ATC 229: Can Training Can Make You A Better Parent, Benefits of Out-Of-Order Bricks, How Much Beer Is ‘Too Much’ After Exercise, And More

February 17, 2017


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On this episode of Ask the Coaches:

  • Tawnee’s “experiment” drinking FitVine wine the night before this recording.
  • On reading books instead of social media, and this article.
  • Click here for the book that Tawnee’s currently reading.
  • The Paleo pancakes that are the bomb.
  • Lucho gets “called out” on his eating habits (i.e. low food intake and inability to gain weight) by a respectful fan offering constructive criticism, and gives his response.
  • Is their ANY benefit from doing “out of order” brick workouts? Such as run-bike or bike-swim, or other combos. What would be potential pros and cons, and benefits?
  • One of Tawnee’s old favorite workouts was a run-bike-run-bike for as long as you need to go, keeping the intervals relatively short.
  • How do people deal with the guilt associated with training? In particular when you have little ones at home that you want to be with as much as possible, but you also want to make sure you stay healthy and fit.
  • Transitioning out of orthotics for athletes with a history of Achilles tendinitis.
  • Transitioning to minimalist shoes and how Tawnee went about it (taking years to do it safely).
  • For 2017, Xterra has changed their point system to be total cumulative points versus only scoring points from your top four race finishes. So competitive athletes may choose to up their quantity of races, such as racing 8 or 9 races in a 14 week time frame, including USAT Nationals and ITU Worlds. How can one race this often while maintaining fitness and recovering well. What to monitor to stay on track for optimal performance, how to prioritize races, and what too do between races.
  • JISSN Study on beer drinking post-exercise and its effects, mentioned by Tawnee.
  • Ron’s story leading to his current problem:
    • I ran track and cross country in high school but wasn’t very good.
    • Was mostly sedentary for 20+ years after that
    • In 2010 at 39 years old I weighed 327 lbs and was on all kinds of blood pressure and cholesterol meds and had frequent gout attacks
    • I lost 150 lbs from March to December 2010, basically following Atkins induction (less than 20 g carbs/day)
    • I started working out on a recumbent stationary bike during that time, all of this was doctor monitored and approved
    • Once I hit 180 lbs my doctor suggest I start running so I signed up for a trail half marathon for my first race J
    • 11 months later I ran my first marathon and finished my first half ironman five months later
    • Now I have finished 3 ironmans, 4 half irons, 1 50k, 15 marathons and I’ve lost count on all the other distances.
    • But now, something’s not right… he describes symptoms of burnout (mental, physical), erratic heart rate issues including a high heart rate when running, and is always just feeling like something is off. Doctor says he’s fine, but is he really? Is it overtraining? HPA Axis dysfunction? How to dig deeper to get solid answers and who to go to for help.

Comments (2)

  • New0Direction says:

    Like, Omg, mad respect, right, like, yeah no, at the end of the day, like, I know right, like I mean you know, Tawnee taught Lucho to, like, punctuate his speech with the word like. Like, that being said, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, like, I know right.

  • Metarando says:

    You (or your dad) might be interested in Mark Reifkind's IHMC lecture on life after total knee replacement:

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