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Endurance Planet is the premiere online destination for runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, and adventure racers who want inspiration and education from podcasts, videos, articles and products to fuel their endurance passion. The show is owned and hosted by Tawnee Prazak, MS, CSCS. For sponsorship opportunities, show questions or general inquiries, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tawnee Prazak, MS, CSCS, is a triathlete and triathlon coach living in Laguna Beach, Calif., with a huge passion for endurance sports and a master’s-level education in exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. She’s been involved in the endurance world for nearly a decade, and is considered one of today’s leading experts in the field of endurance training, racing, strength training, nutrition and wellness. When not podcasting, Tawnee coaches and consults with triathletes and endurance athletes around the globe. She is also a freelance writer, speaker, fitness model, and healthy cooking aficionado. Find out more at coachtawnee.com.
Athletically, Tawnee is a top-ranked amateur triathlete. She grew up playing sports, including surfing and mountain biking, and began racing triathlon in 2007 while living and going to college in San Diego, the birthplace of triathlon. She had no proper background in swim, bike or run, but she quickly found that she had a knack for endurance sports (and at the time she was also ready to move on from her party lifestyle during her years at SDSU). At her first-ever race — a trail 10k run — she landed on the podium, and a few months later she placed top 10 in her first-ever triathlon. Since then, she has completed more than 60 endurance races ranging from sprint triathlons to Ironman, as well as ultra mountain bike races, road and trail running races, and more. Her favorite distance to race is the half-Ironman triathlon (70.3), and she is a two-time Ironman 70.3 World Championship finisher. With her competitive nature, Tawnee’s run her way to many more podiums and top-10 age-group finishes over the years; she had her first overall triathlon win in 2013 at a local sprint. However, she’s also no stranger to the “bad” days! It’s all those experiences — highs and lows at the races — that help her deeply relate to fellow athletes whether in coaching or on the podcast.
Tawnee documents her training, racing and personal stories (and sometimes posts recipes!) on her blog, www.tritawn.com.
Tim “Lucho” Waggoner, formerly Luchinske, resides in the mountains of Colorado just outside Boulder and is a highly sought-after endurance coach. On Endurance Planet he’s the vastly popular expert and co-host on “Ask the Coaches” (ATC) and “Ask the Ultrarunner” (ATU) shows. His experience in sport as both a professional triathlete and elite ultrarunner brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the show.
Lucho started running at the age of 10 and went on to multiple Kansas state track and field championships and was a two time All-American in college. He decided to drop out after two years and travel eventually settling in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he lived for four years. Tired of the party lifestyle, he quit smoking and entered his first triathlon and placed third. Fast forward, and four years later he placed 16th overall at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and was the top amateur.
After 15 Ironmans and beginning a family, Lucho switched to running. He ran 2:41 in his first marathon and then 2:30 in his second. Eventually, Luchoa and his wife moved up to 8,200ft altitude in the mountains, and this led him to try ultrarunning. In his first race, a 50-mile trail race, he won and broke the course record. He then went on to place 6th at the Leadville 100 — his 4th ever ultra. To top it off, Lucho was the overall winner of the Leadman series in 2012, which includes all of the Leadville races. He now spends most his time raising his two sons, coaching athletes, and fishing.
He also has a badass beard, is a sucker for a good IPA, and occasionally blogs at www.joghard.blogspot.com.
Coach Ben Greenfield is our “in house” sports nutrition expert and advisor to the show. Ben, who’s based out of Washington with his wife and two boys, is author of the New York Times best-selling book “Beyond Training,” and is recognized as one of the top fitness, nutrition and wellness consultants in the nation. Ben coaches and trains individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain and sports performance from the website GreenfieldFitnessSystems. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Ben hosts the popular fitness, nutrition and wellness podcast and website, BenGreenfieldFitness.com. He also is a public speaker, head coach at the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, voice of the Get-Fit Guy podcast and much more.
