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Mile High Endurance is recorded in the Rocky Mountain front range area in Denver, Colorado. 55 miles to the north is the triathlon 'Mecca' of Boulder, home of some of the most prominent pros in triathlon and related sports. 56 miles to the south is the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. The 110 mile stretch between Boulder and Colorado Springs is one of the fittest and athletic populated areas in the world. I share these statistics, not so much to brag but to give you the listener context for what the culture and vibe is here in the Mile High area. ​The objective of the Mile High Tri podcast is to connect you to the triathlon community and empower you to achieve your triathlon and fitness goals. Each month we will take subjects that you are interested in and connect your interests with news, expert interviews, and information about services and products in a way that inform your decisions to achieve your full potential in the sport.
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Dec 31, 2016

00:00 Intro

12:11 Lance Panigutti

26:52 Wrap up and Line up

Welcome to Episode #54 of the Mile High Endurance podcast.  Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.   I'm your host Rich Soares and I'm joined by co-host Khem Suthiwan.

 Thanks for giving us the next hour or so.  If you are new to Mile High Endurance, we welcome you.  It's our goal to bring you great weekly content to help you get the most out triathlon and related endurance sports.  Each week we interview new guests in the endurance sport industry to share their knowledge with you to inspire and educate on a variety of topics.  Topics range from training tips, products, services, and races.  If you are listening from a direct download link, be sure to go to your iTunes, Google Play or other podcast subscription service and subscribe to automatically download the latest episode to your phone. 

I announce the released episodes on Sunday morning on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow the show on Twitter at MileHighPodcast and check out the Facebook Page at Mile High Endurance.  The episodes get released on iTunes and GooglePlay and other podcast subscription sites on Saturday evening, so if you subscribe to auto download, the show will be there on your phone ready for your Sunday morning training session.  

Before we get into today's interview, we want to thank Fred Jorgensen and Sarah Nielsen for joining us last week.  Fred, as you heard, is preparing to start is quest of successfully completing the Ultra Grand Slam in 2018.  The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning™ award is recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The "Slam" consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year. 

Sarah Nielsen joined us from South Suburban Parks and Rec to talk about the Reverse Indoor Triathlon they have scheduled in January.   This sounds like a fun event for those looking to try and indoor triathlon or to try something new.  If you are just starting out in the sport, this may be a race you want to take a look at.  As we heard from Sarah, the Tryathlon races and their run series are very affordable and have a low barrier to entry.

This week we keep it local talking to Lance Panigutti of Without Limits.  Ever since the news broke a couple of weeks ago that Lifetime Fitness sold the Bolder Peak to Without Limits and with Barry and Jodee Siff have packaged the

  • The Colorado Sprint Triathlon on June 3rd, 2017
  •  The Boulder Peak Triathlon on July 9th, 2017 complete with a Pro Prize Purse of $25,000!
  •  The Harvest Moon, which is the original 5430 Triathlon (Long Course) on September 17th, 2017

Into the 5430 Series.  In the interview, you will hear that the price for the combined 3 races is $300 plus processing fee.  That price for the series actually ends on December 31st at midnight.  We are releasing this week's episode a bit early to try and get the word out before the price goes up.

We'll talk about the Boulder Peak, the 5430 Series and all of the Without Limits lineup this year in the interview.  Let's get into the interview with Lance.  After that, we'll come back and talk about what's on deck for next week.

Welcome to Episode #54 of the Mile High Endurance podcast.  Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.   I'm your host Rich Soares and I'm joined by co-host Khem Suthiwan.

Thanks for giving us the next hour or so.  If you are new to Mile High Endurance, we welcome you.  It's our goal to bring you great weekly content to help you get the most out triathlon and related endurance sports.  Each week we interview new guests in the endurance sport industry to share their knowledge with you to inspire and educate on a variety of topics.  Topics range from training tips, products, services, and races.  If you are listening from a direct download link, be sure to go to your iTunes, Google Play or other podcast subscription service and subscribe to automatically download the latest episode to your phone. 

I announce the released episodes on Sunday morning on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow the show on Twitter at MileHighPodcast and check out the Facebook Page at Mile High Endurance.  The episodes get released on iTunes and GooglePlay and other podcast subscription sites on Saturday evening, so if you subscribe to auto download, the show will be there on your phone ready for your Sunday morning training session.  

Before we get into today's interview, we want to thank Fred Jorgensen and Sarah Nielsen for joining us last week.  Fred, as you heard, is preparing to start is quest of successfully completing the Ultra Grand Slam in 2018.  The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning™ award is recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The "Slam" consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year. 

