34 minutes | May 18, 2023
Win The Day Before Your Next Big Triathlon
Proper pre-race prep for premium (triathlon) performance. Say it 5x fast. It's time to nail your next goal race, but a lot hinges on what you do in the 24 hours before the gun goes off. Don't sabotage your next race with poor planning and sheer laziness when you put a ton of work into the build up. It's time to lay it all out so join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches!
40 minutes | May 6, 2023
Doping In Triathlon - Should You Be Worried?
If you've been around the block, you know it's happening. The larger possible reward, the larger the chance that people will cheat. It was happening before Collin Chartier was caught and chances are it won't be the last time there is a doping scandal in our awesome sport of triathlon. We are glad he was caught and we are happy the conversation was forced to the forefront, at least for a day or two. But for the time crunched athlete the big questions are likely: 1. Is this an isolated incident? 2. Are there age groupers doping? 3. Could I be using banned substances and not know it? In this round on the couch, we talk about the recent events, what can be done, and the truth about age group doping. So if you're a triathlete or just a fan of the sport, grab your NSF certified sports drink and settle down for another episode of Coaches on Couches. If you want to check any medication or supplements you might be taking, you can do so at globaldro.com
25 minutes | Apr 27, 2023
Top 10 Tips for Beginner 100 Mile Ultra Marathoners
You decided to take on a beast of an event. The unknowns are greater than the certainties. The truth is, doing your first 100 mile ultra marathon is a lot more complex than just getting out there and jogging (and hiking) for hours on end. There are several other aspects to the event that can make or break your ability to cross the finish line. So if you're crazy enough to take on this monster or slowly losing you mind and considering it, join us for our top 10 tips for beginner ultra marathoners. All of these things we've learned from the successes and failures of our athletes over the last 14 years. And if we missed something, post it in the comments!
37 minutes | Apr 21, 2023
Finding The Spark to Return to Training and Racing
There are a million and one reasons why endurance athletes take a break from training and racing. Be it cycling, running, triathlon, or any other feat of endurance, it likely involved a decent amount of time, as well as a chunk of your emotional and financial resources. There is always serious injury that can sideline you as well. And now that you've been out of the game you're left wondering how the heck you'll ever: A. get the love back and B. get back to being as fit as you use to be, preferably fitter. If that's you, you're in luck because this episode is devoted to helping you get your groove back. Shamelessly, the easy-ish button to getting fit again (you still have to do the work) is to hire a coach that is in your corner and ready to guide you back to being fit, keeping life balanced, and then crushing souls. So if that's of interest, you can book a chat with one of our coaches at bpccoaching.com
57 minutes | Apr 13, 2023
Commuting to Pro Cyclist in 14 Months - Mason Schofield
Mason Schofield didn't grow up with dreams of becoming a pro cyclist. He really didn't even play sports growing up. But when the pandemic hit and life was in flux, he found joy in getting out on a beater road bike. Soon he found himself working at bike shops and getting into his first Cat 4 races. 14 months later, he's lining up with the best in the US at the American Crit Cup races with his first pro contract. His main goal? Take cycling as far as he can and keep having fun. But we dive into this meteoric rise and we'll find out how his training has changed, how he continues to learn, and how working with Coach Jonny Brown has prepared him for the upcoming season. So if you like a good ole fashion story about dedication and hard work, join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.
57 minutes | Apr 5, 2023
Waxing Chains with Cole McDaniel of 901 Wax
To wax or not to wax, that is the question. Of all the trends in cycling right now, chain waxing seems to be the one we get asked about the most. So, we called on our local chain waxing guru (and engineer) Cole McDaniel to school us all on the pros and cons of waxing your chain. Some of the benefits for your average cyclist and triathlete are pretty staggering, especially when you do the math for long distance events. But, and there are a couple of things to consider, and one major scenario where you might want to pass on fresh hot melt wax. So if you are a cycling enthusiast looking for marginal gains, before you ruin your family's crockpot, sit back, relax and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.
32 minutes | Mar 2, 2023
Illness and Endurance Training - How To Handle It
As cyclists, runners, and triathletes, one of the reasons we train is to stay healthy. But let's face it, this winter has sucked in terms of staying at full capacity. We've had athletes who have been sick 3 and 4 times in 3 months. It's the worst we've seen in 14 years of coaching. So today, we discuss illness and training. First, how to avoid it if you can. Secondly, we discuss the decision making process around whether to train or not, and what to do if you're still OK to train. Unfortunately a timely topic, but it will always be a part of any endurance athlete's journey. So whether you are smashing it full gas or laid up with the funk, the couch is calling.
