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Mile High Endurance Podcast 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 Endurance 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 16, 2021

Any given weekend there are half a dozen IRONMAN races.  What is driving the weekly surplus of IRONMAN races?  How are they not canalizing themselves?  How can a single island support both IRONMAN and CHALLENGE races on the same day?  Speaking of big races on the same weekend, we are also discussing the Boston and Chicago Marathons that just happened this past weekend.  Plus "Remote Racing" by RemoteRacing.com and USAT.  

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In Today's Show

  • Discussion
    • IRONMAN Races This Weekend and Next - Are there too many?
  • Endurance News
    • Chicago (Oct 10) and Boston (Oct 11) Marathon Results
    • Remote National Championship, RemoteRacing.com and RaceX
  • What's new in the 303
    • Utah’s Unique Mountain Bike Hut System Unites a Group of Colorado Cyclists
    • Behind the Scenes with Racing Underground
  • Video of the Week
    • Justin Metzler doing Ironman California

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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Discussion: Upcoming IRONMAN Races - Too Many?

IRONMAN Races Next Two Weekends

10/16: 70.3 and 140.6 Alcúdia-Mallorca Spain (east)

10/16: Challenge Peguera Mallorca (west) 77k away

10/17: AZ 70.3

10/23: NC 70.3, 140.6 Portugal, 140.6 Waco

10/24: 70.3 Portugal, 70.3 Greece Costa Navarino, 70.3 Waco, 70.3 Sardegna, 140.6 California

 

IRONMAN California

IM California (ironman.com)

American River (Folsom), CA water temperature in October (seatemperature.info)

Ironman California 2021 (MPRO-only, Oct 24th) – Entry List | TriRating

 

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Endurance News:

 

2021 Boston Marathon results: The winners list and official times

Men’s race: Benson Kipruto won his first Boston Marathon after finishing 10th in 2019. Kipruto made a decisive move in Mile 23, running it in just 4:29. He then upped the tempo in Mile 24 (4:25), finishing with an average mile pace of 4:58 and a 46-second margin of victory.

  1. Benson Kipruto (2:09:51)
  2. Lemi Berhanu (2:10:37)
  3. Jemal Yimer (2:10:38)

 

Women’s race: Diana Chemtai Kipyogei won her first Boston Marathon after withstanding a late charge from 2017 champion Edna Kiplagat. Kipyogei pulled away from Netsanet Gudeta at Mile 23.

  1. Diana Chemtai Kipyogei (2:24:45)
  2. Edna Kiplagat (2:25:09)
  3. Mary Ngugi (2:25:20)

 

2021 Chicago Marathon Results and Tracking: How To Track Runners For The 2021 Chicago Marathon - LetsRun.com

Top 10 Men’s

  1. Tura Abdiwak, Seifu (ETH) 02:06:12 – 0:06:28 (2:06:12)
  2. Rupp, Galen (USA) 02:06:35 – 0:06:42 (2:06:35)
  3. Kiptanui, Eric (KEN) 02:06:51 – 0:06:46 (2:06:51)

 

Top 10 Women

  1. Chepngetich, Ruth (KEN) 02:22:31 – 0:08:11 (2:22:31)
  2. Bates, Emma (USA) 02:24:20 – 0:07:33 (2:24:20)
  3. Hall, Sara (USA) 02:27:19 – 0:08:04 (2:27:19)

 

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Remote-National-Championships

USA Triathlon has partnered with RemoteRacing™ to host the first first Remote National Championships, an opportunity for athletes from across the United States to compete for an Olympic and sprint-distance national championship regardless of where they live and train. Using RaceX's RemoteRacing™, results are normalized to create a fair and level playing field and final results are localized to the course at the 2021 Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee. Finish times for all athletes will be as if everyone was competing on the same course, in the same climate, on the same day.

RemoteRacing™ accounts for both environment and terrain, including heat, humidity, wind, elevation, and elevation gain. What is equalized? Results are equalized for both age and gender, so you can get a true sense of how you stack up.

Note: RaceX is a sister company to TriDot.  Amazing software that solves a lot of problems with training.  Listen to episode 299 for more on that topic, and tune in in a couple weeks for our interview with Matt Bach from TriDot.

 

Event Details

Dates – November 11–21 (registration opens October 7)

Format – Sprint and Olympic distances

 

Cost – $45 for athletes who register by Oct. 21 and $50 starting on Oct. 22. A portion of the proceeds will support USA Triathlon Foundation's mission to transform lives through sport by opening pathways for all to swim, bike, and run.

Qualification – No qualification is required to compete and competing in the event does not qualify you for anything, including 2022 Toyota Age Group National Championships nor Team USA. This event also does not earn you points toward your ranking. This competition is solely for bragging rights (and fun awards!).

Race Format and Rules

The Race Window will open at 12:01am CT, Thursday, November 11, 2021, and close at 6:00pm CT, Sunday, November 21, 2021. Race activities must be done in swim, bike, run order.

Swim – Swims must be done in standard-length pools (25 yards, 25 meters, 50 meters) due to inconsistent access to open water for many athletes and inaccurate results from open-water swims due to various water conditions. Athletes may complete their swim at any time during the Race Window prior to starting their bike or run.

T1 – The time between the swim and bike is unregulated due to inconsistent pool accessibility and proximity to adequate bike and run route

Bike – The bike may be completed indoors or outdoors either with or without a bike power sensor. Differences in power sensor accuracy ratings is handled automatically by the system.

T2 – The run must start within 10 minutes of finishing the bike

Run – The run must be done outdoors

Register today! For more details, please visit RemoteRacing.com.

 

What's New in the 303:

Deb Connelly, Running Hall of Fame, Denver Athletic Club

Deb Conley started running for the first time the summer before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. She ran just to run with a new boyfriend. Like three miles. A couple of months later she walked on to CU’s cross country team and has been running ever since.

And just recently, she was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Wow. She never played sports growing up, never ran, never did anything but work and go to school.

In this video interview, Deb expresses a surprised happiness after being selected for the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. But she also shares something vulnerable; how running in college was the first time she ever experienced feeling truly happy.  Whats not really discussed, is the rocky and almost impossible path she took to get here.

If you knew Deb in high school you probably would never have foreseen her making the Colorado Running H.O.A.  But like 99% of her classmates, I had no idea how hard her life was until we reconvened about this honor almost 40 years later.

My high school experience differed greatly from Deb’s even though we both went to Wheat Ridge and graduated in 1983. I played sports, didn’t work, had a car, stayed busy with practices and homework and hanging out with friends. Admittedly, I led the “Leave it Beaver” lifestyle (yes I’m dating myself), like a good chunk of my fellow “Farmers” (our mascot).

Deb, living just a few miles away lived in poverty. Her mom forged her birth certificate when she was 13 so she could work. Her bed was an old army cot. They had no refrigerator and the house was in disrepair. Her parents didn’t want her to go to college but rather help with the other kids. There was no modeling of “success” or “ambition” in her home. Yet she excelled at school and knew she had to figure out a way to go to college. She admittedly didn’t understand true happiness and felt lonely.

Her friend and fellow classmate, Chris Tomlinson, one of the few who knew of Deb’s tough childhood said, “she was very smart, but seemed anxious and isolated. It seemed touch and go for her.”

 

Wendy Koenig

A middle distance runner, Wendy Koenig competed seven times for the United States in international dual meets. She was a three-time AIAW Champion, in 1975 in the 880 yards, and in 1976 at both 800 and 1,500 metres. Koenig also won three AAU titles, outdoors in the 1973 880 and in 1976 in the 1,500, and indoors in the 1979 800. On 24 March 1973, she set one of the very early world records for the 400 hurdles with 59.08, the first woman to run the event under one minute. Koenig ran for Colorado State University, and competed at the 1972 Olympics as Wendy Koenig and the 1976 Olympics as Wendy Knudson.

Personal Bests: 440y – 54.60 (1975); 800 – 1:59.91 (1976); 1500 – 4:21.80 (1976); Mile – 4:47.7i (1976); 3000 – 9:49.0 (1976); 2 Miles – 10:34.0 (1976); 100H – 14.8 (1971); 400H – 59.08 (1973); HJ – 5-5 [1.65] (1974); LJ – 19-10¾i [6.06] (1979); Pen - 4167 (1971).

 

 

Utah’s Unique Mountain Bike Hut System Unites a Group of Colorado Cyclists

Posted on October 12, 2021

By Bill Plock

In south central Utah surrounded by National Parks, ancient river beds and views of what was once the floor of a great sea bed, lies a system of huts sheltering mountain bikers as they wind through the Escalante Plateau.

The area, more than twice the size of Rhode Island is bordered by Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef National Parks and Lake Powell. It offers a huge variety of terrain tempting all levels of cyclists to explore the high deserts, deep canyons, daunting plateaus and sandy washout basins.  Coming from Colorado, a beautiful drive takes you from Green River, Utah southwest to the town of Escalante where the 190 mile Aquarius Trail Hut System ends. When you arrive, someone from Aquarius takes you and your bike West to Brian Head where the adventure begins.

The “huts” are shipping containers repurposed and carved up to make sleeping accommodations and a kitchen for 12 cyclists. As Jared Fisher, owner of Escape Adventures, who dreamed up this hut system says, “It’s like putting together a lego house. It takes four containers to make a “hut” and we cut them, install windows and doors and add the bunks and appliances.” The huts are “off the grid” operating by solar and propane complete with compostable toilets and showers. When all the expenses are accounted for, a hut will cost about $200,000 to build and install. They are serviced by staff each day bringing in fresh food, linens, and fuel.

Scattered on the Escalante Plateau National Monument, the huts are a welcome reprieve from some challenging days on single track and dirt roads taking riders up epic climbs to amazing views. They are fully stocked with gourmet food, snacks, beverages, water, showers and everything to make it as comfortable as possible. Guest can cook on the grills outside and cozy up to fire pits to take the high desert chill away.

The group I joined is mostly from Colorado and gather once in a while at destinations like this. They had a sag truck to carry some provisions and the group dog. All seemed to love the hut and the route and the abundance of food and snacks. Said one rider, “they even have Peanut M&M’s” which seemed to be an important provision.

The daily routes are between 25 and 40 miles with options for longer treks to scenic spots. After the group breakfast, riders had all day to make it to the next hut and when possible the sag truck would park somewhere in between with refreshments. Said Jeff Oehm of Lakewood, “The huts are well thought out and stocked with good food and comfortable beds. The trails and roads were great and very challenging in places. This part of Utah is stunning and so uncrowded, was well worth the drive from Denver.”

Fisher’s company provides destination, endurance oriented travel experiences all over the world and discovered this area about 10 years. He lives in Las Vegas, operates three bike shops and has built a company revolving around the bike. It took a while to get the permits to start installing the huts and connecting the trails. He said, “Covid actually helped push this project to the finish as the Forest Service was able to re-evaluate the situation and we got approval last year. This is our first year of operations and it’s gone very well. We have accommodated over 500 cyclists this summer. Any tour operator would be happy with that I think.”

The experience can be customized to accommodate a private group or open to a single rider with a variety of diets and food preferences. They also have bikes, and e-bikes for rent.

 

Upcoming Guests

Matt Bach from TriDot

Jared Fisher Escape Adventures

 

Video Of The Week

Deb Conley--Talks about her amazing journey landing her in the Colorado Running Hall of Fame

 

I'm doing IRONMAN CALIFORNIA - Justin Metzler

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Oct 9, 2021

When we last spoke to Skye Moench we had no idea that later this year she would race The Collin's Cup, finish 6th at 7.0 World Champs and then crush IM Chattanooga by more than 25 minutes.  Skye Moench's dominating win at IRONMAN Chattanooga with a greater than 25-minute lead just a week after St George. 

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Skye Moench (IM Chattanooga winner)
  • Endurance News
    • No, Running Doesn’t Wear Down Your Cartilage. It Strengthens Your Joints.
  • What's new in the 303
    • Small Town America at the Heart of Gravel Racing? The Rad Dirt in Trinidad Shows Us Why
  • Video of the Week
    • Ironman Chattanooga Highlights

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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Interview with Skye Moench

A little over two years ago Skye won the 2019 Ironman European Championship Frankfurt. In April of this year we interviewed Skye.  At this point in the season she was fresh off a 6th at Challenge Daytona and 5th at Challenge Miami.  Skye had already made an amazing comeback from her bike crash the kept her from racing at Kona back in 2019.  We came away from that interview with a headline of "Skye's Comeback".  We had no idea at that time that later this year she would be on the final list for The Collin's Cup, finish 6th at 7.0 World Champs and then crush IM Chattanooga by more than 25 minutes.

Was that part of the plan?  Did that win gap come as a surprise? How cool is that new purple Trek bike?   All those questions and more coming up right now with Skye Moench!

Results (ironman.com)

 

Post interview:

  • Skye adding another voice to the pros who thinks that The Collins Cup is a "must do" race and opportunity to connect with other pros and make new friends.
  • Focus on the long distance and Kona.  It sounded to me that she raced St George, but goal was Kona
  • Ironman Florida vs Ironman Cozumel

 

 

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Endurance News:

No, Running Doesn’t Wear Down Your Cartilage. It Strengthens Your Joints.

Numerous studies have shown that, contrary to what your sedentary friends may sometimes argue, running does not cause arthritis. New research shows, in fact, that running may actually help strengthen your joints against future wear and tear, says Jean-Francois Esculier, leader of research and development for The Running Clinic (headquartered near Montreal, Canada) and a medical professor at the University of British Columbia.

 

In a Sept. 3 paper in Sports Medicine, Esculier’s team examined 43 studies that had used MRI to measure the effect of running on cartilage.

One major finding of these studies, he says, was that the impact from running squeezes water out of cartilage and into the underlying bone. That means that an MRI taken immediately after running will show a decrease in cartilage thickness.

So, Esculier says, “If you want to say running is bad, you can show a study that shows it reduces the thickness of the cartilage.”

But the effect is transient and harmless, he says, because the moment you finish your run, the cartilage begins to reabsorb water and expand back to normal. “It only takes an hour,” he says. In fact, he says, running may actually be beneficial.

Historically, Esculier says, doctors, researchers, and runners were taught that cartilage simply is what it is, and won’t respond to training. “But we now know that cartilage can adapt,” he says. “Even with novice runners, after only 10 weeks, you see changes in cartilage so that it can actually tolerate more load.”

What’s happening, he says, is a side-effect of having fluid squeezed out of the cartilage into the underlying bone. When it comes back, he says, it brings with it nutrients that feed the cartilage and make it stronger. “So not only is running not bad for your joints, it’s actually good for your joints,” he says.

It isn’t just beginners whose joints can strengthen with use. Studies of more experienced runners, he says, suggest that they have developed cartilage that is more resistant to the type of impacts seen in running than that of non-runners.

One of the more dramatic studies looked at competitors in the TransEurope FootRace, a 4,486-kilometer mountain run (2,787 miles) that went from Sicily to northern Scandinavia in 64 days. A team of scientists followed the runners, using a portable MRI to assess them every 900 kilometers or so. Amazingly, Esculier says, they found not only that the competitors didn’t have cartilage damage, but that their cartilage adapted during the race.

About Bill's friend London Marathon - Raphael Pacheco

Deb Connelly - Monday Running

 

What's New in the 303:

Small Town America at the Heart of Gravel Racing? The Rad Dirt in Trinidad Shows Us Why

Posted on October 5, 2021

By Becky Furuta

If the heart of gravel racing is the wild west of cycling – where the rules are few and weirdness is welcomed instead of scrutinized – small town America is its soul.

The lure of gravel racing is in the long, off-road adventure. It’s tricky trails and hellacious hills and mud so thick it’s like riding through peanut butter and rolling roads with expansive views. It’s dust and limestone chunks and pea gravel that bury your tires like quicksand.

Due in part to its grassroots heritage, gravel remains the antidote to the technology-driven, aggressive and often super-competitive mentality of road cycling. Most of today’s gravel grinders began as small-scale events, and often with no entry fees. Despite their growth, they’re dripping with the same low-key attitude that attracted participants in the first place.

Small towns and gravel are perfectly paired. A convergence of factors have fueled gravel’s popularity, but all speak to quiet country roads with little traffic and natural scenery. The character of these towns shape the events and the way they unfold.

Trinidad, Colorado is no exception. And the quirky town on the New Mexico border may well become one of gravel’s new hotspots.

The small city of 9000 residents was founded in 1862 after rich coal seams were discovered in the region. By 1910, Trinidad was a company town. Colorado Fuel and Iron operated the largest steel mills in the West, and dozens of mines, coke ovens and transportation lines cropped up to support local industry. CF&I created small communities for the workers they recruited to come from Europe, believing they were less likely to try and organize. To the contrary, this led to one of the darkest chapters in American labor history.

Just a few miles north of Trinidad in the Spring of 1914, Union organizer Louis Tikas and 20 others were killed in a violent company crackdown known as the Ludlow Massacre. It was a bloody insurrection that occurred in protest of brutal working conditions. Three of the victims – a woman and her two children – suffocated in the dirt pit where they were hiding.

By the 1920s, the coal industry was fading but Trinidad found a new, strange prosperity when mobster Al Capone and his family took the town during prohibition. They were able to easily blend in with local Italian families who continued to call the city home. Lavish hotels, a Carnegie library, an Opera House and the oldest synagogue in the state of Colorado cropped up in what would be called “the Victorian jewel of Southern Colorado.”

Just having dirt alone isn’t enough to make Trinidad a gravel success story. Part of an event’s draw is the community itself, and how well they embrace the cyclists who come to visit. It’s about the community and the culture, the adventure and the Instagram images of rolling hills and farmland. It’s about getting people to drive hours in search of something different. Trinidad seems to understand all of that. City Council members greeted riders at the start and the finish. Restaurants enthusiastically marketed to gravel tourists. (Just ask me about the singing waiters at Rino Italian Restaurant downtown.) The route featured unique terrain you won’t find at other gravel events.

Only time will tell if Trinidad’s next identity is built around bikes and outdoor tourism, but judging by the reactions of participants in The Rad Dirt Fest, it’s right on track. Trinidad, like so many other rural communities, may well become a town transformed by bikes.

 

 

Video Of The Week:

Ironman Chattanooga 2021 Highlights

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Oct 2, 2021

This week we have pro triathlete Jeanni Metzler who has been all over the podiums at IRONMAN 70.3 races all year.  Jeanni joining us to talk about her 2nd place at St George beating out friend and competitor Taylor Knibb.  The 29 year old pro lives in Boulder with her husband Taylor "BigMetz" and dog Milli.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Jeanni Metzler (2nd at St George)
  • Endurance News
    • 2021 IRONMAN Chattanooga Results
    • Study Women's Hearts Respond -Differently to Marathon Training Than Mens
  • What's new in the 303
    • Still a couple of triathlons in October and Cold weather riding tips
  • Video of the Week
    • Ironman Chattanooga Highlights

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

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Interview with Jeanni Metzler (aka Metzler)

Jeanni Metzler (formerly Seymour) is a multiple 70.3 winner who also moved up to the full distance in 2019 with a podium finish at IRONMAN Texas.

 

Born and raised in South Africa, she now lives and trains alongside her husband and fellow pro Justin Metzler in Boulder, and she has claimed emotional victories in both locations.

 

Tracing her journey to Colorado, she says: "My cousin got me into road cycling when I was about 17 and then introduced me to a local triathlon group in Johannesburg, the rest was history!"

 

She won her age group at her first 70.3 race in Buffalo City, East London in 2011. Taking up the chance to be a professional in 2012 as she turned 20, she had to make a drastic decision to give herself the best chance of success.

 

Jeanni explains: "I left South Africa with pretty much nothing - but, with the support of my family, I was able to make a life for myself as a professional athlete in the United States."

 

The first couple of years were tough, but her breakthrough moment came late in 2015 when she won IRONMAN 70.3 Austin thanks to a storming run. This was to become a common theme.

 

Jeanni came back a year later to defend her title and then won the inaugural 70.3 Xiamen race that November.

 

She was on her way now, and the wins started to stack up. In 2017 there were four 70.3 titles at Liuzhou, Monterrey, Boulder and Los Cabos, as well as a first top-10 in the 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga. Just for good measure, she grabbed a Challenge Iceland title too.

 

But it was the triumph in her adopted home of Boulder which struck a chord and showed how far she'd come. She had previously been sixth in 2015 and runner-up in 2016.

 

There were also two significant returns to her country of birth in 2018, first to win 70.3 South Africa (at the scene of that 2011 age-group success) and then to place seventh in the 70.3 World Championship at Port Elizabeth.

 

 

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Ironman Chattanooga for Sept 25, 2022 on Oct 4th 12p.

 

Study Women's Hearts Respond -Differently to Marathon Training Than Mens

BRITTANY HAMBLETON SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

Over the last several decades, female athletes have often been left out of sports science research, and the majority of studies have focused primarily on young, healthy males as subjects. It has only been in recent years that researchers have begun to include women in their studies, and, perhaps not surprisingly, some differences are beginning to emerge. A recent study looking at the differences between male and female marathoners found that women’s hearts actually respond differently than men’s after training for a marathon.

 

The study

The paper, entitled “Sex differences in cardiovascular adaptations in recreational marathon runners,” aimed to examine various changes in heart function in male and female marathoners and recreational athletes. The researchers included 52 marathoners (28 females and 24 males) who had completed five to seven marathons over three years and 49 recreationally active adults (25 females and 24 males) as controls.

 

The researchers studied the hearts of each participant, focusing on three main measurements:

 

Left ventricle function: the left ventricle pumps oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.

Aortic stiffness: occurs when the elastic fibers within the arterial wall (elastin) begin to fray due to mechanical stress.

Ventricular-vascular coupling: the ratio of arterial to left ventricle elastance, a key determinant of cardiac performance.

The results

After studying the hearts of all the participants, the researchers found that women who have completed multiple marathons do not have reduced left ventricle function or aortic stiffness compared to male marathoners or female recreationally active athletes (both of which are good things). Interestingly, they appear to have better ventricular-vascular coupling compared to the other test groups, which means their hearts are more mechanically efficient after undergoing a marathon training cycle. In other words, women’s hearts may respond better to marathon training than men’s.

 

The reason for this is unclear, but the researchers believe it could have something to do with the estrogen levels in female athletes. Studies show that estrogen positively modulates cardiac hypertrophy (the heart’s tendency to get bigger with training), lowers blood pressure and decreases arterial stiffness, all of which make for a healthier, stronger heart.

 

The researchers conclude the studying by acknowledging that future studies are needed to better understand the influence of sex hormones (in particular, estrogen) on cardiovascular adaptations in marathon runners. This will create a greater understanding of how women adapt to marathon training and may lead to better training protocols for female distance runners in the future.

 

Brownlees Step Aside, Alex Yee is The New Heir to The British Tri Throne – Triathlete

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Still a Couple of Triathlons in Colorado in October

The Last Call Triathlon at Boyd Lake near Loveland was the last triathlon along the front range but there are still a couple of opportunities to race in Montrose and Alamosa. The Black Canyon Triathlon (Montrose) October 2nd and the Splashland Triathlon (Alamosa) October 19th are still on the calendar. These are pool based triathlons and in Alamosa the pool is a hot springs–and the swim is last.

 

With fall colors peaking in the high country, a trip to either venue will be full of color and adventure. We caught up with Montrose resident Julie Burdick who participates in all of the Southwestern Triathlon Series triathlons to learn more. As a busy mom of twins and recovering from Covid, she is looking forward to this week’s triathlon more than ever.

 

Ready for Some Cold Weather Riding? Some “Pro Tips” on Embrocation Products

Posted on September 29, 2021

By Val Sanford

 

With cooler weather heading our way (finally) and cyclocross season upon us, now might be the time to try embrocation to help warm those muscles up. Here are some “pro tips” from a top maker–Bluerub.

 

PERFORM BETTER IN COLD WEATHER

 

If you cycle in cold weather, use an embrocation product like bluerub’s MUSCLE to increase your comfort while riding. You’ll add warmth and increased circulation to your legs, so you can ride farther and go longer. 

 

HOW EMBROCATION WORKS

 

Embrocation products blend warming ingredients like capsicum, mint essential oils, clove oil, black pepper essential oil, camphor, and menthol to signal the body to “warm-up” the area where it was applied. When used before cold-weather exercise, it acts as a signal to tell the body to increase circulation to the legs. You’ll feel the cold less, and your legs will thank you.

 

7 PRO-TIPS FOR USING EMBROCATION

 

  1. EMBRO AFTER YOU KIT UP

You’ve got the idea now that embrocation is all about warming! So you’ll want to put on your kit first. That will keep all those warming oils away from the parts of your body you definitely don’t want to ‘warm-up.” Think capsicum blended into your chamois. Yikes!

 

  1. APPLY ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOU RIDE

Typically, you’ll feel the effects of embrocation about 30 minutes after you apply it. But everyone’s body is different, so you’ll want to do some experimentation before a big race. This means you’ll need to be thinking about your pre-race/pre-ride routine and make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time.

 

Remember, though, that embrocation products won’t replace your warm-up. You’ll still need to stretch, warm-up, and do your pre-ride physical routine.

 

Pro-tip: Apply CHAMOIS first, for the obvious reasons.

 

  1. REALLY WORK IT IN

I’ve heard some say they channel their inner massage therapist to really work the embrocation into the muscles and to thoroughly cover the skin. Roll down your socks, roll up the legs of your bibs, and really spend a few minutes working it in. While legs are the most common spot, you can apply to your lower back, shoulders, neck, and ankles.

 

When you use something that is also a recovery product, like MUSCLE, you’ll get a double benefit from the massage in helping relieve any leftover pre-ride stiffness or soreness in your muscles. You can even reapply after your shower to give sore spots some relief.

 

Pro-tip: not all embrocation products are non-staining. So do a spot test before going all-in on your favorite kit.

 

  1. AVOID YOUR EYES, MOUTH, AND OTHER SENSITIVE PARTS

You know how much you hate it when you’ve been cutting peppers and then touch your eye or your lip? Well, that’s what it’ll feel like if you touch your eyes after applying embro. Wash your hands with warm soap and water, or use a wipe (although this may not get all of it off your hands). You can also use single-use gloves to apply and then toss. It’s not an eco-friendly solution, but it can save you on a race when you don’t have access to warm, soapy water.

 

Pro-tip: Fill your bottles, pack your phone, snacks, and other essentials before applying embrocation, just to be on the safe side.

