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.

Mastering Indoor Cycling, with Joe Friel, Jim Rutberg, and Riders on the eSports Team Saris-The Pro’s Closet

Episode 133

Joe Friel and Jim Rutberg explore indoor cycling and its many nuances.

How to Set Strava PRs, with The Pro’s Closet

Episode 132

We catch up with our friends at The Pro’s Closet, Spencer Powlison and Bruce Lin, to discuss their recent four-week Strava PR Challenge. In the lead up to their attempts, we helped them with training advice and “race-day” strategy tips.

Balancing Science and Experience in Your Training, with Cameron Cogburn

Episode 131

How do you, as an athlete, combine your understanding of sport science and your training and racing experience to most effectively map out your training? That question is the basis for today’s episode, one in which we drift between the philosophical and the practical.

The Science of Breathing, with Dr. James Hull

Episode 130

Q&A on Weight Loss and Metabolism, MTB Descending, and 5×5 Interval, with New Head Coach Ryan Kohler

Episode 129

Our new Head Coach Ryan Kohler answers listener questions on weight loss, metabolism, mountain bike descending, and 5x5 interval workouts.

Roundtable: On Coaching Beginner Athletes Versus Veteran Athletes

Episode 128

Cycling coaches Melanie McQuaid, Grant Holicky, and Ryan Kohler discuss the differences, similarities, nuances, and challenges of coaching beginner athletes versus veteran amateurs. 

Overreaching, Overtraining, and Burnout with Dr. Stephen Seiler

Episode 127

Dr. Stephen Seiler discusses the distinction between overtraining, overreaching, and burnout.

Q&A on Fatigue, Peaking, Returning from Injury, and Nutrition with Julie Young

Episode 126

Guest coach Julie Young answers questions from listeners on fatigue, peaking, returning from injury, and sports nutrition.

Put It in the Big Gear—We Explore Low-Cadence, High-Torque Training with Neal Henderson

Episode 125

We take a close look at big gear work. What does the literature say about performance gains? What have elite coaches discovered through practice?

How to Map Out Your Season, with Toms Skujins, Kiel Reijnen, Joey Rosskopf, and Larry Warbasse

Episode 124

Trevor did several great interviews with four top pros—Toms Skujins, Kiel Reijnen, Joey Rosskopf, and Larry Warbasse—for an article he was writing several years ago, and now we want to share their full wisdom.