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  • Minimal Multisport Podcast - Ep. 8 BEN HOBBS!

    Howdy ya'll! Thanks for the love. I just registered on this forum last night, because of Ben mentioning it in the interview. I'm glad to see a place like this exist, and I truly hope it can remain as "pure" as possible (i.e. actually ban people who suck and bring the whole place down, rather than what some of the competing forums do...). I think most triathletes are good people, and a vocal few kill all the fun. Like many, I really started to feel alienated from the sport after MANY years of dedicated participation (and having spent my entire career in/around the sport, working for manufacturers, publications, etc).

    All of that is what motivated me to start the podcast/blog. I don't know exactly where it's going, but that's the nature of creative endeavors. I feel like the show has come a long way in only 8 episodes, and I'm 100% embarrassed by some of my earlier shows already. Podcasting looks so easy on the surface - you're just talking, right? But there's so much more to it and it takes a ton of time to do well. Oh, and about $1000 worth of equipment that came out of my pocket.

    Anyhow, this isn't about a sob story - I just want you to know where I'm coming from, and that I do give a shit about what I'm doing. I criticize triathlon because I care about it. I think it really lost its way in the last decade, and it's no secret that participation is down. Unfortunately, most of the establishment is marching forward in the same manner as before, marketing $15k bikes to a few rich dudes who want to save 1 watt. I'm just hoping to do my part to tell the truth as I see it - and hopefully be able to sustain a career. I'd really appreciate any promotion you all can offer, even if that's just telling your friends. But a buck per month on Patreon wouldn't hurt either :)

    Finally, in the name of full disclosure, I am somewhat associated with Slowtwitch. If it's any help, I've never fully fit in over there (and I don't know that I've ever fully fit in anywhere). I write freelance tech columns for them every couple weeks that typically get sorta-okay reception. The people that don't like me are the hyper type-A folks that don't visit here. I try to give actual real-world practical advice, which can't always be measured in the wind tunnel... and they like to remind me of how worthless that is on occasion. So whatever. I am always honest and am trying to scratch out a living. If this place lives up to my hopes, I see myself posting on the forum here much more than anywhere else. Heck, Joe Rogan's forum is dead, so there aren't many places left!
    M_WarerangamelMattAaronWebsteyMartinkjrunninCraig_DTad_Msimonsen77James LangemaggieruMaddie_McKGrantInSLCKuchSdogGasBombKenElPescadoPelado
  • The back by some what popular demand but still always loved 2018 TriRoost Secret Santa thread

    THANKS, Secret Santa! Bike and drink things! Despite my minimalism, I actually did need a new mug, since I did a smart thing and dropped one recently. #SantaKnowsBest

    kjrunninslickfins_RyanItsShugM_Ware1_Hot_PretzelAaronWebsteyJennifer PostwchevronCraig_DJohns622GasBombTad_Mrangamel
  • Cameron Dye says goodbye

    What? You want Cam Dye to appear on the Minimal Multisport podcast - to talk about his career, his retirement, and to put the industry on blast for all of their bullshit? I might have made that last part up, but I think the rest will happen if the stars align and my internet doesn't take a crap this week.

    Swell, huh?
    AaronWebsteyrangamelJennifer Postslickfins_RyanMattGranpa ChookCraig_DKuchRobert RankinKenElPescadoPelado
  • Exerscience

    Thanks to @A_drizzle , I am now free to lose the dadbod and get as fit as I want!