 

  1. KEEP YOUR LEGS WARM

Embrocation creams don’t actually add any extreme cold-weather protection to your legs. So if you’re riding in chilly weather – especially if there’s a breeze — you’ll need to protect your legs from the elements. Try using knee warmers or even thermal tights (with our without embrocation). Be mindful of how cold it is and be aware of how it’s affecting you.

 

Pro-tip: Use an embrocation even when the weather isn’t cold. It is a great transition solution between cool weather when tights are too much, yet you want a little extra warmth before getting out for a ride.

 

  1. SHAVE YOUR LEGS

Embrocation products come in a variety of forms: oils, balms, salves, creams. bluerub’s MUSCLE’s is a lightweight cream that goes on smoothly. If your legs are hairy, it can get caught in the hair and not be thoroughly or evenly applied. The embrocation will wash off more fully and easily on smooth skin. Plus, you know you look great with shaved legs! (Try SHAVE for smooth, soft skin.)

 

Pro-tip: Don’t apply on just-shaved legs. Give your pores a little breathing room before using warming oils like those in an embrocation product.

 

  1. WASH BEFORE YOU SHOWER

I love settling into a hot, steamy bath after being outside in the cold, wet weather. But hot water can reactivate the essential oils and give you the surprise of your life! Okay, not the surprise of your life, but you could definitely feel like jumping out of the water!

 

Use warm, soapy water to remove the embrocation before getting into a hot shower or bath. No-rise wipes can help but may not get all the oils off, so test it to be sure.

 

Pro-tip: Don’t use the same washcloth to wash your face. Some people like using a loofah to help remove the embrocation. Just like your washcloth, keep it ’embrocation only’ to avoid any accidental application to your face or nether parts.

 

So those are our pro-tips for using embrocation cream during cold weather rides. 

 

Video Of The Week:

Ironman Chattanooga 2021 Highlights

 

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Sep 25, 2021

This week we are breaking down St. George and have local athlete Diana Hassel to share her race report.  Diana is one of the most successful amateur triathletes in the world. She is the 2017 Hawaii Ironman Champion W50-54. 

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  • Feature interview with Diane Hassel
  • Endurance News
    • IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St George
    • 2021 IRONMAN World Championship moves to UT in May 2022
    • 2021 IRONMAN Chattanooga September 26 TriRating Rankings
  • What's new in the 303
    • DU Triathlon Team Wins at Oktoberfest
  • Video of the Week
    • Lucy Charles "Pure Joy" Finish at IRONMAN 70.3 World Champs in St George

 

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Diana M Hassel, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVECC

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Diana is one of the most successful amateur triathletes in the world. She is the 2017 Hawaii Ironman Champion W50-54.  Over the years she has become an advocate for training smart and she really enjoys helping triathletes who seek her advice. It was only normal for her to join our coaching staff in 2015.

Diana discovered her passion for triathlon later in life, having competed in her first triathlon at age 29. As a child she ran cross country and track and has been an avid master's swimmer and competitor since 1986. Diana is also a cat 2 cyclist and has held age group titles in the Colorado State Time Trial Championships, Road Race Championships and Best All Around Rider. She began competitive cycling during her PhD training at UC Davis that readily translated into successful triathlon performances. She has extensive experience with both heart rate and power training for the bike.

Her knowledge of training methods and her vast experience in racing combined with her unparalleled results will be a great asset to SmartTriathlonTraining. Diana is one of the most decorated athletes with 10 Hawaii Ironman age group podium awards including one World Championship. Diana will be helping all of our athletes on our internal “ask the coach” page. Her career as a surgeon and criticalist in veterinary medicine with a PhD in Comparative Pathology and lifelong fascination with exercise physiology and nutrition adds to her coaching expertise. Diana lives in Ft Collins Colorado with her husband, Dean, who is also a triathlete, and her daughter Mikayla, an avid horseperson.

 

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St. George, Iconic Race and a Look Into the Future; Coloradans do Well!

Posted on September 21, 2021

By Bill Plock

The authentic joy Lucy Charles Barclay beamed to the world the second she broke the tape is something I’ll never forget. It gave me goosebumps and seemed deep seated, especially as she came to hug her husband with tears running down her face. I have never seen or felt such happiness.

Barclay, like all the athletes battled very unusual weather with a down pour of rain and hail and lightening that threatened the race. With a Barclay comfortably in the lead all day, she knew she was having “a day” and said at the press conference recalling her thoughts, “they better not cancel this race!”

Gustav Iden of Norway didn’t quite lead the entire way but went to the front of the pack on the bike part way through and never looked back. Fellow countryman and gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt was in that lead group when he suffered a serious mechanical failure with his wheel and fell out of contention. Boulder’s Sam Long, with a solid swim battled hard to ride into second place never did catch Iden. Iden won by 5 minutes retaining his World Champion status he gained after winning in Nice in 2019.

The second place finishes for Long and another Boulder resident, Jeanni Metzler may be a glimpse into the future of the sport.  Just two years ago Long finish 26 minutes back and has kept a poster of Nice in his “pain cave” as motivation ever since. Metzler has been climbing the ranks and finished 3rd in Boulder a few weeks ago behind Taylor Knibb and Emma Palant Brown, but in St. George she beat both of them.

Metzler passed Knibb just a few minutes out saying later, “I didn’t want a sprint finish with Taylor as I don’t think that would’ve gone well.” Knibb finished about 30 seconds back and the two training partners and friends shared exuberant hugs in the finish area .

It felt like the finish area was filled with camaraderie and respect unlike any race I had seen before. This wasn’t “new blood” so to speak, but in way it felt like a new group of champions and future champions were making their mark in St. George. At the press conference, the top five male and female finishers all were under the age of 28. It’s a young group who genuinely seem to enjoy each other.

Of the ten, eight raced together at the Collins Cup just four weeks prior. When asked if that played into the feeling of camaraderie, Sam Long said, “I do think we all got to know each other there. It also could be because we are all pretty young, it was a bit of a different atmosphere. And I also think the sport is changing, where you can talk smack but in a friendly way and at the end everyone knows it is for fun.”

Besides Coloradans, Long, Metzler and Knibb, several age group athletes made it in the top five. In no particular order. Colleen D’Reuck, Diana Hassel, Mike Wein, Eric Long (Sam’s dad), and Sandi Wiebe.

 

So what about Kona maybe moving to St. George?

St. George is an iconic venue with massive hills to run up and down. And the ride up Snow Canyon provides a separation point (along with an amazing picturesque backdrop) just before athletes start their run. There is speculation that the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona will move in the future and St. George seems primed to be a top choice. It has all the features that make a world championship course with hills, weather exposure, and a welcoming community and a downtown finish with plenty of potential to the house larger crowds seen in Kona. It is certainly more accessible than Kona and far less expensive for athletes, spectators and industry supporters.

Sand Hollow reservoir is great for the swim with plenty of room for transition. In Kona the iconic pier is busting at the seams with room (barely) for 1,800 athletes. In St. George 4,200 athletes competed. Undoubtedly the age group women probably don’t love the current format with the last group starting their swim at almost 10 o’clock. In normal years that would force them to be running at the hottest part of the day. This year, some had to be pulled out of the water with the rare thunderstorm that rolled through.

In previous years, the 70.3 Championship features two days of racing—one for the men and one for the women. In St. George that seems a difficult task with races not generally taking place on Sundays in Utah. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future. Next year the 70.3 Championship will return to St. George along with a full distance race in June. We shall see!

But for now, the young group of pro’s stole the show and perhaps this race will serve as a springboard for future success for all of these athletes as they scatter into the world doing more races. In fact, watch this coming weekend in Chattanooga where Sam Long will attempt defend his title as champion and battle rival Lionel Sander—keep an eye on that!

IRONMAN 70.3 Championship in St George

Results (ironman.com)

 

IRONMAN World Championship Returns to Kona in October 2022 with Two-Day Race Format

 

The 2021 Supersapiens IRONMAN World Championship will take place in St. George, Utah, on May 7, 2022, giving professional triathletes the opportunity to claim a world championship title and a share of the $750,000 prize purse that goes with it. The ongoing uncertainty regarding Kailua-Kona, Hawaii`s ability to host the event in February required a change in venue to outside of Hawai`i for the first time since the inaugural event in 1978.

St. George was selected as the first new host location of the event outside of Hawai`i in 40-plus years based on its strong community support, challenging course, and experience hosting IRONMAN® triathlons and other major events, including the successful recently completed 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. St. George will also host the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on October 28-29, 2022.

For the first time in the 40-plus year history of the IRONMAN World Championship, the pinnacle event for triathlon will take place over two days with the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship returning to Kona, Hawai`i on October 6 and 8, 2022. The two-day event will see an expanded women’s professional field of 50 athletes race on Thursday, October 6, and 50 professional men race on Saturday, October 8. Details of the age-group races will be communicated in the coming weeks.

“The loss of the past two IRONMAN World Championship races certainly dealt us an economic blow. Our restaurants have always received a big boost from the race, athletes, and their families. We are very excited to hear that with two races next October we can plan to make up for the economic losses from the past two race cancellations,” said Luana Hospitality Principal, Eric von Platen Luder

“It has been a challenging few years, however we have stayed true to our goal to create exceptional experiences for our ‘ohana,” said Diana Bertsch, Senior Vice President, World Championship Events for The IRONMAN Group. “We are grateful to our host communities in St. George and Kailua-Kona as well as their local and state officials, for their willingness to trust us. Our team is committed to putting on incredible race weeks as we add pages to the IRONMAN World Championship history books in May and October 2022.” 

IRONMAN athletes registered for the 2021 and 2022 editions of the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon, along with athletes currently registered for 2022 IRONMAN St. George, will be contacted directly with additional information.

For more information and event details for the IRONMAN World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.

 

IRONMAN Chattanooga Pro Rankings by TriRating

https://www.trirating.com/ironman-chattanooga-2021-sept-26-seedings/

 

 

When Her Friend Crashed at Worlds, She Gave Up Her Own Race to Help

Would you DNF to give aid to a fellow competitor?

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

SUSAN LACKE

  

When Emily Hippen and Tristen Rogers qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship together at Steelhead 70.3 earlier this year, they immediately began making plans for a joint trip to St. George.

“We were in the same age group, and so excited to have both made the cut,” said Hippen. “We had been talking about this big race and planning our time in St. George for months.”

As members of the same triathlon team, HAT House Altitude Team in Denver, Colorado, the two were already frequent training buddies. But in St. George, they became more than that; they became close friends with an unbreakable bond. The pivotal moment came at mile 40 of the world championship race, when a freak storm blew through the course, bringing high winds, hail, and lightning. Approximately 70 age-group women who were still in the midst of the swim in Sand Hollow were pulled from the water; Hippen and Rogers were just a few miles into the bike leg.

“I was on a climb when I saw about 20 or 30 women just standing on the side of the road,” said Rogers. “I thought that Ironman was halting the race for our safety, until the worst of the storm passed, and was preparing to stop. But then realized, when I got to the top of the climb, that these women had voluntarily pulled over because they were literally being blown off their bikes and some looked fearful for their safety. The bike ride at that point instantly became one of survival, and not of performance.”

Rogers continued on, her knuckles white from the tight grip on her handlebars. After all, this was a world championship race— the first one since 2019—and she was determined to make it to the finish. Besides, she reasoned, the storm would surely pass.

Meanwhile, Hippen was just ahead of her teammate on the course (“I’d been pushing all day to stay ahead of her,” she said) with the same white knuckles. She, too, was waiting for the storm to pass, when she reasoned the ride would become much easier. Just before a pivotal turn in the course, Rogers finally laid eyes on her teammate—but not the way she expected.

“I heard a bunch of women ahead of me scream, and looked up and literally saw feet in the air and then a body hit the ground,” said Rogers. “It happened so fast.”

Hippen, unconscious after crashing during the bike leg at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. (Photo: Courtesy of Emily Hippen)

Rogers didn’t realize it was her teammate who she’d seen fly into the air until she stopped to give aid. Hippen was unconscious, her eyes rolled back in her head. While other athletes hurried ahead to alert medical authorities at the aid station, Rogers stayed with her friend. A volunteer arrived to assist, and Rogers gave what information she could—Hippen’s name, the name of her husband, and a phone number. When an ambulance arrived minutes later, Rogers was thanked for her help and told she could resume her race. Though the storm had finally passed by then, she couldn’t bring herself to finish the race. After riding her bike back into town, she turned in her timing chip, racked her bike, and immediately headed for the hospital.

Hippen, thankfully, was fine—banged up, to be sure, but expected to make a full recovery. In her post-crash fog, she was especially surprised to see Rogers.

“Tristen stayed with me at the hospital, helped my husband get there, picked up my prescriptions, and got me back to our Airbnb,” Hippen said. “She did it all. All while she could have been finishing a race that was very important to her.”

For Rogers, taking the DNF wasn’t a difficult decision. “I don’t think I would have been happy with myself had I not stopped. I want to promote all things good about being a positive member of our endurance community,” she said. “On our team website, one of the examples we have for people who are interested in joining is, ‘If you wouldn’t stop and help someone on the side of the road because it is going to mess up your data/Strava/personal record, then we probably are not the team for you.’”

While Hippen recovers, she’ll be cheering on her friend who plans to finish her race via a self-supported 70.3 in Denver. The two have plans to qualify again for 70.3 Worlds and, this time, to finish together.

“Tristen is a model athlete,” said Hippen. “Being a champion is so much more than crossing the finish line ahead of others. It means being a champion of fellow athletes and giving selflessly to others. And Tristen is a true champion.”

 

What's New in the 303:

Pioneers Win Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon

LONGMONT, Colo. – The University of Denver Triathlon Team won the women's team event at the 2021 Oktoberfest Sprint at Union Reservoir on Sunday morning, taking each of the top-five spots and placing all nine of its athletes in the top 16.

Denver freshman Freya McKinley, competing in only her second collegiate race, won the individual women's competition in a total time of 1:03:28. Graduate student Emily Pincus followed in second place at 1:05:17, while freshman Avarie Faulkner finished less than a minute later (1:06:10) to round out the podium for the Pioneers. Freshmen Olivia Ebenstein (1:06:26) and Bella Chirafisi (1:07:25) joined their teammates in the top five.

The race was the DU program's first-ever in its home state.

"It was just a dominating performance, wire-to-wire," said head coach Barbara Perkins. "They mixed it up a little bit with their positions during the race, but it was a super exciting meet for us. We're just so thrilled to be here, back to racing in our home state and just show what we can do. It was a strong showing, but we still have a lot more to prove this season."

Also finishing for the Pioneers were senior Amanda Ballard in 11th (1:13:48), junior Stormy Hegg in 13th (1:14:57) and freshman Marta Meinardi in 16th (1:16:13). For Hegg and Meinardi, the race represented their first as collegians. Senior Grace Arlandson was among the leaders following the swim and was the first into the second transition after the bike leg, but she didn't complete the race as she was a pre-planned DNF.

Pincus led all women out of the 750-meter swim in Union Reservoir and was followed closely behind by teammates Meinardi, Chirafisi, Arlandson, McKinley and Ebenstein. The Pioneers held each of the first seven spots heading into the first transition, and it was a lead they never relinquished in the race

McKinley posted the fourth-fastest swim at 9:31 and moved out to the front heading into the run after recording the second-fastest bike time, finishing the 12.9-mile non-draft ride at 32:59, six seconds behind Arlandson. She completed the 5-kilometer run in 19 minutes and 12 seconds, the best mark among the women.

"It was a phenomenal race, I really enjoyed it," McKinley said. "Being out there with everybody and having the motivation of the other girls and the support was so nice. To be able to race a local race in Colorado was awesome."

The University of Colorado came in second place in the women's team event after placing athletes in each of the 6-10 spots, while the Air Force Academy finished third.

Barbara Perkins was named the University of Denver's first triathlon head coach in program history in July 2020 and is in her second season in that position in fall 2021.

In the inaugural 2020-21 campaign, Perkins guided the program’s first season that featured three DU triathletes finishing in the top 10 in the Pioneers’ only collegiate race: the Clermont Challenge in Florida in March 2021.

Perkins joined the University of Denver as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team in November 2019 and served two seasons full-time in that position. Her role as the triathlon head coach was converted to a full-time position on July 21, 2021.

 

Video Of The Week:

Lucy Charles "Pure Joy" Finish at IRONMAN 70.3 World Champs in St George

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Sep 18, 2021

This week we have Gold medalist and current 70.3 world record holder, Kristian Blummenfelt joining us to talk about the Tokyo Olympic Triathlon win and his outlook for IRONMAN 70.3 St George.

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  • Feature interview with Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Endurance News
    • IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St George
    • Kristian Blummenfelt sprints to Edmonton win and World Championship double
  • What's new in the 303?
    • Pro race insights from Jocelyn McCauley
    • 8 of Colorado's crazy tests on foot and bike - Springs Gazette

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Interview with Kristian Blummenfelt

A multiple Norwegian Triathlon Champion and IRONMAN 70.3 Champion, Kristian Blummenfelt is one of the fastest triathletes in the world over the middle distance. 

 

Kristian was originally a swimmer, but also excelled on his feet by competing at the 2011 European Cross-Country Championships as a junior and showcasing the necessary tools to excel in the sport of triathlon.

 

Blummenfelt prospered as a junior, winning numerous events. Victories at ITU Junior European Cup events in Brno, Tabor and Antalya were followed by a Senior ITU victory at Tartu. His first major success came at the 2015 European Championship where he picked up a bronze medal.

 

Kristian’s Norwegian National titles came in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and now he was also showing off his talents on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. He notched three consecutive victories in Bahrain between 2017 and 2019, and in both the 2018 and 2019 renewals set new world records for the half-IRONMAN.

 

2019 was a highly successful campaign for the Norwegian as he was also crowned winner of the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final. He finished a highly creditable fourth meanwhile at the 70.3 World Championship in Nice, a race won by one of his training partners Gustav Iden.

 

Kristian is also an Olympian, having competed at the 2016 Rio Games where he finished in 13th place.  He won gold at the Tokyo 2021, won again in Edmonton and World Championship double August 21st.

 

Blummenfelt’s sporting hero growing up was Alexander Dale Oen, a swimmer from his native Norway and a European champion in 2008.  Unsurprisingly for someone who has set those world records, Kristian’s motto is “go big or go home”.

 

Kristian Blummenfelt (protriathletes.org)

 

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Kristian Blummenfelt sprints to Edmonton win and World Championship double

Win or lose (and this year it has mostly been the former for the Norwegian), Kristian Blummenfelt impacts more races than anyone else. So powerful is his cycling ability and mentality, you feel as though he is on a mission to challenge anyone who thinks they can breakaway on the bike (from him) and win.

 

The result of that – for me at least, and it has been the case for some time now – is that the first major measure I look at during a race is not who is leading the swim, who is in the lead pack, is there a break etc. It’s, “did you exit the swim ahead, or behind Kristian Blummenfelt?”

 

Ahead, and – if you have the legs to follow him – you gain access to the world’s greatest domestique (!) to help overcome any swim deficit. If you are behind and you miss the Blu Train… expect a very difficult next 90 minutes.

 

And that, perhaps, is the primary reason why Great Britain’s Alex Yee wasn’t able to challenge for world championship gold on Saturday in Edmonton, despite producing the fastest run by a long way. Blummenfelt swam 18:36, Alex 18:53. Those 17 seconds would prove impossible to recover from.

 

Preview of the Showdown in St. George at IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships

303 is heading to St. George to bring you in-person coverage of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. With no Kona this year, all eyes are on the desert of southwest Utah. With a hilly run course, fast bike and a predicted temperature near 100 degrees, the real sizzle isn’t the rubber meeting the road, it’s the clash of top triathletes on heels of the Collins Cup that has no doubt sparked some rivalries.

In the women’s field in particular, the match up of Daniela Ryf and Taylor Knibb seems most intriguing. At the Collins Cup they went head to head and Knibb had the biggest victory of the day of all athletes crushing Daniela by double digit minutes. But Daniela reportedly wasn’t feeling her best and we all know of the four time IRONMAN World Champion capabilities. No doubt she is looking for some revenge. Obviously as the championship, the field is stacked. Maybe there is a chink in Ryf’s armor? Maybe not, but Lucy Charles, Ellie Salthouse, Sky Moench, Paula Findlay and Jeanni Metzler, all with great races in Slovakia could be in the mix at the end. No doubt there are others like Holly Lawrence who crashed in the Collins Cup could fight for the podium.

 

The mens field offers similar drama with Sam Long, the top ranked American and one of the favorites will have stiff competition from Lionel Sanders, Gustav Iden and fellow Norwegian and Olympic Gold Medalist Kristian Blummenfelt. Last May, Long and Sanders battled shoulder to shoulder in St. George and the two have had some fun social media banter in the last 12 months. After the race in May, Long said he knew he could take advantage of the downhill with his long stride and he did so almost winning so it will be interesting to see what happens.

 

The Norwegians are going to be tough to beat. Both Iden and Blummenfelt have had fantastic seasons. Iden handedly won his race in Slovakia and Blummenfelt has focused on training for St. George since winning Olympic gold. With no Jan Frodeno, putting odds on this race is challenging. There are many podium worthy contenders like Chris Leiferman, Rudy Von Berg, Alistair Brownlee, Ben Kanute, Javier Gomez, Sam Appleton and maybe a dark horse to watch is Collin Chartier from Louisville, Colorado.

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Pro Race Insights from Jocelyn McCauley

 

https://303cycling.com/cyclists-4-community-raffling-off-new-cervelo-to-raise-money/

 

8 of Colorado's crazy tests on foot and bike: Jagged alpine to rowdy singletrack at night

Here’s a nod to some of the state’s most infamous challenges spanning 100-plus miles:

 

Hardrock 100

Clearly, lockdowns of last year fueled ambitions. Example: François D’haene’s record dash over the San Juan Mountains this summer. The French man became the first in the fearsome race’s 28-year history to clock a time under 22 hours — stunning, considering the 100 miles and 33,000 feet of climbing in the jagged alpine around Silverton, Telluride and Ouray. Lottery-based entry, race is usually mid-July.

 

LEADVILLE 100 RACE

Andy Fox of Evergreen, Colo. rides his bike near Twin Lakes during the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Saturday, August 14, 2010 in Leadville, Colo.

 

Gazette file

Leadville Trail 100

This is a classic in the ultra world. Where miners once flocked for gold, now runners and mountain bikers race to finish within demanding cutoffs (30 hours for runners, 12 for cyclists). It’s a test of lung power, starting from North America’s highest incorporated town near 10,200 feet and rising to Hope Pass above 12,600 feet. It’s better known as Hopeless Pass. Lottery-based, races in late August.

 

Run Rabbit Run

Are you a tortoise or a hare? That is the first question to ask when approaching this 100-mile sufferfest from Steamboat Springs. While gaining 20,000 feet of elevation, you’ll be covering parts of the Continental Divide and the town’s recognizable summits: Mount Werner and Emerald and Rabbit Ears mountains. Hares finish under 36 hours, tortoises under 30. Usually mid-September.

 

Flaming Foliage Relay

This 165-mile overnighter showcases autumn’s aspen glow where it is famously glorious, along Guanella, Georgia and Fremont passes. Running teams might struggle to admire the beauty. Their heads are down on the course between Idaho Springs and Buena Vista, crossing roads and trails amounting to about 17,000 vertical feet. Usually mid-September.

 

Triple Bypass

In 1988, a group of cycling buddies thought it would be fun to ride from Evergreen to Vail. Ever since, that’s been the idea of fun for riders traversing a trio of heart-pounding passes over 100-plus miles and 10,000-plus feet. An exclusive bunch has made it a “double triple” in recent years, pedaling back the way they came. Slated for late July/early August 2022.

 

Breck 100

Mountain bikers have come to know this, not the Leadville 100, as Colorado’s ultimate endeavor on a saddle — a tantalizing route shaped like a clover leaf, crossing the Continental Divide three times. But the race has been on hold for two years; the pandemic again caused a cancellation this summer. And the past two plans were a condensed course, closer to 70 miles. Will the real Breck 100 return? “That’s the million-dollar question,” says organizer Thane Wright. Previously mid to late July.

 

SBT GRVL

Colorado’s gravel revolution begins in Steamboat Springs, a cycling town proud of its crunchy backroads. This race has risen to prominence with a variety of endurance courses amid classic scenery. They have recently ranged from nearly 40 miles to more than 140 miles, with climbing between 2,000 and 9,400 feet. Slated for Aug. 22, 2022.


Vapor Trail 125

Any ultra competitor knows about “sleep demons,” those hallucinations that manifest at night. That’s when this whacky mountain bike foray begins, in the darkness of 10 p.m. It begins in Salida, where some of the whackiest riders reside, molded by the vaunted Monarch Crest. Vapor is reserved for the most skilled and wilderness prepared. One must negotiate technical singletrack by headlamp and sustain long climbs over 125 miles. Slated for Aug. 26, 2022.

 

 

Video Of The Week:

Kristian Blummenfelt History Maker

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Sep 11, 2021

This week we have Collin Chartier back from the Collin's Cup in Slovakia. Collin matched Kyle Smith on the swim and Gustav Iden on the bike. Collin beat out Kyle for a 2nd place and 2 points for the USA.  We're looking forward to hearing about their 3-way battle and the Collin's Cup in general.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Collin Chartier
  • Endurance News
    • IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St George
    • Julie Moss Award at The Collin's Cup
  • What's new in the 303?
    • Sebastian's new Scott bike at Lookout last week
    • Buff Classic
    • 303 and Channel 7

 

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Interview with Collin Chartier

Collin discovered the sport of triathlon at 14 years old as a swimmer, with a background in playing football and mountain biking.

 

There is nothing more satisfying to Collin than achieving his potential through hard work, persistence, and self-belief.  A month ago he came in 3rd at Ironman Boulder 70.3.  Got a ticket to the Collin's Cup and then crushed out a 2nd place to Gustav Iden and is back in Boulder.  Let's chat with Collin Chartier.

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETES ORGANISATION ANNOUNCES LIONEL SANDERS AND HOLLY LAWRENCE AS WINNERS OF THE JULIE MOSS AWARD FOR COURAGEOUS PERFORMANCES AT THE COLLINS CUP

The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that Team Internationals’ Lionel Sanders and Team Europe’s Holly Lawrence have been awarded the Julie Moss Award for their courageous performances at The Collins Cup.

 

The Julie Moss Award is named after Julie Moss, whose performance at the 1982 World Championship in Kona, in which she collapsed and crawled across the finish line, has come to signify the indomitable spirit of triathlon. In many ways she is the inspiration of the PTO’s motto, “Dum Spiro Spero,” which means “Whilst I breathe, I hope.”

