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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 17, 2017

Welcome

Welcome to Episode #104 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 are glad you are joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.

We have a pioneer trans-athlete and professional cyclist Jillian Bearden to talk candidly about her transition and trail blazing work with the International Olympic Committee and USA Cycling.  This is an inspirational and insightful interview and a story of personal courage that I personally found very informative. 

Health IQ

Our show today is sponsored by Health IQ.  Triathletes like you can get special rate life insurance with Health IQ because of your healthy lifestyle.  Health IQ has exclusive rates for those who qualify - you get additional savings by submitting actual data from race results.

Health IQ will take you through the customer journey.  They'll answer all your questions and help you get the rates you deserve.  Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/milehigh

We've received our quotes which were 20-30% lower - you should too. To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/milehigh or mention the promo code Mile High when you talk to a Health IQ agent.

Last week's guest

Thanks to last week's guest CEO of USA Triathlon, Rock Harris, who joined us to share his vision for triathlon and USAT.  He has been on the job for a couple of months now and we want to get his assessment of the state of sport, where he sees opportunities and the path forward to implement some exciting changes.

Discussion Teasers

Before we get into the interview, let's say hi to Khem and Bill and tell you what we have for the post interview discussion.  Hey guys how are you doing this week?

  • Team Colorado Event
  • IMKona Feature
  • Importance of strength work and rolling, plus a few hip and gluteous strengtheners

Interview Setup

It's not uncommon for us to talk to a professional cyclist on this show.  This is an interview that goes well beyond our traditional discussion of athletic background, racing highlights and tips to listeners.  Jillian opens up and allows us to discuss what is exceptionally personal experience and emotions that come with her transition experience and work with the IOC and USAC to create a path for trans athletes to compete at a professional level in cycling. She has become a hero to others who are on the same journey, showing others how cycling and endurance sport can change your life in ways you wouldn’t expect.

Interview

Jillian Bearden

Health IQ Ad

And we are back.  Thanks again to Health IQ for sponsoring today's interview.  The Health IQ advantage is their unique mortality model that enables lower rates for health conscious people.  Just like having a good driving record saves you money on auto insurance, Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more.

With other life insurance companies, you might be penalized for family history, BMI, and other attributes but don’t get rewarded for your health conscious lifestyle.  You put in the time to train consistently, have the discipline to get out there in the cold, in the dark, you eat well, and you get the rewards of greater energy, and you feel good about yourself.  Let's face it, you spend money on race registrations, gym memberships and gear.  See if you can reward yourself further and recoup some of those investments. See how much you can save.

To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/milehigh or mention the promo code Mile High when you talk to a Health IQ agent.

Host Discussion Topics

Jillian Bearden debrief topics:

  • First, I have a ton of respect for Jillian and the courage it took for her to not give up, turn things around 180 degrees, be a self-advocate and now an advocate for others.
  • I did not realize until we got into the interview that it was she that worked with the IOC and USAC to define the trans athlete path to professional racing.
  • I went into the interview being cautious to not push her to get more personal than she was comfortable - I totally underestimated her courage and willingness to share.
  • Rolling tips
  • Glute strengtheners
    • Glute bridge
    • Side plank abductors
    • Single leg step down
    • Single leg dead lift

Upcoming MHE Interviews

MHE upcoming interviews:

  • Travis Macy, author of the Ultra Mindset to join us to talk about his book, Ultra Mindset life skills, the Ultra Mindset Academy eCourse.  You can learn more and subscribe to his newsletter at www.travismacy.com
  • We are also going to have Joanna Zeiger back to talk about "train the pain away"
  • Sandra Villines - Transcontinental Run and record
  • We are going to invite Jim Vance back to talk about his book Triathlon 2.0
  • Coach Billy "The Kid" Edwards US Navy Tri team
  • Dr Nate Williams of Performance Sports Chiropractic

303 Triathlon

Our show is also supported by 303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and events on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.  303Radio is your news podcast.  Here are some upcoming interviews coming to 303

  • Stryd interview is up
  • Don Reichelt - from Highlands Ranch about Spartathlon, and the US Spartathlon team

Affiliate Programs

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster!

  • 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 code MHE150 to save $150.
  • Total Immersion -Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart
  • Rudy Project has the helmets, glasses and gear to help you ride safe and look great.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items.
  • TrainingPeaks Premium is the full featured version of the app.  Unlock the full featured app for 30 days using the code MHE30
  • All of these discounts can be found at milehighendurance on the Sponsors page. 

Closing

If you are enjoying the show, please let us know by going on iTunes or your podcast player and giving us a review.  Be sure you are subscribed in iTunes so you get the show automatically downloaded on Saturday evening and recommend Mile High Endurance to a friend. 

That's it for the show.  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Dec 3, 2017

Welcome

Welcome to Episode #102 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 and Bill Plock and we are glad you are joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.  Khem Suthiwan is still on vacation in Iceland, but will be back next week.

Would a triathlete be a national Time Trial Champion?  Sure.  Would a triathlete be a winner of the Critérum du Dauphiné?  I doubt it?  Would a triathlete be the winner of the Mt Baldie Stage of the Tour of California?  Not likely.  How about have ttop 10 and 11 GC standings at the Tour de France?  Well if you guessed those accomplishments belong to Andrew Talansky, you are correct.  We have Andrew joining us in just a few minutes.

But wait there's more.  You all know how much we like to talk about and emphasize learning proper form and technique.  We have Halo Neuroscience co-founder, Dr. Daniel Chao joining us with Andrew to talk about the way Andrew has used Halo as a professional cyclist to do specific strength and endurance training, and now how he is using it as a tool to continue to develop his swimming and running form and technique.  Dr. Chao will help us understand the science of electric wave stimulation of the motor cortex, hyper plasticity and how similar learning motor skills are to cognitive learning.

Health IQ

Our show today is sponsored by Health IQ.  Get your special rate term life insurance for health conscious people with Health IQ.  Health IQ  is life insurance agency that has exclusive rates for those who qualify.  You can even get additional savings

by submitting actual data from race results, Strava, Runkeeper or other app data.  The good folks at Health IQ will take you through the customer journey.  They'll answer all your questions and help you get the rates you deserve.  Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/milehigh

To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/milehigh or mention the promo code Mile High when you talk to a Health IQ agent.

Last week's guest

Thanks to last week's guest coach Sara McLarty who joined us to talk about swill drills to that will help you swim like a pro next season.  If you missed it, go back and listen to last week's episode.  If you want to check out more from Sara McLarty, there are some YouTube videos that Sara has published on triathlon swimming drills, open water skills, and other drills.  Check them out on the Resource page at Mile High Endurance.

Discussion Teasers

Before we get into the interview, let's catch up with Bill and Khem. 

