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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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Jan 29, 2022

Whether you are new to the triathlon/swimming/cycling/running or a seasoned veteran, no doubt you have made mistakes in your training and racing. Today Bill and I are putting our pride aside and sharing our top training and racing mistakes, what if anything we changed to not repeat that mistake, and hopefully we'll have a few laughs along the way.

 

Don’t run with scissors, don’t fry bacon naked and don’t under any circumstances pee on the bike without being sure there’s not a competitor in your draft.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA CBD

 

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  • Ultra Gels and Balm are great for training recovery and fighting inflammation
  • Gummies and Energy Drink are great while racing
  • Sleep Gels help you get the sleep you need for that overnight recovery

 

All Venga CBD products are 100% THC Free and water soluble! 

 

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 Discussion - Our Funniest Training and Racing Mistakes and What We Learned
  • Endurance News
    • Olympians Gwen Jorgensen, Laura Bennett among four triathletes to be inducted into USA Triathlon Hall of Fame
    • PTO announces Age Groupers at Collins Cup
    • PTO and USAT announce PTO US Open
  • What's new in the 303
    • Wholesome Sweeteners and Why it Supports Boulder Roubaix and Cycling

 

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!

 

Right now you can get free Electrolytes For 3 Months. This month only, when you sign up for a new UCAN subscription, we'll include a free jar of Hydrate for the next 3 months.

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Feature Discussion: Funniest Training/Racing Mistakes

Rich:

  1. Bike/Racing: Harvest Moon at Aurora res. Just past Bennett, CO I look around and think I'm by myself, I pee on the bike and hear a female voice "did you just pee on me?"
    1. Lesson Learned: Look twice, any doubt pour water over your back to mask the splash, keep cool and wash yourself at the same time
    1. Lesson Learned - Don't stop on the uphill, where the shoulder is gravel and narrow.
  2. Bike/Training: Riding up Deer Creek Canyon I decided to stop on the uphill to wait for a training partner and chose a spot without a paved shoulder and slowed to a stop as I pulled onto the gravel shoulder, the gravel gave away and I rolled down the hill scraping up.
    1. Have a detailed checklist, never skip the checklist, only check things off that actually go into the tri bag, then put the bag in the car the night before the race.
  3. Pre/Race: Boulder 70.3 2018 walking to the transition area the morning of the race, it occurs to me that I did not pack my goggles.
    1. Lesson learned - if you're going to cool yourself during a race, there are better ways than pouring water carelessly on your head and having it go into your shoes. Sunscreen, ice under the cap, ice down the suit, ice in the hand,
  4. Run/Race:  5430 Long Course, it was my 2nd half Iron distance race. I had poured water over my head at the aid stations and water had found it's way into my shoes and they were squeaking with every step.
    1. Traffic cone at the front of the garage that I pull out when I back out of the garage
    2. Eventually removed the top rack
  5. Bike/Training: Driving into the driveway with the bike on the roof; twice
    1. Spare pair of jammers in my glove box
  6. Swim/Training: Driving to the pool without and forgot my swimsuit. Sometimes I don't figure it out until I'm in the locker room. Then it's a drive back to the house or skip the workout. I must have done this 3+ times

 

Bill:

  1. Cozumel pedal came loose
    1. Tighten all your bolds and screws before your race

 

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

Buddy Insurance gives you peace of mind to enjoy your training and racing to their fullest.  Buddy’s mission is simple, to help people fearlessly enjoy an active and outdoor lifestyle. 

 

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Endurance News:

 

PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETES ORGANISATION ANNOUNCE  PARTNERSHIP WITH USA TRIATHLON AND DALLAS SPORTS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH THE PTO US OPEN

The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) today announced the first ever stateside PTO Tour event – The PTO US Open – in partnership with USA Triathlon, the Dallas Sports Commission and the City of Irving on 17-18th September in  Las Colinas-Irving, Texas.

 

The inaugural PTO US Open is the 3rd race of the PTO Tour which also consists of the PTO Canadian Open, the Collins Cup, the PTO Asian Open and the PTO European Open. This US stage of the PTO Tour will see the world’s greatest non-drafting professional male and female triathletes competing in Irving, Texas for a prize purse of $1,000,000.

 

The professional men’s race and women’s race, are each a 100km distance which comprises a 2km swim, 80km bike leg and a 18km run. The PTO US Open will also introduce age group racing over both the 100km and 25km distance, as well as a relay option, giving amateurs the opportunity to meet and race alongside the PTO professionals in the centrally located Las Colinas-Irving district, a short distance from downtown Dallas.

 

PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETES ORGANISATION ANNOUNCE AGE GROUP RACING AT THE COLLINS CUP

Second annual Collins Cup on 20th and 21st August 2022 at the extraordinary x-bionic®sphere in Šamorín, Slovakia.

 

This year, the Collins Cup will also introduce age group racing over the 100km distance as well as a relay option, giving amateurs the opportunity to meet and race alongside the world’s best PTO professionals from Team Europe, Team US and Team Internationals. Competitors will be able to absorb all the hair-raising, heart thumping and inspirational action from the professional race on Saturday 20th August before taking to the closed-roads course on Sunday to experience it for themselves.

 

 The Collins Cup is the 2nd race of the PTO Tour which also consists of the PTO Canadian Open and the PTO USA Open in 2022 with The PTO Asian Open and the PTO European Open being added in 2023 and will see the world’s greatest non-drafting professional male and female triathletes competing in Slovakia for a prize purse of $1,500,000.

 

The inaugural Collins Cup, the game-changing new race format for triathlon, modeled after the Ryder Cup saw three teams of Internationals, European, and USA athletes pitted against one another in 12 race matches in some of the most dynamic racing ever seen in the sport. The new format resulted in phenomenal viewing figures moving it closer to long established properties like tennis and golf.

 

The professional men’s race and women’s race will take place on Saturday 20th August, are each a 100km distance which comprises a 2km freshwater swim in the Danube river, a 80km fast and flat bike leg and a 18km run over a variety of different terrain in the beautiful countryside surrounding the x-bionic®sphere in  Šamorín.

