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303Endurance Podcast

Aug 22, 2020

Welcome to Episode #246 of the 303 Endurance Podcast

Today's feature interview with the Executive Director at USA Triathlon Foundation, Dave Deschenes.  He's been involved in Multisport for over 20 years.  Before coming to the USA Triathlon Foundation, Deschenes spent seven-plus years as Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation in Tampa, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the organization’s total charitable giveback from $12 million to over $50 million. He's going to have an interesting insight into how the sport is being impacted by COVID. 

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Interview with Dave Deschenes:

Dave Deschenes is the Executive Director at USA Triathlon Foundation.  He's been involved in Multisport for over 20 years.  Before coming to the USA Triathlon Foundation, Deschenes spent seven-plus years as Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation in Tampa, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the organization’s total charitable giveback from $12 million to over $50 million. Deschenes also managed the organizational and business strategy, nonprofit compliance, financial planning, donor and program management, marketing innovation, community engagement and social media outreach.

Prior to his tenure at the IRONMAN Foundation, Deschenes was Managing Director for the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Athletes for a Cure program in Santa Monica, California. Preceding IRONMAN and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Deschenes had a long-standing business career in financial services working in a variety of management roles with Franklin Templeton Investments.

Athletic Background:  Dave is a USA Triathlon Certified Level II coach, a Level III USA Cycling Certified Coach and a Natural Running – Newton Running Certified Coach. Dave has participated in over 100 endurance events, including being a 3X Boston Marathon Finisher, an IRONMAN Finisher and an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finisher.  He is an avid outdoorsman and mountain and gravel biker.

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Endurance News:

So I have my news feed for "marathon" full of Charlotte M cancelled, R/R DC cancelled, Seattle R/R cancelled, and then there's this story of a Last-Minute Marathon A Boon for Alaska Runners During A Summer With Few Footraces.

Anchorage Daily News - The Anchored Marathon was the brainchild of Ryan Cox and Julianne Dickerson, 2 of 16 Boston qualifiers in Anchorage  who took on designing their own course.

Dani Martínez wins the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020

Dani Martínez has won the Critérium du Dauphiné 2020, overhauling Thibaut Pinot’s pre-stage GC lead, the Frenchman finishing runner-up.  His compatriot Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) was third overall, while Sepp Kuss won the final stage five following a late attack, the third victory for Jumbo-Visma at this year’s Dauphiné.

Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) finished second on the stage, with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) third.  Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) abandoned during stage five after experiencing pain in the same knee injured when he was hit by a car during a training ride in July, while Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) also dropped out of GC contention after suffering from cramps.

Final general classification

  1. Dani Martínez (Col) EF Pro Cycling, in 21-44-58
  2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 29 seconds
  3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, at 41s
  4. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, at 56s
  5. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 1-38
  6. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1-43
  7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 2-07
  8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 2-14
  9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic, at 2-49
  10. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma, at 2-55


Cyclists pelted with ping pong-sized hail during freak storm at race in France

The second stage of cycling's Critérium du Dauphiné quickly turned into something that you'd see in an apocalypse movie. As riders neared the finish line, the sky opened up and everyone below was pelted by ping pong-sized hailstones. The riders were just a few kilometers from the finish line at the top of the Col de Porte in the southwest part of France when the conditions turned bad.  Cycling group Israel Start-Up Nation described the situation as "total chaos and mayhem."  Belgian cyclist Tim Declercq was one of many riders that ended up with large red welts on his back due to the hailstones. Declearcq shared a photo on his Instagram story of what his back looked like afterwards. It wasn't exactly a pretty sight:


What's New in the 303:

Colorado - Top Bike Climbs

Colorado is known world wide for its 14ers  AND for its exceptional cycling terrain. Some of the worlds top climbs hail from Colorado - Pikes Peak - #4 US/#17 World, Mt Evans - #13 US/#94 World; also the highest paved road in North America) and Trail Ridge - #52 US and is the longest climb in the Continental US.  Colorado's Top 10 Road Bike Climbs are 1. Pikes Peak, 2. Mount Evans, 3. Grand Mesa North, 4. Trail Ridge, 5. Grand Mesa South, 6. East Portal, 7. Independence Pass West, 8. Left Hand Canyon, 9. Wolf Creek Pass, South, and 10. Slumgulion Pass

 This page provides a summary for cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Colorado. Bicycling around Denver, Colorado Springs, Loveland, Aspen, Fort Collins, Idaho Springs, Grand Mesa and more). Biking up some of the greatest climbs in the world ( Pikes Peak, Mt Evans, Trail Ridge, Grand Mesa North, Left Hand Canyon, Guanella Pass, Independence Pass, and many more. This page contains the top bike climbs in Colorado. Cycling, riding and climbing the top, most difficult, hardest, challenging, extreme, best, scenic, inspiring, bucket list climbs in Colorado. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. You can also view the Top 10 and Top 25 Bike Climbs in Colorado. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the best bicycling and biking climbs in Colorado.


Video of the Week:

Dave Deschenes Part 1


Upcoming Interviews:

8/27 Dave Scott uses every single workout to assess your body's performance capacity and predict why you could do in a race of a particular distance on that day.  Talk about how routine practice helps dial it in for different disciplines.

8/28 Siri Lindley who was on the UCAN coaches panel and had a good perspective on COVID - "We've been a gift.  Not training balls out is going to take discipline. Reframe as an opportunity to strengthen the parts of our life that needed work and bring us into our racing season when it comes."


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