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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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Jun 25, 2017

Welcome to Episode #79 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.  We're your hosts Rich Soares, Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock and we're glad you are joining us for another week of endurance. 

 

Thanks to last week's guest Todd Plymale Mallory to talk about how to keep yourself safe on the road and avoid getting hit. 

 

It's another very busy week of endurance. There's a ton going on this weekend.  There are literally five triathlon races this weekend in Colorado.  http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/List.aspx?Rank=Upcoming&Special=triathlon&State=CO&Page=1

Lake to Lake, Tri the Boat, Tribella, Boulder Sunrise, South Suburban TRYathlon, and Tri On The Plains

Plus, there are lots of big rides like the MS150 and http://www.hauteroute.org/

With all of the racing going on and so many folks doing their first open water swims, we thought it would be helpful to bring you a couple of interviews on open water swimming that may be good reviews for folks trying to get comfortable in open water swimming.  We pulled out some interviews on wetsuit selection and fit with Liz Whitfield-Sharpe and open water swimming with Michael Mann of SwimLabs.

Before we get into the interviews let's catch up with Bill Plock and Khem Suthiwan of 303 Triathlon.

303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and information on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.  303Radio is your news podcast for triathlon and cycling.  Be sure to go to 303Triathlon to see all of last weekend's great coverage of Ironman boulder.

Health IQ offers low cost life insurance for the those living a health conscious lifestyle.  The folks at Health IQ used science & data to secure special rates on life insurance for triathletes, cyclists, runners, swimmers, etc.  Did you know that triathletes have a 40% lower risk of all-cause mortality and 27% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality.  Well the good folks at Health IQ do.  Get a quote now at HealthIQ.com/milehighendurance, or go the MHE Sponsor page and click the link to Health IQ and it will take you to the right place.

Let's get into the interviews with Liz Whitfield-Sharp of TriBella to talk about wetsuit fitting and Michael Mann on open water swimming.

And we're back.  As we mentioned at the beginning of the show, the TriBella triathlon is this Saturday at Cherry Creek Res.  TriBella bike shop sponsors this all women's race.  It's run by Lance Panigutti of Without Limits Productions.

 

SwimLabs is a great resource for those looking to develop open water swimming skills.  Not only do they have great facilities for learning the skills that translate into more confident and efficient open water swimming, they also run the open water swimming at Grant Ranch.  Thank you Brooke and Michael Mann for grabbing my new Xterra Vengeance wetsuit and Brooke for making sure I write my name on the suit.

 

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • USAT COO Tim Yount, Youth Program Manager Meg Weagley, and High School/Collegiate-Club, & Women's NCAA Coordinator Jessica Welk to talk about the present and future of our sport
  • Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • David Deschenes, Executive Director of Ironman Foundation

 

Please support the brands that support the show and our listeners.

  • Check out Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance. 
  • Total Immersions self-coaching programs are a great tool to help you swim fast and easier.  They have helped me overcome heavy-leg issues and achieve balance in the water.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.
  • Give TrainingPeaks Premium account a try.  It gives you a lot more tools  to help you plan, track and analyze your workouts and execute your ATP

Check out each of these supporters, the discounts they give our listeners and the discount codes on the MHE Discounts page.

That's it for the show.  Good luck to all of the athletes racing this weekend here in Colorado or wherever you race!  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

 

Jun 18, 2017

Welcome to Episode #78 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.  We're your hosts Rich Soares, Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock and we're glad you are joining us for another week of endurance. 

Thanks to last week's guest Ken Axford of Peak Multisport.  Ken is a Level 2 USAT coach who taught us about the topic of transitions.  Posted videos on MHE and the MHE YouTube channel.

It is a recovery week here after Ironman Boulder last weekend.  Congratulations to all of the finishers!  Kudos to Tim Brosious, Dave Christen and Ironman Foundation for executing a well-planned.  We'll have a discussion on the race and interviews later in the show today.

Whether you are a commuter or regular roadie, we want you to be safe on the road.  There was an unfortunate fatal cyclist / vehicle accident.  Local coach and beloved member of the triathlon community Steve Pye passed.  Our prayers and condolences are with Steve's family.  In addition to the Ironman Boulder interviews, we have an interview with Todd Plymael-Mallory to talk about tips to avoid getting hit.  We talk about the recent trends and our responsibilities as cyclists on the road.

Before we get into the interviews. Let's catch up with Bill Plock and Khem Suthiwan of 303 Triathlon.

