Uphill Athlete Podcast

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A podcast dealing with Mountain Athletes: Training, Personal Stories, Interviews and How To episodes.

Episode Date
Our Female Coaches Discuss Training and Mountain Pursuits for Female Athletes

Join Uphill Athlete coaches Carolyn Parker, Alyson Naney, and Maya Seckinger in conversation about helping women in gain the knowledge to support themselves in training, and build confidence in a mountain environment. 

Jan 09, 2021
Dr. Olga Dobranowski on balancing training, career, family life...and big mountains.

In this episode, Scott Johnston is joined by Olga Dobranowski. Olga is a medical doctor, based out of Colorado, who has tackled some impressive mountain goals. Here some of the topics discussed: growing up and starting climbing in Poland; Polish climbing history; Olga’s early climbing days in Poland and throughout Europe; moving to the U.S.A., and settling in Colorado; the evolution of Olga’s training; orchestrating success on Aconcagua with a busy lifestyle; pre-acclimatization; light and fast; self-assessment of altitude sickness; continued success on a solo climb of Denali; Olga’s base, aerobic, and specific training; hypoxic tents and other techniques for pre-acclimatization; physiological effects of altitude. 

Jan 08, 2021
Navigating Training Plans Through Time

A question we are often asked is how to utilize our training plans through time as many people re-cycle the plans year after year. Scott Johnston and Sam Naney discuss: Knowing how to get the best possible results for each individual; the difference between a training plan and coaching; objectively evaluating training plans and progress as a self-coached athlete; and much more. 

Dec 21, 2020
Talking Ski Mountaineering with Nikki Larochelle and Mike Foote

Coach Sam Naney is joined by Nikki LaRochelle and Mike Foote: Two successful mountain athletes both highly accomplished in the ski mountaineering, ultra running, and much more. They discuss the growth and development of the skimo racing in the US and Canada and how people can get involved with the skimo racing and ski mountaineering community in North America.

Dec 14, 2020
Talking Overtraining

Coaches Scott Johnston and Sam Naney discuss overtraining syndrome (OTS).  

“Treading on the knife’s edge, there is no real road map.” 

Key points covered are: Over-reaching verses over-training. Learning the distinction between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic overreaching; how to modulate training to encourage over-reaching and discourage over-training; recognizing red flags for over training; the pitfalls of group youth programs; recognizing a fatigue issue versus a fitness issue within the context of overtraining; the pitfalls of HRV (heart rate variability) for useful information for modulating training; how to modulate and accept mental and emotional stress; making rest as intentional as training; advice for people who find themselves in an overtrained state.

Dec 07, 2020
How a 74-y.o Athlete-In-Training Approaches Training and Mountain Goals

In this episode Scott Johnston is joined by Art Muir. Art is a seventy-four year old mountain enthusiast who has worked with Uphill Athlete for several years. As an urban dweller in Chicago, Art discusses how he trains for his mountain goals and ambitions in the flat lands, as well as how he has approached his training and goals through time.

Nov 30, 2020
Cody, Wyoming Ice Climbing

Cody Ice Climbing: No Drafting on Pick Holes!
Join Uphill athlete co-founder Steve House for a discussion with UA coach John Frieh and South Fork local and guidebook writer for the area, Aaron Mulkey. In this episode they discuss the ice climbing opportunities around Cody, Wyoming. They cover: the logistics of approaching various routes; how a typical day of ice climbing unfolds; things to consider when approaching routes; being prepared for wind, rock fall, and other inclement weather while on route; the differences between Ouray, Hyalite Canyon, and the South Fork; using v-threads for descending; hit list of Cody classics; Cody as a training ground for alpine climbing and consolidating fitness goals; the importance of aerobic fitness in approaching South Fork routes.

Nov 23, 2020
Talking Tactical Training with Drew Hammond

In this episode, Scott Johnston talks with Uphill Athlete's military and tactical coach, Drew Hammond. In this episode Scott and Drew discuss: Drew’s background; using hybrid strength and endurance methods; approaches for building an aerobic base for tactical athletes; training soldiers like athletes; training philosophy; scheduling training around deployment and at while at home; creating longterm positive change in base level physiology. 

