As a coach that comes from finance, rather than science, I want to encourage the “docs that race” to write.
Background on me and my pals. We are binary creatures and thrive on excess. Reading many of your writings, the scientist in you doesn’t want to set an upper bound for healthy exercise – we would benefit from it. For the technically minded, I also wonder about an upper bound for sustained cardiac stress – minutes per week of HR over Functional Threshold. Has anyone measured the impact of exercise “stress” separate from volume or mileage?
Another question that interests me – what’s the minimum running that you recommend for bone health? I suspect that it’s going to be a “why bother” level of training for people with my mindset. Perhaps we should tell people when it is worth bothering?
One of the challenges that I have, as a coach and an athlete, is effective communication with a psychology focused on the maximum. We’re all about the max. Doing what others can’t, or shouldn’t, do.
Be the brand – I’d encourage you to practice what you preach. The most influential doctor in my life is John Hellemans – he embodies his protocol, his business embodies his protocol. John’s life gives me a case study that moderate doesn’t mean mediocre. It’s a message we need to hear.
Research and spread the word about the dangers of long-term chronic inflammation – this makes a lot of sense and I want to learn more. Many of us think that we have to accept chronic fatigue and soreness as a price of greatness.
Research and spread the word about how PEDs kill people – sudden cardiac death is a more effective deterrent than any rule book. Len Bias‘ death kept me away from cocaine while “just say no” was mocked. The risks associated with performance enhancing drugs and hormone supplementation aren’t understood by athletes, or coaches. What do I need to know about coaching athletes that are being treated by your peers in anti-aging?
Quantify the extent that hormonal deficiencies in athletic populations are due to excess training load, rather than the effects of aging. Are you are treating my competition for the results of too much exercise, so they can go exercise some more? Should we explore the hormonal benefits of moderation?
We’re a great bunch to work with – smart, self-motivated and (only) a little crazy.
Point me in the right direction and I’ll help spread the word.