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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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.
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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.
What's New in the 303?
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.
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.
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
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.”
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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
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.
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