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Faris al-Sultan - Ironman World Champion as an athlete and twice as a coach (Patrick Lange)

Faris al-Sultan – Ironman World Champion as an athlete and twice as a coach (Patrick Lange) | EP#222

Faris al-Sultan is the Ironman World Champion from 2005 and multiple podium finisher. Since retiring and moving into coaching he is most well-known for coaching Patrick Lange to two World Championship titles and one third place in Kona. Currently, Faris works with the German Triathlon Federation to bring up the nation’s draft-legal success closer to the successes seen on the long distance triathlon side.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • What has changed in triathlon and in training in 15 years since Faris won the World Championships
  • Coaching Patrick Lange to two World titles
  • Faris’ general coaching methodology
  • Working at the German Triathlon Federation and developing world class draft-legal athletes
  • The differences and similarities between long and short course triathlon
  • The importance of volume and movement quality
  • The art and science of coaching
  • Advice for age-group athletes
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Ryan Bolton - Olympian and coach of Ben Hoffman and Caroline Rotich

Ryan Bolton – Olympian and coach of Ben Hoffman and Caroline Rotich | EP#221

Ryan Bolton is a US Olympian from Sydney 2000, an Ironman champion, and now coaches elite runners (like Caroline Rotich, winner of Boston Marathon 2015) and triathletes (like Ben Hoffman, 4th in Kona 2019). In this episode he discusses his coaching methodology and thoughts on training strategies he employs at the elite level as exemplified by Ben Hoffman, but also how they apply to age-group athletes.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Ryan’s general coaching methodology
  • How he periodises training
  • Building a strong base
  • The balance of volume and intensity
  • Intuitive training
  • Advice for age-group athletes
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TTS220 Craig Kirkwood - Coach of Hayden Wilde and Sam Tanner

Craig Kirkwood – Coach of Hayden Wilde and Sam Tanner | EP#220

Craig Kirkwood is a former elite runner, Kona finisher, and coach of age group and elite triathletes and runners like Hayden Wilde and Sam Tanner. In this episode he discusses his coaching methodology and thoughts on training strategies in particular for draft legal racing at the elite level as exemplified by Hayden Wilde.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Craig’s general coaching methodology
  • Coaches and methods that influenced him as a young runner
  • The training of Hayden Wilde
  • Group training vs. solo training, and why solo training works really well for Hayden
  • The balance of volume and intensity
  • Advice for age-group athletes
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Philipp Seipp - coach of Sebastian Kienle and Laura Philipp

Philipp Seipp – coach of Sebastian Kienle and Laura Philipp | EP#219

Philipp Seipp is the coach of Sebastian Kienle, Laura Philipp, and Florian Angert (among others). In this episode he discusses his coaching methodology and thoughts on training strategies for long-distance triathlon.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Philipp’s general coaching methodology
  • The importance of biomechanics
  • The importance of speed and training for speed in long-distance triathlon (especially older athletes)
  • Periodisation based on the individual’s limiters and goal event demands
  • Testing methodologies and principles
  • How Philipp uses strength and conditioning
  • Too much training volume and not as a common training mistake
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TTS214 - Best of 2019 on That Triathlon Show

Best of 2019 on That Triathlon Show | EP#214

We look back at 2019 and listen to some of the very best audio segments from the top-10 interviews of That Triathlon Show this year.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR FROM:

  • World Champions keep things simple: training masterclass with Joel Filliol | EP#172
  • Dan Lorang – coach of Jan Frodeno, Anne Haug and Bora Hansgrohe pro cycling team | EP#175
  • -FTP, VO2max and VLaMax: what triathletes need to know with Sebastian Weber | EP#169
  • -Endurance sports nutrition: state of the art in 2019 with prof. John Hawley | EP#181
  • -Polarised training with Stephen Seiler, PhD | EP#177
  • -Run training of Kipchoge, Farah and Rudisha with Matt Fox of Sweat Elite | EP#195
  • -Injury prevention and rehabilitation with James Debenham, PhD | EP#209
  • -Training talk with world-class cyclist Amber Neben and coach Tim Cusick | EP#205
  • -Anybody can be a Kona qualifier: genetics is not your limiter with Alan Couzens | EP#186
  • -The top-5 challenges for masters athletes and how to overcome them – Bo Falck Hansen, PhD | EP#176
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TTS205 - Training talk with world-class cyclist Amber Neben and coach Tim Cusick

Training talk with world-class cyclist Amber Neben and coach Tim Cusick | EP#205

Amber Neben is one of the most accomplished cyclists in the history of women’s cycling, with two individual World Championship titles, two Olympic games, and recently finishing 4th at the World Championship Time Trial event at the age of 44. Amber and her coach Tim Cusick join us today to discuss the training that has led to so much success and importantly, great longevity and continued success in the sport of cycling.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • How Amber’s training year leading up to the 4th place finish at Worlds was structured
  • Her two phases of training: foundation training and performance training
  • The big picture: structuring training around 4-year cycles rather than 1-year plans
  • The importance of training progression and focusing on time in zone
  • How Amber’s training and aspects around training have changed over the years as she has learnt more and developed as an athlete
  • How is training adjusted for age, at the age of 44?
  • The difference in training between (elite) female and male cyclists
  • Takeaway messages from Amber’s training and cycling journey applicable for amateurs and age-group athletes
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TTS195 - Run training of Kipchoge, Farah and Rudisha with Matt Fox of Sweat Elite

Run training of Kipchoge, Farah and Rudisha with Matt Fox of Sweat Elite | EP#195

Matt Fox is the founder of Sweat Elite. A website where you can learn about the habits, routines and training programs of the world’s best runners and coaches, including Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah, David Rudisha, Renato Canova and Alberto Salazar.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • Similarities and patterns in the training and habits of the world’s best runners.
  • Are there any big differences or discrepancies in their methodologies?
  • The mindset of Kipchoge, Farah and others: playful and not too serious in the day to day, but with a clear and strong long-term perspective.
  • The Renato Canova training methodology: used by almost all marathoners to ever run sub-2:05.
  • How the top runners and coaches use (or don’t use) data in training and racing.
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