2013 Endurance Recap

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

Not a bad year!


We just got back from the last race of the year – Ironman Cozumel. Feeling great after a personal best time at the Ironman distance! Total time was 11:20, so even with the shortened swim (1.9 miles instead of 2.4 miles because of wind/currents), I feel good about the day. I finished in the top 20% of my age group and overall.


Here are some pictures of the event.


I tried a new training method for this one (my 16th Iron-distance event) – because I was traveling like crazy leading up to the event, I had extremely limited time to train. During September and October, I was away from home more than I was at home – so my total training time and distance were severely compromised. I’ll be writing about my training, nutrition, and supplementation plan in my upcoming new book, “Weekend Ironman” – which will be out in 2014 and I hope will help other regular folks to complete an Iron-distance triathlon with limited training.


Earlier in the year, I also had these results:


  • June 9 – Ironman 70.3 Boise – (“half-iron”) = 5:04 (3rd place age group)
  • July 27 – Vineman “Full” (Iron-distance) Triathlon = 12:19 (with a flat)
  • August 10 – Katcina Mosa 100k Trail Run = 15:40 (14th place)
  • Sept 6-9 – World’s Fittest CEO – 2nd Place Overall


The Vineman event was a great race that I can highly recommend, but I was disappointed with my performance there (the flat tire really took the wind out of my sails). I felt really good about my performances in the 70.3 Boise (3rd place in AG and qualifying for World’s again), Katcina Mosa (testing our new Energ-Ease formula – coming soon!), and especially my “A” race for the season, the World’s Fittest CEO (2nd place overall after 3 days and 6 endurance events).


Without sounding too “commercial” I really feel that Wicked Fast supplements have helped me to get the most out of the limited training that I’m able to do. Between a very demanding work and travel schedule, trying to be a good husband and dad, not getting nearly as much sleep as I need, and generally feeling pulled in a million different directions, the fact that I can still get solid endurance-specific nutrition (Intense Defense), emphasize intensity over duration in my workouts (Energ-Ease), and recover as fully as possible between training sessions (Recover-Ease), I feel very satisfied with how my body and mind performed throughout 2013.


For 2014, I am planning:


  • March 1 – Ironman New Zealand
  • March 29 – Austin Rattler (100-mile mountain bike)
  • June 14 – Bryce Canyon 100-mile trail run
  • July 19 – Speed Goat 50k trail run
  • August 3 – Ironman Boulder
  • September 18-22 – World’s Fittest CEO


I think that with Wicked Fast supplements, I’ll continue to be able to get thru these extreme endurance events in good shape and with a big smile on my face – which is why most of us are out here doing these silly events in the first place, right?!?!?!


As always, thanks for reading, and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, Holiday Season!.




About the Author: Shawn Talbott is MonaVie’s Chief Science & Innovation Officer. He holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry (Rutgers) and a MS in Exercise Science (UMass). He trains for iron-distance triathlons and ultra-marathons in Utah – and is always sure to keep himself in biochemical balance and high vigor.


Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author



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About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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