Khem, how are you and will you give us an Iceland report after the interview?

Bill, what hippie haps do you have for us?

Interview Setup

We talked about some of Andrew Talansky's career accomplishments in the intro.  What we didn't mention was his goal to qualify as a professional triathlete and compete in Kona against the pro field in 2018.  Before he can get in the water in Kailua Bay with the pro field, he first has to qualify.

In the interview, we'll talk about his first Triathlon a little over a month ago at the Marin County Triathlon.  We all have our first tri story and Andrew is no exception.  You'll love to hear his first time tri experience. 

Let's get into the interview now.

Interview

Andrew Talansky and Dan Chao of Neuro Halo

Health IQ Ad

And we are back.  Thanks again to Health IQ for sponsoring today's interview.  The Health IQ advantage is their unique mortality model that enables lower rates for health conscious people.  Just like having a good driving record saves you money on auto insurance, Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more.

With other life insurance companies, you might be penalized for family history, BMI, and other attributes but don’t get rewarded for your health conscious lifestyle.  You put in the time to train consistently, have the discipline to get out there in the cold, in the dark, you eat well, and you get the rewards of greater energy, wearing the clothes you want to wear, why stop there? 

You spend money on race registrations, gym memberships and gear.  See if you can reward yourself further and recoup some of those investments. See how much you can save.

To see if you qualify, get your free quote today at healthiq.com/milehigh or mention the promo code Mile High when you talk to a Health IQ agent.

Host Discussion Topics

Welcome back.  Khem/Bill - what did you think about the interview with Andrew and Dan?

What did you think about the first time tri experience and mishaps?

What did you think about making such a big career change and the risk of the unknown for Andrew?

How about Andrew not knowing the names of the "guys" who got 1st and 2nd at Kona?  Patrick Lange and Lionel Sanders

Khem's Iceland recap and other topics.

Bill's Hippie Haps Topics

Rich's review of Stryd

 

Upcoming MHE and 303 Interviews

  • Rocky Harris, CEO of USAT about his vision for triathlon and USAT
  • Nick Obletz and Stryd
  • Sandra Villines on her run across America
  • Coach Erik Kenny on to talk about a couple of books he recommended to me - "the sports gene" and "talent is over rated"
  • Coach Ken Axford to talk about bike handling skills
  • We are going to invite Jim Vance back to talk about his book Triathlon 2.0
  • We are also going to have Joanna Zeiger back to talk about "train the pain away"
  • I'd like to invite Travis Macy, author of the Ultra Mindset to join us to talk about his book, Ultra Mindset life skills, the Ultra Mindset Academy eCourse.  You can learn more and subscribe to his newsletter at www.travismacy.com
  • Still in conversation with Don Reichart about Spartathlon, and the US Spartathlon team
  • Coach Billy "The Kid" Edwards

 

303 Triathlon

Our show is also supported by 303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and events on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.  303Radio is your news podcast.

Affiliate Programs

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster!

  • 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 code MHE150 to save $150.
  • Total Immersion -Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart
  • Rudy Project has the helmets, glasses and gear to help you ride safe and look great.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items.
  • TrainingPeaks Premium is the full featured version of the app.  Unlock the full featured app for 30 days using the code MHE30
  • All of these discounts can be found at milehighendurance on the Sponsors page. 

Closing

If you are enjoying the show, please let us know by going on iTunes or your podcast player and giving us a review.  Be sure you are subscribed in iTunes so you get the show automatically downloaded on Saturday evening and recommend Mile High Endurance to a friend. 

That's it for the show.  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Nov 26, 2017

Welcome

Welcome to Episode #101 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 and Bill Plock and we are glad you are joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.  Khem Suthiwan is on vacation in Iceland for the next couple of episodes.

We have an awesome interview with coach Sara McLarty joining us this week to give us an update on the last couple of months of ITU racing and talk about swim drills that can help you improve your swim form in the off season.  Bill, do you know what shark drill is and what part of your stroke it helps?   Don't sweat it - Sara is going to explain it to us.

 

Health IQ

Our show today is sponsored by Health IQ.  Get your special rate term life insurance for health conscious people with Health IQ.  Health IQ  is life insurance agency that has exclusive rates for those who qualify.  You can even get additional savings

by submitting actual data from race results, Strava, Runkeeper or other app data.  The good folks at Health IQ will take you through the customer journey.  They'll answer all your questions and help you get the rates you deserve.  Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/milehigh

Last week's guest

Thanks to last week's guest coach Joanna Zeiger who joined us to talk about her book "The Champion Mindset - An Athlete's Guide to Mental Toughness."  If you missed it, go back and listen to last week's episode.  Also, my brother Roger posted about Joanna's YouTube Channel "Everyman Triathlon".  I checked it out and got a kick out of her videos "Ambushed: Extreme Run Makeover".  Brandon DelCampo and Joanna Zeiger

We'll have Joanna Zeiger, PhD back on the show in a few weeks to talk about her new project "Train The Pain Away". 

Discussion Teasers

Before we get into the interview, let's catch up with Bill.  How was your Thanksgiving?  What do you want to chat about after the interview with Sara?

Rich:

  • Island House Triathlon
  • NXR SW Team Results

Interview Setup

Sara McLarty is a professional triathlete. In the world of triathlon, she is considered a fast swimmer.  She was known has being the "first out of the water" at every race. One of her biggest leads was 90 seconds at the 2006 World Cup in Ishigaki, Japan.

Most of her competitions were international-distance and draft-legal.  She competed against the best in the world at World Cup and World Championship races.

She also enjoy competing in the famous American races: Escape from Alcatraz, Lifetime Fitness and Chicago. She would battle men like Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper in the waters of San Francisco Bay.

Are you ready for that super-special swimming secret? Are you ready to discover how to be "first out of the water"?

First, join the local swim team when you are 4 years old. Find a great coach who focuses on basic techniques and emphasizes the importance of developing a beautiful stroke. Swim year-round on a club team for 10 years and race your teammates in the pool every day. Then, if you are still healthy and enjoying the water, head off to a top swimming college (like the University of Florida) for four more years.

Your next best option is to listen to the interview we have coming up right now with Sara.  Should we get it rolling?

Interview

Sara McLarty

Health IQ Ad

And we are back.  Thanks again to Health IQ for sponsoring today's interview.  The Health IQ advantage is their unique mortality model that enables lower rates for health conscious people (like a good driver savings on auto insurance), Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more.

