Episodes
Coach and professional triathlete Melanie McQuaid (still going strong at 49) returns to That Triathlon Show for another interview, this time focusing on Ironman and 70.3 distance training and racing.    IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Mel's overall approach to training for long-distance triathlon -Diving into specifics on swimming, biking and running -What training looks like early in the year (right now) far from racing -Pacing in long-distance triathlon -Running biomechanics  ...
Published 01/23/23
Published 01/23/23
Coach Frank Jakobsen returns to That Triathlon Show to discuss a number of topics pertinent to the start of the year. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Season analysis: how to do it and use the information gained going forward -Periodisation strategies -Training camps: benefits, considerations, and mistakes to avoid -The Ironman World Championships in Kona and Nice: implications for athletes SHOWNOTES: https://scientifictriathlon.com/tts373/ SCIENTIFIC TRIATHLON AND THAT TRIATHLON...
Published 01/16/23
Mikael answers listener questions (from Instagram and Newsletter followers) on the topics of season planning, goal setting, and personal limiters.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -How to set race goals (and account for factors like course, competitiveness of the field, etc) -How to know what's realistic to aim for -How to track the progress towards your goals -How to establish limiters and assess if you're training to tackle them is working -When is the best time to do a marathon...
Published 01/09/23
A round-up of some of the best episodes and moments from That Triathlon Show in 2022.    IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Tim Reed -Bex Milnes -Mark Burnley -Tim Podlogar -Alan Murchison -Glenn Poleunis -Paulo Sousa -Eoin Everard -Erin Carson -Tom Bell -Andrew Sellars SHOWNOTES: https://scientifictriathlon.com/tts371/ SCIENTIFIC TRIATHLON AND THAT TRIATHLON SHOW WEBPAGE: www.scientifictriathlon.com/podcast/ SPONSORS: Precision Fuel & Hydration help athletes perform...
Published 01/02/23
In this episode, we discuss the results of the recent That Triathlon Show listener survey, and what that means for how the show will develop and (hopefully) improve in 2023 and beyond. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -A detailed summary of the That Triathlon Show survey, including both positive and negative feedback -A completely transparent peek behind the curtains of how Mikael analysed and interpreted the survey responses -What this means for That Triathlon Show going forward. What...
Published 12/26/22
Olav Aleksander Bu is the coach of Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden. He returns to the podcast (see also EP#264) for another in-depth discussion of training, racing, science, coaching and what makes these two athletes so exceptional.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Going from short-course to long-course and back again -Key swim, bike and run sessions for short course and long course, respectively -Recovery between races (e.g. Kristian becoming 70.3 World Champion 3 weeks after...
Published 12/19/22
Dan Bigham is a performance engineer at INEOS Grenadiers, founder of Wattshop, and former World Hour Record holder (with 55.548 km). In this interview, we discuss the hour record, the Sub7 project that he was heavily involved in, and the latest and greatest in the world of aerodynamics.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Dan's training, testing, and overall preparation leading into the Hour Record -Pacing strategies and dealing with the heat -Dan's estimated power and CdA for the...
Published 12/12/22
Erin Carson is a strength coach working with a number of the world's best short- and long-course triathletes. In the Ironman 70.3 World Championships recently, athletes working with Erin swept the women's podium (Taylor Knibb, Paula Findlay and Emma Pallant-Browne). In this interview, we discuss what the strength training of these athletes looks like, and we also discuss strength training from the perspective of age-group triathletes. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -How Erin works and...
Published 12/05/22
Alan Murchison is a lifelong endurance athlete, and one of few athletes to both run under 30 minutes for 10k and ride under 18 minutes for 10 miles. He is also a chef, with 25 years of experience in Michelin starred kitchens. Today he runs Performance Chef, where he works with athletes from amateur level up to the highest possible level in the sports of triathlon, cycling, and other endurance sports. He brings a practical and holistic perspective to food and nutrition for endurance...
Published 11/28/22
Andy Blow of Precision Fuel & Hydration joins us to discuss the exact numbers of carbohydrate, fluid and sodium intake of Fenella Langridge, Sarah Crowley and Leon Chevalier (all top-10 in Kona) as well as Emma Pallant-Browne (third in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in St George).  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Carbohydrate, fluid, and sodium intake of Fenella Langridge, Sarah Crowley and Leon Chevalier in Kona -How Kona differs from most other Ironman races due to the...
Published 11/21/22
Stuart Holliday is a Chartered psychologist working primarily with endurance athletes. In the past, Stuart has been working with Olympic and Paralympic squads, as well as with the Liverpool FC Academy and the England Netball team. In this interview, we discuss sports psychology in a triathlon context. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Self-talk, and having an "inner coach" that is both instructional and motivational -Goal setting in your sport and in your mental performance ...
Published 11/14/22
Øyvind Sandbakk, PhD, is a professor at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology and director for its Centre for Elite Sports Research. He is also the editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. In this interview we discuss a few general science and coaching topics, but mostly we dive deep into a recent review paper on the training characteristics of world class distance runners.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Going beyond just the...
