Welcome to the first series of the Endurance podcast with myself Mark Beaumont. I’m joined on many of the episodes by my friend and performance manager Laura Penhaul.
We started recording these conversations as a research project for my new book, also called ‘Endurance’ & published by Global Cycling Network – so you can find many of these conversations written up in the ‘Wise Words’ sections of the book. The Endurance podcast is focussed on meeting the sports scientists, the support staff, the researchers, the entrepreneurs – the people you will rarely have heard of - but who are the experts at supporting endurance athletes and are at the forefront of endurance sports.
I started my endurance journey 25 years ago as a 12-year-old boy cycling across Scotland, and I recently pedalled around the planet at the pace of 240 mile a day. Laura has been a physiotherapist at 4 Paralympic & Olympic Games, led the first female crew to row the Pacific Ocean and lead my Performance team for the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ race.
Young or old, female or male – I believe that endurance is the greater leveller in sport. I’m fascinated by the mental, physical and logistics skills that it takes to push endurance.
We are all endurance athletes at heart – we can all go further.
Episode 20 - Dr James Hull
This episode is all about breathing – something we know is important, but normally don’t think about. Dr James is a Respiratory Physician & lung doctor at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and also a specialist sports respiratory clinician at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health , at University College London.
James is a Doctor Doctor! A medical doctor who went back to University for a PhD in vascular aspects of exercise physiology. His main job now is evaluating ‘unexplained’ exertional breathlessness but also trying to work out why athletes get coughs and wheeze during sport. He promotes awareness of a condition called exercise induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) which is very common (5% of all adolescence / young athletes) and yet completely misdiagnosed as asthma.
In elite sport James is a specialist advisor to the English Institute of Sport – working to optimise the respiratory health of Team GB athletes; trying and reduce risk of infections and asthma problems as well as on a panel of experts advising the International Olympic Committee on respiratory health in athletes and COVID.
Dr James Hull BSc MBBS PhD FRCP FHEA FACSM
Episode 19 - Dr Will Duffin and Eoin Walker – The World Extreme Medicine Episode
Eoin has worked as a Paramedic for 20 years in London and currently works for WEM and the International Red Cross. He is the Trauma Lead for WEM and a Pre-Hospital Mass Casualty Incident Management Paramedic. His expedition & educational endeavours have taken him to six of the seven continents and teaches pre-hospital trauma and expedition skills. Eoin has undertaken various global expeditions as an expedition medic. He currently works in Cairo, Egypt on various pre-hospital projects with stakeholders.
Will is an expedition Doctor, thought leader in extreme medicine, leadership, human performance, adventure and travel. As the Joint Medical Director of World extreme Medicine, he spends his time recruiting and interviewing the most adventurous minds on earth – including mountaineers, astronauts, war surgeons and senior leaders. Will instructs on expedition and jungle medicine courses and is an academic tutor for the Masters Programme in Extreme Medicine at Exeter University
World Extreme Medicine podcast https://wemcast.podbean.com/
Episode 18 - Baz Moffat
Baz is the Co-Founder of The Well-HQ, alongside Bella Smith and Dr Emma Ross who we heard from in Episode 3 of the Endurance podcast. This is a really important conversation about female health, but not one to listen to with younger children, unless they are comfortable with adult language.
Baz is an inspiring women’s health and fitness coach, specialising in the areas of pelvic floor, and women’s wellness. Her holistic approach focuses on helping women throughout their lives with one common goal – to help women move freely and live life to the full.
With over 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness sector and as a former elite GB rower and medallist, Baz is able to utilise this knowledge and combine it with her own experience as a 40-year-old mother of two, to bring a deep understanding and a unique and informed approach to her work within women’s health.
Her drive, enthusiasm and compassion has quickly earned Baz the reputation as the ‘go-to-trainer’ for any woman wanting to get her body and fitness back on track.
Episode 17 - Dr Ian Walker FHEA
Ian is a world-record ultradistance cyclist and traffic, transport and environmental psychologist. He teach statistics and traffic psychology at the University of Bath and does research on road safety, travel choices, energy consumption, water use and the built environment. His research focuses particularly on unconscious and low-awareness causes of everyday behaviour like habits, the environment around us and unconscious stereotypes.
Outside work, a big part of Ian’s life is ultra-endurance cycling. In 2019 he broke the world record for cycling between the Northermost and southernmost points of Europe - 6,367 km in 16 days, 20 hours and 59 minutes - an average of 377 km per day to take the official Guinness World Record.
Book: Endless Perfect Circles
@iancyclesalot on Instagram
Episode 16 - Dr Eleanor Jaskowska
Community Manager at Komoot, Phd from Oxford University in Plant Sciences. Eleanor describes herself as a microambitious Welsh outdoor lover, living in Bristol and always out exploring. This episode describes El’s personal journey from 60km rides escalating to the 600km rides, with iconic rides including a fixed gear Paris-Brest-Paris and AAA Super Randonneur series. But this conversation is all about route setting and trying not to get lost!
Episode 15 - Dr Charlotte Elsworth-Edelsten and Luke Gupta
Dr Charlotte Elsworth-Edelsten is a Sleep Specialist and Human Movement Scientist. Luke Gupta is Lead Project Physiologist and Sleep Scientist at English Institute of Sport. Having completed her PhD in human movement biomechanics and physical activity performance and participation, Charlotte moved to the French alps and took a post doctoral position at Geneva University Hospital in 2009, where she worked between the sleep laboratory and the laboratory of kinesiology. This is where her interest in sleep developed.
Living in Chamonix Mont-Blanc she is well placed to take theoretical and empirical work out into the field, for example the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc which you will hear us mention in this conversation.
Charlotte runs sleep clinics, where she advises, assesses, and aids in the diagnoses of individuals with a wide range of sleep problems and disorders. In addition to this, she works in an educational capacity delivering lectures and seminars that raise awareness surrounding the importance of sleep. She is particularly interested in the cognitive and health related impairment we suffer directly resulting from disturbed sleep and the effect this has on performance.
Website: www.charlotteedelsten.com or www.the-sleep-science-coach.com
Luke is the author of ‘Does Elite Sport Degrade Sleep Quality?, and his research has included ‘napping in high-performance athletes: sleepiness or sleepability’ as well as ‘when research leads to learning and not practice in high performance sport.’