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303Endurance Podcast

Oct 17, 2020

This week we are joined by the reigning Ironman Chattanooga champ, Angela Naeth. She has been battling with Lyme Disease the past couple of years and still managed a sub-9 hour at both the Ironman World Championship and Cozumel in 2018.  Plus we'll talk about the community Team I Race Like A Girl and her new sponsorship with BlueRub. 


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Angela Naeth
  • What New in the 303 - Colorado Classic Partner to Inspire Student Athletes
  • Endurance News - Giro d'Italia COVID threat, new Challenge Daytona Wild Card announcements
  • Best New Thing - Levels Health and my UCAN brick test


Interview Sponsor: UCAN

I'll be talking a little later about my BGL brick test in the news section later, but I did do the test using UCAN as my only fuel and hydration for the 2 hour brick and felt great throughout.  I love that feeling of being 2 hours into an effort and feeling like you still have a kick, and you feel mentally sharp and positive.

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Interview with Angela Naeth:

Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, Angela Naeth, known in the triathlon world for her prowess on the bike, is a multiple 70.3 and Ironman Champion.

In 2018, Angela, while battling Lyme disease, placed 8th at the Ironman World Championships with a time of 8:57.  She is now currently ranked among the top triathletes in the world -  with 3 sub-9 hour IRONMAN performances, 30+ podiums at the 70.3 and Ironman distances. Angela continues to pursue her career in these distances and build awareness around Lyme, and Women in Sport.

Giving back - Angela created a women's triathlon/cycling community in 2017.  Growing in numbers, iracelikeagirl is her ability to support others in the sport of triathlon.


Hometown: Prince George, BC Canada

Resides in:  South Easton, Massachusetts

Previous sports: Middle distance track

First triathlon: 2008

Years as a professional: 10

Pre-race meal: Banana and Applesauce

Favorite Foods: salmon, grapes, almond butter, coffee, black licorice.

Favorite workout: Long rides in the mountains

Favorite places: Kona, HI, St. Coix, and Lake Placid NY


Post Interview Discussion

  • Lyme Disease
  • Loves VR Racing - weigh in, functional threshold test, iracelikeagirl e-racing team
  • Likes to talk to marketing directors and think outside the box, feel like I'm a part of something
  • Definitely in Kona


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Endurance News:


This week the PTO announced the first 8 athletes who will receive Wildcard Slots for the PTO 2020 Championship at CHALLENGEDAYTONA®.  On Monday, Vincent Luis, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Kristian Blummenfelt and Nicola Spirig were announced as the first athletes to be receiving Wildcard Slots. There is no doubt that these short course and Olympic distance stars will spice up the already world-class start line made up of the PTO World Ranking Top 40 male and female athletes. Find out more about the 1st picks and why they were selected here.  Yesterday, Gustav Iden, Flora Duffy, Tim Don and Jessica Learmonth were announced as the latest athletes to have received one of the 20 Wildcard Slots, as allocated by the PTO’s non-athlete board based on the Wildcard Selection Criteria.  The quartet have the opportunity to join the 1st picks and the pre-qualified athletes on the start line to race for a record-breaking $1,000,000 prize purse before a global TV audience on December 6. Each athlete brings their own individual talent and this is shaping up to be the strongest field ever assembled in the sport. Find out more about each athlete’s pedigree and why they were selected here.


Cycling: Giro d'Italia on brink of cancellation amid COVID-19 cases

(Reuters) - The Giro d’Italia was on the brink of cancellation on Tuesday after five teams were hit by COVID-19 cases on the first rest day, with two of them pulling out of the three-week grand tour 12 days before the finish in Milan.

The Mitchelton-Scott team withdrew after four staff members tested positive for the coronavirus following top rider Simon Yates pulling out last week. Jumbo-Visma, whose leader Steven Kruisjwijk tested positive, said they would not start the 10th stage on Tuesday.  A Team Sunweb rider, one staff member from Ineos-Grenadiers and AG2R-La Mondiale also returned positive tests, organisers RCS said.  RCS, in a joint statement with the International Cycling Union (UCI), said the teams’ doctors had ordered “isolation measures”.  Sunweb’s Michael Matthews had tested positive and sports director Luke Roberts said the Australian was asymptomatic.


‘If This Works It’s Going To Change Everything’: Cycling’s BMC And F1’s Red Bull Advanced Technologies Hint At Cycling Revolution

Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ Vehicle Science team has been helping BMC technicians with simulations of bike behavior based on data from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models. The companies are enlisted Cancellara—an Olympic and World Champion—to validate and evaluate some of the first hardware developments produced by the partnership.


