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Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

Simon Ward, multiple award-winning triathlon coach, shares insights on how to improve your triathlon performance with a High Performance Human approach to life.

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Should you take nutritional supplements, and if so which ones? * Dr. Eva Carneiro

In keeping with the theme of helping you to refuel and recover better, today we're joined by Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Eva Carneiro. Dr. Carneiro has extensive experience working with elite athletes. She worked for Chelsea FC from 2009 to 2015 where she was the first female doctor to sit pitch-side in Champions League, Premier League, and Europa League competitions and the only woman to become Assistant Medical Director in a football club internationally. She now works as a Specialist Consultant in The Sports Medical Group. Today we disappear down a lot of rabbit holes but the key topics covered include: The best way to measure recovery, and the best recovery promoting approaches The benefits of listening to your body Sensible approaches to nutrition Why we should all consider Zinc, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C supplements The benefits of collagen supplementation You can find out more about Dr. Eva Carneiro and her sports medicine consultancy by visiting her website: http://www.thesportsmedicalgroup.com To find out more about TRR nutrition and especially their range of collagen supplements please use these links: Instagram - trr_nutrition  Facebook - @trrnutrition Dr. Carneiro recommended this book: 'Becoming a True Athlete' by Lawrence Halsted Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 8mins

18 May 2022

Rank #1

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How to deal with overwhelm and fear…in any situation * David DiFrancesco

Today's High Performance Human podcast guest is David DiFrancesco. David teaches average human beings to become Living Warriors by helping them to 'live fearfully’. By recognising that life is an inherent unknown, and knowing that we will feel uncomfortable at times, rather than avoiding feeling vulnerable we can develop the strength of resilience and a knowing confidence that we can handle what comes our way. David has learned this from Russian, Israeli, and US special forces soldiers who have the fitness and mindset of elite athletes. Thus, the lessons that he shares in this conversation can equally be applied in your life or in your pursuit of athletic goals. Topics covered include: Why the most physically prepared soldiers often fail the special forces selection process Fear - recognising that it exists and how to deal with the fear of failure and fear of success Appreciating that sharing vulnerability builds resilience Healing stories about yourself Developing the ability to experience and live in the unknown Learning to do what we are NOT good at Dealing with change when it is forced upon us To follow David, please use the following social media links: Website  www.terrainfunctionalfitness.com Email David if you have specific questions thelivingwarrior@gmail.com Warrior Workout Youtube channel LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/daviddifrancesco/ Some other cool links to check out: Thomas DeLauer  Nutrition - How to time coffee/caffeine for best results 8 Stretches you need to do Better Ideas by Joey Schweitzer Atomic Habits Summary David particularly liked this book: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Dr. Susan Jeffers 'How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World' by Harry Browne Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 9mins

11 May 2022

Rank #2

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How to complete the Marathon des Sables * Andy Slater

The Marathon des Sables is billed as the toughest footrace on earth. If you are crazy enough to take on the Ironman challenge or a 100k ultra run then you may also have thought about entering this race. Trust me when I say that if you do, you will have a life-changing experience. I use the word ‘experience’ for a reason. It's not just about 250km on foot in some of the harshest conditions you can experience. You will also meet amazing people, see places that are way off the tourist map, sleep and eat in conditions you never dreamt of, punish your feet like never before and enter a world where phone signals, noise pollution, and light pollution are non-existent.  Today's guest, Andy Slater, is a member of my SWAT Inner Circle and has just returned from experiencing the Sahara desert for himself. He completed the race and in this podcast, we will chat about his adventure including: Why he chose this challenge in the first place Resilience gained from having the race postponed 3 times and having to renew his enthusiasm each time How he adapted his triathlon training for the event Choosing kit and nutrition for the event The daily challenges of the race The real reason why people pull out How fit do you have to be to finish Andy doesn’t really do social media, but here are some other cool links about the event: Official MdS websiteAndy’s video montage with some race photos Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 39mins

4 May 2022

Rank #3

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One More Tri - Sam Perkins vs MND

