Tag Archives: Sports

Training Smart with Heart Rate 04/11 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

Training Smart with Heart Rate 04/11 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

DrSanMillanTraining with heart rate is the most effective way to improve endurance for cycling and running.  Join Richard Diaz and Dr. Iñigo San Millán, director of the Exercise Physiology Lab & Sports at the UC School of Medicine as they discuss heart rate training.
Dr. Iñigo San Millán was selected as Colorado’s Top Thinker 2013 in Health. He also served as director of physiological testing for the professional cycling team Garmin-Transitions, Spain’s pro team Once and Saunier-Duval, as well as Astana in 2007. While a number of his former employers have been beset by doping scandals, San Millán is widely regarded as an exponent of a clean cycling.

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Interview with Joe Friel 12/06 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

joe-frielInterview with Joe Friel 12/06 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

Meet Joe Friel, the most sought after Triathlon and Cycling coach in America. This is a rare opportunity as Richard Diaz and Joe Friel discuss training philosophies for runners and triathletes. Learn the importance and role heart rate and power has in training.


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How to Become a Sponsored Pro Athlete 11/22 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

How to Become a Sponsored Pro Athlete 11/22 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

Sean Watkins, Watkins INK. Heather Jackson

In the endurance sports world competition is tough, finding sponsors and making a living is even tougher. Join our Host Richard Diaz and guests Sean Watkins-president of Watkins ink., and pro triathlete Heather Jackson as they reveal what it takes to go pro.

It’s not enough to be a great athlete, being wise in business, making the right contacts and getting exposure in the right circles are all part of the equation of turning pro.

Sean Watkins is the founder and president of Watkins Ink., a sports marketing company with an impressive stable of pro triathletes and cyclists. He is in the business of spotting talent and nurturing careers for some of the best athletes in the world. Heather Jackson, is one of the hottest female triathletes in the world today, coming off of 3 impressive wins this year:  1st Place- Oceanside 70.3 (2013) 1st Place- ESCAPE From Alcatraz Triathlon (2013) 1st Place- Wildflower Triathlon (2013)

Do you think you have what it takes to become a sponsored pro athlete? If so, this is a show you do not want to miss!


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What’s up with Aero Helmets? 11/15 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

What’s up with Aero Helmets? 11/15 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.


Join host Richard Diaz and guest Paul Craig, President of Running and Cycling Ent., and exclusive US distributor of Rudy Project, makers of the most favored Aero Helmet at the IRONMAN World Championship. Learn what an Aero Helmet can do for your finish times.


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Faster! The Science behind Speed

Faster-400x300Faster, is a new book on the topic of speed as it relates to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and overall performance.  Listen as author and astronautical engineer Jim Gourley and Richard Diaz discuss the science that few athletes consider yet should!



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Lesley Paterson “The Scottish Rocket 09/06 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

LesLesley Paterson “The Scottish Rocket 09/06 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

Lesley Paterson “The Scottish Rocket” Xterra World Champion, don’t be fooled by her fun loving nature, she is a ferocious competitor. Listen as Richard Diaz chats with her as she prepares for the 2013 Xterra World Championships in Kapalua Maui on Oct. 27.

On 23 October 2011, Paterson won the Xterra World Championship in Kapalua, Maui, despite suffering a flat tire on the bike stage, and falling on the run stage. She recorded a run time of 43:54, almost 10 minutes faster than Lance Armstrong, whose presence had led to increased publicity for the race. Paterson repeated as champion in 2012, winning by almost four minutes over Bárbara Riveros.

Paterson coaches triathletes using the name Braveheart Coaching, she describes her coaching work as “the hardest and yet one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in triathlon.  She is working on a project to produce a reality TV series in which she trains underprivileged kids to race their first triathlon.



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Heart Rate Training for Runners


TrainHRTraining with heart rate is a confusing topic with endurance athletes. Our host Richard Diaz is an expert in the art of heart rate training. Listen as he and his guest, Mike Rouse, a seasoned Ultra runner, discuss the benefits of heart rate training.

Why is it important to monitor heart rate while training? What are the benefits? How can we determine what is the appropriate intensity to follow? All these and many more questions will be answered during our series on heart rate training.


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Women Runners Who Rule Part 1 06/14 by The Natural Running Network Live | Blog Talk Radio

Women Runners Who Rule Part 1 06/14 by The Natural Running Network Live | Blog Talk Radio.

Brie3Brie Felnagle is an NCAA champ in the 1500 and DMR and 12x All American. She finished 3rd this season at the USA indoor championships in the mile and posted 15:14 in the 5k. I decided to feature a lady who knows what it means to compete at an elite level.  In an earlier episode, Jenny Hadfield and I discussed the performances of women runners over the past 30 years and it’s clear that women are improving at a staggering rate as opposed to the male counter parts in the sport.  Listen to a candid conversation with Brie and our host Richard Diaz. this Friday morning on The Natural Running Network Live 8:30 am PT.

