Together, with host Dirk Friel, Co-founder of TrainingPeaks, guests explore topics ranging from advancements in the science of endurance training, their greatest racing moments, to even favorite recovery products. Listen in and get inspired to take on your next big challenge!
From Distance Running to Weightlifting with Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall left the pro running circuit in 2016. The U.S. half marathon record-holder and unofficial American marathon record-holder has a new passion these days — bodybuilding. From running a sub-2:05 Boston Marathon in 2011 to putting on 40 pounds of muscle, Hall found a new fulfilling way of expressing himself after his body told him his competitive long-distance running days were over.
The two-time Olympian joins Dirk to discuss the process of shifting disciplines, the challenges and benefits of coaching his wife Sara, and the coaching lessons he's learned throughout his 20-year career and beyond.
Talking Gravel Racing and Life with Peter Stetina
Peter Stetina was an accomplished World Tour road cyclist before embracing gravel racing in 2019. He quickly established himself as one of the best in the sport, winning Utah’s Crusher in the Tushar, the 2021 Belgian Waffle Ride San Diego and the inaugural Leadboat, which is the combination of two arduous endurance races for a total of 250 miles over two days.
In 2020, he set the course record on the infamous White Rim Trail in Moab, Utah. Stetina, son of U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee Dale Stetina, joins Dirk to discuss the ever-evolving sport of gravel racing, his successful 2021 season, self-coaching and van life.
Exploring Skimo with Joe Howdyshell and Grace Staberg
Ski mountaineering, or Skimo, has been gaining traction among winter sports athletes for years. With the recent announcement that the sport will be included in the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Skimo will soon be elevated to a worldwide stage.
Grace Staberg, 19, is an accomplished ultramarathon runner and a hopeful to represent the United States in the inaugural Skimo event at the Olympics. Grace and her coach, Joe Howdyshell of Summit Endurance Academy, join Dirk to discuss the sport of Skimo, the Olympic inclusion and the training and preparation that has led to Grace becoming one of the top female ski mountaineering athletes in the U.S.
Finding More Meaning in the Training with Chris Hauth
Chris Hauth intimately knows the interworking of a master's athlete. He knows the family and social obligations, recognizes the desire to remain competitive but also owns the fact the motivation shifts dramatically as athletes age. The glamor of big podium racing fades thus requiring athletes to seek out a deeper ‘why.’
Listen as he and Dirk explore the meaning of working out and ‘working in,’ meaning finding a different mental space that brings forth new ideas and memories. They also discuss creating social anchors that help your training in check as well as coming to understand who you really are through sport.
Creating the Perfect Recipe for Triathlon Olympic Gold with Arild Tveiten
The National Triathlon Team of Norway has a fascinating story. Head Coach Arild Tveiten started with just a small handful of athletes interested in the sport. With the right investment of time (8 years!), dedication and a heavy focus on sport science (forget 80/20 training, they are using 90/10!), athlete Kristian Blummenfelt was able to bring home his first gold in triathlon from Tokyo.
Discover what it takes for a small country to build a successful team from the ground up, despite limited funding and manpower.
How to Be a Faster Runner with Will O'Connor
In this episode of the CoachCast, Dirk dives in with Will O'Connor to explore everything related to running power. Listen as they compare the value of running versus riding with power, discuss the best use-case scenarios for run power, as well as examine what it can teach us that GPS data and heart rate can’t.
They even touch on the (literal) power contained in a new pair of Nikes and exactly what running power novices need to get started.
Polarized training saved my cycling life!
Episode 9. After listening to Steven Seiler (on this and other podcasts) as well as Steve Neil (on another podcast) my cycling life has avoided recurrent over training & burnout phases. I started cycling about four years ago using TrainerRoad; HIT sessions were great at first but I soon realized that the method TR offered was biased toward selling their HIT product. Their advice devolved into distracted babbling.
It led to recurrent overtraining with decreased performance which was demotivating. Now with Polarization in my training I continue to improve and feel great. I only wish TrainingPeaks would offer an app to view and perform workouts (from workout-builder) on an iPad. I could finally drop my TR account! Please.
Class 1 carcinogen. Surprised you don’t advise athletes to smoke too☹️