Today I am running a few miles with an athlete that is an expert at biohacking health and performance.
Nick Ortego is an experienced runner that has spent 20 years in the health and fitness profession.
This 100-mile is fanatical about using his knowledge to help other athletes analyze their training in order to maximize the benefits.
Nick was a multi-sport athlete in high school, though football was his sport of choice. He also ran track in the off-season to help him stay in shape.
Some years later, Nick went for a run while on vacation, primarily just to have some quiet time for himself.
It wasn’t long before Nick decided to run a marathon.
After that first marathon, he figured he was done with running after checking a marathon off of his bucket list.
But that wasn’t to be the case.
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Why Run Extreme Distances?
Nick believes in the value of “self-chosen suffering.” He sees it as almost a right of passage that the human spirit craves.
After his wife had a baby, and he saw how she was able to go through that process and come out the other side, Nick started to contemplate pushing his body and mind to its limit.
And at that point, Nick start to look into ultra marathons.
Biohacking the System
When looking at the body as a system of subsystems, you can monitor the inputs to each subsystem in an attempt to control the outputs.
Nick started to dabble in biohacking after he heard the term on a podcast.
He started to check the measurables to see what he can adjust in order to improve his performance.
Nick has learned, at times the hard way, that you have to trust the data.
The process of biohacking isn’t always easy, but if you want to get the best out of your training then it might be worth trying.
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