With other life insurance companies, you might be penalized for family history, BMI, and other attributes but don’t get rewarded for your health conscious lifestyle.  Like saving money by being a good driver, Health IQ gets you lower rates on life insurance with your health conscious lifestyle.  Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/milehigh

Host Discussion Topics

Welcome back.  I love talking to Sara.  She's has great information and energy and she definitely knows her stuff.  If you haven't gone to the Central Florida Masters site, check it out.  We talked about http://www.luckyslakeswim.com/ which if you are going to the Orlando area, you absolutely have to check it out.  We went to Orlando in October of 2009 about 6 weeks before Ironman Cozumel and I needed a place to get some swimming in.  I got on www.beginnertriathlete.com and got on the forums to find Orlando swimming info and someone recommended Lucky's Lake Swim.  I went out there one morning around 6am.  I did a couple laps, met Lucky, wrote my name on the bottom of his deck, got the patch and bumper sticker.

Bill's Topics

  • Strava - how social media motivates you

Rich's Topics -

  • Stryd running power meter
  • Island House Triathlon - Island House Triathlon Stage 1 & 2 Highlights
    • All of the Ironman and ITU athletes in the same place
  • Formats
    • Running dives into the water
    • Starting a run with googles in hand

 

Girls Championship Team Scores

NAME RANK SCORE

Vail Valley Running Club 1 97

Vista Nation XC 2 124

Broomfield XC 3 134

Lone Peak 4 196

VIKING TRACK CLUB 5 271

Desert Hills Running Club 6 272

Pine View XC Club 7 285

PEAK RACING 8 304

American Fork XC Club 9 306

Mountain View UT 10 311

Davis XC 11 317

ABQ XC 12 337

Wolfpack XC 13 344

Exceler8 14 349

Knight Time Runners Club 15 372

Maple Mountain Golden Eagles 16 377

Westlake Thunder 17 378

GTD-X 18 409

Wild West 19 434

Louisville XC 20 460

RCXC 21 468

REAL Training 22 478

JUSTEAGLES 23 535

Left Hand Cross 24 553

RamsXC 25 656

Thunder 26 690

Rattler Distance Project 27 768

 

 

Boys Championship Team Scores

NAME RANK SCORE

Vista Nation XC 1 80

Springville Cross Country 2 149

Timpanogos 3 203

Thunder 4 235

American Fork XC Club 5 247

RCXC 6 263

Dakota XC Club 7 265

Creek XC 8 266

RamsXC 9 296

T-Birds XC 10 298

Olympus XC 11 300

Louisville XC 12 317

Herriman XC 13 336

REAL Training 14 346

Lone Peak 15 352

Riverton XC Club 16 366

Exceler8 17 383

Davis XC 18 398

Skyridge XC Club 19 449

Desert Hills Running Club 20 464

Warrior Track Club 21 491

Stansbury XC Club 22 504

Storm XC Club 23 525

O-Town Tigers 24 528

Volcano Vista Distance Project 25 531

Pine View XC Club 26 552

Runnin Devils 27 655

 

 

Girls Large School Team Scores

NAME RANK SCORE

Vista Nation XC 1 85

Fossil Ridge Track Club 2 104

Colorado Flyers 3 172

Davis XC 4 200

Lone Peak 5 223

Riverton XC Club 6 240

American Fork XC Club 7 290

GTD-X 8 291

Viewmont Running 9 306

ThunderStruck 10 312

West Track Club 11 332

Rio Rancho XC Club 12 333

Neener XC 13 340

Skyridge XC Club 14 368

Westlake Thunder 15 388

Volcano Vista Distance Project 16 401

T-Birds XC 17 408

Louisville XC 18 421

DCC Thunder 19 446

Shadadors 20 451

Boulder Creek Running Club 21 623

Alta Track Club 22 652

Thunder 23 657

CDSXC 24 665

Storm XC Club 25 680

RCXC 26 683

Huskies Country 27 699

Husky Cross Country 28 748

Cool Blue Reason 29 786

Bobcats 30 821

Rincon UHS 31 1027

 

Boys Large School Team Scores

NAME RANK SCORE

Left Hand Cross 1 133

Davis XC 2 180

JUSTEAGLES 3 193

Vista Nation XC 4 195

Neener XC 5 251

Westlake Thunder 6 275

DCC Thunder 7 312

Beak Performance 8 316

Fossil Ridge Track Club 9 327

VIKING TRACK CLUB 10 352

Lasercats 11 389

Titan Clash Colorado 12 396

Poudre River Runners 13 444

Liberty Bell Running Club 14 474

Bear Cave XC Club 15 504

CDSXC 16 510

Vegas Diamondbacks RC 17 595

Louisville XC 18 632

Skyridge XC Club 19 656

Totah XC 20 690

Aggie Running Club 21 723

Viewmont Running 22 723

Thunder 23 731

51 Union Project 24 736

Huskies Country 25 740

Bobcats 26 752

Geico Insurance Running Club 27 776

Cool Blue Reason 28 787

Buffaloes 29 793

Sundevil XC 30 796

T-Birds XC 31 821

Wolfpack XC 32 823

Rocky Mountain XC Club 33 909

Falcon Cross Country 34 911

Knight Time Runners Club 35 916

Colorado Flyers 36 925

ThunderStruck 37 939

Mustang Milers 38 964

Alta Track Club 39 975

Caballeros Running Club 40 1014

RCXC 41 1041

Pollos Guerreros 42 1044

Team OCXC 43 1111

Husky Cross Country 44 1126

Storm XC Club 45 1179

Volcano Vista Distance Project 46 1199

Boulder Creek Running Club 47 1266

Los Leones 48 1509

Red Mountain Running Club 49 1526

West Track Club 50 1540

Wolves Running Club 51 1599

100 Mile Club 52 1616

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • Andrew Talansky on his first triathlon.  We'll also have Dan Chao (co-founder and CEO of Halo NeuroScience joining us to talk about their partnership with Andrew and how he's using the Halo Sport fits in with his training and qualification for Kona 2018.
  • Rocky Harris, CEO of USAT about his vision for triathlon and USAT
  • Coach Erik Kenny on to talk about a couple of books he recommended to me - "the sports gene" and "talent is over rated"
  • Coach Ken Axford to talk about bike handling skills
  • We are going to invite Jim Vance back to talk about his book Triathlon 2.0
  • We are also going to have Joanna Zeiger back to talk about "train the pain away"
  • I'd like to invite Travis Macy, author of the Ultra Mindset to join us to talk about his book, which is as much about life skills and mental toughness as it is about ultra marathons
  • Still in conversation with Don Reichart about Spartathlon, and the US Spartathlon team

 

303 Triathlon

Our show is also supported by 303 Triathlon and 303 Cycling are your resource for news and events on triathlon and cycling in Colorado.  303Radio is your news podcast.

Affiliate Programs

Please support our affiliate brands that support the show and help you get faster!

