The Science and Triathlon Podcast
Welcome to the World Triathlon Edmonton - Science and Triathlon Podcast! We are excited to be delivering a high-quality learning experience under a different format as part of our legacy projects.
Our podcast starts with a series of episodes that highlight our speakers from the 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference. It is a balancing act to discuss the topics they will present without giving away too much, but we are confident that you will enjoy our conversation with the experts!
You can find us on Anchor (https://anchor.fm/s/2f58d14c/podcast/rss) as well as on Spotify, Google, and Apple podcasts, and more!
Show notes, papers mentioned, and others can be found below.
We hope you enjoy it!
Episode 1 - The Holy Trinity of Training Monitoring
Dr. Stephen Seiler
This is the first of many episodes that will feature the speakers of our 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference.
In our first episode, we talk to Dr. Stephen Seiler. Dr. Seiler will be presenting on the "Holy Trinity of Training Monitoring", on September 8th. In this episode, we discuss the importance and the reasons for monitoring training, how to do it effectively, and what the future of training monitoring looks like. Dr. Seiler also discusses the idea of developing durability, why triathletes should employ a 14-day training cycle, and why the job of the coaches is safe for the foreseeable future.
It was a balancing act to discuss some of his presentation's topic without going into too many details about it, so we went off-topic a couple of times. Nevertheless, Dr. Seiler's experience and expertise ensure that he is always delivering high-quality content!
Hope you enjoy, and follow him on Twitter (@StephenSeiler) for more great content!
After growing up in the US and earning his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Seiler PhD, has lived and worked in Norway for 25 years as a university teacher, researcher, and leader. He is past Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and past Dean of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. Currently, Dr. Seiler is Professor in Sport Science at the same institution. While anchored in an academic environment, Seiler has over the years served as research consultant and scientific advisor for a research foundation, sports teams, a regional hospital and the Norwegian Olympic Federation. From 2014 to 2019, Professor Seiler was Executive Board member of the European College of Sport Science, where he founded the Elite Sport Performance Special Interest Group in 2014.
Seiler has become internationally recognized for his research publications and lectures related to the organization of endurance training and intensity distribution. This work has included both descriptive and experimental approaches, investigating cyclists, rowers, XC skiers, orienteers, triathletes, and distance runners. His work has influenced and catalyzed international research around training intensity distribution and the “polarized training model”. Most recently, he has developed crowd-sourced research approaches that enable endurance athletes globally to contribute to research studies linking science and practice. Seiler has published >100 peer reviewed publications, written over 100 popular science articles and given over 100 invited lectures related to exercise physiology and the training process across Europe, the United States, China, South Africa, Brazil and Australia. He is also a founding editorial board member of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance as well as Elite Sports & Performance Enhancement section editor for Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.
Episode 2 - Confronting Inconvenient Truths: What Truly Drives Training Adaptation?
This is our second episode in our series of podcasts featuring the speakers from our 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference. Our guest is John Kiely, who will present his work on "Confronting Inconvenient Truths and what drives training adaptation".
In this episode, we discuss John's views on periodization, if coaches should even bother on developing a yearly training plan, and the importance of athlete-coach interactions. John also talks about his views on stress, the importance of building resilient athletes, why more technology might not always be the answer, and he also provides his answer to the question: "if you could have any data from your athletes, what would you monitor and why?". This was a great conversation, and if you want to connect with John, follow him on Twitter (@simplysportsci). Also, check our website (www.edmonton.triathlon.org) for a link to the periodization paper we mentioned during our conversation.
We hope you enjoy this episode!
John's career within sport has been relatively varied, having experienced life as an international competitor, coach, sports scientist and strength and conditioning specialist. During this time, John has worked directly with the coaches of Olympic and world champions in three major sports. He has coached a Paralympic track medallist and European champion, numerous combat-sport athletes, and lots (and lots!) of kids. From a team sport perspective, he has worked as the Power Training Consultant for the Munster senior rugby squad, the Director of Fitness for Garryowen Rugby Academy, and as an advisor to top professional football clubs.
Outside the sporting domain, John has consulted for both the police and the military and has performance managed the science and conditioning support for elite polar expeditions. From 2005 to 2009 John was the Head of Strength and Conditioning for UK Athletics and retains a brief role with that organization to provide direct service to current world champion and Beijing silver medallist, triple-jumper Philips Idowu and coach Aston Moore.