Nov 16, 2020
Getting into SkiMo with Sam Naney, Scott Semple, and Luke Nelson

Coach Sam Naney is joined by athlete Luke Nelson and coach, and 2019 Canadian Masters National SkiMo Champion, Scott Semple for a chat about all things ski mountaineering. Sam, Luke, and Scott have a great collective history in skimo racing. Join them as they talk about skimo racing in the US and in Europe; ways to train for and get involved in skimo; dive into some particulars about the gear needed; and learn how to get out there and make the best of ski mountaineering and racing.

Nov 09, 2020
Talking Ultra Running and Ski-Mo with Mike Foote

In this episode of the Uphill Athlete Podcast, Scott Johnston talks with professional runner, Mike Foote. They discuss Mike's training and athletic history, the process of his athletic development, injury rehab and prevention, and Mike's passion for moving quickly in the mountains. 

Oct 27, 2020
Scott Johnston Talks with Luke Nelson on training for ultra running.

Join Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston in his conversation with elite ultra runner Luke Nelson as they discuss their history and Luke’s connection to outdoor sports and activities. In this episode Luke and Scott do a deep dive into UA's Muscular Endurance progression. Luke has used it multiple times with great success for races and and FKTs. They discuss its role in providing increased fatigue resistance without super high mileage. They also touch on Luke’s balancing of career and family with his athletic ambitions; the appeal of fastest known times or FKTs; honoring the recovery process; how to encourage fatigue resistance, and how to program that into a training regime; the nuances of concentrated loading and shifting to tapering; the importance of the craft of daily practice as process-oriented goals; how to take the long-view and how to honor that process; how to construct the recovery process; "swimming like a cat" and using swimming as a recovery tool; and mastering efficiency on multiple types of terrain. There is much to be gleaned from this episode. Join in and give it a listen! 

Oct 06, 2020
Nutrition For The Aging Athlete

Scott Johnston talks with high performance dietitian Rebecca Dent on a variety nutrition-related topics for aging athletes. In this episode they cover: why not all calories are created equal; Non Exercise Active Thermogenesis “NEAT”; understanding calorie impact; the boundaries and conditions involved in fasted training; appropriate nutrient timing; the role of diet and nutrition in injury prevention; psychology of maintaining fitness as we age.

Sep 28, 2020
The Unexpected Evolution of Uphill Athlete

Co-founders Steve House and Scott Johnston originally planned to write a book about Steve’s training, run off 100 copies at Kinkos, and give them away to their friends. Nine years, three books, and hundreds of thousands of athletes later, they recount the unexpected evolution of Uphill Athlete’s growth into the community it is today.

Sep 25, 2020
On Mental Toughness, Slovenian Athletes, and the Need to Prove it.

Two Slovenian cyclists won first and second in the 2020 Tour de France. Steve House brings his intimate knowledge of Slovenia to talk through what makes this tiny country a contemporary sporting powerhouse. Hint: Mental Toughness. Which leads he and Scott Johnston to discuss mental toughness in the face of adversity, where it comes from, and how to get it.

Sep 22, 2020
High Altitude Expedition Doctor, Monica Piris M.D.

In this episode of the Uphill Athlete Podcast, Scott Johnston interviews Doctor Monica Paris M.D., basecamp doctor for Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and Manaslu. Join them as they discuss a variety of topics including: approaching 8,000 meter peaks; knowing how the body responds to altitude before heading to the Himalaya; avoiding illness during an expedition; general versus individual medical guidelines regarding what is possible in high altitude alpinism; personal risk assessment for climbing at altitude; using hypoxic tents as preparation for acclimatizing for high altitude; and dispelling misinformation about using supplemental oxygen at altitude.

Sep 15, 2020
Coping With Catastrophic Injury

"Other people’s fears cannot get the best of us.” -Tami Goodrich. In this episode of the Uphill Athlete Podcast, Scott Johnston is joined by husband and wife team, Sean and Tami Goodrich, coached by Carolyn Parker. In September of 2019, Sean had a life-threatening climbing accident that jeopardized the entire fabric of their life, goals, and livelihood. Join Scott, Sean, Tami, and Carolyn as they discuss this harrowing story and how they have moved forward and supported Sean’s unflinching desire to climb again. 

