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303Endurance Podcast

Jul 31, 2020

He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine dubbed him The World's Fittest Man. Inducted into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame in 1997. He has also been inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame and the ITU Hall of Fame. He was named by ESPN as "The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time." He's quoted as saying “The only bad race is one you don’t learn something from.”  Our guest today is of course Mark "the Grip" Allen.

Also in Today's Show:

  • Feature Interviews
  • Endurance News -
  • What's New in the 303 -
  • Video of the week


Interview with Grip:

Mark “The Grip” Allen (born January 12, 1958) was voted in an ESPN poll as the “Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time.” Mark is a six-time winner of the IRONMAN® World Championship, the winner of the inaugural ITU Triathlon World Championship, a ten time undefeated winner of the Nice International Triathlon, and the the holder of one of the longest records in endurance sports with his 2:40:04 marathon split set in 1989. That record stood for 27 years.

Mark is also the holder of a record 21 straight wins at every multi-sport distance and discipline that lasted over two seasons starting at the end of 1988 and continuing through the end of 1990. He resides in Santa Cruz, California and is the founder of Mark Allen Coaching. Mark’s passion is coaching athletes at all levels of the sport.


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Endurance News:

Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack

Garmin is reporting that its systems are back up and running, though there may continue to be some issues as data is being processed. The company also reported it had “no indication that any customer data, including payment information from Garmin Pay, was accessed, lost or stolen” during the cyberattack that took down their systems.

Hoka Continues to Be Deckers’ Rising Star as COVID-19 Becomes a Boon to Sales

Hoka One One continues to power parent Deckers Brands.

Sales at the running shoe brand rose 37.1% to $109 million in the first quarter — as novice runners and elite athletes alike increasingly turned to the outdoors for leisure exercise amid lockdowns — making it the only banner in the Goleta, Calif.-based corporation’s roster to record an increase in sales for the three months ended June 3.

Today, Deckers announced a loss per share of 28 cents, compared with last year’s loss of 67 cents. Sales, on the other hand, improved 2.3% to $283.2 million. Market watchers had anticipated an adjusted loss of $1.11 per share and revenues of $257.84 million.


What's New in the 303:

Without Limits Productions Stroke N Stride first event was last night.


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.  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.

I did a conversion on an IRONMAN of 1:10 swim, 5:45 bike and a 4:30 marathon.  About an 11:30 Ironman.

Swim 14700

Bike 108000

Run 53000

Total of 175,000 steps


Video of the Week:

Best two Ironman moments.1989 Dave Scott and Mark Allen and 2010 McCormack and Raeler

Ironwar - 1989 Dave Scott v Mark Allen (Full Movie).m4v


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