Determining Truth in Endurance Training and Performance

Abstract: Athletes who participate in endurance sports are constantly bombarded by claims that one thing or another will improve their performance. Certainly all of the claims we hear cannot be true, so the discussion becomes how do we evaluate the claims about nutrition, training, recovery, and technology in our sport and then be able to determine what is true, what is false, and what is indeterminable. From these determinations the hope is to increase our performance by utilizing what works while saving time and money by bypassing things that don’t. This presentation was adapted from a USA Cycling webinar entitled: Applied Skepticism in Cycling: A Modality for an Improved Sport.

Exercise physiologist and endurance coach Jason Boynton leads us through an introductory presentation of how to approach endurance sport critically.