Sep 08, 2020
Talking High Altitude Training with David Goettler

In this episode of the Uphill Athlete Podcast, Scott Johnston talks with elite alpinist David Goettler on a gamut of topics including David’s training history; approaching the big mountain ranges fast and light; the importance of base fitness; learning from failure; fitness versus pre-acclimatization; approaches for a pre-acclimatization “training camp” leading up to high altitude expeditions; the advantages and disadvantages of hypoxic tents for acclimatization training; David’s experience of attempting Everest without oxygen and the challenges of climbing in this style on such a popular mountain; training for marathons as a mountain athlete; and training in less than ideal situations such as a global pandemic.

Aug 23, 2020
Talking Fasted Training With Staff Performance Dietitian Rebecca Dent

In this episode of the Uphill Athlete Podcast, Scott Johnston speaks with Uphill Athlete's staff performance dietitian, Rebecca Dent, on the subject of fasted training: the physiology, benefits to training, best practices, dos and don'ts, and how to begin.

Aug 18, 2020
Talking Injury with Staff Physical Therapist Pete Dickinson

Join Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston in a conversation with our staff physical therapist Pete Dickinson. In this episode they discuss Pete's background and affiliation with the U.S. Ski Team; the injury process; how to recover from injury; and strategies for injury prevention for athletes of all ages.

Aug 01, 2020
The Aging Athlete

Join Uphill Athlete founders, Steve House and Scott Johnston, for a discussion of the aging process in athletes. In this episode, they outline their top six rules for athletic longevity, as well as answer questions from the Uphill Athlete community about training and performance as we age. 

Jul 25, 2020
All About Aerobic Base

In this episode, Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston discusses the concept of Aerobic Base. The emergence of this idea is traced to the empirical framework that coaches and athletes use to test the efficacy of their methods before scientific research is compiled to validate what coaches and athletes know already works.

Show Notes:

Aerobic testing article: 
Stephen Seiler Study: 
Aerobic Deficiency Syndrome: 

Jul 25, 2020
Free Speed: A Talk With Coach Scott Semple

People often gloss over technique and attitude because this is in some ways more difficult to work and less gratifying than getting destroyed in a workout.

Coach Scott Semple and Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston will dive into what works, and what doesn’t.

Jul 18, 2020
Evidence Based Coaching: A Talk with Scott Johnston

Join Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston as he discusses empirical coaching practices and the differences between evidenced based coaching and academic sports science research.

Jul 12, 2020
AMA with Steve House

Scott Johnston hosts and poses questions to Steve taken from email and chat submissions. Topics vary from how to get started alpine climbing to managing overtraining to the differences in climbing cultures around the world.

Jun 26, 2020
Training, Stress, and Success for Female Athletes with Uphill Athlete Coach Alison Naney

Uphill Athlete Coach Alison Naney has been running ultras since 2003 and coaching a broad range of athletes since 2006 through training groups, clinics, camps, and women’s retreats. Along the way she’s had two daughters, and shifted her mindset around training to fit around her family and work while still accomplishing big personal goals with her own running. Her experience as a massage therapist also guides her coaching practice to help athletes have a sustainable, long-term approach to training.
In this session Alison will discusses:
Balancing training with other life stressors for long term success and health.
Training through the menstrual cycle.
How life stress affects training. 
Training for yourself rather than to fit in.
Injury prevention the key to success.
Weight loss and training.
The importance of patience. The 80/20 iceberg concept.
Fat adaptation through fasted training: is it appropriate for many women?
Postpartum recovery and return to training.
Training through pregnancy.

This was originally recorded with a (great!) live audience via Zoom on May 28, 2020.

Jun 22, 2020
Scott Johnston Talks With Sam Naney

Sit down for story-time with Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston and Master Coach Sam Naney. These two have a long history together, and in this hangout they will recount the development and evolution of Sam as an athlete, and Scott as a coach. Their dynamic story is full of lessons and applications for any athlete, or coach.

Jun 09, 2020