He’s quite an endurance athlete, too, with a robust athletic resume that includes everything from competitive bodybuilding and tennis to an extensive career in triathlon and obstacle racing. He has multiple finishes at the Ironman World Championships, and is a top-ranked amateur athlete.
Brock Skywalker Armstrong is an audio engineer, web developer, marathon & triathlon coach, musician, producer, former ballet dancer, hockey player, and all around Canadian. Brock has coached hundreds of athletes across their finish lines and entertained thousands of listeners across their eardrums. You can find out more about Brock at FrozenPuck.com and SkywalkerFitness.ca.
Listen to Brock’s story on this special EP interview!
Dr. David Minkoff is our go-to functional medicine specialist featured on “Ask the Doctor”. He is an expert in Functional Medicine, Chelation, Allergy Elimination, European Biological Medicine, Neural Therapy, Prolo Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Longevity/Aging Medicine, Enderlein Therapy, Insulin Potentiated Therapy, and more. Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He is board certified in pediatrics and has completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California in San Diego, which included research in developing new medicines to fight viral disease. He also served as co-director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palomar Medical Center, and for 12 years Dr. Minkoff worked in Emergency Medicine at the Community Hospital of New Port Richey, Florida which ranks in the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. In addition to his traditional medical training, Dr. Minkoff has extensive post-graduate training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
He co-founded LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, one of the largest alternative medical clinics in the U.S. This wellness center combines more cutting-edge alternative therapies and modalities under the same roof than almost any other alternative clinic in the country. In 2000, he founded BodyHealth, a nutrition company which offers a unique range of dietary supplements to the public and practitioners, including the amino acid supplement Master Amino Pattern (MAP).
Dr. Minkoff is passionate about fitness and is a 39-time Ironman finisher, including eight appearances at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. He works actively with many world-class athletes to help them improve their competitive fitness, and with his first-hand experience, Dr. Minkoff is able to help them achieve optimum conditioning. He also devotes much of his time to writing and research.
Thorsten Radde can be found on our regular “Tri News” show giving the latest triathlon news updates and race predictions (and he is pretty darn good at it, arguably the best in the business). Thorsten, a German age-group triathlete, got started as a “triathlon statistician” out of his fascination for professional Ironman-distance racing. He now regularly collects and analyzes professional Ironman-distance results, allowing him to rate courses and athletes and to predict upcoming races, which can be found at his website trirating.com. He also posts predictions before long-distance races and his analysis of the actual performances on trirating.com, in addition to in-depth analysis and opinion pieces on Ironman racing.
Thorsten brings that expertise to Endurance planet, but if that’s not enough, he offers a few awesome resource for fellow “tri geeks.” He has a free Kona Rating Report at his website that contains tons of data on the participants, a statistical look at how the race may develop. He also authors the “KPR Observer” featuring base information about the Kona Points Ranking (KPR) and ongoing updates during the season how the projected cutoff changes and which athletes are in a good position to qualify. Finally, together with Like Dragstra, Thorsten runs the podcast IM-Predictions.com where you can submit your top picks for upcoming races and maybe win some nice prizes.
Thorsten was recently featured as one of the “20 Must-Follow Triathlon Accounts” by Triathlete Magazine. You can follow Thorsten at @ThRadde.
Brad Culp, editor of LAVA Magazine, is a wealth of knowledge on the sport of triathlon across all distances, and often joins us on our “Multisport News” show. He has been competing in triathlon for more than 10 years and has been writing about it for almost as long. A native of Chicago, Brad earned degrees in journalism and psychology from Miami University (Ohio), where he played water polo and founded the school’s triathlon club. Brad has spent most of the past seven years in San Diego’s North County, and has no plans to ever leave unless he’s offered a lucrative job in Kona, Hawaii. When he’s not busy overtraining for Ironman, Brad enjoys boating, jetskiing, wakeboarding, surfing, kayaking, or any other sport that involves going fast over water. You won’t find him on Facebook but he welcomes your follow on Twitter (@bbculp).