Chris Case COO Fast Talk Laboratories

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Chris was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut. He took up running in elementary school, just for fun. It quickly became his sole competitive outlet, and ultimately led to multiple state championships in cross-country and track. He also dabbled in mountain bike racing in high school, before taking time away from competitive sport to focus on his college education.

Chris attended Colgate University and graduated with degrees in neuroscience and art. He spent the next three years at the National Institute of Mental Health conducting research on patients with schizophrenia, in one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary studies of the disease. After another year researching a stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s disease, he decided to pursue his second passion. This led him to the graduate journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he concentrated in documentary photography. This is where Chris rediscovered his love of cycling, joining the collegiate team before expanding into categorized racing.

After receiving his master’s degree, Chris worked as a freelance newspaper photographer in the Denver metro area. He then served as the first creative director of the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. For several years he served as editor, director of photography, and designer for Trail & Timberline, the magazine of the Colorado Mountain Club.

Chris then briefly returned to psychology research, working on a genetic study of mood disorders in adolescents and a clinical study of pre-psychotic symptoms in college-age students.

In 2012, Chris became the managing editor of VeloNews magazine, a position he held for nearly eight years. It was during that time that he became co-host of Fast Talk.

His cycling pursuits took him around the world to race on the road, mountain, and in cyclocross, to places like Taiwan, Costa Rica, Israel, and throughout Europe. He has stood on the podium at several cyclocross national championships, and is a silver medalist at master’s cyclocross worlds.

Chris is the author of The Haywire Heart, a groundbreaking and critically important guide to heart care for athletes, and the first book to delve into the relationship between long-term endurance athletics and heart health.

He is a cofounder of Fast Talk Labs, with Trevor Connor, as well as COO of The Paleo Diet.

Q&A on Time Trial Pacing and Position, INSCYD, and Tough Love, with Janis Musins

Episode 162

Janis Musins helps us answer questions on time trial pacing, TT position, INSCYD testing, and the coach-athlete relationship.

How to Effectively Return to the Bike After Injury, with Dr. Andy Pruitt

Episode 161

We discuss the physical and mental aspects of safely and effectively returning to the bike after an injury.

A Beginner’s Guide to Ultra-Cycling Events

We explore the training, pacing, sleep strategies, and psychology of ultra-cycling events.

Favorite Workouts of Fast Talk All-Stars, Part 2

Episode 160

Former Fast Talk guests, including Ted King, Lindsay Golich, and Kristin Armstrong, discuss their favorite workout and its benefits.

Everything You Need to Know About the INSCYD Test

The INSCYD test yields a powerful set of metrics, including a complete metabolic profile. Coach Ryan Kohler details the test protocol and analysis.

INSCYD and the Power of Testing Analysis, with Sebastian Weber

Episode 159

We compare and contrast various test methods based on three key aspects: 1) the protocol, 2) the data the test provides, and 3) the analysis you can perform with that data.

How to Manage Unwanted Thoughts Through Stoicism, with Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

Episode 158

We discuss the underlying principles of an athlete's psychological welfare, and why our thoughts and feelings are simply emergent properties of brain and nervous system physiology.

Fast Talk Laboratories Now Offers Coaching Guidance and Testing for Cyclists and Triathletes

Virtual Performance Center Expands to Offer INSCYD Testing, Cycling and Triathlon Coaching Guidance, Sports Nutrition, and Custom Solutions and Services

Q&A on Training Grit, Psychological Tricks to Beat Fatigue, and Stage Racing, with Grant Holicky

Episode 157

We address questions on how to train grit for race situations, if you can safely override the central governor, and training for a five-day stage race.

Dr. Andy Pruitt Joins Fast Talk Laboratories

World-Leading Sports Medicine Expert to Contribute Educational Content and Lead Virtual Sports Medicine Clinic