Host Brad Kearns catches up with Mark Allen, the greatest triathlete in history, who has a record six victories at the Hawaii Ironman and ten victories at the Nice, France World Long Course Championship. Today, he is a popular triathlon coach at MarkAllenCoaching.com, TV commentator, corporate speaker, author, and presenter of “Fit Soul, Fit Body” retreats with Brant Secunda, a Huichol shaman and healer.
First, Mark talks about the importance of releasing attachment to outcomes and being committed to the enjoyment and appreciation of the process. He discusses how, after a series of unfortunate setbacks, Mark’s first victory in 1989 precipitated five Ironman attempts before he retired at the top of his game at age 39.
Mark talks about balancing the pursuit of extreme endurance goals with maintaining health and how research on Heart Rate Variability has been a great breakthrough in monitoring stress and planning training.
Mark and Brad discuss the importance of sleep when training and Mark elaborates on how he was able to live a normal, laid back lifestyle once his grueling training sessions or competitive seasons were over.
Finally, they discuss how Mark has released a book called The Art of Competition, which blends stunning nature photography with inspirational quotes chosen by Mark for their significance to competitors seeking a healthy perspective and inspiration to pursue athletic goals.
Note: This show previously aired as episode #44 on the Primal Blueprint Podcast channel.
Host Brad Kearns is back this week to answer a smattering of listener questions, starting with Jesse, who is finding difficulty training for an upcoming triathlon while building his aerobic base.
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Host Brad Kearns sounds off on the popular topic of testosterone - specifically how to optimize your levels through diet, exercise and lifestyle behaviors. Brad details how his testosterone nosedived in 2015 due to a bout of chronic aerobic exercise, and how he more than doubled his free T levels (6.8 - clinically low; to 14.3 - teenager level) in only five months by lowering his training heart rate by 12 beats, taking power naps, and making high-intensity strength training sessions shorter in duration. Other tips are provided, especially relating to how primal-style eating can optimize sex hormone function for both males and females.