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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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Oct 27, 2019

This week we have the first person on the planet to ever cross the English Channel four times non stop. Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado and cancer survivor completed this incredible feat about 5 weeks ago. We are going to share our live recording from Launch Espresso in front of a live audience.

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  • If you love the show, please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the Podcast page.

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

New information! Today's show is supported by iKOR Labs. iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state.

The all-new iKOR Recovery Shot™ is the most complete recovery product yet. Formulated specifically to aid in recovery after hard workouts. Save 20% by using the code "mhe2020" at checkout. Go to www.ikorlabs.com for more details.

In Today's Show:

  • Feature interview
  • What's New in the 303
  • Endurance News
  • Video of the week
  • Upcoming Interviews

Sponsor - Halo Neuro:

Our interview is sponsored by Halo Neuroscience. The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster. 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 the code "MHE" at checkout to save an additional $20.

Interview Introduction:

  • 54 hours (2 days 6 hours)
  • Start in Folkestone at Sunday at 12:30am
  • Finished in Dover at Tuesday 6:30am
  • On August 10, 2017 she swam 104.6 miles (168.3 km) in Lake Champlain, gaining world records for the first current-neutral swim of over 100 miles, and the longest unassisted open-water swim. Her route was a loop starting and finishing at Rouses Point, New York at the north of the lake and swimming south to and around Gardiner Island, Addison County, Vermont.
  • In November 2017 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, swimming as much as possible during her treatment.
  • On September 17, 2019 she became the first swimmer to make a quadruple back to back crossing of the English Channel, in a time of 54 hours 10 minutes.
  • A documentary film about this swim, The Other Side, is being made, funded through Kickstarter.

Sponsor - Riplaces:

Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance

What's New in the 303:

Time to Tri booth at the Denver Rock N Roll Marathon -

  • Quintana Roo road bike give away, information table and a Jeopardy style triathlon trivia game.
  • Q1 - Do I have to be able to run the entire run portion of the triathlon?
  • Q2 - How long is the bike portion of a typical sprint triathlon?
  • Q3 - Where on your body and/or equipment to you typically have your race number displayed?
  • Q4 - Placing your bike into your specific location in transition is also known as ______ your bike?

 

How, Why and Should We Report All Cycling Incidents and Traffic Collisions -

What I learned, is that the Denver Police, and I assume it’s probably standard practice in most agencies, use Twitter as their primary news reporting and sometimes bulletins such as crime stoppers. Unless it’s an extreme situation, its really up to the media to keep a watch on these feeds for stories. So if you really want to keep up, simply follow police twitter feeds. I also learned that anyone (again presuming availability in most areas) can go to the Denver Open Data website and find out about almost anything happening in Denver. Here is a link to the traffic data and there you can see any crash, any incident and keep updated.

Endurance News:

11-year-old reportedly becomes youngest person to run a half marathon in all 50 states -

Aiden Jaquez has spent the last four and a half years running a half marathon in all 50 states. It's a big accomplishment for anyone — but he hasn't even turned 12 yet. Jaquez, an 11-year-old from Montgomery, Illinois, completed the IMT Des Moines half marathon in Iowa on Sunday, reportedly becoming the youngest person to ever run a half marathon in every state, the 50 States Half Marathon Club said in a press release Tuesday.

4x Olympian, NYC Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan retires -

Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, who ended a 40-year American drought when she won the New York City Marathon in 2017, is retiring from competitive running to become a coach with the Nike Bowerman Track Club. "I have felt my North Star shifting," the 38-year-old Flanagan said Monday on social media. "My passion and purpose is no longer about MY running; it's more and more about those around me."

Video of the Week:

Live with Sarah Thomas at Launch Espresso

Upcoming Interviews:

Pro triathlete Matt Bach on his journey to the pro ranks and how dialing in his nutrition was the key to a cracking a 1st AG Kona 2015. Not only did he win my age group, but he was the first amateur with a time of 8:51.

Closing:

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster! See the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page.

