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Coach of The Norwegian Train: Olav Aleksander Bu On The Science of Elite Performance

By January 12, 2023No Comments
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Episode #729



At the highest echelon of elite performance, what differentiates those standing on podiums from those looking up from below?

In the world of swim-bike-run, the defining factor is coach Olav Aleksander Bu.

The co-founder of the companies Santara tech and Entalpi, Olav is a sports scientist and elite coach who helped to devise a protocol of testing and performance optimization, grounded in the scientific method, that is achieving undisputable real-world results as evidenced by the Olympic gold medals and championship victories of Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden.

I had the honor to sit down with the Norwegian triathlon world champs Kristian and Gustav a few months ago (RRP 712 if you missed it). And while they earnestly answered every question I asked, I was still left wondering: what exactly is going on in Norway to produce such towering figures in the world of swim-bike-run?

Here today with the answers is the coach of The Norwegian Train himself.

“As long as we always progress and take care of the people around us, we eventually will achieve our goals.”


In this highly anticipated conversation (especially for all you training data geeks) we dive into the ins and outs Olav’s background.

From how he got started in coaching, to how he met Gustav and Kristian, the protocols he has instituted that have garnered so much success, his philosophies regarding team culture, values, and priorities, and his fundamental laws of energy in training—today we cover it all.

This is sure to be a must-listen for any and all athletes out there—both professional and recreational—as it is packed with actionable takeaways.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The Norwegian Train rides again.


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