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  • Cameron Dye says goodbye

    Snippety-SNAP! Episode 11 of the Minimal Multisport Podcast with the great Cam Dye has arrived!

    https://www.minimalmultisport.com/blog/episode11

    =) Available on all major podcast platforms. Cam was very open, funny, and radically honest about the sport - both the good and the bad. The episode went about 15 minutes longer than normal, but I just didn't want to cut anything else out (trust me, I spent a ton of time chopping it down where I could). I hope you enjoy it!
    AaronWebsteyRobert RankinMattPevashishDaulrangamel
  • 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.
    AaronWebsteyMattGasBombMaddie_McKkjrunninTad_Mfyrehaar
  • 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.
    AaronWebsteyCraig_DwchevronGasBombIanLdoyoueventribroTad_MKenElPescadoPeladofyrehaar
  • What tech-type stuff do want to learn about? (Asking for your help)

    Serious question - does anyone here own a belt drive bike?

    I've been thinking about this more since we discussed it here. And now I kinda want one! ;) Seriously, for a commuter bike it makes a ton of sense... especially when paired with rim brakes so there is almost zero maintenance, plus you have no worries of hanging the bike upside down (i.e. air bubbles in hydro disc brake lines), or throwing the bike in a car - no greasy chain to make a mess.

    But I'd also be REALLY curious to try a legit belt-drive road bike, built with the Rohloff 14 speed internal hub. From what I understand, these give you a very large gear range (i.e. comparable to a double chainring drivetrain). They're a bit heavy, but I bet you can still build a pretty light bike if you pick the rest of your components carefully. Plus, I kinda think it would look really cool to have a minimal-looking bike that looks like a single speed, is dead quiet, yet is a fully-functioning road bike with a wide gear range. Maybe when I win the lotto, I'll get one of these: https://www.rodbikes.com/articles/orange-rohloff/orange-rohloff.html
    AaronWebstey
  • Minimal Multisport Podcast - Ep 10 w/ Ben Hoffman

    Good stuff everyone! Sounds like I have my work cut out for me! :) Just a heads-up, I normally have to record and plan quite a bit ahead of time, so it'll likely be at least a couple months before any of these make it on the air (assuming, of course that these folks agree to come on the show). Right now I have 3 in the can and two more scheduled to record next week. If I can find the time to catch up on editing, I might release shows two weeks in a row when I can (I normally release one every 2 weeks).
    rangamelAaronWebsteybbculpkjrunnin

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