Category Archives: Podcast

TT097: 100 Mile Run, Addicted To Intensity, How the Apple Watch Changed My Life

Hillary Spires returns to the show to talk about her preparation for a 100 mile/160km run she completed in Canada in September.  She gave herself a 24 hour time limit and she talks about Going for 100 miles in 24 hoursthe challenges she endured along the way and during the run.  She limited her total training and used intensity to maximize her training time.  Along the way she raised $11,000 for charity.

Hillary’s website is

After Hillary’s interview I talk about how the Apple Watch changed my life for the better.

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TT096: Physical Therapist Dan Linick

Dan Linick, co-founder of South Jersey Physical Therapist, is my guest.  Dan is also my physical therapist and has helped my running significantly.  Dan Linick

We discuss his background as a physical therapist, some common problems that he’s seen, and some issues I’ve had.  We also talked about his previous work in brain rehab and how to help an older friend or relative who might benefit from visiting a physical therapist.

Dan’s clinic is located in Hainesport, New Jersey and at

TT095: Off-Season Training & Time Limited Training With Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon has experience as a professional athlete, coach to elite and amateur athletes, an exercise physiologist, and an author. His newest book is Fast-Track Triathlete.  This book is geared toward athletes who want to maximize their success with limited time to train.  The book explains his concepts and includes a 14 week training plan for both Ironman and Half Ironman as well as a strength plan that can be completed without visiting the gym.

We talk about the book in the second half of our interview.  In the first half we focus on off-season training.

Matt was also a guest on episode 33.

Matt can be found at

TT094: Zach Boivin’s Inspirational Journey From 330 Pounds To An Ironman


Zach Boivin went to watch a friend race Ironman Lake Placid in 2015.  At the time he weighed 330 pounds and was not active.  He was inspired watching the finishers that night and the next day he decided he was going to do a triathlon.  

He thought all triathlons were Ironman distance. Fortunately, he realized there were shorter races and he signed up for Ironman 70.3 Syracuse the following year.  In 2017 he attempted his first Ironman at Lake Placid.

This is his life changing journey that starts with running his first step and then two years later hearing Mike Reilly say “You Are An Ironman!”


T093: First Half Ironman w/Courtney Sergeant

Courtney Sergeant joins the show as she prepares for her first half ironman at Atlantic City 70.3. She did her first triathlon in 2014 and has marathon experience. Courtney Sergeant

Among the topics we discuss:

  • Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Salt tablets
  • Transition
  • Massages
  • Preparing for the run on limited run training
  • Post-race recovery
  • Pacing


TT092: Ultraman, Collegiate Recruiting, Random

Billy EdwardsBilly Edwards returns to the show to talk about his experiences since winning Ultraman Florida in 2015.  He completed the Ultraman World Championships later that year and has since cut back on his racing since having surgery on his toe.  However, he is busy in the sport as a coach of the Naval Academy collegiate triathlon team that finished third at the 2017 Collegiate National Championships.

He was one of a few coaches selected for USAT’s Elite Mentorship Coaching program and he recently observed a training camp for the collegiate recruiting program. We talk about all this and a few other random triathlon topics.

Billy was a guest on episode 52 talking about his Ultraman Florida experience.

Billy’s website is at

TT091: Sports Psychology: The Brave Athlete

The Brave Athlete is a new book by Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Patterson covering cutting-edge brain training for athletes.  Lesley is a professional triathlete and mountain biker. Her resume includes a few Xterra World Championships titles.

Dr. Simon Marshall is a former Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California at San Diego and Professor of Exercise Science at San Diego State University.  He has published over 100 scientific articles on the psychology of exercise.  He now provides performance psychology support for the BMC Racing Team.

We talk about their new book, Lesley’s experiences, and mental tricks to improve performance.

You can reach them at



TT090: Pro Cyclist Phil Gaimon

Phil Gaimon was a pro cyclist from 2009 to 2016, including two years on the WorldTour with Garmin Sharp and Cannondale.  He’s done Paris Roubaix, won Redlands twice, and finished second at the Tour of the Gila.

He just retired last year, as he put it, after Jonathan vaughters stopped returning his phone Phil Gaimoncalls. Even though he’s retired he’s still going after hill climb records in North America. He’s also putting on Grand Fondo in Malibu in October and he is  the author of three books.

We talk about his life as a pro cyclist, doping in the sport, what it’s like to be in an early break at Paris Roubaix, peeing on the bike, cookies, and more.  You’ll like Phil’s stories.


Phil’s YouTube channel


TT089: Aspiring Pro Triathlete/Former Motocross Racer Justin Mendoza

Justin Mendoza didn’t know much about triathlon until he saw Craig Alexander’s 50 minute Aussies Abroad video on Youtube.  Then he knew he triathlon was what he wanted to do.  He had recently transitioned out of Motocross racing after some serious accidents and four weeks after watching the video he did an Olympic distance triathlon near his home in North California.

He now lives in Colorado Springs and races primarily races Olympic and half ironman distance triathlons with the hopes of getting his pro license.  We talk about his journey.

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TT088: Gut Health With Dr. Grace Liu

Problems with her own health led Dr. Grace Liu down a path which led to her becoming an Dr. Grace Liuexpert in gut health.  Good health is dependent on our digestive system having good bacteria. We talk about how to achieve that and all the things that affect our gut.

Check out for ways to test your own gut and other products Grace offers.