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303Endurance Podcast

Mar 20, 2021

This week we have Megan Hottman "The Cyclist Lawyer" joining us to share how the last year of COVID has impacted the cycling community and her advocacy for cycling safety.  We are also interested to learn how this time has allowed her to take care of clients and herself and finding balance through the simplification of "the van life".


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Megan Hottman
  • Endurance News - Dick Hoyt, The Tri Summit, IM TX Cancelled
  • What New in the 303 - Colorado Pro Race Results Challenge Miami
  • Video of the Week -  Tri Summit "Nutrition Periodization" with Tim O'Donnell and Bob Seebohar


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Interview with Megan Hottman

Megan Hottman earned her B.A. in Corporate Communications, magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate, both from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  After law school, she accepted two consecutive judicial clerkships; one in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri and one in Jefferson County District Court in Golden, Colorado.

Hottman has represented over 120 cyclists in their individual cases, as well as provided counsel to other plaintiff's lawyers, to cycling groups, bike shops, and organizations.  She has authored countless articles and also co-authored a cycling-law resource book, Bicycle Accidents, Crashes & Collisions.

In addition to representing her own clients, she has been endorsed as a cycling expert by other lawyers.  She is known by Colorado cyclists as well as her fellow attorneys as THE go-to lawyer for anything cycling-related.  She handles cases in all 50 states, and is licensed in Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and Nebraska.  She provides frequent legal education seminars on biking laws, trends she sees in her cases and those nationwide, and education to both novice and veteran riders alike.  She also provides educational and training opportunities to law enforcement officers. 

In March 2015, Hottman and her practice were featured in an article titled "Broken Spokes" in Outside Magazine.  A few months later, she was also featured on HBO Real Sports, in a "Bike Wars" episode. 


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Endurance News:

Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt has died at age 80

Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt died Wednesday morning at age 80, according to his son, Russ Hoyt. He passed peacefully in his sleep due to heart failure, his son said.

Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, became Boston Marathon legends after their first run in 1980, during which the dad pushed Rick in a custom racing chair, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

The two completed a total of 32 Boston Marathons together, including a final finish in 2014, the association added.

"Dick personified what it meant to a be a Boston Marathoner, showing determination, passion, and love every Patriots' Day for more than three decades," the association said in a statement.


The Tri Summit (sponsored in part by UCAN)

Hosted by the legendary Bob Babbitt and guest host Dede Griesbauer (Ultraman World Record Holder), you will be taken on a journey with 15 top pro triathletes and experts to learn about curated topics in the sport of triathlon, with a particular focus on how to best emerge from the pandemic to successful racing. Your personal best is ahead of you in 2021.


The Return to Racing: 

This event features an exploration of what it will be like to return to triathlon racing after 12 months of nearly zero racing during the pandemic. Can we safely race? Will races ever be back to normal?

- Measures taken by race directors to ensure a safe environment

- Tips to best prepare for pandemic-era racing

- How did Challenge Daytona pull off a race weekend of 2400 racers?

- Races returning to normal – ever?

Guests: Challenge Family CEO Bill Christy, Ironman Executive Paul Huddle, and Race Director & USAT Board Member Gabriela Gallegos


Avoiding Injury Upon Your Return: 

With races being deferred from 2020 to 2021, and athletes chomping at the bit to race again, many of us already have packed racing calendars for 2021. How do we avoid injury and overdoing it?

- Recognizing overtraining and over-racing

- Race calendar dynamics unique to these times

- Proven recovery and injury-prevention tools

- Recommendations for a smart return to triathlon racing, without injury

Guests: Mark Allen, Andy Potts and Lesley Paterson


Nutrition Periodization

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We’ve essentially had a 1 ½ year Base Phase during the pandemic. How should your nutrition vary during the offseason, Base Phase, Build Phase and Peak Phase? Bob Seebohar, Olympic dietitian for the 2008 US Triathlon team, triathlon superstar Tim O’Donnell, and host Dede Griesbauer, share how nutrition should ebb and flow during different times of the training cycle.

