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303Endurance Podcast

Jul 18, 2020

Last week we mentioned in the 303 news that USA Triathlon, along with the University of Denver announced that they will add women’s triathlon to its varsity sport offerings. The school is the 37th in the nation, the second in Colorado and the ninth at the NCAA Division I level to add the sport. Today we have the newly minted head coach of the DU Tri Team, Barbara Perkins.

Also in Today's Show:

  • Interview with Barbara Perkins
  • Endurance News
  • What's New in the 303
  • Videos of the week


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Interview with Barbara Perkins:

In 2019, Barbara was the first female to cross the finish line at Ironman Santa Rosa. She punched her ticket to Kona for the second time. In 2019, Barbara came in 5th at Galveston 70.3, 4th at Boulder 70.3, as well as competing in both the 70.3 World Championships and the Ironman World Championships. In 2018, Barbara finished 2nd at Eagleman 70.3, 10th at Coeur d’Alene 70.3, and 8th at Indian Wells 70.3. During the 2017 season, Barbara completed her first Ironman World Championship and finished 21st in her age group. In 2017, finished 4th overall amateur female at Steelhead 70.3 and 2nd Age in her group. At Ironman Louisville 2016, she won her age group and secured her first Kona Qualification. Barbara has qualified for the 70.3 World Championships for 6 consecutive years in a row. She has represented the USA at ITU Olympic Distance World Championships in 2015.  Barbara registered her first age group win at IM New Orleans 70.3 in 2015. She finished 4th at her first Ironman in Lake Tahoe, 9th at Ironman New Zealand and 8th at Ironman Texas. She has also been a USAT All-American and a Gold Ironman All-World Gold athlete multiple times.


Endurance News:


The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that it has appointed Chris Kermode as its Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. Chris started his career as a journeyman tennis professional from 1985-1988, after which he held a number of leadership positions in tennis. From 2013-2019, Chris served as Executive Chairman and President of the Association of Tennis Professionals. As the head of the ATP, Chris was responsible for promoting global tennis to the next generation of fans and attracting new audiences with innovative broadcasts and formats.

Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of the PTO commented, “We are very fortunate to have Chris come on board as Vice Chairman of the PTO. From his start as a professional player, Chris has experienced the formation of the ATP Tour in 1988, when tennis professionals sought to have a greater say in the growth and direction of their sport--the position professional triathlon finds itself in today. Chris rose to lead the ATP and helped fuel unprecedented growth in prize money and revenues in professional tennis. We are privileged he has agreed to devote his talents and experience to triathlon and the PTO."


IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3 has been cancelled. 

Sam Long IG Post Thursday - IM & 70.3 Chattanooga got canceled. While I was partly expecting it and it's the right call that doesn't mean it doesn't suck on an individual level. I know a lot of us have dealt with races being cancelled. This is how I feel:

I feel like a great opportunity and something I was absolutely looking forward to has been stolen.

I feel like I've let my hopes up only to let them get torn down over & over.

I woke up and just wanted to give up...

BUT THEN I slapped my sorry a$$ into gear and realized it's not the end of the world:

We can still enjoy our training, work on fitness goals, and importantly, find fun and community with the individuals in our sport. We can become greater through the hardship. It's ok to have crap days but remember the words of Rocky

"It ain't about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."


What's New in the 303:

Sam Long Registered for BRAC Invites Triathletes to  State Time Trial Championships

The Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) is inviting Triathletes, multisport athletes, and unlicensed cyclists to attend the State Time Trial Championships in Keenesburg, CO on Saturday, July 18th. Depending on age and ability level, there are races of 10, 20, or 40 Km. Riders start at 1-minute intervals and race the “race of truth.” All care is being taken to follow the Public Health Orders for social distancing at outdoor events.


The EPIC MINI Triathlon

It's on.  The first tri of the season.


Corporate Fitness Challenge with Virgin Pulse

This past Monday our company started our Corporate Fitness Competition.  Teams of 5 register on this website to compete against teams of 5 throughout the company.  There are 91 teams.  The winning team is the one with the most cumulative steps over 6 weeks.  You simply link your device to the app.  The app uses your iphone steps or your device steps, whichever is higher each day.  You can also add activities like swimming, biking, or nearly any activity.  They have a conversion that takes how many minutes and the intensity of an activity and converts it to steps. For example, 1 minute of Body Building translates to 118 steps.  Cycling for 1 minute at 10-13 mph is 157 steps.  Cycling for 1 minute at 20+mph is 315 step.  A 10 mile run is about 17K steps.  The have a cap of 30K per day.  So the most a team can get each day is 150K/day.  I've done 30K per day for 4 days.  I have to keep this up for 5 1/2 more weeks.


Video of the Week:

Garage Talk #13: Maxx Chance


Upcoming Interviews:

Mark Allen to talk to us about the advice he's giving his athletes during COVID, how to use virtual racing, but not overdo it, and more.


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