Podcast Episode April 14, 2021

Episode 37 | Endurance Training for Backpackers


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Summary

In this episode, Ryan chats with Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, about endurance training for backpackers and how to get the most out of limited training time. Also in this episode: hiking in a post-Covid world, wilderness permits, bear-canister compatible packs, synthetic insulation, and more.

a luxuriously bearded man rests after running up a snowy hill
Co-host Andrew Marshall participating in some loaded winter endurance training. Credit: Rachael Shaw Marshall

Outline

Catching Up

Gear and New Favorite Things

Dirk Friel Interview

  • TrainingPeaks is a subscription-based software that helps you analyze your fitness data and plan your training
  • Why should backpackers care about endurance training?
  • Altitude and how to train for it
  • Performance output metrics
  • The three endurance training metrics
  • Which fuels your body burns at what point in your effort
  • What happens when your heart rate and pace decouple
  • High-intensity interval training and how it impacts endurance
  • Training for a New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete
  • Training for the Uphill Athlete
  • Dirk’s recommendations for targeted training
  • Progression and modulation
  • Heat training and adaptation and its effects on endurance
  • Strategic macro-nutrient intake
  • Examining different endurance scenarios: periodic week-long efforts, thru-hiking, FKT attempts
  • A-efforts vs. B-efforts vs. C-efforts
  • TrainingPeaks and how it can help
  • The power of data collection
  • CORE Body Temperature Monitoring
  • Dirk’s thoughts on WHOOP
  • The advantages of getting expert level instruction
  • What’s new for TrainingPeaks

Interview Follow-up Conversation

  • Training the gut
  • Listening to your body
  • a body-scan meditation practice can help you get in tune with your body
  • hot weather adaptation

What’s New at BPL?

  • Website update!

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    Companion forum thread to: Episode 37 | Endurance Training for Backpackers

    Ryan and Andrew chat with Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, about how to get the most out of your endurance training.

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    This post was reported by our community for violating our forum guidelines, reviewed by our moderators, and has been removed. – BPL

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    John L
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    @snakejon

    Lol my neighbor did “elk fit” last year, walking up my inclined street doing lunges and pushups with a loaded pack….he got ripped

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