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Consummate Athlete Podcast
Consummate Athlete Podcast
Molly Hurford, Peter Glassford

Author Molly Hurford and Endurance Coach Peter Glassford bring you the Consummate Athlete Podcast. We interview people who embrace multiple sports to... more

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How to Review Your Race

In this week's episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, Molly Hurford and Peter Glassford discuss analyzing race files and understanding... more

16 Jul 2024 · 45 minutes
Road Marathon to Trail Ultra - Reid Coolsaet - Live Episode

Join us for a special live episode presented by Salomon at Vo2 Sports Co. in Collingwood, featuring Olympian, 2:10 marathoner,... more

09 Jul 2024 · 37 minutes
How to Bring More Women to Trail Running - Live Episode

Join us for a special live episode presented by Salomon at Vo2 Sports Co. in Collingwood, Ontario. This panel discussion,... more

09 Jul 2024 · 50 minutes
Race Recaps including Western States + Racing after Time Off + Dropper Posts + Trouble Doing Power Outside

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, Molly and Peter discuss several major events from the weekend, including the... more

02 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Achieving Success with Realistic Event Expectations

Today on the Consummate Athlete podcast, we discuss how our expectations can shape our success or failure. We cover the... more

25 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
Auto-Pausing Workouts - Implications for Data & Psychology

This week's podcast Q&A tackles the topic of AUTO-PAUSE on bike computers and run watches. We... more

18 Jun 2024 · 40 minutes
Fueling, RED-S & Weight Management for Athletes with Lindsey Cortes RD

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, Molly Hurford chats with sports dietitian Lindsey Cortes. We explore the staggering... more

11 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Marginal Gains for Masters

Today we discuss whether chasing small gains in performance (i.e. marginal gains) make sense for busy masters athletes. From altitude... more

04 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Why am I Failing Workouts? + Should I Look at Heart Rate in a Race?

Today, Molly and Peter tackle two insightful listener questions on the Consummate Athlete podcast. First, they delve into the topic... more

28 May 2024 · 54 minutes
Do You Have to Do Your Race Distance in Training?

Join Peter and Molly as they discuss the common question of how much you need to train to be ready... more

21 May 2024 · 40 minutes
Heat Adaptation for Exercise Performance - Dr. Stephen Cheung Returns!

Explore the latest insights on heat... more

14 May 2024 · 58 minutes
Can You Train for Cycling Outside?

This week, we discuss a common question Peter often receives, that might surprise you! Although cycling typically takes place outdoors,... more

07 May 2024 · 37 minutes
Can You Be Fit for 2 Different Types of Races?

In this episode, we discuss a listener's question about training for two different types of bike races, like Gravel and... more

30 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Down Bad, Crying at the Gym - Spring Blahs & Low Motivation

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, we dive into the challenges many athletes face with low motivation, burnout,... more

23 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
An Athlete's Journey Through Knee Pain - Mackenzie Myatt

Join us for a special bonus episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, where Author, Poet and Elite Racer Mackenzie Myatt... more

19 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Running, Injuries, Jumping - Greg Lehman Returns

Tune in to the Consummate Athlete podcast as Greg Lehman shares insights on running injuries like knee pain. Discover Peter's... more

16 Apr 2024 · 1 hour,
Training for Leadville 100 Run & Bike - 3 Months Out

Peter and Molly discuss preparing for the Leadville 100 run and bike. Molly is doing the run in 2024 and... more

09 Apr 2024 · 55 minutes
Q2 Goals, Using a Whoop, Coaching if not a skilled rider & Late Workout Refueling

Join Peter and Molly as they conduct a Q2/spring Goal Check-in and address three listener questions. They discuss whether a... more

02 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Gravel Tech & Bucket List Races - Ben Delaney

In this podcast episode we discuss gravel racing with special guest @TheRidewithBenDelaney! Discover the must-have gravel races for your bucket list,... more

26 Mar 2024 · 59 minutes
Should you Ride Inside or Outside? And Do you need to Ride Indoors?

Today Molly and Peter discuss 2 listener questions about deciding when to ride indoors and outdoors and also if someone... more

