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Unlock your endurance potential. The Training Babble Podcast takes a deep dive into the strategy and science behind training for off-road cycling and gravel racing. Host Dave Schell brings over 20 years of coaching and racing experience, including as former Director of Education at TrainingPeaks. Each episode features interviews with experts and insiders to inform your training on topics like physiology, nutrition, mental toughness, equipment selection, and race tactics. Expect an informativ ...
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Road Adventures of Cycling Men Of Leisure

Adam Baranski & Michael Sharp

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Embarking on a journey of camaraderie that spans years, Adam and Michael have cultivated a deep friendship rooted in their mutual passion for cycling. Through the twists and turns of life, these two friends have pedaled side by side, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences and good-natured teasing that only solidifies the authenticity of their bond. Their cycling escapades, filled with laughter and banter, are a testament to the enduring spirit of true friendship. Whether conquering challen ...
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Send us a Text Message. Can you imagine combining your love for cycling with visiting distilleries or tackling home improvement projects? On "Road Adventures Of Cycling Men of Leisure," Michael gears up for a Michigan adventure filled with distillery tours and fresh air, while Adam juggles cycling with his home renovation. We also get into Michael'…
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Summary In this episode, Dave and Dr. Phil discuss the healthy way to return to training after dealing with an illness. They emphasize the importance of understanding the stress that illness puts on the body and the need for proper recovery. They caution against jumping back into intense training too soon and recommend a conservative approach. They…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wondered how a simple family vacation can turn into a splendid adventure filled with laughter, relaxation, and even a bit of financial pondering? Join us as Michael recounts his delightful trip to Disney's Vero Beach Resort. From the joys of lounging on the beach to indulging in mouthwatering seafood, Michael's stories …
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dave and Phil discuss ergogenic aids or performance-enhancing substances. They cover various types of aids, including caffeine, beetroot juice, sodium bicarbonate, beta-alanine, and creatine. They emphasize the importance of focusing on the fundamentals of training, nutrition, and recovery before consider…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wondered how a retired firefighter gets the nickname “Boo-Boo Master”? Join us as we catch up with our incredible friend John Athens, who shares his unique journey from firefighter and paramedic to EMS educator and Special Olympics volunteer. We reminisce about heartwarming moments shared with John and delve into his en…
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dr. Phil Batterson and Dave S discuss the concept of Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and its misconceptions. They explore different methods of measuring FTP and the importance of training at appropriate intensities. They also discuss the variability of FTP and the need for context in testing. Overall, FT…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wondered what happens when two cycling enthusiasts get stuck on a busy highway with a busted bike wheel? Join us for a rollercoaster of experiences in this episode of "Road Adventures with Cycling Men of Leisure"! We'll start with the tale of our flight to Savannah—one of us basking in first-class comfort while the othe…
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dr. Phil and Dave discuss muscle cramping. They differentiate between different types of cramps, focusing on muscle cramps. They explore the role of electrolytes in muscle cramping and the importance of sports-specific training to prevent cramps. They also discuss strategies for dealing with cramps during…
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Summary In this episode, host Dave Schell interviews sports dietitian Kristen Arnold about sports nutrition for women, with a focus on menopause. They discuss the differences between men and women in terms of nutritional needs and how the menstrual cycle affects performance. They also explore the impact of nutrition on perimenopause and postmenopau…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever found yourself chuckling over cycling gear debates or daydreaming about the open road with fellow biking enthusiasts? Adam and I, Michael, are back at it, tossing opinions back and forth about the latest in cycling fashion (hello, DeBrim controversy) and gearing up for the BRAG 2024 with our freshly minted team jerseys.…
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dr. Phil Batterson and Dave Schell discuss the size principle in muscle fiber recruitment. They explain that the body recruits muscle fibers based on the force required, starting with slow-twitch type 1 fibers and gradually recruiting type 2a and type 2x fibers as the force output increases. They also dis…
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Summary In this episode, Dave Schell and Gravel God, Matti Rowe, discuss the differences between road racing and gravel racing. They highlight the importance of pacing, drafting, and fueling in gravel races. They emphasize the need to assess one's goals and adjust strategies accordingly. They also discuss the challenges of technical sections and th…
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Send us a Text Message. As Adam and I pedaled through the ups and downs of life, we found that the real stories often happen off the beaten path. This episode is packed with laughter, personal challenges, and the nitty-gritty of gearing up for cycling adventures. We kick things off with heartfelt tales—from family issues to Adam's inspiring weight …
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Summary In this episode, Dave Schell and Dr. Phil Batterson discuss fiber types in muscles and their relationship to endurance training. They explain the different types of muscle fibers, including type 1 (slow twitch), type 2a (fast twitch with some aerobic capacity), and type 2x (fast twitch with non-aerobic capacity). They also discuss the histo…
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Summary Join Coach Dave Schell on the Training Babble podcast as he welcomes Olympic mountain biker Lea Davison. In this engaging episode, Lea shares her transition from downhill skiing to becoming a top mountain biker, discussing the evolution of training techniques from heart rate monitoring to power meters. She highlights the crucial role of men…
