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Mile High Endurance Podcast

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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Jul 30, 2017

Our interview today is with Barry Siff, President of the Board of USAT.  Barry joins us to talk about USAT strategy, the Boulder Peak triathlon from Without Limits and get Barry's perspective on Lifetime Tri's announcement not to sanction with USAT. 

In our discussion today we'll also to a race summary of Tri Boulder, more on race flat prep, CBD and Triathlon, and more. Before we get into that interview with Barry let's catch up with Khem and Bill. 

Our pre interview discussion is brought to you by 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 and 303Cycling to get the latest coverage of events in Colorado.

Thanks to last week's guest Ken Axford. Ken talked about running posture and running drills, plus we also spent some time talking about transitions skills and process.

Transitions - Keep it simple, order of execution, wetsuit prep

Running form - head position, pebbles and pennies, preloading foot strike

Tri Boulder Summary

  • Interviews with Cedric Keppler and Michelle Lund of BBSC Endurance Sports
  • Race flat prep
  • transitions

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.  Get a quote now at HealthIQ.com/endurance 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 interview with Barry Siff.

Bill or Khem, what did you think of the interview? (pick from topics - Boulder Peak, Lifetime Tri announcement, USAT Strategy; youth/HS; NCAA; growing short course))

 

Discussion 

 

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Barry Siff
  • Will Murray
  • Rebekah Keat

 

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

  • Total Immersion -Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart
    • Effortless endurance for 49.99
    • Freestyle mastery for 59.99.
  • Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items at Rudy Project.
  • 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.  Use code MHE150 to save $150.
  • Give TrainingPeaks Premium account a try.  Use MHE 30

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!

Jul 23, 2017

Welcome to Episode #83 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. My loyal co hosts Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock recorded today's show with me on Friday.  I made a mistake in saving the file and lost the recording.  I'm so sorry Khem and Bill. Please forgive me!

Our interview today is Ken Axford.  USAT Level II Coach Ken Axford comes back to re-cap transitions skills and process. Plus we'll talk about running posture and drills (yes drills) that improve your form.  We will also talk about USAT National Tri Week, the Bob Cook Classic and more.  Before we get into that interview with Ken, we get to catch up with Khem and Bill. 

Our pre interview discussion is brought to you by 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 and 303Cycling to get the latest coverage of events in Colorado.

  • Thanks to last week's guest Terry Laughlin for joining us to talk about the importance of bi-lateral breathing, a convincing explanation of why it is possible and the opportunity to take your swim stroke to a new level.  If you missed it, go back to episode #82 and give it a listen.
  • USAT National Tri Week

The emphasis of the week is on celebration, education and participation in the multisport lifestyle. Each day is centered around a different theme, starting with a spotlight on each discipline of triathlon:

 

Monday, July 17: Swim Day

Tuesday, July 18: Bike Day

Wednesday, July 19: Run Day

Thursday, July 20: Recovery Day

Friday, July 21: Member Appreciation Day

Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23: Race Weekend

 

The complete schedule—including ideas for how to participate from just a few minutes to a full day—are available at usatriathlon.org/triweek. #TriWeek is largely a social media-based initiative, as aspiring triathletes, age-groupers and elites are all encouraged to share their multisport experiences online. Prize packs will be awarded each day to randomly selected participants who share questions, advice or inspiring stories on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek.

In addition, triathletes can submit stories of how they got started in the sport by using #WhyDoYouTri and #TriWeek on social media or by emailing communications@usatriathlon.org. On Member Appreciation Day, USA Triathlon Staff will select one of the #WhyDoYouTri participants to receive a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership.

The week culminates with Race Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, in which first-timers and experienced triathletes alike are encouraged to complete a race, register for their next event, or simply volunteer to staff an on-course aid station. The fourth weekend of July typically boasts one of the highest participation rates in multisport events across the country, with more than 160 USA Triathlon-sanctioned races taking place this year, including 55 youth races. Click here to find a race near you this weekend.

  • Speaking of Tri Week Race Weekend, I’m racing and covering Tri Boulder Sunday
  • Bob Cook and the 303Cycling story
  • 303 Triathlon interview with Sarah Hartman

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.  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 interview with Ken Axford.

It's so interesting that you can continue to get insights into running form.  What I find so exciting is that by talking to Ken, I truly did get a better understanding of preloading, knee drive and the importance of the shoulders and arms. 

I spoke of my use of high knees.  I think it comes from my mental model of chi running which takes a completely different perspective when it comes to ground contact.

  • Chi Running and ground contact
  • Transitions and transition clinic

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Barry Siff
  • Will Murray

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

  • I know some of you have used the Total Immersion discount code and have taken advantage of the Total Immersions self-coaching programs.  If you have not, let me tell you about what you get:
    • Effortless endurance for 49.99
    • Freestyle mastery for 59.99
    • Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart.
  • I haven't mentioned how my Rudy helmet and glasses are performing.  The helmet is extremely light weight and comfortable.
    • The mesh lining makes it very comfortable
    • Glass garage to keep your very nice Rudy Project glasses secure
      • Useful when I'm climbing and working up a swea
      • Great for transition area
    • Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items at Rudy Project.
  • 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.  Use code MHE150 to save $150.
  • 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 MHE 30

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!

 

Jul 16, 2017

Our interview today is Terry Laughlin of Total Immersion.  We are going to talk to Terry about the importance of bi-lateral breathing, a convincing explanation of why it is possible and the opportunity to take your swim stroke to a new level. 

We're going to talk a little about the 5430 Boulder Peak Triathlon, a little more cycling climbing and a bookmark-worthy website, Khem's article on Tour De Ladies and more.