Published 11/07/22
Nicki Winfield Almquist, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In this interview, we discuss a recent study comparing the effects of 12 weeks of block periodisation with "best practice" cyclic, progressive traditional periodisation, as well as the general consensus on different periodisation patterns.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Defining block periodisation and cyclic, progressive traditional periodisation -Previous evidence showing some...
Published 10/31/22
Andrew Sellars, MD, is the team director of Balance Point Racing, a triathlon and cycling club based in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the co-founder of sports technology companies VO2 Master (that manufactures a portable metabolic analyser) and BreatheWayBetter (a respiratory training device). In this interview, we discuss training, testing, and dive deep into breathing, the respiratory system, and respiratory training.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -A physiological systems...
Published 10/24/22
Paulo Sousa is the coach behind one of the longest-standing and most successful international squads on the short-course triathlon circuit. Seven of his athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. In addition to short-course specialists like Taylor Spivey and Summer Rappaport, he also coaches middle-distance specialists Paula Findlay and Eric Lagerstrom. In this episode we discuss the squad, the short-course triathlon scene, and get to hear Paulo's thoughts on training and coaching. IN THIS...
Published 10/17/22
This is a conversation between Mikael Eriksson and Kolie Moore (of Empirical Cycling) that originally aired on Kolie's Empirical Cycling Podcast. IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Self-doubt in coaching and the coaching mindset -Behind the scenes of That Triathlon Show (the why behind it, guests that excited Mikael the most, how he prepares for his episodes, and more) -The risk of bias and creating echo chambers in coaching and in podcasting  -The coach-athlete relationship -How...
Published 10/10/22
Jem Arnold is a physiotherapist, coach and PhD student. Currently, his main research focus is investigating FLIA: blood flow limitation of the iliac artery, a condition that affects certain athletes even at the very elite level, sometimes with surgery as the end outcome. Jem is also very involved and knowledgeable in using NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy) to measure muscle oxygen saturation (SmO2). We dive deep into how using NIRS and SmO2 can inform workout execution as well as training...
Published 10/03/22
Ben Desbrow, PhD, is a professor at Griffith University (Queensland, Australia) with academic interests in nutrition and dietetics in both athletic and clinical populations. He also has a foot in the applied side of sports nutrition, being an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, working for example with Rugby League team Gold Coast Titans. In this interview, we discuss the science and practice of alcohol in endurance sports.          IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -What is alcohol, and how...
Published 09/26/22
Tom Bell is a coach, performance consultant, and elite cyclist based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He is the founder of the coaching business High North, that also produces great educational blog posts that go beyond what can be found in the vast majority of media outlets in the endurance sports industry. In this interview we dive deep into Tom's approach to training and coaching, and various bits and pieces on topics of interest.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Long-term planning and...
Published 09/19/22
Callum Brownstein, PhD, is a lecturer in exercise physiology at Newcastle University. Callum has conducted extensive research in fatigability, and the mechanisms of neuromuscular fatigue in (among others) endurance exercise. In this interview, we dive deep into the mechanisms and applications of neuromuscular fatigue in an endurance sports context.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -What is fatigue?  -Differentiating between impairments in contractile function ("peripheral fatigue") and...
Published 09/12/22
Tim Podlogar, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the University of Brimingham, Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska (Slovenia), and nutritionist for the Bora Hansgrohe World Tour cycling team. One of Tim's main areas of expertise is the science and practice of carbohydrates in endurance sports, and this is the topic for today's interview.          IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Carbohydrates before, during, and after competition -When and why to use glucose and fructose -Is...
Published 09/05/22
Bex Milnes is the Lead Paratriathlon Coach at British Triathlon's performance centre in Loughborough, where she coaches Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medalists like George Peasgood and Claire Cashmore. She is also the coach of top-class long-course triathletes like her partner Nikki Bartlett and India Lee. In this interview we discuss Bex' approach to triathlon training and coaching, differences and similarities between training for short-course and long-course triathlon, insights into...
Published 08/29/22
This is a conversation between Mikael Eriksson and Matthew DesRoches (of Resilience Health and Performance Consulting) that originally aired on Matthew's podcast Oxidative Potential.       IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Power-duration modelling, lab testing, and software-based physiological testing -Training monitoring -A different approach to swim training -Revisiting the fundamentals of exercise physiology -Technology and diagnostic tools SHOWNOTES: ...
Published 08/22/22
Christian Cheung is a PhD student and researcher in the Human Performance and Health Research Laboratory at the University of Guelph, Canada. Christian's current research is focusing on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids, like CBD, in endurance sports. In this interview, we discuss the evidence for efficacy and safety of CBD and cannabinoids, as well as important anti-doping perspectives.          IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT: -Cannabis, cannabinoids, CBD and THC: known effects and...
Published 08/15/22