The Project: Kuwait

Jassem and Kathrine Discuss What It's Like to Be An Endurance Athlete. Recovery, Training and Online Resources to Improve your Overall Fitness

July 21, 2019 Season 1 Episode 57
The Project: Kuwait
Jassem and Kathrine Discuss What It's Like to Be An Endurance Athlete. Recovery, Training and Online Resources to Improve your Overall Fitness
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The Project: Kuwait
Jassem and Kathrine Discuss What It's Like to Be An Endurance Athlete. Recovery, Training and Online Resources to Improve your Overall Fitness
Jul 21, 2019 Season 1 Episode 57
The Project Kuwait
On this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast, Mahdi talks with Jessem, a Spartan racer and CrossFit athlete, and Kathrine, a weight lifter, Pilates instructor, and triathlete. They talk about what their training and diets look like as well as how they got to where they are. They provide a lot of good advice to other athletes considering getting into endurance athletics.
Show Notes

1:10 – Kathrine talks about a recent infuriating experience of unsolicited advice.

4:34 – Jessem is a Spartan racer and CrossFit athlete who began in martial arts at age 6. He attributes his passion for endurance athletics to these early experiences in karate.

8:02 – In addition to weight training and Pilates, Kathrine is an endurance athlete actively competing in triathlons. Her journey started when her doctor recommended she start swimming to rehab a back injury and when she began to enjoy swimming, she joined an elite group who got her into triathlon competition.

11:58 – Kathrine recommends getting a triathlon coach and joining triathlon groups to support yourself along the way.

18:54 – Jessem says that his support group was also crucial to his success and involvement in Spartan races, and CrossFit helped him with the endurance aspect.

22:20 – Even though Jessem was invited to go to Lake Tahoe for the elite Spartan race, he has decided to focus on CrossFit instead. His coach is in Poland and he has Jessem working on endurance 4 times per week and strength training 3 times per week.

24:56 – Kathrine’s training involves doing a “brick” twice per week, which means doing either the swim to bike or the bike to run using open water, a road bike, and an outdoor run to prepare her for actual competition. Once per week, she does a mini triathlon to build her stamina.

30:27 – Jessem has a 6-day program involving swimming, machines, running with a vest, accessory work, endurance in his WOD.

33:32 – Jessem and Kathrine talk specifically about what they do to be endurance athletes.

40:02 – Mahdi asks about the element of lactic acid buildup during triathlons.

41:00 – Kathrine describes her consistent diet and the impacts on her speed and endurance when she eats for the sport.

45:40 – Jessem says that his physique definitely changes based on his training, and he subscribes to a meal plan which helps him stay on track.

51:03 – Jessem talks about his year of being vegan and what it was like to reintroduce meat.

53:22 – Jessem got into CrossFit by people around him pushing him to try it out and stick with it. He emphasizes the importance of prepping yourself mentally.

55:40 – Kathrine got into endurance athletics as a result of an injury when she was a dancer and her discovery of fitness classes at that time.

 

Links: 

“Pathetic Triathletes” group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathetic.triathletes/

Jessem’s coach: 

Kathrine’s coach:

 

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