Name: Jason Lippman, MD
Hometown: Willston, VT
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: University of Utah, Family Medicine
Fellowship: University of Utah, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Home Club/Team: Currently a free agent
What are some keys to caring for skimo/endurance athletes? Seasons are long and it’s a knife’s edge to train hard without tipping into overtraining. As much as we love workouts, recovery and nutrition are at least as important to reaching peak form at the correct time. Also, never forget the enormous role psychology and mental training play in top performance.
What are your nutrition principles? Focus on whole foods and lots of them. While simple sugars may be easiest to tolerate during a race/training session, try to build meals around lean meats and carbs with a higher glycemic index. As you approach 10+ hours a week of training, a good sport nutritionist can be invaluable if you want to plan out fueling that matches the demands of your training.
How/when did you start being an endurance athlete? Living in Salt Lake for my medical training opened my eyes to the world of mountain/uphill sport. Now I can’t live anywhere where I can’t reach the mountains within half an hour. Oh well.
Favorite training venue: Bolton Valley, VT
What is your favorite mantra during a race or hard workout? “I’m having fun.”
What do you do in the summer to train for skimo? Trail running. Road/gravel biking.
Other than your medical gear, what are three things you pack for racing trips? Chocolate granola, my insulated coffee mug, and hand warmers.
What inspires you? The drive and abilities of elite athletes. The smile on a kid’s face at the end of a Tuesday night locals’ race. People’s endless ability to find humility and resilience in the face of injury.
What do you do to relax? Pour a hazy IPA, put my feet up, and enjoy a book by the fire.