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303Endurance Podcast

Nov 27, 2021

This week we are talking about planning your 2022 season. How to pick a race?  If you are doing IRONMAN, Challenge or any "big brand" races, you know how fast some of these races sell out.  Local races sell out fast too.  Should you commit early?  Once you've signed up, then what?  When does the training begin?  What kind of training plan is right for you?  All that and more.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature Discussion
    • Start Your 2022 Season (Big Brand, Local Races, Off Season Training)
  • Endurance News
    • Kristian B wins big time at Cozumel - new Ironman record
  • What's new in the 303
    • Without Limits and other local races

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Feature Discussion

In recent weeks race companies have started sending their 2022 race schedules.  If you are still contemplating your 2022 season, we have some information and discussion that should help you plan your season, or at least get off the couch and register.

Bill, I thought I'd tee up this feature discussion by throwing out a few questions for you and I to discuss.  Here they are:

  • What to consider when planning your season?
  • Should you register now or wait?
  • How much should I budget for my race season?
  • When should I start training?
  • How to get started with a training plan?

What to consider when planning your season?

  • Rich's thoughts
    • For me I know that I like to avoid cold water, so warmer water is a factor
    • How accessible is the race from a travel perspective? 
    • Is the race serviced by bike transport if travel involved?
    • Does the race venue sound exciting?
  • Bill's thoughts

Should you register now or wait?

  • Rich's thoughts:
    • Generally there are a number of arguments for committing early.  Lower race entry fees and greater availability of lodging if traveling.
    • Tier-Based Pricing generally means you save if you register early.  General entries are sold on a tiered pricing model based on slot inventory. Once slot inventory is sold out at each level, the price will go up.
  • Bill's thoughts:

How much should I budget for my race season?

  • Rich's thoughts:
    • Before registering for your races, make a list of all the races your are interested in doing. Eliminate with schedule conflicts and then consider the all in costs.  Long distance races tend to require travel and logistics that don't accompany local races.
    • Current United States IRONMAN prices, of which only Ironman Cozumel's website indicates which Tier they are at.
      • Texas Limited
      • St George Qualification/Sold Out
      • Tulsa $774
      • Des Moines $699
      • Lake Placid Limited
      • Alaska Sold Out
      • Wisconsin $799
      • Maryland $799 Increase Sunday
      • Chattanooga $799
      • California $834
      • Florida $774
      • Cozumel Tier 1 - $675.00
    • Local Races:  Breakaway Athletics sent an email that they will be announcing 2022 registrations soon.  BBSC has 5 tiered price points and we just past tier 1 (their lowest prices) last Sunday November 21st. 
    • Without Limits has also announced their 2022 race schedule. They also have a date-based tiered-pricing.  The Colorado Triathlon:
    • Sprint Triathlon Individual: $90 until 1/1, $95 until 4/1, $100 until 5/29 at midnight
    • Olympic Triathlon Individual: $110 until 1/1, $120 until 4/1, $130 until 5/29 at midnight
  • Bill your thoughts?

When should I begin training? 

  • Bill, if you were going to pick a couple of events or races for 2022, what might they be?  What time of year?  When would you start training and why?
  • Rich:
    • My answer depends on the when your earliest and A races are in 2022, what distance you are racing, your realistic goal performance and your current level of training/fitness.
    • As a general rule of thumb, consistency in training produces the best results.  It's best to keep a consistent schedule of training even in the NA off season.  If you are working with a coach already, you are likely in coach-designed off season plan that will bridge you to your formal periodized plan in 2022 (Base, Build, Peak and Taper).
    • If you are not working directly with a coach, you either self-coached or self-coached with a purchased training plan more than likely.  If you are a triathlete for example, it's good to keep a consistent mix of swim, bike, run and strength if you are a triathlete. 


Where can I find a training plan:

  • Bill, what was the first race where you followed a training plan?  Was it written by a coach or purchased online?
  • Rich's
    • If you are new to triathlon and don't have a coach, there are a lot of great resources out there. 
    • If you are doing a Sprint or Olympic distance race,
    • As an athlete using TriDot, as a coach, as an ambassador of TriDot, and soon to be a TriDot coach, I highly recommend you try it for 14-day Test Drive.  Start your 14-day Free Trial!
    • When you set up your profile, you'll also pick your "A" and "B" races in the RaceX part of the TriDot app and then TriDot uses your data and AI to design and actively adjust your plan better than a coach can and certainly better than a generic off the shelf plan.  It optimize your training for better results in less time with fewer injuries.
    • If you decide to continue using it, you can sign up for as little as $9.99/mo, which is cheaper than other training apps without the training plan and cheaper than most plans out there.  If you want more bells and whistles for $29 and $99/mo. 
    • If you feel like you could benefit from active coaching (teaching form and skills, accountability, encouragement, race planning) in addition to a training plan.  You can signup for a coached service with TriDot or please send me an email to 
    • If you do take TriDot for a test drive, there's a question "Did a coach refer you?" Please tell them coach Rich Soares referred you.