 

The many gutsy performances at the Collins Cup made this decision extremely difficult. From Team Internationals’ Kyle Smith racing with one aerobar after crashing, to an unwell Daniela Ryf of Team Europe pushing herself on the run to earn three vital points, from the outstanding performance by American Chelsea Sodaro barely six months after the arrival of her baby Skye, to the mad sprint by Team Internationals’ Jackson Laundry in the final two kilometres to win his match, the day was filled with grit and determination. But the performances of Sanders and Lawrence particularly captivated the fans and showcased the meaning of The Collins Cup.

 

Canadian Lionel Sanders, the spiritual leader of Team Internationals, arrived at the event having finished second at IRONMAN Copenhagen only six days before. However, nothing was going to stop him leaving his body and soul on the racecourse for the PTO’s flagship event. Sanders not only competed on just six days rest from a full distance race, but he then rose from the pavement after a bike crash to win his match against Europe’s Sebastian Kienle and USA’s Andrew Starykowicz.

 

Simon Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medal winner and Team Internationals Captain, commented, “There is literally no way to describe Lionel Sanders. You can exhaust your Thesaurus with words like relentless, indomitable, unyielding, driven, inexorable, and never come close to describing what Lionel Sanders is or does. You can only conclude it is beyond the realm of human comprehension. In everything the man does he lives his mantra to have “NO LIMITS.” It was an honour to be his Captain and experience his passion and spirit.“

 

For the women, Europe’s Holly Lawrence personifies the values of the Collins Cup. One of the marquee matches against fierce rival Ellie Salthouse from Team Internationals was turning out to be well and truly epic as the women battled side-by-side for every stroke of the swim, colliding numerous times as each refused to yield a centimetre. It was triathlon’s equivalent of Ali v. Fraser fought in the waters of the Danube River. Lawrence led on the bike until disaster struck, and she crashed not far from T-2. Bloodied, she rose immediately to continue the fight, but her damaged bike took almost five minutes to repair as she waited helplessly. She watched both Salthouse and USA’s Skye Moench pass her and saw her chance to win the match evaporate. Bike repaired but spirit unbroken, she rode into transition to a standing ovation. With no chance to win her match, she nonetheless persevered in the run and denied Team USA and Team International bonus points, thus helping Team Europe to victory.

 

Natascha Badmann, Team Europe Captain, noted, “Holly Lawrence’s performance was an inspiration to our team. We had already lost points in Match No. 1 with the tremendous performance of USA’s Taylor Knibb. If Holly was not able to continue, we would have lost an additional 1-1/2 points. With grit and determination, she battled back to deny both Team USA and Team Internationals 1-1/2 vital points. This did not go unnoticed by the fans and the rest of Team Europe, who were not prepared to see Holly’s effort be in vain.”

 

Lawrence mentioned in her post-race interview that if it had been a normal championship race, she would not have continued after it took so long to mend her bike, but since she was racing for Team Europe, she was willing to sacrifice her personal goals for those of the team.

 

What's New in the 303:


Sebastian’s New Bike, Communities Uniting and More Contributors Than You Might Think

Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your vulnerability and it was honor to ride with you last Friday. You thanked me so kindly and closed your text later that day by saying “God bless you and your family.” I do feel blessed.

But what you don’t know, what most don’t know is the whole story, and I want to share with you my thoughts and feelings and how much the community made this possible.

 

Buff Classic adds Gravel Route, Still Openings for Sept 12th Ride.

The Buff Classic has added the Dirty Epic which is a mixed surface course featuring some smooth asphalt, buff gravel, and some pretty epic Jeep road style descending. The ride starts up Boulder Canyon, which will be closed to cars, and turns up Magnolia Road around 4 miles up Boulder Canyon.  Magnolia is steep, averaging over 9% for the first 4+ miles, with some sections nearing 20%.  Whatever bike you are riding, be sure it has good climbing gears. Bikes that are 1x in the front will need a 40″ on the back.

 

303 and Channel 7

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Sep 4, 2021

Welcome to Episode #300 of the 303 Endurance Podcast. You are listening to your weekly connection to coaches, experts, and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance goals. We're your hosts coach Rich Soares and 303 Chief Bill Plock.  Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion. 

Can you believe episode 300?

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In Today's Show

  • Feature discussion on "being fit does not mean you are healthy (disease free)"
    • TriDoc Jeff Sankoff Episode #73 on Tim O'Donnell's heart attack
    • My heart CT scan results
  • Endurance News
    • Collin's Cup
    • Paralympic Paratriathlon Results & watch party
    • Ironman PR on IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship and Pros racing in St George
    • New Dura Ace
  • What's new in the 303?
    • Gravel Rules
    • Golden Ride today and Sebastian's new Scott bike
  • TriDot introduction and overview

 

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TriDoc on Tim O'Donnell's Heart Attack

The Tri Doc, Jeff Sankoff Shares Insight on Heart Health in Wake of Tim O’Donnell’s Heart Attack

Recently Emergency Room Physician and very accomplished IRONMAN veteran athlete Dr. Jeff Sankoff shared on his podcast, thoughts on heart health and specifically talking about what probably happened with Tim O’Donnell and what that means for triathletes in general.

 

In this podcast he replays a conversation with USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris who reveals some health issues he has overcome and warns triathletes to know your health history and get check ups. The overall message it seems is that simply being fit doesn’t mean you are healthy. That fitness does not overcome something like heart disease.

 

Dr. Sankoff brings in his colleague Dr. Matt Holland, a cardiology specialist at Denver Health. They discuss some very specific factors about things like what causes heart attacks versus cardiac arrest. What really is the “widow” maker and how so many different things can cause a multitude of outcomes. But the conversation is also re-assuring in terms of how most all of us can avoid these things and how rare it really is for someone like Tim O’Donnell to have experienced this.

 

Go here; https://www.tridocpodcast.com/episode/episode-73-bonus-episode-tim-odonnels-heart-attack-what-does-this-mean-for-the-rest-of-us

 

Dr. Sankoff is dedicated to helping triathletes (athletes) train healthy and his podcast features many great topics and guest dedicated to this mission. His website is https://tridoccoaching.com. Learn more about him here and subscribe to his podcast.

 

My Personal Experience with Heart CT Scan - SimonMed here in Denver.

 

Cardiac Calcium Scoring (Heart Scan) is a medical scan of coronary calcium

The coronary arteries are the vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Plaque — made of fat, calcium and other substances — can build up and narrow or close the arteries.

 

To detect this build-up, your physician may order cardiac calcium scoring — a test that is also known as coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring, a heart scan or calcium score.  This non-invasive CT scan (computed tomography) of the heart calculates your risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) by measuring the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

 

Plaque or calcium build-up in the coronary arteries causes heart disease or can lead to a heart attack. The coronary calcium scan is a better predictor of coronary events than cholesterol screening or other risk factor assessments.

 

About Your CAC Score

A calcium score (sometimes called an Agatston score) is calculated based on the amount of plaque observed in the CT scan. It may be converted to a percentile rank based on your age and gender. The results from your cardiac scoring will be sent to your doctor.  Mine was a score of 26 and the 4th percentile of my age peers.

 

Your likelihood of having heart disease or a heart attack correlates with your calcium scoring. The lower your calcium score and percentile rank, the less likely you are to have a cardiac event compared to other men or women your age.

 

Calcium Score Results

The purpose of the test is to understand your risk of heart attack or disease, taking preventive or corrective measures based on the results.

 

If you have any plaque present (a score greater than 0), your doctor may make recommendations for lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating better and exercising more. The higher your score the more treatment your doctor may recommend.

 

If you have a high score, you can make an appointment with one of our coronary artery disease specialists.

 

Zero: No plaque. Your risk of heart attack is low.

 

1 - 10: Small amount of plaque. You have less than a 10 percent chance of having heart disease, and your risk of heart attack is low.

 

11-100: Some plaque. You have mild heart disease and a moderate chance of heart attack. Your doctor may recommend other treatment in addition to lifestyle changes.

 

101 - 400: Moderate amount of plaque. You have heart disease and plaque may be blocking an artery. Your chance of having a heart attack is moderate to high. Your health professional may want more tests and may start treatment.

 

Over 400: Large amount of plaque. You have more than a 90 percent chance that plaque is blocking one of your arteries. Your chance of heart attack is high. Your health professional will want more tests and will start treatment.

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

USA Triathlon 2020 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team

https://triathlon.org/results/result/2020_tokyo_paralympic_games/508225

 

  • Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), guided by Jillian Elliott (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Women’s PTVI
  • 2016 U.S. Paralympian
  • Jamie Brown (Oceanside, Calif.), Men’s PTS4
  • Kyle Coon (Colorado Springs, Colo.), guided by Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Men’s PTVI
  • Hailey Danz (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Women’s PTS2
  • Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), guided by Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), Women’s PTVI
  • Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas), Women’s PTS5 (classing up from PTS4)
  • Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Ill.), Women’s PTWC
  • Chris Hammer (Elkins, W.V.), Men’s PTS5
  • Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Men’s PTS4
  • Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), Women’s PTS5
  • Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Women’s PTS2
  • Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), guided by Greg Billington (San Francisco, Calif.), Men’s PTVI
  • Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Women’s PTS2

 

 

The Collins Cup, Even Super Bowl One Didn’t Sell Out, But it Was a Pretty Good Start–a Few Ideas for the Future

 

Race Results

Rich's Picks - PTO Fantasy Game - Predict & Play (protriathletes.org)

 

Triathlon’s “Super Bowl” happened today in Slovakia, it was called the Collins Cup. Yes we have Kona and the IRONMAN World Championships but that is about individuals, today was about the teams and the sport and profession of triathlon.

 

The Collins Cup was designed to mirror golf’s popular Ryder Cup pitting three teams of 12 athletes (6 men, 6 women) against each other. One team from Europe, the United States and Internationals.

 

The goal, to make professional triathlon a better spectator sport thus attracting more money to make the profession more lucrative and sustainable.

 

Will it work? Did it work? It’s too early to say but nobody predicted the wild popularity of the Super Bowl. Triathlon will never be that popular but lets see what happens.

 

The Professional Triathlon Organisation orchestrated this “made for TV event”. Viewers watched 12 matches with one competitor from each team racing. Each match started 10 minutes apart. The entire race lasted about 5 hours. Cameras were all over the course capturing the 36 athletes racing in their own three person race. It was fun to watch and the coverage was good as was the announcing. It was especially fun to have Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett behind the mic. His voice just adds a tone of familiarity and importance.

 

IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission. Among them will be over 100 of the world’s top professional triathletes who will battle for a piece of the $350,000 USD total professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion.

 

Since the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in 2006 the women’s race has seen 10 different champions from five different countries. Swiss Daniela Ryf has won an event-best five times, and is coming off an undefeated season, including a win in St. George at the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship earlier this year. Together with Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Leanda Cave (GBR), Ryf also holds the distinction of having won both the IRONMAN World Championship® and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

 

Aiming to dethrone Ryf will be a stellar group of professional female triathletes, including Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), who is coming off a recent win at 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore. Charles-Barclay edged out Holly Lawrence (GBR) in that event, who as the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and multiple-time IRONMAN 70.3 winner will also be aiming for the top podium spot in St. George. Additional global competition will come from Paula Findlay (CAN), Taylor Knibb (USA), Kat Matthews (GBR), Skye Moench (USA), Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR), and Ellie Salthouse (AUS), each of whom continue to impress on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 circuits.

 

On the men’s side, a star-studded field of professional talent will come together aiming to create history in St. George. With no clear frontrunner, a few of the dominant competitors that could take a shot for a podium spot include the defending IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion from 2019 in Nice, France, Gustav Iden (NOR); Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), who has momentum coming into St. George following his recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon win; and Lionel Sanders (CAN), who won the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George earlier this year and has over 20 IRONMAN 70.3 wins to his name. Also in contention are Alistair Brownlee (GBR), the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist as well as Javier Gomez (ESP), the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship third place podium finisher. Finally, American’s Ben Kanute (USA) and Sam Long (USA) look to claim home nation victories. Kanute has multiple IRONMAN 70.3 wins and podium finishes in recent years and a second-place finish at the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the last time the event was held on US soil. Sam Long comes in on the top of his game having won the 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon and the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder triathlon.

 

 

What's New in the 303:

  • New Dura Ace?
  • Gravel Rules

 

My Experience With TriDot

What is TriDot?  It's a training platform, but its pretty sophisticated.  It takes your race goals, your training data, puts threshold test on your training calendar, takes those threshold test results and uses AI to automatically adjusts your training plan and workouts.  You can also see your Threshold Test history and drill into the details.  It tracks your Fitness, Stress and Readiness on a graph. 

 

TriDot also has an integrated App called RaceX.  Within RaceX, you can pick your "A" and "B" races (Ironman and Challenge branded).  You can browse race routes for any of the races in the database and look at the gps route, elevation and distance.  You can also see your Threshold Test history and drill into the details.  It tracks your Fitness, Stress and Readiness on a graph. 

 

Within Diagnostics there's a feature called Phyiogenomics.  If you've used DNA-based ancestry services like Ancestry.com or 23 and Me, there is a downloadable text file that has your genome that can be used for things like nutrigenomics (using your DNA or genome data to understand if you have genetic markers for celiac disease or allergies), or pharma genomics (using genome data to treat/prevent disease. We have a mutual friend who learned she had DNA markers putting her at likely risk for breast cancer. 

 

TriDot has a feature called PhysiogenomiX. It uses your DNA (genome data) to tailor the training plan and workouts to your genetic profile.   I uploaded my 23 and Me genome text file to TriDot.  Within a few seconds TriDot gave me an analysis that includes categorical summary and detailed results from specific genes related to physical training. These genes shown (and others) are used to enhance your training optimization.

 

The categories:

Training Intensity Response is a relative measure of how you respond to high-intensity versus low-intensity training. Based on your genetic variations, you are predisposed to have a greater response to either high or low-intensity training.

Aerobic Potential is a measure of your potential for developing a high aerobic capacity or high oxygen utilization (VO2max). This is not a measure of your current aerobic capacity. Rather, it is a measure of your aerobic trainability--your potential for improvement with proper training.

Recovery Rate is a measure of your genetic ability to recover from exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation. This includes the level of stress and inflammation produced and the rate at which it is cleared.

Injury Predisposition is a measure of how genetically prone you are to incurring soft tissue (tendon and ligament) injuries from training.

 

Lauren has also done it and we compared our results.  We took the very first category of Training Intensity Response.  At the top level we were both categorized as 40% responsive to Power vs 60% responsive to Endurance.  When you drill into the details, each Gene, the Result, Effect and a summary.

 

At the gene level we had about a half dozen genes that were different.  In the first gene, Lauren had a piece of DNA inserted and I had both of them deleted.

 

ACE: Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme

I have both deleted (DD) so I tend to be respond better to power based training.  Lauren tends to respond well to a mixture of power and endurance.

VEGFA: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor

Tends to be highly responsive to endurance training with good muscle efficiency and VO2max. Tends to adjust well to altitude training. Var-allele carriers produce a greater amount of VEGF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW BEFORE DIGGING INTO YOUR GENETICS

Your genetic makeup is only part of the equation.

Genetics alone is insufficient to predict or identify talent.

Genetics can’t (shouldn’t) be used to set or change your goals; rather, to help you reach your goals most effectively.

 

Video of the Week:

Team Europe Win First-Ever PTO Collins Cup | Race Reaction & Highlights

 

 

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Aug 28, 2021

Last weekend was the Leadville 100 Trail Run and we have Adrian McDonald who won Leadville with a time of 16 hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds in his first attempt at a 100-mile race was the fifth-fastest in the race’s 38-year history.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Adrian McDonald
  • Endurance News - Collin's Cup, Paralympic Games
  • What New in the 303 - Leadville 100, Triple Bypass
  • Video of the Week -
  • Other Topics
    • Tim Hola who won his AG at Boulder 70.3
    • TriDot
  • PhysiogenomiX – Predictive Fitness

 

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Interview with Adrian McDonald

Adrian Macdonald at the age of 32 won the famed Leadville Trail 100 run. His winning time of 16 hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds in his first attempt at a 100-mile race was the fifth-fastest in the race’s 38-year history and more than 40 minutes better than runner-up Matt Flaherty of Bloomington, Indiana — one of the most-accomplished ultrarunners in the nation.

 

Earlier this year Adrian won the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50 Miler in March.  And pre-pandemic, Adrian finished 56th overall at the 2018 Boston Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes and 48 seconds. 

 

Let's get into Leadville and ultra running with Adrian McDonald.

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

Chartier to step in for virus-stricken Von Berg at Collins Cup

Von Berg has been suffering with the effects of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as mononucleosis virus, which he is believed to have contracted following his victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland earlier this month.

 

The 27-year-old lost 4.5kg in body mass and was unable to train for almost two weeks, and although he is on the road to recovery, he is far from elite level competitiveness.

 

Von Berg was hoping to join up with Team US – against his doctor’s advice – but was ultimately unable to return to full fitness in time, and will now face an uphill battle to return for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah in three weeks time.

 

Team US Captain Mark Allen revealed that Von Berg, who was geared up for a showdown with Jan Frodeno and Lionel Sanders, is not in condition to race this weekend and will be replaced by Chartier.

 

“It is an absolute privilege to be able to race for Team US at the inaugural Collins Cup and I look forward to competing against the best athletes from Team Europe and Team Internationals,” he said. “I have big shoes to fill but will give it my all for Team US.”

 

Fantasy Football, Why Not Fantasy Triathlon at the Collins Cup, Great Prizes

Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) today announced the Collins Cup Fantasy Competition that will take place in the run up to the Collins Cup in Samorin, Slovakia on August 28th, 2021.

 

The Collins Cup Fantasy Competition follows the well-received Tokyo fantasy game and utilises the PTO’s pioneering Race Data and Statistics site, which has given fans of the sport unrestricted access to current and historical racing data like never before. It is the next step in enhancing fan engagement and will be a fun way for Triathlon fans as well as all sports enthusiasts to follow the race.

 

The Collins Cup Fantasy Competition will feature the races of the inaugural Collins Cup where fans can predict which Team Europe, International and USA PTO Professionals will come 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race match on 28th August 2021. The Collins Cup is the PTO’s flagship event and is a new race format modelled after the Ryder Cup, which will see teams of European, International and USA athletes pitted against one another and put on display the excitement, rivalry, drama, and personalities of the sport of triathlon.

 

The Collins Cup Fantasy Competition will start on August 25th as soon as Captains unveil their picks for the race matches at the Collins Cup Opening Ceremony, which will be broadcast on the PTO YouTube Channel, Collins Cup app and Collins Cup website beginning at 5pm BST/ 6pm CEST/12 noon EST.

 

The Grand Prize is an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2022 Collins Cup. Second and third place finishers will receive a TAG Heuer connected watch with GPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensor. In addition, there are many more prizes to be won courtesy of Wahoo, a premier partner of The Collins Cup, including Wahoo KICKR Bikes, Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainers and Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL multisport watches, giving fans the chance to snag some fabulous triathlon merchandise as well as displaying their knowledge of triathlon by correctly predicting race outcomes. Sign up to play at protriathletes.org/fantasy.

 

Media Fantasy Competition

  • Bill from 303
  • Mike Reilly
  • Belinda Granger
  • Triathlon Taren

Broadcast information Broadcast Information - The Collins Cup (protriathletes.org)

 

 

USA Triathlon 2020 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team

At the Paralympic Games, triathletes will cover a 750-meter swim, non-drafting 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. All races will be held at Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park, the same venue as the Olympic triathlon competitions.

 

The Paralympic triathlon events will take place Friday, Aug. 27, and Saturday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. ET in the U.S. (Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 a.m. in Tokyo). Paratriathlon medal events in Tokyo include PTWC men and women, PTVI men and women, PTS4 men, PTS2 women and PTS5 men and women. Athletes whose classifications are not included in the Tokyo Games are permitted to “class up” and race in a higher category against athletes with less severe impairments, provided they meet qualification and selection criteria.

 

Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), guided by Jillian Elliott (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Women’s PTVI

2016 U.S. Paralympian

Baker competed in paratriathlon’s debut at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, placing fourth. She is a seven-time World Paratriathlon Event medalist and fourth-place finisher at the 2019 World Paratriathlon Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Baker is a 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia and earned her master’s from Medical College of Georgia in 2001. She is coached by USA Triathlon Level III Coach Christine Palmquist. Elliott, Baker’s guide, is a former U.S. National Team triathlete who raced in World Triathlon Series, World Cup and Pan American Cup events. She is coached by USA Triathlon Level III Coach Mark Sortino.

 

Jamie Brown (Oceanside, Calif.), Men’s PTS4

Brown is a two-time World Paratriathlon Championships bronze medalist (2012, 2017) and six-time World Paratriathlon Event medalist. He took bronze at the 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, sixth at the 2019 World Paratriathlon Championships and is the 2019 U.S. National Champion. He is a 2003 graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California, where he played on the NCAA men’s baseball team. He is a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, coached by USA Triathlon Level II coach Derick Williamson.

 

Kyle Coon (Colorado Springs, Colo.), guided by Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Men’s PTVI

Coon is a two-time World Triathlon Para Series medalist who earned his first international victory on May 15 in Yokohama, Japan. He is a two-time World Cup medalist, the 2019 Paratriathlon Nationals runner-up, and placed second at last month’s Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie. Coon lost his vision at age 7 due to retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. He is now a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, coached by Williamson. Coon is a 2013 graduate of the University of Central Florida. His guide, Potts, is a 2004 U.S. Olympian, 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist, decorated IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 athlete and an ambassador for the USA Triathlon Foundation. Potts is coached by Mike Doane.

 

Hailey Danz (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Women’s PTS2

2016 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist

Danz won silver as part of a U.S. podium sweep with Seely (gold) and Stockwell (bronze) at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. She is the 2013 World Paratriathlon Champion, a six-time World Championships medalist, and winner of the 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the 2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie. She is a 2013 graduate of Northwestern University and is a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team coached by Williamson. Danz is a cancer survivor and had her leg amputated due to osteosarcoma at age 14.

 

Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), guided by Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), Women’s PTVI

Dixon is a 2019 U.S. National Champion, 2016 Aquathlon (swim-run) World Champion, nine-time World Paratriathlon Event medalist and six-time World Paratriathlon Cup medalist. In February 2020, she earned a silver medal at the World Triathlon Para Series event in Devonport, Australia. Dixon is a 1999 graduate of the University of Connecticut and is coached by USA Triathlon Level II Coach Ken Axford. Her guide, Sass, is a decorated amateur triathlete with 10 age-group world titles across the disciplines of triathlon, duathlon (run-bike-run) and aquathlon. She is coached by USA Triathlon Level III Coach Suzanne Atkinson.

 

Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas), Women’s PTS5 (classing up from PTS4)

U.S. Army veteran

Elmlinger served for 10 years as a U.S. Army medic, with three back-to-back deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. She had her leg amputated in 2016 due to synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. She won the 2018 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in just her second triathlon since becoming an amputee. She is the 2019 World Championships silver medalist and won gold this year at World Triathlon Para Series events in Yokohama, Japan, and Leeds, England. Elmlinger is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is coached by USA Triathlon Level III coach Shelly O’Brien.

 

Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Ill.), Women’s PTWC

2018 U.S. Paralympian (biathlon, cross-country skiing; 2 golds)

Gretsch is a multi-sport talent in both paratriathlon and Nordic skiing, having won two gold medals in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. She is the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Paratriathlon Champion, 2019 Worlds silver medalist and was undefeated in elite paratriathlon competition from June 2014-July 2018. She is a 2014 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, coached by Williamson.

 

Chris Hammer (Elkins, W.V.), Men’s PTS5

2012 U.S. Paralympian (track & field), 2016 U.S. Paralympian (triathlon)

Hammer competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in triathlon, placing fourth, and in track & field at the London 2012 Games, placing ninth in the 1,500m and 10th in the marathon. He is a three-time World Paratriathlon Championships bronze medalist and 12-time World Paratriathlon Event medalist. Hammer earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where he competed on the NCAA track and cross-country teams. He earned master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University and the University of Utah, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He is currently head coach of the NCAA women’s triathlon team at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. He is coached by USA Triathlon Level III Coach Wesley Johnson.

 

Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Men’s PTS4

U.S. Marine Corps veteran

McElvenny had his right leg amputated after stepping on an IED while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. In 2019, he placed second at the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships runner-up and won the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships. He earned his first World Triathlon Para Series medal earlier this year in Leeds, England, and took the win at the Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie. McElvenny is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he competed on the men's rugby team.

 

Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), Women’s PTS5

2016 U.S. Paralympic gold medalist (triathlon), 2016 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist (track & field, 400m)

Norman won a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in paratriathlon and added a bronze in track & field in the 400m. She is a six-time World Championships medalist, including two golds, a silver and two bronzes. Norman’s resume also includes 10 World Paratriathlon Event medals and two U.S. national titles. She is a 2020 graduate of Cedarville University in Ohio, where she competed on the NCAA track and cross-country teams. She also represented Cedarville at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, placing 26th overall. Norman is coached by USA Triathlon Level III Coach Greg Mueller.

 

Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Women’s PTS2

2016 U.S. Paralympic gold medalist (triathlon), 2016 U.S. Paralympian (track & field)

Seely won a gold medal in paratriathlon’s debut at the Rio 2016 Games. She also competed in track & field in Rio, placing sixth in the 200m. Seely is the 2015, 2016 and 2018 World Paratriathlon Champion, and took silver at Worlds in 2017 and 2019. She is a 12-time World Paratriathlon Event gold medalist, and she won an ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability after going undefeated for the entire 2018 season. Seely is a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, coached by Williamson. She is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State University, where she competed on the club triathlon team. She serves on the USA Triathlon Board of Directors.

 

Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), guided by Greg Billington (San Francisco, Calif.), Men’s PTVI

2012, 2016 U.S. Paralympian (swimming; 5 golds, 2 silvers), U.S. Navy veteran

Snyder is a U.S. Navy veteran who lost his eyesight in a 2011 IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. One year to the date of losing his vision, he won a gold medal in swimming at the Paralympic Games London 2012. Now a five-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist in swimming from the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, he made the switch to paratriathlon in 2018 and earned his first elite victory at the 2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie. Snyder is a Team Toyota athlete and a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was captain of the NCAA men’s swim team. Snyder’s guide, Billington, is a 2016 U.S. Olympian in triathlon, placing 37th in Rio.

