ATC: ‘The Best Question Ever Asked,’ is MEAT the new RICE, Cold Brew, and More

August 21, 2015
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ColdBrewedCoffeeIn this 191st episode of Ask The Coaches, Tawnee and Lucho cover a ton of fun stuff – including the “best question ever asked”… and:

-The lowdown on cold brew coffee and why it’s arguably better than traditional brews out of the machine

-How bout ‘dem hills? Down and out after a “disappointing” hilly 15.5k trail race

-Difficulty maintaining fitness among some difficult family circumstances this year, and seeking tips in balancing training stress with life stress to optimise recovery and hopefully to get stronger.

-Peroneal tendonitis after finishing an Ironman. Was it too much, and too frequent running after the race? How to fix the issue looking beyond just rest and time off.

-Is “MEAT” the new “RICE”?

-Lucho says that running for more than X miles/Y hours is more mental than physical due to reaching a point of diminishing return. Is there a similar threshold for a long day in cycling?

-At what point does a long cycling day cross over to be mostly mental fitness as opposed to physical?

-From Nathan: “I am a farmer and ultra runner and listen to your podcast while I work in the field, mowing, harvesting, weeding. Thank you for consistently furthering the conversation on healthy training for endurance athletes and making hours of work under the sun go by with greater ease. While I am training for Pinhoti 100 (Alabama) using the Maffetone Method, I want to play the contrarian here and get you and Lucho’s thoughts on this. It seems between your show and Maffetone’s books and website, when looking at elite athletes, the most common plot arch of a Maffetone Method success story is: An athlete with a history of intense, anaerobic training and racing – whether in marathon, ironman, cycling, ultras or track – adopts MAF and within a year or two, they are at the top of their field, breaking their previous records. Are we perhaps overlooking the fact that such effectiveness from The Maffetone Method very often precedes a history of anaerobic-centric training? I am a 30 year old male who has run on and off since grade school but nothing like the last two years of ultrarunning. Largely because of what I’ve heard on Endurance Planet, I intend to follow MAF “strictly” because the holistic, long-term approach to competitive fitness appeals to me. After 6 months, I am seeing myself gradually get quicker and more economic in my trail runs, needing less food and experiencing only healthful soreness and fatigue. *But I aim to reach the limit of my endurance capacity, getting there gradually and without injury. I do not have the overtraining, the burnout, the history of intensity behind me – besides comically slow cross-country in high school. Is running at MAF for years then eventually periodizing with strategic anaerobic sessions going to bring me to the limit of my speed in a comparable way that overtrained athletes who adopt MAF attest to achieving?”

-MAF and the elements: MAF pace slowed by 2 minutes per mile after moving from altitude to hot muggy weather – help! What to do?

-On patience and looking deeper into fitness gains or lack thereof.

-And more!

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