The Full Circle Podcast

The Full Circle Podcast

The Full Circle Podcast offers listeners insights into topics and ideas pertaining to endurance sports training and racing. Hosted by Coach Laura Henry, this podcast releases episodes weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays and discusses training best practices, effective workouts, compelling research, coaching methodologies, physiology and recovery, and the best tools to help guide you unlock your potential and achieve your best performance. The Full Circle Podcast is part of Full Circle Endurance, which is an endurance sports coaching company that serves athletes in many endurance sports, including triathlon, running, cycling, and open water swimming. To learn more about how Full Circle Endurance can help you reach your goals, please visit us at: https://FullCircleEndurance.com/

Episodes

April 19, 2024 15 mins

If it hasn’t happened to you already, sooner or later you will get sick.  How do you best handle getting sick when you’re training?



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Over the last several years, we keep hearing about how anxiety and depression levels are rising significantly.  There have been a lot of complex and expensive solutions proposed to combat this problem, but the real solution may be more simple and elegant than anyone realizes.  Seeking out regular opportunities for awe and enchantment can remind us of how wonderful being human really is and help us become happier overall.



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April 12, 2024 20 mins

Workout logs are an undervalued part of endurance training.  Workout logs provide a more complete and full picture of what actually happened in a given workout, and these details help athletes and coaches plan better and more effective training over time.  They also help athletes develop more effective strategies for both training and racing.  All athletes should carve the time to log notes on their workouts if they want to reach t...

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A negative split is almost like a character from mythology in the world of running; it’s something that everyone talks about with reverence, but relatively few athletes see them or experience them regularly.  Learning to run negative splits can be a profoundly impactful skill for athletes both in terms of their results and their emotional growth.



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Coach Laura discusses the books she read in March 2024 and how she’s going to implement what she learned into her coaching and training.


Non-Fiction:
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney


Fiction:
The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose
Maybe Series by Colleen Hoover

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
The Storied Life of A.J. Fik...

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Transition has been called the “fourth discipline” of triathlon, and with good reason.  In triathlon - or any other multisport discipline (such as duathlon, aquabike, or aquathlon) - time spent in Transition counts toward an athlete’s overall race time.  Practicing Transition like you would practice any other discipline of multisport (such as swimming, biking, or running) can help you have a stress-free, smoother, and shorter Trans...

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More times that they realize - and perhaps more times than they’d like to admit - athletes get away with poor habits and behaviors.  Contrary to what they may think (or tell themselves), just because they get away with poor habits and behaviors does not mean that what they’re doing is best.  Developing the self-awareness to recognize when you got away with something in your training is the mark of a mature athlete and is really imp...

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“Push down, pull up” is a cue that has been passed around the cycling world like popcorn at the movies.  While it’s extremely common advice, it’s actually extremely incorrect advice.  Unfortunately, because it is so common, people often automatically assume that it’s good advice.  But pulling up on your bicycle pedals hurts you more than it helps you.  Coach Laura dives into the reason why this is true and gives advice on what you ...

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March 22, 2024 27 mins

Stick around the endurance sports world long enough, and you’ll probably get the bug to sign up for a race that requires travel or you’ll travel somewhere where you’ll want to train.  Thoughtfully considering travel plans and where you’re going is a really important component to successful destination training and racing.



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Roar: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Gr...

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The terms “pace” and “effort” are often used interchangeably by athletes.  This isn’t a good practice or habit to get into because in the world of endurance sports, “pace” and “effort” are not the same thing.  While they are somewhat related and can influence each other, they are two entirely different concepts.  Understanding this distinction is really important for athletes.



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March 15, 2024 22 mins

All too often, athletes get caught up in the granular elements of their training, such as individual workouts.  This is a trap, because training isn’t about individual workouts.  Training is about imposing a proper stimulus to elicit desired adaptations, which means that it’s about how individual workouts fit together as part of a larger picture.  In many ways, it’s actually a puzzle, and workouts are the pieces of that bigger puzz...

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Maybe you’ve heard of it.  Maybe you’ve even done it.  But do you actually know why people say foam rolling is good for athletes?



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https://www.fullcircleendurance.com/blog/coach-tip-tuesday-demystifying-foam-rolling 



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March 8, 2024 18 mins

Once you start hanging around endurance athletes and become part of the endurance sports community, your definition of what “normal” is starts to shift, especially when it comes to goal setting.  Keeping proper perspective is critical to achieving success at any and all goals.



Sources:

https://runrepeat.com/state-of-running


https://www.triathlete.com/culture/news/the-truth-about-triathlon-participation-in-the-united-sta...

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What is stretching, really?  Why is stretching touted as such an important component of endurance training?  Is it worthy of all of the hype?  In a word: Yes.  But what stretching actually is, exactly why it is so important, and how best to incorporate it may be different from what you’ve always thought.


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https://www.fullcircleendurance.com/blog/coach-tip-tuesday-what-stretching-actually-is 

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Coach Laura discusses the books she read in February 2024 and how she’s going to implement what she learned into her coaching and training.


Non-Fiction:

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age by Katherine May

Elvis and Me by Priscillia Beaulieu Presley

Strength Training and Conditi...

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Properly conducting an FTP Test is essential for athletes who desire to train by power in cycling.  Understanding exactly what an FTP Test is and what is being assessed in this workout are the first steps and foundation of being able to properly execute the workout and leverage the data that is gleaned from it in training.


Training and Racing with a Power Meter: Third Edition by Hunter Allen + Andrew Coggan, PhD + Stephen McGre...

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February 23, 2024 21 mins

No matter what endurance sport or event an athlete is training for, periodization is the architecture of any solid training plan.  Coach Laura dives into exactly what periodization is and the best practices for implementing it in training.

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The generations of humans currently living in the developed world have become addicted to being comfortable.  Facing and embracing discomfort is not only necessary for endurance athletes to grow, perform well, and reach their goals, it’s a critical component of a meaningful human existence.

The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael Easter



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February 16, 2024 23 mins

Cadence is an often talked about metric, but do athletes really understand why it’s so important?  Coach Laura dives into cycling cadence and why it matters for athletes.


Training and Racing with a Power Meter: Third Edition by Hunter Allen + Andrew Coggan, PhD + Stephen McGregor, PhD

Garmin Cadence Sensor: https://amzn.to/3urPl9L

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Mountaineers can teach endurance athletes a lot about “failure” and how to make wise decisions in the moment that go against what our culture says is success.


Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke

Read this Coach Tip Tuesday: https://www.fullcircleendurance.com/blog/coach-tip-tuesday-live-to-climb-another-day 

Learn more about Full Circle Endurance: https://FullCircleEndurance.com/

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