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303Endurance Podcast

Oct 3, 2020

Thanks to last week's guest 7-time ITU Triathlon Gold Medalist and Para triathlete, Amy Dixon.  This week we have 90 year old Sister Madonna Buder (aka Iron Nun) who was here this past weekend racing at the Last Call Triathlon. 


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with the Iron Nun
  • What New in the 303 (Last Call Triathlon, HS Cycling League Challenge)
  • Endurance News (London Marathon and the Giro d'Italia)


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Interview with Sister Madonna Buder:

Sister Madonna Buder began training at age 48 at the behest of Father John who told her it was a way of tweaking, "mind, body, and spirit" and for the relaxation and calmness it can bring an individual. She completed her first triathlon at age 52 and first Ironman event at age 55 and has continued ever since.[1]

Buder is well known in the Triathlon community for her achievements in age group races. She has completed over 325 triathlons including 45 Ironman Distances. At the 2005 Hawaii Ironman, at age 75, the Iron Nun became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing 1 hour before the 17-hour midnight cut-off time. At the 2006 Hawaii Ironman, at age 76, she again became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing with a time of 16:59:03.

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What's New in the 303:

Sister Madonna, Para Triathletes, Hola and Chilton Bring the House Down at Last Call Triathlon in Loveland

About 30 minutes before the Last Call Triathlon started, a cold wind blew in from the North, tossing tents, paddle boards and casting a little doubt on what kind of day it might become. Instead, the day turned into one of the most inspirational and electric days seen at a sprint triathlon in quite some time.

USA Triathlon sent some of their para olympic and olympic hopeful athletes to compete. As an added bonus one of them, Kyle Coon was guided by Olympian Andy Potts and came in 11th overall.  Melissa Stockwell, Kendall Gretsch, Hailey Danisewicz also competed for team USA.


High School Cycling League Challenge 2 Winners Announced–these Kids Can More Than Ride, They are Super Creative!

There is nothing virtual about the Colorado High School Cycling League’s fall challenges. Yes, normally hundreds of high school cyclists gather for some killer mountain bike races in places like Buena Vista or Snowmass, but this year, is, well—2020.


Teams from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, including over 1,800 student athletes are participating in diverse and fun challenges that mirror what was to be the racing season. In this week’s challenge, teams went out to accumulate the most miles over a week and teams competed for the highest average of miles per rider. In this video all the winners from the four conference are announced along with videos from the other challenge challenges!


Endurance News:

London Marathon

The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon elite races will be held on a closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park in central London. Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, no spectators will currently be allowed to watch the event road-side.

Our 'how to follow the Virgin Money London Marathon' page offers a guide to the best ways to catch all the action from The 40th Race throughout the day.

You can watch the races live on BBC TV on Sunday 4 October. The current schedule is:

The BBC will also have coverage of the event on iPlayer and on the BBC Sport website.

You will also be able to follow the event on the Virgin Money London Marathon social channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The elite fields at the Virgin Money London Marathon feature some of the world's greatest distance runners, so this year's race is not to be missed.

Elite Womens Field

Elite Mens Field


Giro d’Italia

Dates: Saturday October 3 – Sunday October 25

Stages: 21

Length: 3,495.8km

Start: Monreale

Finish: Milan

TV Coverage (UK): Eurosport


The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. It is the first of the three week races of the cycling season, usually taking place in May into early June. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the race was moved to October 3 to 25.

As you might expect, the race predominantly takes place within its home country of Italy, but has frequently visited other nations in its 102 editions so far – the 103rd edition in 2020 was meant to start in Hungary until the coronavirus postponement.

This year’s edition of the race has attracted some serious talent despite plenty of riders opting to target the Tour de France in August/September and the Classics in October.


Video of the Week:

Last Call Triathlon, Sister Madonna, Para Triathletes, high energy! 

This is a really well done race video produced by Jerod Picune.  Jared Picune is a creative and technical aficionado with a passion for design, motion graphics and cinematography. In 2002 Jared co-founded Idea Spring. Jared has worked with numerous clients on a variety of different projects, including the critically acclaimed Baby Einstein series for Disney.


Upcoming Interviews:

Pro cyclist, Will Dugan to talk about his pro career and some of his races at Tour of CA, Pro Cycling Challenge and more.  Will Dugan now organizes Project Supertraining, supported rides that provide a pro-like training experience for amateur (and some pro) riders. The rides also direct money and attention to charitable causes. 

Angela Naeth, the reigning Ironman Chattanooga champ.  Not only is she an Ironman champ, she has taken her own experience, degrees in Health Science and Physical Therapy, and coaching experience, Angela and her staff are helping others achieve their athletic goals. 


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