The Endurance Specific Podcast

This week I chat with Don Schwartz. It’s a must-listen if you are looking to develop that mental edge.

You most likely won’t of heard of Don Schwartz.

I met Don last year as I coached his youngest daughter in a ski program here in Whistler.

Don is a mountain guide, was one of the original professional snowboarders, a survivor of a horrific helicopter crash that left 3 of his friends dead and himself with 3rd-degree burns. Don also is a winner of the Death Race.

If you don’t know what the death race is… you’ll learn a little bit about it in this episode but look it up. The race is not fair and it will test you to your limits of physical and mental endurance.

So tune in to hear how this incredible human overcame tremendous adversities and never let anything stop him from living his best life. 

Direct download: Endurance_Specific_Podcast_9_-_Don-Schwartz.mp3
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This week Charlotte and I sit down and talk about Nutrition and coming back to simplicity. No extremes, just focusing on the three macronutrients we need for health, fitness, and performance. If you're committed to getting the most out of your life by keeping healthy so you can be as fit and resilient as possible. Then you need to switch from focusing on a diet... because we all know diet is a short term approach. What we need is a healthy eating plan for life. Something you can implement anytime, anywhere. 

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This week Charlotte and I sit down and talk about Aerobic Deficiency Syndrome (ADS), what it is, how it comes about, and what you can and should do about it. We follow along from the pacing podcast and also discuss a couple of zones that as endurance athletes you need to be focusing on the most and how to do some DIY tests that if you want to use a heart rate monitor you can train where you need to be while cross-referencing how you feel (in the moment) to become an intuitive athlete. 

As we know, the two main physiological systems for athletic performance are aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. We also know we can train both but we optimize one at the expense of the other. If you want to get your speed as high as possible in your endurance endeavors then we must optimize the aerobic system. It may come as counter-intuitive to you, but this is the system we rely on to move both efficiently and fast. No amount of high-intensity work will ever give you the best results.

Show links: Over at

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This week Charlotte and I sit down and talk about pacing. Why with all the gadgets, the zones, the testing do athletes still struggle with pacing? Why do races continue to go south when we have everything available to us? Have we lost the ability to listen to our bodies from simply tuning out?

And how we can use our inner technology that is so much more sophisticated, speedy, and accurate but is frequently dulled by the noise.

As show notes over at

Direct download: Pacing.mp3
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Today I sat down for a coffee and a chat with the race director of Eco-Challenge - The Worlds Toughest Race, Kevin Hodder. 

Everything about this screams the ability to endure. Not just what the teams have to do, to finish this mammoth of a course but everything that goes into designing, testing, and gaining permission to do the course. It's huge. 

We cover a lot in this podcast and much take-home advice that will help any endurance athlete and not those just interested in Adventure racing. 

You can follow Kevin on Instagram @Kev_Hodder

You can and should watch the race here on Amazon Prime

Intro music by @insilicosound

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Today I have Till Schenk joining me and we talk about his recent Stupid 7 (that’s 7 everestings in 7 days in 7 countries… well that was the plans but like many things in 2020, Covid has made us both have to pivot but also persevere). But we speak about much more than that… one thing is for certain there is a lot of overcoming challenges. 

If you’re a triathlete and have raced in Europe, you may have been announced by Till, his a Sports Announcer & Event MC,  Storyteller, and Outdoor Lover.  He lives in the beautiful cycling mecca of Girona. 

And… so it turns out that Till and I are seemingly cut from the same cloth. You’ll see how easily he ropes me into a gooder of a winter challenge. We virtually shook hands on it, so it’s a done deal.

I loved this conversation with Till. His enthusiasm can definitely be felt. I trust you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Make sure you follow Till over on Instagram @TillSchenkLive

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Do you need all the tools, gadgets, and data to achieve high performance? On today's episode, Charlotte and I discuss what is truly necessary for endurance performance and what is not. 

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Today's podcast is about how the answers have changed but they have also stayed the same.

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. Races around the world have been canceled and life as we have known it has changed. 

And it’s a continual challenge on many fronts. No matter your personal beliefs and biases.

So today we unpack what “The Answers have Changed” means and how that impacts your training. Especially my addition that seemingly makes no sense “but they have also stayed the same”.


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We are Back! Under a new brand name “The Endurance Specific Podcast” and Endurance Specific Coaching.

It’s good to be back and today Charlotte and I talk about my recent Run Everesting, in search of 8848 meters of elevation (and descent). I go about answering a bunch of questions that our athletes and followers asked plus delve a bit more into THE EVENT IS LIFE.

Enjoy and we’re excited to be back podcasting.

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Today I have Joanna Zeiger on the podcast talking all about CBD. Joanna was a pro athlete from 1998 to 2010. She was 4th in the first ever triathlon in the Olympics in Sydney and then 5 weeks later was 5th at the Ironman World Champs. In 2008 Joanna one the 70.3 World champs…

Joanna had a career-ending injury when a bottle handoff at the 2009 70.3 World Champs went horribly wrong. Joanna has been living with chronic pain ever since.

This led to Joanna eventually trying cannabis (with a lot of coercing from her husband, as her research at CU had focused on all the potentially damaging effects of cannabis, and being a professional athlete, drugs were are no-go zone… Something we go into in the podcast).

I’m super interested in the benefits of CBD… As we discuss it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. But there is a lot of information and miss information out there. So there are things you need to understand and this interview is a great starting place.


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