  • 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 code MHE150 to save $150.
  • Total Immersion -Use code MHETI10 to get 10% off items in your cart
  • Rudy Project has the helmets, glasses and gear to help you ride safe and look great.  Use code MHE30 to get 30% off your full price items.
  • TrainingPeaks Premium is the full featured version of the app.  Unlock the full featured app for 30 days using the code MHE30
  • All of these discounts can be found at milehighendurance on the Sponsors page. 

Closing

If you are enjoying the show, please let us know by going on iTunes or your podcast player and giving us a review.  Be sure you are subscribed in iTunes so you get the show automatically downloaded on Saturday evening and recommend Mile High Endurance to a friend. 

 

That's it for the show.  Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Aug 6, 2017

Our interview today is with coach Will Murray, a mental skills coach with D3 Multisport.  He's been a guest on the show in the past and he joins us today to talk us through 3 articles that he's recently written on published on the USAT website. 

Increase your open water comfort level

But what if? Overcoming fear of triathlon

How not to be embarrassed at your first triathlon

In our discussion today we'll also discuss:

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.

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.

I mentioned last week that I went to healthIQ.com/endurance and took the 30 seconds to fill out the contact form and got a call about an hour later.  I spoke to an insurance agent names James Byrd III who did an interview and gave me a quote.  He is going to save my more than 30% which is going to translate to more than $200 in savings.  That's change that I can use for a race, shoes, a new tri bag from Rudy Project. 

 Let's talk briefly about upcoming interviews.

  • Rebekah Keat
  • Hootie
  • Boulder 70.3 interviews
  • We have a couple of other really cool guests lined up that Bill is going to announce when he comes back next week

 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
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  • 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!

 

Jan 8, 2017

Welcome to Episode #55 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. This week's interview is with Michael Rodgers of New York Road Runners.  Michael talks to us about the NYC Marathon, the many options to gain entry to this epic race, what it takes to run it, and the many things that NYRRs do to grow communities and create opportunities through running.  Michael is a 5 time Ironman finisher and planning to Lake Placid in 2017.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 15:24 Michael Rodgers from NYRR
  • 59:54 Wrap up and coming episodes

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-hosts Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock.

Thanks for giving us the next hour or so.  If you are new to Mile High Endurance, welcome.  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. 

Last week we had Lance Panigutti on the show to talk about the Boulder Peak and the 5430 Series.  Last week we talked about the bargain price of $300 to register for all 3 races.  I made a bit of a deal about the 'early bird' price and encouraged folks to register before midnight on New Year's Eve.  We thought it was going to take a modest bump up to $330 - well it didn’t.  I just checked yesterday and it's $315.  $315 for the Sprint, Boulder Peak Olympic, and a half Iron distance race. 

Aug 14, 2016

Welcome to Episode #34 of the Mile High Endurance podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.   Mile High Endurance connects you weekly with coaches, pros and experts to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.

  1. [0:00] Intro and USAT Nationals (Todd Stockford and Tom Beal)
  2. [14:50] IM Boulder Recap
  3. [24:36] Tim Hola, Team Timex and Nationals
  4. [49:08] George Cespedes, Tri Animals
  5. [1:13] Onsite Interview and Nationals Wrap Up
Aug 6, 2016

Welcome to Episode #33 of the Mile High Endurance podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.   Mile High Endurance connecting you weekly with coaches and experts to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.

I have a content-packed show for you today. There is a ton going on in the Triathlon and Endurance world right now and a very timely interview.  As you know it is the opening weekend of the Rio Olympic games.  It also happens to be the weekend prior to USAT Nationals.  When you think of Triathlon in the Olympics and USAT Nationals, who is the one person who you would want to talk to?  Barry Siff, of course.  Barry serves in leadership roles of both USAT and ITU and has an insider’s view of both events.   He is a busy man, but I was able to catch him prior to all of the traveling he will be doing over the next couple of weeks to Omaha and Rio.

Also on the show this week, Will Kelsey of Dirt Tri Magazine joins us to talk about the state and statistics around Off Road Triathlon.  I have been meaning to get into the topic of Off Road Triathlon for some time and this is our first foray into that topic.  As you will hear, road triathlon’s dirtier cousin, “Dirt (or “off road”) Tri” is a little more laid back and fun, and really opens up a lot of new races and experiences.

Before we get into the interviews, I’d like to give a couple of updates .

First – Ironman Boulder competitors:  To Bill Plock from 303 Triathlon and Guy Sigley from the Colorado Triathlon Company team.  Good luck this weekend and hope you get your Kona slots.  I would also like to acknowledge a good friend of mine Jamie Twedt who unfortunately had a bike wreck a week ago that has precluded her ability to race.  Jamie has such a great attitude and has managed to get herself on the finisher medal team.  Jamie, it’s going to be a long and fun night!

Second – Ironman Boulder underwear run:  I just did the Underwear Run last night and it was really a lot of fun.  The way it went down, I did see Bill at the UPR but after.  His schedule got wonky and he couldn't get there on time, but I did see him after and he looks good and ready for Sunday.  Back to the UPR.  After talking to Bill about he and his daughter Riley doing it, I offered it to my girls who are both runners and we did it.

We arrive and Michael had the gathering place in this small corner of a park across from the museum of contemporary art.  Michael had the crowd going with updates on the order of events, collecting donations, etc.  After a quick hello and picture (one my wife won't let me post on Facebook), we got under way.  The run was a mile through the busiest blocks of Boulder through the Pearl Street Mall, down past where the Ironman finish line will be on Sunday, into the Ironman Village, down the Bike Path (Run Course) and back to the Ironman Finish area and ultimately where we started.  There were maybe 50-75, maybe more people who participated. 

Sunday of course is the big race.   Again, good luck to everyone racing, volunteering and spectating.  The forecast looks good in the low 80s.  I'll be up there Sunday at 5am for the volunteer briefing for the water safety crew.  I'll be out there at the Boulder Res most of the morning.   I come home for a bit and then head back up by 5pm to try and catch Bill and my other fast friends finish.  I hope to catch up with Dave Christen and report about the race a bit in next week's episode.

Okay, the other big thing that is going on this weekend is the Olympics.  We also have USAT Nationals to look forward to next week.  This seems like a perfect time for this interview.

Jul 31, 2016

Welcome to Episode #32 of the Mile High Endurance podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares with your co-host Bill Plock from 303 Triathlon.   Mile High Endurance connecting you weekly with coaches and experts to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals.

 

This week we bring you the second half of the Jim Galanes interview and an interview with pro athlete, coach and announcer Michael Lovato.

Jul 10, 2016

Welcome to Episode #29 of Mile High Tri podcast, I'm your usual host Rich Soares, joined today by the lovely and talented co-host Khem Suthiwan.  Mile High Tri  empowers you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals by connecting you with coaches and experts on the topics that you want learn.

