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Coaches on Couches Ep. 44 – Double Peaking and the Mid Season Transition Period

In this episode, the coaches chat about the purpose and importance of the double peak method of training and the mid season transition.

It’s nearly impossible to hold good fitness for an entire season, which for some can be February to November! It’s also nearly impossible to stay uber motivated for months on end. Enter the double peak format! Even if you don’t have “goal races” a double peak training plan has been shown to produce better results over time. And guess what? We are in that very time of year (early summer) when a lot of our athletes are taking that mental and physical break from training so it’s all fresh on our minds.

So if you struggling with motivation or fitness plateaus, or you just like the term “double peak”, join us for another episode of #coachesoncouches

This Week’s Shout Outs:
Wayne Ogorzalek
Todd Perkins
Ironman Tulsa
Heather Nichols
Greg Rohde
Leigh Ruston
Adam Firrone
Kirsten Sass
Matt Joiner and Mark Yoshida of Rockabilly Gran Prix

New Segment! What the What!? (Things that confuse us right now in the endurance world)

Coaches on Couches Ep. 43 – Listener Q&A

This episode we go Q&A style!
We’ve got a few questions we’ve been holding onto from listeners, including some questions sent in live via Facebook. We’re talking anything! Run, bike, tri, speed, grub, philosophy, and anything in the middle. If we don’t know the answer, we will make one up! Just kidding. But seriously.

Here are a couple of the topics: Saddle sores, gut rot (great conversation starters), vegans and their protein, and hydration.

You can always submit questions to couch@buildpeakcompete.com and we will get those answered live on the show.

Shoutouts!:
Dirty Kanza 200
Hart Robinson
David Collins
Willis Porter
Lucas Charles

Thunder in the Forest Tri
Kellan Maxwell
Phillip Young
Bobby Weakley
Cliff Abeles
John Zinn
Todd Perkins
Heather Perkins
Greg Rohde
Michele Weir

Michael Ort – Grand Teton 5k and Half Marathon

William Hennessey – Braves 5k

Chad Haga – Giro Stage 22 TT Winner! USA USA!

Good Luck:
Eagleman 70.3 Athletes!

Coaches on Couches Ep. 42 – What It Takes To Finish an Ironman Triathlon

This week, coaches D and B-Fun talk about what it takes to withstand an Ironman triathlon. With all the excitement surrounding the possibility of #IMMEMPHIS, a lot of you may be thinking about doing your first iron distance triathlon. Or maybe it’s just been on your bucket list. Or maybe you just woke up today and said, yup, I’m gonna do that. In any case, we are here to help.

So with that, we talk about what it takes for an average Joe or Jane (with real responsibilities, possibly a kid or seven) to finish such a grueling event.

We discuss:
1. How much time it takes to prepare based on different triathlon experience levels
2. How much training you can expect to do each week (some minimums here to make sure you can cross the finish line and not waste your finish line photo)
3. What to expect on the longest weeks (some tips to make sure these happen)
4. The costs of doing an #ironmantri
5. Bonus tips for making it a great experience so you don’t sell your gear shortly after

Shoutouts
Stacy Chick
Heather Nichols
Adam Firrone
Anja Dabelic
Keats McGonigal

Good Luck
Dirty Kanza 200 Riders

Please enjoy another episode of #coachesoncouches!

Coaches on Couches Ep. 41 – 3 Simple Running Form Tweaks That Make a Big Difference

We’ve been teaching running for well over a decade. Coach Dale’s first gig in sport performance was teaching linear acceleration and top speed running mechanics. Running form can be over taught and over complicated, so we are bringing you 3 of the easiest things you can do to improve your running form.

The quick version:
1. Improve your line of sight
2. Power your legs with your arm movements
3. Let your hips and chest fall together while focusing on heel lift (kinda 2 things sorry)

Bonus: Stretch! But which muscles are the most important to running form? Have a listen to this short episode and find out. The shout outs take up the first 8 minutes or so because we had one heck of a race weekend.

Shout Outs:
Memphis in May Triathlon
Greg Rhode
Tony Gambrell
Heather Nichols
Jamie Bailey
John Zinn
Cliff Abeles
Wayne Ogorzalek
Tom Ratliff
Michael Ort
St. Jude Crew – Dr. James Downing, Lynn Wynn, and Coach Chris
Ironman Chattanooga 70.3
Phillip Young – PR and one of top bike times
Adrian Hall – Big PR
Assault on Mount Mitchell
William Hennessey – massive improvement
Cheaha Challenge – Gary Z, 128 miles almost 13k.

Coaches on Couches Ep. 40 – Training Age and What It Should Say About Your Program

This episode could be bit of a controversial one. We will be chatting about what your training age (very different than you chronological age) should say about your training as a whole.

We’ll define training age, and talk about the different stages in an athletes journey, and how skipping a stage can affect an athlete‘s longevity, athletic potential, and enjoyment in their chosen sport.

As a brief, here are the stages we’ll discuss. Keep in mind, some athletes will never reach stage 4 or 5. That’s fine. But skipping any of the first 3 can have a negative impact on an athlete’s athletic or health potential.

Training Ages:

1. Learn to Train
2. Love to Train
3. Train to Improve
4. Train to Compete
5. Train to Excel (Win)
6. Train to Age Gracefully

Which stage are you on?

This Weeks Shoutouts!

– John Zinn
– Wayne Ogorzalek
– Craig Jostes
– All the Mothers
– Eric Cressey
– Brett Cummins