Monday, December 31, 2012

Engineering Endurance Performance Clinic

Join several experienced triathlon coaches and scientists from the US, UK and Canada at MIT in Boston for a weekend clinic covering several technical aspects of endurance training and racing. Learn how to use science and engineering principles in your coaching and get the most from your triathletes.

Dates: January 18th and 19th 2013
Location: The clinic will be held in Boston, MA on the MIT campus. Exact room locations for each session will be sent upon registration.
Registration Fee: $700
USAT CEUs: Application for CEUs is pending, this site will be updated when the
To Register: email us at for instructions on registering. Space is very limited.


Friday 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Guest lectures

Benjamin Rapoport – Modeling marathon pacing

A presentation covering the energetics of marathon racing. Using models to predict how many carbohydrate calories are needed for marathon racing and estimating the range of performances an athlete can expect on race day.

Jim Papadopoulos – Bicycling science

Presentation on the main points covered in the book Bicycling Science. Notable topics will include aerodynamics, mechanics and the role of heat in fatigue while cycling.

Barry Spiering – Evidence-based Strength and Conditioning

Evidence Based Practice is more than a buzzword,  it is a defined process by which practitioners incorporate the "Best" available evidence into the everyday training of athletes and clients.

Friday 1:30-4:30pm: The Principles of Training

Phil Skiba – Basic exercise physiology 

Explanations of VO2max, lactate, muscle biochemistry and fiber types

Dave Clarke – Principles of training and Periodization

Case study examples of implementation of periodization. Including so called advanced periodization concepts from Issurin, Tschiene and Verkoshansky.

Dave Clarke – Motivation for using models of human performance

A presentation showing what an athlete can gain from using models of human performance to guide their training.

Friday 5:30 PM - 7 PM: Special Topics
Ayesha Rollinson - Coaching Females
Discussion of how the menstrual cycle affects performance and adaptations. What do we change about workout session sequencing because of it?
Jason Digman - Variability in Pacing
How does the stochasticity of racing affect how we prepare athletes to train and race?

Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Models of human performance

Phil Skiba – Critical power and Anaerobic Work Capacity Modeling

The critical power model can be used to guide training racing intensity, this presentation will cover how that is done. Also, models of Anaerobic Work Capacity depletion and recovery provide guidance on what sort of price the athlete pays when exceeding their sustainable effort.

Dave Clarke – Impulse-Response Model

The Banister Impulse Response Model is a tool that can be used to find an individual's response to exercise and among other things, to find the perfect taper for each individual athlete.
Phil Skiba – Using the models in planning for world-class athletic performance
How Critical Power, Anaerobic Work Capacity, and Impulse Response are used in practice by elite athletes.

Saturday 1:30pm-7:00pm: Guest lectures and special topics

Kevin Joubert – Using Heart rate variability measurements to monitor fatigue

With inexpensive ant+ devices now making Heart Rate Variability measurements available to virtually everyone, we take a close look at how we can use these simple Heart Rate Variability measurements. Special emphasis on monitoring fatigue and  using it as an input into the Banister performance model.

Jason Kilderry – Running Biomechanics and Technique

There are lots of theories around that espouse certain types of running technique, but which of these have scientific support behind them?

Jorge Martinez - Motor Learning in Running

Once an athlete has been given the all-clear from treating medical profesionals, how do we integrate them back into their running schedule. How to do they learn to avoid those aspects of previous run training that may have led them into injury.

Phil Skiba - Medical risks in endurance sports

Dr. Skiba will review the evidence of long term health risks from endurance sports. The main emphasis will be on recent reports of heart issues that may come from long

Saturday 5:30 - 7 PM: Psychology and roundtable

Mark Van Akkeren - Coaching Psychology

A discussion of various psychological aspects of coaching.

Roundtable - Chaired by David Tilbury-Davis

Implementing and selling "evidence-based" coaching.


Dave Clarke

Dr. Clarke is a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and endurance athlete. His research includes work on mixed modeling of liver cell signals and his modeling background has naturally led him into working with the Banister Impulse Response Model and also modeling of the depletion and replenishment of Anaerobic Work Capacity.

Kevin Joubert

Coach Joubert has been a masters swim and triathlon coach since 2002. He is a certified Level 4 ASCA Masters swim coach and Level 2 USAT Triathlon coach. He developed a mathematical solution and implementation of the Banister Impulse Response Model in 2006 and has been using it with his athletes ever since. His area of emphasis has been overcoming some of the more difficult aspects of implementing the Banister model in practice.

Jason Kilderry

Coach Kilderry is a USAT and USATF Level 1 certified coach as well as a National Strength and Conditioning Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He holds a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University, and is currently pursuing a masters in exercise physiology. Jason is the owner of ETA Coach.

Jorge Martinez

Coach Martinez is the owner & head coach at E3 Training Solutions, LLC and holds certifications for USA Triathlon and USA Cycling.
He has helped athletes from different levels achieve their goals, whether completing their first race, qualifying for races such as the Ironman World Championship, ITU Age Group World Championship and the Boston Marathon to winning races overall or agegroups.
As a student of the sport, Jorge has completed different certifications and training in areas such as biomechanics, training concepts, physiology, injury prevention and nutrition.

Benjamin Rapoport

Dr. Rapoport is an MD-PhD student pursuing his MD in the Health Sciences and Technology Program at Harvard Medical School, having earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT (Analog Circuits and Biological Systems Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics).  He received his AB in Physics and Mathematics and AM in Physics from Harvard in 2003, and an MSc in Mathematical Biology from Oxford in 2004.
Ben is also a dedicated marathon runner with a special interest in optimizing human performance through quantitative physiology and is the author of the research paper "Metabolic Factors Limiting Performance in Marathon Runners." He will be presenting an in depth look at the topics of that paper.

Ayesha Rollinson

Coach Rollinson is a Canadian professional triathlete and coach based in Toronto. Born in Midland, ON, Ayesha raced on the International Triathlon Union’s World Cup circuit for five years and is now adding longer course events to her repertoire. She also competes in running and open-water swimming competitions.

Phil Skiba

Dr. Skiba is a USA Triathlon certified coach, and gives back to the sport through his weekend lecture series, which is conducted several times yearly. An authority on training, Dr. Skiba has been interviewed on the radio and in the New York Times, among other publications. His research has been presented at international sports conferences such as the AAPM&R (2006), the ACSM (2007, 2008) and the AOASM (2007, 2008). Among others, Dr. Skiba has coached Joanna Zeiger - World Ironman 70.3 Champion and Catriona Morrison - World Duathlon Champion.

Barry Spiering

Dr. Spiering is a former sport Physiologist at the US Olympic Training and Center and is currently a Research Physiologist at the US Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine. Dr. Spiering's presentation will be an expanded look at the topics from the recent paper "What is Evidence-Based Strength and Conditiong?" of which he is a Co-Author.

David Tilbury-Davis

Coach Tilbury-Davis is a British Triathlon Level III coach and has 10 years experience coaching clubs and individuals from 14 to 65 years old and novices to World Class elite athletes (ITU elites, World AG athlete's, Pro cyclists and Ironman athletes). He has also carried out 4 years biomechanics research and continuously broadened knowledge and coaching experience.

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