This week is our Amazing Racers episode. We are going to be talking to coach and author Marc Bloom about the book Amazing Racers, the story of America's greatest running team and their revolutionary coach, Bill Aris of the Fayetteville-Manlius high school cross country team.
We timed the interview to correspond with my annual NXR trip to Phoenix. My daughter is racing in the regional XC meet and I'm in the XC state of mind.
Thanks to last week's guest, Matt Bach, Director of UCAN Triathlon who talked about how he cracked the nutrition code and why he now works for UCAN.
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We have award-winning track and field journalist Marc Bloom with us today. He is a senior writer for Runner's World magazine and the author of many books including, including Amazing Racers. Available at Amazon.
The book is about cross-country runners of Fayetteville-Manlius, or F-M, in upstate New York have dominated high school running for 15 years, sweeping boys’ and girls’ titles at the Nike Cross Nationals championships (NXN) in 2014 in an unprecedented achievement. The girls’ team, empowered by Aris’ unique, unwavering brand of gender equity, has won 11 of the last 13 NXN titles, some by margins of over 100 points. The boys’ team has the best cumulative national record of NXN podium performances
Marc's resume includes Editor and chief at The Runner Magazine 1978-87, then merged with Runners World and then re-retrieved The Harrier 1989-2011. He helped launch the first national HS Team Rankings in 1989 and first Nike Nationals competition.
Let's get into the interview with Marc Bloom.
Sponsor - Riplaces:
Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information
Shout Out to UCAN:
I'd like to throw out a complimentary plug for Generation UCAN. As I mentioned with Matt, I discovered UCAN in the preparation for my last Ironman. I'm using UCAN now and really loving it. I mix a bottle of UCAN the night before my morning workouts and then drink the bottle on the way to the pool or when warming up on the trainer. After that, I have the hydration formula for the remainder of the workout that has no fuel but has sodium. Both products taste great and I'm really like the blender bottle. If you want to try it for yourself, check out the starter pack link in the show notes. https://www.generationucan.com/product/ucan-tri-starter-pack/
What's New in the 303:
World Record Spin Class
Friends DO Let Friends Race Draft-Legal Tri–What a Blast!!
A couple of months ago some friends encouraged me to try our first draft-legal triathlon. I’ve been doing non-draft triathlons for nearly 15 years, and thought it was time to try something new. “First” experiences at my age are rare! I tapped into a rush of adrenaline yesterday that almost made vomit at the finish line! That’s cool!! Not the vomit part, but the tapping into that much human drive. I want more of it and I’ll be back for it next year!
“Perhaps this is a sign,” Teri Ward on winning another 303 contest–with Rinny surprise
Of all times, during the week of the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships, Teri lost her beloved husband Chuck, after a battle with cancer. 2019 has been a tough year for Teri. She also attempted IRONMAN Boulder in June and was not able to finish. With hopes of qualifying for Kona, her summer turned upside down with the disappointing race, but much more importantly, with a turn for the worse as Chuck’s battle with melanoma cancer worsened.
When told of winning Teri said, “A couple of friends pointed out that I had won a Kona bag. What a surprise! You see, I had DNF’d at IRONMAN Boulder this year, missing a Kona slot, then my husband’s fight against cancer took a turn for the worst in August and my motivation to train was very limited and my darling husband passed the week of Kona and I haven’t been sure if I would ever train again. Perhaps this is a sign that I am meant to use his determination and strength as motivation to keep up my Kona quest.”
Races this weekend include Ironman Arizona and Ironman Cozumel
There are tons of Coloradans racing in Arizona this Sunday. I ran into Melanie Mitchell from Poppy Sports in the village. She's here with Lori Pacheco and Maureen Kennedy. We also know TO is racing in Cozumel. The
IRONMAN Couer d’Alene Returning 2021 as part of Three City Rotation
The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company (Nasdaq: WSG), announced today that the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will once again play host to a full-distance IRONMAN® triathlon on Sunday, June 27, 2021 as part of a renewed multi-year host venue agreement. IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will serve as the second location of the rotating IRONMAN triathlon for 2021, with the event shifting back to an IRONMAN 70.3® triathlon in 2022 and 2023. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Sponsor - Riplaces:
Our post interview discussion is sponsored by Riplaces. Riplaces are an elastic lace system that integrates a bungee loop with a plastic core to connect the loop in each eyelet of your running shoe. The bungees come in 5 sizes to achieve custom tension for the perfect fit. The bungees and the cores come in a variety of colors and styles to help you personalize your set. Or, you can choose the MHE logo package. Pro triathlete proven and endorsed, use the code MHE25 to get that 25% discount. Go to www.riplaces.com for more information, or go to the MHE Sponsor Discounts page by going to www.milehighendurance.com, or directly to https://www.riplaces.com/collections/mile-high-endurance
Video of the Week:
Coach Bill Aris - Today Show
“A Stotan is one who hardens, strengthens (and) toughens…the (mind &) body by consistent habits and regular exercises, which are consciously and irrevocably made part of the life plan of the individual, as well as consciously determining that the mind will be cultivated upon such abstractions as purity, beauty and logic. Erudition, in as complete a degree as possible shall be the lifelong aim: Truth, in relation to all aspects of life, the unending search.
Marcus Smith of InnerFight on the topic of how to develop mental strength and how to leverage mental strength in times of adversity.
Olympic triathlete, 70.3 World Champ and PhD Joanna Zeiger to follow up on her study of adult athletes and CBD and THC usage. This is going to be a live interview at Launch Espresso on Saturday, December.
Chris Helwick, a Colorado athlete making a comeback to his professional career as a decathlete (after a 6 year retirement) to make a third and final attempt at qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
Good luck to all of those racing at Regional XC meets this weekend. Good luck to those racing IMAZ and IM Cozumel.
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