 

Olympians Gwen Jorgensen, Laura Bennett among four triathletes to be inducted into USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen, two-time Olympian Laura Bennett and age group multisport athletes Lesley Cens-McDowell and Robert Plant today were announced as the 11th induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.

 

The USA Triathlon Hall Fame serves to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals and groups who have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport — thereby inspiring others to elevate their own performance, participation and community involvement. Founded in 2008, it has recognized the best performances and contributions in the sport’s nearly 50-year history. This year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 47.

 

“We are so excited to add these iconic athletes to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame,” said Steve Sutherland, Chair of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Executive Committee. “Gwen’s incredible rise to becoming an Olympic gold medalist is a story for the ages, Laura twice represented the U.S. at the Olympics and has given back to the multisport community following her professional career and Lesley and Robert’s age group performances throughout their long triathlon careers show us multisport is truly a lifelong sport. On top of their individual accomplishments, each of our inductees impart a love and passion for triathlon that continues to greatly influence the triathlon community.”

 

The four inductees will be honored at a premier gala hosted by the USA Triathlon Foundation on Thursday, Aug. 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the 2022 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships Aug. 6-7. The gala will be hosted at Discovery World, in the Roger & Judy Smith Family Pilot House, starting at 6:15 p.m. CT.

 

 

What's New in the 303:


Wholesome Sweeteners and Why it Supports Boulder Roubaix and Cycling

Recently the Boulder Roubaix announced its title sponsor, the Wholesome Masters Racing Team. In its 30th edition the Boulder Roubiax is a classic race in the backroads of Boulder County. It’s held every other year and according to race director Chris Grealish, “having Wholesome Sweetners AND the masters club involved has taken a lot of pressure off trying to get the race paid for as well as securing knowledgeable volunteers!  Our bill with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department for traffic control is north of $8,000 paid in advance. That’s just one cost.

 

When asked what is new this year, Chris said, “we’ve added a lap to both the pro 1-2 and Collegiate cat A groups so they do almost 100 miles in the 5 laps”. He added when asked about every other year format, “We only hold the race every other year in an attempt to preserve the fragile relationship with the 500 homeowners along the racecourse”.

 

We then caught up with President and founder of Wholesome Sweeteners and of Wholesome Masters Racing Team, Nigel Willerton to ask as few questions about sponsoring this event and cycling in general.

 

Specialized - direct to consumer

USAT Gravel Triathlon Series

Will Murray mental skills coach

 

Upcoming Guests

 

Bill Garrels, host of the Mental Healthlete

 

Video of the Week

 

Battle of the Best | Announcing the PTO Tour

 

 

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!

Jan 22, 2022

USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris joins us to talk about the last year's Olympic and Paralympic triathlon performances of Team USA, what his view is on the State of Triathlon in 2022 and gives us a preview of what to expect at this year's Endurance Exchange in March.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA CBD

 

Venga provides a better way to use CBD to help fight pain, train longer, race harder and recover faster. Venga has created a SYSTEM of CBD products that cover 100% of your CBD needs. Each product is specifically made to support an area of your endurance life.

  • Ultra Gels and Balm are great for training recovery and fighting inflammation
  • Gummies and Energy Drink are great while racing
  • Sleep Gels help you get the sleep you need for that overnight recovery

 

All Venga CBD products are 100% THC Free and water soluble! 

 

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 with Rocky Harris
  • Endurance News
    • Kristian Blummenfelt back in the news. Why Do They Swim-Bike-Run So Fast? Data.
  • What's new in the 303
    • Mountain Swim Series Announces Events for 2022
    • Inside Tracker Update

 

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!

 

Right now you can get free Electrolytes For 3 Months. This month only, when you sign up for a new UCAN subscription, we'll include a free jar of Hydrate for the next 3 months.

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Feature Interview with Rocky Harris

Rocky Harris was named Chief Executive Officer for USA Triathlon, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Body for the sport, in August 2017.  Rocky’s tenure has focused on serving the multisport community, enhancing the value USA Triathlon provides its constituents, and developing collaborative partnerships to help grow the sport. The sport saw significant growth in 2019 after nearly a decade of declines, with significant increases in participants, members, officials, coaches, sanctioned races and certified clubs. Harris has prioritized attracting non-endemic corporate partners and philanthropic donors to the sport, and the organization has more than doubled its corporate sponsorship support and funds raised through the USA Triathlon Foundation.

 

He and his wife Liz are both age-group triathletes competing regularly. They are also both fun to hang out with in Kona. Let's get into our interview with Rocky Harris.

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

Buddy Insurance gives you peace of mind to enjoy your training and racing to their fullest.  Buddy’s mission is simple, to help people fearlessly enjoy an active and outdoor lifestyle. 

 

Get on-demand accident insurance just in case the unexpected happens. Buddy ensures you have cash for bills fast.  This is accident insurance not health and life insurance.  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:

 

Why Do They Swim-Bike-Run So Fast? Data.

The most advanced science in the triathlon world can be found in Norway, where athletes embrace the data found in heat sensors, oxygen measuring masks and their feces.

In November, under stormy, tropical skies, the reigning Olympic men’s triathlon champion, Kristian Blummenfelt leapt from a pier into the Caribbean Sea. Then, 7 hours 21 minutes 12 seconds later, after swimming 2.4 miles, cycling more than 112 and running 26.2, he snapped the tape to win the Cozumel Ironman in Mexico and become the fastest ever at the Ironman distance.

 

Never mind that it had been his first attempt at the distance or that he had diarrhea for days beforehand. On the run, he ducked into a portable toilet twice, costing him over 90 seconds, and he still clocked a 2:35:24 marathon. He beat the triathlon record time by over six minutes.

 

His result shook the triathlon world to an extent that bewildered Blummenfelt, 26. “The strange thing for us was the Cozumel race got at least as much attention as the Olympics,” he said, referring to his gold medal performance at the Tokyo Games.

 

Jan Frodeno, the three-time Ironman world champion who held the record Blummenfelt appeared to break, called his Cozumel performance “next level.”

