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Fast Talk

The Fast Talk podcast is your source for the science of cycling performance, offering the best training advice and most compelling insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Co-hosted by science journalist Chris Case and Fast Talk Labs' resident physiologist and coach, Trevor Connor, each episode takes a deep dive on a range of topics, including sport science, training, physiology, technology, nutrition, and more. The show's guest list includes some of the most prominent names in cycling and sport science, including Dr. Stephen Seiler, Joe Friel, Dr. Asker Jeukendrup, Sebastian Weber, Jim Miller, Sepp Kuss, Brent Bookwalter, Kate Courtney, and many more.

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39: The Secrets to Staying Strong as You Age with Ned Overend

In this episode, we’ll look at the changes that have taken place in cycling legend Ned Overend, and how he’s been able to remain strong through the years, with an emphasis on recovery and staying healthy. In addition, we’ll hear from Dr. Jason Glowney, head of medicine at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center. We’ll also hear from Fast Talk regular Frank Overton, owner of FasCat coaching; and finally, we’ll hear from Glenn Swan, a three-time masters national champion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 10mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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51: Polarizing your training, with Dr. Stephen Seiler

Our featured guest is Dr. Stephen Seiler, a professor of sports science in Norway, where he has lived for 22 years. But no, that’s not a Norwegian accent. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Dr. Seiler is now on the executive board of the well-respected European University College for Sports Science. We're also joined by Grant Holicky, Andrew Randall, Steve Neal, and Larry Warbasse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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18: Top tips for pre-race prep

Your body is ready to race, but is your bike ready? We are joined by VeloNews’s tech team of Dan Cavallari and Kristen Legan to dig into the tech side of proper race preparation. What should you do to your bike to make it race-ready? Where can you find the biggest gains for the least cash? What do you need to have in your race bag? The panel tackles these questions and many more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

4 May 2017

Rank #3

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54: Applying the polarized training model, with Dr. Seiler

Our featured guest is, of course, Dr. Stephen Seiler, a professor of sports science in Norway, where he has lived for over 20 years. He sits on the executive board of the well-respected European University College for Sports Science. It was his groundbreaking research that helped define the polarized model. We also hear from Dr. John Hawley, another prominent name in the exercise science world from Australia. He talks with us about one of the important, but lesser-known, gains of long rides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 30mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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40: Too much of a good thing? Heart arrhythmias in endurance athletes

In this episode we take a deep dive into a subject that Case knows well, and that our guest, Lennard Zinn, has lived for the last five years: Heart arrhythmias in endurance athletes. Chris and Lennard, along with Dr. John Mandrola, wrote a book entitled “The Haywire Heart” that details how and why long-term endurance exercise could cause a variety of heart arrhythmias. We’ll also hear from Jeremy Powers, who dealt with his own heart arrhythmia this past cyclocross season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

16 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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68: The big picture — the three types of rides you should do

In this episode we're playing the humble role of science communicators, to make sure we get the message right. We’ve also sifted through hours of Fast Talk recordings with our many distinguished guests to bring context to what we hope is a simplified, unified message about the fundamental principles of these previous shows: there are just three types of rides. We’ll hear several times from experts Dr. Stephen Seiler, Dr. John Hawley, Grant Holicky, and finally Joe Friel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 35mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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5: How much speed can $2,000 buy?

Can you buy speed? Yes, if you spend wisely. Fretz and Connor are joined by tech experts Dan Cavallari and Kristen Legan, and they try to answer a simple hypothetical: If you have $2,000 to spend and want to ride faster, where should those dollars go? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #7

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30: Myth Busters: Why we can’t talk about lactic acid

Coach Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz examine the chemistry that occurs in our muscles while riding and racing. They talk to Dr. Iñigo San Millán, who is the director of Colorado University’s exercise physiology lab. Best of all, they give you practical advice for your own training to help make that burn go away — or at least make you faster even if it hurts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

17 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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6: Like it or not, you should be lifting

Is it enough to just ride your bike for training? In this episode of Fast Talk, we explain why serious cyclists should be spending time in the gym, incorporating weight lifting into their weekly programs. We speak to pro cyclist Svein Tuft, as well as Dr. Andy Pruitt to learn more about the benefits of strength training. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

17 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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23: How periodization works… for your nutrition

Forget what you thought you knew about sports nutrition. We speak with Dr. John Hawley, one of the top experts in the world about the cutting edge trends in sports nutrition. Hawley also debunks myths about Ketogenic diets and explains the difference between race and training nutrition. Plus, we talk to Cannondale-Drapac’s Toms Skujins and national champion Joey Rosskopf about how they use nutrition in the real world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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11: Busting the No Pain No Gain Myth

