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Host Dirk Friel, Co-founder of TrainingPeaks, talks with expert guests about endurance training and racing topics. We’ll explore coaching methodologies, compelling research and leading tools that can benefit sport performance for coaches and athletes. To learn more about how TrainingPeaks can help your training goals, visit us at trainingpeaks.com.
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That Triathlon Show is the number one triathlon podcast for interviews with the best coaches, scientists and experts in the world. That Triathlon Show is hosted by triathlon coach Mikael Eriksson and brought to you by www.scientifictriathlon.com. Learn more about That Triathlon Show at www.scientifictriathlon.com/podcast/.
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In this episode, we sit down with John Wakefield, the managing director of Science to Sport and performance coach with the Bora-hansgrohe World Tour cycling team. John, from Cape Town, South Africa, shares his insights from years of coaching and an advanced training facility in Girona, Spain. Understand why recovery is the key to progression and ho…
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Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, joins us to discuss the past, present and future of the platform. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -The history of TrainingPeaks -Upcoming features and innovations on the platform -TrainingPeaks as a platform for expert instruction -Common complaints and criticism towards TrainingPeaks -The future of AI i…
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David McNamee is a two-time podium finisher in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, ranked 17th in the PTO World Rankings, and a T100 contracted athlete from Scotland, living in Girona. In this interview we talk about his season, his training, and learnings from 18 years in the sport about what works and what doesn't. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEA…
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Luke Watson is the performance head coach of the National Triathlon Performance Centre Wales in Cardiff, a development environment for both short-course and long-course triathletes with world-class potential. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Luke's coaching methodology and training principles -The evolution of triathlon and how to adapt to chan…
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A new format to the podcast (although familiar to readers of the Scientific Triathlon newsletter), I go solo and discuss three topics I've been thinking about recently in my coaching practice, and how you might think about them to become a better (and even happier!) triathlete. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -The ROI of swim, bike and run trai…
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Björn Geesman is a German-based sports scientist and coach. He is also the CEO of HYCYS coaching company and co-founder of power & pace. He works with pro triathletes Patrick Lange and Kat Matthews, among other big names in endurance sports. In this episode, Dirk and Björn dive into everything from wind tunnel testing tunnels and bike selection bas…
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Bonus episode with Andy Blow, founder of Precision Fuel & Hydration. SCIENTIFIC TRIATHLON AND THAT TRIATHLON SHOW WEBPAGE: www.scientifictriathlon.com/podcast/ SPONSORS: Precision Fuel & Hydration help athletes personalise their hydration and fueling strategies for training and racing. Use the free Fuel & Hydration Planner to get personalised plan …
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Christophe Balestra is a (retired) amateur triathlete with a background in game development. He has brought his talents to the triathlon space with products such as The Obsessed Triathlete (obstri), the PTO's stats pages, and Fantasy Triathlon on The Daily Tri. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -The story behind obstri.com, and why Ironman wanted…
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Lately, my focus has been scattered, thinking about multiple tasks at once. I'm revisiting 'Exhaust the Body - Tame the Mind' to see how it helps with my mental clarity. You can read the full blog here https://trainingtilt.com/exhaust-the-body-tame-the-mind You can watch the video version here https://youtu.be/LgKWVYfu6lk Training Tilt is an all in…
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Dr. Will O'Connor takes us through the nuances of using running power in training. Will and Dirk get into the scientific side of power meters, discuss the accuracy and data consistency from devices like Stryd and other wearables, and learn how to use critical power zones to break down the metabolic costs of running variable terrain. Will also touch…
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Melanie McQuaid is a triathlon coach and veteran professional triathlete. In 2023 she became the first ever 50-year-old to qualify for and race in the professional field in the Ironman World Championships in Kona. In this interview we discuss that feat and Mel's general thoughts on longevity in the sport and on maintaining performance at an older a…
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Bex Milnes is a triathlon coach of age-group and professional athletes with over 15 years of experience in endurance sports. She has helped multiple athletes and teams achieve Paralympic and Commonwealth medals, as well as pro and age group podiums in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 racing. In this interview we discuss the training of age-group athletes t…
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Today's episode dives into the often-discussed topic of TrainingPeaks' pricing. While some coaches find it on the pricier side, we're taking a closer look at the value it offers, especially given its extensive features tailored for endurance coaching. Sure, it's not without its flaws, particularly in how it serves the coaching community, but there'…
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Kristin Armstrong talks coaching strategies in a data-driven world filled with wearables and social platforms. With the advancement of technology and platforms, there is a growing tension between positives and negatives when it comes to data, wearable devices and social media. The challenges of managing this tension have become heightened for young…
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Ever heard of the business phrase "selling sawdust"? It's a marketing concept drawn from a very traditional business, sawmills. A by-product of milling timber is of course sawdust. Sawdust is a product in itself but sawdust is not made to sell, it’s just created as part of the process of making a different product. The sawdust is not wasted though,…
