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Chat about Olympian Ben Kanute with Coach Jim Vance

On today's show, Zucco sits in with Jim Vance to discuss Ben Kanute's debut into the world of 70.3 racing.

Heart rate training arguements, and Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)

On today's show Iott and Zucco continue a chat about heart rate monitors and hilly training.  We also discuss branch chain amino acids with Tanya.

Training: Stress, Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation

A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It’s realized when you recover afterwards. When you take it easy after a hard workout the body’s adaptive process kicks in and you become more fit. During recovery the body restores itself by rebuilding damaged cells, creating new neural pathways, expanding capillary beds, rebalancing its chemistry, deve...

Functional Threshold Power vs. Lactate Threshold

On today's show, Iott and Zucco chat about the differences between Functional Threshold Power and Lactate Threshold.  Then we discuss how to apply the analysis to your training.

Fueling for training and racing

My take on metabolic efficiency when it comes to training and racing. As someone who struggled big time with nutrition and stomach issues, I tried every trick in the book to try to figure it out. When I did, it was a HUGE change in my results. Here are my thoughts and beliefs. Metabolic efficiency is the way to go as the foundation of ho...

Fining your disruptive force

On today's show, Iott and Zucco discuss stepping out of your comfort zone to see improvements and finding your "disruptive force."

Time, Family, and Training

I just got a DM from a guy who is experiencing what it’s like to try to train and race at the same time the family and career responsibilities are increasing. Here was my response: I can relate, Jim. Lots of athletes ask about things related to this topic. (I once had a guy tell me he had been sentenced to a 30-year mortgage and 3 kids. Seems a bit harsh ...

Transition running, injuries, @benkanute debut 70.3!

On today's show Iott and Zucco engage in a discussion about transition running and dealing with some run specific injuries.

run-focused 70.3 training, additional nutritional follow-up

On today's  show, Iott and Zucco dive into focusing on run training for 70.3 races.  We also have a follow up on our popular nutrition show with Tanya.

Bike sessions for 70.3 work and bike maintenance

On today's show, Iott and Zucco discuss some KEY bike workouts when prepping for your spring 70.3 race.  We also chat about routine bike maintenance.

Training Stress Score, Chronic Training Load--Science-based training, Zwift Part 2

On today's show, Iott and Zucco discuss Training Stress Score (TSS) and Chronic Training  Load (CTL).  We apply them to real-time training and chat about what effects they bring.  We also dive further into ZWIFT.

Age graded activities, beginning season run intensity

On today's show, Iott and Zucco discuss the effects of age and training.  We also chat about when and how to begin adding run intensity into your program at the beginning of the year.

My Email to a 16 Year-Old S African Rider

Thanks for your email. I’m glad to hear that you have high goals for the sport and dreams of becoming a pro. Dreams at your age are always the starting place for anyone who eventually becomes a pro. Otherwise, there are many differences in the backgrounds of the pros. But not when it comes to their dreams. There are a few other things they mostly had in comm...

Zwift and other "virtual" tools to use with cycling, a chat about supplements

On today's show Adam chat's with Tanya about using supplements inside of your regular nutrition. We also have a special guest on the show to discuss using Zwift to enhance your indoor training routine.

Swim tips and pool toys

On today's show Iott and Zucco chat a bit about swimming, including the use of pool toys.

Max Heart Rate and Performance

  I received a couple of interesting questions about max heart rate (HRmax) this week... Question: Does declining max HR with age affect max performance? First, there is no research I’m aware of on exactly this topic as it relates to aging. So this is my opinion only. Something related we do have research on has to do with shor...

Benefits of fasting and nutrition tips for the new year

On today's show Iott and Zucco are joined by Tanya and we discuss kicking off your new year right with some nutrition tips.

Healthy Bones at Any Age, Reduce Your Fracture Risk

"We believe that foods labeled as reduced fat are lower in calories, higher in quality, and more natural. (In reality, foods labeled low fat, on average, contain about the same number of calories per serving as foods without that label." Sophie Egan, Devoured, 2016 ...

How Important Is Training Volume?

Last week I received an email from an athlete who was concerned about her training for the coming year. She had wisely decided that she needed to include a rest and recovery week every third week. But she was concerned that this would reduce her volume and therefore her race performance. That caused me to look back in my blog archives to see if I had a post ...

Listener questions answered!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

On today's show, Iott and Zucco answer some listener questions.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!