Host Brad Kearns talks with Gordo Byrn ultra-endurance athlete, coach, and prolific writer who cranks out a current series of incredibly insightful blog posts. On his blog, he covers the prominent topics in his amazing life’s journey while emphasizing Fitness, Family & Finances. After a decade in a highly intense and successful career as a partner in a private equity firm, Gordo walked away from a seat at the “Big Boy's Table” to pursue his calling as an endurance athlete.
Soon after his arrival onto the ultra scene, Gordo established himself as a world champion competitor, writer, popular coach, and performer of mighty endurance feats with the likes of sidekick-in-suffering Scott "The Terminator" Molina. Gordo's Ultraman World Champion title was earned in a 3-day competition consisting of a 10k swim, 90-mile bike ride on day one, 173-mile bike ride on day two, and 52-mile run on day three. He also took second at Ironman Canada at 8:29 and wrote the bestselling book, Going Long (with Joe Friel), considered by many to be the most comprehensive guide to preparing for Ironman distance events.
Gordo goes all-in with everything he does, and today he has settled into family life in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Monica and their three young children. He writes over 100 brief and extremely thoughtful posts on his blog every year, which you can visit at coachgordo.wordpress.com. Or, you can follow him on Twitter @gordo_68. Whoever you are, and whatever your goals, Gordo's insights will inspire you and get you thinking about the big picture.
Host Brad Kearns talks to Andrew MacNaughton about some heavy issues, including the influence of doping in endurance sports and the moral dilemma it presents for athletes. Andrew talks about his own career, and discusses whether he would have made the choice to dope if he were a young pro in an era where doping was necessary to be competitive. The two also discuss how, oddly enough, taking performance enhancing substances in elite sports might actually be more protective, than destructive, to long-term health by considering examples like NFL player taking weekly beatings, or endurance athletes inflicting massive oxidative damage to theirs bodies during routine daily training.
Andrew and Brad talk about how old school values like intuitive training decisions might be getting snuffed out by the obsession of technology, scientific systems, and Internet coaching today. Andrew was a close confidante to Canadian Simon Whitfield, who won the very first triathlon Olympic gold (Sydney 2000) and then a silver in Beijing in 2008. He talks about Simon’s incredible gold medal performance, the ups and downs he faced over the ensuing years, and the amazing ability to peak again eight years later. More thoughts are offered about the constant debate between volume versus intensity. You will be entertained and intrigued by the lively banter of these old friends who competed together on the pro circuit from ’86 to ‘93—enjoy the show!
In this episode, Mark Sisson has a discussion with Dr. Timothy Noakes of South Africa, who is an author and well-known expert in exercise physiology and human performance. As a physician, former longtime marathon runner, and co-founder of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Dr. Noakes has spearheaded efforts to advocate a low carb/high fat diet despite opposition in the mainstream medical community.
Host Brad Kearns talks to legendary old school pro triathlete Andrew MacNaughton. Andrew, a Canadian, was based in Los Angeles during his career on the circuit from 1986-1993. He and Kearns were training partners who both burst onto the scene in the late 1980s to compete at the highest level from seemingly nowhere. Andrew kicked off his 1987 season with seven consecutive victories, including taking down reigning Triathlete of the Year, Mike Pigg.
Known for his cycling prowess, many historians designate Andrew as arguably the finest pure climber the sport of triathlon has ever seen. Andrew amassed leads of over 10 minutes off the bike at Wildflower on a couple of occasions, led the brutally hilly 75-mile Nice World Championships bike ride by 7 minutes in T2, and torched many other bike courses—especially hilly ones—all over the globe.
After his career, Andrew became a sought-after coach with a unique, eminently sensible, and highly practical approach to the sport. Never one to mince words, Andrew is an extremely interesting interview with numerous memorable insights offered up in this show. He has agreed to be a regular guest on the Primal Endurance podcast.
In this episode, Andrew and Brad reminisce about the old days and the many changes, including the high tech influences, that have come to the sport over the years. They also talk a bit about Tim Noakes’ Central Governor Theory—how the brain is actually the ultimate limiter of performance rather than the muscles. Enjoy the show!