The Physiology and Biomarkers of Recovery with Dr. Iñigo San Millán

Dr. Inigo San Millan, the coach of Tadej Pogačar, discusses the physiology of recovery, biomarkers of training and why we don’t want to be in a constant catabolic state.

This episode marks a big moment for Fast Talk!

This is our first episode with Rob Pickels as our new Cohost.

For Rob’s first episode, we brought in a very special guest – Dr. Inigo San Millan. The two of them worked together at the University of Colorado’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Dr. San Millan is the head physiologist for UAE Team Emirates, and coaches 2021 Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogačar. But since winning the Tour de France wasn’t enough for him – he’s also doing work with Dr. George Brooks on the role of lactate metabolism in cancer.

You’ve heard us say it a hundred times before: if you want to be at your best, you have to take your recovery seriously. In this episode, Dr. San Millan dives into the physiology of why we need recovery. He explains cortisol, catabolic states, the breakdown of muscle protein, and why staying in a catabolic state can not only lead to overtraining but also chronic inflammation and even disease.  

Dr. San Millan recently wrote a paper on the biomarkers of recovery and we finish out the episode by offering suggestions on the ways you can test and monitor your recovery.  

So in short, our message for today is get your rest. 

Joining Dr. San Millan, we hear from a host of other experts including Dr. Jason Glowney, who was the head physician at CU Sports, Armando Mastracci, the founder of the Xert training software, and coach Jeff Winkler here in Boulder.  

So, sit down, strap on your compression boots, check your cortisol levels, and let’s make you fast!

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