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The Common Threads is a podcast about today’s leaders, athletes, educators and coaches who leave their mark through their actions. Each episode travels through time to explore the childhoods, influences, and habits of the world's leading athletes, industry experts and entrepreneurs. If you want a deeper look into who these people are, check out The Common Threads hosted by David Swain @swain, or visit the new community for athletes, TheProkit.com / @prokit, for insights from pro cyclists, runners, triathletes, nutritionists and mental health experts.

The Common Threads Prokit: Running, Cycling, Health and Entrepreneurship Podcasts

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    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

The Common Threads is a podcast about today’s leaders, athletes, educators and coaches who leave their mark through their actions. Each episode travels through time to explore the childhoods, influences, and habits of the world's leading athletes, industry experts and entrepreneurs. If you want a deeper look into who these people are, check out The Common Threads hosted by David Swain @swain, or visit the new community for athletes, TheProkit.com / @prokit, for insights from pro cyclists, runners, triathletes, nutritionists and mental health experts.

    Sarah Piampiano-Lord, from 100-hour weeks to the top of Triathlon

    Sarah Piampiano-Lord, from 100-hour weeks to the top of Triathlon

    Sarah Piampiano-Lord (@spiampiano) is one of the top triathletes in the world, finishing first or second in 7 of the eleven 70.3 and Ironman races she entered in 2019. Ten years ago, she was a 30-year-old, cigarette-smoking investment banker who worked 100+ hour weeks and barely exercised. 







    A gifted, multi-sport athlete as a kid, Sarah found her love for competition as an eight year-old at Cross Country Nationals and was a Division 1 ski racer and runner in college in Maine.







    But Sarah does not credit her rise in triathlon to her athletic gifts. The common thread is hard work, grit and mental strength. She believes in the “curse of the super talented athlete” – the idea that the people who find greatness are the ones who never give up, who feel like they’re at a deficit coming in.







    2020 was on-tap to have some fun twists for Sarah. She was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon in April and ride an epic 144-mile gravel bike race, the Belgian Waffle Ride, a few weeks later in May. With all races postponed, she finds joy and motivation in the little things and is taking it one day at a time, chasing Strava QOM’s and suffering through Zwift races in her living room.Listen to our podcast with Sarah on The Common Threads: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify. You can read the full interview below for a deep-dive on her learnings and insights on everything from fueling and recovery to sleep and mindset.







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    From chasing her older brothers to banking and the bet that led to triathlon







    David Swain, Prokit (@swain): What did you have for breakfast this morning?







    Sarah Piampiano-Lord: I had a smoothie with Greek yogurt, banana, flaxseed, hemp seed, orange juice, and two hard boiled eggs. I try to mix it up. I don’t like to have the same thing every day.







    How does your breakfast change based on your training or recovery plan for the day?







    Usually, if I have a pretty long day on tap, I will go with a more carb-focused breakfast. I’ll have a big bowl of oatmeal with yogurt, nuts, seeds, and berries, and usually some eggs. I might have a bowl of Cheerios, as well. If I have a day like today, a lighter recovery day, I try to focus less on the carbohydrates and more on protein and fats.







    One of Sarah Piampiano’s go-to breakfasts







    Talk about your journey from a kid in Maine chasing cross country titles to a collegiate athlete to banking and then back to sports.







    I grew up in Maine and was quite an athletic little kid. I was skiing by the age of two, water skiing and riding my bike by three. I just loved being outside, running free, and doing everything that I could that was athletic. My parents signed me up for every sport that was av...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dr. Megan Roche and David Roche on Running, Coaching and Finding your Why

    Dr. Megan Roche and David Roche on Running, Coaching and Finding your Why

    Dr. Megan Roche (@meganroche) and David Roche (@davidroche) have made their mark on the trail running world. While they have street cred through national titles and Trail Runner of the Year awards, it’s their contributions to the running community as coaches, authors and purveyors of the Happy Runner mindset where their impact extends far.







