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Tim Ferriss snorts Desmopressin

I've been into a new podcast that takes training and exercise in a bit different direction. It's Fat Burning Man Abel James, and his Paleo approach to life.

On a recent podcast, James interviews Tim Ferriss. Ferriss' claim to fame is the "4 Hour" series, which includes the 4-hour workweek, 4-hour body and 4-hour chef:

Ferriss' blog is about "lifestyle design" and I must say I find it intriguing. The MO is to challenge and unpack preconceptions we may hold about various topics - from playing the guitar to losing 20 pounds of fat in 30 days...with no exercise.

Ferriss gets into his attempts to heighten the learning experience and to that end, gets into snorting Desmopressin:

"My interest in accelerating learning started at a biochemical level.

In 1996, as a planned neuroscience major at Princeton University, I began experimenting with a panoply of smart drugs …

Mark Allen went from 9's to 5:15's. At the same heart rate.

I just finished listening to a great podcast on Trail Runner Nation, on a brisk six mile jog around the town of Boone.

The interview is with Dr. Phil Maffetone.  "Dr. Phil" holds a doctorate degree in chiropractic and expounds on a host of topics.  Here's the link:

I don't want to unpack the details, but I do want to tease you with the premise of his argument. Maffetone discusses his fitness training work with triathlon icon Mark Allen. Allen was working with Maffetone on heart rate training, which in 1983, was quite the process. Maffetone states that prior to our modern chest strap and watch technology, heart rate monitors were contained in a cumbersome vest with various straps and riggings. Allen would climb into this contraption, then run laps for analysis.

Allen was able to benchmark his heart rate and then work from that foundation to alleviate stressors that were pulling down his …

Do elevated heels jack your spine?

What a great semester break.  Three weeks of travel and some improvement in my lower back.  I have been able to resume running and that's a game changer.  When I returned home from the trip, I slipped on an old pair of Brooks PureGrit, which I wear for walkers.

It was immediate and refreshing to get back into those low heel-toe drop trail shoes. Getting the heel closer to the ground comes more naturally for me. Please don't misunderstand, I love Brooks shoes with ample cushioning.  The thought for years is that cushioning is good and makes for less impact on the joints and back.

But based on the minimalist  movement (and the excellent Brooks PureProject line) I have come to think that cushioning comes with a detrimental aspect that may affect us all. Cushioned shoes usually feature elevated heels, which creates an unnatural foot gait. That may be bringing undue pressure where we want it least - on the discs in our backs, where pain can run rampant.

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What's your core identity?

2013 marks my 30th year in endurance sport.  It's something to relish and also ponder. I have discovered my life is viewed through the lens of an endurance sport athlete.

I could be many other things - academic, business leader, maybe adviser or volunteer - but when I see myself, I see a compilation of the training and events that have shaped me.

Nothing remains bigger than a 100 mile finish. It's that point in time when your body screams stop, again and again, hour after hour...yet you tell your brain I can do it, I'm good enough, it's worth it in the end.

Then you finish the race, punch a validation card that lives in your mind, and move forward.

There's more to it than that, maybe it's my arsenal of running shirts that I wear with jeans, or my warmed over running shoes that serve as daily footwear. Or maybe the strength that has built inside, when other dimensions of my world push in.  It may hurt, but I will complete the task.

How do you perceive yourself? …