Peak Performance

Alex Honnold

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June 18, 2017

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have scaled some of the most dangerous rock faces on the planet. Honnold made headlines this month when he climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan without a rope for the first time in history. We talk with both about fear, risk and resilience. We also examine the science of “flow” states and peak performance.

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold
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Mountain climber Tommy Caldwell takes us inside Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Capitan.

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2:57
Tommy Caldwell, at his base camp in the middle of the Dawn Wall.
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Tommy Caldwell talks about his lifelong obsession with climbing.

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16:06
Alex Honnold
Dangerous Ideas

He may have already conquered El Capitan, but Alex Honnold can dream up far more daring and dangerous adventures.

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2:05
athlete
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You know those moments when everything clicks and you’re performing at your peak? There’s a science behind flow states.

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10:58
basketball
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Neuroscientist John Krakauer blasts the “dumb jock” stereotype with research on the cognitive brilliance of athletes.

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8:21
shoe
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So you’re a serious runner? Consider the Self-Transcendence Race, running around the same half-mile loop for 3,100 miles.

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10:36
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June 18, 2017
December 16, 2017
December 15, 2018
Guests: 
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold
Rock Climber
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold
Rock Climber
Peak Performance Expert
Neuroscientist
Last modified: 
December 11, 2018