Mile High Tri 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.

 

Jul 3, 2016

Welcome to Episode #28 of Mile High Tri podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares and my co-host is Bill Plock.  The Mile High Tri  Podcast connects you  WEEKLY with coaches, experts and resources that empower you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals.

 

This month's episode steers our triathlon journey in the direction of Tri Tech.  Our feature guest on the show this month is Dirk Friel, (Founder and President of Peaksware) to talk to us about Training Peaks and WKO.   That interview is absolutely awesome.   The interview seems like it goes quickly, but it's longer than my usual interview.  To make sure I took full advantage of getting Dirk's time, I took all that he would give me.  I think you will be glad that I did not force a shorter interview or edit out content. 

There are two other timely guests on the show this week.  We have the co-owner of BBSC Endurance Sports, Michelle Lund, on to talk about how last week's Boulder Sunrise Tri went down.  We also have Scott Hutmacher (Lifetime Tri) to talk about the upcoming Boulder Peak Triathlon, which is coming up on July 10th.  Since today's episode is the last episode before that race, we wanted to make sure we got this out to you this week.  Scott has a lot of great timely information for you.

Because we have the two race director updates that are time sensitive, we are going to do a Part 1 and Part 2 on the Dirk Friel interview.  You will hear the first half (or 25 minutes of the 50 minute) interview today.  Next week you will hear Part 2 of the Dirk Friel interview.

So there are three interviews this week and we'll have a short wrap up at the end.  Stick around at the end because we'll talk about some resources and links that are on the website that supplement the interview content on the show.   For example, we talk to Dirk about some key terms to know in their analytic reports, what they refer to as a Performance Management Chart.  You are more than likely out riding your bike or on a long run while you are listening to this.  I want you to have resources you can go to in addition to the audio content.  There are articles already on the Resources page from Training Peaks, Firstbeat and more that you will want to check out.  We want to tell you this before the interview so you know you have the website to go back to when you are done listening and your bike is cleaned off an hung back up in your garage.

So with that, let's get into the race updates from Michelle at BBSC Endurance Sports and Scott Hutmacher of Lifetime Tri and the Boulder Peak.  Right after those two race updates we have the interview with Dirk Friel of Training Peaks. 

 

Jun 26, 2016

Welcome to Episode #27 of Mile High Tri Podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.  The Mile High Tri  Podcast connects you  WEEKLY with coaches, experts and resources that empower you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals.

Today's interview is going to be a little different than usual.  I'm going to take you back to episode #24 for a minute and the interview with Will Murray, mental skills coach from D3 Multisport and author of the 4 Pillars of Triathlon.  A couple of weeks after that interview, Will and I reconnected and he mentioned he had heard a couple of episodes where I've referred to a swim panic attack I had early in my triathlon career and that I still "carry that experience with me".  Will offered to help me with a technique to help me not feel fear associated to that memory.  We arranged a time for a Skype Video call a few weeks ago and we agreed to record the call. 

Last weekend I went out to Grant Ranch for my first open water swim of the season.  I needed to get some experience in the open water before my first race coming up this weekend in Boulder.  I went out to Grant Ranch (west side of town)looking for my friends in the TriAnimals and had mistakenly thought they were participating in the OWS clinic being taught by Melissa Mantak from Swim Labs.  After a short orientation and instruction session, we suited up and jumped in the water.  Melissa described the training objectives and drill sequence that we would progress through.  Our first step was to swim the 300 or so meters to the first buoy - the moment of truth.  Of course, I'm competitive so I'm trying to get on the feet of the guy in front of me.  Then it hits me - this is your first OWS of the season, you better take it easy Rich.  In a second, your going to get winded and your going to start freaking out.  I started to do what helps me which is to count arm strokes.  Then it occcurred to me that I was not anxious in the least.  In fact, my reflex was to swim harder and see what happened…nothing, harder….nothing.    Long story short, I had an awesome clinic and OWS experience last Sunday and I'm super excited to race on Sunday.  So excited, in fact that I want to make sure you get a chance to hear the call that Bill and I had and then my reaction when I came back from the swim last weekend.   

When we cut to the call, Bill starts of by describing what we are going to try and accomplish and the process that I'm to follow.  During the original call there were some long silent periods that I have edited out.  I put a little tone in the pauses so you can know where those longer pauses exist.  

For any of you have issues where your enjoyment of open water swimming or racing in OW is somehow limited because of fear, folks you need to listen to this episode.  I mean, let's see how this race goes this weekend, but I am definitely encouraged.  Okay, speaking of races - let's talk about what's coming up.

This is shaping up to be an awesome triathlon weekend here in the Mile High city of Denver.  Hopefully you had a chance to hear last week's episode and the interview with Lance Panigutti.  Of course Lance talked about this weekend's TriBella triathlon.  This is a women's only triathlon at the Cherry Creek Reservoir in south Denver.  I am actually planning to get to bed early tonight and get up early to help when the transition area opens at 6:30 tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, I have several friends who are racing the Lake to Lake Triathlon in Loveland, CO.  For those listeners outside the Mile High area, Loveland is about 65 miles north of Denver.  The west side of Denver and Loveland are pretty close to the foothills and the views and course of the Lake to Lake Triathlon are awesome.  Among that list of friends (as you would know if you listened to last week's episode), is Tom Beal.  Also racing is Todd Stockford from episode #18, and Steve Maas.  Good luck gentlemen!

About a 3 hour drive into the mountains is Steamboat Springs and the Try The Boat Triathlon with a Sprint, Olympic on Saturday (That's 3 races on Saturday) and Half Ironman distance race on Sunday.  Another one of my good friends Aaron Monroe is racing the half ironman.  I think Aaron is doing 4 half ironman races this year. 

Continuing on Sunday we have the Boulder Sunrise organized by BBSC Endurance Sports.  This sprint race, as the name implies, is located in Boulder and the transition area opens at 5:30 and my wave starts at 7:45am.  As soon as I publish this episode Saturday night, I'm going straight to bed.

Also on Sunday are the South Suburban Youth and Adult Beginner Tryathlon.  This is a pool swim and looks to be a great race for a triathlete to enjoy the pool swim format.  I met the race director, Sarah Neilson, this past week during bike to work day.  I stopped at one of the stations in the morning, which turned out to be sponsored by South Suburban.   It sounds like Sarah has a couple of races, the TRYathlon at Goodsen Rec Center this Sunday, June 26th.  They have another race

Finally we have Tri On The Plains https://triontheplains.org/ which is 2 hour and 30 minute drive to the northeast of Denver.  This event has a duathlon and sprint distance. 