Imagine that you are an apparently healthy human being with a newfound love for triathlon. You've even completed the full Outlaw distance of 140.6 miles. Then you start feeling a bit off, but nothing that you can put your finger on. After a continued decline in your health and a bout of pneumonia, you get diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, an incurable and terminal disease.  Rather than feeling sorry for yourself, you decide to make every day count, starting your own charity to raise much-needed money for research into the condition. Then you decide to have ‘One More Tri’ at finishing the Outlaw half.  But then more hiccups. COVID stops racing for 2 years and it looks like you won't get the chance. Fortunately, after an initial rapid deterioration, your condition stabilises, racing is back on and so is the challenge. That's how life has been for today's High Performance Human podcast guest Sam Perkins who will take on the Outlaw half on May 15 with help from his extensive support crew. If you have never listened to one of my podcasts previously, please, please listen to this one. It is both inspiring and emotional. While Sam may argue that he is anything but a High Performance Human, I would disagree. He has a solid goal, focus, and above all a winning mindset. I hope you enjoy the podcast. (TIP: have some tissues ready) If you would like to read more about Sam, and make a donation to his fundraising, please visit justgiving.com/onemoretri. You can find Sam at: Facebook.com/standagainstMND Instagram handle @standagainstMND Twitter handle @standagainstMND Other links that Sam recommended: Random but if anyone has never seen Jim’ll paint it, it’s worth 5 minutes for a giggle https://jimllpaintit.tumblr.com/ He also recommended these books: Sapiens: A brief history of humankind - Yuval Noah Harari Not normal behaviour - Stuart Staples Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 15mins

27 Apr 2022

Rank #4

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Sports nutrition, it’s not that complicated * Andy Blow

Sports nutrition is a minefield. There are so many products out there you could use during your next triathlon and even more noise on social media about which one is the best. This is highly individual, so even guidance from well-meaning individuals might not work for you. And even when you think you've found the right solution, it may only be appropriate in specific circumstances. Fortunately, there are some nutrition companies out there who don't just want to sell you their products, they also want to educate you about understanding your own unique requirements. That's where Andy Blow and his team at Precision Fuel and Hydration come in. In today's podcast Andy doesn’t just explain recent product developments, he also takes us behind the scenes as we chat about: Sometimes it is just mixing ingredients in the kitchen When your mates do the ’taste testing' Making sure the product you use meets anti-doping requirements Why educating the athlete is so important How to place an order (you can 15% off your first order using the discount code below) Sponsorship - how does that all work - pro athletes or ambassadors. What works best? PTO - what exactly happens when you're a partner of a race series? To follow Precision Fuel & Hydration please use these social media links: Instagram: @precisionhydrationFacebook: @precisionhydrationTwitter: @thesweatexpertsYouTube:  www.youtube.com/c/precisionhydrationLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/precisionhydration Here is some other cool stuff you might be interested in: Free online sweat test: https://sweattest.precisionhydration.com/pages/why-personalise-your-hydration-strategyQuick carb calculator: https://www.precisionhydration.com/products/precision-fuel-sample-pack/#thecarbcalculatorAthlete Case Studies: https://www.precisionhydration.com/athletes/case-studies/Book a free one-to-one video consultation:  https://www.precisionhydration.com/book-a-video-consultation/ Some specific sports nutrition guidance for you: Blog: How much carbohydrate do athletes need per hour? Blog: Why sodium is crucial to hydration and athletes performing at their bestVideo: Why do athletes suffer from cramp?  As you know, we ask our guests to recommend a book that has inspired them. This is what Andy offered up: "Authentic" - the Vans story by Paul Van Doren Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 10mins

20 Apr 2022

Rank #5

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All you need to know about yoga * Kirsten Steffensen

Are you a yoga convert like me? Maybe you’ve fleetingly considered some yoga classes to improve your flexibility, and maybe you’ve decided that you just don’t have time with all the swim, bike and run you’re already doing. That was me, but I am now a yoga disciple! What I didn’t realise until I started to invest some time in this aspect of my wellness is that yoga is so much more than just a “bit of stretching”. That’s what we’re exploring with today’s High Performance Human podcast guest, Kirsten Steffensen. Kirsten is the life partner of my former business partner, Jack Maitland. You may have heard her Scandinavian tones before in a previous podcast about the vegan approach to nutrition (along with Jack, and Louisa my physio, aka The White Witch), which you can listen to here. Kirsten has a very committed tribe of followers at her yoga and breathing classes (details below). In today’s conversation we’ll be talking about: What is yoga? Benefits of yoga Different styles, and when you might choose one over the other Getting started, do you need to go to a class or is online yoga just as beneficial? What to expect in your first class Is it better to do a few classes each week, or 15 minutes each day? How will yoga benefit your triathlon performance? Integrating yoga into a busy schedule What are the best yoga poses? Social media links for Kirsten: www.sportsashram Twitter: @TheSportsAshram Instagram: @thesportssshram Facebook: The Sports Ashram Athlete Yoga classes that Kirsten runs each week with Jack Wednesday 7-8pm on Zoom £6.50 book via (https://thesportsashram.com/product/zoom-athlete-yoga-wednesdays) Thursday 7-8pm in Adel, Leeds £6.50 book via (https://thesportsashram.com/product/live-triathlon-yoga-thursdays) Breathing Classes The Breathing School, a 25-minute class where students are either seated or lying on the floor, and Kirsten guides them through a sequence with a breathing exercise and deep relaxation.  Learn breathing to manage: stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression and pain in the physical body  The class is on Monday and Thursday 10.35-11am in Horsforth, Leeds £3.00 book via (https://horsforth.clubm.mobi/Portal/Booking/Forthcoming) Books Kirsten recommends The Book of JOY by Douglas Abrams a conversation between Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu  The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma The Bhagavad Gita (Indian philosophy probably the most important texts of Hinduism and easily the best known) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

