Do you want to know how training makes you faster? Listen in. Kolie is a leading expert in endurance, sprint, and strength training for cyclists. Kyle is a NASA scientist and national champion sprinter on the track.
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Watts Doc #31: How and Why We Burn Carbs
This episode starts by looking at the chemical mechanisms of glycolysis, the stepwise dismantling of glucose for energy, and finishes with some big picture learnings about this deceptively simple pathway.
Ten Minute Tips #11: Integrating Physiology Into Coaching
This episode is Kolie's practical view on integrating physiology into a pragmatic training philosophy. Focused on coaches and self-coached athletes who are applying scientific learning to their coaching.
Perspectives #1: The Challenges of Self Coaching, with Alex Carmona
In the first episode of the Perspectives series, Empirical Cycling coaches Kolie and Alex discuss self coaching, the challenges of training and motivation during COVID, the value of knowing thyself, among many other topics.
Watts Doc #30: What Limits Fat Use
This episode takes a wide angle view of the chain of events between starting exercise and successfully burning fat, and where the main bottlenecks are in that process. Nuances discussed are the differences between adipose tissue and intramuscular fats, energy demand rates, diet, and potential training strategies to improve fat utilization at most exercise intensities.
Watts Doc #29: Why Fat Oxidation Is Anaerobic
This episode begins a series on metabolism with the process of oxidizing fatty acids for energy, and why the process is anaerobic. We also discuss fats vs lipids, different types of fatty acids, and take a deep dive into the periodic table to explain why oxygen loves electrons so much.
2020 Best of Instagram AMA Questions
To wrap up 2020, we went through all the questions asked for Kolie's weekend story AMAs and picked our favorites to expand on. The list of questions are in the show notes at empiricalcycling.com, in order of appearance.
Professionals and scientists
These guys know cycling unlike any other coach or podcast personality. Their background as scientists brings more information that will make you head spin, but in a way anyone can understand it. They address many of the misconceptions most of us know is wrong and they fully explain why. Then explain what us right. Their deep dives into studies is astounding. They are pros.
It like drives me crazy that like every sentence has like one or two likes peppered throughout. I like prefer my like scientific info to like be presented in a way like you feel like the presenter isn’t like a 17 year old.
Fantastic deep dives and lots of useful tips
I love this podcast...these guys are the perfect tour guides through the vast and often contradictory scientific literature of cycling. If you're confused about why your training program has you exhausted all the time, if you've plateaued and can't seem to get any faster, if you want to know how to make your own hydration mix to save money, if you want to know how to best figure out your FTP, or if you want to really dig in to the science of getting fast on your bike, this is the podcast for you. I listen to a bunch of different cycling training pods, and this is far and away my favorite.