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Performance Advantage Podcast

37 EpisodesProduced by Dr Will O'ConnorWebsite

Dr Will O'Connor and Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) are sports scientists who work with a plethora of endurance athletes from professionals to amateurs.They talk about common issues athletes encounter during endurance training and how to avoid or remedy them with the help of sports science. Submit q… read more

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Episode 37: Top 10 gifts for runners and our favorite interval sessions for swim, ride and run

December 4th, 2019


This week we talk about our favorite intervals and the gifts you should and shouldn't buy for the athlete in your life. The brake power meter …

Episode 36: Monitoring your training for consistent improvement, and news about cycling creating its own Olympics!

November 26th, 2019


How much training did you do last week? Most people will answer in terms of time or distance. Unfortunately, time and distance are not the best indicators of training load. We discuss how using training stress score …

Episode 35: Base training for faster times, Insight into how Alberto Salazar dopes athletes, and new show features.

November 19th, 2019


Base training is an old-school method for improving endurance performance. Matt and Will discuss whether this is still valid in the current day and …

Episode 34: Pace Yourself to the Perfect Race.

November 6th, 2019


Pacing in endurance sport is one of the most essential aspects of performance. Regardless of your ability, if you start the race beyond your level of fitness you will slow down at the end. The severity of how much you …

Episode 33: Carl Read A.K.A The Flying Mullet. Champion Ultra athlete.

October 30th, 2019


Carl is a two-time Ultraman winner. Ultraman is a 3-day triathlon consisting of; 10km swim - 140km bike - 281km bike - 84.3km run. Carl started endurance sport late in life and found the longer he went the better he …


October 16th, 2019


History was made this week as Eliud Kipchoge was the first human to ever run a marathon in less than 2 hours. Beyond being just a feat in athletic performance, the sports science behind the performance was also second …

Episode 31: Mind, Body, Performance. Utilising Performance Psychology with Jay Barrett

October 9th, 2019


You’ve spent hours training your body but have you ever taken time to train your mind? Jay Barrett was a professional mountain biker and now works as a mental skills coach. Jay talks to us about applying mental skills …

Episode 30: Racing the World's Best XC Mountain Bikers with Top Junior Caleb Bottcher

October 2nd, 2019


Will and Matt catch up with New Zealand mountain bike phenom Caleb Bottcher on what it's like as an up-and-coming racer, the rigours of training and life in the junior ranks, and the chaos of competing on the world …

Performance Advantage Episode 29: How to train with heart rate. Everything you want to know.

September 25th, 2019


Heart rate training is Will’s favourite way to monitor training intensity. Matt disagrees but concedes heart rate has its place.

Using heart rate to help guide your training can be one of the most cost-effective and …

Episode 28 Skills Coaching FTW with Harlan Price and Will Talks His 100km Perfect Race

September 19th, 2019


Harlan Price was a top ultra endurance MTB racer, but even on the simple courses, he felt like his skills helped him win races. After fathering …

Performance Advantage Episode 27: Recap of Matt’s Trip to Eurobike and Tapering for Endurance Sports

September 11th, 2019


Matt is back from the Eurobike trade show, and he has some stories to tell! 

Will has his 100km ultramarathon run this weekend, so the boys discuss …

Performance Advantage Episode 26: Dr Will’s Run-walk Marathon Method

August 28th, 2019


I did an experiment to find out if I could run a 2:40 marathon using the run-walk method. Being a sports scientist I broke down the physiology, …

Performance Advantage Episode 25: Developing Success in Sport with Dr Steve Stannard

August 20th, 2019


In this episode, we catch up with Dr Steve Stannard, parent of successful athletes, a world-leading sport scientist and coach. Dr Steve is a …

Performance Advantage Episode 24: Training for Enduro Mountain Biking with Dr Matt From MTB PhD

August 15th, 2019


Dr Matt is giving you the very best advice on training for enduro mountain bike events. Enduro mountain biking consists of multiple timed downhill …

Episode 23: How To Become A Better Athlete In Any Sport In Five Easy Steps

August 8th, 2019


 Matt and Will discuss the five fundamentals for creating better athletes; consistency, structure, specificity, guidance and being realistic.

The boys review why they had a week off, what Will got up to on his birthday …

Episode 22: Running Power with Evan Schwartz from Stryd

July 26th, 2019


It was amazing to have Evan from Stryd on this episode. Not only is Evan a 2:18 marathon runner but he’s also the man on the ground at Stryd. Stryd are the pioneers of running power meters.

During the middle of 2019 …

Episode 21. Can you do endurance sports without training long?

