview today all about the company Halo Neuro Science and the product Halo Neuro Sport.  You will hear about the medical research and origins with years of research on how to stimulate the neuro motor cortex for epilepsy patients.  We are going to learn how Olympic athletes in many sports, including triathlon, are using this device to shorten the learning curve and lock in desired muscle memory faster. 

Coming up:

  • Daragh Kneeshaw, Aspen Snowmass' Audi Power of Four Mountaineering Race
  • Brian Burk, author of Running to Leadville
  • Terry Laughlin of Total Immersion

Let us know you like the content by following us on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out the Mile High Endurance Page for more on upcoming interviews, past interviews, resources, blog, and more. 

Check out 303 Triathlon for the latest news on triathlon in Colorado.

We 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.

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

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