Join Tony Rich, Level II USAT certified coach, certified sports nutritionist, certified master swim coach, Level II TrainingPeaks Certified coach, Guinness World Record holder and finisher of over 100 long course events. Together with guests they'll discuss the science of self-propelled motion and also explore some of the most important topics within the intersection of endurance sports training, health, fitness, society and life current events.
EP. 44: A Conversation with Dave McGillivray, Race Director of The Boston Marathon
A conversation with Dave McGillivray, author and race director for the Boston Marathon. From his extraordinary 1978 run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund to serving as technical director then race director of the BAA Boston Marathon since the 1980s, McGillivray has helped organize more than 1400 mass participatory events while raising millions for worthy causes close to his heart.
We have a conversation about his book, The Last Pick, The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success, and the inspiration for the book. We also talk about his goals with his 3 children’s books.
We talk about his athletic accomplishments including running across America, the IRONMAN triathlons, running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 consecutive days in the World Marathon Challenge and recently completing his 50th consecutive Boston Marathon. Dave tells the story about what made the events unique and challenging in their own way.
Dave fields the question about his “end game” and whether he’d ever see an end to being an endurance enthusiast or will he continue to complete endurance events as long as he can.
Finally, Dave talks about memorable experiences in his 50 Boston Marathon finishes and his thoughts on what the next 50 years will bring.
About Dave McGillivray
The Last Pick, The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success:
Dave’s Children’s Books:
Running Across America:
EP. 43: Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence w/Carol Irwin, PhD
A conversation with Carol Irwin PhD, one of the key researchers for more than a decade around the issue of swimming competence among populations. We discuss her research teams latest qualitative report “Factors impacting Swim participation and Competence,” which aims to understand why we see lower swimming proficiency rates in underserved populations.
Dr. Irwin has PhD in Curriculum and Instruction/Health Education and an MA Sport Pedagogy. She is an associate professor of physical education, teacher education in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Irwin has been the Principal Investigator for several USA Swimming research studies, including “Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation.” This nation-wide study was the first research to determine minority youth swimming ability, and to dig deeper to explore possible reasons why these underserved populations drown at such high rates.
She has also taken action to solve the problem by becoming research chair of Splash mid-south, a community-based program that supports diversity in swimming as well as decreasing drowning rates.
Dr. Irwin discusses her background and what drove her and the other members of the research team to prioritize study of this phenomenon.
She discusses the research methodology, of the May 2020 qualitative report, how it built off previous work, and some of the limitations. We review the key findings of the report including the insights that allow understanding about why we lower swimming competency in underserved populations and in what direction are the numbers moving.
Finally, Dr. Irwin provides insight into potential solutions.
About Dr. Carol Irwin, PhD
Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence:
Youth Swimming Ability and Associated Factors in the United States, 2010-17:
Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation:
Red Cross Centennial Campaign
EP. 42: The Racing Weight Question w/Coach, Nutritionist, Author, Matt Fitzgerald
A conversation with endurance sports coach, author, and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald. He is the author of 31 books including Racing Weight, How to Get Lean for Peak Performances and Race like a Pro, (Even if You’re Slow). Just released this month.
We discuss endurance athletes and the concept of achieving an optimal performance weight or what athletes colloquially call “Race Weight.” We have a science and evidence-based discussion on why and when body composition matters with respect to bodies in motion.
We discuss Matt’s motivation for writing the book Racing Weight and the 6 step plan he outlines for endurance athletes looking to become better recreational athletes or maximize performance.
We talk about circumstances where this can go wrong and lead to counterproductive strategies or disordered eating and how to make sure you avoid such pitfalls in training.
We discuss the difference between dieting and performance weight management for athletes and what athletes need to think about, up and above the conventional dieter, when it comes to daily nutrition and fueling strategies.
We talk about how Matt has changed his approach with male and female coached athletes after over 10 years since he wrote the first edition of Racing Weight.