What's New in the 303:

High School Cycling League and the Colorado Classic Partner to Inspire Student Athletes

The Colorado Classic applauds all of these student athletes and is honored to award our Best Young Rider to two Exceptional Student Athletes. These are exemplary student-athletes whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others. They demonstrate outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance and volunteerism in their team, school, and community.

Nominated by the Colorado League community members, the winners will receive a 2019 Colorado Classic Young Rider Jersey signed by the world famous track and time trial superstar, Chloe Dygert.

“The Colorado Classic is a trailblazer in it’s high profile support of female professional athletes. All youth are inspired by the visibility of exceptional female role models. Thank you for acknowledging 2020 exceptional student athletes,” said Kate Rau, Executive Director of the Colorado High School Cycling League.

The winners will be announced on November 1 on social media.

Those not part of the League, are encouraged to vie for a Chloe Dygert – signed jersey in the QOM Jersey competition. Taking place between October 15th and October 21st, participants are asked to join the Colorado Classic Strava Group, hop on their bikes and get climbing! The first cyclist to ride 13,668 feet in elevation (the total amount of feet climbed during the 2019 event) during that week-long climbing window wins.  A second signed jersey will be awarded to the cyclist who records the most elevation gain during the Climbing Window.

The #InspiredWeRide Jersey Campaign is the latest initiative in a series of ways the organizers behind the Colorado Classic have kept the cycling world engaged during this unusual and trying year; while furthering their mission be more than a race, and act as a movement to inspire and  empower women of all ages to break the mold, and fight for their goals.


Levels Health

Tests and Results:

  • For a given carbohydrate (eg, a banana), what is my blood glucose at different times of the day?
  • Same carbohydrate paired with protein/fat different times of the day
  • Same carbohydrate with no post exercise
  • Same carbohydrate followed by aerobic exercise
  • Pre/during/post aerobic exercise fasted
  • Pre/during/post aerobic exercise fueled (Skratch vs. UCAN)


Sunday 2 Hour Brick (90 minute ride/30-40 minute run)

Before the test I had a cup of coffee and a high protein and fat breakfast of bacon, eggs and sourdough toast.  I had a swig of UCAN Lemon, and a bottle of UCAN Lemon and another of UCAN Hydrate. 

The brick workout was a 90 minute ride followed by a 30-40 minute run.  The protocol was to take a BGL measurement and fuel with UCAN every 15 minutes.  The following were tests just prior to starting the ride and every 15 minutes, and a final post ride measurement.

The lack of an initial spike in BG illustrates that my muscles are getting adequate glycogen from muscle stores or UCAN, or both.  Starting with a high protein breakfast may have had an influence by starting me out with a steady BGL.  On the ride, the effort was variable as measured by heart rate and perceived exertion.  I was fueling consistently every 15 minutes with UCAN bar and energy drink. 

Just prior to the 60 minute measurement, a had an encounter with rider who honked off at me for riding their wheel.  It actually got me a little honked off and got my adrenaline going (see 10:36 measurement; 101 and rising).  It continued to rise to 122 fifteen minutes later.  This increase could have been from one or more of the following.  A) an increase in effort sending a demand for more glycogen; B) an increase in carbohydrate from UCAN; C) adrenalin rush from the encounter with the rude rider. 

15 minutes into the run there was a 12 point drop, which would suggest a sufficient supply of fuel for the muscles and insulin was packing glycogen into the muscles. Fifteen minutes later the BG increased back to 95 suggesting a surge into the blood stream either from UCAN or the liver.   The post run measurement was 97.  I had a UCAN protein shake with milk after the run and then took a measurement at lunch.  There was a big post run spike which I can only attribute to the UCAN protein shake.

Why does exercise sometimes raise blood sugar? Exercise can trigger the body to release stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline can stimulate the liver and the adrenal glands to release glucose and cortisol which makes you more resistant to insulin.


Video of the Week:

The race is Long: Behind the scenes at Bear Lake Brawl

Credit to Kenny Withrow


Upcoming Interviews:

Kristian Blummenfelt is a Norwegian triathlete and Olympian, competing at both short course (sprint and standard distance).  In 2018 he set the world record for the 70.3 distance, setting a time of 3:29:04 in 2018 and both repeating the feat and bettering his own mark in 2019 with a time of 3:25:21.  Blummenfelt achieved his first career gold at ITU World Triathlon Series level at the Grand Final in Lausanne on the 31st August.



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