    We get into it all in our interview, from self-belief and mental health to overcoming roadblocks. Megan is an MD and is working on a PhD in epidemiology at Stanford to study the genetics of sports injury; combine her experience as an athlete with deep scientific knowledge and you’ve got special insights on training, performance and finding meaning on the journey to reaching your potential. As David and Megan say many times, “a little bit of kindness goes a long way.”Listen to the podcast on The Common Threads: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify







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    David Swain (@swain): What did you both have for breakfast this morning?







    Megan Roche: I love that question. I’ve recently been on a toaster waffle kick. This morning, I had classic multigrain toaster waffles with a very hearty amount of maple syrup. 







    David Roche: I’m a big children’s cereal fan. I had some peanut butter puffins, which are possibly the most delicious snack on the planet. Then we both had a substantial amount of coffee.







    Megan: That’s very true. You can get the culinary theme of our family: children’s food.







    Journey to Coaching







    How did you make your way into running?







    Megan: I grew up playing a lot of sports: soccer, field hockey, basketball. I ultimately went to college to play field hockey. I always knew that I loved running. When I was a field hockey player, I got pumped to do wind sprints. After I wrapped up field hockey in college, I took a fifth year to run track and cross country. That was really my first journey into running, and l met David during that time. We found running together. I loved track, but there was just something about being able to connect with nature on trail runs. Having the time to play in the mountains together was so meaningful.







    David: I was a middling football player. I went to college to play football and quit. I had always been curious about endurance sports. I remember my first run coming off football. I barely got around the block before I had to stop, and I was sore for days. Fortunately for me, I met Megan right as I was starting to get a little bit more serious about pursuing my potential. I was researching everything I could. Megan is so brilliant, and it was like having a textbook next to me. We both got more serious at the same time.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sports Nutritionist Anne Guzman on health, performance and finding what works for you

    Sports Nutritionist Anne Guzman on health, performance and finding what works for you

    Anne Guzman is a sports nutritionist, former pro cyclist and lifelong learner obsessed with sports science and helping people reach their physical and mental potential. We caught up with Anne for this podcast to go over how athletes can maintain health during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well thoughts on performance nutrition, food journaling, weight and body image, and practical tips on pre, during, and post-race nutrition. While Anne can go deep on the research and science, she knows how important it is to be able to translate that science into practical and actionable insights for all of us. For her personal story, and other tips, check out our interview with Anne. Listen to the podcast on The Common Threads: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify. We’ve included a few highlights from our podcast with Anne below.







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    David Swain: What type of athletes do you work with?







    Anne Guzman: Everyone from 16 and 17-year-old athletes to masters athletes and pros. 







    For people who have never worked with a sports nutritionist, what do the first couple weeks look like?







    It’s so individual. For me, food journaling is important. I want to see where somebody is coming from, so I can help them make directional changes. There’s a bit of a misconception that elite athletes are immune to inadequate eating. A food journal makes the athlete part of the process. I know that it’s time consuming. It takes some commitment. On the other hand, if someone is willing to put that commitment in, then it’s something they want to do. I don’t really work in calories, but I start with the big picture: carbohydrates, proteins, macronutrients.







    When I first meet someone, I try to get to know them. I want to help them improve their health and their performance. It’s not about, “don’t have this or don’t have that.” A big part of my approach is to focus on what they want to add versus on what to take out. I generally want to see where they’re coming from. Are you a parent masters athlete with three kids and a full time job? That’s really important for me to know. I might get your food journal and see some interesting patterns. If you are an athlete who has a lot of time to prepare your food, that’s a completely different scenario that we can take advantage of. Everyone’s so different. It’s difficult to have a cookie cutter approach, but there are some foundational things everyone can work on. 







    Maintaining Health through a Pandemic 







    We’re living through COVID-19; What are things you’d recommend to build or maintain healthy habits? 







    I think this has really thrown a lot of people’s eating patterns off. Take a moment to focus on your habits. Are you someone who is stress eating all of a sudden because you’re home? Or are you not eating?

