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Jan 18, 2020

Our guest this week is Leadville 100 Trail Run finisher Jason Cohen. You may recall our mention of the Heavy as Lead documentary of Jason. You are about to hear his journey to transform himself from a body weight of nearly 300lbs to the fighting weight of an ultramarathoner.

Thanks to last weekend's guest, CEO and Co-Founder of Precision Hydration, Andy Blow. You can listen to the interview on episode #213 or you can read it in the Blog

Thanks also to ultramarathoner Samantha Gash and her reporting on what is happening with the devastating brushfires in Australia. You can listen to the interview on episode #214.  

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Sponsor - Halo Neuro:

Our interview 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.

Interview with Jason Cohen:

Jason Cohen Jason, at the age of 27, found himself looking at the number 297 on his bathroom scale. Jason resolved to never let that number touch 300 and has since lost over 120 pounds. His incredible journey has taken him through his battle with obesity and will now take him to the starting line of the Leadville Trail 100 Race on August 18th, 2018. This film documents Jason's story of losing the weight, becoming an athlete, and running the Leadville 100.

Let's get into the interview now with Jason Cohen.

Sponsor - Riplaces:

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Train Informed:

Last week we had Andy Blow talking about how to get a handle on your hydration plan and how unique each solution is for each athlete. If you recall Andy talked about the TrainingPeaks University course that's available. I took the course and picked up a couple of CPU credits along the way. I want to share a couple of things that I learned and that I think will emphasize the unique needs of each athlete.

Question: How many sweat glands do you have?

Answer: Depending on how big you are, you’ll have anywhere between 1.5 and 5 million sweat glands on your body.

 

Question: There are two types of sweat glands, what are there names?

Answer: There are actually two main types: eccrine and apocrine

 

Question: What do they do?

Answer: Your eccrine glands are the ‘classic’ sweat glands that produce most of the sweat you can see when you train. They are tiny, numerous and are found almost everywhere on the body, although they are most concentrated on the palms, soles and face. Apocrine glands, on the other hand, secrete a slightly different type of sweat into a hair follicle which then makes its way up to the skin’s surface. Because of this, apocrine glands are bigger and are only found in your armpits and a few other places where hair grows. They secrete a thicker solution that is largely to blame for the distinctive odor associated with sweating.

TrainingPeaks University course, 'The Science of Endurance Hydration'

 

What's New in the 303?

TrainingPeaks Announces Departure of Gear Fisher, Co-Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer

TrainingPeaks, a global leader in providing smart and effective digital training solutions for athletes and coaches, today announced Gear Fisher, Co-Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer, will be leaving the company to launch a new video feedback and communication platform. Andy Stephens will continue his role as CEO of TrainingPeaks and parent company Peaksware.

 

Karen Hornbostel Time Trial Series; Special Deal for Triathletes    

USA Triathlon and USA Cycling have been partnering more and more and now, partnering with the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC), triathletes holding a current USAT membership are being offered a significant incentive to try the Karen Hornbostel Time Trial series (KHMTT). There is hardly a better way to prepare for the upcoming triathlon season then participating in these early season time trial races.

Endurance News:

Relief Run for Australia Wildfire Disaster Relief by Red Cross   

Australia is burning and the effects of the recent bushfires has been widespread and devastating. Melbourne-based ultramarathon runner, Samantha Gash, and Nic Davidson have created a virtual Relief Run. Please register to the event via www.reliefrun.com.au. 100% of your $50AUD fee will go as a donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Lets collectively use our footsteps to support those who have lost loved ones, their homes, and their critical needs in the face of disaster.

Your run or walk can take place anywhere, at any time on the weekend of Saturday January 18th and Sunday January 19th 2020. There are 21.1km half marathon and 5km options for you to sign up for. We welcome runners of all abilities to join us for this important cause.

While you can participate solo, some of us are choosing to rally together and are holding community Relief Run events around the world. We encourage you to share this event as wide as you can and register your own Club event. Many organised runs have been listed on www.reliefrun.com.au

https://reliefrun.com.au/

Tim O'Donnell and Terrible Tuesday Workouts

UCAN—specifically the company’s signature food product, SuperStarch. “SuperStarch is like a slow-drip IV, giving a constant, steady release of carbohydrates,” he says. O’Donnell also uses it during his training, especially on "Terrible Tuesdays." “When you’re finishing up running and hitting the water 35-45 minutes later, you need something quick in between that’s not going to give you that spike…it has to be energy that can get you through to the end of the session.”

