Coach Conversations: Allen Lim on What's Next
There are three big things in sports physiology:
- Training load
An accurate cycling power meter gives sports scientists the ability to make every athlete their own experiment. By looking at how each individual responds to these three training factors, an athlete and their coach can hone into these responses to find out what works best for each individual – this is really the next great frontier in sports physiology. Data that was once only available in a sports lab is now readily available for anyone with a power meter.
Dr. Allen Lim is a sports physiologist, cycling coach, and a founder of Skratch Labs, a manufacturer of performance hydration mixes and the world's first active nourishment company. Beginning his coaching career with Jonathan Vaughters' TIAA-CREF cycling development team, Lim developed a method of testing for biological markers of performance enhancing drugs that led to cycling's Biological Passport. Lim was director of sport science for Garmin and RadioShack cycling teams and is the only American scientist to have worked and cooked for teams at the Tour de France. Lim has worked with dozens of top American cyclists to improve their performance and nutrition.