Olympian Leah Kirchmann: The Secret Sauce to Consistency in the Pro Peloton (Podcast)
“I equate focusing on health with high performance and when you have a healthy resilient body then you’re going to get a better performance and it’s going to be sustainable. Making that connection is key, it’s not choosing one or the other.” Leah Kirchmann
If you follow women’s cycling, Leah Kirchmann (@leahkirchmann) will be a familiar name to you. As one of the world’s most consistent performers on the professional road circuit, riding with Team Sunweb, it’s no surprise that Leah has a purposeful strategy for her nutrition and mindset.
Leah describes herself as a learner. Her unquenchable thirst for knowledge about all things nutrition makes that abundantly clear. Her degree in nutrition sciences comes in handy not only in her own pursuits, but also when she’s mentoring young female athletes as a Fast and Female ambassador.
Our conversation takes us down many interesting roads, including some of Leah’s fueling strategies, tactics she uses to help sharpen her mindset, her thoughts on young female athletes, body image and diet trends, the joy that food brings into her life and even the books Leah is reading.
It was my pleasure to speak with Leah and I’m excited for you to have the opportunity to step inside the Performance Hub and hear what she had to say. Click below to tune into the podcast episode.
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Here are some links based on our conversation including a few of Leah’s favorite books and where you can connect with Leah on social media. Thanks for tuning in to the Performance Hub!
The Athlete’s Gut (book) https://www.velopress.com/books/the-athletes-gut/