Be sure to follow us on social media to get the show announcement each weekend, plus additional links to show content. We forward information related to our guests and provide teasers for upcoming interviews.

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We hope you enjoyed today's show. Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Oct 20, 2019

Aloha and welcome to Episode #201 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. You are listening to your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance goals. We are your hosts coach Rich Soares and 303 chief Bill Plock. Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.

When we left off in episode 200, the pros were on their way back from Hawi. We made our predictions and then went to get some photos and post updates to @303Endurance. We are going to talk about our perspective on the ground, share some interviews with you, and the pro conference with the top 5 pros from each men's and women's.

Thanks to last week's guests Tim DeBoom and Tim Don and their thoughts on the race.   the Kona week coverage with our first pro interview. Kennett Peterson has been all over the podium this year. We've seen him hit a 2nd place finish at IM Boulder and 3rd at Boulder 70.3. He was an early qualifier for Kona and we get his outlook and preparation for the race on the big island.

Announcements:

  • Kona coverage by 303 and what to expect on the @303Triathlon Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels. We will also have content on 303 Radio. Bill and I will publish a daily (we think) summary of what we have learned, inside scoops, what athletes are saying and feeling and more each day. There may be some interviews that we will include with the summary. If you like the content, please share our posts with friends.
  • Go to MileHighEndurancePodcast.com, click on the "subscribe" button, and you will get the newsletter with show notes and all the links and articles sent to you automatically every week.
  • If you love the show, please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the Podcast page.

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

Today's show is supported by iKOR Labs. iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state.

The all-new iKOR Recovery Shot™ is the most complete recovery product yet. Formulated specifically to aid in recovery after hard workouts. Save 20% by using the code "endurance" at checkout. Go to www.ikorlabs.com for more details.

In Today's Show:

  • Race Wrap Up
  • Finish line interviews
  • What's New in the 303
  • Endurance News
  • Upcoming Interviews

Sponsor - Riplaces:

Our interview is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance

Interview Introduction:

Kennett Peterson. Back in early April we had Sam on the show. We had taken note of his Napa Valley Marathon win in a time of 2:32:33. We wanted to know what this young bike specialist was doing winning marathons. He won Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.

Sponsor - Halo Neuroscience:

Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Halo Neuroscience. The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster. 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 the code "MHE" at checkout to save an additional $20.

Kona Wrap Up/Interview Intro:

We recorded last week's show at about 1pm as the pros were heading back from Hawi. Once they come back, time seems to accelerate. I get up to the hot corner to take pictures of the pros coming riding into T2 and then running up Palani and down the Kuikini Hwy. The female pros roll in within 20-30 minutes of the first males. Shortly after the first females head into T2 the lead males are coming back from Ali'I Dr and out onto the Queen K.

By the time the female pros are down Ali'I, the men are heading into the energy lab. By the time the women are coming back from Ali'I, the men are coming out of the energy lab. By that time, if you want a good spot on the media platform, you better get over there. It doesn't take long before you hear and see the helicopter following Jan Frodeno.

Male Results - https://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/world-championship/results.aspx#axzz62fLgiOp3

Femaie Pro Results - https://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/world-championship/results.aspx?race=worldchampionship&rd=20191012&y=2019&sex=F&agegroup=Pro&loc=#axzz62fLgiOp3

 

We want to share our finish line interviews with Jan Frodeno, Tim O'Donnell and Andy Potts. I wanted to interview Heather Jackson and did not catch her there, but I did get off a question at the pro conference. What we are going to do now is take you to a series of 3 finish line interviews and then go right into the men's pro conference and the women's conference. When we come back, we'll talk about the rest of the evening.

The rest of the afternoon was spent tracking our Colorado age-group athletes and celebrating with them at the finish line and getting there pictures. We did the final post of the evening around 1am.

