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303Endurance Podcast

Oct 22, 2022

Just how tough are you? How fearless are you? How adventurous are you? Even the toughest of you are going to blush when you hear our interview with adventure writer, Laura Killingbeck. Laura embodies adventure and endurance and we can't wait to hear her story about finding freedom through cycling and hiking.


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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview with Laura Killingbeck
  • Endurance News
    • Ironman California
    • 2021 Boston Marathon champ Diana Kipyokei suspended
    • U.S. American Women Dominate the 2022 World Beer Mile Title
  • What's new in the 303
    • National Cycling League and Its August Colorado Race, More about the League
    • Transitioning Back To Training After Injury
  • Video of the Week
    • IM CA Race Recon by TriDot


Feature Interview: Laura Killingbeck

Laura is a writer and photographer covering topics like adventure, ecology, biking, backpacking, tiny houses, food, foraging, absurdity, hope, humor, and despair. Her work is filtered through the lens of intersectional feminism and is committed to authentic stories that spark healthy physical, emotional, and social motion.  Laura's writing and photography have appeared in Bicycling Magazine, The Adventure Cycling Association, CyclistaZine, The South Coast Almanac, Edible South Coast, The Tico Times, Permaculture Design Magazine, Communities Magazine, Kona Bikes, Outdoor Research, and more.


Some of her stories:

In Search of The Wild Reindeer, Bicycling Magazine

When Men Take Off Their Pants, Adventure Cycling Association

Embracing Absurdity Can Be An Act Of Defiance, Outdoor Research

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Endurance News:


Nearly 4,000 athletes coming to Sacramento for Ironman

Sacramento Bee


The Ironman California race, part of the Vinfast U.S. series, is coming to Sacramento again, inviting thousands of athletes to the region for the multi-course competition. Ironman California features a 2.4 mile downriver swim starting in the American River and ending near the Tower Bridge in the Sacramento River, a 112 mile flat bike course and a 26.2 mile run.


The triathalon offers 55 slots to the 2023 Vinfast Ironman World Championship in October 2023 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. More than 3,900 athletes are competing in this year’s race. Registration for the contest is sold out.

Last year’s race, which anticipated roughly 3,500 participants, was canceled due to an October storm. When the 2021 event was announced, Mike Testa, president and CEO of Visit Sacramento’s Sports Commission, said Ironman projected $15 million in economic impact for the region.


This year, then, will be the city’s first Ironman triathlon. According to forecasts by the National Weather Service, athletes and supporters can expect highs near 74 on Sunday. The race is on Sunday, Oct. 23. The courses will run through Sacramento, from its rivers and agricultural regions to Discovery Park. You can see where the athletes are competing for each course online.


Athletes will arrive in Sacramento this week. Check in is on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will host the IronKids fun run. Monday will be the “celebration day” and award ceremony at the capitol. STREETS IMPACTED Several streets will be impacted on the day of the race, with some closed for multiple days.

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2021 Boston Marathon champ Diana Kipyokei suspended and her agent doesn’t hold back: “Diana is completely guilty. I am sorry.”

By Jonathan Gault

October 14, 2022


On Friday, the Athletics Integrity Unit announced the provisional suspension of two Kenyan marathoners, Diana Kipyokei and Betty Wilson Lempus, for anti-doping rule violations. Kipyokei, 28, won the 2021 Boston Marathon and was suspended for testing positive at the race for triamcinolone acetonide, a glucocorticoid that is banned in-competition. Lempus, 31, who owns a 65:47 half marathon personal best, tested positive for the same substance. Lempus was not charged for the positive test but an AIU investigation into her explanation resulted in a tampering charge for which she was suspended.


U.S. American Women Dominate the 2022 World Beer Mile Title

Thirteen countries battled in Belgium for this year’s Beer Mile World Championship. The most important rule? Don’t throw up.