45 minutes | Feb 23, 2023
Everyone Deserves A Properly Fit Bike - A Bike Fitter's Rant
In this episode, Coach D has a lot to get off his chest when it comes to bike fitting. As someone who has been fitting bikes professionally and studying human physiology and biomechanics for over a decade, he sees a lot of trends in the industry that just don't make sense! Even things "elite level" fitters ignore that have massive impact on the final product and ultimately the rider's comfort and performance. Everyone deserves a properly fit bicycle! A few frustrations include but are not limited to: - Not paying attention to pedaling mechanics while fitting - Static fitting in general - Using high rise stems to fix hand and saddle discomfort - Using shims and wedges instead of fixing the root problem - Marketing of tools over knowledge So if you are cyclist or triathlete who is having pain or discomfort, looking to optimize your performance, or you are an aspiring bike fitter, you won't want to miss this therapy sesh, uhhh, podcast. If you'd like to book a proper dynamic bike fitting with Coach D in the Memphis area, you can do so at www.bpccoaching.com
58 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Magic5 Goggles Co-Founder Rasmus Barfred
If you are a triathlete or swimmer, you know The Magic5. Their catchy marketing and claims of custom fit unleaky goggles caught us the moment they hit the interwebs. It's no secret, we love their goggles. Being entrepreneurs ourselves, it was a ton of fun to sit down with Magic5 co-founder Rasmus Barfred, and chat a little about the industry, their story, the trials and tribulations of starting a brand of goggles amongst the giants, and of course, we got into their time on Shark Tank! We were also fortunate to learn a little more on how they actually make these goggles so comfy, which is not something they have shared in the past. And then there is a deal with Canyon looming! We tried to pry open that one but Rasmus was a lockbox. But we definitely made our predictions. This was our first episode talking to an industry pro and not about training, so let us know how you like this type of interview in the comments! And yes, we have a partnership with them that benefits our athletes, but we make zero dollars evangelizing their product. We only promote products we really believe in, so stay until the end and we'll share the love with a 20% off code so you too can experience the comfort, fit, and peripheral vision of these goggles.
53 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Francisco Alatorre - Ultra Runner By Proxy, Aquaman By Choice
When doing Ironmans isn't enough, what do you do? Ask Francisco. This guy has been a joy to coach and has managed to strike a great balance between training for crazy challenges and still managing to have fun. There is a lot more to Francisco than we unpacked in this episode. Born in the states, but grew up in Mexico swimming competitively as a kid. Did his first triathlon in 1985. Sporting life went on hold while he started a family (sound familiar?). Spent some time in the Air Force during Desert Storm. But it wasn't until his daughter asked him to ride a bike with her to kindergarten, that he realized he needed to make some changes to better his health...and the rest is history. 8 Ironmans and countless shorter events later, he's finding one crazy adventure after another alongside his partner in life and in crime. So today we talk about Francisco, his decision to take on his first 100 mile ultra, the disappointment of a DNF, the comeback to a solid finish, and then completely changing gears and targeting a 10k open water swim. Whew! Stick it out to the end and find out what he's noodling next!
44 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
What Is Wrong With the American Pro Peloton?
After the little altercation between Cory Williams and Michael Hernandez after the Salt Lake Criterium, we decided to pull Coach Jonny Brown in on the conversation considering he had a front row seat. JB has been pretty vocal about the lack of respect and etiquette in the American pro peloton as of late so we figured we'd let him get it off his chest. They don't call him an "old soul" for nothin'. But in his defense, he has more international racing experience than most of the guys racing domestically at the ripe ole age of 25. We can't wait until he's telling youngins to get off his lawn! So all you young guns listen up! And join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.
50 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
You Got Hurt - Now What?
Let's face it, getting hurt sucks. Anytime you are unable to do the activities you love, it can trigger a nasty game of mental ping pong. As a cyclist, runner, or triathlete, our brains tend to travel to worst case scenario territory. Something like: - All this hard work for nothing - I'm going to lose all my fitness, friends, fill in the blank - There goes my goal race - Now I'm going to have to stop my kids college savings so I can buy a new bike Well have no fear fellow endurance athlete, today on the couch, we're here to calm you down, reframe your thinking, and get you on the path to training back at 100%. You may not like what we have to say, but you'll live and you'll be back to smashing it in no time.
