What does it mean to be limited by your body? What does it mean to be limited by your mind?
In this episode of the XTERRA Podcast powered by Braveheart Coaching, Lesley Paterson and Dr. Simon Marshall delve into the mind/body connection with Alex Hutchinson, author of the New York Times bestselling book Endure; Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.
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“I've had a few books in my professional life that have really been aha moments for me, and one of those was Endure,” said Dr. Marshall. “Alex has this incredible intellectual curiosity about what the science is telling us about things that we may have taken for granted, or we think is common sense. And he makes it digestible and actionable for an everyday athlete.”
Hutchinson was twice a finalist in the 1,500 meters at the Canadian Olympic Trials, earned a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge and a master’s in journalism from Columbia.
“He’s a former elite runner, a physicist, and a journalist, and the convergence of all these roles enabled him to uncover myths and truths in the role of psychology and performance and we get into those in this podcast,” explained Dr. Marshall.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Alex Hutchinson (@sweatscience) is a science journalist specializing in endurance sports. He writes Outside’s Sweat Science column, and contributes regularly to Canadian Running, the Globe and Mail, and other publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked as a physicist and competed as a middle-distance runner for the Canadian national team. His 2018 book Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Toronto.
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).