One last race to talk about before we go into the call with Bill, let's talk about his recent race at Escape From Alcatraz.  There is a great article that is at 303 Triathlon and the link is on the website.  Go to http://303triathlon.com/Boulders-Will-Murray-Escape-from-Alcatraz-Recap to check it out.

With that, let's go to the call with Will Murray.  Following that I transition straight into my reaction coming back from Grant Ranch this past weekend.  And finally, I'll come back on at the end for a little wrap up.

Jun 19, 2016

Welcome to Episode #26 of Mile High Tri podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.  Mile High Tri  empowers you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals by connecting you with coaches and experts to help you in your triathlon journey.

I'm joined by Tom Beal, who is a good friend and mentor.  Tom has been racing in the sport since the 80's and has a tremendous amount of experience and talent.  Tom shares his thoughts on the progression of triathlon.

Feature guest, Lance Panigutti from Without Limits gives an update on their races so far and talks about upcoming races.

I'm excited to announce moving to a weekly and shorter format.  Releases will be on Sunday midnight Mountain Time.  I hope you will find that the weekly format fits into your routine.  Whether you enjoy it on Sunday on your long run, or Monday on your commute to work, I just hope you enjoy it.    

Mile High Tri 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. -Denver was ranked 5th fittest city in the US in 2015 by the American Fitness Index. -Denver is home to many Olympians, including 2012 4 gold medal winner Missy Franklin. -Denver is also the 4th ranked "bike friendly" city in the US ​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.

Jun 8, 2016

Welcome to Episode #25 of Mile High Tri podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.  Mile High Tri  empowers you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals by connecting you with coaches and experts to help you in your triathlon journey.

Today's episode is Part 2 on the theme where we are asking the questions "do you need a coach?". 

So do you need a coach?  There are plenty of training plans online.  In fact, the information resources available to the self-coached athlete are nearly infinite.  I don't need to tell you that there are plenty of books, websites, forums, specialty services, physiology testing, and let's not forget podcasts!.  

The good news is there is a ton of information out there.  The other good news is that you have tons of time on your hands to research it, right?  No?  Well, assuming you do have a lot of time on your hands, and you can research everything there is to know about nutrition (eg, strength training, endurance training, speed/intensity training, recovery, race strategies, form, technique, etc.), there is more to the role of a coach than technical expertise.   

The roles of a triathlon coach are numerous.  The best collection I've found is from coach Brian Mac's website.  The roles he lists include: Advisor, Assessor, Counselor, Demonstrator, Friend, Facilitator, Fact-finder, Fountain of knowledge, Instructor, Mentor, Motivator, Organizer, Planner, Role Model, and Supporter.   You can probably come up with a few more without trying too hard.  You could extend it to specifics like strength coach, swim coach, or physical therapist and on.  Perhaps I'm being too fast and loose with the roles, but that's how I see it.

Last week, in episode #24, I interviewed Will Murray, Mental Skills Coach with D3 Multisport and Jim Galanes of EPOC Performance Training.   As with each subject that I take on with the podcast, I'm trying to examine the question from multiple lenses.

The 2 lenses that we explored last week were aimed at the role of a coach in helping train your mind, and the role of guiding the training load and recovery balance. 

On training the mind of an athlete, we spoke to Will Murray, author of the book, "The Four Pillars of Triathlon". 

  1. Imagination
  2. Motivation
  3. Discipline
  4. Recovery

On the physiology loading and recovery process with 3 x Olympic Nordic skier and coach Jim Galanes.  Jim described how his curiosity for sports physiology budded early in his Olympic career and developed through decades of work with researchers, coaches and athletes.   I confess I got a bit ahead of myself and started down the path of July's theme how to get the most out of software training logs and analytic tools.

This week we continue the discussion with:

  • Nicole Odell is a Level 1 USAT coach, Level 3 USA Cycling, Training Peaks Level 2 coach out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Coach Nicole's company is NEO Endurance.
  • Dierdre Moynahan - Ride and Race director (Tri Velo Series and DMM Events) and Try Something New with Cyclocross and Urban Cyclocross.
Jun 1, 2016

The question "do I need a coach?" is something that I ask myself frequently.  Actually, I don't really ask the question in my head in the same way I express it in writing here.

The questions in my head sounds more like:

"why can't I push to zone 5 this morning?", or

"yesterday was a pretty hard day, this plan is written for the average person, I'll bet it's okay to take it easy today...I think...wish I knew.", or

"oh great, their closing transition - I hope I'm trained and ready for this day..am I?" or,

"am I taking in enough calories for...?" and it goes on, right?

These questions are personal to me.  They are my personal needs, which are derived by a goal that has been set to achieve a result.  That goal could be to lose 40 pounds, lead a healthier lifestyle, or finish an Ironman.

I have my questions and you will have yours.  As you train of the next few weeks, pay attention to the voice in your head and the questions being presented.  As you are doing that introspection, listen to the interviews from experts from different perspectives.  There is no agenda other than to provide you with a rich layering of interviews, discussing the fundamental of triathlon training, development, and racing.  From there, we will talk about the many roles triathlon coaches fill in helping athletes achieve their goals safely. 

The podcast is my way of sharing the lessons I've learned in triathlon with others.  When I lived in my first college apartment, I learned the lesson don't fry bacon naked.  Until today, I have not had an opportunity to share that with anyone.  Of course, the lessons of triathlon rarely give you love handles and skin welts.  No, these are lessons that take the shape of being injured, sick, unmotivated, unimaginative, plateauing performance, DNFs, IV's, and so forth.  Actually, the lessons of triathlon can sometimes be painful.

The Merriam-Webster simple definition of coach is a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer. Just how hard can it be?  There are plenty of training plans online.  In fact, the information resources available to the self-coached athlete are nearly infinite.  I don't need to tell you that there are plenty of books, websites, forums, specialty services, physiology testing, and let's not forget podcasts!.  

The good news is there is a ton of information out there.  The other good news is that you have tons of time on your hands to research it, right?  No?  Well, assuming you do have a lot of time on your hands,and you can research everything there is to know about nutrition (eg, strength training, endurance training, speed/intensity training, recovery, race strategies, form, technique, etc.), there is more to the role of a coach than technical expertise.   

The roles of a triathlon coach are numerous.  The best collection I've found is from coach Brian Mac's website.  The roles he lists include: Advisor, Assessor, Counselor, Demonstrator, Friend, Facilitator, Fact-finder, Fountain of knowledge, Instructor, Mentor, Motivator, Organizer, Planner, Role Model, and Supporter.  

In this month's theme on coaching, I share my experience as a coached and self-coached athlete and work with my hosts to help you hear the hot topics are for making that decision. My goal at Mile High Tri is to bring you the resources that empower you to achieve your fitness and triathlon goals, and these guests are here for you.