    So sure, there are no diminishing returns as you move into the top 2% of fitness. But is anyone looking at the impact that long-term, high-level Ironman training has on the body? Is it really "healthy" to be fit enough to race at the level of the top pros?
    @AaronWebstey I'm not a doctor or scientist or genius. But I've been in and around endurance sports for 25 years, known a whole mess of pro athletes, doctors, coaches, scientists, physical therapists, etc. Plus I have an insatiable curiosity in general, and a desire to be healthy from a very young age (so I have a ton of related books and stuff). I've seen/heard from a LOT of sources that being a top-tier pro athlete is not healthy. Being fat is also not healthy, and I think there is a WIDE middle ground between the two extremes in which you can be very healthy. Health could be defined as a lack of injury, illness, or chronic conditions causing pain and interference with normal life... and pro athletes have these problems all the time. Did you listen to Episode 10 of the Minimal Multisport Podcast, where I discussed this topic at length with Ironman crusher Ben Hoffman?! Shame if you didn't! ;)

    The thing I see a lot of regular folks miss (like that tweet) is that they don't quite understand the depth of fatigue and true damage that pro athletics can do to you - and especially ultra endurance athletics. Pro's aren't the top 2% of the population. They're the top 2% of those already actively participating in regular training (so probably 0.1% of the overall population). It's so common to see high cortisol, jacked up hormones, chronic fatigue, injuries, and sometimes serious stuff like heart problems. And subjectively, a lot of top pros look like they've aged more than the average person.

    I think it's possible to still be pretty healthy and be a pro. But it requires a lot of management, proactive therapy, supplementation, a great (personalized) diet, stress management, and ideally enough money that you don't need to have another job.
  • Cameron Dye says goodbye

    A little birdie told me that this episode may have been recorded today... and that it was pretty awesome. Should be out in 2 weeks! #sworry you'll have to wait a bit. 'Nother big show coming out tomorrow. I need an intern!
    Tad_MAaronWebsteyMattrangamelJohns622slickfins_RyanKuchRobert Rankin
  • Old School Training

    @Martin I think there's something to be said for a plan like...

    -Swim with a masters group 2-3x per week
    -Hard group ride once per week
    -Hard interval/track group run once per week
    -One long-ish ride and run per week
    -Gym 2x per week (weights + mobility work)
    -Fill in with moderate pace / distance stuff if you have extra time

    I've seen this type of program work very well. Looking back to my early days, I had some really good performances doing this... and set some PRs that took a LONG time to beat when I later switched to a more "scientific" and high volume plan. My first 1/2 IM was 4:20-ish... I didn't beat that until I think 3-4 years later. Intense and fun group workouts can take you really far.
  • What tech-type stuff do want to learn about? (Asking for your help)

    Here's what I ended up writing this week:

    It's more beginner-intermediate focused (which I think the cycling world needs more of in general... taking something complex and explaining it with a minimum amount of jargon).

    So yeah... bikes. Ride 'em!
    Here's part 2 of that article series.

    If any of ya'll have ideas for stories, tech questions, etc - please feel free to shoot them my way any time, whether in this thread or in a private message. I'm always looking for ideas for blogs/podcasts/etc.

    Or, if you just wanna talk some shit, you can call me at 1-213-373-4253.
  • Area man goes for ride on low-tech bike, somehow doesn’t burst into flames

    @Matt but... what if it's +10 for purposely making the bike look not perfect to fit in with the theme of the blog post?! :#

    You'll be pleased to know that the "official" photos of the complete bike are proper.

  • Tires - Gravel etc.

    @Tad_M yeah, it wasn't cool! There was a clear spot in the bead where it had either failed on the road, or was manufactured incorrectly. This was the aftermath...

    Re: Your comments on Compass - the general consensus is that they're very supple and roll fast, but their light models are definitely a bit risky in terms of punctures. I err towards the knobby side, too. Sometimes I'll run a knobby-ish front with low tread rear, (i.e. Michelin Mud front, Jet rear), just to be sure the front end won't wash out. They're about 5 years late making a 40mm version of those tires.

    Check out WTB if you haven't. They have a good line, and I've gotten good customer service.
  • What tech-type stuff do want to learn about? (Asking for your help)

    Here's what I ended up writing this week:

    It's more beginner-intermediate focused (which I think the cycling world needs more of in general... taking something complex and explaining it with a minimum amount of jargon).

    So yeah... bikes. Ride 'em!

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