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Send us a Text Message. As I celebrated another trip around the sun with a brisk 48-mile ride, it struck me just how intertwined our lives are with the cycle of our wheels—and this episode is all about those connections. We're spinning tales from the abrupt halt of Ride the Rockies 2024 to the cherished memories of Georgia's Spring Tune-Up, all whi…
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dave and Phil discuss periodization in training. They explore different approaches to periodization, including linear, reverse, and block periodization. They also emphasize the importance of touching on all aspects of physiology throughout the year, while gradually increasing specificity as races approach…
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In this conversation, Dave and Matti discuss the effectiveness of training by max heart rate. Matti shares his experience with using max heart rate as a measure of training intensity and explains how it can help athletes avoid overtraining and improve their performance. They also discuss the challenges and pushback that athletes may have when trans…
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Send us a Text Message. As the wheels of our bikes spin, so do the tales of our cross-country odyssey. Join Adam, myself, and our cycling comrades Ryan Roenigk and Bruce White about the physical endurance it takes to tackle long-distance tours; it's a tribute to the emotional connections and heartfelt stories forged along the way. Think of it as a …
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Summary In this episode of Fast Physiology, Dave and Dr. Phil Batterson discuss VO2Max and its importance in endurance performance. They define VO2Max as the maximal rate of oxygen consumption during high-intensity exercise and explain its components, including cardiac output and arterial venous oxygen difference. They explore the limitations of VO…
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Send us a Text Message. Adam couldn't resist the call of the open road and the joy of a 34-mile ride—despite Michael having a recent health hiccup that kept his trusty Peloton gathering dust. Michael and I share these moments and more, laughing with our Starkville fan over my penchant for cooler weather and tipping our helmets to the cycling cultur…
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Send us a Text Message. Who says you can't mix laughter with history and a hearty dose of cycling culture? Michael and I, your Cycling Men of Leisure, have returned with stories spilling from the saddlebags. This time around, I humbly eat humble pie over a calendar mishap, and we dodge severe weather with the same finesse we use to avoid potholes o…
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Send us a Text Message. Every pedal stroke tells a story, and ours is a tale of camaraderie and contemplation as we relive our heart-pumping journey from Lansing to Mackinac, exploring Michigan's quintessential 'up north' spirit. This episode isn't just about the miles we've covered; it's about the stories we've gathered along the way—from the awe-…
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Unlock The Secrets to Coaching Peak Athletic Performance All coaches want to push their athletes to sustain higher levels of performance. But building a training plan that fuels consistent growth AND prevents burnout or injury is an intricate dance. Join Dave Schell and Phil Batterson as they break down the essential pillars for optimizing an athle…
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In this episode of the Training Babble podcast, host Dave Shell is joined by exercise physiologist Dr. Phil Batterson for an in-depth discussion about key physiological concepts and their relevance to endurance training. Dave and Phil dive into topics including: W'(prime), also known as functional reserve capacity VLamax, the maximal rate of lactat…
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Send us a Text Message. Buckle up, folks! Michael's back from the sunny climes of Florida, and we've got tales to tell – from Michael's business escapades to the whimsy of our two-wheeled journeys. In this jocular episode of Road Adventures of Cycling Men of Leisure, we, Adam and Michael, reminisce over the mishaps and mayhem of our past rides, and…
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Unlock the full potential of your endurance training with Jason Koop, the renowned head coach of CTS Ultra Running, as we examine the pivotal role of training volume and debunk common misconceptions in athletic preparation. Grappling with a packed schedule? Koop serves up expert strategies for squeezing every drop of progress from your limited trai…
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Send us a Text Message. Embark on a pedal-powered adventure with us as we welcome Neal Glazebrook, the Events Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists. Together, we traverse the picturesque landscapes of Michigan's cycling events, offering insights that will fuel your passion for two-wheeled travel. From the rugged terrain of the Upper Peninsu…
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Peeling back the curtain on AI's allure, we're taking you on a trek through its limitations. Joined by Cooper Bott, we recount tales from our forays into AI-generated podcasting - a venture that sometimes had us chuckling at the language model's poetic flubs and unwavering (if misplaced) confidence. We'll arm you with a healthy dose of skepticism, …
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Send us a Text Message. Laugh along with us as we look back at Michigan's recent sporting success—a victory that's put a spring in the step of every Wolverine fan, including yours truly. As Adam and Michael reflect on the friendly ribbing between rival teams, we can't help but feel grateful for the camaraderie that sports bring into our lives. Our …
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Are you truly tapping into your potential on the bike, or has ERG mode taken the wheel? Unshackle your training on the latest Training Babble as I, Dave Bott, share my unfiltered opinion on why ERG mode could be stifling your ride. Throughout this episode, we scrutinize the allure of consistent power output and expose the potential pitfalls of lett…
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As we gear up for an exhilarating journey into the thin air of the Leadville 100, Ryan Cooper from Best Bike Split and USA Cycling joins me, Dave Schell, to unveil the tactics that help athletes tackle this colossal mountain bike challenge. Ever wonder how high altitude affects your muscle power and endurance? This episode dives into the science of…