OCTOBER 17, 2022




American Elizabeth Laseter and Canadian Corey Bellemore put on quite a show at the Beer Mile World Classic on Saturday afternoon in Leuven, Belgium. When it comes to chugging suds and running fast 400-meter laps around a track, they were the best-in-show among the 65 runners from 13 countries participating in the de facto Beer Mile World Championships.


Running a beer mile is simple: a runner chugs a 12-ounce (or 355ml) beer, runs one lap around a track and repeats that three more times, a beer for each lap, as fast as possible – all without having it come back up, what is politely referred to as a “reversal of fortune.” The clock stops for each runner after the fourth lap is completed, unless they spew, when an additional fifth 400-meter penalty lap is required.


There are only a few basic rules to keep these speedy time trials in Belgium from looking like raucous beer-guzzling scenes choreographed to polka music at Oktoberfest in Munich. One rule is to make sure the beer in each can is fully finished. A second rule is that each beer is completed within the 9-meter “chug zone,” between the waterfall starting line and the finish line of each lap.


Laseter is a competitive runner—she ran for Johns Hopkins University in college and runs for the Bat City Track Club running club in Austin, Texas. But the 33-year-old food writer and photographer is also an exceptional beer chugger, a critical skill when it comes to running a beer mile for the podium.


Unfortunately, Laseter—as well as several other top runners in the women’s race—was flagged for appearing to step outside of the “chug zone” before she had finished drinking a beer at the start of her fourth lap, thus negating what would have been a world-record 6:15 mile and a 25-second victory.


Aside from that small hiccup, those who watched the livefeed of the event—yes, the beer mile world championships was broadcast via livefeed—had to admire her high-performance execution. (Her effort broke down to roughly 25-30 seconds of chugging while running a 5:45-5:50 mile.)


Not only was Laseter given an “unofficial” finish, but so too was runner-up Laura Riches of the United Kingdom, who originally finished second in 6:30. That left American runner Melanie Pozdol, the third runner to cross the line in 6:41, as the one who was declared the winner of the women’s race. (Her pace was fast, too, roughly the equivalent of a 6-minute mile with 40 seconds of chugging beers.)


What's New in the 303:


National Cycling League and Its August Colorado Race, More about the League

By Bill Plock


Oct 20th, 2022–303Endurance spoke to the National Cycling League and learned a few things behind the scenes if you will. As publicly released the league’s majority investors are professional athletes and entertainers and most notably all-pro Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.


There will be four races across the country; South Beach in Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Washington DC. The race in Denver will be in August (firm dates released soon). The hope is to have a venue with more than a bike race experience. Think music and other entertainment and an energetic “gotta stay and play” atmosphere. The event will work hard to have a positive impact on underserved communities and spectators. The majority of investment will come from minorities and women.


Each race will technically be an “invitational”. While sanctioned by USA Cycling, by being an invitational they can deviate from traditional scoring and offer a more entertaining race. According to our source, each lap will count. “It won’t be a traditional crit where you sit back and then pounce on the lead on the last lap, it will be much more compelling than the traditional primes that are offered.”


The league will feature two in-house teams with eight men and eight women and will have a couple of racers in development (think practice squad in the NFL). These teams will race against each other and eight other teams invited to join soon. What’s interesting, all teams will have to have an equal number of men and women. But, if you are a team like the DNA Cycling women’s team, you can partner with a men’s team and compete. If you think you have what it takes to be on the in-house team or manage a team who wants to travel and compete, here is a link to apply:


As previously reported the league will have unprecedented prize money with the largest prize purse in U.S. crit racing history with a $1 Million up for grabs. To win their share of the purse, 10 teams (2 NCL teams and 8 invited teams) will compete in four NCL Invitational races in 2023, to be held in Miami Beach, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Denver, Colo.; and Washington D.C. The races will start in March and end in September.


