92 episodes

Host Dirk Friel, Co-founder of TrainingPeaks, talks with expert guests about endurance training and racing topics. We’ll explore coaching methodologies, compelling research and leading tools that can benefit sport performance for coaches and athletes.

To learn more about how TrainingPeaks can help your training goals, visit us at trainingpeaks.com.

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    • 4.4 • 57 Ratings

Host Dirk Friel, Co-founder of TrainingPeaks, talks with expert guests about endurance training and racing topics. We’ll explore coaching methodologies, compelling research and leading tools that can benefit sport performance for coaches and athletes.

To learn more about how TrainingPeaks can help your training goals, visit us at trainingpeaks.com.

    Determining Recovery Protocols for Training with Coach John Wakefield

    Determining Recovery Protocols for Training with Coach John Wakefield

    In this episode, we sit down with John Wakefield, the managing director of Science to Sport and performance coach with the Bora-hansgrohe World Tour cycling team. John, from Cape Town, South Africa, shares his insights from years of coaching and an advanced training facility in Girona, Spain. Understand why recovery is the key to progression and how ignoring it can impede an athlete's performance, no matter their level.
    John believes recovery is the critical element in athlete training. He shares details about a routine 'sub-max test' he utilizes with his athletes, whether pro or amateur. He can document progression and shape optimal training by using power and heart rate data in concert with subjective feedback from an athlete on wellness factors like sleep, stress, and mood.
    Recovery isn't just about easy days or days off. John breaks down other factors to consider in recovery protocols, like stretching, nutrition, massage, and mindfulness, to fulfill the "Three Rs:" refuel, rebuild and rehydrate. He also takes us inside a team bus to learn some of the cyclists' critical recovery strategies while competing in a Grand Tour. 

    Learn more about TrainingPeaks and how it can help optimize your training.

    • 44 min
    Applying Elite Training Science to All Athletes with Björn Geesmann

    Applying Elite Training Science to All Athletes with Björn Geesmann

    Björn Geesman is a German-based sports scientist and coach. He is also the CEO of HYCYS coaching company and co-founder of power & pace. He works with pro triathletes Patrick Lange and Kat Matthews, among other big names in endurance sports. 
    In this episode, Dirk and Björn dive into everything from wind tunnel testing tunnels and bike selection based on data to the importance of sports psychology to his potentially controversial approach to the "long run" — even at the professional levels of sport. He also explains how the science and data learnings from pros can relate to athletes competing in age group races and events. Yet, reminding us all that it's essential not to get lost in excessive analysis but to focus on impactful training. 

    • 54 min
    How to Utilize Running Power Metrics with Dr. Will O'Connor

    How to Utilize Running Power Metrics with Dr. Will O'Connor

    Dr. Will O'Connor takes us through the nuances of using running power in training. Will and Dirk get into the scientific side of power meters, discuss the accuracy and data consistency from devices like Stryd and other wearables, and learn how to use critical power zones to break down the metabolic costs of running variable terrain. Will also touches on some of the lessons in his Fundamentals of Running Power TrainingPeaks University course.
    Will is a running scientist and former triathlete based in New Zealand. He drew on his background in organic chemistry to complete a Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Science from Massey University, where his research investigated metabolic flexibility and ketogenic diets in ultra-endurance performance. Will competes at the elite level in ultrarunning events — he's used a run power meter since day one — and is a coach and host of the "Running with Dr Will" podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Kristin Armstrong: Navigating an Era of Wearables, Data & Social Platforms

    Kristin Armstrong: Navigating an Era of Wearables, Data & Social Platforms

    Kristin Armstrong talks coaching strategies in a data-driven world filled with wearables and social platforms. With the advancement of technology and platforms, there is a growing tension between positives and negatives when it comes to data, wearable devices and social media.
    The challenges of managing this tension have become heightened for younger athletes who may feel pressure to maintain an online persona of success and accomplishment through sharing data and results. How can a coach find the balance between using data to improve performance while minimizing the risks of an overly connected athlete? Kristin explains her approaches, including how she tries out any new wearable an athlete brings up with her to understand how it works, what it tracks and the experience as a user.
    Kristin, the most decorated U.S. female cyclist and the best female time trialist in history, lives in Idaho. She owns the Pivot by KA chain of health clubs while still managing a cycling coaching business. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Champion, and has won six U.S. National Championships. She is the only female U.S. athlete to have won the same event in three consecutive Olympic Games and the oldest female cyclist in history to win an Olympic gold medal.
    To watch the interview, head over to the TrainingPeaks YouTube Channel.

    • 58 min
    Exploring Joe Friel's 40-Year Coaching Evolution

    Exploring Joe Friel's 40-Year Coaching Evolution

    In this episode, we have none other than Joe Friel, a legendary figure in the world of endurance coaching. As the co-founder of TrainingPeaks and author of several seminal books on athletic training, Joe has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of endurance sports. The fifth edition of the Triathlon Training Bible hit shelves earlier this month. Plus, he has kept his peak health and participation in the sports scene into his 80s.
    In our conversation, Joe takes us on a journey through his career: from opening the first triathlon store in the U.S. in the late 1980s to becoming a pioneering coach when the concept was still in its infancy. He shares the challenges and triumphs of building a coaching business, from charging a mere $5 for training plans to achieving his goal of having 70 clients.
    We'll break down Joe's philosophy on integrating RPE and data, stressing the importance of experienced athletes tuning into their own bodies in conjunction with the objective metrics from technology.
    Joe also provides insights into the evolution of triathlon coaching, his prolific writing career started by personal health challenges, and his peers' concerns about sharing his knowledge too freely — a concern echoed in today's discussions around technology and AI.

    **pardon the audio quality in the first five minutes of the interview, as there were some technical difficulties.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    How Sociology of Sport Impacts Coaching with Brian Gearity

    How Sociology of Sport Impacts Coaching with Brian Gearity

    In this episode, Dr. Brian Gearity, professor and director of the Master of Arts Sport Coaching program at the University of Denver, talks with Dirk Friel about the intersection of sociology and coaching.
    Dr. Gearity, with his extensive experience in sports sociology, coaching and exercise science, provides valuable insights into the complexities of coaching that come from social constructs. The thought-provoking discussion also delves into the difference between sports psychology and sports sociology. After listening to the episode, coaches and athletes will better understand how coaches are shaped by various social factors, from historical contexts to cultural influences.
    From the significance of inclusivity in sports to the nuanced societal dynamics that influence team cohesion and performance, Dirk and Dr. Gearity talk through some contemporary challenges that coaches face today. The discussion is a reminder to coaches and athletes that excellence in coaching transcends physical training.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Amanda24TN ,

Always a Great Way to Learn More

Thanks Dirk for sharing information that is so usable for me and my athletes with whom I work with as a Functional Medicine MD for athletes. Franklin, TN

BooVT ,

Interesting info, but poor sound quality

Maybe it’s just me but the guest volume is very low with poor sound quality and the interviewer is very loud with good sound quality. It is rather annoying.

njl1 ,

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.

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