Sarah Nielsen joined us from South Suburban Parks and Rec to talk about the Reverse Indoor Triathlon they have scheduled in January.   This sounds like a fun event for those looking to try and indoor triathlon or to try something new.  If you are just starting out in the sport, this may be a race you want to take a look at.  As we heard from Sarah, the Tryathlon races and their run series are very affordable and have a low barrier to entry.

This week we keep it local talking to Lance Panigutti of Without Limits.  Ever since the news broke a couple of weeks ago that Lifetime Fitness sold the Bolder Peak to Without Limits and with Barry and Jodee Siff have packaged the

  • The Colorado Sprint Triathlon on June 3rd, 2017
  •  The Boulder Peak Triathlon on July 9th, 2017 complete with a Pro Prize Purse of $25,000!
  •  The Harvest Moon, which is the original 5430 Triathlon (Long Course) on September 17th, 2017

Into the 5430 Series.  In the interview, you will hear that the price for the combined 3 races is $300 plus processing fee.  That price for the series actually ends on December 31st at midnight.  We are releasing this week's episode a bit early to try and get the word out before the price goes up.

We'll talk about the Boulder Peak, the 5430 Series and all of the Without Limits lineup this year in the interview.  Let's get into the interview with Lance.  After that, we'll come back and talk about what's on deck for next week.

Dec 25, 2016

0:00:00 Intro and merry Christmas

0:10:14 Sarah Neilsen of South Suburban Parks and Recreation

0:30:27 Fred Jorgensen on attempting the Ultra Marathon Grand Slam at 70

1:05:18 Wrap up and upcoming episodes

Welcome to episode #53 of the Mile High Endurance Podcast.  This week we have Sarah Neilson of South Suburban Parks and Rec to talk about the Indoor Reverse Triathlon they have coming up in January.  You can get more information at https://www.ssprd.org/tryathlon

We also have another listener recommendation by the name of Fred Jorgesen. Fred is a local ultra-runner hoping to be the oldest person to do the ultra marathon Grand Slam. The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning™ award is recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The "Slam" consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year.

Before we get into today's interview, I want to thank Marc Evans again for talking about his book Triathletes In Motion.  Marc Evans, as you heard, is a true pioneer of the sport of triathlon.  Marc reminded us that there is more to your training than heart rate, power, running miles or time in the saddle and pool.  His book Triathlete's in Motion covers a lot of ground, things like nutrition, cardio vascular fitness, and all of the traditional things we think of with training.   His emphasis with the work is on flexibility, balance, proprioception and technique.  In the book are self-assessments you can perform to identify your weakest link from a bio-mechanics perspective and then how to address that weakest link.  As he suggested in the interview, you want to address one weak link at a time and progress to the next one.  Marc is now focused on product design with his company Human Kinetics and www.humankinetics.com.  Please reach out to Marc if you enjoyed the interview and let him know or put a comment on Facebook and Mile High Endurance page.

Dec 18, 2016
  • 00:00 Intro
  • 22:11 Marc Evans Interview
  • 1:16:25 Upcoming Episodes 

Welcome to Episode #52 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. Mile High Enduranceis your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals. I'm your host Rich Soares and I'm excited that co-host and coach Khem Suthiwan is back this week.

I'm honored that Marc Evans would join us this week and shine a bright light on how to unlock potential performance through attention to training your biomechanics. Marc Evans is the foremost expert on the subject, author of Triathlete's in Motion, President and founder of Me3 Marc Evans Endurance Education, and CEOof Sports Engineering Group. Honestly you don't want to miss this.

Before we get into today's interview, I want to thank Sherpa John Lacroix for joining us last week to tell us about the HPRS. As I said in the wrap up, I was really taken by surprise by Sherpa John and race courses he designs. It's rare to hear that much thought go into making a great course, let alone a portfolio of great and HARD courses. Intentionally very, very hard. Fascinating. Be sure to check out the Fat Ass series and member ship at www.humanpotentialrunning.com.

If we go back two episodes to the Meredith Kessler, you may recall our discussion on verifying pre-race hydration with the use of "pee sticks". Well Khem, I went ahead and placed an order for some on Amazon and they arrived this week [arrive Thursday]. We are going to have to test these bad boys out. Here's what I bought and what they do.

Okay, that's enough of what is going on before and after today's interview, let's get on with today's interview:

As you may recall from a few weeks ago on episode #48 we had David Warden on the show to talk about bio-mechanics. During that interview, David Warden mentioned coaching advice he received from Marc Evans while in a swim session. Marc advised David on his stroke rate that unlocked his swim speed. Marc Evans is the author of Triathlete's in Motion, which I have referred to on a number of occasions. I've owned a copy of Triathlete's in Motion for a while now. I heard an interview with Marc shortly after the book was published and remember for the first time realizing there was this whole new dimension of training. The ah-ha that I remember from listening to that interview was performance that can be unlocked by having optimal bio-mechanics and appropriate muscle recruitment to achieve optimal efficiency and injury avoidance.

