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The Shakeout Podcast: Alex Hutchinson Uncovers the Mystery of Endurance

Sports science journalist Hutchinson explores the limits of human performance through personal experiences.

Alex Hutchinson’s new book Endure traces the intellectual history of the concept of endurance. He weaves together stories of epic moments that test the limits of human endurance, including Henry Worsley’s fatal journey across the Antarctic, the Tor des Geants, a trail race that covers an incredible 24,000m of elevation, the classic ride of the Tour de France, and a non-stop 692km race in the Yukon Arctic Ultra

Endure by Alex Hutchinson

Underlying these moments of extreme human endurance and details of sport physiology is a simpler story –the narrative of a personal discovery of the author himself.

On this week’s episode of The Shakeout, we speak with Hutchinson about the intimate stories of his own running successes and failures he shares in Endure and how he discovers that the concept of endurance is at the heart of what it means to be human.

Audio footage taken from the National Geographic documentary film Breaking2.

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