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Christie Aschwanden in conversation at Berkeley Park

  • Berekeley Park Running 4568 Tennyson Denver, CO 80212 (map)

Christie Aschwanden is the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight and health columnist for the Washington Post. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, her writing has appeared in Outside, Discover, Smithsonian and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Colorado.

GOOD TO GO IS an eye-opening exploration of how the human body can best recover and adapt to sports and fitness training.

In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

In Good to Go, acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance; she examines the latest trends among athletes, from NFL star Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles’ pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps’s “cupping” ritual; and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks, and infrared saunas.

At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Good to Go seeks answers to the fundamental question: Do any of them actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

Neal Henderson began coaching endurance sport athletes in the early 1990’s and founded APEX Coaching in 1999. He has helped numerous athletes achieve first-time finishes, and has coached several national champions, multiple world champions, and several Olympians. Neal raced triathlon professionally from 2000-2003 specializing in XTERRA and Winter Triathlon. He is an Elite USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach and was the 2007 USA Cycling Developmental Coach of the Year. He was also named the 2009 USA National Cycling Coach of the Year and in 2011 was awarded the Doc Councilman Coach of the Year award by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the use of science in his coaching. Neal coached Rohan Dennis of BMC Pro Team to a UCI Hour Record of 52.491 kilometers in February of 2015 and coached Evelyn Stevens to a still standing women’s UCI Hour Record of 47.98 kilometers in February 2016. Neal has been a staff member at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as cycling coach, and has served on multiple coaching committees for both USA Cycling and USA Triathlon.

Earlier Event: January 19
An Evening with Megan and David Roche
Later Event: March 9
Running Up For Air