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Mountain Swim Series Announces Events for 2022

The 2022 Mountain Swim Series dates are on the books, check them out below! We will open registration before the end of January. You will get an email letting you know that registration is open! But first, a couple of quick notes:

 

Because we don’t know what this upcoming summer will look like with COVID, we will NOT have race-day registration this year, and we will have to close registration 1-week in advance of all races. Please sign up early if you

want to swim!!

 

The dates for the swim series are as follows:

 

Chilly Chatfield – Sunday June 5, 2022

1 or 2 mile swim in water that we expect to be under 65 degrees.

 

Solstice Sunrise Swim – Sunday June 19, 2022

NEW COURSE ALERT!

Events includes a 500 yard kids race, a 1.2 mile or 2.4 mile swim.

 

Carter Lake – Saturday July 16, 2022

A 3-mile swim in beautiful Northern Colorado.

We are hoping that 2022 will be the year we return to a true crossing of the lake!

 

Chatfield Classic – Sunday July 31, 2022

Limited to 200 participants, sign up in while there is still space!

1 mile or 2 mile swim.

 

The Castle 2.5K/5K/10K – Saturday August 27, 2022

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 and updates for the year can be found at https://mountainswimseries.com/

 

WERE YOU AFFECTED BY THE MARSHALL FIRE?

The Mountain Swim Series is donating gear to those affected by the Marshall Fire. Here is a community resource list to ask for the gear you need.

Please reach out to us via email at mountainswimseries.com if you lost your home in the fire and we will support your racing for the summer!

 

VOLUNTEERS!

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 2020, 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

 

 

Inside Tracker Update

Last week I shared some of the highlights of my DNA Reports. I did get my blood lab work back and have my combined DNA + Blood Bio Markers Report and have some highlights. It gave me my InnerAge of 45.9 years and areas where I'm at risk, including vitamin D deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, liver function, low sodium, muscle health, testosterone and cortisol.

 

TriDot Preseason Project

The Preseason Project is a triathlon research initiative that helps us quantify and enhance the performance gains that TriDot's Optimized Training delivers over training alternatives.

 

You qualify for the FREE training if you meet the following criteria:

 

Planning an Olympic, Half, or Full triathlon for 2022 season

Train using a device with GPS and/or power

Have not used TriDot in the last 6 months

Not a professional triathlete

Enthusiastic and motivated to get a jump start on your season!

 

Qualified participants get 2 free months of optimized triathlon training. Learn More.

 

TriDot Coach Rich Referral -

https://app.tridot.com/onboard/sign-up/richsoares

 

Upcoming Guests

 

Understanding your hydration needs in racing can make the difference between a good race.

 

 

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!

Jan 15, 2022

Joining us today is coach Chris Carmichael. He's a retired pro cyclist competing on the 84 Olympic team, 7-11 team 85-87 and Schwinn-Wheaties 88-89.  He's coached the US Men's cycling teams in 92 and 96, He's the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems and on the Board of We Ride 4.

 

Show Sponsor: VENGA CBD

Venga was started by athletes like you who wanted a better way to use CBD to help fight pain, train longer, race harder and recover faster. Venga has created a SYSTEM of CBD products that cover 100% of your CBD needs. Each product is specifically made to support an area of your endurance life.

  • Ultra Gels and Balm are great for training recovery and fighting inflammation
  • Gummies and Energy Drink are great while racing
  • Sleep Gels help you get the sleep you need for that overnight recovery

 

All Venga CBD products are 100% THC Free and water soluble! 

 

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 with Chris Carmichael
  • Endurance News
    • 1,100 bikes stolen every day: Why isn’t cutting down on bike theft more prominent in cycling policy?
  • What's new in the 303
    • Riding, Being Safe and Having Fun in the Cold–Things to Think About
    • Inside Tracker Update

 

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!

 

Right now you can get free Electrolytes For 3 Months. This month only, when you sign up for a new UCAN subscription, we'll include a free jar of Hydrate for the next 3 months.

 

Use the code 303UCAN for 20% off at ucan.co/discount/303UCAN/ or ucan.co

 

Feature Interview with Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team, the 7-Eleven Professional Cycling Team (1985-1987), and the Schwinn-Wheaties professional cycling team (1988-1989). He started coaching with the United States Cycling Federation (now USA Cycling) in 1990, was the U.S. Men’s Road Cycling team coach for the 1992 Olympic Games and the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team Head Coach for the 1996 Olympic Games.

 

In the winter of 1986, Chris suffered a broken femur in a cross-country skiing accident. He raced a shortened season in 1987, but a series of knee surgeries kept him from returning to full strength. In 1988-89, Chris raced domestically in the U.S. for the Schwinn-Wheaties Professional Cycling Team before retiring at the end of the 1989 season.

 

Chris was the U.S. Men’s Road Cycling team coach for the 1992 Olympic Games. He was named the U.S. National Coaching Director and led “Project ‘96”, a multi-disciplinary effort to put the most technologically and physiologically prepared team on the start line at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Project ’96 led to major advances in aerodynamics – including the GT Superbike – as well as altitude training, heat acclimatization, and hyperoxic training. Many of the sports science advances made during Project ’96 are still in use at the elite and amateur levels of endurance sports. Chris was the Head Coach of the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team in 1996. In 1997, he joined the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body for cycling headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, as Olympic Solidarity Coaching Instructor. He is well known for being the personal coach to cyclist Lance Armstrong - as well as George Hincapie, ice-hockey player Saku Koivu and swimmer Ed Moses. Athletes under his tutelage have reportedly won a combined total of 33 medals at the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan American Games.

 

Chris Carmichael is the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS).

 

 

Our News is sponsored by Buddy Insurance.

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:

 

1,100 bikes stolen every day: Why isn’t cutting down on bike theft more prominent in cycling policy?

A study into bike theft in the UK has revealed that a staggering 1,100 bikes are stolen every day, and yet, theft is rarely a barrier discussed by policymakers looking to increase cycling participation.