303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and information on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.  Be sure to also check out 303Radio.  303Radio is your news podcast for triathlon and cycling.  Be sure to go to 303Triathlon to see all of last weekend's great coverage of Ironman Boulder.

Health IQ advocates for a health conscious lifestyle.  The folks at Health IQ used science & data to secure special rates on life insurance for health conscious people including triathletes, cyclists, runners, swimmers, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Research has shown that avid cyclists have 27% lower heart disease risk, and 40% lower risk of early death

Triathletes sometimes get penalized for family history, BMI, and other attributes but don’t get rewarded for their health conscious lifestyle.  Health IQ rewards you for your health conscious lifestyle with special rates on life insurance

Support the MHE show and our Health IQ sponsor, go visit HealthIQ.com/milehighendurance to learn more, or go the MHE Sponsor page and click the link to Health IQ and it will take you to the right place.

Our interview today is with Todd Playmal-Mallary.  Todd is a Mind, Body and Soul Mechanic.  He uses Acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat patients/clients with Orthopedic Conditions, common disorders, physical and mental wellness.  His client base includes many professional endurance athletes.

And we're back.  Of course we are pre-recording the episode, so we do not have any post interview commentary.  I'll bet it was an amazing interview.  I can say that the training we received from her a few weeks ago in Colorado Springs was fantastic.

  Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • More Ironman Pro Athlete Interviews
  • USAT COO Tim Yount, Youth Program Manager Meg Weagley, and High School/Collegiate-Club, & Women's NCAA Coordinator Jessica Welk to talk about the present and future of our sport
  • Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • David Deschenes, Executive Director of Ironman Foundation
  • We are already starting to line up interviews for Kona in a few months including TO and Mike Reilly

 Please support the brands that support the show and our listeners.

  • Check out Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance. 
  • Total Immersions self-coaching programs are a great tool to help you swim fast and easier.  They have helped me overcome heavy-leg issues and achieve balance in the water.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.
  • Give TrainingPeaks Premium account a try.  It gives you a lot more tools  to help you plan, track and analyze your workouts and execute your ATP

Check out each of these supporters, the discounts they give our listeners and the discount codes on the MHE Discounts page.

That's it for the show.  Have a great week everybody!  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

 

Jun 11, 2017

Welcome to Episode #77 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.  We're your hosts Rich Soares, Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock and we're glad you are joining us for another week of endurance.  

It is a huge weekend of endurance here in Boulder this weekend.  We'll talk about IM Boulder, a Colorado Tri Race Report and our feature interview is with Peak Multisport's coach Ken Axford.  Ken is a Level 2 USAT coach who taught the good portion of the first day at the USAT Level 1 coach's training at the USOC in C. Springs a month ago.  Our feature topic today in on transitions.  We'll talk about how the process that Ken teaches with transitions translates into huge time savings and what those time savings might mean to you.

Before we get into the interview with Ken, let's catch up with Bill Plock and Khem Suthiwan of 303 Triathlon.  303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and information on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.

  • Thanks to last week's guest Melissa Mantak, who is a USAT level 3 coach with accomplishments like USAT coach of the year and USOC athlete of the year.  If you have not heard the interview I recommend that you go back and listen to episode 76 and learn something or two about pre-race and race fueling.  We have a lot of questions that we did not get to.  We will invite Melissa to come back and join us for a deeper dive in the future.
  • Speaking of last week's show.  Bill, your little Halo and Viagra cocktail gave folks quite a laugh.

Hello, I listened to your podcast and the question about wetsuit vs speedsuit vs kit and here are my results from my un-scientific study.

First I swam in my speedsuit and then my wetsuit, I believe two laps of the union res buoys in each, trying to exert the same amount of effort for each trial and here is what I got: Speed suit- 1:56/100 m. Sleeveless wetsuit- 1:38/100m. That's more than a 9 min difference over 2.4 mi. Also in 2015 I swam IMB Boulder in 1:24 in my kit (way slower than expected) and 2015 imaz in 1:10 in a wetsuit (what I estimated I should be able to do on any day) and my swimming did not improve between those 2 races as I started swimming competitively 36 years ago.

Health IQ

Health IQ advocates for a health conscious lifestyle.  Health IQ used science & data to secure special rates on life insurance for health conscious people including triathletes, cyclists, runners, swimmers, strength trainers, vegans, and more.  in fact, research has shown that avid cyclists have 27% lower heart disease risk, and 40% lower risk of early death.  Historically, many triathletes get penalized for family history, BMI, and other attributes but don’t get rewarded for their health conscious lifestyle. Health IQ rewards you for your health conscious lifestyle with special rates on life insurance.