  • Will Murray, mental skills coach at D3 Multisport and co-author of "The Four Pillars of Triathlon"
  • Jim Galanes is a three time Olympian competing in cross country skiing events in each 1976 (Innsbruck), 1980 (Lake Placid), and 1984 (Sarajevo) Olympics.
  • Nicole Odell talks about her role a coach and what it's like coaching coaches. 
  • Carole Sharpless Pro and now coach, Carole talks about the role of coaches in her career and how she applies that in her coaching today.
May 8, 2016

Welcome to Episode #23 of Mile High Tri podcast, I'm your host Rich Soares.  Mile High Tri  empowers you to reach your fitness and triathlon goals by connecting you with coaches and experts on the topics that you want learn. 

Today's show is part 2 of 2 on the topic of "open water swimming".  We are staying focused on helping you tackle the swim segment of your next triathlon with confidence and make this your best season yet.

Before we get into today's show I'd like to once again thank Bill Plock (news), Liz Sharpe (wet suit selection and fitting) and Michael Mann (coaching form and Grant Ranch open water swimming for joining me on episode #22.  If you did not get a chance to hear those interviews, go back and check those interviews out.  There contact info will be on milehightriathlon.com.

For those who did listen to last week's episode you know we have two exciting guests this week to continue our examination of 'Open Water Swimming'.  For those of you who don't have access to a good coach, but have questions about how to tackle open water swim training, coach Trista Francis (USAT Level 2 coach with ITZ Multisport coaching) helps breakdown how to get you ready for your open water season.

Heck, what triathlete hasn't been training or racing (whether in an open water swim, the long lonely stretch of a bike course, or a moonlit marathon) and asked themselves "where's a good sports Psychologist when you need one?"   After today's episode, you'll know just who to call.  I have Dr. Justin Ross on to help us understand what's going on with open water swimming anxiety and how to manage it and develop into a confident open water swimmer.

For the record folks, I am having an absolute blast producing this podcast and hope you're are enjoying the content.  It is my goal to make this your 'go to' podcast.  If you have suggestions or content you want to hear, please get in touch with me via the website, Facebook or Twitter.  You can also just email me at rich@milehightriathlon.com.

If you are enjoying the podcast, the best compliment you can pay me is to refer it to a friend. The podcast listenership is growing quickly, only furthering my excitement about bringing you more content.

May 1, 2016

Part 1 of 2 - Open Water Swimming.

 

Today's show is dedicated to helping you tackle the swim segment of your next triathlon with confidence and make this your best season yet, when it comes to the swim. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of triathlon or you’re new to the sport, there will be something in this episode that will help further you in the sport.  As is always the approach on the show, we examine a subject from multiple perspectives,  this episode's guests on the show include:

 

Co-host Bill Plock, 303 Triathlon

Guest Michael Mann, Swim Labs - open water form and fitness

Guest Liz Whitefield Sharp, Tribella - open water equipment and wetsuit fitting

 

If you would like to learn more about Michael Mann and Swim Labs, check them out at www.swimlabs.com.  They have 10 facilities http://swimlabs.com/locations/.  

If you want to get in touch with Liz Sharpe from Tribella, to www.tribellas.com,  From there click on Rental Equipment on the menu on the left side of the page and learn more about the offerings.  Gents, check out http://www.coloradotriathloncompany.com/ and go to the Rentals tab at the top right. 

Other resources:

www.beginnertriathlete.com and search open water swimming.  You will find a number of great articles http://goo.gl/G19HDT on everything from dealing with anxiety, gear review, open water swim tactics and more. 

Coach David Warden also had a good episode on swimming.  It wasn't specific to Open Water swimming, but rather focused on swim pacing.  Check out Episode #63 at http://tri-talk.com/episodes/

Familiarize yourself with https://www.usms.org/ where you will find tools like training logs and training workouts.  You will find tons of resources on classes, coaching, pool locator, etc. 

For listeners in Colorado, check out the following options for open water swimming:

http://swimlabs.com/denver/open-water-swimming-at-grant-ranch/ - Grant Ranch

www.comsa.org/openwater - Chatfield - Note that Chatfield is planned to be closed due to insurance issues until at least May 28th.

http://www.bamswimteam.org/ - Boulder

http://longmontcolorado.gov/ - Longmont at Union Reservoir

Of course, all of the guests and their websites are available on the podcast website which is simply www.milehightriathlon.com.  I will add a page for resources where I'll post the links to the website resources I just listed. 

Bill Plock and I mentioned at the beginning of the intro of the episode that there are four guests on the show this month.  Of course we are two fabulous guests into the show and we are already at about an 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The interviews with Dr. Justin Ross and Coach Trista Francis are awesome, but they are another 50 minutes or so. 

What I've decided to do is go ahead and publish episode #22 with the Michael Mann and Liz Whitfield interviews.  I'll release the interviews with Justin and Trista next week on for next week on episode #23.  So hang tight.  I know you will enjoy those interviews on April 8th. 

Before we wrap up episode #22, I thought I'd talk briefly about a couple of additional items.  First, I mentioned at the end of the last episode what the upcoming races are in Colorado over the next month.  I hope you enjoy the Colorado centric news and content.  Now what I should have mentioned was the biggest race of the month of May from my perspective and that's Yokohama coming up on May 14-15.   http://www.triathlon.org/  As Barry Siff mentioned in Episode #20, this is a selection race for USA and other countries.  I'll talk a little more about that in episode #23 coming up next week.

Of course I hope you found the April episode series on "racing".  I'd like to believe that that helped you wrap up your race decisions for the year, if not just the spring.  If you are not racing and there are races in your area, be sure to check the races in your area and see if they need volunteers.  It's a great way to participate in the culture and help promote triathlon. 

Each of our race directors mentioned how vital volunteers are to putting on a successful race.  I'm personally volunteering at the Without Limits Summer OPEN Race.  If you are racing or volunteering there, I hope to meet you.   I've volunteered to help out at the bike out, but I'll be wherever Lance puts me.

I'll hold off on giving the outlook for the next couple of show themes that I'm researching until the next episode.  I will say that one of the topics is going to be Training Log and Analytic Software Applications. 

On a personal note, my training is going well.  I'm preparing for a half marathon in just a couple of weeks.  In fact I learned that Dr. Ross is also racing it.  Justin, I hope we get a practice run next weekend perhaps.  The weather forecast looks great for next week.

That's it for episode #22.  Please subscribe if you have not already.  If you enjoy the podcast, I would ask you to do me a favor and please, please tell a friend about the podcast.  It's super easy to find it at www.milehightriathlon.com or download in the iTunes Podcast store. 

For more information on racing and news in general, please go to 303 Triathlon

As always - Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the triathlon journey.  Good luck with your training and races this week!