From an academic perspective, John graduated with an honor’s degree in sports science from the University of Limerick, and a master's degree in strength and conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. In the past, John has lectured on sports science and physical education courses at the University of Limerick, has published in both practical coaching and peer-reviewed science journals, served as an invited reviewer for top sport science periodicals, authored a book chapter, presented on various topics at international sports science conferences, and regularly present at coaching conventions.
Episode 3 - Energy Leaks and Disturbances
Coach Dan Pfaff
This is the third episode in our series of podcasts featuring the speakers from our 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference. Our guest is legendary coach Dan Pfaff, who will present his work on "Energy Leaks and Disturbances".
In this episode, we discuss what Coach Pfaff means by energy leaks and disturbances, his concept of the 4 spheres of influence, and many of his views on athlete development and how he came to be such a successful coach.
If you want to connect with Dan, follow him on Twitter (@PfaffSC), and check some of his work at Altis (@Altis).
Coach Dan Pfaff is an internationally experienced and recognized educator/coach with forty-seven years of multifaceted work. He has a background in directorships of international training centers, coaching staff development, Division I intercollegiate track and field as a head coach, as well as numerous assistant coaching and teaching positions. Dan has extensive experience as a lecturer and curriculum designer for international, national, regional, state, and community level sports theory symposia and schools. He is a highly qualified leader with demonstrated abilities in integrated support team management, coach and support staff development/mentoring, and community relations. Coach Pfaff is actively involved with consulting services to a number of professional teams, support staff, and individual athletes in a variety of sports both domestically and internationally. He is also currently involved in numerous international staff and center audits with an emphasis on biomechanical efficiencies and return to play programming. He is internationally recognized as a high-performance center director having served domestically and internationally.
Tutored fifty-three Olympians (ten medalists), fifty-eight World Championship competitors (eleven medalists), and five world record holders. Directed athletes to fifty-seven national records. This includes two Paralympic Gold medalists and two Paralympic World Records. Coached at 10 Olympic Summer Games and served on five Olympic Games coaching staff (five countries) and ten World Championships staff (six countries). Lectured in thirty-seven countries and published in over twenty countries.
Appointed coaching education curriculum chair for both the United States Track and Field Coaches Education Schools and the NACAC Caribbean Basin Project. Lead instructor for each organization at the Level I, II, and III schools. Provided consultancy to players and teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, Canadian Winter
Olympic Programs, WTA, AFL, and European Soccer Leagues. Coached twenty-nine NCAA individual national champions and one hundred fifty All-
Americans. Dan was also the lead staff member on teams that have won seventeen NCAA National Team Championships (fifteen women, two men).
Episode 4 - The Politics of Practice Design
Dr. Jim Denison
This is the fourth episode in our series of podcasts featuring the speakers from our 2020 Science and Triathlon Conference. Our guest on this show is Dr. Jim Denison from the University of Alberta. Dr. Denison will be talking about the "Politics of Practice Design".
In this episode, we discuss what Dr. Denison means by the politics of practice design, the role of the athlete-coach relationship in athlete development, his views on athlete-centered coaching, and how coaches can create a training environment that can assist in getting the best out of each athlete.
If you want to know more about his work, please check Dr. Denison's biography below. You can also visit his research group's social media (@Research_BMC) and find more about their work here (https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/bmc-research-group/home).
Dr. Jim Denison is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Canada. A sport sociologist and coach educator, his research examines the formation of coaches’ practices through a post-structuralist lens. He is also the former Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (2010-2014). Along with his numerous book chapters and refereed articles, he edited Coaching Knowledges: Understanding the Dynamics of Performance Sport (2007, AC Black) and co-edited Endurance Running: A Socio-Cultural Examination (Routledge, 2016) and Moving Writing: Crafting Movement in Sport Research (2003, Peter Lang). He serves on the Editorial Board of Sports Coaching Review and was co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching (2013, Routledge). In addition, Denison is the author of The Greatest(2004, Breakaway Books), the official biography of the Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie, and Bannister and Beyond: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile (2003, Breakaway Books), a collection of in-depth interviews with a wide array of sub four-minute milers. Before coming to the University of Alberta, Denison held positions at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and De Montfort University and the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Originally from New York, he earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Toledo. He is a former NCAA Division I middle-distance runner (Fordham University) with a personal best of 3:43.50 for 1500m. He was Head Boys’ Cross-country and Track Coach at Bronxville High School, New York (1986-88), Assistant Men’s Cross-country and Track Coach at the University of Toledo (1988-89), and Volunteer Assistant Men’s Cross-country and Track Coach at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1991-93).