This week we welcome back professor Jake Reed to chat all things Sports Science, Endurance Racing, and Optimum Performance!
Jake has a Ph D. in Sport Performance and is a professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He just recently finished training for and running his very first 50k ultra marathon and is also one of my absolute favorite people on the planet!
In this episode we cover a variety of topics. Jake shares what drove him to take on a 50k, why data shows a decrease in major athletic categories after men hit age 25, how to ramp up your training in a safe and efficient way, and he even analyzes Ric Flair’s deadlift form. We also discuss the main areas of growth someone should focus on when training for an ultra endurance event- slow, steady, aerobic most of the time with a bit of pushing your lactate threshold here and there. How to keep your joints healthy when adding extra miles and whether or not a foam roller is worth your time.
Hope you guys enjoy the show. I always learn so much from Jake and I hope you guys do too!
This week we are chatting with Rebecca Walker all about her recent adventure in Antarctica! Rebecca guided blind runner Vladmi Virgilio Dos Santos through the last of his 4 Deserts stage race series which also consisted of the Sahara, Atacama, and Gobi deserts. She first started working for the Racing the Planet company as their expedition emergency physician where she assisted runners by using her extensive knowledge and focus on international emergency care systems to keep them safe.
In this episode Rebecca shares what it is like being an expedition physician in such extreme, isolated parts of the world. She also gives us an idea of what the stage race in Antarctica is all about! How getting there is an adventure in of itself, how she approached her goal of helping Vlad be successful, her strategies to survive the extreme conditions and the boat ride across the Drake passage, and what she learned through her experience.
Rebecca exemplifies the Live to Give mindset and this episode is a fantastic exploration of what happens when we intentionally seek to help others.
Greg is an adventure athlete, endurance racer and hosts a phenomenal hunting show on Sportsman Channel called “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon. His goal is that by being a conduit between outdoor adventure athletes and the hunting world, he can inspire the love of the outdoors and conservation.
In this episode we talk about numerous adventures he has had in one of the wildest places on Earth, the Yukon! We also discuss how his show is a culmination of all of his various outdoor passions throughout the years, what it’s like to fly prop planes, his experiences as a high level adventure racer, how to survive a 300+ mile run through the Yukon in winter, and much more!
I really enjoyed chatting with Greg for this week’s show and really hope you check out “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon”. This show is an excellent display of the vast wilderness of Northwestern Canada and really will inspire you to get outside and start exploring.
This week’s conversation inspired me to share my feelings on adventure which you can find at the very end of the show. Adventure has brought so much joy, passion, self discovery to my life that I really hope you guys are finding the same in yours!
I am so honored to bring you this week’s episode with USA Gold Medal Olympic Hockey player Amanda Pelkey.
Amanda shares all sorts of incredible stories from the USA’s journey to gold medal glory. In this episode we talk about the hard work, sacrifice and dedication that is involved in making the team, moments from the Olympic experience that she will always remember, and how her team’s attitude, toughness and mental fortitude led to their success.
We also talk about the gold medal game against Canada which was one of the absolute most intense games I’ve ever seen in all my time watching sports. Amanda discusses her mentality going into the game, how the team handled the emotions of playing for a gold medal, and what the locker room was like going into overtime.
(I literally just rewatched the highlights and the moment they win the game always gives me chills and chokes me up. To work your whole life towards something that momentous is absolutely incredible!)
This was one of my favorite episodes of the podcast and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! Amanda was so unbelievably awesome and well spoken and you won’t be able to leave this show without being beyond inspired by her story. Best of luck for everything she pursues in the future!