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!
Unpacking the Dual Legacy of Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney
The Phinney name is one of the most well-known amongst the cycling community and the prestige is undoubtedly deserved. Connie started kicked-off her racing career at age 14 when she was the youngest Olympian in the 1972 Olympics, competing in speed skating. Davis, her husband, is the winningest cyclist in US history and is thus recognized by his nickname "The Cash Register."
Listen as Dirk and the Phinneys delightfully reminisce about the 1980's heyday of road cycling and the progress (or in some cases lack thereof) of the sport. They also delve into neuroplasticity, living well with Parkinson's disease and the undeniable importance of staying active while aging.
Dialing in Prehab with Physical Therapist Nathan Koch
Today, Dirk joined Physical Therapist Nathan Koch to explore the prehab and rehab best practices. Topics include but not limited to preferred recovery tools, the contentious value of static stretching, and how concussion therapy and brain science are finally taking their long-overdue place in the list of training and coaching priorities.
FKT Chasing with Abby Hall and Jason Koop
In the first episode of Season 3 of the TrainingPeaks CoachCast, Ultrarunner Abby Hall and Coach Jason Koop joined Dirk to talk about how they adapted to the emotional highs and lows imposed by the previous year. They explored the importance of the ability to continuously 'pivot' and examined why some athletes flourished with the instability while others struggled (hint: it's largely due to long-term motivation.)
Abby also offered insight into her Nüümü Poyo FKT attempt and shared her dreams for 2021 (supplemented by acquiring a customized, very cool adventure van.)
Season 2, Ep. 18: Trailblazing the Road Cycling World with Dr. Carol Austin
For our final episode of Season 2, we could think of no other guest to interview besides the legend in her own right, Dr. Carol Austin. Dr. Austin is a trailblazer in the cycling world, serving as the first female ever to serve as the head of medical and high performance for any Tour de France Team. Despite facing great adversity in this role, Dr. Austin was focused on serving her team to the best of her ability and was completely dedicated to cultivating the rich talent presented by her African team— the first ever to compete in the Tour.
Listen as Dr. Austin discusses her fascinating journey in the pro-cycling world, her own recent fitness discoveries and her career plans for the future.
Season 2, Ep. 17: Building an E-Racing League with Tim Ballintine
When the huge surge of indoor and e-racing arrived earlier this year, Coach Tim Ballintine was more than ready. With his massively successful KOA Sports League, athletes have been able to race competitively from anywhere in the world, while still maintaining an intimate, squad-like feel.
Listen as Tim and Dirk discuss how e-racing fills the winter slump that so many coaches experience and why a TrainingPeaks account serves as a great performance passport for those looking to race virtually.
Season 2, Ep. 16: Listener Q & A With Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen
Gwen Jorgensen has a triathlon resume that might cause you to do a double-take. And yet, she is ready to move on, change sports entirely and focus exclusively on running for the 2021 Olympic Games.
In this special episode fueled by the listener questions, sourced from social media, Gwen explains why she decided to mix things up and how passion lies at the heart of everything she does. She also talks about her current training schedule, how she's honed her nutrition routine and more in the newest episode of the CoachCast!
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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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