 

Each year, 80,000 stolen bikes go unclaimed for, presumably with owners either shelling out for a new model, or giving up on their cycling altogether, an unfortunate fate given that a fifth of owners listed their bicycle and kit as their ‘most important possession’.

 

Whilst the survey, commissioned by Direct Line, showed that 16% of its participants spent a “whopping £500 on their bike and accessories”, a 2021 study across Cycling Weekly’s publisher’s readers put the average spend figure at £2,685 (Future Publishing BikeTrack Survey, 2021).

 

For enthusiasts - the people for whom cycling is already a regular pastime, and who are therefore less likely to be put off by road traffic - the loss of a bike is likely an even more substantial financial outlay, arguably making bike theft a key detractor.

 

Statistics from the UK and US show that whilst 19% and 20% of victims report the loss of a bicycle to the police, only 5% of those stolen are returned each year. Instead, victims, and indeed cycling security brands are putting in the effort to seek solutions.

 

One owner lucky (or, resourceful) enough to have his stolen bikes returned in November last year was David Wilkins, who used an AirTag GPS tracker to help police retrieve three stolen bikes, the highest in value a £10,000 Specialized.

 

Relaying the story to Cycling Weekly, Wilkins told us: “[The police] were very helpful, but I got the impression they couldn’t do too much as they said the location wasn’t specific enough,” he “took the matter into [his] own hands” and even having located the bikes was told by police that the “AirTag could still be inaccurate," only gaining traction when he and an officer “pressed our ears up against the window of the property” and “heard beep, beep, beep.” Whilst the police no doubt have a lot on their hands, it shouldn't be down to victims to play Cluedo on tens of thousands of pounds worth of stolen belongings.

 

Bike locks have also become more sophisticated, with the likes of Hiplok seeking to produce an angle grinder-resistant solution last year.

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Riding, Being Safe and Having Fun in the Cold–Things to Think About

This article will hopefully point out some not so obvious challenges, ideas and solutions to help you enjoy winter riding outdoors more.

 

Riding outside in the Colorado winter comes with increased risks, but often with un-anticipated rewards. I, like so many, have come to enjoy indoor riding much more thanks to my smart trainer (Saris H3) and my motivating software, Zwift. But it doesn’t replace the crisp Colorado air and snowy vistas and a sense of not only being outside and refreshed, but sort of conquering the elements too.

 

Yes, as we know, there can be single layer, short sleeved days in the middle of Winter here along the front range, but rarely is it good to leave the house without at least a vest, gloves, arm warmers and “legs”. For me, come mid-November the toe covers are on and stay on until  March.

 

Shadows: The sun angle is lower and causes much deeper and darker shadows. So much so if you look at these two pictures you will barely see a rock (about the size of the palm of my hand) in the shadow about 8 feet ahead compared to when I moved the rock into the sun a few inches to the left. These pictures were taken at 1:30pm. Hazards like rocks, potholes and especially ice are well hid by shadows, even narrow ones from a fence post. Also the colder surface temperature in a shadow can house clear “black” ice—super dangerous to cyclists.

 

Moved the rock into the sun

Visibility: With the sun angle lower, sun glare happens much earlier in the day and is more intense and lasts longer. Bright colors or lights won’t be as effective. Wearing a lightweight vest or jacket and leaving it unzipped makes it flap and draws attention (as long as it’s not too annoying to yourself).

 

Roads vs. Bike paths. While bike paths might offer a safer feeling with no cars, they can often be much sloppier longer after a snow storm. That’s because most paths follow the grade of the land so they slope in one direction. Thus snow or water on the sides tend to drain into the path rather than away from it like on a road. Roads are generally “crowned” in the middle and slope towards drainage and dry out quicker and sit higher than the surrounding land.

 

Route Planning: Avoid riding past 4pm for reasons noted above with sun glare and quick temperature changes. If riding late, avoid riding into the sun so plan your routes accordingly. Also, riding in canyons can be very unpredictable with even deeper shadows. They hold snow and ice longer and coatings of mag chloride used to melt snow can leave roads looking almost wet and further disguise ice. Cold air pockets in canyons can drop temperatures very quickly. Rides with steep climbs that make us sweat might make us extra chilly going down, so bringing a large, thin, easy-to-put-on jacket for descents is often worthwhile. Routes with short climbs, rolling hills and some more technical turns offer variety which can be good for “moving around” on the bike with standing and shifting hands that will help keep you warmer.

 

Body fatigue: On a road or triathlon bike in particular, you will feel the road more in the cold. The bike feels stiffer in the cold, your body is typically stiffer so eventually you will feel more fatigue from the jarring and vibration than when it’s warm. Lowering your tire pressure 5lbs or so can make a big difference in comfort.

 

Clothing: In general we all know about the importance of layers and the wonderful fabrics that allow moisture wicking and wind blocking. Probably the biggest bangs for the buck are a good base layer for your torso, toe covers, arm and leg warmers, neck gators, and a skull cap. All of these can be fairly affordable and when added to jackets, vests, jerseys etc, can make a huge difference in comfort. They carry easily, and can be easy to take off and on in changing temperatures. Water and windproof fabrics are great, but can sometimes cause sweating which will eventually make you cold. If it’s sunny out, maybe just opt for basic gloves and outerwear.

 

Fit is king, just like a bike. The better the fit, the more comfortable, the better blood circulation and the the better the experience.  Thicker socks or gloves may cause worse circulation and make you colder. Keep extremities dextrous and warm; numb feet and hands are not good! Also note Gloves too big can get caught on gear and brake levers or catch your hoods when shifting your hands and can cause a crash.

 

Latex gloves can be a life saver. Combined with another glove, they can add a lot of warmth and are great for unexpected moisture and are super easy to stash in your bike bag–and very cheap.

 

Toe covers provide really good protection. Neoprene ones are the least expensive but can cause sweating more quickly so for a few extra dollars consider a breathable but water/wind proof fabric.

 

Full foot covers are great when it’s really cold and going to stay cold. They may make your feet too warm though if the temperatures climb. It might be best to start with toe covers that you can use in a much bigger variety of temperatures and if they aren’t enough you can always get full foot protectors.