Matt is the co-founder of 80/20 Endurance, and in addition to authoring 31 books. Matt is an acclaimed nutritionist. Matt’s writing also appears regularly in magazines and on websites such as Women’s Running and outsideonline.com. His online training plans have helped thousands of athletes of all experience and ability levels achieve their goals. Certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Matt has consulted for numerous sports nutrition companies and he is the creator of the Diet Quality Score (DQS) smartphone app. A lifelong athlete, he speaks frequently at events throughout the United States and internationally.
Racing Weight Book:
Racing Weight Estimator:
Run Like a Pro (Event If You’re Slow)
EP. 41: Best of The Endurance Experience Podcast Vol. 4
Taking a look back at clips from 5 of the most downloaded episodes in season 4 with updated commentary.
5:20: Herman Pontzer, PhD – Author of the book Burn on Metabolism, Nutrition and our Hunter-Gatherer Bodies | @HermanPontzer | Full Podcast https://apple.co/3uc0J6T
20:50: Tammy Hanson – Elite Education Manager U.S. Anti-Doping Agency | @usantidoping | Full Podcast https://apple.co/3IT9rv6
41:00: Jeff Sankoff, M.D. – Athlete Vaccine Hesitancy | @triathmagtridoc | Full Podcast https://apple.co/3s00yJg
1:00:00: Joanna Harper, M.S. – The IOC’s New Guidelines for Transgender Athletes | https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joanna-Harper | Full Podcast https://apple.co/3AUGMmE
1:17:00: Nathan Martin - The Fastest U.S. Born Black Marathoner | @nim_i_am | Full Podcast https://apple.co/3KVP9Tr
EP. 40: The Fastest U.S. Born Black Marathoner Ever/Elite Marathoner Nathan Martin
A conversation on MLK day with Nathan Martin, the fastest U.S. born black marathoner ever. Nathan set the record for the fastest marathon time by a black man born in the United States at the 2020 Marathon Project with a time of 2:11:05 besting a 41-year-old record held by Herman Atkins. He is also a coach and substitute teacher.
He qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2016 and 2020. This past November he finished 8th at the 2021 New York City Marathon, while also being the third American finisher.
We talk about his origin story running as a youth, through his college career at Spring Arbor University and how his running developed into the marathon event.
We talk about his performance in the 2020 Olympic Marathon trials and what he learned that helped him run a personal record of 2:11:05 at the 2020 Marathon Project where he broke the 1979 record held by Herman Atkins. Nathan gives his thoughts about the significance of that accomplishment and also his thoughts on why we don’t see as many American runners under 2:10, and what Americans can do to compete on the international stage.
We talk about his performance at the 2021 New York City Marathon where he came in 8th right behind Kenenisa Bekele and was the third American Overall.
Nathan gives his thoughts as an elite runner and coach to the Endurance Experience marathon listeners about the attributes that he believes are important to get faster in the marathon.
Finally, as a cross country coach Nathan gives his coaching philosophy and provides advice to youths and parents on considering running as a sport.
Nathan Martin's Instagram
Nathan Martin's Facebook Group
EP. 39: The IOC's New Guidelines for Transgender Athletes w/ Joanna Harper, MS
Joanna Harper is the only transgender person ever to be an adviser to the International Olympic Committee on matters of gender and sport. She’s the author of Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes. She is a medical physicist by profession and holds a master’s degree in medical physics. She is a transgender athlete an avid distance runner by choice and the only person in history to publish a peer-reviewed article on the performance of transgender athletes. She’s also currently a PhD candidate at Loughborough university.
We touch on her personal story of transitioning and what drove her passion to dive into the science and ultimately be an adviser to the IOC on the topic.
We have an exchange about the issue governing bodies are facing with regards to the women’s category of sport and try to break it down for the listener and talk about some of the high-level statistics.
We have an exchange about fairness, how fairness has historically been defined and she offers her opinion on how it should be defined.
We touch on some of the interactions and discussions she’s had with some of the high-profile former female athletes that have talked publicly about the issue and whether she thinks some of them have evolved.
Finally, we walk through the new guidelines released by the IOC, what she agrees with and what she disagrees with and discuss the implications for the sport governing bodies.
About Joanna Harper, MS
Joanna Harper’s Book
Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes
IOC Framework on Fairness, inclusion and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations.
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