As it does to most of us at some point, Rob is having a bit of an identity crisis this year. As lives change, training changes, due to demands on time by work, life, family, so how do you change with it and still maintain the identity you have clung to for so many years? Sometimes it's just a matter of letting things go and realizing that you are not a Triathlete, or a Runner, or anything of the sort; you are an Endurance Athlete at your heart.
Every coach has a guiding set of principles and beliefs that they have developed through training, both their own and the "book learnin'" received as part of the certification process. But when what is taught in a class clashes with what experience has taught, what do you do?
Rob is back from his adventure and we get to listen to how the ride went, some lessons learned, how great small town Americana can be, and how much REAL bike people rock. Shout outs to both Meghan Collins Fanning who is in Day 6 of the 888K Infinitus Trail Race, and to our old frond from Octane Athletics Dave Jimenez who is recovering from a nasty bike wreck.
John talks about some ways to make sure you are getting the best out of your training, and a few tips to make sure you stay on track.
Sometimes it takes a while, sometimes years, to discover something that was probably evident from the start. John talks about some recent revelations in his constant weight loss battle. Does it really mean anything, in the long run, is another discussion, but he may be on to something?
A discussion about Zone 2 training and dietbet is also in the show, and a random "The Office" memory near the end.
Now ... GO TRAIN!!!
So many magazines and resources for runner, triathletes, and cyclist, and Rob believes in one that still remains worth the money
Rob is back again with some inside information about getting your information to Dietbet, and he takes the initiative in getting some information out about our feelings on some recent feedback concerning show content.
Rob on maintenance and a return to the pool and triathlon for a few weeks
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. we had a slight snafu where after the show John lost the file by hitting the wrong button, and the back up on Rob's end only has me and Vinnie. So, when listening you may notice Vinnie or me responding to something where Rob would have been talking. I listened through and the overall gist of the show is still intact so, we apologize, but the show is still worth a listen.
Make sure to show your support for the film by going to Vinnie's INDIEGOGO page or directly to fatdocumentary.com
SUGAR is one of the ongoing themes in this show through all the incarnations, and probably one of the most divisive regardless of what the current studies and science is showing. So let's break it down a bit. At my own peril.
Rob enters the Sprint fray with a short discussion about DietBet and the documentary "The Magic Pill". Plus, an appearance by the little guy on the run with Dad.
The discussion today is about Rob's Pittsburgh Marathon experience and we are joined by Super Fan and Group Mainstay Karen Clarke who also completed the same race with her husband and got to hang out with Rob before the race. Some great discussion on training, race strategy, and port-a-potties.
Also, as promised in Episode 118, Vinnie Tortorich announced his next project, the documentary "Fat". To support the project go to http://fatdocumentary.com and pledge some money, get your name in the film credits, and help get the truth out there.
The story of this year's St. Anthony's Triathlon unfolds as we go through John's race day, the training leading up to it, and some thoughts on the way we train, some methods that seemed to work, and juggling life's "glass balls". The show ends with some discussion about Rob's upcoming marathon this weekend and the race plan leading in. Next week we will see how it all works out.
You have three brains; your ancient Chimp brain (keeps you alive), your modern Professor brain (navigates the civilized world), and your Computer brain (accesses memories and runs your habits, both good and bad. They fight for control all the time; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look. Feeling unworthy of being called an athlete (runner, triathlete, cyclist) is referred to as cognitive distortion, but can also work both ways. Being overconfident can be as damaging as being under confident. How does each happen?
Drawing from the book "The Brave Athlete" by Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson (https://www.velopress.com/books/the-brave-athlete/), a book recently recommended to John by Beth Shaw after reading of his ongoing anxiety about the open water swim, the guys talk about these and some of the points made in the book.
Well, at least the first 1/3 of the book.
Vinnie Tortorich is an author, radio and podcast host, fitness trainer, model, and international motivational speaker based in Beverly Hills, California. He is well known among most of the teamE4E listeners, as his influence brought Andrew and John together back in 2013 to start this podcast journey, and with this appearance has now, along with Anna Vocino and Jennifer Cultrera, been on every version of the show.
Vinnie is the author of the successful book "Fitness Confidential" and hosts the hugely popular Vinnie Tortorich podcast.
Check out his site at http://vinnietortorich.com. He announces the "secret" that we refer to at the end of the show posted today.
But you're getting nothing out of us yet
Rob is on his own for this show (for a good reason that will become apparent, so he gives us an update on his recent runs, his bout with illness and having to get through that while training, and motivation through using "diet bet".
He also discusses some pre-Pittsburgh planning and trying to approximate the race course (a subject that will be covered more in-depth in another upcoming show).
It is truly an honor when we get to have the best podcast voice in radio (ask Vinnie Tortorich) join us for a show. Anna is an actor, comic, voice overer, podcaster, and cookbooker. Her recent book, "Eat Happy", has been a favorite of ours and of others in the group, so make sure you head over to Amazon and pick up a copy.
As is normal with Anna we do have to warn you of some language throughout the show. Nothing earth shattering but young ears may not be appropriate.
The discussion begins with Anna's journey, her book, her podcasting with Vinnie, and her career as a comedian.
LOADS of good information in the show everyone!
This show has been in the hopper for a few weeks and is finally ready for you, our loyal listeners, to hear first hand.
Rob sits down with the race director of the Dam Tri, Kristoph Kocan, to discuss the history of the race and what the race entails, then Rob and Kristoph go through the race turn by turn, offering a first-hand glimpse into what John and Rob will be facing in June 2018.
Come join us for the race and meet the guys at the finish line. Even if triathlons are not your thing and you're in the area, put on some teamE4E gear and come out to support the guys!
The race info, course maps, etc. can be found at www.thedamtri.com. Let them know where you heard about them!!
A lot of discussions this week around the problems of being an adult when all you want to do is ride!
Cue the Wild Hogs movie here
Also, getting past the man attitude of going to a doctor when things hurt, the problems around racing at different destinations and when to draw the line, and choosing an appropriate race distance to meet your specific goals vs your ego.