149 episodes

Discussing issues of interest to the local, national, and international endurance community.

Most Pleasant Exhaustion Most Pleasant Exhaustion

    • Sports
    • 5.0, 26 Ratings

Discussing issues of interest to the local, national, and international endurance community.

    Episode 143--Our Review of Online Cycling Platforms!

    Episode 143--Our Review of Online Cycling Platforms!

    This week, George was joined by experienced cyclists Chrissy Blaisdell Oyler and Ben Holliday to talk about a few of the different platforms athletes can use to train on the bike indoors. Over the last two months, the panelists rode on Rouvy, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Bkool, Sufferfest, and Fulgaz, and we offered here the strengths and weaknesses of each platform. We also discussed what you should take into consideration in determining which platform you want to try, and we reveal the apps that we plan to continue to subscribe to!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 142--A Brief Solo Effort on Keegan Swenson and Lance Armstrong

    Episode 142--A Brief Solo Effort on Keegan Swenson and Lance Armstrong

    In this week's short podcast, we offer our thoughts on Part One of the new 30-For-30 documentary on Lance Armstrong, and we tell the story of Keegan Swenson--the pro mountain biker who went out and broke Phil Gaimon's Everesting record only four days after Gaimon set it. We also have an extended segment on what's bringing us joy with a special guest star: Candler Budd from Grab the Remote!

    • 33 min
    Episode 141--Reframing and Refocusing Our Training

    Episode 141--Reframing and Refocusing Our Training

    This week, we talked about the three different ways that Michelle, Patrick, and George are setting up their training right now. All three of us are accustomed to choosing a goal and building methodically to it, but without a clear picture of which races will be happening, we have been forced to rethink our approach. We each have our own strategies, and we discussed people in the news who are taking similar approaches. Also, we announced our first choice in the MPE Book Club!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 140--Ahmaud Arbery, The Impossible Games, VRAAM, and more!

    Episode 140--Ahmaud Arbery, The Impossible Games, VRAAM, and more!

    For Episode 140 of the podcast, we caught up with one another a bit, then we talked about Ahmaud Arbery, a bit about The Impossible Games, a bit about the Atlanta Track Club director's reflections on the Olympic Marathon Trials, and a bit about VRAAM. (Yes, that's VIRTUAL Race Across America!) And of course, we talked about the things that are bringing us joy.

    • 50 min
    Episode 139--Virtual Races, the Peachtree's New Date, and More!

    Episode 139--Virtual Races, the Peachtree's New Date, and More!

    This week, we talked what we've been doing in lockdown, including Michelle's 10K time trial training, George's virtual bike races, and Patrick's steady mileage building. We also discussed some new research that shows that very short bursts of activity may counteract the drawbacks of sitting. Finally, for news, we talked about the popularity of virtual races right now, the Peachtree Road Race's new date, the insane pro cycling schedule that leaked last week, and World Athletics attempt to mitigate some of the financial hardship of their athletes. And of course, we talked about the things that are bringing us joy.

    • 58 min
    Episode 138--Continuing in Lockdown, But Looking Past It!

    Episode 138--Continuing in Lockdown, But Looking Past It!

    Episode 138 of the podcast is our first podcast on YouTube! This week, we talked what we've been doing in lockdown, including Michelle's 10K time trial training and George's indoor cycling. We also discussed a bit about how Zoom tires you out, and how endurance sports may look as we begin easing social restrictions. Finally, we talked about the things that are bringing us joy.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

R Gavin Cole ,

For 18 Years I Have Been Doing This All Wong!

George Darden is the Host of “The Most Pleasant Exhaustion” Podcast and you will not find a more passionate runner, coach and endurance athlete. In this podcast- George, Patrick Ollinger (co-host and co-coach) and Michelle (sometimes Co-host and client) break down everything endurance. You get...race reports, news, athlete interviews, age group interviews, product reviews, shoe info, book reviews, and best of all, solid advice that will help you understand how endurance training really works.

George and Patrick are accomplished High School and Collegiate runners. George has a successful history with Triathlon (that includes several trips to Kona). Both Patrick and George have competed in some of the premier road races around the Country. They are both Boston Qualifiers and are active with the Atlanta Track Club. At 44 years of age, George recently ran a 2:36:15 at the 2019 Flying Pig Marathon and Patrick won the 2019 Atlanta Publix Half Marathon with a time of 1:12:25. They are also both professional coaches, but in this podcast, that is understated (This is not one of those “hidden advertisement” types of podcasts).

In the last year, I have been listening to this show on my way to work. This fall I have been employing their training advice and after only a few long runs it is becoming clear that I have been doing this all wrong for 18 years. Periodization, intensity, recovery, hydration, nutrition, and sleep (right Patrick?)- It must all must work together.

I think you will enjoy The Most Pleasant Exhaustion.

JK5026 ,

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This is a very informative podcast mainly focused on endurance sports but incorporates information on many other sports and athletes. Tune in for updates on training strategies, popular races, gear and even mental approaches to surviving your sport. George has a lot of experience in the running and endurance world; you'll won't want to miss what he has to say!

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