The next day we split up. I went to scout out University of Hawaii Hilo for my daughter while Bill and Khem went to the Coeur Sports brunch and then worked processing pictures and what not until we left for dinner and the airport. Our return home was eventful. On Sunday evening we had a mechanical issue at the end of the runway and had to go back to the gate. By 10, they kicked everyone off the plane and announced that they were going to get the part we need from Oahu. The part arrived around 1am, but did not work. At 2:30 they cancelled the flight and then we got in a line to get reticketed and pick up our vouchers and luggage. We got a rental car and drove to the Fairmount, which turned out to be awesome.

What's New in the 303:

The Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon, 10k and 5k will be epic in 2019! Rock N Roll has for 10 years been running the Mile High City! It's a beginner friendly, landmark filled course that’s jam packed with music and entertainment from start to finish. With a 5K on Saturday October 19th and a 10K/Half Marathon on Sunday October 20th! Earn a bonus Remix Medal for completing a distance both days! I will be there in the Expo at the National Western Complex. 10-1 at the Time To Tri booth to answer questions about triathlon.

Pulte Mortgage / Opens Doors Fun Run was a success. More than 100 employees ran and walked and raised more than $1,300. This will help a family to make a housing payment while their child is receiving extended medical care.

Endurance News:

Taylor Phinney to Retire - This weekend in Japan, Taylor Phinney will zip up his EF Education First kit for the last time. He’ll pin on his numbers, and clip in for what is the final professional road race of a career that’s been beautiful, frustrating, and everything in between. Read more.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record - A record that seemed untouchable for years fell in 2:14:04. The run whacked 81 seconds off the previous women’s mark. “I kept saying, ‘Tomorrow is my day,’” she said. “I wanted to be the second Kipchoge — the Kipchoge for women. I focused on that.” Kosgei even made a last-minute decision to switch her shoes to match the ones Kipchoge ran in, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. She had planned on wearing an earlier version of the Nike Vaporfly shoe.   Kosgei, who also won in Chicago last year, ran 2:14:04 on Sunday. Radcliffe ran 2:15:25 at the 2003 London Marathon, and the record had long seemed untouchable. For years, she was the only woman to have run a marathon in under 2 hours 17 minutes. Not only did Kosgei run under 2:15, she was close to breaking 2:14. And at age 25, she could have a long career in front of her.

. Read more.

Video of the Week:

Interview with Tim Don - Tim Don at the iKOR Recovery Lounge

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado and cancer survivor has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop. Sarah Thomas and the 4 x English Channel non stop

Closing:

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster! See the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page.

Be sure to follow us on social media to get the show announcement each weekend, plus additional links to show content. We forward information related to our guests and provide teasers for upcoming interviews.

  • Facebook @milehighendurancepodcast
  • Twitter @milehighpodcast
  • Instagram @tripodcasterrich
  • YouTube Channel @Mile High Endurance Podcast

We hope you enjoyed today's show. Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Oct 13, 2019

Aloha and welcome to Episode #200 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. We are continuing our Kona coverage on race day and we have a couple of short feature interviews with 2 time Ironman champion Tim DeBoom and 2 time Olympian and Ironman record holder Tim Don.  Plus our predictions on the pro race on the big island.

Announcements:

  • Kona coverage by 303 and what to expect on the @303Triathlon Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels. We will also have content on 303 Radio. Bill and I will publish a daily (we think) summary of what we have learned, inside scoops, what athletes are saying and feeling and more each day. There may be some interviews that we will include with the summary. If you like the content, please share our posts with friends.
  • Go to MileHighEndurancePodcast.com, click on the "subscribe" button, and you will get the newsletter with show notes and all the links and articles sent to you automatically every week.
  • If you love the show, please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the Podcast page.

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

Today's show is supported by iKOR Labs. iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state.

The all-new iKOR Recovery Shot™ is the most complete recovery product yet. Formulated specifically to aid in recovery after hard workouts. Save 20% by using the code "endurance" at checkout. Go to www.ikorlabs.com for more details.