 

All in all, it takes a while to figure out what’s going to work best to keep you warm, but try, it will be worth it. Just be a bit more cautious and aware and enjoy the snowy vistas!

 

 

Inside Tracker Update

We heard Morgan Pearson talk about how Inside Tracker is helping him dial in his optimal health and diet/supplement choices.

What IT is? 

Inside Tracker analyzes your biomarkers, using cutting-edge science and technology, to provide ultra-customized recommendations aimed at transforming your body. A biomarker is a biological indicator of your body's internal condition, which can be measured in the blood. Tracking these biomarkers at regular intervals over time, and following a personalized plan to improve them, is a great way to transform your overall health, longevity, performance, and well-bein

 

What value?

I've done the DNA Report and did the blood draw on Tuesday of this week. As soon as I get the results from the lab work, I'll be sure to share it. A couple weeks ago you had asked about the insights I got from Inside Tracker

 

DNA Reports.

  • According to your genetic data, you're likely to have average potential to excel at power-type sports that use bursts of power such as weight-lifting and sprinting. You may have to work harder to excel at endurance sports such as distance running and cycling.
  • Based on the genes we looked at, you have an average genetic risk for lower testosterone. If your blood testosterone levels are low, you may find it harder to reach your athletic performance goals.
  • Much of the testosterone in your body is bound to a protein called SHBG, and only about 1 to 2 percent circulates freely in your blood.  This report looks at a single genetic variant that can affect the amount of free testosterone in your blood. You have an increased genetic potential for higher blood levels of free testosterone. If you're struggling to reach your athletic performance goals, it might be good for you to consider getting your blood tested for free testosterone.

Your red blood cells are packed with hemoglobin, the oxygen transporter in red blood cells.

  • The iron in the hemoglobin protein binds oxygen and carries it from the lungs to the rest of

the body, so it’s a key factor in athletic performance.  This report looks at a single genetic variant that can affect your hemoglobin level.  Based on one genetic marker, you have an average genetic risk for lower blood levels of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in your red blood cells. Your muscles need oxygen for optimal performance.

  • Many standard blood tests include hemoglobin so check your latest report from your doctor to see what your blood hemoglobin level really is. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in red blood cell production. Since red blood cells carry oxygen to your muscles, your B12 level can be a factor in performance.

This report looks at a single genetic variant that can affect your B12 level. Your body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen, so this vitamin is crucial for performance. Based on one genetic marker, you have an elevated genetic potential for slightly higher blood levels of vitamin B12.

  • Tendons connect muscles to bone. When your tendons are flexible, you can have better overall flexibility and range of motion. You’re also less likely to injure your tendons — when they’re under strain, flexible tendons are more likely to stretch than tear. This flexibility is partly genetic, which is why some people naturally have tighter or looser joints and range of motion analysis examines a single genetic variant to determine your potential of tendon and ligament injury (like tendonitis and ACL tears). You have an average genetic risk for tendon stiffness and injury, but you'll still need to exercise smart. To avoid an injury, remember to warm up before your workout.
  • Good news! Based on a single genetic variant, you're not at increased risk of gluten sensitivity. There are no guarantees, of course, so if you develop any food sensitivities make sure to rule out gluten.
  • Good news — based on a single gene variant, you're not likely to develop lactose intolerance. There are no guarantees, of course, so if you develop any food sensitivities make sure to rule out dairy.
  • You have a gene variant that makes you more likely to have a peanut allergy, but your chances of actually having a peanut allergy are still very low. The average risk of a peanut allergy is 1.5%; your potential risk is only 3%. If you have any food sensitivities, you'll want to get tested to find out whether you should avoid peanuts.
  • While your DNA is your master code, things don’t always get built exactly according to plan. There are many factors that affect how you grow and change and react to your surroundings. Your DNA is only one factor.
  • Upgrade your InsideTracker experience to include blood analysis, and we'll combine your DNA and blood results in an exclusive report. You'll discover how you are currently expressing your genetic potential, and receive the best, mostpersonalized recommendations, all scientifically proven to help you achieve your

health goals.

  • The combined analysis includes: Blood test (most plans), results review and analysis DNA and blood test results comparison, with recommendations to achieve your health goal Actionable recommendations customized for your preferences, habits and bloodwork Recipes and focus foods tailored to your goal, bloodwork results and preferences

 

 

TriDot Preseason Project

The Preseason Project is a triathlon research initiative that helps us quantify and enhance the performance gains that TriDot's Optimized Training delivers over training alternatives.

 

You qualify for the FREE training if you meet the following criteria:

 

Planning an Olympic, Half, or Full triathlon for 2022 season

Train using a device with GPS and/or power

Have not used TriDot in the last 6 months

Not a professional triathlete

Enthusiastic and motivated to get a jump start on your season!

 

Qualified participants get 2 free months of optimized triathlon training. Learn More.

 

TriDot Coach Rich Referral -

https://app.tridot.com/onboard/sign-up/richsoares

 

 

Video of the Week:

 

Breaking Barriers: Sub7 Sub8 IRONMAN Distance.

 

 

 

Mark Allen: it can be done with a 45 minute swim, 3:45 bike, 2:30 run. 3 helpers on the swim, 4 on the bike and another 3 on the run.  Gives examples of Jan Frodeno and Allistair Brownlee splits and makes it sound very doable

10 athletes wherever they want.

 

Notes on Craig Howie

96 Kona

Tim DeBoom fan

UNC women's swimming coach

UNC first triathlon

Qualified 4 times kona; 4th time dnf 2008; 10 days before the race got hit by a car. I remember Sean Kelly

1st Leadville 50 he wins; focused on the 100 2012-2014

Dana Willet was on his crew

He and his dad connected through guitar; not wrestling

The golden ratio; Fibonacci

 

Upcoming Guests

 

USAT CEO Rocky Harris is joining us later this month to talk about the state of triathlon and give us a sneak preview of this yea's Endurance Exchange.  give sent out his year end message and here's what he said.

 

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!