 

 

 

Apr 15, 2016

Today's show is "Part 3" of the 3 Part Theme on Racing.  Part 1 (Episode #19) was published on April 1st and featured Dave Christen if IM Boulder, Coach Khem Suthiwan of Mile High Multisport and Lance Panigutti of Without Limits.  Part 2 (Episode #20) was published on April 8th and featured 2015 ITU Long Course champ Mary Beth Ellis, and President of the Board of USAT, Barry Siff.  Part 3 (today's episode) features  Peggy Shockley of the Lake to Lake Triathlon in Loveland, Hessam Salim with Lifetime Tri and the race director of the Boulder Peak.

Since this is the last episode in the May focus on "choosing races", I'd like to once again thank the guests for their time and extend an open invitation for any other race directors who would like to come on the show and educate the triathlon community about their races.  I had intended to get invitations out to all race directors in the hopes of talking to a couple.  My thought process is that I may get a 1 in 4 response.  I actually received a 1 for 1 response, so I simply truncated the asking process and did not get to everyone I had intended. 

In fact, if you are a professional in this industry and see yourself fitting into any of the show categories ("Ask A Coach", "Resources" or "Try Something New"), and you feel you have something that would contribute to the listeners development as an athlete and empower them to meet their athletic and triathlon goals, please contact me.  I would love to talk to you about an opportunity to be on the show.

Coaches of triathlon or of any of the individual sports are welcome.  Resources is simply any triathlon-related product or service that helps the aforementioned goal of helping athletes reach their full potential are game.  I select resources that are relevant to the subject or arch of the episode or month.  The objective of the interview is to add an educational dimension from the perspective of the product or service industry.  There is an obvious opportunity to advertise, which I encourage, but it is limited to that episode or theme. 

Those who wish to have a consistent presence on the show and website, please contact me for sponsorship opportunity.  I am looking to invest in the show to develop the show (eg, equipment to interview "on location", increase frequency, show storage, etc).  You can contact me via the website at www.milehightripodcast.com.  Thanks and look forward to those opportunities.

Apr 8, 2016

Today's show is "Part 2" of the three part theme theme on choosing races.  Part 1 was published on April 1st and featured Dave Christen if IM Boulder, Coach Khem Suthiwan of Mile High Multisport and Lance Panigutti of Without Limits.

Usually the sequel to any show fails to deliver on the quality of the original, but not at Mile High Tri.  Today we continue seeking advice and perspective on choosing races and get input from the experts.  On today's show we have 2015 ITU Long Course champ Mary Beth Ellis and none other than the USAT president of the board Barry Siff.

Mary Beth Ellis, last year's ITU Long Distance champ joins us to reflect a bit about 2015 and her race plans for 2016.  To know Mary Beth is to enjoy her.  She's just a real cool lady who continues to achieve at such a high level.

Barry Siff, president of the board for USAT talks about his years as a race director of the Boulder Peak, his achievements as a community leader in Colorado, and his role at USAT.  Great information about the status and progression of the US Olympic Triathlon Team selection between now and the Rio games.

Be sure to check back in 1 week for the 3rd in the race series (episode is #21) with Hassam Salim from Lifetime Fitness and the Lifetime Tri Series and Peggy Shockley of the Lake to Lake triathlon in Loveland Co.

For more on Mile High Tri guests, go to www.milehightripodcast.com   For more information on racing and news in general, please check out www.303Triathlon.com.  

Stay tuned, stay informed, and enjoy the triathlon journey.  Good luck with your training and races this week!

Apr 1, 2016

Choosing the right races is the first step in having a successful season.  We explore that topic with multiple perspectives including a coach, a pro and several race directors and sport leaders.  

Starting on April 1st, here are the guests you will hear from:

  • Lance Panigutti, owner of Without Limits Productions and race director of popular races including triathlon, duathlons, short distance, long distance, Xterra and other cycling events
  • Coach Khem Suthiwan - she is a local USAT level 1 coach who is on the coaching staff at Mile High Multisport.  As you will hear, she not only is informative on how to choose races, but is also knowledgeable about fund raising
  • Dave Christen, race director of Ironman Boulder talks about his personal races, Ironman race scene in general, and details about Ironman Boulder and the continued creative and effective things they are doing to engage the community and athletes.

April 8th:

  • Mary Beth Ellis, last year's ITU Long Distance champ joins us to reflect a bit about 2015 and her race plans for 2016.  To enjoy MB is to know her.  She's just a real cool lady who continues to achieve at such a high level.
  • Barry Siff, president of the board for USAT talks about his years as a race director of the Boulder Peak, his acheivements as a community leader in Colorado, and his role at USAT.  Great information about the status and progression of the US Olympic Triathlon Team selection between now and the Rio games.

April 15th:

  • Kassam Salim - joins us from Lifetime Fitness, which has owned the Boulder Peak Triathlon for it's second year now.  We'll get an update from Saam (as he's called) on the race, the course.  We also talk about his advice on race selection, from the perspective of someone who has directed a broad range of race distances and locations.
  • Peggy Shockley - joins us from the Lake to Lake triathlon in Loveland, CO.  She talks about the genesis of the race and how has developed into what it is today.  Peggy reviews the race course and has tips on travel and a reminder about an upcoming price increase on May 1st.
Mar 10, 2016

Despite it being March in Colorado, we've had some pretty nice weather recently and it stirred thoughts of "crap, I haven't registered for my races yet".  We'll talk about news coming out of the triathlon community with Bill Plock from 303 Triathlon.   

This month we have coach David Warden. He is a personality that many of our listeners are already familiar with.  David has been in the news most recently for his coaching and planning of James Lawrence's (aka Iron Cowboy) 50 Ironman distance efforts in all 50 States in 50 concurrent days.  David has a successful international coaching business and has a very successful podcast called Tri-Talk (www.tri-talk.com).  Tri-Talk happens to be the podcast that most influenced my development as a novice triathlete more than a decade ago with its science-based approach to helping triathletes swim, bike and run faster.  I am very grateful for his contributions to the sport, as well as his time and support with this podcast.

What is one local resource you can't live (as a triathlete) without?  The local tri shop, right?  This month I talk to James Sharpe, owners of TriBella and Colorado Triathlon Company.  We'll talk with them about their unique offerings as a tri shop, their philosophy on serving the needs of the community and their feature race.

Finally, February in Colorado is clearly the triathlon "off season".   We boast 300 plus days of sunshine per in Colorado, and that is generally true.  That said, it is the off season and that creates lots of opportunities to Try Something New.  This month interview to 3x Olympic cross-country ski competitor, Jim Galanes.  And, I talk to Todd Stockford, a local triathlete who unpacks the sport of cross-country skiing and how we can use it to complement our off-season training.

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