Today’s episode is all about busting two commonly held and closely related training myths. First, should you always do precisely what’s written on your training plan, even if your body is tired? And second, should your intervals always be ridden to failure, as hard as you can go? We are joined by Brent Bookwalter, Lucas Euser, Inigo San Milan, and Grant Holicky to help you determine when you should and shouldn’t push through bad legs, and when you should and shouldn’t do intervals at full gas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

27 Jan 2017

Rank #11

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74: Why women are not small men, with Dr. Stacy Sims

In episode 74, we speak with Dr. Stacy Sims about the numerous and complex differences between male and female physiology, and the significant impact that has on women's training and performance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

17 May 2019

Rank #12

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14: Which is better, polarization or sweet spot?

Which is better, sweet spot training or polarized training? To find out, we invited in proponents of each type of training — FasCat’s Frank Overton on the sweet spot side, and Boulder Center for Sports Medicine’s Ryan Kohler to advocate for a polarized model — and let them have at it. Don’t know what Sweet Spot or polarized training are? Don’t worry, that’s covered first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

7 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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32: A cyclist’s guide to the weight room

We cyclists can get a little lost in the weight room. We are joined by Jess Elliott, who is the sports performance coach and biomechanist at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center. She helps us understand the fundamentals of strength workouts in the weight room: what to do, how to do it, and how many times to lift those big hunks of iron. Plus, we speak with pro rider Brent Bookwalter (BMC) about how he fits weight lifting into his busy travel schedule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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91: Beyond the Data: Training is not only About Numbers

In this episode, we're here to remind you that successful training is not determined by data and statics 100% of the time. Our main guest is former professional cyclist turned coach Julie Young, whose road racing career stretched over a decade with teams including Saturn and Timex. She continues to race and is currently part of the talented team behind the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Endurance Lab in California. We’re also joined by Coach Steve Neal, as well as Trek-Segaf Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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90: Innovative approaches to base training, with The Cycling Gym

Base training has traditionally been all about long, slow rides, but we've found some innovative approaches to improving training this time of year. Today, we’re discussing how best to deal with Base Season training challenges including poor weather and limited daylight. Our primary guests today are Andrew Randell and Steve Neal, the owners of Toronto's The Cycling Gym, joined by one of their athletes, Jeremiah Groen. We’ll also hear from pro roadie Erica Clevenger, as well as Lennard Zinn & Bruce Bir Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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50: Unpacking the gospel of Joe Friel’s new ‘Training Bible’

This spring Joe Friel released his 5th edition of the "Cyclist's Training Bible." Trevor and I had a chance to talk with Joe about the newest edition. We came to the interview with a list of questions that we felt only touched on the key parts of the book and by the hour mark we were barely a quarter of the way through our list. In addition to Joe Friel, our guests include: Frank Overton, the owner of FastCat coaching here in Boulder, CO; as well as LottoNL-Jumbo rider Sepp Kuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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75: High intensity training, with Dr. Stephen Seiler

In episode 75, we’re joined by Dr. Stephen Seiler, one of the top exercise physiologists working today. Dr. Seiler has talked with us previously about the polarized, or 80/20, model of endurance training. He’s shared his thoughts on zone models, and he’s helped us understand how slow your “slow” should be. You’ve sent us more questions about those two episodes than any other episodes we’ve done, but the most common question has been “when’s part 3?” Well, this is that episode on the othe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 37mins

31 May 2019

Rank #18

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92: Bonus Q and A on intensity vs. volume, overtraining, lab testing, and more

Welcome to this bonus episode of Fast Talk. These new episodes, which we’ll publish every other week, will run shorter than our regular episodes, and they’ll be geared toward answering your questions. All in all, they’ll contain the same great content you’ve come to expect from Fast Labs. If you have a question, give us a call at 719-800-2112 and a voicemail. If we can hear you loud and clear, we may include the recording in the show. As always, email us at fasttalk@fastlabs.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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79: Playing the Energy Game with Colby Pearce

In this episode, we discuss how to use energy most effectively. We’ll define energy and discuss the pros and cons of trying to measure it. We’ll dive into all the ways you can unnecessarily waste energy including responding to every move, riding in the washing machine, poor positioning, and riding on the front for no reason. After we talk about all the ways you can waste energy, we’ll flip it around and talk about ways to save energy! Our guests today are Colby Pearce, Sepp Kuss, and Bruce Bird. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 36mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #20