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

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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.



Dr. Seiler's Research Gate Page

Article - What is the best practice for training intensity distribution?





Episode 2 - Confronting Inconvenient Truths: What Truly Drives Training Adaptation?

John Kiely

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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.



John's Research Gate Page

Article - Periodization Theory - Confronting an Inconvenient Truth