 

Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Women’s PTS2

2016 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist (triathlon), 2008 U.S. Paralympian (swimming); U.S. Army veteran

Stockwell won a bronze medal in paratriathlon’s debut at the Rio 2016 Games, completing a U.S. podium sweep with teammates Seely and Danz. She is the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Paratriathlon World Champion and a five-time World Championships medalist. She also represented the U.S. at the Paralympic Games Beijing 2008 in swimming. Stockwell is a U.S. Army veteran who became the first female American soldier to lose a limb in active combat while serving in Iraq in 2004. She is a Team Toyota athlete and member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team coached by Williamson. Stockwell also serves on the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees. Stockwell is a 2002 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

 

What's New in the 303:


The Triple Bypass, Colorado’s Most Epic Ride Event? Maybe and Here’s Why

What makes the Triple Bypass ride so epic? Other rides like the Copper Triangle traverse three mountain passes? Rides like the Steamboat Gravel are longer, gorgeous, and well is on gravel after all. Each is epic, an overused word probably, each is well run and organized, but there is just something unique about the Triple.

 

One is history. Cyclists have been climbing those three passes between Evergreen and Vail (it used to finish in Avon) since 1988. Until the bike path connecting Bakerville to the Loveland ski area was built in 2010, riders had to ride on I-70. Only participating in the Triple Bypass made it possible to complete the voyage as cyclist were prohibited on I-70. Today you can do the ride unsupported thanks to the bike path, but it won’t be nearly as much fun, or as safe.

 

Riding the Triple requires a fair bit of planning, logistics, agility and flexibility. But it offers great rewards in scenery and most of all camaraderie. Somehow the 110 miles mesh into remembrances of conversations on the bike and in the aid stations separated by head down periods of quiet climbing and sharing the work with others in the same boat.

 

How Many Times Have You Ridden Lookout Mountain? Can You Top 7,915?

Chuck Haraway and Rick Brune, who between the two have ascended Lookout around 6,000 times have started to bring more awareness to all things Lookout. Their good friend Ray Bolton climbed it 7,915 times before he passed away in 2020 due to Covid. Chuck and Rick have dedicated a website, https://cyclinglookoutmountain.com/ in Ray’s honor. The website has some great history about the mountain and lots of interesting facts and information.

 

The group also included Megan Hottman of Hottman Law and Charlie Myers, the head of Bike Jeffco. One of ideas kicked around was hosting an open gathering at the coffee shop on top once a month, or maybe quarterly to build more community with neighbors, cyclists, walkers, hikers, skateboarders and anyone who loves and cares about the experiences on Lookout Mountain.

 

We discussed the need for “3 feet to pass” signs, talked about how important it is for cyclists to not pass cars on the downhill going the speed limit, how we wish maybe there were restrictions on cars passing cyclists on corners like on Flagstaff. We dreamed of having car free days like what happens in the Garden of Gods once in a while. But we know there are a lot of users of the road and we emphasized the need to play well together–thus the coffee idea.

 

Video of the Week:

2021 Leadville 100 Run Men's Finish | Adrian Macdonald, Matt Flaherty, Anton Krupicka & Ian Sharman

 

Closing:

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Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Aug 20, 2021

This week we have pro triathlete Collin Chartier who came in 3rd just two weeks ago at IRONMAN Boulder 70.3 and he has been awarded an alternate slot for the Collin's Cup in Samorin, Slovakia.

Collin discovered the sport of triathlon at 14 years old as a swimmer, with a background in playing football and mountain biking.

Collin Chartier, from Burke, VA, is a professional triathlete.  In 2013, Marymount University recruited him for their varsity triathlon program, a first of its kind in the US, where he also competed in NCAA swimming and cross-country.  Collin graduated in May 2017, is fully committed pursuing triathlon at the highest level in ITU and long-distance. He is a full time nomad, training, competing, and traveling around the world.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Collin Chartier
  • Endurance News - Collin's Cup Heather replaced by Jocelyn McCauley; St George and Kona schedule changes
  • What New in the 303 - Steamboat Gravel, Triple Bypass
  • Video of the Week - Collin's Cup Countdown

 

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Interview with Collin Chartier

Biography

Collin discovered the sport of triathlon at 14 years old as a swimmer, with a background in playing football and mountain biking.

Collin Chartier, from Burke, VA, is a professional triathlete.  In 2013, Marymount University recruited him for their varsity triathlon program, a first of its kind in the US, where he also competed in NCAA swimming and cross-country.  Collin graduated in May 2017, is fully committed pursuing triathlon at the highest level in ITU and long-distance. He is a full time nomad, training, competing, and traveling around the world.

Colombia after my debut 70.3 and win in Cartagena 2019 and in articles ahead of the Spanish National Championships. I was projected to have a podium placing at Challenge Mogan among Jan Frodeno and Patrick Lange.

Just two weeks ago he came in 3rd place at IRONMAN Boulder 70.3 and he has been awarded an alternate slot for the Collin's Cup in Samorin, Slovakia.

 

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Endurance News:

 

PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETES ORGANISATION ANNOUNCES JOCELYN McCAULEY TO JOIN TEAM US AT THE COLLINS CUP

LONDON, ENGLAND: The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that Jocelyn McCauley will be joining Team US at The Collins Cup, replacing Heather Jackson, who is unable to attend for personal family reasons.

 

Karen Smyers, Team US Captain, commented, “While we are disappointed for Heather that she cannot attend the race after working so hard to qualify, we are very lucky to have an in-form McCauley ready to don the Stars and Stripes for Team US.”

 

McCauley, who has just returned from maternity leave after her second child was born only five months ago, recently finished 2nd at IM Finland and commented, “It is a blessing and an honour to represent the USA at the Collins Cup. I am thankful for the opportunity and grateful for the PTO’s paid maternity leave policy, which has allowed women professionals to thrive in their careers while at the same time attend to their families. While I will be leaving it all on the racecourse for the USA, it will be a joy for all the PTO professionals to celebrate the camaraderie of having our own organisation and event.”

 

The Collins Cup is the PTO’s inaugural flagship event taking place on 28th August in Šamorín and is a new race format modelled after the Ryder Cup, which will see teams of International, European and USA athletes pitted against one another and put on display the excitement, rivalry, drama and personalities of the sport of triathlon.

 

UPDATED RACE PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 AND 2022 EDITIONS OF THE IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2021) – IRONMAN today announced changes to the 2021 and 2022 editions of the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship based on the continued global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel and border restrictions are expected to prevent as many as half of the athlete field from being able to attend the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission in St. George, Utah. As a result, the race will shift to a single-day event with both men and women racing on Saturday, September 18. Additionally, the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship that was set to be held in Taupō, New Zealand will also now be held in St. George, Utah, giving the travel-restricted athlete community an opportunity to race in the “Land of Endurance” with a two-day format from October 28-29, 2022.

 

World Championships Ironman Kona will not take place this year, moves to February 2022

After it was revealed earlier today that Ironman is offering athletes the option to defer their Kona slots from this year to 2023, 2024 or 2025, there is now much more far-reaching news: it is rumored that the Ironman World Championship in Kona will not take place this year and has been pushed to February 2022.

 

That rumor comes from a source known to the Triathlon Today editors who is in close contact with the Ironman organization. The news is expected to be officially announced very soon. “It is the government in Hawaii that has made this decision. Due to the high infection rate in Hawaii, it will be decided that the World Championships will not take place this year either. This will be confirmed by Ironman very soon.”

 

What's New in the 303:

Metzler, Knibb, Pallant-Browne Added to Collins Cup After Good Showings at IM Boulder 70.3

The Collins Cup is now set and IRONMAN Boulder 70.3 no doubt had an impact as Justin Metzler, Taylor Knibb and Emma Pallant-Browne were all chosen as Captains picks to join their respective teams. Metzler finished 5th in Boulder and Pallant-Browne and Knibb were first and second respectively helping them earn a spot. Also of note, added to the US team is Olympic silver medalist Katie Zaferes.

Also racing in Boulder last week, and already on their teams were; Sam Long, Sam Appleton, Skye Moench, Jeanni Metzler, and Chelsea Sadaro.

Colorado is well represented with residents Chris Leiferman, Matt Hanson, Rudy Von Berg, Sam Long, Justin Metzler, Jeanni Metzler, Taylor Knibb and Sam Appleton all racing in Slovakia.

 

Video of the Week:

Countdown To The Collins Cup: Episode 1

 

Closing:

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Aug 14, 2021

This week we have one of the silver medalists from that very Olympic Mixed Relay, that's right pro triathlete, Olympian and Silver Medalist, not to mention 2nd place at her first IRONMAN 70.3 in Boulder this past weekend…Taylor Knibb.

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  • Feature interview - Taylor Knibb
  • Endurance News - Tim O'Donnell, Katie Compton
  • What New in the 303 - Boulder 70.3; Triple Bypass next weekend
  • Video of the Week - TO About His Heart Attack

 

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Interview with Taylor Knibb

Taylor Knibb at 23, is the youngest woman ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. She has been the USA Triathlon National Team’s youngest member since she first made the team in 2017. Knibb was inspired to become a triathlete as a child after she watched her mom, Leslie Knibb, compete in an IRONMAN race and noticed the positive atmosphere. She tried a kids’ race and was hooked on the sport from there, working her way through USA Triathlon’s youth elite and junior elite pipelines.

Up to this day, her favorite part of competing in triathlons is the camaraderie within the triathlon community, as well as the challenge of always growing and improving within the sport. In high school, she joined her school’s cross-country team and swam for Nation's Capital Swim Club while continuing to compete in triathlons. She was named the Washington D.C. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and the D.C. State Athletic Association Runner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. She was the 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, the 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medalist, the 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior World Champion and the 2018 Under-23 World Champion— one of just three women ever to capture world titles at both the Junior and U23 levels. She also became the youngest woman to earn a spot on the podium at an ITU World Triathlon Series race in 2017, earning silver in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

Knibb is a 2020 graduate of Cornell, where she ran NCAA track and cross-country for four years while balancing her elite triathlon career. She also joined the Cornell swim team her senior year. Today, Knibb trains in Boulder, Colorado, with Origin Performance Squad, an elite international training group coached by Ian O’Brien. Knibb considers the ITU Under-23 World Championships to be one of her favorite moments of her career because she accomplished a solid performance across all three disciplines.

 

Elite Triathlon Career

2021: Won gold at the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15, qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team • Made her Olympic debut on July 27 in Tokyo, placing 16th in the women's individual event • Won a silver medal in the debut of Triathlon Mixed Relay at the Olympic Games, alongside U.S. teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Morgan Pearson. Knibb is the youngest U.S. triathlete ever to win an Olympic medal.

 

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Endurance News:

Tim O'Donnell Heart Attack

On March 12th, 2021 Tim suffered a heart attack during Challenge Miami. 80% of the main artery in his heart was blocked. Meaning he was only getting 20% of the blood he should have been to his heart. Called the Widow Maker as its the most lethal blockage. Its blockage of the LAD (left anterior descending artery) which is the main artery supplying the heart with blood.

 

Katie Compton Receives a 4-Year Ban From Cycling for a Positive Doping Test

Katie Compton has been banned from cycling for four years, retroactive to September 16, 2020, because of a positive doping test.

In a statement, the cyclocross champion announced that she never knowingly took a banned substance, and she made the decision to retire back in March.

Fifteen-time U.S. national cyclocross champion Katie Compton, 42, has received a four-year suspension on competition from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for a banned substance, the agency announced on August 11.

Compton tested positive for an anabolic agent on an out-of-competition test taken on September 16, 2020.

“Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test, known as Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, that differentiates between anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin. Anabolic agents have powerful performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors,” the USADA statement explained.

Compton’s ban begins retroactively, from the day her positive sample was taken. That means all of her results, race points, and prizes received since September 16, 2020, are forfeit.

Compton released a statement addressing the USADA’s announcement. She said her results for that sample originally came back negative for any banned substances. USADA decided to re-test it after her Athlete Biological Passport (bio-passport) was flagged for an “irregularity.” The second test of the sample came back positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid, Compton said.

“This news comes with great heartache and sadness, and it is the worst possible way to end my cycling career. I need to preface this news with the fact that I have always been a clean athlete, and I am proud of how much I have accomplished racing clean and being very careful with whatever I put into my body, especially after dealing with so many health issues throughout my life.

I provided a sample for USADA in September 2020 that came back negative for any banned substances, it was not even atypical. That news was communicated to me in the same way it has always been via a letter from USADA. I’ve received that same letter after every test I’ve submitted for the last 19 years. In early February of 2021, after returning from a difficult race season, I learned that the same sample from September was re-analyzed due to a bio-passport irregularity and found to be positive for an exogenous anabolic steroid.

This was devastating news to me as I have never intentionally or knowingly put anything like that into my body. I know how delicate women’s hormones are, and I would never choose to take anything to jeopardize my health and, as a result, suffer irreparable damage to my endocrine system. And not only that, I never took anything for ethical and moral reasons; I’ve been a strong proponent of clean sport my entire career and feel doing anything to enhance one’s own natural ability is cheating, full stop.”

Compton also said that she decided to retire in March. You can read her full statement here.

 

What's New in the 303:

Boulder 70.3, Course Record Smoked, Electric Crowd, Close Women’s Pro Race

The male winner, Sam Long who grew up a few miles away, capped a perfectly imperfect day by setting a new course record. The temperature, cooler than predicted, helped keep the day from blowing up. The winds and smoke played havoc with some, but they ushered in many stories and memories on a course shared by a recent Olympian, top pro’s and 2,500 age group athletes from all over the country.

Emma Pallant-Browne won the women’s race and moved up six spots in the PTO rankings making her an almost shoe-in for a captains pick (to be announced Thursday) for the upcoming Collins Cup. Not only did she take home $7,500 for winning Saturday, she will make at least $18,000 by making the European Collins Cup team.

Olympian Taylor Knibb’s debut performance at a 70.3 could hardly be called beginners luck finishing second, but she did learn a few things like needing to master the water cup grab; check out this interview with her. It will be interesting if she might be a captains pick for the Collins Cup even though her ranking puts her far out of the field (because she has been racing short, ITU races).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgPCrcBc7eQ

 

Triple Bypass August 21

Packet Pick-up

Please being a facemask, just in case local requirements change for indoor activity.

You must present your ID. If you are picking up for another individual, you must show a copy (or photo) of their ID.  It is no longer possible to change your pickup location.

  • Elevation Cycles Highlands Ranch - Aug 13th, 3 - 6 pm and Aug 14th 12-5 pm
  • Wheat Ridge Cyclery – Aug 13th, 3-6 pm, 14th and 15th 12-6 pm
  • Trek Boulder - Aug 14th and 15th 12-5 pm
  • Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters - Aug 19 and 20th  from  2-7 pm
  • Startline - Aug 21 5-7am

Aid Stations

There are four aid stations along the Triple Bypass.  All aid and support locations can be found on this handy Google Map.

  • Juniper Pass 6:30am-10:00am
  • Georgetown Overlook 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Loveland Valley 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Summit County Church 11:00am-5:00pm

There will be a divine mix of sweet and savory snacks, including gluten-free and vegetarian options.  Loveland aid will have Etai's sandwiches to power you through and Base Hydro will be on course throughout. Special appearance by Eggland's Best!

 

Video of the Week:

I Had a HEART ATTACK // Part 1

 

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Aug 7, 2021

Last Friday's Olympic Mixed Relay Triathlon race was exciting!  Being able to watch the race from the Olympic and Paralympic Museum was the perfect backdrop (stunning too). Having Renee Tomlin and Andy Potts there to give us live insights and predictions while the race was unfolding was super insightful.  What could be better than that?  Getting to have a private follow up discussion with pro triathlete, Renee Tomlin!  She's going to break down the race and give some super cool in sights.

 

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  • Feature interview - Renee Tomlin
  • Endurance News - More Tokyo Bay controversy; the toughest ultra running series
  • What New in the 303 - Boulder 70.3
  • Video of the Week - Olympic Mixed Relay Triathlon

 

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Interview with Renee Tomlin

Renée Tomlin is a four-time NCAA All-American in track & field and cross country at Georgetown University, and she was a 2011 NCAA Women of the Year honoree. She was introduced to triathlon through the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program. Tomlin says her favorite parts of triathlon are the transitions because they “require athleticism, tenacity, and explosive response all while remaining calm, loose and focused.” Tomlin endured a stress fracture in her foot in 2018 and came back to win the 2019 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup. Her time recovering was spent taking the time to focus on her mindset and learning how to take care of her body properly in order to stay in the sport.

Renée Tomlin (teamusa.org)

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

Concerns over pollution and hot weather add another challenge to marathon swimming. The Tokyo Olympics’ open-water competition and swimming portion of the triathlon at the Odaiba Marine Park comes after persistent controversy over high water temperatures and pollution raised safety concerns among some athletes and coaches. Los Angeles Times

 

Why The Rocky Mountain Slam Is The Toughest Race Series In Ultrarunning. To complete the Rocky Mountain Slam, men and women have to finish four out of five annual races in the Rockies: the Bighorn 100 in Montana, the Hardrock 100 and the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, the Wasatch Front 100 in Utah and the Bear 100. Leadville and Wasatch are also part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. Trail Runner

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Boulder 70.3 Pro List

 

Male Pros

1 Leiferman Chris USA (United States)

2 Long Sam USA (United States)

3 Appleton Sam AUS (Australia)

4 Metzler Justin USA (United States)

5 Weiss Bradley ZAF (South Africa)

6 Chartier Collin USA (United States)

7 Potts Andy USA (United States)

9 Peterson Kennett USA (United States)

10 Gillespie Dylan USA (United States)

11 Rodriguez Hernandez Tomas Andres MEX (Mexico)

12 Bach Elliot USA (United States)

14 Christensen Weston USA (United States)

16 Peterson Erik USA (United States)

17 Mendez Cruz Mauricio MEX (Mexico)

18 Hipple Tripp USA (United States)

19 Engelhardt Adriano CHE (Switzerland)

20 Nelson Loren CAN (Canada)

21 Zawaski Steven USA (United States)

22 Collington Kevin USA (United States)

23 Loewen Garrick CAN (Canada)

24 Mantell Ernest USA (United States)

25 Kilshaw Stephen CAN (Canada)

26 Ross Neal USA (United States)

27 Gauthier Mathieu CAN (Canada)

28 Deckard Robbie USA (United States)

29 Diasz Diego BRA (Brazil)

31 Romero Garcia De La Cadena Rodrigo MEX (Mexico)

33 Ulloa Martin CHL (Chile)

34 Parker Steven USA (United States)

35 Ohde Luis Henrique BRA (Brazil)

36 Winslow Timothy USA (United States)

37 Pimental Danilo USA (United States)

38 Sullens Joseph USA (United States)

39 Laughery Colin USA (United States)

40 Cosman Nick CAN (Canada)

41 Haeberle Scott USA (United States)

42 Gambles Joe AUS (Australia)

43 Butterfield Tyler USA (United States)

44 Andrie Marty USA (United States)

45 Acevedo Rodrigo COL (Colombia)

46 Deal Benjamin USA (United States)

 

Female Pros

50 Moench Skye USA (United States) - 9

51 Lawrence Holly USA (United States) - 5

53 Pallant-Browne Emma GBR (United Kingdom)

54 Watkinson Amelia NZL (New Zealand)

55 Sodaro Chelsea USA (United States)

56 Metzler Jeanni USA (United States)

57 Mccauley Jocelyn USA (United States)

58 Findlay Paula CAN (Canada)

59 Brandon Lauren USA (United States)

60 Smith Lesley USA (United States)

61 Piampiano Sarah USA (United States)

62 Kessler Meredith USA (United States)

63 Higgins Brittany USA (United States)

64 Jewett Tamara CAN (Canada)

65 Becharas Lisa USA (United States)

66 Rinaldo Marj USA (United States)

67 Trnovcova Zuzana SVK (Slovakia)

68 Johann Carly USA (United States)

70 Belles Hayley USA (United States)

71 Marrou Rebecca USA (United States)

72 Goodell Kimberly USA (United States)

73 Doehla Alissa USA (United States)

74 Palacio Romina ARG (Argentina)

75 Catano Sonja USA (United States)

77 Gruden Lara USA (United States)

78 Knibb Taylor USA (United States)

80 Rusch Maggie USA (United States)

81 Falcaro Nicole USA (United States)

82 Oliveira Pamella BRA (Brazil)

83 Hill Alycia USA (United States)

 

Message from Julie Coleman, Race Director

We’re so excited to be back for the 19th year of the IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder event!

Do you have spectators coming with you? While you’re racing on Saturday, they can cool off in the swim area on the beach between 10:30am and 5pm. There will also be kayaks and SUPs there for them to play around on. The beach and swim area will also be open during our Expo Hours on Thursday and Friday.

On race day, a large section of the beach turns into a picnic lunch option for athletes and spectators, food trucks, as well as a beer garden. Concessions will also be available on race morning in the Athlete Check-in tent in Expo.

 

 

Video of the Week:

Inaugural Olympic Triathlon Mixed Relay

https://youtu.be/eg72Q0V0t-w

 

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Jul 31, 2021

Welcome to Episode #295 of the 303 Endurance Podcast. You are listening to your weekly connection to coaches, experts, and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance goals. We're your hosts coach Rich Soares and 303 Chief Bill Plock.  Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.  This week we continue our celebration and coverage of the Olympics.

 

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  • Feature interview - Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Endurance News - Olympic Triathlon Results, Blummenfelt, Duffy, MTR, Fucking Boat
  • What New in the 303 - Mt Evans Hill Climb, Lone Tree Tri
  • Video of the Week - Flora Duffy and the Men's False Start

 

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Interview with Kristian Blummenfelt (10/23/20)

Thanks to last week's guest, Heather Novickis, agent for more than half a dozen triathletes and swimmers competing in Tokyo.  Kevin McDowell came in 6th place (highest men's triathlon Olympic history).  Abbey Weitzeil won Bronze in the 4x100 Relay Freestyle.

 

The Gold medals Big news this past week in Olympic Triathlon with wins by Kristian Blummenfelt and Flora Duffy last Sunday and Monday.  We are replaying our interview with Kristian earlier this year.

 

Bermuda Wins Summer Olympic Gold. It Has The Smallest Population To Ever Do That

TOKYO — With a population of just 63,000, Bermuda has become the smallest nation or territory to win an Olympic gold medal in the Summer Games.

On a drizzly morning in Tokyo, Flora Duffy, 33, clinched the victory for the British island territory in women's individual triathlon – a grueling race made up of open-water swimming for nearly a mile, biking almost 25 miles and running 6.2 miles.

"Flora Duffy was already Bermuda's golden girl before she set off on the Olympic women's triathlon tonight, but she is now simply solid gold after destroying a world-class field in Tokyo," local newspaper The Royal Gazette gushed after her victory.

Duffy is one of two Bermudian athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics. The remote set of islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is more than 600 miles from the closest land mass.

Duffy's win is all the more impressive because she battled back from multiple injuries, including a foot issue that took her out of competition for a full year in 2018-2019. In November 2020, she said she was also dealing with knee inflammation.

Bermuda Wins Summer Olympic Gold. It Has The Smallest Population To Ever Do That

 

Olympic Champion: Kristian Blummenfelt triumphant in Tokyo

After more than a decade of meticulous planning with his team, it was Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt who was crowned the men’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon Champion on Monday morning on Odaiba Bay, delivering one of the most gutsy runs possible to take the tape with a roar, at the end of a truly epic battle of wills.

For much of the run, Great Britain’s Alex Yee looked like he might just continue his remarkable rise all the way to the top of the triathlon tree, only for the inimitable Norwegian to put in one final and ultimately decisive charge, New Zealand’s 23-year-old Hayden Wilde hanging tough for a hard-earned bronze.

“It is a moment that I have been dreaming about for so many years,” said a thrilled Blummenfelt. “To be able to put it together on the day is something I am really proud of. It is a strange feeling coming into the last 100 metres and knowing that I had victory. It was quite a similar tactic as in Yokohama eight-weeks ago and also in Lisbon. I don’t really have the leg speed if we came down to the blue-carpet with Alex and Hayden so I knew I had to try and go really hard for five minutes all out and hopefully that would be enough to break them. It was such a good feeling when I got a little gap and I just had to make sure it was big enough, even for the last few hundred metres.”

 

Triathlete Causes Controversy Wearing All White Costume At The Olympics

Blummenfelt, who finished in one hour, 45 minutes and four seconds, was wearing an all-white uniform for the race - which ended up going rather see through.

This meant that viewers could see his black trunks underneath and, with social media users being the adults that they are, people took to Twitter to mock the whole thing - specifically the designer.

It seems it wasn't just people behind the keyboard either because someone explained how the commentator during the triathlon also poked fun at the designer needing to be 'sacked'.

According to reports, the pundit went on: "They are of course his swimmers under there. Superman wears his underpants on the outside. They've got it wrong haven't they?"

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

TRIATHLON MIXED RELAY TO MAKE ITS DEBUT AT TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES

TOKYO — The thrilling debut of the Triathlon Mixed Relay will take place this Saturday at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with Team USA ready to contend for the first Olympic medals ever awarded in the event. The race is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, at 7:30 a.m. in Tokyo, which is Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

The race will air live on USA Network, and a livestream is also available on the NBC Sports App and NBCOlympics.com. Barb Lindquist, 2004 U.S. Olympian, and Joe Maloy, 2016 U.S. Olympian and member of the U.S. team that won the 2016 ITU World Mixed Relay Championships, will provide pre- and post-race commentary from the USA Triathlon Facebook page from 4:45-5:15 p.m. ET (pre-race) and 8-8:30 p.m. ET (post-race). Click here to learn more.

 

Each of the 17 countries on the start list will field a Mixed Relay team of two men and two women, with the order as: female/male/female/male. In the Olympic race, each athlete will complete a super-sprint triathlon consisting of a 300-meter swim, draft-legal 6.8-kilometer bike, and 2-kilometer run before tagging off to the next teammate.

 

Team USA’s final four-person roster for the Mixed Relay event will not be announced until 5:15 a.m. JST on race morning (just over two hours before race start), but the selections will come from among the five members of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team who competed in the individual events earlier this week. While each country made its initial team submissions on Thursday, race-morning roster changes and order shifts are permitted and may play into the strategy for any team.

 

Kevin McDowell and Morgan Pearson will race as the only two U.S. men on the Olympic roster, while two of the three U.S. women — Taylor Knibb, Summer Rappaport and Katie Zaferes — will toe the line. Zaferes won a bronze medal in the women’s individual event earlier this week.

