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303Endurance Podcast

Dec 25, 2021

Welcome to Episode #316 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 Bill Plock.  Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance interviews and discussion.


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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview and Discussion
    • Two reflections on the past
    • Late Terry Laughlin on swimming technique; his contribution to the sport
    • Bill's and my top 3 favorite interviews of 2021 and why
  • Endurance News
    • Couples Pro Triathlon in March - I did not know most of the pairs
    • Endurance Exchange March 3-5
  • What's new in the 303


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Feature Interview/Discussion

This holiday weekend we are reflecting on the year and the incredible guests we have had on the show. In a few minutes we are going to share an interview that we did with the late Terry Laughlin who we want to remember for his contributions to the sport of swimming.


Terry Laughlin, who developed a popular method of swimming instruction that emphasized form over speed to help thrashing swimmers learn to glide through the water, died on Oct. 20 2017 in Albany a the age of 66 of metastatic prostate cancer.


Reflecting on our guest this year, Bill and I have picked out our top 3 guest of 2021 and why it made a particularly strong impression. We'd like to hear from you as well!  Be sure to comment on this weekend's post with your favorite interview guest from 2021!


Bill's favorite guests of 2021


Rich's favorite guests of 2021 (In order.  I added extra just in case we have some overlap

  1. Play #266 JAN 08 - Tez Steinberg rows 2700 miles from California to Hawaii in 71 days
    1. Generally inspiring to see someone achieve something this big and knowing all the preparations that went into it; how painful the rowing got
    2. Hearing how much plastic he saw in the Pacific Inspired me to be more thorough in recycling plastic.
    1. Always tells it straight and brings insights to the sport
    2. There's usually a few innovative ideas coming out of USAT (TimeToTri, Growing Youth, NCAA, COVID Protocols)
    3. EE is a great opportunity to learn from other coaches and get CEUs
  2. Play #273 FEB 26 - USAT CEO Rocky Harris on the Endurance Exchange and the State of the Sport
    1. Gutsy bike performance with Maya Kingma; surprise win; young and unassuming
    2. Plus she ultimately won silver in Tokyo
  3. Play #285 MAY 21 - Taylor Knibb dominates Yokohama and punches ticket to Tokyo 2021
    1. Genuinely amazed that anyone can do what he does on a unicycle
  4. Play #289 JUN 18 - Mike Tierney sets riding world record climbs the worlds hardest ride on a unicycle
    1. He's a gold medalist and he's fun to talk to
  5. Play #295 JUL 30 - A look back to Kristian Blummenfelt's Gold Medal goal
    1.  Just like her energy and vibe. I like that she talks with confidence and she's fun to cheer for.
  6. Play #305 OCT 08 - Skye Moench crushes IRONMAN Chattanooga. Sights on Kona 2022



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Endurance News:


Waterfall Bank Presents the 1st Annual Couples Championship Sunday, March 6,  2022

Scheduled for March 6, 2022 and title-sponsored by Waterfall Bank based in Clearwater, Florida, [Ft De Soto Park] the concept is for “pro triathletes in a relationship for 6 months or longer” to race together in what seems to be a hybrid enduro/relay format:


Partner 1 – Swim .25 miles Bike 10 miles Run 3.1 miles

Partner 2 – Swim .25 miles Bike 10 miles Run 3.1 miles

Partner 1 – Swim .25 miles Bike 10 miles Run 3.1 miles

Partner 2 – Swim .25 miles Bike 10 miles Run 3.1 miles


First prize is $100,000.  That’s $50,000 each – the same as for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.


Who’s racing?  Meet the Couples.  Vincent Luis and Taylor Spivey the strong odds-on early favorites of those listed.


Register for the livestream for free before February 27th.



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The third annual Endurance Exchange presented by BOA Nutrition, an industry-wide conference for endurance professionals and athletes, will be held as a state-of-the-art virtual event March 3-5, 2022.


This online experience for the second consecutive year affords everyone an opportunity to safely learn, share and network, and provides reduced costs and added flexibility for attendees. While the goal continues to be to bring the community together annually for an in-person conference, USA Triathlon received overwhelming feedback in a survey it sent a few months ago that many were still recovering and the cost of travel and lodging, as well as job professional and personal obligations, made a virtual conference the best option in 2022. The conference will also record all live sessions and provide attendees the option to view sessions on-demand on their own schedule for three months after the event.


Endurance Exchange is a joint effort to grow, inspire and support the multisport community by bringing industry stakeholders together to learn, share best practices, network and collaborate. The virtual format in 2022 will once again be hosted on Cvent and encourage participation from an even wider range of multisport constituents. The event is open not only to those involved in the business of triathlon, but also to multisport enthusiasts of all types — from beginners to competitive age-group athletes to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls — as specific athlete-focused sessions will cater to all skill and experience levels.

USA Triathlon is continuing to explore options for in-person educational, resource sharing and networking opportunities later in 2022 and will provide additional information as details are finalized.


New in 2022, this year’s event will feature a content track specifically for multisport club leaders and administrators, and two options for the Athlete Insider track for novices or advanced athletes. Attendees can also expect additional engaging and interactive features, including live polling, in-session chats, in-session surveys, and prizes for the most engaged conference attendees.


Registration for the 2022 event is now open at at early-bird pricing of $150 for the All-Access track and $45 for the Athlete Insider track. All registrants will also have the opportunity to purchase or extend their USA Triathlon annual memberships for 12 months at a discounted rate of $35. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 10 coaching and/or race director CEUs.


Nearly 1,100 members of the multisport community attended virtually in 2021 to engage with more than 60 hours content across nearly 80 sessions and more than 130 speakers. Registrants should expect a similar volume of content in 2022’s edition.


The conference sessions will run from approximately 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, and from approximately 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 5.


For the third year, USA Triathlon is offering a limited number of Together We Thrive Endurance Exchange scholarships to foster diversity and bring varied perspectives to the event. Interested candidates may apply here. Priority will be given to people of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and those who may not otherwise be able to attend due to financial constraints.


More information about session topics and speakers will be available at as details are finalized. For sponsorship inquiries and other questions related to Endurance Exchange, please email



What's New in the 303:


USA Triathlon To Invest $100,000-Plus To Drive Youth Participation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced its plans to invest more than $100,000 to increase opportunities and access for current and prospective youth athletes across the multisport community through its 2022 Return to Racing Youth Stimulus Package.


The 2022 Return to Racing Youth Stimulus Package includes the following:

  • Free youth event sanctioning
  • Free youth clinic sanctioning
  • Free registration for youth clubs
  • 10 free youth memberships for every youth sanctioned race and youth club
  • Expansion of Youth Scholarship Program


USA Triathlon will donate 10 free youth memberships directly to race directors and clubs for every youth sanctioned race and youth club. Race directors and clubs are encouraged to distribute these memberships to underserved and underrepresented youth and communities at their discretion.


Sanctioning events and clinics with USA Triathlon provides a number of benefits, including a direct connection to local multisport leaders across the country, regional and national marketing and promotional support, access to USA Triathlon’s crisis management resources, a public acknowledgment of committing to fairness, access and respect, compliance with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, general liability and athlete excess medical coverage that also protects against damage to property, and more. Learn more about USA Triathlon sanctioning here.


USA Triathlon Official Clubs are included in USA Triathlon’s Find a Club page, have the opportunity to compete for club national and state championships, receive exclusive race discounts and other event-related perks, have access to resources and education from multisport industry and community leaders, including SafeSport training and education, and more. Learn more about the USA Triathlon Official Club program here.


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Merry Christmas!  Be sure to tell us your favorites from 2021!

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