Thanks to last week's guests, Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) who joined us to talk about energy zones and the science behind it.  If you missed it, go back to episode 81 and give it a listen.

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.  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 interview with Terry Laughlin of Total Immersion.  We are going to talk to Terry about the importance of bi-lateral breathing, a convincing explanation of why it is possible and the opportunity to take your swim stroke to a new level.

Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Khem and I are interviewing Sarah Hartman from Ironman Foundation
  • Ken Axford is coming back next week to do a quick recap on transition skills and speed.  We'll get into a good discussion about running form and bike handling skills
  • Ben Hoffman
  • We are going to ask Siri or Rebekah Keat for coaching interview
  • Inigo San Milan popped up on the radar screen and said we can reach out late July when he is back in the country

 

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.  Use code MHE150 to save $150.
  • 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 also making a huge difference in OWS as you will hear in the interview with Terry Laughlin coming up.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.  Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items at Rudy Project.
  • 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 MHE 30

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!

 

Jul 9, 2017

Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is joining us to talk about energy zones and the science behind it.  Dr. Sharp presented at this topic at the USAT Level 1 Coaches Clinic and I wanted to share his expertise and knowledge with the MHE team.  You are going to be a lot smarter about energy zones, why consistency is king, and what it takes to maximize your fitness and strength potential. 

We're going to get into high altitude rides and how to pace yourself, the plans for the 5430 Boulder Peak put on by Without Limits Productions, Kona Prep and more.  Let's get into the weekly updates with our friends from 303Triathlon. 

Thanks to last week's guests, 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. 

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 interview with Dr. Carwyn Sharp and hear what he has to say about your energy zones.  Now most athletes that are listening to this show is familiar to well-versed on training zones.  Are you really well versed in your training zones?  Have you ever been curious about what is happening at a biological level inside your body and how it relates to the training zones.  Are your training zones right?  If you have a coach - excellent.  If they are a USAT certified coach they have been through this training and they know what they are talking about. 

If however, you are in the range of using training zones that are vaguely defined or not defined at all, you really want to stop what you are doing and just settle in for a good bit of learning.  Grab something to take notes if you like.

And we're back.  We are recording today's show just before the interview, so we don't have a retrospective per se, but we know you are way smarter about the topic than you were an hour ago.  Whether you are hard core or a casual athlete, this is important information.  You now have the knowledge to understand the importance of these different energy systems and how the body's performance is sourced. 

 

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • We've talked about the benefits of using a tempo trainer on finding your most efficient Stroke Rate and Strokes Per Length.  I've invited Terry Laughlin back on the show to talk about how to use the Tempo Trainer to keep your line in OWS. 
  • Khem and I are interviewing Sarah Hartman from Ironman Foundation
  • We are going to ask Siri to come on the show and do a full-on coaching interview
  • Inigo San Milan popped up on the radar screen and said we can reach out late July when he is back in the country
  • As I mentioned in the race report, Transition expert Ken Axford is coming back to do a quick recap on transition skills and speed.  We'll get into a good discussion about running form and bike handling skills

 

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.  Use code MHE150 to save $150.
  • 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 also making a huge difference in OWS as you will hear in the interview with Terry Laughlin coming up.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.  Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items at Rudy Project.
  • 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 MHE 30

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!

 

Jul 2, 2017

Welcome to Episode #80 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's been races galore around here and we are gearing up for another busy week of endurance.  We'll talk about last weekend's races and catch up with Bill Plock and Khem Suthiwan and then get into this week's interview with Tim Yount of USA Triathlon.  We'll be talking to Tim and some of his colleagues at USAT about one of the key components of their strategy and that is growing youth through collegiate triathlon participation.  If you are a younger listener, you may get some tips on opportunities for your athletic career.  If you are a listener with kids that are interested in triathlon, you will find this informative for what resources are out there for your sons and daughters.

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.

We are going to start with Khem this week.  Can I start you of with an email you sent Bill and I as a follow up to our conversation in last weekend's show?  We were talking about respiration at altitude.  Here's the email we get from Khem later in the week.

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 interview with USAT COO Tim Yount and team and then we'll be back.

And we're back.  There's a lot more to the youth through collegiate USAT programs than I ever knew and it's particularly interesting coming from the perspective of a dad with a freshman in high school and at college.  Thanks Tim, Meg, Jessica and Caryn for your time and information today.

Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • As I mentioned at the beginning of the show, I'm seeing some benefits of the tempo trainer at work in OWS.  We've talked about the benefits of using a tempo trainer on finding your most efficient Stroke Rate and Strokes Per Length.  I've invited Terry Laughlin back on the show to talk about how to use the Tempo Trainer to keep your line in OWS. 
  • Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Chief Science Officer at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is joining us to talk about energy zones and the science behind it.  Khem, we really need to have you on that interview as well - #geekout
  • We'll be talking to Siri Lindley on 303 Radio next week about the Boulder Peak race and Believe Ranch
  • Khem and I are interviewing Sarah Hartman from Ironman Foundation
  • As I mentioned in the race report, Transition expert Ken Axford is coming back to do a quick recap on transition skills and speed.  We'll get into a good discussion about running form and bike handling skills

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

  • Tour de France US Pro Andrew Tolansky seeing results from Halo Neuroscience https://goo.gl/QEyL8k.  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.  Use code MHE150 to save $150.
  • 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 also making a huge difference in OWS as you will hear in the interview with Terry Laughlin coming up.  It's making a huge difference and recommend you check it out.  Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart.
  • Don’t forget Rudy Project for great products to protect your head and eyes.  Fast helmets and well-designed eyewear.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items at Rudy Project.
  • 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!

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