154 Joe Friel: Endurance Training for Super-Aging?

Apr 29, 2024 | Fitness, Personal Development, Podcast, Podcast Episode

EPISODE 154 OF GROWING OLDER LIVING YOUNGER illustrates the importance of mental attitude and physical activity for enhancing health span. Today I talk with triathlon and endurance coach, Joe Friel. With a master’s degree in Exercise Science, Joe was a marathoner and running coach throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. After his first triathlon in 1983 he began coaching multi sport athletes, becoming one of the first triathlon coaches in the country. His book The Triathletes Training Bible, remains the best selling book on triathlon training. Joe currently lives and trains in the mountains of northern Arizona. It struck me that Joe Friel is a poster child for Super-Aging, and I wanted him to share with us, the inner drive and passion for his sport that keeps him fit and actively training in his 80s  Some of the most frequent concerns I hear from participants in the Change Your aging Master Plan is that their activity level has decreased with age. Many have arthritis, fibromyalgia, or osteoporosis, and are much less inclined to keep mobile and active throughout the day. The first chapter in Joe’s Triathletes Training Bible shows that a mental toughness mindset combining commitment, confidence and patience, is the key to success as a triathlete. I believe also that an essential key to aging youthfully is maintaining a mindset that with commitment, confidence and patience, we can remain physically and mentally vibrant, energized and active throughout our life.

Episode Timeline:

[0:11] Aging youthfully with endurance coach Joe Friel. 

[4:51] Life journey from runner to triathlon coach

[10:26] Transition to writing books

[14:17] Exercise habits, aging and injuries

[18:48] Impact of mental strength and fitness on a cycling athlete

[25:31] Mental preparation for competition

31.28 Aging, maintaining fitness, and mental well-being

Learn more about about Joe Friel:


Twitter: @jfriel

Book: The Triathlete’s Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide, 5th Edition 

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