In this week's show, unsurprisingly Coronavirus is a topic of conversation and we discuss exercise routines in uncertain times. Whilst Coronavirus is stealing most of the attention, we decided to go back to the subject of Vaporflys for some status quo. We interview Dr Phil Hurst, a senior sports psychology lecturer at Christchurch, a specialist in the placebo effect, who asks whether the Vaporfly improvement are all just in our mind?
In this week's episode, tweets of the week are way off target, Mike stays calm whilst talking about passive stretching and we discuss running shoes, gait analysis and whether support and neutral shoes are really necessary. Our special guest is Anna Troup who shows that you really do get better with age, following her Montane Lakeland 100 win and other ultra successes in the last 12 months. We listen to her fascinating views on training, racing, family, removing pressure and replacing it with enjoyment.
This week we have a general discussion about whether sports science and data is adding value to coaching methods or whether it's actually distracting from the basic, underpinning principles of performance. If you're not using gadgets, power meters, data, strava and similar tech, you may be labelled as 'old fashioned' but just how much extra value does it provide? Endurance sports can be very simple, maybe we're making them too complicated?
In this week's podcast we discuss winter training, assessing strengths and weaknesses, the things we avoid as we get older and the things we need to do more of as we age. We discuss the physiological changes and also how our psychological / mindset changes as we age. We also discuss how strength training can be beneficial for endurance athletes. If I'm honest, we could re-title this podcast "Me, Mike and Ian are getting older and trying to stop getting slower".
In this week's podcast we interview Chicago based journalist Brad Culp. His career includes being editor for triathlete magazine and former editor in chief for Lava magazine. He was also the media manager for the ITU triathlon series, so it's fair to say he's familiar with the triathlon scene. Brad is best known for his straight talking on issues relating to doping, ethics and politics in sport.
In this week's podcast we chat about the 1:59 project, the recent women's world marathon record and the World Athletics Championships. The Nike Oregon project is also a topic of conversation, as are the magic shoes. To cap it all off, we chat about Kona and the World Ironman Championships.
We interview former Welsh national swimmer Nathan Ford, who finished first in the 35-40 category at Ironman Wales. He was also 8th overall and the first age grouper to finish the course. We also discuss the event in general, plus Ironman's decision to choose an anti-inflammatory drug as an event sponsor, to assist athlete recovery..??
In this week's podcast, we interview elite distance runner and national indoor 3000m champion Andy Heyes. In addition to being an elite runner, Andy also works for UKAD (UK anti doping) and is chair of UK Athletics 'clean athletics' committee. We talk about training, the current position of UK distance running and his thoughts and views on doping in amateur and professional sport.
The application of sports science research and an interview with sports nutritionist Dr Gareth Wallis
In this week's podcast we discuss the application of sports science research, whether the interpretation is becoming 'click bait' and is it really being applied at grass roots level? We also interview Dr Gareth Wallis, lecturer is exercise metabolism and nutrition at the University of Birmingham and former advisor to companies such as Lucozade sport.