What Tour de France winners have in common, with Bahrain-McClaren performance coach Dr. David Bailey
They may come across as well-groomed, PR delights, but Tour de France riders are obsessive and ruthless, sometimes to the point of being arrogantly overconfident - and the very best in the world can turn it on and off at will.
In this episode of the XTERRA Podcast powered by Braveheart Coaching, Dr. Simon Marshall and three-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson talk with Bahrain-McClaren performance coach Dr. David Bailey about his role supporting a team of elite cyclists, what it takes to prepare athletes for the Tour de France, and the challenges of exporting the scientific evidence into the everyday training habits of athletes.
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ABOUT THE GUEST
Dr. David Bailey
Sports Physiologist and Performance Nutritionist David Bailey, PhD, is the Head of Performance for the Bahrain-McClaren Professional Cycling Team. He manages and delivers scientific support to elite athletes competing at the highest level in international cycling. He also coaches, provides training prescriptions, and delivers nutritional support. He has worked with World Champions and Olympic medalists for more than 15 years.
ABOUT THE PODCAST
Hosted by five-time off-road triathlon world champion Lesley Paterson and her husband Dr. Simon Marshall, the new XTERRA Podcast explores the stories and science behind the quest to Live More. The XTERRA Podcast will feature guests who live, work, and play off the beaten path, share first-person accounts of epic outdoor adventures, and provide valuable tips from industry leaders in the physical and mental health industries.
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Lesley Paterson & Simon Marshall
Lesley Paterson is a five-time world champion triathlete, professional mountain biker, coach, motivational speaker, reluctant fitness model, and foul-mouthed Scotts lassie. Growing up in Scotland, Lesley was the only girl who played rugby on an all-boys team. When boobs appeared she was banned from playing with the boys so she started competing in running and triathlon. Lesley went on to become a national champion in cross country and an international triathlete.
Dr. Simon Marshall grew up in Africa and the UK. He spent his childhood playing rugby, soccer and tennis before finding competitive cycling. He started training and racing at age 12 and hasn't stopped. Simon has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science, a master’s degree in Kinesiology, and a PhD in Sport and Exercise psychology. He is a former Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at San Diego State University and Professor of Behavioral Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Simon and Lesley own Braveheart Coaching – a San Diego based company that trains endurance athletes to be faster and happier. Together they wrote the best-selling book, The Brave Athlete - Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion (VeloPress, 2017).