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TTS179 - Nike Vaporfly 4% - can these shoes really make you run faster_ with Wouter Hoogkamer

Nike Vaporfly 4% – can these shoes really make you run faster? with Wouter Hoogkamer | EP#179

The Nike Vaporfly 4% running shoes are supposed to improve running economy by 4%. Wouter Hoogkamer, PhD, is one of the researchers who found out that this improvement is actually legit. What’s more, he has researched how much faster that improvement in running economy could make you. In today’s episode we discuss the Vaporfly 4% shoes, running shoes in general, running economy, breaking two hours for the marathon, and more.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • The Nike Vaporfly 4% shoes, and how Wouter and his colleagues at the University of Colorado verified that they can reduce the energetic cost of running a given speed by 4%.
  • Running economy, and how improvements in it translates to improvements in speed. Slower runners may benefit more from the 4% shoes than faster runners.
  • Footwear in general, and the tradeoff between cushioning (which is good for running economy) and weight (which is bad for running economy)
  • The impact of drafting in running – how much energy can it save you?
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TTS115 - Bike maintenance 101 and become your own mechanic with Jimmy Seear

Bike maintenance 101 and become your own mechanic with Jimmy Seear | EP#115

Jimmy Seear, co-founder of Ventum, former pro triathlete and an extraordinary bike mechanic discusses basic bike maintenance, how to clean your bike and when, and other things you have to know related to caring for and maintaining your bike to save you both headaches, speed, and money.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • A clean bike is a fast bike: how to wash your bike and when.
  • Basic bike repairs you need to know.
  • What tools do you need in your bike maintenance toolbox.
  • What’s the best way and the best resources to learn more about cleaning, caring for, repairing, and maintaining your bike?
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Training with power meters for triathletes with Hunter Allen | EP#103

Hunter Allen, coach and widely recognised as the co-author of “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” sheds light on how to get started with power meters, how to become an advanced user of them, and shares general bike training tips for triathletes.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • How to get started training with a bike power meter
  • How to become a “power user” of power meters, by using things like the Performance Management Chart and quadrant analysis
  • The best ways to raise your Functional Threshold Power
  • Example bike training schedule for a triathlete
  • Motion analysis with the Leomo Type-R device, and how it can be beneficial
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Running with Power Revisited - Advanced Analysis with Steve Palladino

Running with Power Revisited – Advanced Analysis with Steve Palladino | EP#93

Steve Palladino is a running coach at Palladino Power Project specializing in running with power. In this episode we go deep into some advanced concepts in the analysis you can do with running power meter data.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Palladino Power Project training zones
  • Training Load Quantification with running power meters
  • Running effectiveness, its uses, and how to improve it
  • Leg spring stiffness, its uses, and how to improve it
  • Analysis in Stryd Powercenter, WKO4, Training Peaks, or spreadsheets
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TTS090 - Aerodynamics, Rolling Resistance, Weight, and Return On Investment with Sebastian Schluricke

Aerodynamics, Rolling Resistance, Weight, and Return On Investment with Sebastian Schluricke | EP#90

Cycling aerodynamics and rolling resistance is almost like a discipline of its own that triathletes need to master in order to be faster. Sebastian Schluricke of Aerotune breaks down the time savings per money spent on different equipment upgrades, to help you create a bang-for-buck shopping list.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • How having the right tires is almost off the charts in terms of minutes saved per money spent
  • What tire pressure should you really be using?
  • How much time you can save per kg you get rid of on yourself, your bike and your equipment on a typical Ironman course. The answer is probably a lot less than you may think.
  • Top-priority aerodynamic upgrades to make in terms of time saved per money spent
  • The mistakes triathletes make with their water bottle setup
  • How much time are you throwing away in an Ironman because you didn’t get a bike fit?
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Moxy - Muscle Oxygen Saturation (SmO2) with Roger Schmitz

Muscle Oxygen Saturation (SmO2) with Roger Schmitz | EP#85

Roger Schmitz of Moxy, discusses next-generation physiological measurements for endurance athletes: muscle oxygen saturation, SmO2. This can already be done today at testing facilities or day to day in all training sessions, with the small and handy Moxy device.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Why measuring SmO2 to establish training zones and use in real-time is physiologically the most direct way to know what’s happening in your body at different intensities any given day
  • How using SmO2 and Moxy is different from traditional lactate testing or metabolic testing
  • How using the Moxy device has helped athletes massively increase the number of intervals they can do in high-intensity workouts
  • Measuring SmO2 to determine your exact your physiological limiters – oxygen delivery, utilisation or even cardiac or respiratory function
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5 Ways to Spend Less Money on Triathlon | EP#67

Learn how to spend less money on triathlon. These 5 tips cover a variety of ways that will help you better hold onto your hard-earned ca$h and not let it slip into the bottomless triathlon hole.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Racing less and racing different races
  • The importance of bike maintenance to save money
  • Not needing smart trainers, power meters, or even GPS-watches
  • Buying what you need cheaper by choosing better sources and timing
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Running Power Meters with Chris Hague | EP#59

Running power meters have the potential to disrupt running just like it happened to cycling once upon a time. Coach Chris Hague and I have an in-depth discussion about how to use running with power meters to improve your running to bring us one step closer to that disruption point.

You’ll learn about:

  • What are running power meters, and what are their benefits
  • Pacing with power
  • Training with power
  • Improve your running efficiency with power
  • Geeking out on power – metrics, RSS, benchmark numbers and more
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Virtual Wind Tunnel with Andrew Buckrell and Michael Liberzon

Virtual Wind Tunnel with Andrew Buckrell and Michael Liberzon | EP#47

The Virtual Wind Tunnel is an exciting new innovation by Canadian startup STAC Performance, co-founded by Andrew Buckrell. It allows triathletes to get a complete, accurate aerodynamic analysis done in an affordable and convenient way, just by taking a few iPad scans and sending them to STAC for computational analysis, Joining Andrew and myself in the conversation is VWT-provider Michael Liberzon, who discusses the importance of combining aerodynamics with a good bike fit.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How the virtual wind tunnel works, and what happens from the second you step into a bike shop for an analysis to when you have your full report in your hands
  • How you can benefit from using the VWT by comparing different positions, equipment, and even comparing your aerodynamic drag with that of other riders in STAC’s database
  • The importance of combining aerodynamics with a great bike fit
  • How accurate the Virtual Wind Tunnel is, how it compares to actual wind tunnels, and potential limitations
  • Case studies of pros and amateurs gaining big aerodynamic advantages from using the VWT
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Develop swim technique and power with the Vasa Trainer and Rob Sleamaker

Develop swim technique and power with the Vasa Trainer and Rob Sleamaker | EP#46

Rob Sleamaker is founder of Vasa, a company that pioneered the market for swim training benches and changed dryland swim trainnig forever. Vasa Trainers have been used by the US Olympic swimming squads for all Olympics since 1996, and are now starting to make headway into triathletes’ training regimes as well.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Vasa’s SwimErg allows you to train in precise power zones just like in cycling and how this allows you to improve your fitness at a rapid rate
  • Why it may be easier to improve your technique and learn exact movement patterns for swimming in the dry comfort of a Vasa Trainer
  • How time-crunched and pool-restricted triathletes all over the world are using the Vasa Trainers to not only get them through the swim part of the race, but get them through fast
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