19 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
Year-Round Intensity + Starting Strength in 60's

Today Molly and Peter discuss a listener question about doing intensity and races year-round. They look at an interesting study... more

12 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
Bike Packing & Indoor Training - Charlotte Backus

Join Molly on the Consummate Athlete Podcast as she interviews Charlotte Backus Turner, an Elite Cyclist and coach from Park... more

05 Mar 2024 · 58 minutes
Deciding How to Train + HR Monitor Troubleshooting

Today Molly and Peter discuss a listener question about deciding how one should train for endurance sports. We also do... more

27 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
Test Don't Guess? and What happens if you leave Zone 2?

Join us in this episode as we tackle two thought-provoking listener questions. First up: the myth that you must undergo... more

20 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Libido, Training Couples & Racing After Kids - Megan + David Roche

Tune in to the latest episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, featuring Megan and David Roche from SWAP Running... more

13 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
[updated] Cold Plunges, Irregular Schedules & Wearable Data

Update: We recorded this episode again to bring the audio quality up to our standards. Thanks for checking it out... more

06 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Call of a Lifetime - Shannon Vandivier

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, we're diving into the behind-the-scenes action of the latest season of 'Call... more

30 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Training Camp Structure, Sugar Supplement Usage & Increasing Strength Exercise Challenge

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, we discuss how to do heavy (hard) strenth training when you do... more

23 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
A life of Adventure & The 7 Summits - Remy Kloos

In this episode of the Consummate Athlete Podcast, we explore the remarkable life of Remy Kloos – a high-altitude mountaineer,... more

16 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Is Hockey Cross Training? Long Strength Workouts? Combination Exercises?

Today Molly and Peter discuss a long list of questions including:  Is Hockey Cross Training? Long Strength Workouts? Combination Exercises?... more

09 Jan 2024 · 42 minutes
Dr. Stacy Sims - Weight Lifting, Protein, Menopause [Rebroadcast]

This is our most popular episode in 2023 so we are rebroadcasting this important interview with Dr. Stacy Sims. Her... more

01 Jan 2024 · 48 minutes
The Consummate Athlete 2024 Goal Setting Episode

Peter Glassford and Molly Hurford discuss goal setting for the next cycling or running season. They discuss Molly's annual New... more

26 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
The Joy of Well Being with Colleen and Jason Wachob

In this episode, host Molly Hurford is joined by special guests Colleen and Jason Wachob, the duo behind the amazing... more

19 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
How to Stay Motivated on the Indoor Trainer

We discuss a question about staying motivated on the indoor cycling trainer .  This time of year can be hard... more

12 Dec 2023 · 46 minutes
Tour Divide Bike Packing - Brook Smith

Brook Smith returns to the show to discuss Bike Packing on the Tour Divide. Brook has taken on some of... more

05 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
Holiday Q&A

  Today we discuss questions around the holiday season. Strength training follow ups from the last episode, Weather, habits, traditions,... more

28 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
Getting Your Mind in Gear - Pat Spencer

Pat Spencer is a social worker with a private practice in central New Jersey and a mental skills coach for... more

21 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Peaking for Races + Off-season Strength Only Blocks For Busy Cyclists

In this episode, we discuss two listener questions. First, we address the viability and wisdom of dedicating a significant portion... more

14 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Off-Season Nutrition - Caroline Burkholder

Caroline Burkholder is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist based in Knoxville. She returns for her second... more

07 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Bouncing Back from a DNF or a Challenging Season

In this episode, we tackle a listener's question about the process of learning from and moving forward after a challenging... more

31 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The Midlife Cyclist - Phil Cavell

Today we have an interview with Phil Cavell, the founder and CEO of cyclefit a centre in the U.K.... more

25 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Cross-Training is Not a Crime

We made the t-shirt and we discuss the confusingly taboo topic of Cross-training for cyclists and runners today. Not only... more

17 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Your Rights as a Cyclist - Ian Brisbin (updated)

Ian Brisbin returns to discuss your rights as a cyclist. Ian engages in cycling and active transportation public interest... more

12 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Heart Rate Wrist Measurement + How HR changes with Age & Fitness

We discuss questions about using wrist based HR (e.g. Whoop or Garmin watches) and whether HR gets higher or lower... more

03 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Evolving Purpose in Sport - Viviane Favery

We met Viviane Favery at Quebec Singletrack Experience in 2023 and we were blown away by her communication skills (in... more

26 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Fall Racing and Training when motivated and when you are not!

