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303Endurance Podcast

Sep 17, 2022

Welcome to Episode #353 of the 303 Endurance Podcast. You are listening to your weekly connection to coaches, experts, and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance goals. We're your hosts coach Rich Soares and 303 Chief Editor, Bill Plock. Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.


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In Today's Show

  • Endurance News
    • PTO US Open Pro List, Event Schedule, How to Watch and more
    • Extra Women's Slots at Select Races for Kona 2023
    • Mark Allen Endorses Frontier X2
  • What's new in the 303
    • Bill's Stories
    • The Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay
  • Video of the Week
    • PTO Pros Preview


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Endurance News:



The 2022 PTO US Open brings the PTO Tour to Texas for the first time, giving athletes the chance to be part of triathlon event history. A truly next-level race experience with a buzzing festival atmosphere, the chance to test yourself over our new 100km or 25km distances and the opportunity to be inspired by up-close access to the pro races.


Who will come out on top in the men's race without the Norwegian duo of Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden? Will Asheligh Gentle win her second PTO Tour event of the year? How will the Texan heat impact the race?


Full Schedule - PTO US Open | PTO Tour Events (

17 September - 25KM RACE & OPEN WATER SWIM

18 September - 100KM RACE


Age Group Athlete Guide - PTO-US-Open-AG-Guide.pdf (

Friday September 16th

12:00 pm- Package pick-up Opens

6:00 pm - Package pick-up Closes


Saturday September 17th

5:15-11:30 am - Bag Check open

10:00 am - Open Water, presented by FORM Race Heat 1 Start

(Men, red cap)

10:10 am - Open Water, presented by FORM Heat 2 Start (Women,

gold cap)

1:00 pm - Open Water, presented by FORM Award Ceremony


Look at PTO Open Pro Start List:

2022 PTO US Open (Men's Race) participants (

2022 PTO US Open (Women's Race) participants (



2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship - Extra Women's Slots

IM Chattanooga and IM AZ have 100 extra Kona slots added to the 55 for women to be allocated across the age groups. IM Texas 2023 will have 65 in addition to the 100 that they were starting with.



6-Time IRONMAN World Champion Mark Allen Endorses Frontier X2

The Frontier X2 Is The World’s First Wearable Smart Heart Device That Provides Real-Time Feedback On One’s Heart While Exercising

London, UK /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Mark Allen – dubbed the greatest endurance athlete of all time through an official ESPN poll – has partnered with pioneering medical technology start-up Fourth Frontier to help endurance athletes monitor their heart health and train at optimum levels.


The company has made great strides to release the Frontier X2, the world’s first wearable smart heart device that allows endurance athletes like Allen to closely assess their heart strength and health. The Frontier X2 monitors the heart continuously over long periods of time, providing endurance athletes with unprecedentedly detailed data that is not only valuable in keeping tabs on overall heart health, but also in optimising training and racing.


Unlike traditional heart rate monitors that only record beats per minute, the chest-worn Frontier X2 also records the core functioning of the heart and lungs – generating a continuous ECG graph. Users can thereby monitor and correlate this ECG data with their breathing rate, heart rate, heart strain, and even their specific activity on a detailed dashboard – offering a complete report of your real-time cardiac and respiratory health.


Using cutting-edge hardware, software, and advanced patented algorithms, Fourth Frontier combines the best of cardiac science and wearable technology to afford its users access to data, metrics, and insights that wre previously only available in labs and clinics.


What's New in the 303:


Bill's stories!


Inaugural Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay Takes to the High Country

It was a cool overcast but calm morning at Lake Maloya and Sugarite Canyon State Park as The Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay took to the trails and water Saturday morning September 10, 2022 for its inaugural run.


The Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay took the place of the Master of the Mountain Adventure Race that had been held at the lake in years past. The MOM, as it was known, became a victim of the pandemic in 2020 and was revived when Jared Chatterly picked it up as the new Director of Recreation in Trinidad and renamed it The Purgatory 4. The name comes from the four events and the Purgatory River which traverse the area.


The event trail run is still the same as the MOM which is a six-mile trek up and around Horse Mesa. The race begins at the boat ramp and goes around to the north side of the mesa and up and back down from the south and back to the boat ramp. The contestant then jumps in a kayak and traverses about a 3-mile course around Lake Maloya. Once back at the boat ramp contestants grab their bikes and head out.


With The Purgatory 4 being much the same as the MOM it does now change and ends at the TSC Prator Gun Range east of Trinidad where the shotgun portion of the event is held. From Lake Maloya to the gun range is a long way as most people would think. However, this is where the bicycle portion of the event becomes more of an adventure as it takes Las Animas County Road 85.5 north up and over San Fransisco Pass and down into the Nile Canyon area where it meets County Road 22 and then takes County Road 24.6 up to the gun range. The new route is about 15 miles versus the 25 mile road course that the MOM had.


This year the event had 48 registered participants but one team and two individuals had to cancel leaving 44 participants. Chatterly noted he was going to be happy with a smaller number of participants yet became ecstatic as the numbers grew and went over 40 contestants.


Gunnison, Blue Mesa, Taylor Res,

Host Eric Larson polar explorer.

Laura Killingbeck

Bike Rumer

Haley Moore The Ratifist Pros Closer

Maureen Single Tracks

Luci Light inflatable solar

Springbar Tents

Revel bikes from carbondale

Ice lab western colo university


Upcoming Multisport Events in Colorado (

Upcoming Classic Runs in Colorado (


Video of the week:


Two Explorers Hike to North Pole as Ice Begins to Melt



A World Class Field Descends on Dallas 🤩 2022 US Open: Race Week - Episode 1 🇺🇸




A world class field starts to arrive in Dallas for the final event on the 2022 PTO Tour all with one goal in mind - taking home the $100k prize for first place.


The contingent from Denmark, headed by Daniel Baekkegard and Magnus Ditlev, are looking to takeover from the absent Norwegians, whilst Lucy Charles-Barclay prepares for her second race after injury, hoping to make her claim towards reclaiming the #1 world ranking she held last year.


All PTO Tour races will be available to watch live exclusively on Eurosport, Discovery+ & GCN+ in Europe and Indian Sub Continent and outside of Europe on the brand new PTO app coming very soon.



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Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!