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Fast Talk

The Fast Talk podcast offers the best guides to cycling performance and endurance sports training from world-class experts.Cohosted by cycling coaches and sport scientists Trevor Connor and Rob Pickels, Fast Talk episodes feature fascinating conversations with world-class experts discussing the endurance sports topics they know best: the best ways to train, effective workouts, questions on polarized and interval training, sports nutrition, physiology and recovery, and sport psychology.Fast Talk guests and regular contributors include Dr. Stephen Seiler, Joe Friel, Dr. Asker Jeukendrup, Sebastian Weber, Jim Miller, Dr. Andy Pruitt, Dr. Timothy Noakes, and elite professional athletes like Kristin Armstrong...

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Recent Episodes of Fast Talk


What It Takes to Race the Tour de France, with Alex Howes and Neal Henderson

What It Takes to Race the Tour de France, with Alex Howes and Neal Henderson

We’ve all seen on TV how hard the Tour de France is, but what does it take for these riders to push themselves so far day after day? 

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Episode 327 11 July 2024 1h, 27m and 1s


Revisiting Episode 8: The Importance of Neuromuscular Training

Revisiting Episode 8: The Importance of Neuromuscular Training

Originally titled “Stop Your Legs from Fighting (Themselves),” we look back at episode 8 to see how our views—and the science—has changed regarding neuromuscular work.

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Episode 326 4 July 2024 1h, 2m and 57s


When Is Fast Tech Too Fast?

When Is Fast Tech Too Fast?

When does an innovation in speed cross the line of fair competition or safety?

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Episode 325 27 June 2024 1h, 21m and 21s


Lennard Zinn’s Cycling Gear Essentials

Lennard Zinn’s Cycling Gear Essentials

Lennard Zinn shares his decades of experience to help cyclists of all levels navigate what gear they do and don’t need when starting a new cycling discipline.

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Episode 324 20 June 2024 1h, 22m and 40s


Do All Athletes Need Regular Blood Testing?

Do All Athletes Need Regular Blood Testing?

Blood tests can help tell whether an athlete is overtrained or performing at their best, but is it a good idea for athletes to do regular testing? We discuss with Dr. Lauren Rudolph.

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Episode 323 13 June 2024 1h, 14m and 16s


Evolution of the Holistic Athlete with Dirk Friel

Evolution of the Holistic Athlete with Dirk Friel

We talk with TrainingPeaks founder Dirk Friel about how athletes, coaches, and training software now focus on the whole athlete instead of only training plans. 

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Episode 322 6 June 2024 1h, 8m and 36s


How to Effectively Give and Receive Feedback, with Eric Brunner

How to Effectively Give and Receive Feedback, with Eric Brunner

We talk with National Cyclocross Champion Eric Brunner about how to best give and receive feedback—not only in sports, but all aspects of life. 

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Episode 321 30 May 2024 1h, 30m and 10s


Potluck Discussion: Holding a Wheel, GI Issues While Running, and Training Physiology or Performance

Potluck Discussion: Holding a Wheel, GI Issues While Running, and Training Physiology or Performance

In this potluck we discuss what to do when you’re struggling to hang on to a wheel, what the overall goal of training should be, and how to handle needing to poop during a long running event. 

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Episode 320 24 May 2024 1h, 8m and 18s


Do Cooldown Sessions Help or Hurt You?

Do Cooldown Sessions Help or Hurt You?

It’s a given that after a race or workout you do a cooldown—but is there any evidence this actually helps? The science may say otherwise. 

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Episode 319 16 May 2024 49m and 54s


Get the Most Out of Your Performance with Mental Strength Techniques

Get the Most Out of Your Performance with Mental Strength Techniques

e’ve talked a lot about sports psychology tactics, but in this episode Dr. Brian Zuleger explains how to effectively apply them to your performance. 

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Episode 318 9 May 2024 1h, 25m and 40s

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