 

Knibb: “There is a lot of strategy involved, so it’s a real opportunity for growth, because countries are still learning as they go. I feel like in three years it will look drastically different, and I’m excited to see how it evolves.”

 

Zaferes: “It’s super awesome to compete in the Mixed Relay because it’s just so much fun having teammates and racing with your country. It’s just a whole different vibe — because of course you want to do well for yourself in the individual, but when you’re racing in the Mixed Relay, you’re wanting to do well for your whole team and for the USA. It makes it a little more special.”

 

Rappaport: “The Mixed Relay is just so dynamic. Things are always changing, and you have athletes with different strengths going head-to-head in different legs. Things can change really fast, and there’s almost always a really exciting finish. I think it will be a great way to draw spectators into the sport, especially now that it’s at the Olympics.”

 

NBC Triathlon Schedule

Relay race - Friday July 30th at 6:30pm ET

USAT Foundation Watch Party. 

 

Track Cycling Schedule - Starts August 3rd

Road Cycling Results

Marathon Swimming Schedule - Starts August 4th

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

From the Summit of Mt. Evans Waiting in the Clouds at the Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb

At 6:30 in the morning Becky Furuta and I drove to the top of Mount Evans as the sun rose over the Colorado plains thousands of feet below and I felt struck with a feeling of smallness. Like that feeling when you are away from humans and surrounded in nature and so vulnerable. To be on the summit basically alone felt rare. It felt amazing and reminded me of the vastness and quiet that still exists but more and more rare.

I also was reminded of how much climbing the hundreds of cyclists 7,000 feet down had in front of them. I admit I had some fear for them as the weather forecast included rain and at 42 degrees I knew that would feel awful. I became more nervous as the winds picked up and the clouds shrouded the top.

 

Unpacking the Primal tent and setting it up in the wind seemed almost pointless as I wasn’t confident the race would even happen. Snow pellets kerplunked the tent and we fired up the propane heater to thwart the cold.

 

 

New Triathlon in Loveland, July 31, Q & A With Race Director Peggy Shockley

Meet Peggy Shockley. She created the Lake to Lake Triathlon in 2001 and so we wanted to “chat” with her on why she loves what she does on the eve of her new triathlon, The Lonetree Sprint Triathlon (Info HERE) on July 31st just south of Loveland (not the city Lonetree, the lake is named Lonetree).

 

 

Video of the Week:

Flora Duffy wins Bermuda's first ever Olympic gold medal, topping triathlon in Tokyo | NBC Sports

 

 

Wayward boat causes first false start in Olympic triathlon history | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

 

 

Closing:

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Jul 23, 2021

We have a very special guest, Heather Novickis, who has made a career in Olympic Media and Athlete Management is agent for more than half a dozen triathletes and swimmers that are in Tokyo getting ready to compete.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Heather Novickis
  • Endurance News - Olympic Triathlon Watch Times, Becca Meyers can't compete, Gwen Jorgensen's next move
  • What New in the 303 - "Beers with Bill" Full Cycle Event Last Weekend, Remembering Mike Greer, Mt Evans Hill Climb, Tri Boulder
  • Video of the Week - Morgan Pearson 5 x 1 mile repeats
  • More Bermuda Trivia

 

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Interview with Heather Novickis

 Heather says she loves sport and the Olympic space and that’s why I continue to do it. The best part of my job is seeing an athlete reach their goals and get on the podium, it’s fun to share that experience and reflect back on the years of work it’s taken to get there from both an athletic and endorsement perspective.  She is part of the Human Interest Group team founded by former guest Franko Vatterott and Michael Cardoza.

 

Heather's focus is on the Olympic athlete:

Morgan Pearson – USA Triathlon

Kevin McDowell – USA Triathlon

Grace Norman – USA Paratriathlon

Kyle Coon – USA Paratriathlon

Jess Learmonth – British Triathlon

Abbey Weitzeil – USA Swimming

Katie McLaughlin – USA Swimming

 

Bio and career highlights –  business partners, Michael Cardoza and Franko Vatterott, have been “firsts.”  Executing some of the first deals between TOP Olympic partners and Paralympic athletes – Visa, Coca-Cola, Bridgestone, Toyota.  Being one of the first agents to represent BMX athletes when the sport debuted in the Olympics, and driving some of triathlon’s most lucrative endemic partnerships.  Another first with Shimano/Paratriathlon gold medalist Grace Norman, combo running/triathlon endemic deals. 

Representing original athlete personalities – from Crowie, to Tim Don, Rachel Joyce, Mauricio Mendez, Gwen Jorgensen, Allie Kieffer, Jesper Svensson, Mike Phillips, Jess Learmonth, Morgan Pearson and Kevin McDowell.

About the athletes you represent:  spans the endurance sports arena, all distances of triathlon, swimming, running and parasports.  My focus in on the Olympic & Paralympic space and I also lead efforts for some of our local athletes here in Colorado.  I started out working with swimmers and it’s been fun to get back into the space with Katie McLaughlin and Abbey Weitzeil.

About Human Interest Group “HIG” offers full service athlete representative services - commercial endorsements, equipment partnerships, media services, appearances and speaking opportunities....the traditional services.   But we are also known for our specialty projects that stretch back to the mid 2000's with the first ever high level professional long distance triathlon team, Tri-Dubai, our work building the Retul bike fit brand, the Team Bravo and Coca-Cola project, Tim Don's Man with The Halo story.  We are currently working on some blockchain technology stuff.

 

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Endurance News:

NBC Triathlon Schedule

Men's race - Sunday July 25th at 5:30pm ET

Women's race - Monday July 26th at 5:30pm ET

Relay race - Friday July 30th at 6:30pm ET

USAT Foundation Watch Party. 

 

This deaf-blind Paralympian was told to navigate Tokyo alone. So she quit Team USA.

TIMONIUM, Md. — Five years ago, Becca Meyers was on the floor of her room in the Olympic Village at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, balled up and sobbing, frustrated and terrified. She had stopped eating because she couldn’t find the athletes’ dining area. Even after her parents rescued her and pumped her full of calories and confidence in time for her to win three gold medals and a silver for Team USA, she made a promise to herself:

She would never put herself through such a nightmare again.

On Sunday evening, roughly five weeks before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, Meyers, a deaf-blind swimmer with a chance to medal in four events, pulled the plug on her Olympic dream — most likely forever. With a click, she sent an email informing U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials of her decision to withdraw from Team USA.

 

Gwen Jorgensen is Leaving Bowerman Track Club

After four years at the Nike-sponsored club coached by Jerry Schumacher, Gwen Jorgensen announced today that she’s leaving Bowerman Track Club to be coached by Bobby McGee, who she has worked with in the past.

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel, Jorgensen explained that a mix of career and family goals led to this decision. “I’ve had two marathons that just haven’t proven I can do it,” she said. “I want to just have a marathon, that’s like, OK, I can run this.” She and her husband, Patrick Lemieux, are also looking for a new place to live and are considering having more children.

Jorgensen won the Olympic gold at the Rio Games in 2016 in triathlon, and announced a year later she would shift to running, with a focus on medaling in the marathon. Due to extended recovery after heel surgery to repair Haglund’s deformity in May 2019, she didn’t end up competing in the Olympic marathon trials last year—in early 2020, she decided to focus on the track.   “My goals in the marathon aren’t changing. My timeline is,” she said at the time.

 

What's New in the 303:

REMEMBERING MIKE GREER – A PIONEER, INNOVATOR AND FRIEND

An athlete, race director, official, volunteer, author and speaker. A coach and a mentor. An inspiration and an innovator. A pioneer of the sport and a titan of the community.

Mike Greer, who dedicated his life to triathlon and the multisport community, passed away at 82 on July 21. His service to the sport spanned nearly four decades and encompassed every facet of the industry.

The Funeral service is planned for Monday, July 26 at 1 p.m. CT in Lubbock, Texas at the Sanders Funeral Home.

Mike competed in over 400 triathlons across every distance and continued to excel as an age-group athlete into his 80s, created and served as the race director of Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 at Lubbock, Texas, for the past 30-plus years, held the position of both Interim Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of USA Triathlon, and created the swim-bike discipline of aquabike, among other accomplishments and contributions.

 Mike was one of the forerunners of the sport who guided triathlon through its formative years to bring it stability, authenticity and solvency, and laid the foundation for the current success of both the sport and the National Governing Body.

“All of us stand on the shoulders of Mike – what he did for our sport and USA Triathlon cannot be overstated,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “He taught all of us so much about both triathlon and life, and his legacy will have a lasting impact in every corner of our industry and community.”

 

Ride/Race Mt. Evans–Bob Cook Memorial July 25th, only Chance to Ride with No Cars

For 2021, the Bob Cooke Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is a partner event in the Gran Fondo National Series. Here’s what that means for riders:

  • Age group results from the Mt. Evans Hill Climb Gran Fondo will count toward the season-long Gran Fondo National Series Championship points competition. Regionally, athletes can also earn points at the Triple Bypass Gran Fondo on August 21 and the Golden Gran Fondo on August 29.

Series Points will be awarded based on Gran Fondo National Series age groups, which are different than the age group categories at the Mt. Evans Hill Climb Gran Fondo. Updated Series Points standings are available on the Gran Fondo National Series website.

Gran Fondo National Series points will not be awarded to riders competing in the USA Cycling race.

Riders can qualify for the 2022 Gran Fondo National Championship event in either the Mt. Evans Hill Climb Gran Fondo or in the Mt. Evans Hill Climb USA Cycling race based on performance, see criteria at Gran Fondo National Championship. 

 

Tri Boulder

  • As one of Colorado’s most popular summer triathlons, Tri Boulder offers many different multisport race distances, all in one eventful day! Join us for a full day of racing at the Rez.
  • Long Course Boulder Beast Triathlon & Aquabike
  • Olympic & Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon & Relays
  • Saturday, July 24th, 2021
  • Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St Boulder, CO 80301
  • We can't wait to get to racing at the Boulder Reservoir! Saturday is going to be a great day with temperatures reaching 88°F during the race. The water temperature at Boulder Reservoir as of July 13th is 77°
  • Boulder Beast Run Course – The Boulder Beast Triathlon Run Course is 15k/9.3 miles. Runners will complete the 10k course for lap 1, and the 5k course for lap 2.
  • Duathlon – Duathletes will run 5k, bike 12.4 miles, and finish with a 5k run.
  • Boulder Beast Aquabike – Aquabike athletes will swim 1.2 miles, and bike 50 miles.

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bermuda follow up
    • No fast food places except one KFC - McDonalds Bermuda (bermuda4u.com)
    • Population ~62,000
    • Bermuda is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories
    • 54 square kilometers or 20 square miles
    • 21 miles long and 1.5 at the widest point
    • 54% Black, 31% White, 8% Multiracial, 4% Asian, 3% Other

Video of the Week:

Morgan Pearson - 5 x Mile

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jul 17, 2021

This week we have Paralympic bound Kyle Coon who will be guided by none other than Andy Potts.

Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—cancer of the eye. However, not having sight has not stopped him from pursuing vision. Since then he has become a competitive rock climber, downhill skier, runner and triathlete.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Kyle Coon
  • Endurance News - Tokyo open water quality, Tour Standings
  • What New in the 303 - Upcoming cycling races and volunteer opportunities
  • Video of the Week - Flora Duffy 2018

 

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Interview with Kyle Coon

Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—cancer of the eye. However, not having sight has not stopped him from pursuing vision. Since then he has become a competitive rock climber, downhill skier, runner and triathlete.

 

After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Communication, he became an endurance athlete competing in numerous marathons and triathlons. In 2018, he was a member of the first team of tandem cyclists with all blind or visually impaired stokers (person on the back of a tandem bike) to complete Race Across America—the world’s toughest bicycle race—racing from Oceanside, Calif to Annapolis, Md in seven days 15 hours. Later in 2018, at Ironman Arizona, Kyle became the first totally blind person to complete an Ironman branded Triathlon (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run) in under 11 hours. He continues to push himself physically and mentally as he now pursues his goal of representing the USA at the 2020 Paralympics in the sport of Triathlon.

 

https://www.triathlon.org/athletes/profile/kyle_coon_b1

 

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Endurance News:

 

Just Days Before Olympics, Tokyo’s Outdoor Swimming Venue Stinks

In less than two weeks, Olympic swimmers will dive into Tokyo Bay to compete in the triathlon. For residents who live near the shore, that’s an unappealing thought because, despite months of efforts to clean up the water, the bay stinks.

 

Known for its shoreline of gleaming skyscrapers and iconic Rainbow Bridge, the “futuristic landscape” was selected “at the strong request of international sporting organizations,” according to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. But in the run-up to the games, problems began to emerge.

 

In August 2019 a test for the swimming part of the Paratriathlon was canceled after E. coli bacteria was found in the water at more than twice the limit set by the International Triathlon Union, now called World

Triathlon. As one athlete put it, the venue “smelled like a toilet,” the Asahi newspaper reported. Since then, the host city has taken drastic steps to try to repair its tarnished image.

 

It dumped 22,200 cubic meters of sand into the bay to create an environment for organisms that help clean the water. And it’s designed three-layer polyester screens to protect the Olympic swimming venues from E. coli. On top of that the city was already building huge storage tanks to capture flood runoff, so that it can be treated before reaching the sea.

 

https://www.letour.fr/en/rankings

 

Olympic Triathlon Live Streams & Schedule | NBC Olympics

Olympic Cycling Live Streams & Schedule | NBC Olympics

 

England vs. Italy result: Italians beat English in Euro 2021 final in penalty kick shootout

"It's coming to Rome" is what Italian players were shouting in celebration after winning the Euro 2021 final in a dramatic penalty kick shootout against England that saw goalkpeeper Gigi Donnarumma emerge as the hero. The shootout, only the second in Euros finals history, was necessary after 120 minutes of action ended in a 1-1 draw.

 

Donnarumma stopped a shot by England's Jadon Sancho and then clinched the win with a save on 19-year-old Bukayo Saka, who took England's fifth and final penalty. Marcus Rashford, who along with Sancho came into the match specifically for the shootout, hit the post on his attempt.

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Upcoming Races and News from Colorado Cycling.Org

 

Come out to Golden on Wednesday July 14th for the fourth in this popular summer series–CSP Criterium. We have been seeing record turnouts for this popular race since the series began a few weeks ago. Come join the crowd. More info HERE

 

Volunteer Opportunity: The 55th Annual Bob Cook/ Mt. Evans Hill Climb Saturday July 24 needs volunteers, this is huge event, and we need about 90 more volunteers.  If your club needs to maintain its good standing with Colorado Cycling by helping with a race, this opportunity is for you! We have several slots that would be perfect for a team to manage, such as luggage vehicles (3), pace cars and aid station management.

 

Volunteer slots are available for Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th if your team is racing. Some of our volunteer slots even have a stipend available!  Please share with your team, and if you would like to receive credit for helping with your Colorado Cycling Club obligations, let me know and I will make sure that Yvonne has your information.

Any individuals that would like to help, with or without your team, you are certainly welcome too! Please use this volunteer signup link.

 

Bannock Street Criterium. One of our most long-standing criteriums is back right in the heart of Denver on July 17th. This race is also the junior State Criterium Championships, as well as being one of our longest running events. The Front Rangers Cycling Club has done a great job hanging onto this course in downtown Denver! More info HERE

 

July 18th, Guanella Pass Hill Climb; This is in my (Shawn Ferrell) humble opinion the prettiest climb we race up in Colorado. The views from the top are just spectacular, plus it is a climb that is challenging enough for the pros without being too deadly to everyone else. Welcome back to Guanella! More info HERE

 

The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb on July 24th is the most epic single-day event in Colorado racing history. This year it is also the State Hill Climb Championship for Seniors and Masters. Its history is a who’s who of cycling, and everyone, even crit riders should do it at least once. Make this your year to stand proud among all the racers that have accomplished this epic race over the last 55 years.

The event is Online Registration Only, and it closes at noon on July 21st. Join the mountain goats and honor Bob Cook, one of the greatest American climbers ever. More info HERE

 

Central Park criterium is back in action on July 25th. This fun course always leads to some great action. This is an Online Registration Only event, and registration closes at 10 AM on July 23rd.

Ride the event and be sure to stick around for the men’s and women’s miss and out event at the end of the day. It is always a blast to watch. More info HERE

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    • Boulder Peak
  • Rich
    • Bermuda next
    • Population ~62,000
    • Bermuda is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories
    • 54 square kilometers or 20 square miles
    • 21 miles long and 1.5 at the widest point
    • 54% Black, 31% White, 8% Multiracial, 4% Asian, 3% Other
    • COVID
    • Culture
    • Flora Duffy

 

Video of the Week:

Flora Duffy Highlights World Triathlon Series Bermuda 2018

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jul 9, 2021

This week we have Bob Seebohar to talk about using testing data to prepare a race pacing and fueling plan.   As Bob like's to say "Test. Don't guess."

 

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Bob Seebohar
  • Endurance News - Le Tour, The Olympics
  • What New in the 303 -
  • Video of the Week -

 

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Team UCAN Olympians - Meet the Athletes Going for Gold

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Olympian Michael Andrew on Nutrition for Swimming

Michael Andrew is an athletic phenom, famous for breaking the most National Age Group Records in USA Swimming history (100+). He’s the youngest swimmer ever to turn pro, doing so at the age of 14, and recently tied Michael Phelps as the second fastest 100M USA swimmer of all time.

 

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Interview with Bob Seebohar

Bob Seebohar is the author of a number of books including Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes and Metabolic Efficiency Training.

 

He's been a guest a couple of times on the show.

Play #49  NOV 27 - Author, Bob Seebohar on the 2nd edition of Metabolic Efficiency Training

Play #160 JAN 13 - Bob Seebohar's advice for re-establishing good nutrition after the holidays.

 

Bob helped me with a metabolic improvement back in 2018 doing a 7-week experiment. We did a pretest, changed my diet to be more metabolically efficient, and retested with remarkable results.

 

Most recently I referred an athlete I coach to Bob for testing to dial the athlete's race-pacing and race-nutrition plan.  Matty Emmet paced and fueled perfectly at Chattanooga 70.3.

 

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Endurance News:

 

 

Tour De France

https://www.letour.fr/en/rankings

Withdrawals - Tour de France (letour.fr)

 

 

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Former Boulder District Attorney Weighs in on Case of Gwen Inglis death

Mike Foote is a former District Attorney for Boulder, a former state legislator and a very avid cyclist. He was instrumental in passing the Vulnerable User legislation in 2019 to give stricter penalties on motorist who injury or kill pedestrians and cyclists. In the wake of the Gwen Inglis killing while she rode her bike and was struck by what is believed to be an impaired driver, Mike walks us through how this case will unfold.

 

Learn more about some of our Olympians with 303!

Kyle Coon and Andy Potts "See what is engine is capable of"

Hailey Danz

Summer Rappaport

Taylor Knibb

Amy Dixon

Coach Ian Obrien

 

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    • Boulder Peak on Sunday
  • Rich
    • Pikes Peak last Sunday
    • Bermuda next
      • Cousin Andrew Soares
      • Sue Reynolds and Worlds in BDA

 

 

Video of the Week:

Teaser for next week's interview with Kyle Coon

Para USAT Athlete Kyle Coon guided for first time by legendary, Olympian Andy Potts

 

 

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • Kyle Coon is going to Tokyo with Andy Potts as his guide!

 

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jul 3, 2021

660 U.S. Cities, 107 international cities, 12 countries worldwide - that's right People for Bikes has published their 2021 rankings based on the bike network and community. This week we have Jenn Dice with us to talk about People For Bikes and how they work with state and local governments to promote investment in cycling infrastructure, plus resources like the Ride Spot App.

 

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

As you know, we’re huge fans of Venga CBD. It really helps us recover more quickly from our workouts and have way less soreness, helps with sleep and reduces inflammation.

 

Venga is now offering personalized CBD plans. All you have to do is take a simple quiz to get you started! Answer a few questions and, voila - there’s your personalized CBD recommendation! It’s all based on YOU - what CBD YOU need right now to meet your goals.

 

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Goal: 5 Mistakes Download

We’ve been using CBD for a long time now and I have to admit - we didn’t always know what we were doing with it. It’s easy to get confused when you don’t know when, how much, or even why to take it.

 

It wasn’t until we found Venga CBD that it all really started to click. Venga CBD makes really powerful CBD, and they know that if you’re using it wrong, you’re just not going to get the full benefit. And that kind of defeats the purpose.

 

Fortunately, they have this really cool free download that walks you through the mistakes athletes make when they start using CBD. Guys, after reading this, it all started to make sense and it became clear we needed to make a few adjustments in order to get the full benefit of their products.

 

If you’re currently using CBD, or are just curious about it, I highly recommend you grab this free download. It costs nothing and it is super useful.

Simply go to VengaCBD.com/5mistakes - that’s the number 5, mistakes, no spaces, and request your free download.

 

 

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Jenn Dice
  • Endurance News - Le Tour, The Olympics, The Collins Cup
  • What New in the 303 - Lake To Lake Saturday; Boulder Sunrise Report
  • Video of the Week - Collins Cup promo - "PTO Beyond Human"

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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The next 6 weeks are going to be a big training and racing block.  I just picked up a new tube of the tropical orange Energy powder, the same flavor in the hydration sodium formula and yes UCAN Edge. I used all three in my race this past weekend and it treated me great.  I hit the run with plenty of hydration and slow release carbs on board.  The only downside was that I so in the zone about the race that I completely forgot to take a picture of my transition with my UCAN.

 

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Interview with Jenn Dice

We've had several discussions on this show about how much effort goes into city planning and bike infrastructure. We know there's a lot of cities that have great cycling infrastructure with protected bike lanes lots of low stress places to ride.  There are plenty of cities out there that don't have good cycling infrastructure and maybe you're looking for a way to improve riding in your city.  I remember renting a road bike in Orlando and had a bugger of a time finding a safe place to ride.  People for Bikes has recently released their ratings of cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.  The bottom of the barrel ranking is a 5 and the KOM has a rating of 83. Our guest this week is People for Bikes, CEO, Jenn Dice.

https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org/how-city-ratings-works

https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org/ratings

Denver 41

Chattanooga 27

Boulder 65 (top 10)

Fort Collins 49 (top 10)

 

Jenn Dice has spent her entire career preparing for her role as CEO of People For Bikes.  Here resume reveals a straight progression from her MA in Public Administration to her first internship at the City Manager's office in Silverthorne, CO.  From there, Jenn went on to be a Transportation Lobbyist and then did a 11.5 year stint as the Director of Government Affairs at IMBA.  Jenn made the move to the VP of Government Relations at People for Bikes and is now their CEO.

 

 

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

It's big time training and racing season.  Buddy Insurance is the kind of peace of mind so you can enjoy your training and racing to their fullest.  Buddy’s mission is simple, to help people fearlessly enjoy an active and outdoor lifestyle.  You can now get on-demand accident insurance to make sure you get cash for bills fast and fill any gaps between your current coverage.  Go to buddyinsurance.com and create an account.  There's no commitment or charge to create one.  Once you have an account created, it's a snap to open your phone and in a couple clicks have coverage for the day.  Check it out!

 

Endurance News:

 

Officials arrest woman who provoked stage 1 crash at Tour de France

Police arrested the woman they say caused Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) to crash on stage 1 of the 2021 Tour de France, media reports said.

 

The suspect, who held a sign in front of the peloton and provoked a high-speed crash that blocked the peloton, was taken into custody Wednesday in Landerneau, where stage 1 finished.  “The woman has been formally identified and she was taken into custody a few minutes ago,” said Camille Miansoni, the state prosecutor for the city of Brest in Brittany. “A suspect is in custody.”

 

The French gendarmerie in Finistère announced an investigation into the incident, citing “involuntary injuries with incapacity not exceeding three months by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence,” reports RTL.  French officials made a public request for witnesses to come forward to provide information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

 

As a result of the crash, Jasha Sütterlin (Team DSM) was forced to abandon the stage.  If found to be responsible for causing the crash — and subsequently all the dozens of riders who were involved in the crash, to come down — the spectator could face fines of €1,500, as well as additional penalties should Sütterlin decided to pursue further legal action.

 

The case was of interest due to the high-profile incident in the opening stage of the Tour as well as the decision by authorities to pursue a fan, something that might be unprecedented in Tour history.  While Martin is not actively serving as a law enforcement official, social media was quick to support the German time trial specialist, who is a German police officer, in holding the spectator accountable.

 

Tour De France

https://www.letour.fr/en/rankings

https://youtu.be/fi7rJfSrW58

 

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

About Lake to Lake and Bill's Chat with Rocky Harris

Boulder Sunrise Race Report

Chat with DA about Bike Law

Julie Coleman Ironman Boulder 70.3

 

Boulder Pro Sam Long wins in Coeur d'Alene

Sam Long, 25, cruised to his first Ironman Coeur d'Alene men's title, finishing in 8 hours, 7 minutes and 40 seconds, a new course record for the full 140.3-mile race, which was held annually in Coeur d'Alene starting in 2003, but the full Ironman returned to the Lake City for the first time since 2017.

 

"Unfortunately, my dad couldn't come," said Long, of Boulder, Colo. "But I'm sure he's glued to his television somewhere watching. He told me before he left to go out and win it for him. He got me into this, not for the triathlon, but just to get outdoors."

 

Likewise, Carrie Lester, 40, won the women's race in a record time of 8 hours, 54 minutes and 51 seconds.

 

For Lester, who has now won eight Ironman triathlons, it was a bit of challenge just to get to the starting line.

 

"I'm 40 and had a career-best year in 2019 before COVID hit," said the Australian-born Lester, who lives in San Diego. "I had good momentum going into 2020 and obviously things changed. I really kind of felt lost, and wondered if I wanted to continue. Each year, it gets harder and harder as you get older. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get to that level again. To be able to do, with the support of my husband, Scott, to be able to put out a performance like that, it was unbelievable."

 

Winners of the men's and women's races each received $15,000, with $9,000 for second and $7,000 for third. Only the top 10 male and female finishers received money from the $100,000 purse.

 

Long won in his previous appearance in Coeur d'Alene, finishing as the high amateur in 2015.

 

"I definitely went a lot faster today," Long said. "I had the same process and mindset. I've just dedicated my life to this in the last six years. I really aligned my priorities, commitments and just focused on racing. I live with my parents in Colorado and it's really gotten me closer to home and the things that are most important to me."

 

Temperatures reached 101 degrees on Sunday, with the temperature of the pavement measured at 133 degrees before the men's finish.

