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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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Apr 3, 2021

This week we have the 2019 Ironman European Championship Frankfurt – 1st and Ironman 70.3 Boulder – 1st.  She finished in 6th at Challenge Daytona a couple of months ago and 5th at Challenge Miami last month.  Pro triathlete Skye Moench has made an amazing comeback from her bike crash the kept her from racing at Kona back in 2019.  She's already qualified for Kona and we can't wait to see how the rest of her season goes in 2021.

 

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Skye Moench
  • Endurance News - Bike Stop Law
  • What New in the 303 - USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan
  • Video of the Week - Skye Moench and OWS with the dogs…

 

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Interview with Skye Moench

Despite having a limited background in endurance sports—Skye ran track and cross-country while in high school, but only biked and swam recreationally—she’s made a name for herself in just her third full year as a pro. In 2019, Moench, who lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Matt, established herself as a formidable competitor with four Ironman 70.3 podiums, plus a surprise win at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany.

As we said earlier she's qualified for Kona and she's come out of 2020 with a strong performance at Challenge Daytona and same at Challenge Miami.  We can't wait to chat with her about her big comeback and her plan for the rest of the 2021 season.

 

Let's get into our interview with Skye Moench.

 

Interview summary:

Skye's dog runs with her and was part of her proposal.

Parents divorced and moved to us in 7th grade.

Not a focused athlete in HS.

100 and 400

Skate skier

Fun with numbers - like debits and credits

2009 first triathlon

2010 first bike

2015 switched to pro

IM AZ 2016

It's only gotten faster since then

Cam Coach

Team Sutto philosophy

4th at St George regional championship

Pre Kona wreck

Sept 24 40 hour training ride; right by her house; arm warmers

The big comeback from the bike crash; metal elbow and thumb; two surgeries

Physical therapy

Challenge Miami paid less than Daytona

Bill Christie at Challenge

 

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Endurance News:

Utah, North Dakota latest to adopt safety stop law for cyclists

Utah and North Dakota became the latest states to adopt the controversial Idaho Stop law, allowing cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign. Utah and North Dakota join Idaho, Washington, Delaware, Arkansas, and Oregon. In addition, a California coalition is backing another legislative attempt this year to adopt the Idaho Stop, also known as the safety stop law. In addition, the Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed the legislation.

"Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for a cyclist to be," said Crys Lee, Bike Utah executive director. "This law should increase bicycle safety at stop-signed intersections as it has in places with similar laws like Delaware, where they saw a 23% decrease after enacting their stop as yield law in 2017."

Lee said Bike Utah will work with partners to collect data to prove why safety stop laws are effective in making intersections safer for cyclists. Critics of the safety stop say it's better to have an unambiguous set of laws that apply to all road users and having cyclists following separate rules makes their actions less predictable to motorists.

"As other states follow suit, they need to gather data and gather as many people and supporters as possible, and get yourself a champion like Rep. Spackman Moss," said Lee, who said Utah's passing of the law was a collaborative effort among many.

North Dakota Active Transportation Alliance Executive Director Justin Kristan thanked the state’s department of transportation in a blog post for its “forward-thinking efforts to make roadway design and roadway laws more equitable for bicyclists.”

 

What's New in the 303:

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan to Guide Through the LA Olympics

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan will guide the organization’s priorities, decision-making processes and culture through the next two Olympic and Paralympic Quadrennials. The robust set of guiding principles, goals and strategies will enable USA Triathlon to grow participation, provide unmatched support to the multisport community, and reach vast new audiences culminating at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028.

Elevate 2028 is intentionally extended through 2028 to mark the moment when the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will return to the United States — to Southern California, the birthplace of triathlon — for the first time in 32 years. The LA 2028 Games will mark the first time triathlon is contested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games on U.S. soil, providing the opportunity to build a legacy in the U.S. and create mainstream exposure for the sport on an unprecedented scale.

 

Victor Colorado, Dream Bike Rides, A Rich History and a Bike Geeks Ultimate “Man Cave”

It seems one of the most common conversations when cyclists gather for chilly spring rides revolve around upcoming summer events and race plans. Often answers like Ride the Rockies, the Triple Bypass or the Copper Triangle thread through conversations but rarely does it seem people talk about new places they want to discover on their bike. Events and races are wonderful motivators and loads of fun, but perhaps equally enthralling, for me at least, is finding new places to ride while learning the local history.

A point of focus for us at 303 Endurance in 2021 is to help you discover new places to ride, run and hang out. A few weeks ago I re-visited Victor Colorado to tell the story about Brian “the glide” Hayes and how he and this town of just 400 people managed to build a wonderful ice hockey rink that draws players from all over the mountains. In this interview Brian tells that story and many others!

 

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Video of the Week:

Open Water Swimming with Dogs!

 

Upcoming Interviews:

Coach Brian Grasky has a great background as a USAFA grad, F-16 pilot, triathlete and Level 3 USAT coach. He also had a couple of great presentations at the Endurance Exchange.  We are talking about how to plan for success and handle failure as an athlete and a coach.

Michael Murphy is a motivational speaker, paralyzed athlete, and writer. His journey began in April 2007 when he fell off a roof in college, shattered his spine, and was paralyzed.  Michael is now a 12-time marathoner with Top 5 finishes in New York and Boston. He was also featured on NBC after completing two Tough Mudder competitions in 2012 and 2013 with the help of his teammates and an off-road handcycle.

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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