Performance Advantage Podcast

Performance Advantage Podcast

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Dr Will O’Connor and Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) are sports scientist who work with a plethora of endurance athletes from professionals to amateurs. They talk about common issues athletes encounter during endurance training and how to avoid or remedy them with the help of sports science. Submit questions to [email protected]


21. Can you do endurance sports without training long?
Jul 17 • 56 min
How long is long? If you’re running an ultramarathon, there’s no question that you need to be fit. But is running super long durations every weekend the right approach for you? This week Will and Matt break down the science of the long run. Matt talks…
20 Ultra-Endurance
Jul 9 • 70 min
Exercising for a stupid amount of time is the new black, so we thought we’d discuss ultra-endurance. Dr Matt has experience racing 24 hr mountain bike “races”, and gives us the intel on what it’s like riding at 3 am. We argue over the mental and physical…
19: Race Weight
Jul 2 • 73 min
Weight or body mass is an important area of endurance sports. But, is it the answer to faster times and improved performances for you? Matt and Will discuss the various factors involved in the weight debate; when should you lose weight, how much weight…
Performance Advantage Podcast Episode 18: Cam Langsford Founder of TrainingTilt
Jun 27 • 78 min
Cam Langsford is the founder of TrainingTilt, a revolutionary way for endurance sports coaches to run their remote businesses. TrainingTilt is the platform Will uses to run the Endurance Training Hub. Along with being a bad-ass computer developer, Cam is…
Performance Advantage Podcast Episode 17 - Travelling for Sports
Jun 21 • 60 min
Travelling to races can be a massive hassle, and it can sometimes make or break your race. In this episode, we go over all the different ways you can improve the way you travel to make sure you get to your race with as little stress a possible. Watch the…
16: Rob Dallimore, Founder of Foot Traffic Endurance Sports Coaching
Jun 12 • 95 min
Rob Dallimore is the founder of Foot Traffic Endurance Sports Coaching, an Auckland (NZ) based coaching business. Rob has grown Foot Traffic from a one-man band to a coaching business with seven coaches. We talked to Rob about the business of coaching,…
15: Overtraining and how to avoid it
Jun 4 • 62 min
Overtraining is far too common in endurance sport. The combination of motivated type-A personalities and ever-increasing event distances makes for a disastrous mix. Will and Matt have both suffered from severe overtraining syndrome and talk through their…
14: Sam Shaw the Coolest Guy on Two Wheels
May 22 • 88 min
The Rotorua boy taking on the world in two forms of mountain biking, enduro and X-Country Olympic (XCO). Sam shares his unique views on training without a coach. Sam also tells us about how he got his start in mountain biking and how he used to train 3hrs…
13: Carbohydrate and Endurance Sport the 5Ws
May 14 • 56 min
Could you be racing faster? If you’re taking on too much carbohydrate or you’re not taking on enough, you could be missing out of performance gains. We talk through the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, why) of carbohydrate and endurance exercise. Watch the…
12: Seamus Powell Pro Mountain Biker Behind the Scenes
May 7 • 92 min
Seamus Powell shares some never heard before insights into the world of professional mountain biking. Seamus has ridden for the Gaint Factory Mountain Bike Team and the KHS Factory Mountain Bike Team before becoming a privately supported rider in 2019.…
11: Buying Guide for Endurance Athletes
Apr 30 • 54 min
What should you buy to get the most out of your training? We go over three price levels; $500+, $250, $50, and give our recommendations for the best bang for the buck training gear. Watch the Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JyKQvnMsmJo Subscribe to…
10: Running with Power
Apr 24 • 55 min
Dr Will talks through how running with a power meter can improve your running. Running power meters offer an objective measure of effort without the error of GPS signal or variance of terrain. Running power meters also provide insightful metrics which…
9: THE BRAKE POWER METER!!
Apr 16 • 61 min
Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) finally releases some intel behind the worlds first brake power meter. The brake power was invented by Dr Matt during his PhD and has been kept secret due to international patent law and ongoing negotiations. This podcast…
8: Getting a Coach
Apr 9 • 65 min
How do you know when it’s time to get a coach? Is coaching going to be right for you, and do you know what type of coaching you want? On this episode, we discuss the world of endurance sports coaching and what options are out there for athletes.…
7: Kieran Mcpherson Pro-Xterra Triathlete
Apr 2 • 89 min
After a somewhat challenging run in the weekend, Will was admitted to hospital for gastro, dehydration and heat illness. He tells the story on how all that transpired, before getting into an interview with professional off-road triathlete Kieran…
6: Fasted Training
Mar 28 • 61 min
Do we need to eat before training? Will and Matt discuss training in the fasted state. The main takeaway is that it works for men but not for women. Will talks over his training for his upcoming marathon in which he hopes to go close to 2hrs30min, and…
5: Training for XC Mountain Biking
Mar 19 • 65 min
If you thought mountain biking was all fast starts and going hard you may be looking at it the wrong way. Dr Matt Miller (A.K.A MTB PhD) talks through the dos and don’ts of XC mountain biking training. Dr Matt also teaches us the qualification process for…
4: Training for Triathlon
Mar 12 • 64 min
On this episode, the boys’ are talking training for triathlon. Matt and Will both talk through their first triathlon stories. Matt’s experience involves a rescue, a first off the bike and saggy bib shorts. A great swimming resource; www.swimsmooth.com…
3: Riding with Power
Mar 5 • 58 min
In this episode Will and Matt talk about cycling power meters. Matt runs us through his research on which ones are best and how to use yours to best effect. Calculate your power zones using info in our blog HERE
2: Low Carbohydrate Endurance
Feb 26 • 55 min
This week we talked through Will’s PhD Thesis ’ Metabolic Flexibility and Endurance Performance’ which centres on carbohydrate intakes for men and women. You can access myfitnesspal HERE Find out more about Dr Will HERE Find out more about Dr Matt HERE…
1: Cross-training for Endurance Athletes
Feb 20 • 36 min
Cross-training can be a good addition to endurance training, but is it right for you? Will and Matt talk through how they incorporate cross-training with professional and amateur athletes. Matt tells Will that strength training is more than just ‘gym’…