Old and On Your Left is the only podcast (at least that we know of) for and about masters triathletes. Curious about gear, training tips, or how other masters triathletes keep their personal, professional, and athletic lives in balance? That’s the kind of stuff we talk about here.
Anthony Sullivan Comes Clean
When you think of Anthony Sullivan, odds are you think of him as the face of OxiClean or that guy parodied in Jaboody Dubs videos. You probably don’t think of him as a masters triathlete and former nationally ranked swimmer in his home country of England.
Earlier this week, I sat down with Sully for a wide-ranging conversation about his first race of the season, how he came to the sport, how success in business and success in triathlon require some of the same skills, and what he has learned from his friendships with some of the leading pros in the sport.
We also talk about his experiences at the Island House Triathlon, spending time at Hotel Domestique with George Hincapie, Lance, Bobby Julich, and Christian Vande Velde; and and the best worst idea that’s likely coming to a pool near you, the beer swim.
Take a listen. I think you’ll enjoy the conversation as much as we did.
Greg Hawkins and I discuss the expansion of Kinetic Multisports, how he got into triathlon, and how we can make the sport more inclusive
If you’re a triathlete living in the Mid-Atlantic, there are two things that are certain 1) you’re getting ready to start your local race season and 2) You’ve probably competed in at least one of Greg Hawkins’ races. Over the past 14 years, Greg has gone from producing races part-time to running the largest race series on the East Coast. With 50 races spanning Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, his company, Kinetic Multisports, produces a race that’s just right for you…and close to home.
In this episode Greg and I discuss how he got started in the sport, why he decided to grow the his race series, the lengths Kinetic goes to to ensure novice triathletes have a great race, and what we can all do to make the sport we love a more inclusive. Take a listen below.
Mat Steinmetz of 51 Speedshop Talks Speed
It’s been a long wait for a new episode of Old And On Your Left, but I promise this episode is worth the wait. I had the opportunity to chat with Mat Steinmetz, founder of 51 Speedshop, coach to Ironman World champions, bike fitter to pro tour teams, and all around speed whisperer.
I could tell you all the things we talked about, or you could just take a listen. You’ll be happy you did. This is one episode guaranteed to make you smarter.
Salt, Drugs & Rock and Roll: How Ostarine Started Showing up in Dietary Supplements
It feels like forever since I have posted an episode, and that’s because it has been. After a lot of digging around… and waiting… and reading, here’s episode 8: Salt, Drugs & Rock and Roll.
I figured that sounded better that Salt, Lies and Videotape.
This is the story of how ostarine, a drug designed to treat muscle wasting diseases that was never fully tested and is not currently approved for therapeutic use in any country started showing up in pro triathletes’ drug test results, led to a lawsuit, and caused the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to issue an athlete alert about ostarine contamination in dietary supplements.
Dr. Jonathan Toker provides some perspective on the risks, for age groupers, of dietary supplements contaminated with ostarine. In addition to being the president of Toker Engineering, the company that markets SaltStick supplements, he’s the science editor at Slowtwitch, holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has experience in the biotech and dietary supplement industries. He’s clearly a guy who knows what he’s talking about and he’s been very vocal about how Salt Stick ensures its products are free of banned substances.
I talk about the resources USADA has created, including the Reduce Your Risk Checklist infographic and the Supplement411 website, to help athletes avoid high-risk and potentially tainted supplements.
This episode also has a lighter side as we talk about my first Zwift run, The Cyclist Pod – a cycling podcast so funny the people at my gym hate me, and why right now is the perfect time to rate and review this podcast on iTunes or Google Play.
Stop reading this and press play.
Episode 7: An interview with Nadia El-Awady
This week’s episode covers a lot of ground, almost all of it uphill. I talk with Nadia El-Awady about her first full Ironman last fall, how she balances the demands of her personal and professional commitments with her adventures, and what she’ll be doing during 2018.
I also talk about doping, how a recent USADA ruling has a lot of people in my local triathlon community talking, and how I would love to know what you think about doping in triathlon. Please consider dropping me a line if you have thoughts. I’m looking to pull together some comments and interviews for a future show.
Lastly, the Super Strava Segment returns with an uphill vengeance this week as we visit the second category climb that leads to what may be the world’s most heavily guarded vacation home.
It’s a long episode, but well worth the listen.
Resources in this episode:
Nadia El-Awady’s blog, Inner Workings of My Mind
Super Strava Segment: Camp David Climb
A Conversation With Coach Shelly Lake
This week we visit with coach Shelly Lake of Fiv3 Racing. Shelly has coached me for the past three years – from my first 70.3 to the Boston Marathon, to a tremendous performance at last year’s 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga. And it’s not just me. She’s coached more athletes than I can count to slots at Boston, Kona, and the Ironman 70.3 and ITU Long Course World Championships.
During the conversation, we discuss how a Star Wars movie led to her triathlon career, how to fine-tune winter training and mental toughness, why race simulations can pay big dividends on race day, and how the great Arthur Lydiard influenced her coaching philosophy.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard by Keith Livingstone
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A fantastic and unique podcast. The only podcast directed towards Masters triathletes, Chuck does a great job raising and discussing subjects of interest to Master triathletes. Also, great interviews. Give this a listen and enjoy.
Great ideas, excellent research, and solid delivery with humor and reflection in equal measure. Definitely worth the time if you are a Master's triathlete at any level.
Off to a Good Start
Hmmm...give up the Spec Ops 2.0 for Roka?!? This will be the test.
I like the idea of something geared towards the issues we have to deal with. The first podcast was really about Holiday ideas. Unfortunately I listened a little too late for the Wahoo Kickr. It will have to be a present for myself.