In episode 302 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Olav Aleksander Bu. Triathlon Norway Sports Scientist & Elite Coach sharing around ‘The Science of Triathlon’ in this Expert Edition.
Olav Aleksander Bu, has been working extremely close with Kristian Blummenfelt over the last 5 years post the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and despite his hectic schedule, made time to share the many learnings he had from his career to date around Triathlon Science.
There is so much information in this episode, it’s little wonder that Norway are leading the world of Triathlon across all distances from sprint events through to standard distance events, 70.3’s and now into the Ironman domain. You’ll be astonished at just how fast Olav Aleksander Bu believes Kristian Blummenfelt can go and you’ll have your mind expanded around what is possible when it comes to the science and application of that science into training, development and performance of athletes.
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Listen in as we delve into the following:
- What Olavs last year with the athletes looked like
- When he started working with Norwegian athletes
- What is the difference with athlete’s performances between Rio and Tokyo Olympics
- Learnings taken during Kristian’s winnings
- Kristian’s score performance in Cozumel
- Weeks of preparation in Cozumel
- High Energy Expenditure Explained
- Olav’s Top Tip on Energy Availability
- Q&A – Listener Questions
- Importance of the athlete’s suit
- Learnings from implementing Stride Power Meters & Super Sapien Glucose Monitor
- Piece of Advise
- Physical Challenge
- What sets Kristian apart from other athletes
- Is Sub7 doable
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05:12 What Olavs last year with the athletes looked like
09:05 When he started working with Norwegian athletes
10:20 What is the difference with athlete’s performances between Rio and Tokyo Olympics
14:28 Learnings taken during Kristian’s winnings 18:00 Kristian’s score performance in Cozumel
24:52 Weeks of preparation in Cozumel
28:45 High Energy Expenditure Explained
41:40 Olav’s Top Tip on Energy Availability
45:50 Q&A – Listener Questions
1:02:00 Importance of the athlete’s suit
1:10:57 Learnings from implementing Stride Power Meters & Super Sapien Glucose Monitor
1:17:31 Best Advice
1:18:50 Physical Challenge
1:22:09 What sets Kristian apart from other athletes
1:25:15 Is Sub 7 doable for Kristian
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Kristian Blummenfelt – Current Olympic Triathlon & World Triathlon Series Champion, Episodes 301
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– 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion CHALLENGEDAYTONA®, Episode 249 of The Physical Performance Show
– Triathlon Norway Head Coach, Sports Director Norwegian Triathlon Federation, Episode 224 of The Physical Performance Show
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