Listen: Matt Fitzgerald on the Psychological Key to Comebacks

On Episode 10 of the Endurance Podcast, Ian Sharman sits down with author Matt Fitzgerald to discuss how being an "ultra realist" is essential to optimizing performance.

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The PodiumRunner Endurance Podcast is hosted by Ian Sharman, a professional ultra runner and coach with over 200 marathons or ultra finishes and more than 50 wins ( Ian discusses training and racing topics with leading sports scientists, athletes and coaches, with a focus on how to practically apply research findings for marathoners and ultra runners.

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Here’s Episode 10:

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Episode 10 – Matt Fitzgerald and ‘The Comeback Quotient’

In this episode, Ian is joined by author Matt Fitzgerald. The show starts by discussing Matt’s current experience with being a long haul COVID-19 patient, which really tests his ability to put his “comeback” concepts into practice in the real world. Ian and Matt spend a lot of time talking about the concepts in Matt’s new book, “The Comeback Quotient.” These concepts include: What being an “ultra realist” means; how to accept reality in a race and optimize your performance accordingly; how to turn negatives into positives mid-race; the theory of motivational intensity that limits performance; and the sweet spot for caring about a race enough, but not too much — to the degree that it harms performance. Matt also gives a brief discussion about his book, “80:20 Running.”

Matt Fitzgerald is the author of the bestseller, “How Bad Do You Want It?” and many other books on sports, nutrition and mental performance. His writing has appeared in numerous sports and fitness publications, including a regular column on PodiumRunner, and articles in Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Bicycling and Women’s Running. He’s also an accomplished runner and triathlete, plus a coach.

Matt is on Twitter at @mattfitwriter and his website is — on which he posted a recent blog about his experience as a long hauler with COVID-19.

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