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Send us a Text Message. Feeling the wind in our hair and the buzz of New Year's still in our veins, Michael and I, Adam, couldn't be more thrilled to recount the festive fireworks that launched us into planning our most ambitious escapade yet: the Big Brag 2024 from Atlanta to Savannah. Franklin Johnson drops by with a cyclist's treasure map, traci…
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Discover the revolutionary ways artificial intelligence is transforming the world of endurance sports with our special guest, Ryan Cooper, founder of Best Bike Split. Imagine having your own AI coach, crafting hyper-personalized training programs, nutrition plans, and race strategies just for you—whether you're a cyclist, triathlete, or runner. Thi…
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Send us a Text Message. As the clock ticks closer to the BIG BRAG 2024, join Michael and Adam and our special guest, Franklin Johnson, in a heartfelt celebration of the newly announced route from Atlanta to Savannah. Feel the past come alive beneath your wheels as we pedal through Georgia's picturesque towns, each with a story to tell. With his usu…
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Send us a Text Message. What if you could channel the ease of a leisurely bike ride into your daily life? Join us, your hosts, Adam and Michael, as we take you on a pedal-powered journey through our past year’s adventures, spanning over 1,400 miles and 22 nights. From the Appalachians' foothills to the heart of Georgia, we’ll share the highlights a…
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Send us a Text Message. Get ready for an action-packed episode of Road Adventures with your favorite Cycling Men of Leisure, Adam and Michael, where we cycle down the roads less traveled and explore the corners of society often overlooked. This episode is particularly special as we shine the spotlight on women in cycling - the hurdles they have hur…
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Send us a Text Message. Can you imagine joining a cycling team for an adventure to Georgia in Big Brag 2024? That's what we, Adam and Michael, your hosts of Cycling Men of Leisure, are gearing up for and we want you on our team! We're also sharing some highlights and hurdles from our past journey and discussing the process of getting registered. So…
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Send us a Text Message. Imagine pedaling your bicycle across the heart of America. Now, envision that every mile you ride helps build homes for those in need. That's exactly what our guest, Sara, accomplished through her inspiring journey with the unique organization, Bike and Build. Her story paints a vivid picture of how cycling can transcend a m…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wondered how you could combine your love for cycling with a chance to contribute to a noble cause? Well, buckle up as we, Adam and Michael, take you on a thrilling journey filled with cycling adventures, tech talk and a touch of museum trivia. This episode is sure to intrigue the cyclist in you and maybe even inspire a …
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Send us a Text Message. Ever thought about the importance of cycling as a primary means of transport and the ways community bike shops serve a vital role in making that happen? Join us for an insightful discussion with our guest, Luke Box, who manages a non-profit community bike co-op in Lexington, Kentucky. With a 12-year history of promoting bett…
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Send us a Text Message. Feeling adventurous? Come along for a ride that combines the exhilaration of an RV road trip with the intoxicating charm of Kentucky's bourbon country. From witnessing the fascinating process of bourbon-making at the Four Roses distillery to the historic explorations of Woodford, the oldest distillery in the U.S., it's a rid…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wonder what really goes into maintaining a bicycle for those long adventurous rides? Strap in as we take you along for an adrenaline-filled ride with Adam, as he navigates through bike issues, road construction, and an entertaining trip to the bike shop. You'll hear firsthand about the trials of a neglected rear tire, a…
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Send us a Text Message. Pour a Glass of your favorite spirit, and join us for an adventurous ride through the bourbon-soaked back roads of Kentucky with Phil Kollin from Phil Talks Whiskey. Phil is not just a whiskey enthusiast but an industry expert with an intriguing mission. His quest to explore every highway, back road, and no-lane road in the …
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In this episode, we're pulling back the curtain on the power of skills work in racing. Dave and Matti take us through their journey of honing those critical skills and how it translated into a game-changer for Matti's racing performance. From conquering technical sections to mastering descents, get ready for some insightful takeaways that can level…
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Send us a Text Message. Strap on your helmets and gear up for an enlightening ride with us, the Cycling Men of Leisure! As we put our feet to the pedals and navigate the mystifying world of bike repairs, we're on the hunt for a bike industry guru who can help shed some light on our technical queries. And while we're at it, hear how one of us has be…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever crossed paths with an old friend in the most extraordinary place? Well, during the RAGBRAI 50th Anniversary bike ride, we did exactly that, reminding us that cycling is about so much more than just miles and elevation. This ride, complete with steep climbs, sweltering heat, and mechanical issues, brought us face-to-face…
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Send us a Text Message. What if the road less traveled is actually a bike path in Iowa? Join Adam, Michael, and Katie Kruse, as we embark on a thrilling adventure to Carroll, Iowa one of the overnight towns' for the 50th anniversary of RAGBRAI. We will take you along with us for every pedal of the way. Strap on your helmet as we discuss our plans f…
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Send us a Text Message. Are you ready to hit the road and get your heart pumping with rollerblading enthusiasts, Caleb and Sonic? Prepare to be captivated as we strap on our skates and explore the thrilling world of inline skating and rollerblading. From the exhilarating rush of RAGBRAI and BRAG to the unique challenges of skating in winter, we tac…
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