In episode 119 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Dick Telford - AUS Distance Running Coach + Sports Scientist (AM, AUS Sports Hall of Fame Inductee).
Some of Dick Telford’s formal bestowed recognitions include being recognised with the member of the Order AM for the Australian Honour Systems for Dick’s services to sports and sports sciences. In 2017 Dick was named as the ACT Senior Citizen of the Year. Dick was recently inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Dick was actually the first Sports Scientist appointed by the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS). Dick also worked with the Australian Swim Team and the Australian Canoeing Team in the capacity of exercise Physiologist. Dick left the AIS Physiology to take up distance running coaching role with the AIS Track and Field.
It was from here Dick that would go on to achieve some incredible achievements with his athletes. Dick was then appointed Australian Athletics distance running coach in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. And Dick coached Lisa Ondieki to the Silver Medal in the Women’s Marathon of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Australia’s only Olympic Marathon Medallist to date.
During this episode Dick we focus on distance running and how to achieve your potential through exercise physiology pearls, tapering tips, marathon preparation tips and a whole lot more.
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"When we become more systematic, the more you can improve."
"No matter what age you are, physical activity is vital to your physiology."
"Never limit yourself to what you think you can do."
"You can always improve as there is always a way to improve."
"The individuality of each athlete is critical."
"Strength work becomes more important over a lesser distance."
"It’s all going to be a balance."
"A runners going to be limited by the capacity of their engine."
"Run within your limits."
"They have trained for long enough and well enough to reach their maximum potential."
"If an athlete is stronger and can develop more power, they will be a better runner."
1:00 Introduction to Dick Telford
3:05 Dick Telford’s sporting career
9:50 Dick’s running career
13:30 Physiology and Psychology of mechanics
17:15 Top tips for first time marathoners
19:30 Nutrition and types of diets
21:20 Removing the cloud of fatigue
27:00 Tips for removing the cloud of fatigue
29:00 Key recovery after sessions
36:00 Concept of the Zone
40:00 Strength Work
44:50 Spending time in the race conditions
49:40 Greatest Myth of distance running training
51:50 Best Advice
54:30 Data and running by feel
59:10 Physical Challenge – Complete two x physical activities per day
Lisa Ondieki – Australian Athlete
Lisa Weightman – 3x AUS Olympic Marathon Representative – Episode 60 of The Physical Performance Show
Bill Sweetenham – Swim Coach
Laurie Lawrence – Swim Coach
Michael Shelley - Australian Long Distance Runner
Sir Roger Bannister – first athlete to break the four-minute mile
Herb Elliott – Australian Middle Distance Runner
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