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Off The Couch is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that is dedicated to the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running.
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Off The Couch is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that is dedicated to the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running.
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    TrainingPeaks Co-founder Dirk Friel on Coaching, Artificial Intelligence, & the Future of Endurance Training

    TrainingPeaks Co-founder Dirk Friel on Coaching, Artificial Intelligence, & the Future of Endurance Training

    Endurance training has come a long way from handwritten logs and fax machines, and we owe a lot of that progress to web-based platforms like TrainingPeaks. Founded in the late 90s by endurance coaches Dirk Friel and his father, Joe, TrainingPeaks has helped modernize the way athletes can track, analyze, and plan their training. So we sat down with Dirk to hear more about how better data leads to better performance; artificial intelligence; growing up with a world-renowned endurance coach as father; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    What is TrainingPeaks? (4:38)Thoughts on coaching (6:55)Expanding TrainingPeaks to cover multiple sports (9:59)Coaching as a family business (11:42)TrainingPeaks users: athletes vs. coaches (16:53)Data & endurance (20:42)Artificial intelligence (23:13)What Dirk learned from his dad (29:08)Power meters & performance (34:20)Podcasting (37:10)Dirk’s skimo success (39:43)Tech trends in the endurance world (42:45)CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
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    • 47 min
    Naked Sports Innovations Co-founder Lindsay Dakota on “Simplexity” & Their New Laceless Trail Racing Shoe

    Naked Sports Innovations Co-founder Lindsay Dakota on “Simplexity” & Their New Laceless Trail Racing Shoe

    Naked Sports Innovations’ line of products has evolved a lot from the popular Running Band that started it all, and this month they announced plans for their first trail running shoe, the Naked T/r. So we sat down with Naked’s President and Co-founder, Lindsay Dakota, to break down their debut model, from (laceless!) upper to outsole; the challenges of growing a small brand sustainably; the future of footwear; how the notion of “simplexity” drives Naked’s design process; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Starting with the Naked Running Band (5:40)“Was the Naked Band’s popularity a surprise?” (6:50)Exopower mesh & “simplexity” (8:52)Naked products on non-affiliated elites (12:49)How Lindsay thinks about fit (15:04)The importance of supporting athletes (16:11)Striving for sustainability (17:20)Expanding Naked’s line of products (21:18)What is a “cooling face fabric?” (22:43)Working with Vibram (25:26)The Naked T/r Trail Racing Shoe (26:57)Small brands & the state of trail running (46:20)CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
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    • 49 min
    Roxanne Vogel on Lightning Ascents, Flavor Science, and GU Energy Labs

    Roxanne Vogel on Lightning Ascents, Flavor Science, and GU Energy Labs

    Ultramarathons are sometimes called eating competitions with a bit of running thrown in, and with so many different nutrition products and approaches at our disposal these days, it can be hard to know how to fuel properly. So, we talked to GU Energy Labs’ Nutrition and Performance Research Manager, Roxanne Vogel, about the ins & outs of eating on the run; how GU’s line of products fit into that equation; the importance of “flavor scientists;” and a whole lot more — including Roxanne’s lightning ascent of Mt. Everest and living in a hypoxia chamber.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Roxanne’s background (1:37)Her lightning ascent of Mt. Everest (5:02)What to eat above 20,000 ft. (9:18)Using herself as a human guinea pig (10:37)Nutrition tips from the top of Everest (12:09)Roxanne’s next challenge (14:28)The history of GU Energy Labs (15:35)Going high octane with GU Roctane (18:33)Can you consume too much caffeine? (20:47)GU’s R&D process & flavor science (22:52)Sports nutrition vs. general nutrition (27:19)What’s the deal with “gut training”? (29:56)Why not to sweat sugar consumption (32:31)Eating for different distances (34:13)The future of sports nutrition (37:16)Running in extreme heat (39:41)A primer on fueling for endurance events (43:13)Training for the Leadville 100 (46:40)CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
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    • 48 min
    David Laney on Ice Baths, Adventuring in the North Cascades, & Craft Footwear