 

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

 

 

Video of the Week:

PTO launched Beyond Human - Episode One.

 

Fan with sign causes huge pile-up in Stage 1 of the Tour de France | Cycling on NBCSports

 

 

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • Bob Seebohar to help us understand how to use metabolic testing to put together a race pacing and nutrition plan

 

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jun 26, 2021

This week we have 2021 Olympic Triathlon team member Summer Rappaport joining us to talk about her road to Tokyo which started in 2019 at the Tokyo test event.  Summer was a varsity swimmer and runner at Villanova University and, following graduation, she entered the USAT Collegiate Recruitment program, earning her pro card in March 2014.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

As you know, we’re huge fans of Venga CBD. It really helps us recover more quickly from our workouts and have way less soreness, helps with sleep and reduces inflammation.

 

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We’ve been using CBD for a long time now and I have to admit - we didn’t always know what we were doing with it. It’s easy to get confused when you don’t know when, how much, or even why to take it.

 

It wasn’t until we found Venga CBD that it all really started to click. Venga CBD makes really powerful CBD, and they know that if you’re using it wrong, you’re just not going to get the full benefit. And that kind of defeats the purpose.

 

Fortunately, they have this really cool free download that walks you through the mistakes athletes make when they start using CBD. Guys, after reading this, it all started to make sense and it became clear we needed to make a few adjustments in order to get the full benefit of their products.

 

If you’re currently using CBD, or are just curious about it, I highly recommend you grab this free download. It costs nothing and it is super useful.

Simply go to VengaCBD.com/5mistakes - that’s the number 5, mistakes, no spaces, and request your free download.

 

 

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Summer Rappaport
  • Endurance News - Driver Rams Cyclists In Arizona Race, Critically Injuring 6; Peloton Threatens to Brick It's Treadmill Customers
  • What New in the 303 - Lake To Lake Saturday; Boulder Sunrise Sunday; CHAIN LETTERS: An Essay Contest
  • Video of the Week - PTO announces Daniela Ryf as greatest all time triathlete

 

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

Take your performance to the next level with UCAN Energy and Bars made with SuperStarch®  UCAN uses SuperStarch instead of simple sugars to fuel serious athletes.  UCAN keeps blood sugar steady compared to the energy spikes and crashes of sugar-based products.  Steady energy equals sustained performance!

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

 

Interview with Summer Rappaport

Summer was a varsity swimmer and runner at Villanova University and, following graduation, she entered the USAT Collegiate Recruitment program, earning her pro card in March 2014. After a first World Cup podium in 2015 in Alanya, in 2016, Summer scored three major wins with a debut WTS victory in Edmonton and golds at the Chengdu and Tongyeong World Cups, and was named ITU’s Breakout Female Star of the Year.

 

The 2019 season was the first that Summer competed as Rappaport after changing from Cook, beginning in style with silver in Cape Town and putting together a brilliant run that included silver at WTS Yokohama, gold in Huatulco, third in Hamburg and another silver in Edmonton.

 

Highlights:

- Winner 2019 Huatulco World Cup

- Winner 2017 & 2018 Miyazaki World Cup

- Winner 2018 Antwerp World Cup

- Winner 2017 Tongyeong World Cup

- Winner 2016 World Triathlon Edmonton

 

The US Triathlon team - Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) were newly announced to the roster, joining Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.).

 

Is there a team race strategy or an individual.

 

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

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Endurance News:

 

Driver Rams Cyclists In Arizona Race, Critically Injuring 6

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) — A driver in a pickup truck plowed into bicyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday, critically injuring several riders before police chased the driver and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, authorities said.

 

Six people were taken to a hospital in critical condition after the crash in the mountain town of Show Low, about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix, police said. Helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was wedged into the grill of the truck, which had damage to its top and sides and a bullet hole in a window.

 

Two other people went to a hospital themselves, city spokeswoman Grace Payne said, and one of the severely injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital.  The suspect, a 35-year-old man, also was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.  "We don't know the motivation," Payne told The Associated Press. "We know he fled the scene."

 

Police said a Ford pickup truck struck the bicyclists about 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low during the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff race, then fled. Officers pursued the driver and tried to stop him before he was shot, authorities said.

 

 

Peloton threatens to brick customers' $4,295 treadmills unless they pay up

The maker of the $4,295 Tread+ treadmill alerted customers that, going forward, they'll need to start forking over $39.99 per month if they want to keep using the exercise equipment they already own. The company confirmed the move over email, after a message to customers announcing the plan was shared by Peloton user Brianna Wu on Twitter.

At issue is the recall of the Peloton Tread and Tread+, following disturbing incidents of children and pets being sucked under the machines resulting in injuries and even one death. According to the company, a new feature called Tread Lock will prevent "unauthorized access" to the Tread+.

"Unfortunately, Tread Lock is not yet available without a Peloton Membership," explained the Peloton statement to Mashable, "which means Tread+ owners without a subscription cannot access Just Run at this time."

For those not familiar with the Peloton lingo, "Just Run" was a setting on Peloton's treadmills which allowed owners to use the product without a monthly subscription. That option, according to Peloton, is no more. In other words, Tread+ owners who previously opted to not pay the monthly subscription fee now find they have no choice if they want to keep using the bulky machine taking up valuable real estate in their apartments or homes.

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What's New in the 303:

 

Is the popularity of Gravel Racing changing the ethos of the sport?

Much of the coverage of Unbound Gravel – 2021, formerly known as Dirty Kanza, centered around a number of interesting in-race situations. Such as the men’s elite leaders in the 200-mile event appearing to “neutralize” the final aid station while each member of the lead group took on fuel and hydration, and others worked out mechanical issues.

An agreement to “settle things on the course” strikes me as a fine example of sportsmanship to aspire to. To allow each individual the opportunity at the win based on their skills, fitness and grit. Chapeau gents.

 

CHAIN LETTERS: An Essay Contest

Why do you love cycling and why does cycling make the world a better place?

If you are a Colorado kid, between the ages of 12 – 18, you can win a great selection of prizes, by answering this question in 750 words, but no more than 2,000.

 

Deadline for entry is August 15, 2021 at midnight.  Grand Prizes for the top 3 essays, as selected by a panel of judges, from the essays submitted will be announced on August 23, 2021.  Random contestant essays will be selected on July 16 and August 2 for bike-related prizes — so don’t wait, enter early for the best chance chance to win!

 

Video of the Week:

Daniela Ryf: Greatest of All Time | PTO

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • Jenn Dice to talk about People For Bikes and their mission for bikes in transportation, mobility and recreation decisions at all levels of government. We ensure bikes are prioritized and positioned as a real solution to improve Americans’ health, connect communities, boost local and state economies, strengthen our nation and protect our planet. 
  • Bob Seebohar to help us understand how to use metabolic testing to put together a race pacing and nutrition plan

 

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jun 19, 2021

This week we have world record owner Mike Tiernery.  He rode up Mauna Kea in eleven hours, forty-four miles, nearly 14,000 vertical feet on one 29-inch wheel. That's right, a unicycle!

Mike Tiernery has been riding unicycles in epic rides in Colorado and elsewhere.  100 mile Copper Triangle (4 passes), the 48-mile Iron Horse Classic (Durango to Silverton over Coal Bank and Molas passes), or the world record Mauna Kea 14K, Mike does it all on a unicycle.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

As you know, we’re huge fans of Venga CBD. It really helps us recover more quickly from our workouts and have way less soreness. Oh, and the sleep - it’s helped our sleep SO MUCH.

 

We’ve been taking CBD for a long time now, but if you’re new to it - or haven’t yet tried it - you might be confused about where to start.

 

Well, good news. Venga is now offering personalized CBD plans. All you have to do is take a simple quiz to get you started! Answer a few questions and, voila - there’s your personalized CBD recommendation! It’s all based on YOU - what CBD YOU need right now to meet your goals.

 

Guys, it’s super easy to go take this quiz on their website. Just go to vengacbd.com/quiz and (you didn’t hear it from us but…) there’s a freebie in it for you just for taking the quiz.

 

So go - right now - to vengacbd.com/quiz and get started. We trust these guys 100% and they’ll make it really easy for you to get started with the RIGHT CBD.

 

To celebrate the longest day of the year, VengaCBD is offering our biggest discount ever for first-time customers. 

Here's the deal:  40% off Ultra Gels (up to 2 bottles) through Sunday using promo code SUN40.

 

 

Goal: 5 Mistakes Download

We’ve been using CBD for a long time now and I have to admit - we didn’t always know what we were doing with it. It’s easy to get confused when you don’t know when, how much, or even why to take it.

 

It wasn’t until we found Venga CBD that it all really started to click. Venga CBD makes really powerful CBD, and they know that if you’re using it wrong, you’re just not going to get the full benefit. And that kind of defeats the purpose.

 

Fortunately, they have this really cool free download that walks you through the mistakes athletes make when they start using CBD. Guys, after reading this, it all started to make sense and it became clear we needed to make a few adjustments in order to get the full benefit of their products.

 

If you’re currently using CBD, or are just curious about it, I highly recommend you grab this free download. It costs nothing and it is super useful.

Simply go to VengaCBD.com/5mistakes - that’s the number 5, mistakes, no spaces, and request your free download.

 

We have a BIG sale starting today - Thursday the 17th. To celebrate the longest day of the year, we're offering our biggest discount ever for first-time customers. 

Here's the deal:

40% off Ultra Gels (up to 2 bottles) Thursday through Sunday using promo code SUN40.

 

 

 Just go to https://vengaendurance.com/303podcast to order yours today. First-time order is 30% off with code (303PODCAST).  We've also added 50% off your first month's subscription with code (303SUBSCRIPTION).

 

 

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Mike Tiernery
  • Endurance News - Olympics - Triathlon Team, Why 3 women and 2 men, Katy Ledecky
  • What New in the 303 - Rattler Racing in WinterPark and Ragnar Report from last week
  • Video of the Week - Mike Teirnery World Record

 

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

Take your performance to the next level with UCAN Energy and Bars made with SuperStarch®  UCAN uses SuperStarch instead of simple sugars to fuel serious athletes.  UCAN keeps blood sugar steady compared to the energy spikes and crashes of sugar-based products.  Steady energy equals sustained performance!

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

 

Interview with Mike Tiernery

Years ago, I saw some guy riding a unicycle coming down Lookout Mountain as I was riding up with some friends.  I remember saying out loud "do you guys see what I see"?

 

Mike Tiernery has been riding unicycles in epic rides in Colorado and elsewhere.  100 mile Copper Triangle (4 passes), the 48-mile Iron Horse Classic (Durango to Silverton over Coal Bank and Molas passes), or the world record Mauna Kea 14K, Mike does it all on a unicycle.

 

Tierney loves to train by climbing Independence Pass in the spring, when the road had been plowed but is still closed to vehicular traffic. He says he has a passion for climbing hills on his uni, and he likes the simplicity and the “Zen state” it puts him in.

 

FIETS – What’s FIETS? | George's Epic Adventures (epictrain.me)

Aspen man sets world record climbing Hawaiian volcano on unicycle – The Denver Post

The iron hoss - Durango Telegraph

Unicyclist climbing to new heights – The Denver Post

Aspen unicyclist tackles tough terrain | VailDaily.com

a5E3A5745--Unicyclist Mike Tierney making it to the summit… | Flickr

Mike Tierney World Record Unicycle Climb

 

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

It's big time training and racing season.  Buddy Insurance is the kind of peace of mind so you can enjoy your training and racing to their fullest.  Buddy’s mission is simple, to help people fearlessly enjoy an active and outdoor lifestyle.  You can now get on-demand accident insurance to make sure you get cash for bills fast and fill any gaps between your current coverage.  Go to buddyinsurance.com and create an account.  There's no commitment or charge to create one.  Once you have an account created, it's a snap to open your phone and in a couple clicks have coverage for the day.  Check it out!

 

Endurance News:

 

USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES 2020 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TEAM

USA Triathlon today announced its 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, comprised of the five athletes who will represent the United States in triathlon competition at this summer’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) were newly announced to the roster, joining Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), who were already qualified.

 

The five members of the Tokyo-bound team have a wealth of experience and success on the international race circuit, with a combined 32 World Triathlon Championship Series medals, 30 World Triathlon Cup medals and 12 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series medals between them.

 

 

The road to Tokyo 2020

For the first time in history, our triathletes will compete across three medal events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The long journey to be among those chosen to compete for Olympic glory begins in Japan this weekend, at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. In just over two years’ time, 55 men and 55 women be going for Olympic gold in the individual events and then again in country-based teams of four in the Mixed Relay. The qualification period starts on 11 May 2018, and will finish the very same day in 2020.

 

“Tokyo is going to be an extremely important event not only for the International Triathlon Union, but also for the history of our sport and for the athletes competing there”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of the sport, and to give our athletes the opportunity to earn two medals in the same Games is something of which we should all be very proud. With male and female athletes competing together as a team we will show the world just how committed triathlon is to gender equality, and how our athletes can shine and perform under any circumstances, both individually and as a team”, she said.

 

“For this Qualification period, the key for the National Federations will be to find the balance in the focus of the individual and mixed relay participation in the next two years. It will require a real team effort from all the Federations”, explained Gergely Markus, ITU Sports Director.

 

There will be various ways to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and earn one of the 55 spots available. As a new addition to the previous qualification criteria, there will be Mixed Relay events counting towards the qualification.

 

The top seven countries on the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Ranking as of March 31, 2020, will secure two men’s and two women’s quota places each.

 

Three further countries will be awarded two men’s and two women’s places at a qualification event for the top 18-ranked countries (not including those already qualified) to be held between 1 April and 11 May, 2020. Our Olympic Games hosts Japan are already guaranteed their four places in the Mixed Relay.

 

Via these three methods, 22 places will have been secured, with a further 26 places then available through the Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.

 

For those countries with 2-2 places already secured by any of the previous qualification pathways, the top 2 athletes in both genders will not be considered in this ranking.

 

Countries with three or more athletes among the top 30 of this ranking will be able to secure a third quota place, otherwise there will be a maximum two per country.

 

The overall Olympic eligibility criteria for any athlete will be finishing in the top 140 of the Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.

 

The “new flag” rule will be applied again for the qualification for Tokyo 2020. The countries that will be eligible for those places will be the ones which athletes’ are at the best ranking position from the continent on the ITU World Ranking from those countries which didn’t secure any place by any means of the above.

 

Last but not least, a maximum of two invitations will be awarded to countries entitled to receive such places and with eligible athletes according to the IOC criteria and who are represented in the top 180 of the ITU World Ranking.

 

It is important to remember that quota places will be earned by the countries, not the individuals. It remains the decision of each National Olympic Committee which athletes are chosen to take them.

 

Athletes will not have to compete in the individual events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be part of the team of the Mixed Relay event, but their country’s quota would not be increased in such cases.

 

 

U.S. Olympic Trials: Katie Ledecky wins 200, 1500 meter freestyle titles

Katie Ledecky secured two Olympic bids on Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., winning the 200-meter freestyle and cruising in the 1,500-meter freestyle to qualify in those events for for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

A little more than an hour after winning the 200 freestyle in 1:55.11, Ledecky — the world record holder in the 1,500 — swam the fastest 1,500-meter time in the world this year (15:40.50) for victory. Erica Sullivan was second at 15:51.18.

 

Ledecky has the top 10 fastest times in history in the women's 1,500 freestyle. She previously won the 400-meter freestyle final on Monday. Ledecky has won six medals at the Olympics (five gold, one silver), including five at the 2016 games.

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Check Out Upcoming 3 Day MTB Stage Race in Winter Park–Qualifier for Nationals

Rattler Racing has been around awhile just coming off a successful new gravel race in Eastern Colorado, the Mad Gravel. Now their focus will turn to a three day mountain bike stage race in Winter Park June 17-19–and you will not be racing on Fathers Day if you need to keep that open for family time.

 

Looking over the event information and having talked with Race Director Dave Muscianisi, you know the goal is to have a lot of fun, be challenged and have a lot of fun–oh wait did I say that already? Here are a few rules that foreshadow the vibe for a well organized event on some beautiful trails and roads in Grand County.

 

Rule 1: You will smile no matter the pain.

Rule 6: Be nice to the land, it never did anything to you.

Rule 8: If you don’t thank a volunteer, you will be publicly shamed.

 

 

Confessions of a Ragnar Newbie

Shout out to Emma Pearson of Athletic Brewing Company for the free 6 pack of Run Wild IPA, All Out Stout and Rainbow Wall IPA (their pride month beer).

 

Just hit the highlights

  • Amber Hardesty and marketing director Dave Deboer
  • Aaron, Rich, Josh, Jake, Patrick, Chris, Matt, Matt
  • 13 overall and 3 in Male Open

 

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    •  
  • Rich

Riding Squaw Pass on Saturday, Fathers Day baby back smoked ribs Sunday

 

 

Video of the Week:

Mike Tierney World Record Unicycle Climb

 

 

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • People For Bikes

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jun 11, 2021

A few weeks back we had Taylor Knibb on the show after her gold performance at Yokohama. She gave a lot of credit to the coaching of Ian O'Brien.  This week we have Coach Ian O'Brien of Origin Performance joining us to talk about his work with Taylor and his squad of Olympic team and hopefuls.

 

 

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Oh, and get this - no sleep aid hangover. You’ll wake up well-rested and refreshed because Venga Super Sleep is all-natural and works with your body’s systems to promote a great night’s sleep.  As with all of Venga CBD’s products, Super Sleep is 100% THC-free and non-habit forming.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Ian O'Brien
  • Endurance News - Alistair Brownlee DQ'd for Unnecessary Roughness on the Swim Leeds, Iron Cowboy going for 100
  • What New in the 303 - Letter to the Editor of Triathlete
  • Video of the Week - Leeds Highlights

 

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

Take your performance to the next level with UCAN Energy and Bars made with SuperStarch®  UCAN uses SuperStarch instead of simple sugars to fuel serious athletes.  UCAN keeps blood sugar steady compared to the energy spikes and crashes of sugar-based products.  Steady energy equals sustained performance!

 

Saw Tim O'Donnell has his hands on UCAN EDGE.  Each has 15g of SuperStarch Energy and 0g sugar.  They are not a gel consistency, which is awesome!  Is much more like a liquid.  Tear off the top and just rolled it up.  It wasn't sticky like gels.  The flavor is like the tropical orange flavor of the Energy SuperStarch powder.  I may  my extra test tubes of UCAN SuperStarch.

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

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Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

 

Interview with Coach Ian O'Brien

Ian O'Brien was the National Elite Coach of the Year for 2016, 2018 and 2019.  He is the owner at ORIGIN Performance ITU Triathlon Training Group.  He is a former Instructor, Trainer. Advisor and Mentor at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy.  He's a former Tip of the Spear Enforcer of Foreign Policy at British Army.

 

His credentials include:

ITU Specific Training group - designed to take development athletes to WTS podiums

British Triathlon Level III (USAT Level III equivalent)

USAT Level II (Tutor)

USAT Level II Coach

USAT Elite Mentorship Program Tutor

British Cycling Level II

UK Athletics CoachIQ+ Functional Science

 

Located: Boulder CO

 

https://www.facebook.com/ORIGINperform/

www.originperform.com

Instagram - @ianobriencoaching

Facebook - @IanOBrienCoach

 

 

A sustainable, athlete-centered, coach-driven High Performance environment that positions Ian OBrien Coaching elite athletes to achieve the highest measures of success at major international competitions.

https://www.originperform.com/coaches

 

Post interview discussion

  • Corrected my pronunciation of Arzechena

 

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Endurance News:

 

Magnificent Maya Kingma wins first Series gold in Leeds

The Netherlands’ Maya Kingma became the queen of the north of England on Sunday afternoon, delivering a near-perfect race to take her first ever Series win at the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds. Just as she had in the Yokohama season-opener, Kingma was able to break away on the bike, this time with Great Britain’s Jess Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell for company, and the three just grew and grew their lead. Coldwell hung on for a memorable first medal at the top level, but the day belonged to Kingma, who now finds herself top of the world rankings two races in.


The new-look WTCS Leeds course had a few surprises in store once the familiar 1.5km swim in Waterloo Lake had been negotiated, a long climb out of transition and 40km bike course entirely in Roundhay Park, before a 10km run that ended with a fierce incline and a tough finale.  With the swimming skills of British long-distance specialist Lucy-Charles Barclay - on the World Triathlon start list for the first time - and Jess Learmonth setting the pace, the swim strung out quickly, Kingma and Vittoria Lopes (BRA) both well in check with those out front.

 

Sophie Coldwell and Taylor Spivey (USA) completed a front six that managed to carve out a 30-second advantage by the closing stages, while Beth Potter (GBR) and Natalie van Coevorden (AUS) emerged from the second lap with Flora Duffy (BER) for company and ready to test herself on the return to racing.

 

While Learmonth, Coldwell and Kingma were on their bikes and up the first climb efficiently, Spivey, Charles-Barclay and Lopes dropped slightly back and could only form a trio just off the front three.  Potter was chasing to keep up with Duffy, while a third group further back included Katie Zaferes already over a minute back with Valerie Barthelemy (BEL), Amelie Kretz (CAN) and Carolyn Hayes (IRL).

 

Duffy road solo to bridge up to the three chasers and managed to get them organised by lap three, but by that point the damage was done and the gap to the second pack was already close to a minute, 90 seconds to to Potter and Britain’s Non Stanford’s group, two minutes to the likes of Laura Lindemann (GER) and Zaferes.  With two laps to go and the front three working so well, the gap grew to two minutes, and while the groups behind merged, there was now over three minutes to make up on the leaders.

 

Heading down into transition for the last time, Kingma was again into the run shoes fast and out looking fresh. Behind the leaders, Duffy again chose to go it alone and start to hunt down the podium solo after Spivey and Charles-Barclay struggled in T2. Hayes was also rolling the dice, Potter and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) going through the gears and setting up a big finish.

 

As Coldwell dropped back it became a shootout for gold between Learmonth and Kingma, neither looking like slowing their pace. Duffy was flying but running out of course, her 10km split of 33’47 nearly 20 seconds faster than Potter who ran her way into the top 10 but couldn’t quite catch Spivey and Charles-Barclay.

 

It wasn’t until the final 500m that Kingma made her decisive move and by that point, Learmonth could not respond. Taking the final climb solo, the 26-year-old was able to soak up the moment, taking the tape with joy. Learmonth’s silver was a typically gutsy display, a delighted Coldwell finishing ten seconds behind her teammate to celebrate a first WTCS medal.

 

Duffy finished fourth, Charles-Barclay managed to out-pace Spivey to fifth, Potter, Beaugrand, Lindemann and Hayes rounding out the top ten.

 

You can see the full results here

Elite Men

Elite Women

 

 

Through pain and controversy, the ‘Iron Cowboy’ chases 100 triathlons in 100 days

“Iron Cowboy,” Lawrence aims to conquer 100 full-distance triathlons in 100 days. Set to finish Tuesday, he has said he wants to push the limits of human endurance while raising funds for an organization that claims to fight human trafficking.

 

His plan is simple, if maniacal: He hits the local pool at 5:30 a.m. and swims for about 90 minutes. Then he hops on his bike for a loop around Lindon that takes five or six hours. Then, after a break, he starts his daily marathon, which normally takes around seven hours. It all adds up to about 15 hours of daily exercise, which supporters can, and do, follow online or even in person.

 

Lawrence said his nails have fallen off and regrown over the length of the Challenge 100. (Matthew Norton)

But controversy has trailed him, too. Ironman, the corporation that owns the majority of triathlon events worldwide, has urged Lawrence not to use its brand name. Some triathletes have criticized his use of IV injections to stay hydrated, because a dose of more than 100 milliliters in a 12-hour period would be prohibited in a World Anti-Doping Agency signatory event. (WADA, which has no jurisdiction over Lawrence’s event, declined to comment.)

 

The beneficiary of his fundraising is controversial, too: Operation Underground Railroad is a nonprofit supported by former president Donald Trump that claims to fight human trafficking. It is under investigation by Utah prosecutors after reports surfaced of it falsely claiming credit for the results of operations. (In a statement, the organization said it followed the law and would cooperate with any investigation.)

 

Last month, on Day 87, Lawrence answered a video call wearing a red T-shirt, camouflage shorts, electric blue shades and a baseball hat. He was in the middle of that day’s marathon; some supporters flanked him as he walked. He quickly switched off the video and answered questions with the economy of a man in conservation mode. He felt “fantastic,” he said, but wanted to “only focus on the positive things,” such as “good times with family.”

 

Those have been harder to come by lately. In an interview, his wife, Sunny, said Lawrence is “perfectly miserable and ready for this thing to be done.” He is “always in pain,” she said, “and there’s always something that bothers him. He didn’t even start taking any pain relievers until two weeks ago.” He’s been walking the marathon since Day 3 or 4.

 

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Lawrence bikes on Day 17 of Conquer 100. His use of IVs has been divisive among triathletes. (Matthew Norton)

He knows well how to endure pain and carry on. He’s a former wrestler turned golfer who tried, unsuccessfully, to go pro. He started his endurance sports career with a four-mile run in 2004, followed by a marathon, then triathlons. In 2010, he set the world record by completing 22 half-distance triathlons in 33 weeks. Two years later, he completed 30 long-distance events in one year.

 

Sunny says his mental resilience has roots in wrestling and golf, but she adds that she never saw anything in her husband that showed such toughness until they lost their mortgage business — and their house and their car — in 2010.  “I hadn’t seen anything in our marriage to show any sign of mental grit until we hit the recession,” she said. “That’s when we had to pull together and, when he went into triathlon, saying he wanted to do some crazy stuff.”

 

In 2015, he took on a seemingly impossible challenge: 50 full triathlons in 50 days in 50 states, which he said he did to increase awareness of childhood obesity and raise money for the now-defunct Jamie Oliver Foundation. Lawrence, who now makes a living as a professional speaker, came under fire because the link for donations on his website didn’t work, though the foundation later confirmed it received the funds. The physical and logistical nightmare was portrayed in the documentary “Iron Cowboy: The Story of the 50:50:50.”