Join us on this episode as we discuss two scenerios for the fall racing and training season. What do you... more

19 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
Juliet & Kelly Starrett - Built to Move - 10 Vital Signs

In this episode as we discuss 10 Vital Signs for tracking and enhancing your movement and health, as outlined in... more

12 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Genetic Potential & Improving as You Age

Today's listener question is one we touch on often at Consummate Athlete. Can you keep improving as you age? What... more

05 Sep 2023 · 53 minutes
Concussions & Small Monsters - Ben Frederick

Ben Frederick created the Small Monsters Project which aims to destimatize mentall health by investing in traumatic brain injury education... more

29 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Long or Fun? Should I change Race Distances?

Molly and Peter discuss a listener question about changing race distances if concerned about fitness before a race. This relates... more

24 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
How to Change Disciplines - Ashton Lambie

Ashton Lambie is a professional cyclist and World Champion in Track cycling. He set the 4000m Individual Purusit record becoming... more

15 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
How Intense Do You Need to Be & What to Do in Race Week

Today we discuss How intense you need to be. This question was sparked by a listener who has  gotten really... more

08 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Endurance Nutrition, Power:Weight, Alcohol - Namrita Brooke

Namrita Brooke, PhD is a Registered Dietician and coach to cyclists, runners, and multisport athletes of all levels. With >10... more

01 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Workout Nutrition and Fueling

Today we discuss fueling workouts and the periods around your workout. While simple to say there are many factors that... more

25 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
Lea Davison Live from Quebec Singletrack Experience 2023

Retired Professional Mountain Bike Racer and Olympian Lea Davison (@leaeatsalot) joins Molly and Peter at Quebec Singletrack experience for a... more

18 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Low Motivation and Training - Q&A

We discuss two questions around low motivation and cycling training. Another listener question around mid-season break (or low motivation mid... more

11 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Constraints Led Approach to Mountain Biking - Rob Gray

Peter and Rob Gray discuss the Constraints Led Approach, Ecological Dynamic and Non-Linear Pedagogy -- which are a lot of... more

04 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Altitude and Recovery After Races for Busy Adults

We discuss Molly's experience adapting to altitude and then racing the Leadville Trail Marathon Running Race. Discussion of a question... more

27 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Red-S and Women's Performance - Traci Carson

Traci Carson PhD. is a researcher, scientist, professor and (still sometimes) athlete. She is passionate about helping active women... more

20 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Focus, Flow and How Hard to Go

We discuss flow state, focus-refocus and a question about how hard to go in workouts.   Download or find links... more

13 Jun 2023 · 46 minutes
The How and Why of Bike Packing - Mahshid Hadi

Mahshid Hadi ( @artventuree)  Now living in Canada, Mahshid left Iran to escape dangerous persecution. Her passion for bikepacking and... more

06 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Should You Increase Your Training Hours (or Cadence?)

We tackle the common question of increasing training hours. In simple terms, more training time will increase fitness BUT when... more

30 May 2023 · 51 minutes
Can you Breathe Better? Luke Way of Isocapnic

Luke Way, an endurance coach and the founder of Isocapnic, joins us to talk about respiratory training and their tool... more

23 May 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
7 Things to Do Post-Race

Molly Hurford and Peter Glassford discuss things to consider doing after you finish your race. We range from taking off... more

16 May 2023 · 52 minutes
Rethinking Your Position with Katy Bowman

Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman is back on the Consummate Athlete... more

09 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Racing Sick & Race if You are Going to Race

