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Episode Info: As usual this episode and webpage are filled with more gems to help you train smarter for your next OCR.  It's time to finish the 2017 season strong and get ready to start planning for 2018.     In this episode SGX Coach Juan Pablo Arias from Mexico is on to give a great race recap for the Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA.  He helps us relive a great race event and gives some tips for training for it next year. In my research review, I discuss one of the most common nutrition deficiencies in the country.  Iron deficiency is a huge problem that can dramatically reduce endurance performance.  Iron is a critical element for generating new red blood cells and hemoglobin and iron rich protein.  When iron deficiency is present, appropriate oxygen levels required for working muscles is not possible.  Paying attention to your nutrition will allow for maximal iron absorption.  In this research I explain what types of food to consume with iron and which to avoid.   Finally, in our coach's interview, I have on Dan Shamburg with Shift Fitness. Daniel completed his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology  from the University of Tennessee. Before moving to San Diego, Daniel was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer Strength and Conditioning departme   nt. Daniel owns Shift Fitness, a group fitness and strength & conditioning business in Carlsbad, CA. His passion is endurance running. Daniel's Recent Accomplishments Last Annual Vol State Road Race, 314 miles (500k), July 2016, 5 days 2 hours 57 minutes. 8th Overall San Diego 100-mile Endurance Run, June 2016 & June 2 017 Pacific Crest Trail 50-mile Run, May 2015 & 2016 & 2017 Badwater Salton Sea (81-miles), May 2017 Big Dog Backyard Ultra Run, (upcoming October 21, 2017) In this interview Dan explains what metabolic testing is, the information you will find, and how to use it for a more effective training program.   We discuss what high intensity training really means and why you need to focus on low intensity training as well. Bottom line, if you are just randomly going out on runs and p ushing yourself every time you are out there, you need to listen to this interview.  Read more »

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