 

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

An Open Letter to Editor of Triathlete Magazine After Bashing Boulder Tri Community

Dear Kelly O’Mara, Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete Magazine,

 

This letter, from me Bill Plock, owner of 303Endurance Network, a native of Colorado, a triathlete and an advocate is in response to your Editor’s Note in the May/June issue of Triathlete Magazine where you wrote:

 

When I first got ready to start this Editor’s Note, I was going to make fun of the Boulder Tri scene. I was going to tell you how I think it’s overrated and I don’t “get” it. I was going to poke to fun of the weirdly terrible bike paths and perpetual poor air quality. I was going to laugh at all the YouTube videos always being filmed everywhere you workout—as if the entire town is just a backdrop for social media… But then the day I started writing, a man with a gun walked into a grocery store here in town and shot 10 people…In reality, I still think the Boulder tri scene is silly. I’ll probably make fun of it again soon…

 

Where do I begin? Let’s see, using a mass murder shooting as a reason to not further bash the Boulder triathlon community, the athletes, and the people who work their asses off to provide infrastructure for safe routes for cyclists seems like a start. But wait, you did then go on to do exactly that… bash the Boulder community and the Boulder triathlon community anyway?

 

And then you go on to say you will probably make fun of Boulder again soon? Seriously? Why? Maybe you should spend some time in the community and apologize.

 

I realize this is your opinion and you are certainly entitled to it. However, as an industry representative speaking on a public platform to a wide audience – especially considering Triathlete’s recent partnership with USA Triathlon – your middle-school-bullying approach is damaging, offensive, and unprofessional.

 

To call the Boulder triathlon scene “overrated,” or triathletes (mostly pro’s) “silly” for making YouTube videos or bike paths “weird” or the air too polluted is simply outrageous.  Did you sit in town council meetings planning those bike paths? You were a pro triathlete, you know how hard sponsorships are, why bash athletes trying to make a social media effort? Where else would you like them to go? And the air pollution—sure, during fire season there are bad days, but you paint a picture for those outside of Boulder or Colorado that is wrong. (If you do the research, you will learn much of our air pollution is also a result of our high frequency of full sun days, combined with wind patterns from other states and countries.) Who are you to judge? 

 

Last I checked, Triathlete Magazine is part of Outside (formerly Pocket Outdoor Media) and is based in Boulder. Am I right? So you have chosen to make fun of the very community in which you work. Why make fun of professional triathletes making YouTube videos while training during a pandemic to try to be relative to their sponsors? Those same athletes who spend time on your podcasts or provide content for your readers and, like you, are trying to make a living in this industry not known to be lucrative. Aren’t we here to help each other?

 

Additionally, Triathlete Magazine’s reach to youth, first-time triathletes, Olympic hopefuls, and Team USA members are now among your front-row audience. You have wielded your PR wand in a terribly damaging and harmful way.

 

The Boulder bike path system is what makes Boulder one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. How many employees at Outside ride those trails? Did you know recently a sister publication of Outside graciously helped gather content for a cyclist killed a few miles south of Boulder to help the community heal? Do you know how hard it is to advocate for what you call, “those weirdly terrible bike paths” that undoubtedly save lives? What’s silly about that? Do you know the local advocacy team at Cyclists for Community? They are friends of mine because I ride with them. I take the time to know their mission. I would love to watch you tell them how silly those paths are at their next fund raiser.

 

So coming out of a pandemic with people anxious to race, and on the heels of a tragic shooting event, you call triathletes in Boulder silly? You call the triathlon community overrated? Overrated compared to what? Did you go to the Colorado Triathlon last weekend and feel the joy of athletes seeing each other again? Do you know Lance Panigutti of Without Limits and how hard he worked to save his business this past year? And you call him and the community overrated? How dare you.

 

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

On Friday, your team of 8 friends will begin your journey of three challenging trail loops that start and finish back at Ragnar Village. When the sun sets and the moon comes out, the party keeps going as runners head to the trails in the dark for a spirit-quest, soul-searching, star-fueled night of running.

 

Experience true mountain running with snow-capped peak views, blooming wildflowers, ridge running, buffed-out trails, and even a little climbing (with a BIG pay-off). With its incredible views, the altitude definitely won’t be the only thing taking your breath away. Your whole team will finish together on Saturday, triumphantly, under the Ragnar arch with unforgettable memories and a bond to last a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

Video of the Week:

AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds - Elite Men

 

 

 

AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds - Elite Women

 

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • 5th at Arzachena, Matt McElroy joining us to talk about that race, his race this weekend in Leeds and the Olympic selection process.

 

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

Jun 5, 2021

This week we have Sharon Madison and John Genell from We Ride 4. We Ride 4 is a community of cyclists that create unique experiences for members through weekly rides, participation in cycling events and social gatherings throughout the year.  What makes them really unique is their charitable organization and partnerships to improve communities and conservation awareness.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

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Oh, and get this - no sleep aid hangover. You’ll wake up well-rested and refreshed because Venga Super Sleep is all-natural and works with your body’s systems to promote a great night’s sleep.  As with all of Venga CBD’s products, Super Sleep is 100% THC-free and non-habit forming.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - We Ride 4
  • Endurance News - Arzechena, Leeds 
  • What New in the 303 - Colorado Tri, E-Rock and BRAC to Bicycle Colorado
  • Video of the Week - Arzechena Highlights

 

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

Take your performance to the next level with UCAN Energy and Bars made with SuperStarch®  UCAN uses SuperStarch instead of simple sugars to fuel serious athletes.  UCAN keeps blood sugar steady compared to the energy spikes and crashes of sugar-based products.  Steady energy equals sustained performance!

 

Saw Tim O'Donnell has his hands on UCAN EDGE.  Each has 15g of SuperStarch Energy and 0g sugar.  They are not a gel consistency, which is awesome!  Is much more like a liquid.  Tear off the top and just rolled it up.  It wasn't sticky like gels.  The flavor is like the tropical orange flavor of the Energy SuperStarch powder.  I may  my extra test tubes of UCAN SuperStarch.

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Interview with Sharon Madison and John Genell

Madison was once a professional cyclist, and has since dedicated her life’s work to building a community around the idea that a bike creates freedom and empowerment. She started the bike club at Wish 4 Wheels, providing bikes to second graders at Title 1 schools in Denver, and in the midst of the pandemic she created a new non-profit organization – We Ride 4 — which raises funds to support organizations that promote fitness, health and outdoor adventure for children.

 

We also have John Genell who is a former Board member of Wish for Wheels and helped found We Ride 4 with Sharon.  John comes from a career working in Big 5 Consulting.  John was at Deloitte when I was at Arthur Anderson.  More recently he worked at Grant Thornton and now in the property development business.  He's also an avid cyclist and Chief Ambassador at We Ride 4.

 

Let's get into our interview with Sharon Madison and John Genell.

We Ride 4

 

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Endurance News:

 

ARZACHENA, Italy — Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led a group of five Americans Saturday at a World Triathlon Cup race in a 61-man field highlighted by three world champions in Arzachena, Italy. McElroy’s fifth-place finish was his best international result since a string of three consecutive World Triathlon Cup wins in the fall of 2019.

With a time of 55 minutes, 11 seconds on the sprint-distance course, McElroy was 12 seconds off a podium that was led by Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, a two-time Olympic medalist and 2012 World Triathlon champion, in 54:48. Adrien Briffod of Switzerland claimed silver in 54:52 for his first World Triathlon Cup medal since a June 2017 win, while three-time World Triathlon champion Mario Mola of Spain was third in 54:59.

On a warm, dry day in Italy, it was Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) who appeared to be the U.S. favorite through the start of the race. Hungary’s Márk Dévay led after the 750-meter swim, followed by a group of 10 that included Rider. In third after the first transition, the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympian took the lead at one point during the first lap of the bike among a trio that included Dévay and Brownlee.

Rider, McElroy and 2010 Youth Olympian Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) all remained in the large lead group of up to 24 athletes throughout the three-lap, 19.3-kilometer ride with McDowell and McElroy sixth and seventh at the end of the bike, which was led by Frenchmen Paul Georgenthum and Arthur Berland. Rider was once again the leading American after the second transition, in fourth, until McElroy made his move during the 5-kilometer run.

McElroy vaulted from 11th to fifth in the first lap of the run, and fought to maintain that pace through the finish while Brownlee and Briffod broke away on the second and final lap to lead the race.  McDowell placed 21st in 56:05 and Rider 24th in 56:36. With a time of 57:43, 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) was 35th, while Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), who had raced the Olympic-distance World Triathlon Cup Lisbon one week prior, was 47th in 1:00:23.

McElroy’s finish improved his rank in the World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Rankings by one spot. The U.S. will send three men to Tokyo if it maintains three men in the top-30 of the Olympic Qualification Rankings by June 14. Morgan Pearson, who did not compete in Arzachena, is the only U.S. male currently qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team by way of his bronze medal at the World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15. All remaining spots on the U.S. Olympic Team will be named via discretion by USA Triathlon’s Games Athletes Selection Committee after June 14.

Other notes-

  • US only country to have 3 athletes each men and women
  • Jonathon Brownlee broke free by a mile on the first climb dropping Seth Rider and Richard Varga
  • Kristian Blummenfelt 20 seconds back on the swim finish and then caught JB on the decent of the first climb
  • Richard Varga first off the bike
  • Only one US woman in the field, Gina Sereno who DNF'd
  • Kevin McDowell, 21st
  • Ben Kanute down 3 minutes and 35th

 

Results: Elite Men | 2021 World Triathlon Cup Arzachena — World Triathlon

Results: Elite Women | 2021 World Triathlon Cup Arzachena — World Triathlon

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Without Limits, Boulder Triathlon Race info & registration | withoutlimits this weekend at Boulder Res with a Sprint, Oly, Du and Aquabike

 

Elephant Rock Ride Elephant Rock | Roll Massif has a kids ride, Family Fun Ride, 28.5 Gravel, 44, 62, and 100.

 

It Could Be Me board member announcement; Mo Siegel (Celestial Seasonings and Red Zinger bike classic founder), Chris Carmichael, Pete Piccolo, Rachel Joyce

 

BRAC Changes Name to Colorado Cycling and Re-defines Mission

Denver, Colorado.  Colorado Cycling (formerly the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado) is proud to release its new logo and mission statement.  The organization changed its name this spring to reflect its new identity and mission, which is to support the full spectrum of cycling events in our great state.  “Rather than focusing our energy on solely the traditional forms of bicycle racing, the organization is now committed to supporting, enhancing, and growing the sport in all its forms, including road, mountain, track, gravel, cyclocross, triathlon, high school league and fundraising events,” said Andy Johnson, Board President.

 

Colorado Cycling has adopted a new mission statement that reflects this change:

“Colorado Cycling advances the sport by inspiring our community to experience cycling events in the Rocky Mountain region.”

 

In addition, Colorado Cycling has created a new logo for the organization, which illustrates the organization’s 45 years of service to the cycling community.  It features the red rider image that has been part of the organization’s identity for decades, and incorporates the familiar blue, red and yellow of the state flag.

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    • Elephant Rock?
  • Rich
    • Open water swimming at Chatfield and training for Pikes Peak and the Triple
    • Discuss Major Taylor book if time

 

Video of the Week:

World Triathlon Cup Arzachena - Elite Men's Highlights

 

Upcoming Interviews

  • 5th at Arzachena, Matt McElroy joining us to talk about that race, his race this weekend in Leeds and the Olympic selection process.
  • We are being introduced to Coach Jeff Troesch by Sue Reynolds.  Jeff Troesch, MA, LMHC is an internationally recognized expert in the field of mental skills training and performance enhancement and has been involved in training athletes and other elite performers since 1988.

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

May 29, 2021

It's Memorial Day weekend and our guests this week are Eleanor Allen and David Fellows, from Water for People

Water For People was born out of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water.

 

They continue to have a strong partnership with AWWA, the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Water Companies, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the US Water Alliance.

 

Today, Water For People continues to rely on strong ties to professionals in the water industry. These partnerships ensure the solutions we provide are grounded in the expertise of water and wastewater experts from around the world.

Show Sponsor: VENGA

Venga CBD knows how important sleep is for athletes so they created Venga Super Sleep.  It has Melatonin, CBD AND an all-new cannabinoid CBN that’s been shown to promote sleep.  You get all three in Venga Super Sleep and it’s available now. I think they sold out in the first couple of days but are sure to have more soon.

Oh, and get this - no sleep aid hangover. You’ll wake up well-rested and refreshed because Venga Super Sleep is all-natural and works with your body’s systems to promote a great night’s sleep.  As with all of Venga CBD’s products, Super Sleep is 100% THC-free and non-habit forming.

You can check it out at Vengacbd.com/sleep and they have a great bundle offer running: If you buy a bottle of the Venga CBD daily CBD Ultra Gels, you can get a bottle of Super Sleep for just $34.00. It’s typically $85, so it’s a smokin’ deal!

 

Go to vengacbd.com/sleep to get all the details and don’t forget that our listeners get a X discount with coupon code X (only valid on full-priced items, not bundles).

 Just go to https://vengaendurance.com/303podcast to order yours today. First-time order is 30% off with code (303PODCAST).  We've also added 50% off your first month's subscription with code (303SUBSCRIPTION).

 

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Water for People
  • Endurance News - Ironman Tulsa Pro Race Results and mixed news about Tokyo Olympics
  • What New in the 303 - Bolder Boulder Courses, Open Water Swimming and Gravel Racing Heating Up in Trinidad
  • Video of the Week - Tulsa Race Highlights

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

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Interview with Eleanor Allen and David Fellows

Water For People was born out of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water.

We continue to have a strong partnership with AWWA, the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Water Companies, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the US Water Alliance.

These partners help us ensure high-quality drinking water and sanitation services are available to Everyone Forever.

The idea behind Water For People began in the early 1980s, with three people who wanted to use their expertise to build a better world.

Today, Water For People continues to rely on strong ties to professionals in the water industry. These partnerships ensure the solutions we provide are grounded in the expertise of water and wastewater experts from around the world.

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

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Endurance News:

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and Ironman Tulsa last weekend

Tulsa Pro Results

 

Climate change could push temperatures at the Tokyo Olympics to the 'danger-zone' for athletes, report warns

(CNN)Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at this year's Tokyo Olympics, according to a new report.

 

The report, published Wednesday by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, details the concerns of leading athletes and scientists about the health impacts of soaring temperatures in Japan. According to the report, the average annual temperature in Tokyo "has increased by 2.86 degrees Celsius since 1900, more than three times as fast as the world's average."

The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to August 8 -- a time when Japan usually experiences its highest annual temperatures, which are soaring even higher in the warming climate. "I think we're certainly approaching a danger-zone," Great Britain rower and Olympic hopeful Melissa Wilson told the study's authors. "It's a horrible moment when you see athletes cross the line, their bodies fling back in total exhaustion, and then not rise up."

Some events at the upcoming Summer Games have already been moved away from Tokyo amid heat concerns, including the marathon, which will take place nearly 500 miles north of the Japan capital in Sapporo where temperatures are expected to be much cooler.

Canceling Tokyo Olympics is 'essentially off the table,' says IOC member Dick Pound

(CNN)International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he believes the Olympic Games will go ahead this year and says the option of canceling the event is "essentially off the table."

Speaking to CNN's Selina Wang, Pound insisted that all indications suggest a "bubble" around those participating in Tokyo can be maintained but he stopped short of guaranteeing that it will be completely safe amid the pandemic.

"Nobody can guarantee anything. I mean, let's be reasonable on that," he said.

"But all the indications are that the bubble can be created and maintained and daily, or whatever the frequency of tests will be, will identify any indications that there may be some people having the virus that are there. They'll be put into isolation right away."

Earlier this year, Pound -- who is the longest-serving member of the IOC -- put the likelihood of the Games going ahead at about 75% but now says the probability is much higher, with experts learning more about the virus everyday.

"None of the folks involved in the planning and the execution of the Games is considering cancellation," he added.

 

What could happen if the Tokyo Olympics get canceled?

(CNN)With a little over two months until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the possibility of a cancellation looms large over the Games.

As Japan battles a fourth wave of coronavirus infections and a state of emergency in Tokyo and other prefectures remains in place until the end of the month, there is mounting pressure from health experts, business leaders and the Japanese public to call off the Games.

Last week, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, an organization of about 6,000 doctors in Tokyo, penned a letter calling for a cancellation, while a petition which garnered 350,000 signatures in nine days in support of a cancellation has been submitted to organizers.

Also last week, the CEO of leading Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten said that holding the Games amid the pandemic amounts to a "suicide mission" -- among the strongest opposition so far voiced by a business leader.

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has remained adamant that the Olympics, already postponed by a year amid the pandemic, will be able to get underway on July 23.

Organizers have released a playbook, the final version of which is expected next month, outlining a series of countermeasures that they say will ensure the Games can take place in a safe and secure way, even as thousands of athletes from around the world descend on Tokyo.

With the Winter Olympics in Beijing now less than a year away, officials have also said that the Games won't be postponed again and that a cancellation would be the likeliest option if it's deemed unsafe to hold the Games from the rescheduled start date in July.

 

What's New in the 303:

Bolder Boulder Courses

HOW THE BOLDER ON THE RUN 10K WORKS

Just pick the location, day and time you want when you register. 2 hour blocks available from 6:30am-8:30pm, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday over Memorial Day weekend. Each course will be ready—officially marked and measured. Wear your bib with timing tag. When you cross the start line your timing automatically starts, and it will automatically stop when you cross the finish line. Easy peasy. Masks and social distancing required in Start and Finish area.

 

Open Water Swim Racing Options

Mountain Swim Series 2021 -  has an exciting line-up of swims for this year and are including one additional race, a 500 YD swim at the Solstice Sunset Swim event. This distance will be a great opportunity for new open water swimmers, new triathletes, and KIDS! Any kid who participates in this race will be receiving a finisher prize!

 

The dates for the swim series are as follows:

Solstice Sunset Swim – June 26th, 2021: Starting earlier, at 3pm this year! This event includes a 1.2 mi, 2.4 mi, and the NEW 500 YD swims!

Registration closes on Sunday June 20th, and if you sign up after June 10th, we cannot guarantee that we will have the correct shirt size for you.

Carter Lake – July 17th, 2021: No day of registration. This is a 3mi out-and-back swim!

Registration closes on Sunday July 11th, and if you sign up after July 1st, we cannot guarantee that we will have the correct shirt size for you.

Chatfield Classic – August 15th, 2021: Limited to 200 participants, so please sign up in advance! This event includes a 1 mi and 2 mi swim.

 

The Castle 2.5K/5K/10K – August 28th, 2021: This is the highest altitude organized marathon swim event in the country! We will have the camping option again on Friday night – which you’ll find through the swim registration site. Camping is $40 for a 4 person site and will decrease your morning day of drive!

 

Registration information for the year can be found at https://mountainswimseries.com/.

 

We always need volunteers! If a significant other, friend, child (16 and over) is coming with you, we would love them to volunteer with us! If you are trying to decide to do one of the swims or new to open water swimming, volunteering is also a great opportunity! We couldn’t do this without our volunteers! In 2021, we will be continuing the tradition of giving our volunteers a free race entry after a volunteer shift!

To volunteer, sign up here:

https://mountainswimseries.com/volunteer-signup

 

Gravel, Heating up in Trinidad, PX 160 Doubled Riders from Last Year

Thanks to all riders who rode with us at Pony Xpress Gravel 160! It was a great day, and we saw some fast times. Congrats Whiteny Allison, Lauren DeCrescen, Flavia Oliveira, and Jessica Cygan who all broke the women’s course record! Congratulations are also due to Cory Lockwood, Jim Snitzer, Nick Gould, James Osborne, Mark Currie, Zack Allison, and David Griffen who all broke the men’s course record! Jonathan Cavner deserves an honorable mention for setting last year’s course record at 5:11 and almost beating it this year once again.

We had amazing growth and are happy to announce that we doubled the number of entries from last year. We also saw more participants in the160 KM distance than ever before, and a record number of female riders. In addition, riders came from seven different states to race with us. Thank you gravel grinding community for making all of this possible! 

We would like to thank all the Pro athletes that came to Trinidad and competed. Nearly twenty active Pro riders attended, setting another event record.

 

Video of the Week:

Ironman Tulsa 2021 Highlights

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

May 21, 2021

TOKYO BOUND!

What a race it was in Yokohama! With a dominant performance on the bike, 23-year-old Taylor Knibb qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team via her gold-medal showing. And Morgan Pearson, picking off people with a blistering 29:30 10k,  became the first U.S. man to qualify for the Tokyo Games by snagging the bronze in the men's race.

 

Knibb and Pearson join Summer Rappaport as the first three U.S. athletes to qualify for the Olympic Triathlon Team — the rest of the team will be named via discretion by USA Triathlon's Games Athlete Selection Committee. 

 

Our guest this week is the gutsy and aggressive Tokyo-bound Taylor Knibb!

 

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

Our friends at Venga CBD have an all-new product to help athletes with their sleep because they know how important it is for athletes.  They call it Venga Super Sleep.  Get this - It’s got Melatonin, CBD AND….an all-new cannabinoid CBN that’s been shown to promote sleep.  You get all three in Venga Super Sleep and it’s available now. I think they sold out in the first couple of days but are sure to have more soon.

 

Oh, and get this - no sleep aid hangover. You’ll wake up well-rested and refreshed because Venga Super Sleep is all-natural and works with your body’s systems to promote a great night’s sleep.  As with all of Venga CBD’s products, Super Sleep is 100% THC-free and non-habit forming.

 

You can check it out at Vengacbd.com/sleep and they have a great bundle offer running: If you buy a bottle of the Venga CBD daily CBD Ultra Gels, you can get a bottle of Super Sleep for just $34.00. It’s typically $85, so it’s a smokin’ deal!

 

Go to vengacbd.com/sleep to get all the details and don’t forget that our listeners get a X discount with coupon code X (only valid on full-priced items, not bundles).

 

 Just go to https://vengaendurance.com/303podcast to order yours today. First-time order is 30% off with code (303PODCAST).  We've also added 50% off your first month's subscription with code (303SUBSCRIPTION).

 

 

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Taylor Knibb
  • Endurance News - Yokohama Results and Race Report
  • What New in the 303 - RIP Gwen Erffmeyer Ingles
  • Video of the Week - Yokohama Race Highlights

 

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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Saw Tim O'Donnell has his hands on UCAN EDGE.  Each has 15g of SuperStarch Energy and 0g sugar.  They are not a gel consistency, which is awesome!  Is much more like a liquid.  Tear off the top and just rolled it up.  It wasn't sticky like gels.  The flavor is like the tropical orange flavor of the Energy SuperStarch powder.  I may  my extra test tubes of UCAN SuperStarch.

 

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

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Interview with Taylor Knibb

Taylor Knibb and Morgan Pearson qualified for the U.S. Olympic triathlon team with podium finishes at a World Series event in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday.  Knibb, at 23 set to become the youngest U.S. Olympic triathlete since the sport was added in 2000, led an American one-two in the women’s race with Summer Rappaport, who in 2019 became the first U.S. triathlete to qualify for Tokyo.

 

“I wasn’t really thinking about [the Olympics],” Knibb said, according to USA Triathlon. “I was just trying to get to the finish line.”

 

Knibb and Rappaport will be joined on the Olympic team by one more woman, a committee discretionary selection. A prime candidate is Katie Zaferes, the discretionary selection in 2016 who was the top American in the World Series in 2017, 2018 and 2019, winning the world title in 2019.

 

Interview with Taylor Knibb.

 

Taylor Knibb was inspired to become a triathlete after she watched her mom, Leslie Knibb, compete in an IRONMAN race and noticed the positive atmosphere. She tried a kids’ race and was hooked on the sport from there, working her way through USA Triathlon’s youth elite and junior elite pipelines. Up to this day, her favorite part of competing in triathlons is the camaraderie within the triathlon community, as well as the challenge of always growing and improving within the sport. In high school, she joined her school’s cross-country team while continuing to compete in triathlons. She was named the Washington D.C. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and the D.C. State Athletic Association Runner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. She was the 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, the 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medalist, and 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior world champion. Also, in 2017, she became the youngest woman to earn a spot on the podium at an ITU World Triathlon Series race after she won silver at the WTS stop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Then in 2018, she earned the title of ITU Under-23 World Champion. Knibb considers the ITU Under-23 World Championships to be one of her favorite moments of her career because she accomplished a solid performance across all three disciplines. Knibb currently runs NCAA Division I cross-country and track & field at Cornell University, where she is pursuing a degree in psychology.

 

Taylor Knibb was crowned 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medallist, and 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior world champion. Also, in 2017, she became the youngest woman to earn a spot on the podium at an ITU World Triathlon Series race after she won silver at the WTS stop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Then in 2018, Taylor earned the title of ITU Under-23 World Champion.

 

Career highlights:

- 2nd place at the 2019 Santo Domingo ITU Triathlon World Cup

- 3rd place at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed U23-Junior Relay

- 14th place at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne - Elite women

- 16th place at the 2019 Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event

-3rd place at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

TAYLOR KNIBB QUALIFIES FOR 2020 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TEAM WITH GOLDEN RACE IN YOKOHAMA

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Taylor Knibb, a 23-year-old Cornell University graduate from Washington, D.C., qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a gold-medal performance at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Yokohama, Japan. Knibb becomes the youngest woman in history to make the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.

 

Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), the only other U.S. triathlete already qualified for Tokyo based on her finish at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event in 2019, joined Knibb on the podium with silver.

 

The race in Yokohama marked the second and final auto-qualification opportunity for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. With Knibb and Rappaport having now punched their tickets to Tokyo, the third and final spot on the women’s team will be named via discretion by USA Triathlon’s Games Athlete Selection Committee. For a complete explanation of U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifying, click here.

 

Knibb has been the USA Triathlon National Team’s youngest member since she first made the team in 2017. A triathlete since childhood, she grew up competing in USA Triathlon’s youth and junior elite circuit. She went on to win the 2016 and 2017 Junior World Championships and the 2018 Under-23 World Championships — one of just three women ever to capture world titles at both the Junior and U23 levels. Knibb is a 2020 graduate of Cornell, where she ran NCAA track and cross-country for four years while balancing her elite triathlon career. She also joined the Cornell swim team her senior year. Today, Knibb trains in Boulder, Colorado, with Origin Performance Squad, an elite international triathlon training group.

 

In 2017, Knibb became the youngest athlete in history to medal in a World Triathlon Championship Series event when she earned silver in Edmonton, Canada. Today’s gold in Yokohama marks her first-ever World Triathlon Championship Series victory.

 

Saturday’s race featured a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. Knibb executed her race in signature style — starting with a top-five swim, then breaking away on the bike alongside the Netherlands’ Maya Kingma about 25k into the 40k course.

