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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 ruggedconditioning.com.

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 southjerseypt.com.

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 purplepatchfitness.com

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!”


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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TT087: How To Win An Age Group National Championship

Alicia Caldwell has raced for 20 years and in 2016 she won her first US National Age Group title.  She’s been gradually improving through the years.  In 2017 she was 19th in her age group and the next year she was 8th.  In 2012 she made the podium with a 3rd place finish at Sprint Nationals, and in 2014 she earned bronze at the World Championships in Canada.

Alicia Caldwell

We talk about her journey in the sport and some of her habits and training methods that have allowed for continuous improvement. 

TT085: Running & Triathlon Stories I Habits I Lessons

Eric reviews his running career, including his time at Indiana University, and shares a few stories from his triathlon career.  He also talks about important habits for success and what advice he would give to himself at different stages of his career.15 Years of Training Logs

This episode is for my two-year old daughter and my three-year old son so that when they get older they will know more about their Dada.  Hopefully at least some of my listeners will also enjoy it.  

TT082: First Ironman, Husband & Wife Triathletes Balancing Triathlon & Family

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Elizabeth and Nate Sylves have been racing together as a couple for over a decade.  This year she did her first Ironman (Florida) and he did his first half ironman (North Carolina).  They combine training and racing with full time jobs while raising two young kids.

They started their season with the Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon in June. Then Elizabeth did the Atlantic City 70.3 and in October Nate did Ironman North Carolina 70.3 and Elizabeth planned on doing Ironman North Carolina, but due to a hurricane that was changed to a shorter race.  That change was announced a few days before the race so she immediately bought a charity slot for Ironman Florida and raced that two weeks later.

In addition to working full time outside the home, Elizabeth coaches triathletes and teaches fitness classes.  Nate is a cameraman and works a non-standard schedule.  Because of their differing schedules and child care they are rarely able to train together.

Elizabeth once weighed 200 pounds but made significant lifestyle changes. A few years ago she changed to a fat-adapted diet due to health issues and has stuck with it.  her diet is 60% fat.  She recently did her half-ironman while consuming just 400 calories.

Have a listen and see how they make it work.

TT081: Joe Friel & His Newly Revamped Triathlete’s Training Bible


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Joe Friel returns to the show and discusses his revamped and just released Triathlete’s Training Bible.  This is the best selling triathlon book of all time, with roughly 300,000 books sold, and instead of just updating it he started from scratch and rewrote it.Triathlete's Training Bible

We talk about the major revamps to the book. In addition to that we covered a wide range of topics.  Near the end of the interview we talked about his career as he went from teacher to running store owner to triathlon store owner to coach to author.

Joe started his writing for the Fort Collins newspaper and his column ran every single week for 20 years from 1981 to 2001.  He did not like writing when he started and now he has a passion for it.  He wrote his first book, the Cyclist’s Training Bible, and thought it might sell a few hundred copies total.  It sold 1000 copies the first month and 5000 copies the second month and now he’s written 16 books.

Joe is always a good listen so don’t miss this episode.

TT080: Dangerous Hyponatremia After a 70.3 Half Ironman

Colin Pugh had a dangerous case of hyponatremia that could have resulted in death.  Hydration expert Andy Blow joins us to review his case.  In Colin’s words, here is what happened:

“On Aug 14th I did my first Half Ironman (Stealhead – Benton Harbor MI). I ran a pretty decent race and finished in a time of 5hrs 47 mins. After the race I was about a 3 hour drive from home in Milwaukee WI. I was over there on my own as my girlfriend was working that weekend. Based on the fact I couldn’t stand up without cramping I made the decision to hold up in a hotel for the night and make my way home on the Monday morning. I got to the hotel grabbed a shower and then started to become obsessed with the fact that I hadn’t taken a pee all day and started taking on water (a lot of water!). This was quiet the mistake……..

I then remember only a few things. I remember walking across to the gas station to buy more water and being completely out of it in my mind like kind of drunk feeling. Then I went to bed and woke up at 11pm and proceeded to throw up all a lot of that water back up which wasn’t pretty.

I woke up the next day feeling really rough and text my girlfriend to say I’m not driving until I get kicked out of the hotel at Noon. Then the next thing I know is I’m at the breakfast table grabbing breakfast and all packed up and I had no idea how I got there. Then the last thing I remember on Monday morning was getting on to the highway at my intersection in Michigan and then the next recollection I had was waking up in the ICU on Wednesday morning in Chicago………….

What happened? It turns out that I must have had the sub conscious thought to get to the Emergency Room. Because when I crashed my car into a truck I was only 6 blocks away from the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center in downtown Chicago. But I had managed to drive over 70 miles without remembering a thing and then passed out behind the wheel. When the cops came up on my accident they said they found me having a seizure in the driver’s seat and then proceeded to smash me out of my car and get medical help.

Then I got to the ER by ambulance and my girlfriend was calling my phone. The ER doctor answers the phone and tells her what they think is going on. My girlfriend is actually a doctor herself, she completely gets what the ER doc tells her and starts freaking out and gets in the car and starts driving the 1-2 hrs down to Chicago to be with me.

So what was going on? Typical human blood has 140-145 mol/liter of Sodium in it. Anything less than 120 mol/liter is classed as serve. On my first blood work when I got to the ER it was at 113 mol/liter and that’s why I kept having seizures. I had Hyponatremia where you drink too much tap water and in essence dilute your blood. I was then admitted to the ICU early Monday and over Monday/Tuesday given fluids and monitored closely until I woke up on Wednesday morning very confused. While I was out I wasn’t being very cooperative it seems……..I had to be tied down feet and hands to stop me from beating all the people up which wasn’t great for my girlfriend to see.

After waking up I had no idea what year it was, what had happened, where I had raced, who the president was…….nothing…….and that was very worrying. But I quickly started to get it all back come Thursday and Friday. I was then discharged from the ICU to home on Friday.

Quiet the experience that I need to get follow up appointments to completely figure out if I had a Kidney issue or if I just put myself in trouble by drinking so much water instead of something with electrolytes in it. In the meantime I’m back to work and doing fine, getting my car fixed up and taking it easy for a little while and deferring a few races that I was booked into for the rest of the season.”