We discuss the difficult decision to race if you are sick and how this relates to our 'race if you... more

02 May 2023 · 56 minutes
What to do with Wearables and Data - Sian Allen

Dr. Sian Allen (DrSianAllen on Twitter) is a Human Performance Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in agile &... more

25 Apr 2023 · 54 minutes
Transition to Cycling Outside & Continue Strength in Season?

We discuss a few listener questions about how to keep doing strength as you transition to cycling outside and dealing... more

18 Apr 2023 · 53 minutes
Road Cycling Skills - Lorri Lown

Lorri Lown is a road cycling coach and virtual bike fitter from California. She discusses transitioning from the indoor bike... more

10 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Q1 reflection - Spring Goal Review

Molly and Peter discuss doing a review of the first quarter of the year (Q1) and how to set goals... more

04 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
Running Injuries and Strength with Chris Johnson the PT

Chris Johnson is a physical therapist based in Seattle, WA. With over twenty-plus years of experience as a clinician-coach and... more

28 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Consistency, Getting Faster Without Increasing TSS, Strength TSS

Today we handle 3 related questions around TSS and Consistency. We discuss Consistency, Getting Faster Without Increasing TSS (or hours)... more

20 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
Bike Pack Adventures - Chris Panasky

Chris Panasky runs BikePackAdventures a podcast and website that offers information about bike packing in Canada. We discuss bike packing... more

14 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 53 minutes
TSS what is it good for ? (absolutely ... )

We discuss what Training Stress Score (TSS ) and the associated metrics, numbers and system can be used for and... more

07 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
Leadville, Altitude, Pacing - Eric Orton

Eric Orton is a running coach. Find him under the handle 'Born to Run Coach' on Instagram! He and... more

28 Feb 2023 · 49 minutes
Early Season Gravel Races

We field questions from listeners about early season gravel races including Paris to Ancaster. Thanks for all your questions! Download... more

21 Feb 2023 · 52 minutes
Travel, Languages & Mountain Biking - Raphaël Gagné

Today we are joined by Raphaël Gagné. He is Olympian and now Coach in the Mountain Bike XCO discipline from... more

14 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
Choosing Your Races / Events For the Year

Peter and Molly discuss how you can choose what races to do this year. Even if you are looking at... more

07 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Racing MTB - Sandra Walter

Sandra Walter has been one of Canada's top Mountain bike racers for over 20 years. We discuss how she has... more

31 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
Basics of Testing for Cycling at Home

Molly and Peter discuss ways to test at home for cycling (a.k.a. field or performance testing). They touch on indoor,... more

24 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
4 Coaches on Aging Athletes

We have a treat for you in this episode! We had 4 superb coaches discuss aging and today we share... more

16 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Should You Use Heart Rate or Power?

Today we discuss whether you should use heart rate or power to guide your training. Feeling is also thrown in... more

10 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Born to Run 2 - Christopher McDougal & Eric Orton

Christopher McDougal and Eric Orton discuss their new book Born to Run 2 (available here -  https://amzn.to/3GjQQKz ). They discuss... more

03 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Tiny Habits to Boost Your Training

Molly and Peter Discuss 10 habits, methods and mindsets to help boost your training in the New Year. Many are... more

27 Dec 2022 · 48 minutes
Lifting Heavy $hit with Dr. Stacy Sims

Dr. Stacy Sims returns for a 3rd episode. Stacy is one of our most popular guests on the show and... more

20 Dec 2022 · 52 minutes
Reaching Goals in 2023

Molly and Peter discuss goal setting and a few different ways to think about goals ranging from setting 'intentions' to... more

13 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
Recalibrating Goals and Planning - Rachel Pageau

Rachel Pageau is a downhill mountain bike racer and Massage Therapist from Quebec, Canada who races for Jukebox Cycling. She... more

06 Dec 2022 · 53 minutes
Doing a Post-Season Reflection

  Molly and Peter reflect on their year and race seasons and provide questions for you to reflect on your... more

29 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
Finding Fun in Racing - Lea Davison