Jan 8, 2022

Silver medalist Morgan Pearson joins us today to talk about his recent USATF Half Marathon Championships with an impressive 1:01:47, the Tokyo experience, the mixed relay Silver and more.

Morgan was the first male to qualify for the 2020 Triathlon Olympic team.  competed in both the men's event and the won silver in the Mixed Relay with teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb.  Pearson currently trains in Boulder and is coached by Dean Golich.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview Morgan Pearson
  • Endurance News
    • PeopleForBikes Staff to Speak at Upcoming CES Tech Convention
  • What's new in the 303
    • Rob Quinn and El Tour De Tucson
    • Old Man Winter donating to Marshal File

 

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Feature Interview with Morgan Pearson

Pearson, 27, is originally from Spring Lake, New Jersey, where he grew up as a competitive swimmer, ocean lifeguard and promising high school runner. He went on to run cross-country and track & field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American. He got his start in elite triathlon through USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, which identifies top NCAA swimmers and runners who have the potential to excel as triathletes. After winning the overall title at the USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships in 2017, he debuted as an elite triathlete in 2018. He is experiencing a breakout 2021 season, winning bronze in Yokohama on May 15 and silver in Leeds, England, on June 6, to become the first U.S. male ever to earn multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals. His older brother, Andrew, passed away in March of 2021, and after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in Yokohama, Pearson said, "He gave me the boost I needed today, and I was just thinking about him. Hopefully when I’m at the Olympics, he’ll be there with me.”

 

Morgan was the first male to qualify for the 2020 Triathlon Olympic team.  competed in both the men's event and the won silver in the Mixed Relay with teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb.  Pearson currently trains in Boulder and is coached by Dean Golich.

 

Go to interview

 

Triathlon Career

 

2021: Qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a bronze-medal performance at the World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15 • Became the first U.S. man in history to win multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals, earning silver in Leeds on June 6 • Made his Olympic Games debut in Tokyo on July 26, placing 42nd in the men's individual event • Earned an silver medal in the debut of Triathlon Mixed Relay at the Olympic Games on July 31, teaming up with Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb. Pearson and McDowell are the first U.S. men in history to medal in a triathlon event at the Olympic Games.

 

2020: Placed eighth as the top U.S. man at the 2020 World Triathlon Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 5 • Was part of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2020 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 6

 

2019: Finished 5th at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, on March 2 • Placed 7th at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, on March 16 • Finished 36th at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup, on March 31 • Finished 29th at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, on April 27 • Placed 15th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, on May 18 • Earned silver at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 9 • Finished 41st at the Nur-Sultan ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 15 • Placed 6th at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, on July 20 • Earned bronze as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton, on July 21 • Placed 25th at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16 • Was the highest-placing U.S. man at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Aug. 31, finishing 11th

 

2018: Closed his season with a top-five finish at the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup on Oct. 21 • Teamed up with Renée Tomlin, Jason West and Taylor Spivey at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Mixed Relay American Championships on Oct. 14 (held in a duathlon format), anchoring the team to the win • Earned a career-best 4th-place finish at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13 • Finished 41st at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 16 • Earned his first elite victory at the Montreal CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on August 25 • Finished 46th at the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Earned a silver medal at the Wuustwezel ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup on June 23, his first podium as an elite triathlete • Placed 18th at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Antwerp on June 17 • Finished 17 at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Cagliari on June 2 • Placed 14th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 12 • Finished 6th at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Chengdu on May 6 • Placed 14th at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25 • Raced in his first elite ITU competition at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 10, placing 7th as one of the top ITU World Cup debuts in U.S. history

 

2017: In his first national-level triathlon competition, claimed the men’s overall title and qualified for his elite license at the USA Triathlon Age-Group Sprint National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska

 

Collegiate Running Accolades: Member of the 2014 NCAA National Champion CU Boulder men’s cross-country team • Seven-time All-American in cross-country and track • Set the eighth-fastest mark for a CU Buff in the outdoor 5k with a time of 13:26:22 in 2015 • Placed third in the 5k at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in 2015

 

Inside Tracker

  • Profile diet and the type of supplements you are willing to take and exercise
  • Uploaded my 23 and Me data
  • Received my DNA Report
  • BioMarker eBook
  • Inside Tracker Blog
  • Noticed that Morgan Pearson is using Inside Tracker and noticed that vitamin B12 and ferritin levels were not optimized. Inside tracker suggested animal products and fortified foods to optimize my B12. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron - I have been taking an iron supplement and trying to eat non-processed red meats more frequently.

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

PeopleForBikes Staff to Speak at Upcoming CES Tech Convention

January 4, 2022

BOULDER, COLO. (Jan. 4, 2022) /ENDURANCESPORTSWIRE/ – PeopleForBikes, a national bicycling advocacy nonprofit and the U.S. bicycle industry’s trade association, will have several staff members participating in panels and presentations at the upcoming CES trade show, taking place Jan. 5-8, 2022 in Winchester, Nevada.

 

CES — the most influential tech event in the world — has been the global stage for innovation for more than 50 years. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES is the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators.

 

“We could not be more excited and proud to have members of our team speaking at such an important conference,” said Jenn Dice, president and CEO of PeopleForBikes. “We know that technology like electric bicycles have a massive potential to completely revolutionize the way Americans recreate and move about their everyday lives. Having the opportunity to share our work and knowledge with such a large audience will only grow PeopleForBikes’ and the bike industry’s role as thought leaders in this space.”

 

PeopleForBikes, Call2Recycle and industry leaders from Alta Cycling Group and Bosch eBike Systems will be sharing the latest information on the industry wide electric bicycle battery recycling program during a panel on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m. Anticipating a massive increase in electric bicycle use for both recreation and transportation, more than 40 bike industry leaders from 20 PeopleForBikes member companies worked together to design the nationwide program. It aims to address the environmental concerns with lithium ion battery recycling and ensure batteries at their end of life end up in the proper recycling stream and out of landfills, and represents the first transportation sector united under one battery recycling solution.