    David Laney on Ice Baths, Adventuring in the North Cascades, & Craft Footwear

    If you grow up in Portland, OR, running is practically a birthright, and for David Laney, it quickly became a way of life: he was already running 5 to 6 days a week by the time he turned 10. After a successful collegiate career followed by a brief stint racing on the roads, David burst onto the trail scene in the early 2010s and has gone on to build an impressive resume of race results on the strength of an unmatched dedication to training in the mountains. 
    This past year, David left his longtime sponsor and joined a relatively new player to the trail space in Craft Sportswear. Soon after signing to run for Craft, he doubled down and took a full-time job helping them launch footwear in running shops across the US. Not too many athletes have that kind of relationship with their sponsors, so we talked to David about how it came about and what to expect out of Craft Footwear in the years to come. Along the way, we also get into his signature ice bath routine; running a self-supported 100-miler to raise money for Charity: Water; his breakout performance at UTMB in 2015; shoe surgery; and much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES: 
    Growing up in Portland, OR (1:52)David’s running career (5:25)Why run specialty shops matter (7:13)Ways to grow the sport of trail running (7:42)Turning “pro” (9:21)How to get sponsored: then vs. now? (10:30)Adventuring in the North Cascades (11:48)Truck living & mice attacks (13:29)What David does when he’s not running (14:38)Thoughts on coaching (16:57)2015 UTMB: highs & lows (17:57)COVID & a year without races (23:04)Running 100 miles for charity (23:58)Craft Sportswear (26:35)Creativity & shoe design (31:04)A meditation on ice baths (33:00)What’s next (35:09)RELATED LINKS: 
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    • 42 min
    Zegama is Zegama, Tom Cruise, & 200-Mile Races

    Zegama is Zegama, Tom Cruise, & 200-Mile Races

    On this “Running Through the News” edition of Off The Couch, Salomon athlete Leah Yingling stops by to catch us up on current events in the running world, including — a debate around Tom Cruise’s running form; the rise of 200-mile races; what mountain runner Joe Gray is doing to make trails a more equitable space for people of color; course records at the Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon; and Kilian Jornet’s new shoe brand, NNormal.
    TOPICS & TIMES: 
    Leah’s Golden Ticket at Canyons 100k (1:46)Jazmine Lowther’s breakout performance (5:13)Western States nears! (6:36)Fitness comes in many forms (9:29)Leah’s Western States Training Camp (11:06)Heat training & trash bags (15:05)Zegama is Zegama (17:13)Kilian Jornet & NNormal (22:34)Rise of 200+ mile races (27:22)Why women have the upper hand (36:32)Climbing all 247 Sierra peaks (38:22)Redemption on the Arizona Trail (41:05)Joe Gray on diversity & inclusion (43:47)Track star Tom Cruise? (47:08)RELATED LINKS: 
    SPS FKT Live Tracking NYT Article on Joe GrayTom Cruise runs. But is he any good at it?Sara Alonso Downhill Running CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
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    • 50 min
    Dr. Hal Rosenberg on Desert Magic, Standing Desks, & Running Healthy

    Dr. Hal Rosenberg on Desert Magic, Standing Desks, & Running Healthy

    Over half of all runners will deal with an injury each year, but run enough miles and you’ll know that number is a lot closer to 100%. The irony is most running injuries are easily preventable, so as folks ramp up their summer training, we had Dr. Hal Rosenberg on to talk us through some simple tips for staying healthy out on the trails (and off the couch). Along the way, we get into Hal’s own experience racing ultras; how 100-milers make him better at treating athletes; and a whole lot more — including, a very hot take on standing desks.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Hal’s background in sports medicine (2:17)His current practice (4:44)What exactly is a sports chiropractor? (5:16)Getting into ultras (9:35)The Javelina 100 (11:40)Desert magic (13:29)Running & treating athletes (14:42)Favorite part of his job (17:23)Thoughts on injury rates (20:31)Pain & stoplights (24:27)Common running injuries: trail vs. road (25:47)How to beat the odds (31:51)Graston, KT taping, & ART (37:15)“What shoe should I run in?”(45:57)RELATED LINKS:
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

davedanis ,

Love it.

Super smart, informative, fun podcast with a great host and wonderful guests sharing intimate knowledge around running topics.

AClifford.H ,

Great Show! Revealing the Humanity

This show transcends just a running podcast. It gets to the heart of the human behind the athlete. I love it!

ArmoireNH ,

J&S Jurek Off Topic and Just Great

Full disclosure, I’m not a runner. I can run. I do run (mostly to get in shape for other activities). I’m a sub 7 min mile guy. I just never caught the running bug, but I’m only in my 60’s so maybe ahead I will be. Waiting for all the good runners my age to fad perhaps before I make my move. :)
I listened to this episode because Brendan makes me laugh. I’m so glad I did. Jen and Scott are just fantastic to listen to. They are so real and relatable.
The questions were a bit off topic and just fantastic.
You can’t listen to this and not want to know more about everyone on both ends of the mic. Just great.

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