And O’Donnell will need all the energy he can when it comes to what he calls “Terrible Tuesday,” a hyperintensive mash-up of each triathlon discipline and a lifting session for good measure. “To prepare for an eight-hour race like the Ironman, you have to put your body in overload sometimes in training,” O’Donnell explains. “Honestly, I’ve found it’s better to do it all on one day like this, because when you do your intense biking, swimming and running sessions on different days, it becomes harder to recover and bounce back for the next one.”

https://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/pro-tips/how-top-us-triathlete-tim-o-donnell-prepares-ironman

USA Triathlon Endurance Exchange

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Video of the Week:

Heavy As Lead - From 300 Pounds to the Leadville 100

Heavy as Lead is the story of Jason Cohen, who went from 300lbs to just a short 7 years later found himself running the Leadville Trail 100. Jason, at the age of 27, found himself looking at the number 297 on his bathroom scale. Jason resolved to never let that number touch 300 and has since lost over 120 pounds. His incredible journey has taken him through his battle with obesity and took him to the starting line of the Leadville Trail 100 Race on August 18th, 2018. This film documents Jason's story of losing the weight, becoming an athlete, and running the Leadville 100. Jason was given the idea to tell his story by his good friend, Mark LeBlanc, who realized that Jason's story needed to be told to the world. Mark is co-creating Heavy as Lead with Jason and is the person behind the camera for much of the film. More information and contact information can be found at www.heavyaslead.com

Heavy As Lead Documentary - From 300lbs to Running the Leadville 100

Upcoming Interviews:

Jennifer Conroyd of Fluid Running is joining us to confirm that "aqua jogging" as we called it in the Tim O'Donnell interview is in fact the next big thing. Jennifer is an Ironman finisher and also a 15 time Boston Marathon qualifier.  She created Fluid Running after I got injured training for the Chicago Marathon in 2010. 

Closing:

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

Jan 15, 2020

This is a special episode with a particularly urgent message. We have an amazing guest to tell us about an incredibly significant event happening over the January 18-19 weekend. The Australia Relief Run is an event that is being organized to occur all over the world.   Samantha Gash is an ultra runner and resident of Australia who set off a darn near viral event where runners can register for a virtual race to raise money for Red Cross to help victims of the Australian brush fires, which has had devastating death tolls, housing and habitat loss.  

My daughter Morgan has been deeply concerned about the loss of wildlife including critically endangered species like the Koalas. She wants to become a zoologist and visit Australia in the near future. This past Sunday, my father-in-law (Patrick) casually brought to my attention a run being organized here in Denver called the Australia Relief Run.   As I looked into it I found that Runners World had picked up the story. I also researched the person who started the event and learned it was Samantha Gash. Samantha is a limit-breaking ultra-runner, a leadership speaker, and she has dedicated herself to humanitarian causes and now helping her home country in perhaps it's worst natural disaster in a century or more.

So we published episode #213 on Saturday night, I learn about the Relief Run Sunday afternoon, I message Samantha that evening and we recorded Monday. I wanted to get this message out to our listeners, who are literally all over the world, and encourage you participate in this event this weekend.

I'm putting links to the Relief Run website, the Runner's World article and Samantha's website.

Real quick before we get into the interview:

Sponsors:

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Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience - 20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of improved neural recruitment of the muscles that lead to strength, power and endurance.

 

Riplaces - Faster transition! No tie elastic laces with custom tension for the perfect fit. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed.

 

All the discounts and links to our sponsors can be found on the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page. Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster!

 

Here to tell us about the Australia Relief Run is Samantha Gash.

https://www.samanthagash.com/

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a30434670/australian-wildfire-relief-run/

 

https://reliefrun.com.au/

 

https://www.facebook.com/gashsamantha

 

https://twitter.com/samanthagash

 

https://www.instagram.com/samanthagash/

 

Closing:

Be sure to follow us on social media including @303endurance and @milehighendurancepodcast. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter at MileHighEndurancePodcast.com.

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

Jan 12, 2020

Our guest this week is CEO and Co-Founder of Precision Hydration, Andy Blow. A few weeks ago we had Sarah Crowley on to talk about her podium performance in Kona and win at IRONMAN Arizona. As a part of that show we also had a discussion about how she prepares for hot races. Part of that preparation is training and racing with Precision Hydration. We have the sweat expert, Andy Blow joining us in just a few minutes.