Dec 11, 2016

Today's interview is with "Sherpa" John Lacroix of Human Potential Running and I'm hoping you will find the mission and racing at HPRS to be as interesting as I did.  

  • [00:00] Intro 
  • [9:26] Interview with "Sherpa" John Lacroix
  • [57:13] Upcoming Episodes and Wrap Up

Khem says hello and will be back next week.  We had some scheduling challenges with recording this weekend, but I did have lunch with her today to do some podcast planning and she says hello.

If you are new to Mile High Endurance, I welcome you.  It is my goal to bring you great weekly content to help you be a better athlete.  I am always on the lookout for the latest thinking, products and performances to help you learn the sport of triathlon and endurance sport in general.

The way the content works, I feature the guests on the milehighendurance website with links to guests.  There is also a section for resources which are links to white papers, training videos for swimming, running, weight training.  There are links to motivational videos and more. 

I announce the released episodes on Sunday morning on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow the show on Twitter at MileHighPodcast and check out the Facebook Page at Mile High Endurance.  The episodes get released on iTunes and GooglePlay and other podcast subscription sites on Saturday evening, so if you subscribe to auto download, the show will be there on your phone ready for your Sunday morning training session.  

Okay on to content.  First and foremost I want to congratulate Meredith Kessler on her win this weekend at Ironman Taupo 70.3.  Congrats to Meredith!  As you should would know from last week's interview with Meredith, she also had just won Ironman Arizona just a couple of weeks prior to the interview.

I want to thank Meredith Kessler for being on the show last week and answering my questions about Life Of A Triathlete: Race Preparation.  If you have already listened to that episode, you know that Meredith is awesome to talk to.  She is completely driven to share her knowledge, successes and failures with athletes, be they pros or age-groupers.   If you have not heard the interview, check out episode #50.  Meredith shares extraordinary detail on the things that have worked for her and the things that have not, from equipment, to gear, to nutrition and hydration, we cover a ton of ground.  Including "pee sticks"!

In the interview Meredith, on the topic of hydration, she recommends pee sticks that her nutritionist provides her to test her hydration leading up to a race.  I'm going to follow up with her now that Taupo 70.3 is over, I'll reach out to her and see if we can get our hands on these and test them out.  Khem called dibs on them so I'll have to share.  If I have to share, I'll expect Khem will also help us test these out and see how they work.  This is really fun and geeky stuff.

http://www.active.com/triathlon/articles/holiday-gift-guide-for-triathletes

  1. Xterra SUP
  2. Roka Aviators
  3. Misfit Speedo Shine 2
  4. Oakley Radar Pace sunglasses
  5. Tom Tom Spark 3
  6. Garmin forerunner 735xt
  7. Pearl bioviz
  8. And more

This gave me an idea.  I would like to hear from you as to what you think are the best triathlon related Christmas gifts you desire.  Either post it on FB or shoot me an email at Rich@MileHighEndurance.com and we'll discuss it on the show next week

Okay, let's get on with today's interview:

Today's interview is with John "Sherpa" Lacroix.  "Sherpa" John is founder of the Human Potential Running Series.  You can check it out at http://humanpotentialrunning.com/.  The Human Potential series is portfolio of trail races ranging from half marathon to 100 milers.  This is an interview that really took me by surprise.  John was a referral from a friend (ironically also named Jon) and I really did not know too much about this Sherpa and the HPRS until I started doing my interview prep.  Then, while talking to Sherpa John, I found myself really digging and getting into the what John's providing.  It isn't just an ultra series.  He is really selling grass roots experiences to help individuals discover themselves.  Here's a quote from the website.

Human Potential is the little voice in your head that dares you to dream it, moves you to do it and wills you to experience it.  It is unlimited.

I hope this interview captures you the way it did me.  Sherpa John is not just looking to create courses for every distance, he is looking to design trail courses the way some regard a Pete Dye course, such as the Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, South Carolina From <http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/play/worlds-ten-toughest-golf-courses-935176/>

You'll hear what John has to say about his course designs in the interview.  I think you know where I'm going with this, but suffice it to say the word "epic" comes up more than once I think.  Okay, well let's get into the interview with Sherpa John.

Dec 4, 2016

Welcome to Episode #50 of the Mile High Endurance podcast.  Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals. 

Today's interview is with Ironman Arizona habitual champion Meredith Kessler.  Merideth is also co-author of the book Life of a Triathlete, Race Preparation.  We were able to catch up with Meredith on her performance in Arizona, her newish book and her plans for Taupo 70.3.

  • [00:00] Intro
  • [13:49] Meredith Kessler
  • [1:16:54] Wrap Up
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