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Tomasz (Tomek) Kowalski, is a triathlon coach and sport scientist from Poland. Tomek's coaching experience includes working with both elite and age-group triathletes, including coaching Ironman World Champions in their respective age-groups, and in his academic work his main focus is on the effect of respiratory muscle training (RMT) on endurance p…
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Rune Kjøsen Talsnes, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In this interview, we discuss overtraining, training progression and periodisation, and some general topics within endurance training and in particular, insights from the world of cross-country skiing. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Overt…
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In this episode, we're diving into something that's been buzzing around our world lately - the shutdown of Today’s Plan. It's not just big news because it shakes up the coaching software scene; it's also a moment that makes us think about what it means for all of us in this niche, especially for folks like me running Training Tilt and coaching busi…
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Björn Geesmann is the coach of Patrick Lange and Kat Matthews, and the CEO of HYCYS and The Aerow wind tunnel. He returns to the podcast for a long discussion on a number of training-related topics. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Psychology in training, racing and coaching -Run training and running economy -Considerations for how to distribut…
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In this episode, we have none other than Joe Friel, a legendary figure in the world of endurance coaching. As the co-founder of TrainingPeaks and author of several seminal books on athletic training, Joe has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of endurance sports. The fifth edition of the Triathlon Training Bible hit shelves earlier this…
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James Spragg, PhD, is a cycling coach at the Tudor Pro Cycling Team and performance consultant. His PhD research focused on durability, which is the main topic of today's interview. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -The concept of durability -The relationship between training characteristics and durability in cycling -The relationship between ph…
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Jacob Tipper is a cycling and triathlon coach working and having worked with athletes such as Ben Healy, Dan Bigham, Lucy Byram and Jonathan Brownlee, and a former elite cyclist himself. In this interview we discuss Jacob's experience in triathlon, two years into his transition from cycling to triathlon, including several important lessons learnt. …
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In this episode, Dr. Brian Gearity, professor and director of the Master of Arts Sport Coaching program at the University of Denver, talks with Dirk Friel about the intersection of sociology and coaching. Dr. Gearity, with his extensive experience in sports sociology, coaching and exercise science, provides valuable insights into the complexities o…
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Email your application to mikael@scientifictriathlon.com. We have an exciting career opportunity for coaches out there. As our team is approaching full capacity of coached athletes, we are looking to bring on a new coach to join our team and work with athletes from around the world. To apply, respond to this email with your CV and tell me a bit mor…
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Marinus Petersen is a cycling coach and road cyclist, with a win in the 2021 Welsh road cycling championships on his palmarès. In this interview we discuss Marinus' approach to coaching and training. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Marinus' overall coaching methodology -The importance of nutrition within the training process -The value of doin…
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Mikael and David Dhooge answer listener questions in a supersized Q&A edition for the holiday season. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Favourite TTS episodes of the year -Differences in training between sprint and middle distance races -Weight loss -Muscle fibre composition - how to estimate your phenotype -When and how to get back into trainin…
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Craig Kirkwood is a triathlon and endurance coach from New Zealand. His introduction to endurance sports was in running where he raced at a high level (marathon PB 2:13) and got his introduction to coaching, working under Kim McDonald with numerous high-level athletes including World Championships and Olympic Games medalists. As a triathlon coach C…
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Dirk Friel digs into Chris' approach to strength training. His philosophy is underpinned by thorough body movement assessments, identifying and targeting an athlete's limiters, and a belief in the vital role of strength work for injury prevention and performance improvement. He points out that he advocates year-round strength training tailored to e…
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Jem Arnold is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, where his primary research focuses on sport-related vascular conditions. Jem is a physiotherapist, a physiologist, and an avid cyclist and trail runner interested in optimising endurance training. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Including training above "threshold" in your pr…
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In this episode, we explore the inevitability of criticism in the coaching world, especially for those who share their ideas publicly. We delve into why criticism is a part of the journey and how it can be used to refine and strengthen your coaching philosophy. Key Points: Understanding that criticism is inevitable with increased visibility. The im…
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Mikael answers listener questions about training, coaching and performance. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -How hard should your hard workouts be -Mikael's coaching philosophy and how it has evolved over the years -Mikael's views on science within coaching SHOWNOTES: https://scientifictriathlon.com/tts419/ SCIENTIFIC TRIATHLON AND THAT TRIATHL…
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