Lea Davison is a 2x Olympic mountain biker from Vermont. She co-founded Little Bellas MTB an organization that gets girls... more

22 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Risk Assessment with Ashton Lambie

This episode goes over assessing risk from a few different perspectives. We include a short interview with Jukebox Cycling Racer... more

14 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
Preparing for Race Day with Alexey Vermeulen

Alexey Vermeulen returns to the podcast to talk about what goes into preparing for a race. We also discuss the... more

08 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Avoiding Training Burnout

We discuss a few listener questions around the concept of burnout, low motivation and racing too much.      Download... more

01 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
How Gravel Gave Amputee Sydney Marshburn Her Confidence Back

Sydney Marshburn was a competitive swimmer until a condiiton required amputation of her left leg above the knee in August... more

25 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Can You Set Fun Goals?

We discuss an interesting listener question about setting goals around group rides or other fun events that aren't the traditional... more

18 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
Intuitive Eating For Endurance Athletes - Caroline Burkholder

Caroline Burkholder is an R.D. in Knoxville, Tennessee specializing in Eating Disorder and Intuitive Eating Nutrition Counseling.    Download... more

11 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
Training for Bike Packing

We discuss a listener question about how to go about training for bike packing (and should you?). Topics covered include... more

04 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Stress & Anxiety for Athletes - Saarim Aslam

Saarim Aslam is a trainee clinical psychologist at Oxford and the  author of Making Sense of Anxiety and... more

27 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
2022 Cyclocross Q&A

We discuss listener questions about Cyclocross one of our favorite sports and one of the best disciplines to learn to... more

20 Sep 2022 · 58 minutes
Eating During Endurance Training & Racing - Kylee Van Horn

Kylee Van Horn returns to the Podcast to answer Training and Racing Nutrition Questions. Topics include overcoming 'trouble' eating during... more

13 Sep 2022 · 58 minutes
Intervals on Trail? And how easy is too easy for endurance?

We discuss two listener questions today.  1) Should you do intervals on the trail or on the road/track?  2) How... more

05 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
Passion Equals Payoff with Rebecca Rusch

7X World Champ. MTB & Gravel Hall of Famer. Author of Rusch To Glory. Emmy award winner for Blood Road.... more

30 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Off-Season ... Now What?

Molly and Peter talk about what to do once the big races are done. Should you race cyclocross, take time... more

23 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Data Overload, Coach-Athlete Relationships & Cross-Training - Lucas Wall

Molly talks to Coach Lucas Wall about Cross Training, the value of data and coaching Alexey Vermeulen since he was... more

16 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
Your August Bucket List Race Pep Talk

Breck Epic, Quebec Singletrack Experience, Leadville 100, Swiss Epic and our local favorite the 'Eager Beaver' are among the big... more

09 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
When You Should Change Race Categories or Distance

A common question we get is about upgrading categories or 'cat-ing up' and about going longer in endurance events. We... more

06 Aug 2022 · 35 minutes
Racing Multiple Cycling Disciplines - Maghalie Rochette

Maghalie Rochette is a Professional Cyclist. She has won a Cyclocross World Cup and is a fan favorite due to... more

02 Aug 2022 · 56 minutes
Race Day Mistakes (we have made)

Fresh off of 2022 Canadian MTB Nationals and Molly's Quebec Mega Trails Running race we talk  about mistakes we made... more

30 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
Recovery from Big Races - Ellie Pell

Ellie Pell is a Professional Trail Runner. She recently completed the Western States 100 miler in California and in this... more

26 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
Peaking and Taper for a Race

We discuss the art and science of arriving fresh (but not stale) for a race including a listner question about... more

23 Jul 2022 · 38 minutes
HRV Biofeedback and Deep Breathing - Marco Altini, PhD

"Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback is a technique that can directly affect physiological and psychological factors through deep breathing exercises... more

19 Jul 2022 · 40 minutes
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7X World Champ. MTB & Gravel Hall of Famer. Author of Rusch To Glory. Emmy award winner for Blood Road. Founder of... more