 

In Today's Show:

  • Kona Predictions
  • Interview with Tim Don, Tim DeBoom
  • Whole Athlete Podcast
  • Kona journal

 

Sponsor - Riplaces:

Our interview is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance

 

Interview Introduction:

Kennett Peterson. Back in early April we had Sam on the show. We had taken note of his Napa Valley Marathon win in a time of 2:32:33. We wanted to know what this young bike specialist was doing winning marathons. He won Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.

 

Sponsor - Halo Neuroscience:

Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Halo Neuroscience. The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster. 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 the code "MHE" at checkout to save an additional $20.

Kona Journal:

Monday -

Chat with Matt Miller from BASE on the flight. Good discussion about Nutrition Facts vs. Supplement Facts and the USDA rigor around the production facilities and sourcing and supply chain.

Tuesday -

Interview with Tim DeBoom

iKOR Party

Wednesday -

Colorado Athlete reception in the morning

Bought new Newtons

TrainingPeaks Party

Thursday -

Swam

Evening with Champions

Friday -

Interview with Tim Don

iKOR Lounge

Bike checkin

TGINR Party

 

Endurance News:

In his all-conquering career, it’s the final, elusive frontier—an impossible dream that Eliud Kipchoge will now try to make a reality.

The 34-year-old has done it all—Olympic gold, world title, the marathon world record—but there is one thing he has yet to tick off his bucket list: a sub-two-hour marathon.

Related Story

 

How to Watch the INEOS 1:59 Challenge

“Many ideologies [have] been going that no human will break the two-hour mark but personally, I have dared to try,” Kipchoge said in a video of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge documentary series. “I am doing it to make history.”

He is, without question, the greatest marathoner of all time, but in a park in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, Kipchoge will aim for immortality. The start time for the event will be 8:15 a.m. in Vienna; 2:15 a.m. ET.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/12/sports/eliud-kipchoge-marathon-record.html

 

VIENNA — On a misty Saturday morning in Vienna, on a course specially chosen for speed, in an athletic spectacle of historic proportions, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran 26.2 miles in a once-inconceivable time of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds.

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Don't Fry Bacon Naked:

2019 Draft-Legal National Championships - I've registered for my first draft legal race and want to share what I've learned about Draft Legal Racing - https://draftlegalrules.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2019agdlathleteguidedu.pdf    

 

Video of the Week:

Interview with Tim Don -

Upcoming Interviews:

Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado and cancer survivor has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop. Sarah Thomas and the 4 x English Channel non stop

Closing:

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster! See the https://milehighendurancepodcast.com/sponsors page.

Be sure to follow us on social media to get the show announcement each weekend, plus additional links to show content. We forward information related to our guests and provide teasers for upcoming interviews.

  • Facebook @milehighendurancepodcast
  • Twitter @milehighpodcast
  • Instagram @tripodcasterrich
  • YouTube Channel @Mile High Endurance Podcast

We hope you enjoyed today's show. Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Oct 8, 2019

We are kicking off the Kona week coverage with our first pro interview. Kennett Peterson has been all over the podium this year. We've seen him hit a 2nd place finish at IM Boulder and 3rd at Boulder 70.3. He was an early qualifier for Kona and we get his outlook and preparation for the race on the big island.

Oct 5, 2019

Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance.

  • What do these numbers mean? 08:22:21 (47:42, 04:23:51, 03:06:53)
  • How about the number 23? This athlete's age.
  • Or the number 7? 7th pro to qualify for Kona 2020 https://www.trirating.com/kona-2020/

We are talking about the 2019 Chatty Champ, Sam Long! This dude we predicted was just going to mature into an incredible talent at the Iron distance. This kid has been doing a huge volume of training from an early age. He did Ironman Boulder at 18 and did it coming off an injury. He won IM Chattanooga this past weekend by nearly 9 minutes! Congrats to Angela Naeth for winning the women's field by more than 4 minutes!

Thanks to last week's guest, Adharanand Finn, author of Rise of the Ultra Runners A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance, is investigative journalism gone wild. Check it out on episode 197.