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Jeremy Jones’ Road from Snowboarding Pioneer to Climate Champion

    Jeremy Jones’ Road from Snowboarding Pioneer to Climate Champion

    Jeremy Jones didn't set out to start a movement or change an industry. But he did, reimagining snowboarding and forever shaping how big mountains are ridden. He could have stopped there. Instead, he started a climate movement with Protect our Winters, created Jones Snowboards to push snowboarding innovation, and along the way starred in 50+ movies.



    It all seems so big and so unreachable. A kid who hitched rides to Jackson Hole receiving a Champion of Change Award from President Obama. But as Jeremy shares, it all starts by taking one step, sleeping in one friend’s closet, following one passion and focusing on it with unwavering intensity. And doing it with curiosity, respect and admiration for your surroundings and the people who came before you.



    This is Jeremy Jones and here's his story. "It's one step at a time. We need to just start."



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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Zwift CEO Eric Min on Entrepreneurship, eSports and Reinventing Indoor Cycling

    Zwift CEO Eric Min on Entrepreneurship, eSports and Reinventing Indoor Cycling

    When Eric Min was thinking about starting the indoor cycling giant Zwift in 2013, he wasn’t sure his previous business success was enough to justify calling himself an entrepreneur. He turned to his co-founder from his last startup and asked, “did we just get lucky or are we entrepreneurs? Let’s test that. If we do it again and it works, then I'd say we're entrepreneurs.”



    Eric can safely call himself an entrepreneur. Zwift hit the cycling scene in 2014 and hasn’t looked back, raising $170 million and forever changing indoor cycling. Eric and his team are now on a quest to reimagine eSports and land the sport in the Olympics. If you’re like many of us who aren’t “gamers,” the concept of eSports is as foreign as trying to figure out the Fortnite craze. 



    But Zwift has nothing to do with sitting on a couch playing a video game. It’s people of all ages, all around the world, racing their bikes against real people through iconic mountains and cities. They just happen to be inside. Chasing a goal, avoiding traffic, and most certainly getting a lot more fit. It turns out Zwift might just be the perfect answer for people looking to keep their mind and body active with the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing.



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    • 56 min
    Sonya Looney: Mindset, Pregnancy and Life as a Pro

    Sonya Looney: Mindset, Pregnancy and Life as a Pro

    Whether as a pro mountain biker at the world's biggest ultra endurance races, or as an entrepreneur, Sonya Looney turns ideas into actions and has stacked the deck in her corner for maintaining a growth mindset. Navigating life as a pro athlete, and now a pregnant athlete, is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. There is no playbook and putting yourself out there and sharing the journey takes vulnerability and courage, two things Sonya has a lot of. She is an engineer by trade who's journey to becoming a pro athlete started by simply showing up to a ride with friends. That phrase -- Showing Up -- is her common thread.



    Want to become a public speaker? Add a speaking tab to your website and see what happens.

    Want to start a podcast? Well, start a podcast.

    Want to change your diet? Take the first step, be consistent, and maybe start a supportive Facebook Group to keep you honest.

    Sonya is expecting her first child any day and has this to say, "I'm a woman, I'm an athlete, I'm going to be a mom, and I can be all those things at the same time."

    • 1 hr 15 min

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17 Ratings

stins44 ,

Excellent!

Insightful and fun conversations with world champion mountain bikers, Olympian triathletes, famous podcasters like Rich Roll and entrepreneurs and people chasing their dreams. A favorite for sure.

outdoors2020 ,

One of my favorites

Many podcasts focus on one niche area or topic, which can get old. The Common Threads takes you behind the scenes with both famous and rising star athletes, entrepreneurs and leaders to find the often overlooked but important parts of their journey. Great insights for aspiring athletes, pros, women, parents and people with the itch to perform better at work or in their sport.

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Goes deep

Dave goes deep to get lessons learned and great advice from endurance sport stars. You always learn something new about athletes who have been in the spotlight at scale—a sure sign of a great podcast.

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