The Endurance Specific Podcast

In todays Friday Fat Black Pete and chew the fat on developing mental fortitude and how attitude and how you train can help you develop the mental toughness needed to reach your potential.

What We Cover:

  • Session examples
  • 5 keys to Mental Strength
  • Where mental strength is developed in training
  • Where athletes let themselves down
  • Focus
  • What Pete learnt in Cairns Ironman - so bloody important to further successes
  • Race and Training reflections - why they're super important

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Success Quote:

  • "Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you." -- Bethany Hamilton

Show Links:

Direct download: Friday_Fat_Black_Episode_34.mp3
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This weeks FFB Pete and I get to chew the fat with super successful coach Sergio Borges who not only has 128 Kona qualifiers to his name but isn't afraid to think and coach outside the box which obviously resonates with Pete and I.

Sergio has dedicated the last 19 years to studying the ART and science of triathlon training. During this time, he has competed in hundreds of races of all distances including 21 Ironman races around the world (9:38 PR), over 60 half ironmans (4:12 PR), qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships seven times (so far). Sergio has also been nominated as "All American" by USA Triathlon, 9 times. After over 10 years of investment banking, he decided to apply his expertise to personal triathlon coaching. Sergio is a certified Level III USA Triathlon coach, Level II ITU Triathlon Coach, Level II USA cycling coach, coached the USA Elite, Junior Elite and U23 team at the World Duathlon in Switzerland in 2003 and the U23 Tri national team in 2004. Also has worked with USAT at the Collegiate National Camps, Recruitment Camps, lecturing at the Coaching Level I and II Clinics and writes for 3 sport magazines. Sergio was involved in the FIRST ever Paratriathlon Camp organized by CAF, is the founder of the JCC Triathlon Master Program and the Kids XTeam Triathlon Club.

In 2004 he developed his own method – Inverted Training Periodisation and have since perfect it making Ironman Champions, Top 3 in 70.3 Races and many AG podiums around the World. Sergio combines his vast experience coaching athletes of all ages and abilities with a fundamental belief in the need for an individualised and realistic training plan for each athlete achieve his or her goal -- from staying healthy to becoming a champion!

What We Cover:

  • The periodisation model truly needed for triathletes and it's not to whats typically focused on
  • Load Consistency
  • Why fitness cannot and should not be rushed
  • What you have to bring to the table
  •  Why neuromuscular efficiency is key to long course success
  • What really needs to be focused on first
  • What NEEDS to come before you add volume
  • The truth about swimming and its importance in half and full iron distance racing
  • Basically we chew the fat on so much more to help you be your best


Inverted Periodisation
Sergio Borges X Training on Facebook
Endurance Movie with Haile Gebrselassie

Direct download: Friday_Fat_Black_Episode_33_-_Sergio_Borges.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm PDT

Episode #32 of the Friday Fat Black has to be one of our best and longest yet. Pete and I get the pleasure of speaking with Greg Muller of Pure-Athlete. Greg completely blows us away with his knowledge on what's truly important to get the performances you desire.

What We Cover:

  • Major learnings and lessons of Performance from the military
  • One of the biggest disciplines you need to acquire to ensure success
  • The true foundations of Performance
  • Preparation underpins everything
  • Standards for Performance
  • How being too strict can make performance fall away
  • Why having the fundamentals are paramount
  • Hyperbolic Discounting, what it is and why it matters
  • How thoughts and belief systems affect performance
  • The most important question we have to ask and continually ask
  • Biochemical Individuality
  • The two different mindsets and which one you need to have for success in sport and life
  • Praxis - The integration of belief and behaviour
  • The importance of critical thinking
  • The two things that illicit change
  • The laws of learning
  • The 'tapes' we play in our head
  • The Totem Pole
    • Thoughts, Breathing, Hydration, Emotions, Nutrition, Bodycare and Exercise
  • Justifications - the question to really ask ourselves
  • The simple breathing formula to check stress levels
  • Pure Athlete products, what and why they came about
  • Recovery and it's importance - especially relaxing the mind
  • What counts
  • And so much more


TriSpecific FFB listener 20% discount code: pureaust and since the payments are in euro, don't worry Greg will look after you with some bonus products. 

Pure Athlete Recovery and the Totem Pole

Book Recommendations:
Power Versus Force

Your Body's Many Cries For Water

Water Logged

You can connect with Greg via

Direct download: Friday_Fat_Black_Episode_32_-_Pure_Athlete_with_Greg_Muller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09pm PDT

Today's Friday Fat Black comes to your from Far North Queensland (FNQ) as athletes gear up for Ironman this weekend. Pete and I cover some great tips for those racing and even if you're not racing these tips are going to help you. We discuss goals, attitudes, choices, mental states and how rushing performance on race day can ultimately kill your performance.

What we cover:

  • Racing Ironman
  • Head Stuff, mental agility
  • Were the head goes the body follows
  • Are focusing on goals and outcomes hurting your performance
  • Self Sabotage
  • Choices
  • Attitudes
  • Rushing Performance
  • TriSpecific's Pillars to Triathlon Success
  • The #NewTarmac from Specialized and Kristian trip to the Dandenongs to ride it



Direct download: Friday_Fat_Black_Episode_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm PDT