Support the MHE show and our Health IQ sponsor, go visit HealthIQ.com/milehighendurance to learn more, or go the MHE Sponsor page and click the link to Health IQ and it will take you to the right place.

And we're back.  Of course we are pre-recording the episode, so we do not have any post interview commentary.  I'll bet it was an amazing interview.  I can say that the training we received from her a few weeks ago in Colorado Springs was fantastic.

Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

David Deschenes, Executive Director of Ironman Foundation

Pete Alfino, Owner of Mile High Multisport

Please support the brands that support the show and our listeners.

  • Check out Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance. 
  • Total Immersions self-coaching programs are a great tool to help you swim fast and easier.  They have helped me overcome heavy-leg issues and achieve balance in the water.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.
  • Give TrainingPeaks Premium account a try.  It gives you a lot more tools  to help you plan, track and analyze your workouts and execute your ATP

Check out each of these supporters, the discounts they give our listeners and the discount codes on the MHE Discounts page.

That's it for the show.  Have a great week everybody!  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jun 4, 2017

Welcome to Episode #76 of the Mile High Endurance podcast.  Today's guest interview is Melissa Mantak of Empowered Athlete coaching.  Melissa's resume include Level 3 USAT, USA Cycling, TrainingPeaks and SwimLabs coaching certifications.  In addition, Melissa was the ITU World Cup Champion, 3rd World Championships 1992; USOC Triathlete of the Year, 1992; ITU Indoor World Champion, 1993; USA Triathlon National Coach of the Year, 2010.

Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.  We're your hosts Rich Soares, Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock and we're glad you are joining us for another week of endurance in the Mile High city.  

We have a traditional show today.  We are getting super serious about coaching topics the starting today and the next couple of episodes.  We are giving you tons of tips to help you train better and race faster this year!

Before we get into the interview with Melissa, let's catch up with Bill Plock and Khem Suthiwan of 303 Triathlon.  303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and information on triathlon, cycling and yes even running in Colorado.

Thanks to last week's guests Rachel Joyce and Jamie Twedt for joining us last week to talk about Jamie's partnership with Women for Tri and Ironman Foundation to raise $40k on her journey to the Ironman World Championship this October.  Special thanks to Cleo at Health IQ for helping support Jamie by turning your smarts into a donation to Women For Tri on behalf of Jamie.  If you have not taken the quiz yet, get yourself out to the MHE website and go to the Blog and start the quiz.  The first quiz takers earned Jamie $25 per quiz.  We've probably reached the $200 goal but you can still take the quiz and go help Jamie reach her goal. 

Health IQ celebrates and rewards health conscious individuals by offering them competitive Life Insurance rates.  Health IQ and their health surveys have gathered data from millions of health conscious people.  No surprise, they  have found that people with high Health IQ scores have lower mortality rates.  Health IQ has combined this data with medical research and secured special rates and better underwriting to offer lower rate health insurance.  Check out HealthIQ.com for a free quote or check out their blogs for multiple health related topics (vegan, vegetarian, cyclists, running and triathlon).  Or, go to the MHE Blog page to take the quiz.

Interview Introduction - Melissa Mantak, Empowered Athlete www.empoweredathlete.com.

And we're back.  Of course we are pre-recording the episode, so we do not have any post interview commentary.  I'll bet it was an amazing interview.  I can say that the training we received from her a few weeks ago in Colorado Springs was fantastic.

 

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Ken Axford to talk about the 4th Discipline course
  • Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • David Deschenes, Executive Director of Ironman Foundation
  • Pete Alfino, Owner of Mile High Endurance

I'd like to give a shout out to all the athletes racing Saturday at the Colorado Triathlon in Boulder.  Good luck Brady Nelson!I can't wait to see you race tomorrow!  Brady's in the 30-35 AG wearing the red caps.

The athlete shout out was brought to you by the following supporters of the show.

  • Check out Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience.  20 minutes of neural priming with the Halo Headset gives you an hour of neural plasticity to work and lock in the muscle movement that leads to strength, power and endurance. 
  • Total Immersions self-coaching programs are a great tool to help you swim fast and easier.  They have helped me overcome heavy-leg issues and achieve balance in the water.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.
  • Give TrainingPeaks Premium account a try.  It gives you a lot more tools  to help you plan, track and analyze your workouts and execute your ATP

Check out each of these supporters, the discounts they give our listeners and the discount codes on the MHE Discounts page.

That's it for the show.  Have a great week everybody!  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

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