“There are so many things that your body gives you clear signals for – you just need to understand the language it’s speaking.”
Today I am joined by Chris Hauth for round two of my new and novel Coach’s Corner edition of the podcast.
A sub-9 hour Ironman, Chris (@AIMPCoach) is the current Age Group Ironman World Champion, a former Olympic Swimmer and one of the world’s most respected endurance coaches. In 2006, Chris won the Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
When he’s not training and racing, Chris coaches a wide spectrum of athletes ranging from elite professionals — including Ironman and Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and Olympic Trials qualifiers — to first time half-marathoners.
A friend and mentor as much as a coach, Chris has deftly guided me through three Ultraman World Championships (’08, ’09 & ’11), EPIC5 in 2010 and is currently preparing me for the impending Ötillö Swimrun World Championships in Sweden this September, an event we will race together — literally tethered to each other — as a team.
Today we sit down for a brief (by the standards of this podcast) state-of-the-union on our training at 11 weeks out from Ötillö, then shift focus to a number of fitness, training and overall wellness subjects germane to the listener — whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior or just looking for that nudge to get off the couch.
Specific subjects discussed include:
- Chris & Rich’s preparation for Ötillö
- Getting Rich ‘race fit’ at 50 after a 5-year break
- Training into your 50’s & 60’s
- Chris’ training & racing philosophy
- Pros & cons of external monitors/trackers
- Fitness versus racing
- Chris’ three pillars for peak performance
- Training smart vs. training hard
- The primacy of process over results & enjoyment over obsession
- Strategies for optimizing recovery
I could have never achieved the level of athletic success I have enjoyed without Chris’ deft counsel, so it is with pleasure that I share his wisdom with you today.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange.
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference
- Connect With Chris: Website | Twitter | Email
- Apple Podcasts: The Weekly Word Podcast with Chris Hauth
- Website: ÖTILLÖ – Swim Run World Series
- XTRI: Interview with Chris Hauth
- XTRI: Chris Hauth: Throwing Up A Brick – Learning To Understand “Bad” Workouts by Chris Hauth
- AIMPCoaching: Endurance Fueling by Chris Hauth
- AIMPCoaching: Better Than Yesterday by Chris Hauth
- AIMPCoaching: 4 Questions To Start Your Season by Chris Hauth
- CoachGordo: Weight Is Not A Training Tool by Chris Hauth
- Amelia Boone Racing Blog: Race Happy
- Ironman: 7 Long Run Workouts to Nail Your Goal Pace by Laura Siddall
- HealthRoom: Zone 2 Training: The Missing Link in Your Cardiovascular Fitness
- ACTIONHUB: ÖTILLÖ: A Revolutionary Sport for Both Land and Sea by Lauren Montemurri
- NBC Sports: Hunter McIntyre: From frat boy to fitness enthusiast
- Outside Magazine: Meet Steve Magness the Mad Scientist of Running by Brad Stulberg
- New York Magazine: Ditching All My Running Gadgets Made Me a Better Runner by Brad Stulberg
- YouTube: Almost Disqualified From The Otillo Swimrun | Sweden | Boundless | Esquire Network
Notable People Discussed
- Amelia Boone: Blogger, obstacle race world champion and endurance athlete
- Gordo Byrn: World Champion Ultra Distance (2002) and co-author of Going Long: Training for Triathlon’s Ultimate Challenge*
- Jonas Colting: Swedish ultra triathlon Champion and 3 time ÖTILLÖ winner
- Hillary Biscay: American triathlete, Ironman champion (2008) and Ultraman World Champion (2013)
- Caroline Burckle: Olympic Medalist, Co-Creator of RISE Elite Athletes
- Rebecca Soni: American competition swimmer and six-time Olympic medalist (podcast guest)
- Hunter McIntyre: a.k.a. “The Sheriff”, Pro Endurance Athlete, Spartan Champion, BoundlessTV co-Host
- Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness: Authors of: Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success* and podcast guests
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #021: Chris Hauth On Endurance Training For Maximum Results
- RRP #256: Chris Hauth: Building Better Athletes, Training For Optimal Performance & Achieving Fitness For Life
- RRP #285: Louis Cole On Living The Life of Adventure (with Chris Hauth)
- RRP #037: Hillary Biscay – 60 Ironmans & Counting
- RRP #293: How To Achieve Peak Performance — And Sustain It — With Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness
- RRP #252: Dr. Michael Gervais On Elite Performance & The Psychology of Self-Mastery
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