David Mulugheta, the NFL’s most powerful agent and a co-founder of the NCL, said, “I’ve been in the sports industry for 15 years and this is the most exciting opportunity I’ve seen. Beyond the substantial number of people who bike, the ability to build the league from the ground up allows us to get the business, the values, and the ownership structure right. This is why so many professional athletes, entertainers, and people of influence are so excited about what we are building.”


The venue in Denver will be announced in the coming weeks and we are excited to be part of it and will bring you news shortly. We were told there will be a prominent Colorado cyclist on one of the in-house teams and we will be excited to talk with him/her soon!



By John Hansen | Oct. 14, 2022, 5:07 p.m. (ET)


An athlete holds their knee and shin as if they are experiencing leg pain.Injuries are a common and negative aspect of triathlon training and racing. They can sideline you for weeks, sometimes months. With proper recovery protocols, however, you can transition back to full training and racing. There are several considerations when returning to training in order to prevent injury relapse and make your transition back to normal training productive:


Avoid dramatic changes in volume and intensity.

Allow the injury to heal completely.

Stay consistent with training, avoiding long, 2-3+ week breaks.

Engage in an all-body dynamic stretching routine prior to every strength and/or high intensity workout.

Follow a slow warm up of at least 5-10 minutes prior to any swim, bike or run workout.

Engage in yoga or an all-body static stretching and rolling, stick and/or myofascial release routine after every workout.

Engage in an all-body strengthening routine 3+ times a week.

Avoid lifestyle situations that may re-aggravate a recent injury – examples: aggressively participating in sports that your body is not conditioned to support, sitting or standing for prolonged periods, walking or climbing stairs in excess, lifting heavy or awkward objects, etc.

Videotaping - videotaping can help you make form or technique changes once you return to full training and you don’t feel any lingering effects of the injury that might alter your form. Videotaping your technique, especially while swimming or running, may uncover form flaws that may have contributed to the injury. This is valuable information for recovery and injury prevention.

Beyond these general return-to-training measures, there are specific elements to consider if an injury occurs in the key phases of training: base, build and competition. Please note: these elements are dependent on how severe the injury was. More severe injuries require longer recovery periods and a more conservative approach. It also assumes that you have medical clearance and/or are finishing physical therapy but will follow at-home therapy recommendations, allowing you to return to training.


Base Phase

If the injury occurs in the base phase, you stand the best chance of returning to normal training and having minimal effect on your season. Most injuries in this phase are mild to moderate and are caused by training volume, not intensity, so the severity is lessened. Key considerations when returning to training in this phase include:


Alter training surfaces and terrain – ease back into training by running on softer surfaces and limit the amount of hill training (run and bike) early in this phase. Gradually reduce but don’t eliminate softer surface running and slowly increase the amount of hill training.

Rebuild volume modestly – since each situation is unique, there is no specific protocol to follow, but use a 40-20 rule as a conservative guide. Start out with a training volume that is 40% of the volume you were at prior to the injury and add 20% of the new volume every 1-2 weeks. For minor injuries, this may be too conservative, and for more severe injuries, it may be too aggressive, but it can be a good starting point. In addition, since volume is the focus during this phase, reducing intensity may not be necessary.

Walk-run protocols – for more severe running-specific injuries, consider a more conservative approach given the impactful nature of running. Start with 2-3 minutes of running and 1-2 minutes of walking and limit the workout to 15-20 minutes. Each week, add 1 minute of running and reduce the walk by 30 seconds. Keep at least 30 seconds of walk for every run segment. Once you reach 10 minutes of running per 30 seconds of walking, you should be able to run the entire workout.

Trainer workouts – using a trainer for bike workouts adds stability and may be necessary to avoid the unpredictability of riding outdoors, especially after a severe and/or upper body injury.

Strength training – general strength and/or dry land swim training can be a good transition back to training. Note: if strength training was the root cause of the injury, avoid or minimize those exercises that led to the initial injury until completely symptom-free. You may need to follow other recovery elements such as managing volume and intensity.