51mins

13 Apr 2022

Rank #6

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How to recover smarter and faster * Joel Jamieson

Recovery is something that is uppermost in my mind on most days. As a coach, I’m focussed on how to balance the training for each athlete with enough recovery for them to adapt but not so much that they start to lose fitness. If you plan your own training this should be an important consideration for you as well. It's different for each of us and our recovery requirements will change weekly (maybe daily) as our life stresses alter. How we recover can take many forms and the athletic press (whichever form that takes) is full of adverts and articles about how to maximise and even ‘hack’ recovery. In today's guest, Joel Jamieson, I think I have finally found someone who is an expert on this topic.  Joel is a strength & conditioning specialist who has a real focus on athlete recovery. He first came to my attention when I read one of his articles about specific recovery style workouts called Rebound Training. He has been working with HRV for the last 20 years and so part of our conversation will also tie in nicely with some of the other podcasts from recent months.  If like me you are in your 50s and you are concerned about whether you get enough good recovery, pay particular attention to some of our conversations later in the podcast. Some of the topics we chat about include: What is recovery and how can we measure it? What part does HRV play in monitoring recovery? Are gadgets better than our subjective feel for estimating recovery? How to create your own specific recovery workouts How to recover better For masters athletes -  How to change your training to improve recovery What changes with age to slow down the recovery process and what can you do about it? If you’d like to follow Joel Jamieson, please use the following links Instagram coachjoeljamieson Facebook 8weeksout LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/coach-joel-jamieson/ Website 8weeksout Joel has also written some great articles: How to use HRV to import your conditioning while avoiding burnout and injuries The beginners guided to HRV & recovery How mental stress can sabotage your fitness and what to do about it Why doing more isn’t better and 3 ways to boost your recovery All pain, no gain: Why the HIT training obsession has failed us all How to train to recover faster than ever You might also be interested in these links: Joel explained a lot about the recovery App - Morpheus - that he has created. If you are interested in using this. Please click HERE Joel is delivering a new conditioning programme starting in Mid April. You can find out more about that  HERE If you are a coach and have an interest in improving the strength and conditioning courses you deliver then this course could be for you: Certification course Joel also recommended this book: “Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers” by Robert Sapolsky. Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 12mins

6 Apr 2022

Rank #7

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The fastest ever swimmer in Kona - Jan Sibbersen

When I first went out to Kona to work it was like a dream come true. I got paid for working there and I watched the entire race live. It's like a car nut being paid to watch the British Grand Prix. As I watched the swimmers exit the water one man was way ahead of the rest and even more surprising it wasn’t one of the top pros. This was an age grouper by the name of Jan Sibbersen and from 2001 to 2004 he was the fastest man in the water at Kona. In 2018 after a layoff during which he started his wetsuit business, Sailfish, Jan made a return with the sole aim of claiming the swim record. He achieved his goal, setting a time of 46m 29s which still stands to this day. Jan is my guest today and we talk all things swimming including: Growing up and swimming all week and skiing all weekend (sounds good now, never mind at 15) Mixing it with the ‘big guns' in St Croix First man out of the water in Kona . . as an age grouper Getting called out by Jurgen Zack (then one of the world's best Ironman triathletes) Managing Patrick Lange through two Ironman World Championship victories The biggest mistakes age groupers make with their swimming Coming back for the Kona record in 2018 Starting Sailfish wetsuits Coming to America To follow Jan and Sailfish Wetsuits please use the following links Website: https://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/ Facebook: @sailfish.us Instagram: @sailfish_us Youtube: sailfishtriathlon This has some great OW swim tips from Jan. They are worth watching to learn from the best. Links to some of the other topics we chatted about: Jan Sibbersen - Road to Kona - a short video on that 2018 swim record Jan also recommended 4 great books which I don't think have been suggested before: Dan Millman: The Way of the peaceful warrior Phil Knight: Shoe Dog Mihály Csíkszentmihályi: Flow Tim Weiner: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Take a 30 day trial in my SWAT Inner Circle for just £1 (valid through 31 March 2022). Watch this video for more information. Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 7mins

