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303Endurance Podcast

May 16, 2020

You may have seen the “303 Garage Talk” a few weeks ago with pro triathlete and Boulder native Colin Laughery.  The discussion on the Garage Talk was Colin's take on current events. It was a great interview and in talking about how it's impacting things with his training and family life.  I sent him a message about how much I enjoyed that interview that about 6 text exchanges later we decided to jump on a call and chat about having him on the podcast.  We are going to know the most real and perhaps most humble pro in the sport, Colin Laughery

Also in today's show:

  • A New COVID Wave - A Wave Of New Runners
  • What's new in the 303 - Sam Long Everesting,
  • Endurance News - Ironman WC moved to Feb
  • Videos of the Week


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Interview with Colin Laughery:

When I spoke to Colin about doing the podcast we batted around some ideas.  I had thrown out A) Pro Gossip B) Coaching Topics or C) Deep Dive on Colin.  He replied and asked me what is it I think of when I think of Colin.  I replied with something like everyone had a brand.  I told him it was his "regular guy", what you see is what you get, humble guy.  He's not the pro in a Speedo, even though that's a part of it.  You're going to hear how he started the sport of triathlon in 2003, how he met his wife Beth in transition area in 2007.  Here's the Earth Day Kid Colin Laughery.


COVID Prompting A Wave Of New Runners:

We are all making a lot of changes these days and finding how to work, socialize and exercise in new ways.  Thankfully we live in an age of technology where we can work together through online platforms like Teams and socializing on Zoom.  When it comes to exercise, that's changed too. Home gym setups have been trending and yoga, Pilates and other fitness studios have gone virtual on the same platforms we work and socialize on. 

For those who just can't do another hour on your laptop or tablet and feel the call to be outside in fresh air, you may be searching for a fitness program that get you outside like riding a bike or running.  For those taking up running again, or perhaps for the first time, I'd like to share some tips and best practices to make you a successful runner. Before we go any further, let's

Let me begin by contrasting the best practices against a backdrop of the most common mistakes that runners make that lead to frustration and failure and ultimately to their new fitness hobby running into a ditch.  The good news is that the list is short:


1) running too hard (too often)

2) increasing volume/distance too fast

3) being inconsistent

4) old or inappropriate shoes 


What's New in the 303:

Sam Long Everest Accomplishment on Lee Hill/Deer Trail

Sam Long "Everested" Lee Hill/Deer Trail yesterday. Up and down 15 times, 29,219 feet, 133 miles. Ride time was 10 hours.

BRAC Town Hall

  • What other kinds of biking are people doing since they are not racing


Endurance News:


TAMPA, Fla. (May 14, 2020) – IRONMAN today announced in conjunction with host city partners and authorities in Hawai`i, United States and Taupō, New Zealand, that due to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 editions of the IRONMAN® World Championship and IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship cannot take place on their originally scheduled dates. The IRONMAN World Championship will now take place on February 6, 2021 returning to its historic original race month and marking 40 years since it first took place in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawai`i. While a new date for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has not yet been determined, teams are working diligently with local and national officials and authorities to secure a date for early 2021.

IRONMAN has been closely monitoring the situation and guidance by the Hawaiian and New Zealand governments regarding mass gatherings, border and travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related issues to assess the feasibility of hosting the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship and 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Additionally, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact events around the world, both world championship events have seen a majority of their respective qualifying events postponed or unable to take place in 2020, impeding the ability to produce and host truly competitive world championship events. Based on these factors and circumstances beyond our control, coupled with a mission to give athletes and communities as much preparation time as possible, it is clear the world championship events cannot proceed as planned in October and November, respectively.

Similar to 1982, there will be two editions of the IRONMAN World Championship in a single year (February and October) to accommodate athletes who qualify during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and How to Use It

The key to using threshold in your training is first establishing an accurate functional threshold power, your own unique FTP, from which to build your training zones. While a coach can help you understand and use power most effectively, you can also perform a basic field test to get started with finding your FTP.

The most popular and well-established FTP test is the 20-minute time trail popularized by Hunter Allen. This test is easy to execute on your own in your home.


Video of the Week:

Garage Talk #9: Dave Towle


Upcoming Interviews:

Chris Anthony perhaps most known for being a professional skier in the Warren Miller movies is joining us to talk about a host of topics including Colorado Classic, his connection to the 10th Mountain Division, Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project and of course skiing


Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us on social media including @303endurance and @milehighendurancepodcast and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

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