Equipment adjustments – Make the following equipment adjustments as early as possible in this phase to allow your body to adjust to the change(s):

Bike fit – Having a well-fit bike has several positive implications related to most joints in the body including wrists, neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. It also affects your lower back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles. The fit may address the injury itself such as moving the cleats on your shoe and/or raising/lowering the seat if you had a knee injury. Use a professional bike fitter for this option.

Running orthotics – if orthotics are recommended to you, get these as early as possible. You must adjust to your new running biomechanics before increasing training volume and intensity.

Continue to see a PT for follow up and progression checks – I often recommend having periodic appointments with your PT to ensure you are maintaining proper rehabilitation protocols, especially if returning from a chronic injury.

A physical therapist helps a patient use a foam roller on his calf.


Build Phase

If your injury occurs in the build phase and is either mild or moderate, you should be able to return to normal training with minimal effect on your racing season. If the injury is more severe, it may affect early-season races. Some considerations regarding your racing schedule may need to be made. Key considerations when returning to training in this phase include the following:


Strength Training – heavier lifting and/or plyometric workouts, which put a lot of strain on your body, are often a part of this phase. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to return to lifting by using lighter weights and more reps.

Moderately rebuild volume and intensity – many factors affect how aggressively you return to normal training including the severity of the injury, the length of this phase, when races are scheduled, and more. Follow the same 40-20 guide mentioned earlier if a conservative approach makes sense and the injury is more severe. Sometimes, a more aggressive approach may be required, but build volume to at least 75% of normal before adding lower levels of intensity.

Equipment adjustments – Make the following equipment adjustments as early as possible in this phase to allow your body to adjust to the change(s):

Bike seat position – height and forward/back – only minor adjustments based on the bike fit in the base phase. Consult with your bike fitter prior to making any adjustments.

Running shoe wear and tear – due to training volume, running shoes may need to be replaced. A good rule of thumb for shoe replacement: if the shoe has 300-400 miles of use.

Reduce the use of swim paddles/buoys – due to the overall volume and/or transition to higher intensity, reduce the use of paddles, even if they are used sparingly.

Competition Phase

If the injury occurs in the competition phase, you should be able to return to normal training. However, it will likely have a pronounced effect on your racing season depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury and how long of a race season you have scheduled. Key considerations when returning to training in this phase include the following:


Re-adjust racing schedule – it may be necessary to find races later in the season that allow you to rebuild fitness in order to meet your desired racing goals.

Moderately rebuild volume and intensity – like the build phase, many factors affect how aggressively you return to normal training, including the severity of the injury, the length of this phase, when races are scheduled during this phase, and more. Follow the same principles outlined in the build phase unless a more aggressive approach can be tolerated. Don’t get so aggressive that you reinjure yourself – there’s often a thin line between getting reinjured and resuming normal training. Day-to-day adjustments may need to be made. This is a very vulnerable stage for reinjury due the sense of urgency races create.

Equipment adjustments - equipment adjustments are only advised in extreme circumstances at this point of the season. If they must be made, they should be very minor and following the advice of your bike fitter.

A productive return to training is possible when you follow a well-thought-out transition plan that is progressive in nature, not too aggressive, and incorporates the proper elements mentioned above.



One final thought: the most vulnerable time for reinjury is when you feel normal as you return to training. Feeling normal in the early phases of recovery can be misleading since your volume and intensity are typically reduced dramatically. You may be anxious to resume normal training, but your body is often not ready. It’s important as an athlete to be aware of your body and be able to read what it’s telling you with respect to your transition back to training.


Video of the week:

2022 IRONMAN California Race Recon Webinar presented by RaceX


Upcoming Guests:

Adventure Writer, Laura Killingbeck, joins us to tell her story about finding freedom through cycling, finding that space to process our lives, and her amazing endurance journey to this life changing discovery.


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