30 Mar 2022

Rank #8

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Sleep trackers - are they worth the money? Lindsay Beale, Gerard Gallagher, Richard Folley

Sleep trackers are gaining in popularity, ranging from those that are dedicated to the task like Whoop or the Oura ring, to smartwatches that have added more functions. I have been using a Whoop for almost 5 years and it's been very influential in helping me to be more mindful of sleep and how I now make it a priority in my day. However, I was interested to find out whether other Whoop users have had similar experiences so I invited 3 of them on to the show. Lindsay Beale, Richard Folley, and Gerard Gallagher are all members of my coaching programme and their reflections were insightful and inspiring. If you've wondered whether the investment in such products matches the hype, hopefully you’ll have a better idea when you have finished listening to this week's podcast. Topics discussed include: The negative impact of alcohol on restorative sleep Understanding that HRV is just one data point Appreciating that sleep is a benefit and not an inconvenience Why your perception of recovery is just as important as the data Having accountability The impact of time zone changes and long haul travelling on sleep and HRV Sleep trends among business leaders The TOP 3 lessons from using a Whoop Should you invest in a Whoop? To follow today’s guests please use the links below Lindsay Beale on her website at lindsaybeale.com or Facebook at lindsaybealefitness Gerard Gallagher on LinkedIn at GerardGallagher1 Richard Folley on Instagram at richfolleytri To find out more about Whoop please go here: https://www.whoop.com/ You can find a lot of great resources about sleep, HRV, etc HERE Whoop also have an excellent weekly podcast with some really good guests and insights into sleep and recovery topics right HERE If you wish to invest in a Whoop, please use this code join.whoop.com/simonward  to get 1-month FREE membership Our guests also recommend the following books: Lindsay Beale recommends The Worlds Fittest Book and The Art of Resilience - both by Ross Edgley Gerard Gallagher recommends Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter - Greg Mckeown Richard Folley recommends Relentless - Alistair Brownlee, as well as the Zwift Power Up podcast Take a 30 day trial in my SWAT Inner Circle for just £1. Watch this video for more information. Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 38mins

23 Mar 2022

Rank #9

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How to have the best bike split ever at your next triathlon * Rich Harpel and Ryan Cooper

How cool would it be to have an accurate prediction of the bike split in your next event? Even if it’s just to make sure that your other half knows when to be ready with the camera! This is exactly what Best Bike Split does and by all accounts, they are pretty damn accurate. Most comments and reviews I've seen refer to something equating to a 1% accuracy, which would be a minute for a standard distance tri and 3-4 minutes in an Iron-distance event. In this week's High Performance Human podcast, I’ll be speaking with Rich Harpel and Ryan Cooper who are the brains behind this software. We'll be deep-diving into how you can get the most from this awesome bit of software. Topics we chat about include: How to get started with BBS in less than 10 mins What's most important to get an accurate output Common mistakes and how to avoid them messing up your race day predictions How BBS can show you whether it’s best to boost power or lose weight Reverse engineering race goals to inform your training Using BBS for sportives and gravel racing If you would like to subscribe to Best Bike Split then we have created a special code for listeners of the podcast. Use TRICOACH2022 at checkout to get 20% off for the life of the subscription (Expires on Dec. 31, 2022). To follow Best Bike Split, please use the following links Main website: https://www.bestbikesplit.com Twitter - bestbikesplit Facebook - bestbikesplit Instagram - bestbikesplit YouTube - bestbikesplit Links to other topics we covered in the show "Creating Your First Race Plan" video: https://youtu.be/FHvsWNVeQS “Time analysis tool” - How to see what factors have the biggest influence on race day bike split - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qINGtd0mm94 FAQs/Support: https://support.bestbikesplit.com Take a 30 day trial in my SWAT Inner Circle for just £1. Watch this video for more information. Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life. If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you! Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

1hr 6mins

16 Mar 2022

Rank #10