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Mile High Endurance Podcast

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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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA

 

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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

ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

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

 

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:

 

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.

 

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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

 

 

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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!

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