Ep. 12: The Nike Breaking2 Project with Robby Ketchell and Brett Kirby

MONZA, ITALY - MAY 06: (L-R) Eliud Kipchoge Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa run during the Nike Breaking2: Sub-Two Marathon Attempt at Autodromo di Monza (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

On May 6, 2017, Nike and a team of runners attempted to break the elusive 2 hour marathon barrier, which has never been done before. This was known as the Breaking2 Project, and Robby Ketchell played an integral role in its development as a sports scientist. Today on the podcast, we're having a slightly different conversation than normal and delve into the world of running performance with Robby and lead Nike physiologist Brett Kirby to talk about Breaking2 and what went into creating this project. It's a very fascinating conversation, and one that can be applied to any sport that involves optimizing human performance.

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Breaking2: https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/running/breaking2

Robby's LuMind RDS Fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/lumind-research-down-syndrome-foundation-nyc-2018/robbyketchell

Breaking2 National Geographic Show

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Frank founded FasCat Coaching in 2002 and has been a full time cycling coach since 2004. His educational background includes a Masters degree in Physiology from North Carolina State University, pre-med from Hampden-Sydney College. Frank raced at a professional level on the road and mountain bike and currently competes as a "masters" level gravel and cyclocrosser. Professionally Frank comes from medical school spinal cord research and molecular biotechnology. However, to this day it is a dream come true for Frank to be able to help cyclists as a coach.

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