Announcements:

  • The next week is going to be unlike any we have attempted here at MHE. In the show today, we are talking about the Kona coverage by 303 and what to expect on the @303Triathlon Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels. We will also have content on 303 Radio. Bill and I will publish a daily (we think) summary of what we have learned, inside scoops, what athletes are saying and feeling and more each day. There may be some interviews that we will include with the summary. If you like the content, please share our posts with friends.
  • Go to MileHighEndurancePodcast.com, click on the "subscribe" button, and you will get the newsletter with show notes and all the links and articles sent to you automatically every week.
  • If you love the show, please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the Podcast page.

Sponsor - iKOR Labs:

Today's show is supported by iKOR Labs. iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state.

The all-new iKOR Recovery Shot™ is our most complete recovery product yet. Formulated specifically to aid in recovery after hard workouts.

The Recovery Shot™ is the ultimate athlete-minded solution for recovery and relief. Save 20% by using the code "endurance" at checkout. Go to www.ikorlabs.com for more details.

In Today's Show:

  • Feature interview
  • News
  • What's new in the 303
  • Kona Kickoff
    • Daily podcast
    • Stupid stunt of the day
    • 303 coverage
    • Schedule
  • Video of the Week
  • Upcoming Interviews

 

Sponsor - Riplaces:

Our interview is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance

 

Interview Introduction:

Sam Long. Back in early April we had Sam on the show. We had taken note of his Napa Valley Marathon win in a time of 2:32:33. We wanted to know what this young bike specialist was doing winning marathons. He won Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.

 

Sponsor - Halo Neuroscience:

Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Halo Neuroscience. The Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience will help you learn the technique and form to get faster. 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 the code "MHE" at checkout to save an additional $20.

"What's New in the 303":

Sam Long’s New Strategy, New Bike, No Computer, How He Won IRONMAN Chattanooga. Sam tried something different. He rode his bike without a computer. And he rode a new bike, not having had a professional fit and only having ridden it about 500 miles. He had the bike shipped from Nice directly to Chattanooga, only having put a few miles on it the week of the race yesterday. And he also discovered something about his bike that explained his slower than expected time in Nice….

 

Sun. 10/6

Mon. 10/7

Tue. 10/8

Wed. 10/9

Thu. 10/10

Fri. 10/11

Sat. 10/12

Travel

  • Kona Kids
  • Vega Open House

 

  • Parade of Nations

 

  • Fat Adapted Athlete Seminar
  • TrainingPeaks Party
  • Slow Twitch?
  • The real story if Iron War
  • 1989thestory.com
  • TGINR
  • Hourly updates
  • Midday podcast

 

 

303 Kona Athlete Profiles

Aaron Acuna -

  1. What are you most excited about in competing in Kona

Soaking up the whole race(week) experience. The IRONMAN World Championship is really the cherry on top for me this year and I am considering it more of a "victory lap". I qualified for Kona at IM Boulder this year and then the following week proceeded to start the Leadman race series (5 trail events over 3 months ending with the 100 mile run in Leadville, Colorado back in August). Been a long and busy year so I am excited to just be there in Kona with family and friends supporting.

  1. What is your favorite career IRONMAN memory so far

Drinking beers on State Street with family/friends the night before qualifying at Wisconsin back in 2013. That and running down Ali'I Drive. So much emotion and feelings in those last couple hundred yards.

  1. Is this your first time competing in Kona and if no how many other times have you done so?

No. This will be my 2nd time back in Kona, hoping for some redemption this time around.

  1. If someone were watching that is new to the sport, what would you tell them is the coolest thing about being a triathlete and competing in this venue.

I think there is something to be said about sharing this course (and the day) with the world's best athletes. Coolest thing about this venue...everything you see on TV, the magic and mystique of the island is so true.

  1. What do you think is the hardest thing about doing an IRONMAN?

Like training for any endurance sport/event, knowing when to hold back to stave off injury and/or burnout. The hardest thing about actually executing the IRONMAN race is pulling everything together (pacing, nutrition, race strategy, etc.). For me, It's HOW you manage those variables and unknowns that are thrown at you on race day that separate you from having a great race to an okay race.

