On the 50th episode of the CoachCast Dirk chatted with Dr. David Martin about his 35 years of experience training professional and Olympic level athletes. Listen as they delve into the fascinating career of Cadel Evans as well as the evolution of nutrition and training technologies such as glucose monitoring, HRV, heat adaptation and supplement categorization.
“I love the underdog and I love the startup…I love the idea of coming in when things are bad and trying to be part of building hope.”
“It’s escalating all the competition to a level where you want to feel calm and confident in your team. And I think having a group of reputable science-minded specialists supporting you helps you feel better about how you’re going to run the day.”
“I think that probably the prudent way to go with heart rate variability is say we’re going to monitor it and we’re going to have it as a signal that sits beside what we do. It doesn’t dictate whether you train or don’t train it. Doesn’t dictate how long your taper is. I’m not gonna make too much out of it. I’m gonna use this as a reference variable.”
“I love the special forces approach to like sleep and recovery… you do not need to have good sleep to perform at the absolute highest level. You know, you are special forces—you can to command a regimen. These boys, no sleep, two days, you can [still] climb up a ridge.”
“It seems like we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about supplements and such a minimum amount of time talking about important aspects of preparing athletes to be better. You can spend two nights talking about supplements and no one’s talking about the taper or the loading program at all.”