Thanks to last week's guest - 7 time All American, Pan American Combined Events Champion, 5 time Team USA representative, and 2020 Decathlon Olympic hopeful, Chris Helwick. You can listen to the interview on episode #212 or you can read it in the Blog  

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

Today's show is sponsored by iKOR Labs. iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state. For a limited time (until It is the most bio-available CBD product on the market, iKOR is a protective anti-oxidant and highly effective anti-inflammatory. It is used by world class professional athletes. Save 20% by using the code "MHE2020" at checkout. You need to switch to "MHE2020" and not use endurance any longer. The next time you go to use endurance, it likely won't work. Please make a note of "MHE2020" Go to www.ikorlabs.com for more details.

 

Announcements:

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Sponsor - Halo Neuro:

Our interview 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.

Interview with Andy Blow:

Andy grew up in Leicester, in the Midlands, U.K. playing soccer. He found his way to triathlon while attending Bath University, where he studied sport science, and discovered he had a knack for it. He suffered a lot with nutrition and hydration issues in the longer, hotter races. This was ultimately the catalyst for him to learning more about that and in the end setting up Precision Hydration.

Let's get into the interview now with Andy Blow.

Sponsor - 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 bungees come in 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

 

Discussion:

Folks, I have some additional information that Andy and his team have made available to us. First, there three blog posts that I highly recommend you check out. More on that in a minute.

The folks at PH have set up a 15% discount code for you to use at PrecisionHydration.com. You will just need to enter the code MHE code at checkout to get 15% off your entire first order from the PH website and that code can be used on top of the multi-buy discounts that are already locked into our store.

There were three great blog posts on the PH website and the links are in the show notes. Those articles are:

 

  • How to start hydrated and why that's so important -When people talk about hydration, most of the time it's about what and how much athletes should drink during exercise. This blog aims to give you a more solid understanding of what you can do to arrive at the start of your next event optimally hydrated.
  • How to measure your sweat rate to improve your hydration strategy - Estimating your sweat rate can be a useful exercise when you’re trying to figure out how much and what you need to drink (in terms of fluids and electrolytes) during training and events. This article explains the equipment you need, the process and calculations.
  • How to estimate your sweat sodium losses - When it comes to understanding how to hydrate properly you need to consider two things, how much you’re sweating (your sweat rate - usually measured in ml per hour) and how much salt you’re losing in that sweat (your sweat concentration. i.e. how 'salty' your sweat is).

Understanding both of these gives you an overall appreciation of your net fluid and sodium losses over a given period of time and this enables you to work out a sensible personalized hydration plan.

 

What's New in the 303?

KHMTT Showing Leadership and how the USAC and USAT partnership is working.    

The Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series, USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado have joined together to offer USA Triathlon members a highly discounted entry to the KHMTT seven-week time trial series.

This is a perfect opportunity to get an early start on preparing for the upcoming season. By racing competitively each week, you can compare your times for each week and your fitness. KHMTTopened up the program to any USAT member, which means the program is not limited to triathletes who do not have a USAC license.  That means if a USAT member already has a USAC license, their entry fee for the KHMTT is reduced from $170 to $135.

This is a limited time offer, and will not be available after February 29, 2020. Go to https://khmtt.com/usat-registration-start/ for more information.

 

Item

USAT Member

Regular

USAC Racing License

$49.00

$80.00

BRAC Membership

$15.00

$30.00

KHMTT Registration Fee (7 Races)

$135.00

$170.00

Total Cost

 

 

 

Endurance News:

On the iKOR Blog they had an article for Staying Motivated This Year. The article has their Top 10 tips for the new year. Check it out at https://ikorlabs.com/ikor-blog-staying-motivated-this-year

 

Video of the Week:

Sarah Crowley Chapter 5 : Hot or Not Race Prep

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Jason Cohen: Heavy As Lead - From 300 Pounds to the Leadville 100

Heavy as Lead is the story of Jason Cohen, who went from 300lbs to just a short 7 years later found himself running the Leadville Trail 100. More information and contact information can be found at www.heavyaslead.com

 

Jennifer Conroyd of Fluid Running is joining us to confirm that "aqua jogging" as we called it in the Tim O'Donnell interview is in fact the next big thing. Jennifer is an Ironman finisher and also a 15 time Boston Marathon qualifier.  She created Fluid Running after I got injured training for the Chicago Marathon in 2010. 

