Episode 011: 4 ways to concentrate

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In this episode we explore 4 ways to concentrate using attentional focus.  Understanding how you focus can help you keep the mental edge to stay on top.

If you are interested in learning more about how to focus better you email FocusedSportPerformance@gmail.com or you can schedule an appointment talk about your specific needs.

Here is the free worksheet that is offered to go with this episode.

Episode 009 - Daniel Slater- Ultra Marathoner

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I interview ultra marathoner Daniel Slater about his adventures running epic long distance races and the mental approach he takes to perform at his best.

What event(s) do you participate in?  Currently I mostly participate in trail ultramarathons, mostly 100 milers.

  • In the winter I try to participate at Tuscobia which has either an 80 or 160 mile and Arrowhead 135 with a goal of one day getting into the Iditarod 350.
  • Winter races are my favorite. The remainder of the year depends on race lotteries, but will consist of a few 100s and some shorter ultras to fill in the gaps or to assist building up mileage.
  • I usually try to go to races and places I’ve never been to before. I have run the Mohican 100 and Kettle Morraine 100 twice each. Other 100s include: Indiana, Burning River, Grindstone, Vermont, Hallucination.
  • I have run the Ice Age 50, JFK 50, Marquette 50 and multiple 50ks. I still do the occasional 5 or 10k and I’m currently training for my first road marathon in 4 years in an attempt to Boston qualify which is different and difficult type of training than I am used to. 
  • Other than the marathon I have a 100 milers planned in Andorra and Virginia and my “A” race is the Bigfoot 200 in Washington in August. 

What are some notable achievements?

  • Completed the Midwest Slam which is five 100 milers over one summer (Indiana, Kettle Morraine, Mohican, Burning River, and Hallucination) in 2016.
  • Order of the Hrimthurs which is a series of 3 winter ultras in one season (Tuscobia 160, Arrowhead 135 and Actif Epica) in 2017. Only 10 people of done this on foot. 
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What is your favorite/memorable race?  Tuscobia 160 in January 2017 was a life changing experience though the 2014 Mohican was my first 100 and very special. 

What got you into the sport of endurance running?  I had spent years after college making half attempts to get healthy again and finally decided I would try to run a marathon likely in an attempt to deal with issues in my personal life.

Favorite Quote: 

  • "Get comfortable being uncomfortable"  
  • "It never always gets worse"

Fun fact:  Played college football, offensive lineman, and weighed 310 lbs. Lost 100 lbs through running and kept it off for nearly 10 years.

Episode 008: Matt Landry - Author (Forward, Upward, Onward)

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In this episode I interview Matt Landry, author of the new book 'Forward, Upward, Onward'.  He shares about his experiences with his hiking challenge of 48 peaks in New Hampshire of 4000 feet within a year.

What is your climbing/hiking experience?   
I can say that I've hiked fairly extensively in the Southwest, and parts of Colorado, though (anlong with the 48 highest mountains in NH). I've also been hiking in one form or another for over 35 years.

What inspired you to write this book?  It was the personal challenge of trying to convey the feeling of both accomplishing a major goal, by taking you along with the steps involved with it (both good and bad), and the lessons I learned along the way. The lessons don't come at the end, they happen during the journey.

When/how did you get started in hiking?  
I had a mountain local to me, and I used to climb it often as a kid. I've always loved the outdoors. Hiking over 35 years

What is your favorite place to hike?  My favorite place is still in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It's not just the logistics of the location (it's a very driveable place for me), it's probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever encountered in the United States.

Next place or mountain you would like to hike?  Yosemite is pretty high on that bucket list, along with some Alaska peaks.

Favorite quote:  “You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.” - Jim Whittaker

Fun fact:  I wrote my first book last year at the age of 49.

 

Newest book:  Forward, Upward, Onwardhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789LCC6H

First book: Learning to Be Human Again - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y1SWBJH

Personal Webpage:  http://www.mattlandry.com

Episode 007: Alex Hutchinson - Author (Endure)

I interview Alex Hutchinson, author of the newly released book Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (Click here to check it out).  

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What is your writing Experience? I am a National Magazine Award-winning science journalist focusing on endurance sports.  I currently write the Sweat Science column for Outside, and was a former columnist for Runner’s World. My writing also appears regularly in a variety of other publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Globe and Mail. I’m written three books, the latest of which (published by HarperCollins in February 2018) is ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

What is your experience with sport?  I competed as a middle- and long-distance runner through high school and university, and then for the Canadian national team in track, cross-country, road racing, and mountain running.

How were you inspired to begin writing about sport?  I actually started out as a physicist. I did a Ph.D. in Britain, then worked for the U.S. National Security Agency as a postdoctoral researcher for a few years. In my late 20s, I made a switch to journalism, and one of my key motivations was wanting the opportunity to spend more time being involved in the things I was passionate about—like sports. Since I had a science background, writing about the science of sport seemed like an obvious route to stay involved in that world.

What is your favorite article that you have written (other than this book)?  This is a tough one. If I skip the various sports science articles I’ve written in the course of reporting my new book over the past seven or eight years, my favorite is probably this one about how navigating with GPS may be changing our brains.

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Favorite Quote:  “A book is like a mirror. If an ass peers in, you can’t expect an apostle to peer out.” (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg) That’s what I plan to say to anyone who doesn’t like my book. :)

Fun fact:  My best 1,500 meter run was 3:42.43—which, unfortunately, is just slightly slower than the equivalent of a four-minute mile. According to the IAAF tables, it’s worth about 4:00.03. That still hurts.