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Some Work, All Play

One to five topics, lots of love and enthusiasm and science, sometimes about running. With Megan Roche, M.D. and David Roche and maybe some appearances by Addie dog!

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One to five topics, lots of love and enthusiasm and science, sometimes about running. With Megan Roche, M.D. and David Roche and maybe some appearances by Addie dog!

58. Sex and Alcohol and Athletic Performance

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We landed like Avengers to talk about the recovery science that has changed our relationship with alcohol, how sex affects athletic performance, and the power of wary optimism. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

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Jul 20 2021

46mins

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57. Five Adventure Lessons & Aerobic/Speed Development

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We went full SWAG GOLDFISH to talk about lessons for adventures, believing in your creative ability, and why aerobic development can involve very easy training (but requires that you also develop your top-end speed/output). Thank you all! WOOHOO!

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Jul 13 2021

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56. Athletic Hope In Tough Times & THC Ban

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We channeled Khia's "My Neck, My Back" diagnostic approach to talk about maintaining hope in moments of athletic uncertainty (and Megan's health journey) and why the THC ban hurts athletes. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

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Jul 06 2021

46mins

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55. Western States 100 Recap Episode

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We rallied from low WHOOP recovery scores to talk about everything we saw and learned at the 2021 Western States 100. Good days are always earned, but bad days can be unlucky. Give your body a chance. And we're in this together. Plus lots more! Thank you all! WOOHOO!

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Jun 30 2021

52mins

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54. Olympic Trials Lessons & Taper Science

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In our one-year podcast anniversary episode, we talked about amazing stories from the Olympic Trials, the science of why tapers might involve small injuries, and more thoughts on the recent doping news. THANK YOU ALL! WOOHOO!

Jun 22 2021

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53. Improving Fatigue Resistance & Creativity In Athletics

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We harnessed our ice-bath F-bombs to talk about the weakly understood importance of fatigue resistance in endurance performance, embracing athletics as a creative process, and being vulnerable. We appreciate you so much, thank you! WOOHOO!

Jun 15 2021

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52. Racing Tips & Improving Training Adaptation

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We pranced like show ponies before talking about 5 tips for racing, outlook when things sometimes suck, and improving adaptation/reducing injury risk. Thank you all, we appreciate you so much! WOOHOO!

Jun 08 2021

39mins

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51. Heart Rate Variability & Identity

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We embraced our inner magical creatures to talk about heart rate variability and how it might relate to training approaches, the complex illusion of identity, and putting work in a box. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Jun 01 2021

29mins

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50. Ultra Training Principles & Dealing with Judgment

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We celebrated the 50th episode (WOOHOO!) by talking about why you don't need to do huge volume in ultra training, self-judgment and uncertainty in life, and lots of bonus topics (SPACE FACTS!). We appreciate you all so much! THANK YOU!

May 26 2021

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49. The Importance of Eating Enough & Thinking About Overthinking

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We stocked up on pizza and otter references to talk about the endocrine system impacts of low energy availability, the problem with overthinking, and a bit too much info about otters. We appreciate you all so much, THANK YOU! WOOHOO!

May 18 2021

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48. Transgender Athlete Rights Are Human Rights

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Sports can be the difference between a fully realized identity and feeling alone in the world. Inclusion is about human rights because it is about identity and acceptance for people that have faced marginalization and discrimination. All real-world evidence supports the fairness of inclusion, and future scientific conversations need to be grounded in human rights.

So much love for you all! THANK YOU!

May 11 2021

44mins

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47. Improving Technical Running & Kicking Regrets To The Curb

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We brought BIG PADDINGTON BEAR ENERGY to the podcast to talk about improving technical running (and dealing with inevitable falling), stress buckets, and moving past regrets in life. You all are amazing! WOOHOO!

May 05 2021

29mins

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46. Laugh Rates & Unfinished Products

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We practiced our literal LOL skills while talking about conflict in relationships, performance psychology, and vulnerability in athletic/emotional unfinished products. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Apr 27 2021

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45. Racing Season & Fears/Phobias

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We got extremely excited about UFOs (well, David did) before talking about approaching racing season with a celebration mindset, understanding fears/phobias, and balance with sports/life. WOOHOO! Thank you all! 

Apr 20 2021

37mins

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44. Investing In Others & Chafing (...And Other Things)

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We put some lubricant in our fanny pack before talking about investing in others, heart rate monitors, chafing, and parenting/leadership. We love you all, thank you! WOOHOO!

Apr 13 2021

37mins

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43. Healthy Competition & Hills Are Hard

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We powered up our GPS-free watches and rocked some sweet fanny packs to talk about embracing competition with love, data-free days, and the 1-0 life philosophy. Thank you all! WOOHOO! 

Apr 06 2021

29mins

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42. Overcoming Comparison in Sports and Life

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We looked up some fascinating sex outliers (talk about comparison!) before discussing training volume and social media. Plus the answer to life, the universe, and everything! Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Mar 30 2021

37mins

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41. Breakthroughs From Downtime & Post-Vaccine Training

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We banged our tastebuds before talking about the science of why resets can lead to breakthroughs, considerations for training after vaccine doses, and mass shootings/gun control. If you do not want to hear about the recent tragedies, skip ahead to 10 minutes. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Mar 23 2021

29mins

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40. Leadership & Altitude/Heat Training

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We mastered front crawl kinematics before talking about Coach Diljeet Taylor and leadership style, considerations on the interaction of altitude and heat training, and training group dynamics. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Mar 16 2021

36mins

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39. Loving Your Body & Breaking Through Plateaus

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We had LOTS of coffee before talking about body image approaching warmer weather, physical plateaus that can stall progression, and the underrepresentation of women in exercise science studies. Thank you all! WOOHOO!

Mar 09 2021

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