 

Closing:

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster! See the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page.

Be sure to follow us on social media including @303endurance and @milehighendurancepodcast.

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

Jan 5, 2020

We have 7 time All American, Pan American Combined Events Champion, 5 time Team USA representative, among his accomplishments. He's a Colorado native and 2020 Decathlon Olympic hopeful. Chris Helwick in the house - welcome Chris!

Thanks to last week's guest Debbie Potts, host of the Whole Athlete Podcast, and Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist on her thoughts on health and longevity in the new year.

Sponsors:

iKOR Performance CBD is a clean, natural source of hemp-based CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training and promote fast recovery.

 

Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience - 20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of improved neural recruitment of the muscles that lead to strength, power and endurance.

 

Riplaces - Faster transition! No tie elastic laces with custom tension for the perfect fit. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed.

 

All the discounts and links to our sponsors can be found on the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page. Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster!

 

Interview with Helwick:

Chris Helwick is a 33 year old Greeley, Colorado native and accomplished decathlete. After finishing 5th at 2012 US Olympic Trials in the decathlon, he retired from his sport thinking he’d never return. He’s back at it with a brand new mindset. Chris resumed full-time training in December of 2018 and now trains at Colorado State University where he also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ram’s Track and Field team.

Please welcome Chris Helwick!

 

 

Question: For those not familiar with the Olympic event of Decathlon, would you describe what the event is, and a little about it's origin?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: You were born and raised in Greeley, Colorado. Tell us about your early days and how you got introduced to Track and Field?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Who were some of the more influential people in your life and what did they give you?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: What was your path from high school to college and your first Olympic Trials?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Describe the experience of qualifying for your first Olympic Trials in 2008, and how did 2012 compare?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Why the decision to retire?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Why the decision to come out of retirement?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: How do you train for 10 events and what does a typical training week entail?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: What is different about your training in 2020 vs 2008? How does age factor into recovery?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Is there a particular focus to your training, whether it be a focus on a weakness or strength?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: What advantage does your experience give you over your competition?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Is there a particular focus to your training, whether it be a focus on a weakness or strength?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: When are the Olympic Trials and what is the training schedule between now and then?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Who are the people on your support team? Sponsors? Coaching? Family?

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Question: Audience

 

Helwick Answer:

 

Wrap Up:

 

2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field, that will take place June 19 - June 28. The men’s decathlon bursts from the blocks on June 20, along with finals in the women’s long jump, discus and 100m rounding out the evening. https://www.usatf.org/news/2019/competition-schedule-set-for-2020-u-s-olympic-team

 

This will certainly generate enthusiasm about the Track and Field events and Decathlon in particular. The Decathlon event in Tokyo will start Wed 5 Aug. 9:00 - 12:25 TST. That converts to Tue 4 Aug. 6-9:25 MST.

 

Endurance News/Resources:

Men's Decathlon Format:

  • Day 1
    • 100 metres
    • Long jump
    • Shot put
    • High jump
    • 400 metres
  • Day 2
    • 110 metres hurdles
    • Discus throw
    • Pole vault
    • Javelin throw
    • 1500 metres
  • The one-hour decathlon is a special type of decathlon in which the athletes have to start the last of ten events (1500 m) within sixty minutes of the start of the first event. The world record holder is Czech decathlete Robert Změlík, who achieved 7,897 points at a meeting in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, in 1992

 

 

Video of the Week:

Chris Helwick - Chris Helwick | Born-Again Athlete

 

 

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Andy Blow from Precision Hydration join is in a couple of weeks to help give you some tips on how to customize your plan. We had Sarah Crowley on a few weeks ago and we were talking to her about her hydration/nutrition prep for hot and cooler races.

Anders Hoffman of Project Iceman will be joining us in the future to talk about the documentary of the first ever, World Record breaking Ironman triathlon in Antarctica in February 2020, the Iceman, to show that limitations are perceptions. The purpose is to inspire other people to dare pursue their biggest dreams.

https://www.projecticeman.com/

 

Closing:

Be sure to follow us on social media including @303endurance and @milehighendurancepodcast. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter at MileHighEndurancePodcast.com.

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

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