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Three Great Shows


I am very proud to announce our line up for the next 3 Friday shows on “The Natural Running Network-Live” podcast. Beginning with tomorrow morning; I’ll chat with Jenny Hadfield, author, columnist and running coach on the evolution of women in sport.  Next Friday, you’ll have a chance to hear Leo Monzano “The Rain Maker” speak on his Olympic experience in London where he broke a 44 year drought for the American Team by earning a well-deserved Silver Medal in the 1500 meters with an amazing come from behind attack in the final 100 meters. Then, the following Friday, listen as I interview one of the hottest talents in the professional Triathlon scene, Terenzo Bazzone.

If you are not listening to our show, you really should! Look for us on iTunes or join us live on Fridays for the interviews or Wednesday nights for our ever popular Q&A Show. Lots of fun and great insight from some amazing personalities.  Bookmark this link and go ahead and subscribe to be notified of our future shows.


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The TEAM LAS&F Project Agenda

This project stems from countless years of research and training of athletes. The goal is to showcase a highly effective system of training for runners that was developed in our lab and supported by the work with hundreds of runners over the past 15 years. We want to show the world what can be achieved by following our training concepts.

I believe that given the opportunity to have greater control over an athlete’s training under very specific training protocols based on an individual’s talents and unique metabolic structure that we can generate astounding improvements in running ability and race times. I know this to be true because I have seen it in case after case where an athlete was diligent in following our advice following our lab assessments.

This team concept as I see it, provides a win-win situation for both the selected team members and for our sports performance business. We at dhp elite training are very excited about the opportunity as are the candidates that are now under review. Once the May/June Issue of LA Sports & Fitness Magazine is released this week, we anticipate another huge wave of applicants who wish to earn a spot on our team. Within the first week of June we will select 10 women and 10 men all vying for the opportunity to become sponsored team members. The end goal is to compete in the Agoura 10 miler slated for October.  Between June and October we will devote a tremendous amount of energy into these team members preparing them for what may possibly be the performance of a lifetime. We selected this race because of the competitive nature of the distance, short enough to be fast, long enough to be a test of endurance.  I feel that 10 miles is a perfect mix for our experiment.

We are putting all of our cards on the table and we are all in! The journey will begin with a comprehensive study of each team member in our lab, from resting metabolic assessments to establish appropriate meal planning, body composition measurements and video gait analysis, concluded by VO2 max testing.

After an in-depth orientation we will set about collecting field assessments for comparative analysis to be drawn periodically during training. Each team member will be fitted to a new pair of Altra “zero drop” Running Shoes, Icebreaker GT 100% merino wool running apparel, a pair of Sunglasses from XX2i Optics offered from Rudy Project, a hydration system from Amphipod along with a well-stocked supply of energy replacement/hydration and recovery products from Accelerade and Endurox. We valued the financial commitment to each team member to be in excess of $3,000 in training and products.

This is the type of opportunity that most adult recreational runners will never experience. We feel that the hardest part for us is going to be the actual selection of team member. It is very important to us that the team dynamic is harmonious and the team members are able to feed off each other in the spirit of camaraderie and competition. We will draw from various ages and abilities. I feel that the burden of the final decision should fall to collective agreement among our coaches rather than from one individual. It’s going to be tough; we already have more candidates than opening for the team and the announcement is not even official yet! Of those who have submitted their bio’s, we are seeing some very high quality individuals, some who are highly experienced, some who have set some blazing race times and some who simply want it very badly and I am torn as to which of these attributes are of most importance.

My stake in this is to see the outcome of our efforts; compliance is the critical element in all of this. We know the process will work; we have no reservations in respect to our approach to training. Yet, when it is all said and done, in order to see the fruits of our labor, we require application. We need each of our team members to provide 100% and dedicate themselves to our process and not to be sidelined by other interests or concepts. Because, compliance to us is of utmost importance we have decided to award $500.00 to the most progressive team member, $300.00 to 2nd place and $200 to 3rd place at the conclusion of the race.

For those of you that are just learning about this project and are interested in applying for a slot on our team, you must visit www.naturalrunningcoach.net/team.html to register. After reviewing the details, and agreeing to terms, you will find an e-mail address to submit your plea. I highly recommend that you do not hesitate. Don’t send us in depth questions about qualifications, etc. If you think you have the right stuff, step up, is you are undecided, step off! Good luck to all of you. As for the spectators of this reality project, stay tuned to LAS&F magazine over the coming months to follow our team’s progress.

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