July 17th, 2019


How long is long? If you're running an ultramarathon, there's no question that you need to be fit. But is running super long durations every weekend …

Episode 20 Ultra-Endurance

July 9th, 2019


Exercising for a stupid amount of time is the new black, so we thought we’d discuss ultra-endurance. Dr Matt has experience racing 24 hr mountain …

Episode 19: Race Weight

July 3rd, 2019


 Weight or body mass is an important area of endurance sports. But, is it the answer to faster times and improved performances for you?

Matt and Will …

Performance Advantage Podcast Episode 18: Cam Langsford Founder of TrainingTilt

June 27th, 2019


Cam Langsford is the founder of TrainingTilt, a revolutionary way for endurance sports coaches to run their remote businesses. TrainingTilt is the …

Performance Advantage Podcast Episode 17 - Travelling for Sports

June 21st, 2019


Travelling to races can be a massive hassle, and it can sometimes make or break your race. In this episode, we go over all the different ways you can improve the way you travel to make sure you get to your race with as …

Episode 16: Rob Dallimore, Founder of Foot Traffic Endurance Sports Coaching

June 12th, 2019


Rob Dallimore is the founder of Foot Traffic Endurance Sports Coaching, an Auckland (NZ) based coaching business. Rob has grown Foot Traffic from a one-man band to a coaching business with seven coaches. We talked to …

Episode 15: Overtraining and how to avoid it

June 5th, 2019


Overtraining is far too common in endurance sport. The combination of motivated type-A personalities and ever-increasing event distances makes for a disastrous mix. Will and Matt have both suffered from severe …

Episode 14: Sam Shaw the Coolest Guy on Two Wheels

May 23rd, 2019


The Rotorua boy taking on the world in two forms of mountain biking, enduro and X-Country Olympic (XCO). Sam shares his unique views on training without a coach. Sam also tells us about how he got his start in mountain …

Episode 13: Carbohydrate and Endurance Sport the 5Ws

May 15th, 2019


Could you be racing faster? If you're taking on too much carbohydrate or you're not taking on enough, you could be missing out of performance gains. …

Episode 12: Seamus Powell Pro Mountain Biker Behind the Scenes

May 8th, 2019


Seamus Powell shares some never heard before insights into the world of professional mountain biking. Seamus has ridden for the Gaint Factory Mountain Bike Team and the KHS Factory Mountain Bike Team before becoming a …

Episode 11: Buying Guide for Endurance Athletes

May 1st, 2019


What should you buy to get the most out of your training? We go over three price levels; $500+, $250, $50, and give our recommendations for the best …

Episode 10: Running with Power

April 25th, 2019


Dr Will talks through how running with a power meter can improve your running. Running power meters offer an objective measure of effort without the error of GPS signal or variance of terrain. Running power meters also …


April 17th, 2019


Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) finally releases some intel behind the worlds first brake power meter. The brake power was invented by Dr Matt during his PhD and has been kept secret due to international patent law and …

Episode 8: Getting a Coach

April 10th, 2019


How do you know when it’s time to get a coach? Is coaching going to be right for you, and do you know what type of coaching you want? On this episode, we discuss the world of endurance sports coaching and what options …

Episode 7: Kieran Mcpherson Pro-Xterra Triathlete

April 3rd, 2019


After a somewhat challenging run in the weekend, Will was admitted to hospital for gastro, dehydration and heat illness. He tells the story on how all that transpired, before getting into an interview with professional …

Episode 6: Fasted Training

March 28th, 2019


Do we need to eat before training? Will and Matt discuss training in the fasted state. The main takeaway is that it works for men but not for women. Will talks over his training for his upcoming marathon in which he …

Episode 5: Training for XC Mountain Biking

March 20th, 2019


If you thought mountain biking was all fast starts and going hard you may be looking at it the wrong way. Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) talks through the dos and don'ts of XC mountain biking training. Dr Matt also …

Episode 4: Training for Triathlon

March 13th, 2019


On this episode, the boys' are talking training for triathlon. Matt and Will both talk through their first triathlon stories. Matt's experience …

Episode 3: Riding with Power

March 6th, 2019


In this episode Will and Matt talk about cycling power meters. Matt runs us through his research on which ones are best and how to use yours to best …

Episode 2: Low Carbohydrate Endurance

February 27th, 2019


This week we talked through Will's PhD Thesis ' Metabolic Flexibility and Endurance Performance' which centres on carbohydrate intakes for men and …

Episode 1: Cross-training for Endurance Athletes

February 20th, 2019


Cross-training can be a good addition to endurance training, but is it right for you? Will and Matt talk through how they incorporate cross-training with professional and amateur athletes. 

Matt tells Will that strength …

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