 

PeopleForBikes Director of Federal Affairs Noa Banayan will join Dave Snyder of CalBike for an update on the federal e-bike policies, like the E-BIKE Act and three-class definition. The E-BIKE Act would offer Americans a refundable tax credit of up to $1500 on the purchase of a qualifying new electric bicycle. Banayan will also provide larger updates on the role of e-bikes in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the status of the Build Back Better Act, which proposes nearly $12 billion for bikes, including the e-bike tax credit, a bicycle commuter benefit and climate and equity infrastructure grants.

 

“In 2021, policymakers at every level of government in the U.S. began to leverage the power of e-bikes to meet larger policy goals on climate change, economic growth, equity and mobility,” said Banayan. “In 2022, PeopleForBikes aims to promote meaningful and wide reaching incentives for e-bikes and bike riding in 2022, including the E-BIKE Act and the Bicycle Commuter Act before Congress.”

 

Ash Lovell, Ph.D., PeopleForBikes’ electric bicycle policy and campaign director, will join a panel on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on the opportunity electric cargo bikes provide for urban delivery. The panel, which will include speakers from the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, Coaster Cycles and BrightDrop, will cover electric cargo bike’s role in the future of last-mile delivery and micromobility and what regulatory and legislative considerations need to be accounted for to make their adoption a reality.

 

What's New in the 303:

 

El Tour De Tucson Rob Quinn Style_Apacheria Part 3

By Rob Quinn, Dirt Journal

 

Dateline 1736. Twenty miles south of the Mexican border. Rancher Bernardo de Urrea, a Mexican of Basque heritage knew all too well what a full moon meant. It meant a higher-than-average chance of raiding Apaches who routinely swept through the Rancheros in search of plunder but so far, de Urrera’s little slice of paradise had been left alone. Named after a Basque term that roughly translates into sturdy oak, he named his Ranchero Arizona. And the rest as they say is history.

 

One threat that’s accompanying the full moon for me, is the 38th annual El Tour de Tucson 102 mile bike race. I say race because the entire course is closed to traffic and your time is recorded and a winner named. Although it has the laid-back vibe of a Ride-the-Rockies type event, the clock is ticking and you see a higher degree of effort. I’ve done the event a dozen times starting when we lived in San Diego over 30 years ago. It’s a great way to end the season and keep the training up. It’s also a fun getaway for my non cyclist (a little Mountain biking) wife who is flying into PHX Sky Harbor airport (always liked that name, reminds me of a Dead or Panic song)  then driving down to Tucson aka “The Old Pueblo” the next day with me.

 

This is a multi-part series on Rob’s journey to the Southwest to ride his mountain bike and road bike, Part one: HERE, Part two HERE

 

That leaves time for one more ride. I may be stupid but I’m not crazy. If you noticed I never mentioned my road bike in the previous two articles, it’s because you’d have to be absolutely bat-shit nuts to ride a road bike in Phoenix. This comes from a guy that rode nearly every day for a decade in Southern California.

 

I had my eye on an open space park called Papago Park close to our place and ASU for some off-road miles. www.tempetourism.com Described as 1,500 acres filled with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and lagoons. What it does not mention that until recently, it was home to one of the largest homeless camps in the state. That sort of defined the area enough that when we were looking for a place for Paris Hilton (my daughter) and a nice condo in our price range was open, right across from the great trails? We passed. The camp has since been disbanded, but not unlike the desert of Apacheria, that area can be filled with outlaws and boogiemen when the sun sets.

 

I take off from our condo in full trail kit. 34 pound trail rig, loaded Osprey and a baggie kit. You’d have thought I was dressed like an astronaut by the looks of my neighbors as a I muscled the rig down the recently repainted steps. It’s about a 3 mile ride through Tempe and across the Tempe town lake to the park. Riding on the sidewalk with headphones off, all senses needed, I am almost hit three times. The Tempe town lake is interesting. About 20 years ago they dammed the end of the Salt River and the next week that area hosted the annual IRONMAN race. It’s the only time you can swim in that lake.

 

You can SUP, crew, or Kayak but no touchy! Which I find one step down from torture if it’s a balmy 115 out and you can’t jump in the lake? We all have our definition of hell. No wonder the ASU Mascot is the Sun Devil.

 

Out of harms way I cruise into the park. It’s 12 noon and around 90 degrees. The forecast calls for a 20 degree drop for El Tour. When I enter, I see a picnic table of middle aged males drinking and smoking weed. At the top of the hill, I see a Tempe PD SUV. Just like the Law shadowed the outlaws in the old days, some things never change.

 

TriDot Preseason Project

The Preseason Project is a triathlon research initiative that helps us quantify and enhance the performance gains that TriDot's Optimized Training delivers over training alternatives.

 

You qualify for the FREE training if you meet the following criteria:

 

Planning an Olympic, Half, or Full triathlon for 2022 season

Train using a device with GPS and/or power

Have not used TriDot in the last 6 months

Not a professional triathlete

Enthusiastic and motivated to get a jump start on your season!

 

Qualified participants get 2 free months of optimized triathlon training. Learn More.

 

TriDot Coach Rich Referral -

https://app.tridot.com/onboard/sign-up/richsoares

 

 

Video of the Week:

 

Craig Howie, Pro Triathlete and Coach turned Electric Guitar Creator and Craftsman

 

 

 

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon: Morgan Pearson (USA)

 

 

 

Upcoming Guests

 

USAT CEO Rocky Harris is joining us later this month to talk about the state of triathlon and give us a sneak preview of this yea's Endurance Exchange.  give sent out his year end message and here's what he said.

 

Closing:

Merry Christmas!  Be sure to tell us your favorites from 2021!

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!

