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Peak Endurance

128 EpisodesProduced by Isobel RossWebsite

Welcome to the Peak Endurance podcast, where we talk all things endurance, mainly running! You will hear from athletes, experts in the field and also myself on all topics designed to help you reach your endurance goals!


Joe Friel; Faster After 50.

Episode 52 is an interview with Joe Friel. Joe Friel is a life-long athlete and has a masters degree in exercise science. He has trained and conferred with amateur and professional endurance athletes from a wide variety of sports since 1980. Based on this experience he cofounded in 1999 with son Dirk Friel and friend Gear Fisher. He currently coaches only a few athletes. He mostly focuses on training emerging top-level coaches on best practices in preparing endurance athletes for competition. This regularly takes him to coaching seminars around the world. He also consults with corporations in the sports and fitness industry and with national Olympic governing bodies worldwide. His Training Bible books for road cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes are used by several national sports federations to train their coaches.
Friel’s philosophy and methodology for training athletes was developed over more than 40 years and is based on his strong interest in sport science research and his experience training hundreds of athletes with a wide range of abilities. His views on matters related to training for endurance sports are widely sought and have been featured in such publications as VeloNews, Bicycling, Outside, Runner’s World, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, American Health, Masters Sports, The New York Times, Triathlete, 220, and many more. Many years ago, as a mountain biker, his book ‘cyclists training bible’ was mandatory reading. His book ‘fast after 50’ breaks down societal norms that we should get old and slow. Sure, aging has an effect on the body, but there are many examples out there of older athletes smashing it. And it’s never to early to plan for that inevitable time in our future!
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Next week’s interview is with Ricardo Da Costa, who has studied nutrition in ultra-running, and has looked at GI distress in ultra-runners. A must-listen!!
Make sure you stay committed and consistent with your training. If you are focused on improving as an athlete, email me to organise an individualised training plan.
Have a great week of training!

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