55 minutes | May 25, 2022
Bike Fit Series - Fixing Hand Numbness
Hand numbness is among the top 3 most common complaints we get from athletes, right behind (pun intended) 2 other numbnesses that are way less tolerable. Coach Dale has fit hundreds of bikes (over 600 as of May 2022) in the last 13 years and has seen all kinds of causes of hand numbness. And many times, the fix is rather counter intuitive. So today we'll break down the steps Coach D takes when someone comes through the door complaining their hands go numb on the bike. The truth is, you have to be prepared to look at the fit on the whole in order to really solve the issue. Why? Because once you change one thing, it can change several others. If you'd like hit the easy button and book a fit with Coach D, you can always get on his schedule by going to bpccoaching.com
57 minutes | May 13, 2022
Throwback - Dialing In Hydration with Andy Blow
A timely throwback for you endurance athletes this week. Why? Because it's hot AF outside! This week in the Memphis area it's 90 degrees and the feels like temp is over 100. Typical summer day right? The problem is it went from 70s with low humidity to 90s and humid in a matter of a week so it's hitting people like a ton of bricks (pun intended). So if you've been on the struggle bus all of the sudden, take a minute to listen to Andy from Precision Fuel and Hydration as he drops knowledge on how to go about dialing in your hydration strategy. If you actually apply the info (listening only won't but the electrolytes in your bottle and bottle to mouth) you'll be one step closer to handling this Kona style weather like a champ. If you're interested in our sweat testing services or dialing in hydration, check out https://buildpeakcompete.com/hydration
66 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
PT Series - Fixing Back Pain with 901PT
This week we have Clay Jones and Sara Michael from 901PT and we are talking about a huge pain in your...back. Back pain is one of the most common ailments among cyclists, runners, and triathletes. Yet most athletes have zero clue as to what is normal, what needs to be addressed, and ultimately how to fix it so you can keep doing what you love. One of the best nuggets from the episode is the traffic light pain scale Clay and his team use to help athletes decide if it is normal pain, pain that is fine but you shouldn't increase your training load, or pain that needs professional help. Such a simple way to help you decide whether to keep the hammer down, feather the brakes, or lock em up! So whether you think "no pain no gain" or your mantra is "oh my aching back", join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches! You can find Clay and Sara @901pt
49 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Dialing In Your Carb Intake
If you are a cyclist, triathlete, or runner, you've likely suffered the dreaded bonk before. It's not fun. One second you are crushing it, and a minute later, the lights are out. It's no secret that high performance endurance athletics require loads of carbs. But how much do you really need? And how the heck am I suppose to eat all that? And what should I eat? It can make your head spin worse than a late race hunger flat. So in this episode we try to simplify the process of dialing in your carb intake level, the sources, and the timing of it all. Keep in mind, it is a process! So if you're in for the ride, grab a donut and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.
60 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
U23 Cyclocross National Champ Scott Funston
After weeks of Coach BFun stalking him via social media, we finally got a chance to sit down and chat with the fastest Funston on 2 wheels. Scott Funston (no relation) was a lot of fun to chat with and we got to talk a little about his break out season and his preparation for the Cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville, AR...where all the stalking began. We also dove into his story and how he got to where he is now, the reigning U23 National Cyclocross champ. It was a great conversation so kit up, hop your barriers and settle in for another episode of Coaches on Couches! Follow Scott on Insta @fun_scott2 and cheer him on virtually! If you want to cheer us on, you can do so with ratings, reviews, likes, shares, subscribes, and comments.
34 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Should I Train By Time or Distance?
The age old debate. Should I train with distance or with time? Through the lens of a time crunched athlete, we think this is a pretty open and shut case. But...there are some instances where the contrary may be more beneficial for specific athletes, regardless of how much time you have to train each week. So in this episode, we will break it down for you and give some examples on when we have athletes train with time and when we use distance. If you are a cyclist, runner, or triathlete, and have questions, don't hesitate to drop us a comment! Otherwise start your Garmin, get your blood pumping, and get ready for another episode of Coaches on Couches.
59 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
The Tale of Jay and the Giant Triathlon
When we make the decision to take on something epic like a half or full ironman, or even our very first triathlon, or some nonsense like taking on a half or full ironman as our first triathlon, the next decision generally starts with "oh sh!^, where do I start!?" In this episode we talk with Jay Estes. He's a dad. He has a full time job. He grew up playing sports, but not endurance sports. Sound like you? Jay decided to take on the Memphis 70.3 with no previous swim or bike experience. Spoiler alert, Jay crossed the finish line in 2021 with his arms raised and a smile on his face! How does a seemingly normal guy do that? Join us for the tale of Jay and the Giant Triathlon, and we'll break it all down on the latest episode of Coaches (back) on Couches. If you'd like to learn more about our beginner triathlon training group or our more intermediate BPC SQUAD, you can check out more info at http://buildpeakcompete.com/immem or http://buildpeakcompete.com/squad We greatly appreciate anyone and everyone who subscribes, rates, reviews, shares, likes, and gives us other forms of virtual high fives. It's what keeps us on the couch!
38 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Are Fitness Metrics Wrecking Your Fitness?
Fitness, Form, and Fatigue, oh my! With all the ways to measure performance in this day and age, are cyclists, runners, and triathletes focused way too much on achieving an arbitrary fitness number? Does a high fitness number equate to great performances? What the heck do those numbers mean anyways? Yeah, there's a lot to cover here, and it can get pretty nerdy, but in this episode we cover many of those metrics you'll see in your Strava or TrainingPeaks account, and why chasing those metrics could be completely wrecking your fitness.