Here are some of the features I really like about TriDot and why:

  • Detailed daily workouts with training zones that take into account elevation, humidity and temperature - Environment Normalization
  • Performance benchmarking (TriDot scores. For each discipline, a normalized functional threshold power or pace (FTP) on a 1 to 100 scale with 1 being the slowest and 100 being at or near world-record pace.)
  • Drill and exercise videos.  Swim, bike, run and strength workouts have warmups, drills and exercises and there's a video window in the training event to show a 20-30 second video illustrating the drill.  For example, a lot of the run warm up drills have Bobby McGee demonstrating how to do them properly.
  • Device integration (Garmin, Polar, Strava) and smart trainer (Wahoo Kicker)
  • Swim form analysis - combination of diagnostic questions, PhysiFactors (Intensity Duration Frequency Sequence Technique) and a CVT.  Categorizes you as a Tarzan, Overglider, Overkicker, etc and each has a list of characteristics.
  • Swim drill optimization - offers specific drills to address the negative characteristics of your swim form categorization.

Other resources:

The Cost Of Ironman Races (incl. the not so obvious fees) – My Tri World

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Endurance News:

Kristian Blummenfelt from Norway and Sara Svensk from Sweden wins Cozumel.  In his Ironman debut, the Olympic champ split a 39:41 swim, 4:02:40 bike, and a 2:35:24 run for a 7:21:12 total. Notably, second-place finisher Reudi Wild, also broke the previous Ironman world’s best time with a 7:36:35 and the women’s winner, Sara Svensk, set an Ironman-brand world’s best time of 8:22:41. This prompted a lot of online speculation about if the course was short, if the swim was accurate.  Here's what I got from Kristian Blummenfelt's Strava

Swim distance 4,222 (2.398 miles)

Bike 113.14

Run 25.76

Men's Results

Women's Results

People For Bikes Applauds House Votes in Favor of Billions for Bike Incentives and Infrastructure in Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2021) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – After months of debate and negotiations, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to send the Build Back Better (BBB) Act to the Senate, approving with it billions of dollars in funding for an electric bicycle tax credit, a bike commuter benefit, climate and equity-enhancing infrastructure and more in the $1.75 trillion social spending bill.

“The House’s latest vote on the Build Back Better (BBB) Act embraces bicycles as part of a climate solution thanks to new financial incentives for bikes and e-bikes and grants for climate and equity focused infrastructure improvements,” said PeopleForBikes President and CEO Jenn Dice. “We urge the Senate to take up the BBB before the end of the year so we can get to work on lowering transportation emissions while keeping all people, no matter how they travel or where they live, moving.”

PeopleForBikes applauds the House for advancing wide-reaching policies to curb transportation emissions and enhance mobility. The inclusion of the E-BIKE Act, a tax credit for electric bicycles, could mean money back in the pockets of Americans looking for a green, efficient and healthy transportation option. It will support delivery workers reliant on electric bicycles, parents seeking to leave the car at home for school drop offs and anyone who wants to harness the power of an electric bicycle to meet their daily local transportation needs.

PeopleForBikes is especially grateful to House leadership for shepherding the BBB through the legislative process and champions for bikes and e-bikes in Congress, specifically Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) for their sponsorship of the E-BIKE Act.

The BBB now heads to the Senate, where a path forward remains unclear. PeopleForBikes, the bicycle industry and our partners will continue to advocate for a spending bill that includes the E-BIKE Act, climate and equity infrastructure grants and more.

PeopleForBikes works at the federal, state and local levels to advance the state of bicycle infrastructure, promote incentives for bicycles and expand access to electric bicycles. For questions related to this work, please contact PeopleForBikes Director of Federal Affairs Noa Banayan at

About PeopleForBikes

PeopleForBikes is making biking better for everyone by uniting millions of Americans, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make every bike ride safer, more accessible and more fun. When people ride bikes, great things happen. Join us at

What's New in the 303:

Ran into Jennifer Gutierrez swimming at Eastridge Rec Center in Highlands Ranch.  Gutierrez competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics and she was the first American to qualify as a triathlete for the 2000 Olympics. She took thirteenth place with a total time of 2:03:38.48.

Upcoming Guests

Marianne Martin (born November 1, 1957 in Fenton, Michigan) is an American road racing cyclist. She won the first Tour de France for women in 1984. The year she won the Tour de France Martin suffered from anemia earlier in that year and had been riding poorly. At the race Martin took the lead after stage 14 where the race encountered the mountains. Martin was a good climber and never gave up the lead after that into Paris. The streets were said to contain more two million spectators watching the race.

Martin was inducted into the 2012 Boulder (Colorado) Sports Hall of Fame.  She's a talented professional photographer and her work can be seen on Real Life Portraits.  She is going to help us understand women's racing, pay disparity and what it would take to close the pay gap. 


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