Chris Case

Chris Case COO Fast Talk Laboratories

Chris Case is Cofounder of Fast Talk Laboratories and Cohost of the Fast Talk Podcast.

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.

Cardiovascular Drift, with Dr. Ed Coyle

Episode 146

Cardiovascular drift is an instability in heart rate and stroke volume over time. On the bike, we measure it by looking at a rise in heart rate relative to power. We dive in.

Nutrition: Sugar, Wheat, Paleo, and Performance

Episode 37

We discuss what we think is healthy, what foods to eat, we’ll take on the topics of wheat, nutrient density, and sugar.

Aerobic Conditioning: Sweet Spot Bursts

Control heart rate and manage your effort with a focus on breathing and cadence. This workout builds on the previous weeks of tempo and lower cadence riding.

Q&A on Time-Crunched Athletes, Zone 1 Rides, and Unstructured Intervals, with Hannah Finchamp

Episode 145

Pro mountain biker and coach Hannah Finchamp helps us field questions on time-crunched training, zone 1, interval design, and more.

The Best of 2020

Episode 144

We bring you our favorite conversations with exceptional guests from the worlds of physiology, medicine, nutrition, sports psychology, and, of course, cycling.

Q&A on Nutrition for Long Rides, the Hour Record, and Strength & Conditioning at Home

Ryan, Trevor, and Chris field questions on nutrition, strength training at home, the Hour Record, plyometrics, and more.

The Art and Science of Yoga, with Sage Rountree

Episode 143

Yoga is much more than fancy stretching or breathing techniques—it can be a powerful tool to aid health and performance.

Nutrition Myth-Busting on Macros, Carbs, Food Allergies, Cramping, and Hydration

Episode 142

Ryan Kohler and Trevor Connor discuss some of the major myths and misconceptions in endurance sports nutrition.

Q&A on Executing 4×8 Intervals, Using Scooters in Training, Recovery Walks, and Micro Training Camps

Head Coach Ryan Kohler, Coach Trevor Connor, and Chris Case field questions on how to best execute 4x8-minute intervals, tips on creating micro training camps, and much more.

How to Create Multi-Year Development Plans, with Dr. Stephen Seiler and Sondre Skarli

Episode 141

Certain physiological gains only happen after years of development. We discuss how to design training plans that look two or more years ahead.