 

Niki Leo

  1. What are you most excited about in competing in Kona? 

I am most excited to experience the legend course, to personally feel the heat, humidity, and winds that are so infamous.  I am also excited to see in person, at one time, many of my heroes in the sport.  Triathlon is genuinely one of the only sports in the world where you get to compete on the same field of play as the professionals...and do that with all of them is going to be amazing.  I am truly excited about just being able to have this opportunity.

  1. What is your favorite career Ironman so far? 

That is a hard one...Louisville 2018 where I qualified will probably always be special because I realized a dream come true.  However, my first Ironman--Arizona in 2011--will probably always be my favorite because my love for the sport was all so pure then-- a lesson in ignorance is bliss. The celebratory feeling that I could actually do something like a full Ironman...there is always that doubt...and then you cross that finish line and you cannot believe it...the feeling is so indescribable unless you've done it.  It is also the only time I ever felt that way...after finishing the first, knowing you could do it, the others after that were amazing but I knew I could finish because I had before.

  1. Is this your first time competing in Kona? 

Yes.  I have always wanted to qualify and came close a couple of times however, in 2018 after my first DNF (ever) in Ironman Boulder--which was supposed to be my 11th IM--I did IM Canada (which turned out to be #11). Destroyed about the DNF at Boulder, I registered for Louisville (12) to get onto the Legacy list.  Well...I finished second (missing first by 6 seconds) and qualified!

  1. If someone were new to the sport, what would I tell them is the best thing about being a triathlete and competing at this venue? 

For sure, triathlon has saved me in so many ways...it has given me something to live for and something to always work towards.  It has given me the feeling few will ever experience in their lifetime--that feeling of wanting so badly to stop and yet, feeling the most alive I ever feel.  It has given me direction when I have been lost--depression, eating disorders, cancer.  It has given me determination and grit to endure--pain, injuries (which all have come as result of getting hit by cars...multiple times).  It has given me a family and friends that I would not otherwise have in CO since I moved here not knowing anyone.  It has given me perspective that I'm human--changing and adapting everyday is required to lead a balanced life.  The venue itself will cause you to doubt yourself, to face failure, to determine what your priorities in life are, and it will make you feel more alive than anything else in this world if you dare take yourself there.

  1. What do I think is the hardest part of Ironman? 

The time it takes.  The energy it takes at times.  The fear you have to overcome to test yourself.  And to do it for YOU.  That first one is always about YOU...then you "drink the kool aid" and for some reason, it changes.  I have a love/hate relationship with Ironman because of this.  I think the family and culture it creates can be amazing but I have also seen it destroy people.  It can be so intimidating so I think the hardest thing is not to lose yourself and don't lose sight of what Ironman is in your life...that is, it is a hobby/sport you enjoy and unless you are a pro, it does not define you.

Endurance News:

PTO buying Ironman from Wanda

Follow up discussion on the Professional Triathlon Organisation (PTO) have announced that they have approached WANDA with the intent to acquire Ironman and its assets. We spoke to Sam Renouf, CEO of the PTO, to find out more about the decision and what it means for triathlon.

 

Don't Fry Bacon Naked:

2019 Draft-Legal National Championships - I've registered for my first draft legal race and want to share what I've learned about Draft Legal Racing - https://draftlegalrules.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2019agdlathleteguidedu.pdf    

 

Video of the Week:

IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA 2019 WINNER SAM LONG & MATT RUSSELL RACE HIGHLIGHTS

Greg Welch

Rachel Joyce

David Downey

Loves Chattanooga

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Kennett Peterson, https://kennettpeterson.com/ 1st Wildlife Loop Triathlon 70.3, 2nd Ironman Boulder, 3rd IM 70.3 Boulder on his thoughts going into Ironman Kona 2019.

Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado and cancer survivor has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop. Sarah Thomas and the 4 x English Channel non stop

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