 

By the time they hit the second transition, Knibb and Kingma had a 90-second gap on the rest of the field. Knibb quickly moved into the lead on the run, leaving Kingma behind and clocking a 35-minute, 9-second 10k. She broke the tape in a total time of 1 hour, 54 minutes, 27 seconds — 30 seconds clear of Rappaport, who ran her way through the field to take the silver medal. Kingma rounded out the podium in 1:55:05.

 

“It was an awesome race — and thank you to Maya and all the other racers,” Knibb said. “I wasn’t really thinking about (the Olympics). I was just trying to get to the finish line, so one thing at a time! But I’m extremely grateful. Maya was so good through the technical sections, so I learned a lot and I have a lot of work to do on that part, but I was just trying to stay focused.”

 

For Rappaport, the silver marked her second straight podium in Yokohama. The last year the race was held, in 2019, Rappaport was part of a U.S. podium sweep, taking silver alongside Katie Zaferes (gold) and Taylor Spivey (bronze).

 

“Japan is one of my favorite places to race, and I love coming back to Yokohama to race year after year,” Rappaport said. “I was so happy we were able to hold the races here under safe conditions, and I’m so happy I was able to come back here and be part of a 1-2 American finish. I feel like today I really found my competitive fire again.”

 

Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) finished just off the podium in fourth place, 18 seconds behind Kingma.

 

Also racing for the U.S. were Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), who placed 14th in 1:56:25; 2019 world champion and 2016 U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.), who was 22nd in 1:57:12; and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), who was 45th in 2:03:20.

 

The elite season heads next to Lisbon, Portugal, from May 21-23. The Lisbon races include individual World Triathlon Cup events and a Mixed Relay competition. The Mixed Relay will debut as an Olympic medal event at the Tokyo Games.

 

2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama

1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run

 

Elite Women — Complete Results

  1. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 1:54:27
  2. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 1:54:57
  3. Maya Kingma (NED), 1:55:05

 

U.S. Finishers

  1. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 1:54:27
  2. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), 1:54:57
  3. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif., 1:55:23)
  4. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), 1:56:25
  5. Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.), 1:57:12
  6. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 2:03:20

 

Olympic Qualification

  1. Taylor Knibb, USA
  2. Summer Rappaport
  3. Maya Kingman Nederlands
  • Spivey
  • Zaferez
  • Kasper

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Gwen Erffmeyer Inglis Official Obituary, Rest in Peace

Gwen Erffmeyer Inglis died on May 16, 2021, as the result of an impaired driver who struck her while Gwen was doing what she loved, riding her bike.

 

Gwen was born on October 12, 1974 to Gerald and Carol Erffmeyer. In high school she was very active, playing basketball, volleyball and running track. She went on to play basketball and was an All-American high jumper at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she received her degree in accounting. For the past 14 years, Gwen worked as Manager of Government Account Compliance at Brown and Caldwell.

 

In 2004, Gwen discovered her love of cycling and began racing. This love of bikes led her to meet her husband, Mike. In 2008 they were married. As fellow cycling enthusiasts, they traveled to bike races all over the country together, often both competing once or twice in the same day, frequently both standing on podiums. She held numerous national and state champion titles. You might also see them on the tandem together, Mike on the front as the pilot, and Gwen as the stoker on the back. The words “Power Couple” were frequently heard referring to this dynamic duo. Besides being teammates on and off the bike, they were best friends, lovers of life, who lived life to the fullest. Mike and Gwen and their two dogs, Jazzy and Rascal

 

 

Video of the Week:

Triathlon Japan Women | Knibb claims gold in WTCS season opener in Yokohama to book Tokyo spot

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

May 15, 2021

This week Greg Nance who recently completed the World Marathon Challenge (7 Marathons in 7 days on 7 continents) and his biggest challenge yet, he's planning a 3,000 mile Run Across America in a Mission to explore the addiction epidemic and promote mental health. 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

Our friends at Venga CBD have an all-new product to help athletes with their sleep because they know how important it is for athletes.  They call it Venga Super Sleep.  Get this - It’s got Melatonin, CBD AND….an all-new cannabinoid CBN that’s been shown to promote sleep.  You get all three in Venga Super Sleep and it’s available now. I think they sold out in the first couple of days but are sure to have more soon.

Oh, and get this - no sleep aid hangover. You’ll wake up well-rested and refreshed because Venga Super Sleep is all-natural and works with your body’s systems to promote a great night’s sleep.  As with all of Venga CBD’s products, Super Sleep is 100% THC-free and non-habit forming.

You can check it out at Vengacbd.com/sleep and they have a great bundle offer running: If you buy a bottle of the Venga CBD daily CBD Ultra Gels, you can get a bottle of Super Sleep for just $34.00. It’s typically $85, so it’s a smokin’ deal!

Go to vengacbd.com/sleep to get all the details and don’t forget that our listeners get a X discount with coupon code X (only valid on full-priced items, not bundles).

Just go to https://vengaendurance.com/303podcast to order yours today. First-time order is 30% off with code (303PODCAST).  We've also added 50% off your first month's subscription with code (303SUBSCRIPTION).

In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Greg Nance
  • Endurance News - Yokohama and Collins Cup team/rankings
  • What New in the 303 - Freedom Of the Bike and Waterton Canyon
  • Bill and Rich's Excellent Adventure - Prep for Chattanooga
  • Video of the Week - Yokohama Olympic Trial Promo

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

Take your performance to the next level with UCAN Energy and Bars made with SuperStarch®  UCAN uses SuperStarch instead of simple sugars to fuel serious athletes.  UCAN keeps blood sugar steady compared to the energy spikes and crashes of sugar-based products.  Steady energy equals sustained performance!

Saw Tim O'Donnell has his hands on UCAN EDGE.  Each has 15g of SuperStarch Energy and 0g sugar.  They are not a gel consistency, which is awesome!  Is much more like a liquid.  Tear off the top and just rolled it up.  It wasn't sticky like gels.  The flavor is like the tropical orange flavor of the Energy SuperStarch powder.  I may  my extra test tubes of UCAN SuperStarch.

You put in the training, so don't let nutrition limit your performance.  Use UCAN in your training and racing to fuel the healthy way, finish stronger and recover more quickly!  Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at

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Interview with Greg Nance

Our guest this week is Greg Nance.  He is passionate about using technology to boost college affordability, youth mental health, and addiction recovery.  Greg was able to attend UChicago and Cambridge with the help of compassionate mentors and scholarships. He's on a mission to pay it forward.  He co-founded and led Moneythink and Dyad Mentorship, organizations that have helped students earn over $27M in scholarships.

 

When he's not working, he's running (or eating TexMex). He has set 11 Fastest Known Time records and recently ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.  He lives in Seattle and a Seahawks fan!

 

 

Greg's Mission

  • I'm Running Across America to explore our addiction epidemic and promote mental health
  • 3,000 miles to celebrate 3,000 days sober.
  • On March 16th 2020, I celebrated 3,000 days sober. To commemorate the milestone, I’m aiming to run 3,000 miles between NYC and Seattle to explore America’s addiction epidemic.
  • For years I was in denial about my struggles with alcohol and painkillers. Fearing the stigma, I felt isolated and alone. But as I've slowly opened up, I’ve realized that my struggles are far more common than I imagined.
  • 40 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — suffer from substance or alcohol addiction. As I run across America, I want to hear and share some of their stories.
  • I’m partnering with Director Sarah Schutzki and the International Documentary Association to create 1 IN 7, a film that chronicles the journey. We aim to spark a national dialog on how we, as families and a society, can best support addicts and boost mental health across America.
  • You can learn more about my mission in this University of Cambridge article previewing the run.
  • Now I'm gearing up for the biggest challenge yet —a 3,000 mile Run Across America!  

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Endurance News:

Updated team standings for The Collins Cup as the battle for automatic qualification continues. Athletes are ‘In The Hunt’ if they have not yet raced in 2021 but have a strong 2019/2020 points average and are in a position to potentially qualify once they have raced in 2021. This includes athletes who have been on maternity leave and to qualify for The Collins Cup would need to race at least once in 2021.

Team USA Highlights

Sam Long is the new Team USA #1 as a result of scoring 102.33 points at St George putting him over 1 point ahead of the next closest USA man - Rudy von Berg.  Rookie Sophie Watts is Team USA #4 as a result of 85.96 and 85.81 points finishes at Texas and St George respectively.

Team Internationals Highlights

Jeanni Metzler moves to Team Internationals #3, pushing Sarah Crowley and Ellie Salthousedown to #4 and #5 respectively meaning Ellie loses her position as an automatic qualifier. Jackson Laundry’s 94.24 point result in St George rockets him up to #8 amongst a tightly pack of International men with just under 5 points separating #3 Sam Appleton down to #8 Jackson.

Team Europe Highlights

Emma Pallant-Browne moves to Team Europe #5 having scored 100.88 points in St George to give her an average of 93.00 points when combined with her 2019/2020 points. Magnus Ditlev moves to Team Europe #3 ahead of George Goodwin #4 with Alistair Brownlee 'In The Hunt' as he is yet to race in 2021.

The Collins Cup Explainer video explains how the qualification process works, how the teams are selected, the history behind The Collins Cup and builds excitement for the head-to-head battles we can expect to see in August.  When writing about the PTO or The Collins Cup please include the following link for updates about The Collins Cup https://signup.thecollinscup.com/.

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM QUALIFICATION ON THE LINE AT WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES YOKOHAMA

U.S. Olympic hopeful triathletes will have a chance to punch their tickets to Tokyo at this week’s World Triathlon Championship Series event in Yokohama, Japan, which serves as the second and final auto-qualifier for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. In addition to the elite race, a World Paratriathlon Championship Series event is also scheduled.

All races are set for Saturday, May 15, in Japan, which is late Friday night, May 14, for most of the United States. All events will be broadcast live at TriathlonLIVE.tv; monthly and annual subscriptions are available for purchase. The races will also be streamed live on FloTrack with a subscription.

The World Paratriathlon Championship Series event kicks off the action at 5:50 p.m. ET on May 14/6:50 a.m. local time on May 15 (the paratriathlon race is not an auto-qualifier for the U.S. Paralympic Team). The elite women follow at 9:16 p.m. ET on May 14/10:16 a.m. local time on May 15, and the elite men are scheduled for 12:06 a.m. ET on May 15/1:06 p.m. local time on May 15.

In Yokohama, elite athletes will cover an Olympic-distance course featuring a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 1-kilometer run centered around Yamashita Park and the Port of Yokohama. Elite paratriathletes will race a sprint-distance course with a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

 

Olympic Qualification

The U.S. will send a maximum of three women and three men to the Tokyo Olympic Games for triathlon. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) is the only athlete currently qualified for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, by way of her fifth-place finish at the Tokyo ITU Olympic Qualification Event in August 2019.

Because Rappaport is already qualified, only one woman can qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team in Yokohama. Since no men have qualified to date, up to two men can punch their ticket to Tokyo by way of a qualifying performance in Yokohama. After Yokohama, all remaining spots will be selected via discretion by the USA Triathlon Games Athlete Selection Committee.

In Yokohama, athletes can auto-qualify for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team in the following scenarios:

In the women’s race, the first U.S. athlete finishing on the podium, who has not already qualified for the team, will earn automatic selection. (E.g., only one U.S. woman can auto-qualify at this event, and she must be on the podium).

Because no U.S. men were auto-selected from the 2019 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, the highest-placed U.S. man finishing within the top-eight overall will be selected to the team.

Two men may be selected to the team at Yokohama, in the event that both men finish on the podium.

In the days following Yokohama, the USA Triathlon Games Athlete Selection Committee may, but is not required to, issue a limited number of “early discretionary nominations” on or before May 20, 2021. Any remaining slots not filled at one of the two auto-selection events, and not named as “early discretionary nominations,” will be issued via final nomination to the team by the USA Triathlon Games Athletes Selection Committee after June 15, 2021.

Click here for a complete explanation of the qualification process for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Triathlon Teams.

U.S. Athletes to Watch

The U.S. women bring a strong contingent to Yokohama, led by the trio who swept the podium at the 2019 Yokohama race — Katie Zaferes (gold), Rappaport (silver) and Taylor Spivey (bronze).

Headlining the women’s start list is Zaferes (Cary, N.C.), the 2019 World Triathlon champion and 2016 U.S. Olympian. Zaferes had a breakout season in 2019, winning five of eight races in the World Triathlon Series and earning silver in a fifth. She crashed out of the 2019 Tokyo test event, missing her first chance at Olympic auto-qualification, but she went on to capture the world title in Lausanne, Switzerland, two weeks later. Zaferes also reached the overall World Triathlon Series podium in 2018 (silver) and 2017 (bronze).

Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) holds the No. 2 spot on the start list. She was just off the overall World Triathlon Series podium in 2019, placing fourth in the season-long standings. Spivey led the U.S. women at the 2020 World Triathlon Championship in Hamburg, Germany, with a fourth-place finish.

Rappaport will compete in Yokohama at No. 3 on the start list, though her spot in Tokyo is already secure. The four-time World Triathlon Series medalist and eight-time World Triathlon Cup champion had a comeback season in 2019, placing a career-best fifth in the overall World Triathlon Series standings.

 

Also set to compete for the U.S. women are Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), two of only three women in World Triathlon history to have won individual world titles at both the Junior and Under-23 levels. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), a nine-time World Cup medalist who placed fourth overall in the 2018 World Triathlon Series, and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), a 10-time World Cup medalist, will also toe the line. Click here for the complete women’s start list.

On the men’s side, Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) and Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) are No. 19 and 20 on the start list, respectively. McElroy is a nine-time World Cup medalist who became the first U.S. man in a decade to podium in a World Triathlon Series race in 2019 when he took silver in Leeds, England. Pearson is relatively new to the sport, having made his elite debut in 2018. The two-time World Cup medalist led all U.S. men at the 2020 World Championships in Hamburg, placing eighth.

Chasing a second Olympic appearance is Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), a 2016 U.S. Olympian and two-time World Cup medalist with a career-best World Triathlon Series finish of seventh. Also racing for the U.S. men are Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), a four-time World Cup medalist and eight-time Continental Cup medalist, and Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), the 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist and seven-time World Cup medalist. Click here for the complete men’s start list.

Elite Women

Scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021 7:00 PM MDT

Elite Men

Scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021 9:50 PM MDT

https://www.triathlonlive.tv/upcoming-live-streams/videos/2021-world-triathlon-championship-series-yokohama-men

 

What's New in the 303:

The Freedom Of the Bike and Waterton Canyon–Inspired by Paraglider in CA

As I took a long walk on a beach near Santa Barbara, I saw a paraglider hugging the cliffs a couple a hundred feet above. I kept walking wondering how the pilot got there as I knew it was a remote area. As I meandered I saw an old set of stairs. So I climbed them and emerged on a hard packed single track trail hugging the cliff high above.

I walked, a little cautiously, and suddenly I saw a bike perched on the ledge and a man unpacking a paraglider. Turns out it was a motobecan e-bike and the man rides here with his paraglider, unpacks it, ditches the bike in the bushes and flies for hours above the ocean—depending on the winds. He told me he once climbed to 7,000 feet off the coast of Carpentria about 40 miles southeast of here.

But the point is, he rode his bike. Here surfers ride their bikes to find uncrowded surf and deserted beaches, often on e-bikes. So many people seem to bike here to do something else. It made me think of Colorado and some opportunities we have to bike and recreate.

Fishing and Waterton canyon came to mind. Waterton Canyon was built in the late 1870’s as a railroad (of course) that connected Denver to south park and beyond. Companies competed for mining freight and thus railroads carved out beds in most of the canyons we now ride or drive. Rail service stopped in 1937 and the tracks were ripped up in the 1940’s as scrap metal for the war. In 1983, Denver Water constructed the 200 foot Strontia Springs dam and what remained was a very smooth gravel access road closed to cars, but open to bikes and pedestrians.

A parking lot at the mouth of the canyon gives access to this 6.5 mile road that ends just passed the dam. Where the road ends, the Colorado Trail begins and ends 486 miles later in Durango (550 by bike). If you travel east from this parking lot you can access the beginning of the High Line Canal. Overall the road gains 650 feet in elevation making it a gentle grade.

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    • Major Taylor
  • Rich
    • Matt Emmet did his Metabolic Efficiency Treadmill Assessment.
    • Input into the pacing and nutrition plan for Chattanooga 70.3
    • Dialed in Matt's taper for the race

 

Video of the Week:

2021 Yokohama Qualification Event Promo Video

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

May 8, 2021

This week we have coach Bobby McGee and Sue Reynolds.  Sue has been a guest in the past and we talked about her book "The Athlete Inside".  As she heads to Worlds in Bermuda this October, she is being coached by world renown running and triathlon coach Bobby McGee. Author of Magical Running. 

Bill you asked the other week, who's the Yoda of the coaching.  I think Bobby McGee is the Yoda of coaching for running and triathlon. 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Bobby McGee and Sue Reynolds
  • Endurance News - IRONMAN 70.3 Results and News
  • What New in the 303 - ?
  • Bill and Rich's Excellent Adventure - Sabino Canyon in Tucson and Road to Ragnar
  • Video of the Week - Bobby McGee Running Fundamental and Lionel/Sam Battle

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Interview with Bobby McGee and Sue Reynolds

Our guests this week are Bobby McGee and Sue Reynolds. 

As with all interviews, as you research and prepare you learn what incredible contributors these guests are to endurance sport.  Bobby McGee is no exception.  Bobby McGee has played an integral role in the development of top athletes with USA Triathlon, as well as several Olympians and top-ranked ITU stars. He is the author of “Run Transformation,” The World’s Best Run Training Course.  He also wrote Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes. The Forward in that book is by Tim Noakes who established the Central Governor theory and leading Physiologists.

One of Bobby's athletes, Barb Lindquist, 2004 Olympic Triathlete writes of Bobby McGee - "I worked with Bobby in my lead up to the Athens Olympics.  His approach took my running to the next level, helping me become the World #1 ranked triathlete for 2 years. His blend of science & intuition definitely brings out the best runner you could possibly be.”

Sue Reynolds started a journey that started with a walk to a neighbors house and back.  Step by step, goal by goal, she discovered running and then triathlon and completely transformed her body and life.  At the age of 67 she has completed 5 seasons of triathlon and has been to 4 world championships.  We spoke to her about her book "The Athlete Inside"

Let's get into the in person interview at Bobby's office in Boulder, CO.

Bobby McGee Running

 

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Endurance News:

Sam Long, “Absolutely a Break Through Race.”

St. George Utah, May 1st 2021–For the last couple of years they have exchanged blows on social media and swapped Strava KOM’s on Mt. Lemmon, but yesterday they battled in person to very end.  Sam Long and Lionel Sanders ran shoulder to shoulder for last three miles of IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, the North American 70.3 Championship. If it had been a 70.1, Sam may have won, but with an obvious final grimace, Sanders had one last kick and pulled away in the final turns and edged Long by five seconds.

Both men collapsed at the finish line where the emotion and pain of the effort was clear when they stood and embraced like two prize fighters with nothing else to give. The made for the movies ending culminated a day that saw Long and Sanders make up time on the bike putting them in position to chase down the leaders on the run that included Boulder’s Rudy Von Berg who finished fourth.

For Sam Long this was a breakthrough race. He knew that if he found himself in the exact position he did, that all his hard work had paid off. He knew Sanders was probably the one to beat and his respect (maybe admiration) for Sanders was obvious at the finish line.

During the broadcast, analyst and pro triathlete Dede Griesbauer (who did an amazing job) thought Long’s move near the top of the last hill about 3 miles out may have been too soon. He caught the pack on the hill and then slipped back near the top. Was his last match burnt? Nope, and he said when asked about it, “my plan all along was to push the final 3 miles. I knew they are downhill and that I can run down quite well. I was struggling to stay with them on the uphills so had to give it everything I had.”

https://www.ironman.com/im703-st-george-results

Ironman 70.3 St George Results

  • 5 seconds separating Sam and Lionel
  • 2:10 to Magnus
  • Daniela cruisy 5 minutes lead on 2nd place
  • Skye Moench a close 5th to Paula Findlay

 

Video of the Week:

Essentials of Running Mechanics with Bobby McGee

Lionel Sanders VS Sam Long Final 5K 70.3 St.George

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

May 1, 2021

This week we have the Founder of This App Saves Lives TASL, Ryan Frankel. I installed the TASL (This App Saves Lives) more than a month ago.  it and have been racking up points that for the time I'm driving and not distracted by using my phone.  I love the concept.  When I ride, the thing I worry about most are distracted drivers. 

 

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We have talked about how important sleep is on this show.  We've even had sleep specialists as guests. Sleep is so key for athletes!

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Ryan Frankel
  • Endurance News - IRONMAN 70.3 NA Championship St. George, Daniela Ryf 
  • What New in the 303 - Lookout Mountain, Historical Climb for Over 100 years
  • Bill and Rich's Excellent Adventure - Trip to Chatty; Ragnar
  • Video of the Week - Skye Moench Prep for St George

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Interview with Ryan Frankel

Our guest this week is Ryan Frankel.  Ryan is a serial entrepreneur currently working on a new venture near and dear to his heart. Previously founded the online nutrition coaching platform, EduPlated. Former CEO and Co-Founder of VerbalizeIt, a language translation services company featured on Shark Tank and which was acquired in 2016. Ryan is an independent consultant, author of "The Making of an Entrepreneur: Lessons from a Winding Journey Towards Entrepreneurship". He's a 2012 MBA graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 2012 alumnus of the Techstars business accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. Inc Magazine as a Top 35 Under 35 Entrepreneur.

Let's talk about This App Saves Lives with Ryan Frankel.

Pete Picolo Bicycle Colorado

Triny Willerton

 

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Endurance News:

IRONMAN 70.3 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP ST. GEORGE

The 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George will offer 250 qualifying slots and 50 Women For Tri slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George.

This is exciting to see an IRONMAN race go down with so many pros competing.

 

Outpouring of Support for Daniela Ryf as the World Champ Opens Up About Her Sexuality

Ryf’s long-time coach Brett Sutton also commended her for her courage in doing the interview and confirmed they had split ways—but that there was “no behind-the-scenes gossip” and that the interview had no influence on the coaching decision. It was simply time for a new path for each.

Sutton, the legendary and controversial coach, worked with Ryf for eight years and ushered her from a long ITU career to her nine world titles across the Ironman and 70.3 distance, establishing her as one of the greatest triathletes of all time. “It’s been a great journey,” he said. “I’m proud to have been able to be a part.”

However, the COVID pandemic caused frustration “but also enlightenment” for an athlete who loves racing, he said, and gave her a chance to evaluate her achievements and step outside of the triathlon bubble. She also noted in both the Swiss interview and to Triathlete that she had returned to school to finish her degree in the last year. Sutton said that decision gave her an opportunity to think about her future too.

 

The 10 Most Common First-Time Triathlete Mistakes

Triathlon, for better or worse, has a lot of moving parts. It isn’t nearly as simple as a regular running event, and combining swim-bike-run into a single day makes things exponentially more complicated. For some triathletes, their first race can feel like a minefield with pitfalls at every turn, but if you can steer clear of a few common mistakes, you’ll have more fun. With that in mind, here are 10 common first-time triathlete mistakes and how you can easily avoid them on race day:

#1: Not being familiar with swimming in open water

For all kinds of very appropriate reasons, most of our swim training occurs in a pool. But for your triathlon, most of us will swim in an open-water environment—such as a lake. While you may think that these two things would be pretty similar, it turns out they are not, and that mistake is a common one among new triathletes. First, pool water is (hopefully) crystal clear and allows you to see the bottom, which you can easily reach. Most lakes, and most non-pool triathlon swim venues in general, are murky enough so you can’t see your hand in front of your face, let alone the bottom.

Solution: A lot of triathletes find this lack of visibility to be disconcerting, so getting any kind of experience with a non-pool swim environment before race day can help you get used to the feel of open-water swimming. If you can’t find an open-water swim option before your race, you can practice swimming in your pool with your eyes closed at short intervals (or squint or use a pair of badly-scratched goggles) during the weeks leading up to race day. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s better than nothing!

#2: Not practicing running after biking

#3: Forgetting gear / having too much gear in the transition area

#4: Can’t find your bike / racking spot during transition

#5: Going off-course on the swim

#6: Getting the “what” of fueling wrong

#7: Getting the “how much” of fueling and hydrating wrong

#8: Getting the “when” of fueling and hydrating wrong

#9: Not knowing the rules

#10: Nothing new on race day!

 

What's New in the 303:

Lookout Mountain, Historical Climb for Over 100 years

Since the popular cycling ap Strava became a thing, Lookout Mountain in Golden has been climbed by approximately 25,000 cyclists 248,000 times—which is a tiny fraction of the actual times it has been scaled since it was completed in 1914.

In 1908 the letter “M” representing the School of Mines was painted on Lookout Mountain, about 4,000 years after native Americans left numerous campsites in the area and six years before the Lariat Loop Trail road was completed. In 1911 William “Cement Bill” Williams had a vision to build a scenic road to attract tourist to Golden and with many investors including Adolph Coors and Charles Boettcher (as in Boettcher mansion at the top) it was finished in 1914. In 1915 the American Automobile Associated named it the top scenic road in America. Before the road existed tourists could take a funicular to the top and visit a real estate office selling parcels of land. That office is located where TV towers now reside. (You can still see the scar of the funicular and if you look across the valley, there was another funicular that ascended South Table Mountain to serve a casino and dance hall on top of Castle Rock before the KKK took it over in the 1920’s.)

If you know where to look you can still find remnants of a watering station to help cool cars climbing the mountain in the early years. In 1917 Buffalo Bill was buried at the top and is now a popular place to rest after the 4.6 mile climb from the pillars at the base of the mountain. The classic timed route (and race) begins at the Pillars and finishes just before the turn to the grave.

Ride Basics:

Distance: Up and down–9.2 miles

Elevation gain: 1,219 ft (to the Buffalo Bill turnoff)

Difficultly: Medium to hard

Average Grade: 5.3%

Fastest known Times, Men: 15:51, Women: 19:30

Map Strava

Video: Youtube

 

Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

 

Video of the Week:

Last hard run before St George 70.3 + race thoughts

  • 3 hour drive to the race
  • Coming of win in TX
  • Trains on the course
  • Respect to Daniela Ryf, but she can be beat

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Coming Soon:  Author of "The Athlete Inside" Sue Reynolds and Coach Bobby McGee who has played an integral role in the development of top athletes with USA Triathlon, as well as several olympians and top-ranked ITU stars. He is the author of “Run Transformation,” The World’s Best Run Training Course.

Looking to chat with Ben Hoffman after St George. 

Closing:

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