Jan 1, 2022

This is our New Year's Special, and we are featuring our 2021 pick for most inspiring interview.  We are replaying our interview with Tez Steinberg about his solo row across the Pacific 2700 miles from California to Oahu, HI in 71 days.  The physical, mental, technical and mechanical challenges seem to be an Everest-level achievement.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview and Discussion
    • Top Pick of 2021 Tez Steinberg
    • 2022 Goals and Resolutions
  • Endurance News
    • World Athlete Rule Change in 2024 on Running Shoes
  • What's new in the 303
    • Marshall fire in Boulder Louisville and Superior burn 500 hundreds homes
    • Top 10 Articles of 2021
    • Inside Tracker Update

 

Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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Feature Interview/Discussion

We spoke to Tez Steinberg in the summer of 2019.  He was preparing to do the solo row from California to Hawaii in the winter 2019-2020.  We stayed in touch to follow his story.  His schedule was delayed until the summer of 2020.  While most of us were isolating because of COVID, Tez was isolated by himself for 6 weeks 2,700 miles, documenting the plastic in the Pacific and collecting , and raising $76K for scholarships to United World College.  

 

Captain's Blog: United World Challenge - United World Challenge

 

UWC - What is UWC?

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

Nike Vaporfly and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Controversy

On January 31, 2020, World Athletics, the governing body for professional track and field,[3] issued new guidelines concerning shoes to be used in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.[4] These updates came to answer the complaints many people have had concerning the technology in the Nike Vaporfly running shoes. These complaints have been happening since 2017-2018 but World Athletics did not give a more clear answer until January 2020.[5] The major changes of these guidelines state that the "sole must be no thicker than 40mm" and that "the shoe must not contain more than one rigid embedded plate or blade (of any material) that runs either the full length or only part of the length of the shoe. The plate may be in more than one part but those parts must be located sequentially in one plane (not stacked or in parallel) and must not overlap".[4] The components of the shoes are not the only thing that had major changes; starting April 30, 2020, "any shoe must have been available for purchase by any athlete on the open retail market (online or in store) for a period of four months before it can be used in competition".

 

 

1/1/2020 - The Nike Vaporfly Just Survived a Potential Ban

World Athletics (track and field’s governing body, formerly the International Association of Athletics Federations) made its highly anticipated announcement on the regulation of running shoe technology. Although there had been rumors in recent weeks—aggravated by several bogus news stories—that the organization was planning on making Nike’s coveted Vaporfly Next% racing shoe illegal in elite competition, this does not appear to be the case.

 

Rather, World Athletics will be prohibiting the use of shoe prototypes in competition. (This is a good idea.) The new rule states: “From 30 April 2020, any shoe must have been available for purchase by any athlete on the open retail market (online or in store) for a period of four months before it can be used in competition. If a shoe is not openly available to all then it will be deemed a prototype and use of it in competition will not be permitted.”

 

Additionally, World Athletics has issued an “immediate moratorium” on any shoe that has a heel stack height of more than 40 millimeters and more than “one rigid embedded plate or blade (of any material).”

 

Placing a limit on sole thickness has been one of the proposed solutions on how to best regulate shoe technology going forward. The breakthrough innovation of Nike’s original Vaporfly 4% shoe, released in 2017, was that it combined a carbon fiber plate with an unusually thick (over 30 millimeters) super lightweight Pebax foam midsole. Some fear that if this design development goes unchecked, racing shoes might veer towards the farcical; imagine future runners bounding along in airy platform shoes.

 

Make no mistake, the new 40-millimeter limit is not arbitrary. The maximum stack height of Nike’s Vaporfly Next% is usually reported at around 36 millimeters, and therefore sneaks under the new threshold. However, the shoes that Eliud Kipchoge wore when he became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours last year in Vienna (code name: “AlphaFly”) are potentially well over the limit, although Nike has not provided any data since the shoe hasn’t been released. 

 

12/23/21 -

World Athletics has approved new shoe rules and regulations for competition. The new rules have brought a major update to the future of the sport, as athletes will not be allowed to wear shoes that have over a 20mm stack height during competition. This rule is set to be implemented in November 2024, which is after the Paris Summer Olympics and the 2024 Diamond League season.

 

The previous rule was 20mm stack height for sprint and hurdle events up to 400m and 25mm for events 800m and above. The sport has seen a technological revolution in footwear over the past 10 years, but with new innovations come challenges to maintain a fair level of competition.

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

How to help Boulder County fire victims

Several organizations are collecting donations to help people affected by Thursday's devastating wildfire in Boulder County.

 

The Marshall Fire has destroyed more than 500 homes and burned more than 1,600 acres as of Thursday evening. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated as the fire spreads through the Superior, Louisville and Broomfield areas.

 

Several Colorado nonprofits are collecting funds to help people affected by the fires. Here's how to help. Community Foundation Boulder County

Salvation Army

American Red Cross

YMCA evacuation center

 

 

 

Inside Tracker

  • Profile diet and the type of supplements you are willing to take and exercise
  • Uploaded my 23 and Me data
  • Received my DNA Report
  • BioMarker eBook
  • Inside Tracker Blog
  • Noticed that Morgan Pearson is using Inside Tracker and noticed that vitamin B12 and ferritin levels were not optimized. Inside tracker suggested animal products and fortified foods to optimize my B12. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron - I have been taking an iron supplement and trying to eat non-processed red meats more frequently.

 

 

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Rocky Harris sent out his year end message and here's what he said.

A few things stood out to me in 2021:

  • Events were back! The joy of seeing in-person events back is hard to put into words. The energy, camaraderie, competition. And what an events season it was.
  • Everyone in our community – race directors, coaches, clubs, officials, volunteers and athletes – continuing to work tirelessly to bring our sport back from the depths of 2020.
  • The Olympics and Paralympics were historic with US athletes taking home the most medals of any country. Such awe-inspiring performances, in the face of so much adversity and uncertainty.
  • Together, We Thrive. This year was full of incredible people doing equally incredible things to make our sport and community more diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible. We look forward to working with people across the country to amplify voices, celebrate successes and use multisport for what it is truly all about – bringing people together.

 

There is no doubt 2022 and beyond will bring us a future brighter than it ever has been. And that future has been created by you. So I thank you – for all you’ve done, continue to do, and will do; for challenging USA Triathlon to be the best organization it can be; for never backing down in the face of an incredibly trying 20 months; for giving all of yourself to our sport and community.

 

Morgan Pearson and Inside Wrapper

 

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