Featuring: Tim O’Donnell and Bob Seebohar

Hosted by: Dede Griesbauer

Get Sleeker to Get Faster

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For a year, we’ve had the luxury of ignoring our “sleekness” due to a lack of racing. Join us to explore how aerodynamics and hydrodynamics translate to “free speed,” PRs and podiums from Challenge Daytona Champion and the reigning IRONMAN 70.3 Champion, Gustav Iden, and from experts Hunter Allen and Alex de Boer.  This also included a great discussion about using power on the bike and run. Gustav uses running power to pace himself on hilly courses.

Featuring: Gustav Iden, Hunter Allen and Alex de Boer


Performance Metrics to Master 2021

​​​​We’ve never had such a powerful array of tools to measure, measure, measure, as we have now due to technological breakthroughs. Knowing where you are now is the first step to understanding how to get to where you want to be as we emerge from the pandemic. Learn from Olympian Katie Zaferes and Joel Filliol what metrics they have found valuable, and how they leverage them for peak performance.

- Training Periodization

- What tools are available to us, and which metrics should you pay attention to

- How can these technologies be leveraged for top performance

- Pros and cons of using data


Take Virtual With You

Before the pandemic, virtual racing and solo challenges were rare. During the pandemic, they were all we had. What’s the right approach after the pandemic?? Can we build better athletes through a hybrid approach where virtual races and solo challenges are part of the training process to yield better performances at in-person events?

- Forms of virtual racing and challenges that exist, and which have proven valuable

- Virtual races and challenges that the guests have done, have encouraged, and have seen

- Mindset of successfully executing virtual races

- Mental health for athletes

- Expert thoughts on taking virtual racing and challenges into the post-pandemic world

Featuring Elite Coach Ryan Bolton, Heather Jackson and sports psychologist Colleen Sager

Ironman Texas Cancelled -

We have learned from both Harris County and Harris County Toll Road Authority that due to the Harris County COVID-19 Threat Level System currently at Level 1: Stay Home, and the resulting impact this has on the bike course, we regret to inform you that the IRONMAN Texas triathlon cannot take place on April 24, 2021.

Despite the change for IRONMAN Texas, as of today, the IRONMAN 70.3 Texas triathlon taking place in Galveston on April 11 and the IRONMAN 70.3 Lubbock taking place on June 27, remain as scheduled and preparations are ongoing.

Additionally, IRONMAN officials are working on an additional race location in Texas to host a full-distance IRONMAN event in 2021. More information on this is expected to be finalized and shared in the near future.


What's New in the 303:

Many Coloradans Race Challenge Miami, Leiferman, Von Berg Earn Podium Spot, Matt Miller Happy to be Racing Again!

As storm Xylia pummeled the Front Range of Colorado, many Coloradans raced the Challenge Miami Triathlon over the weekend. Ten Colorado based pro’s and a large contingent of athletes from Boulder’s BASE team raced the three day event. On the pro podium hoisting some champagne from Boulder were Chris Leiferman (4) and Rudy Von Berg (5). Germany’s Jan Frodeno won the men’s race over Lionel Sanders (2) and Ben Kanute (3). For the women, in a bit of a surprise, British triathlete Jodie Stimpson edged out favored Lucy Charles-Barclay of Britain by almost a minute and a half. Rounding out the women’s podium were Jackie Hering, Sara Perez Sala and Skye Moench. Boulder’s Lisa Bechares and Lesley Smith (A BASE sponsored athlete) finished 11th and 12th respectively. Other Colorado pros finishing included Tyler Butterfield (7), Tim O’Donnell (11), Matt Hanson (13), Ben Hoffman (16) and Robbie Deckard (19).


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Video of the Week:

TheTriSummit Session: Nutrition Periodization


Upcoming Interviews:

We covered Triathlon Taren's video analysis of the video IRONMAN's Andrew Messick put out about their handling of race cancellations.  We're looking forward to hearing his perspective on the state of the sport and the trends he's seeing.

Coach Brian Grasky has a great background as a USAFA grad, F-16 pilot, triathlete and Level 3 USAT coach. He also had a couple of great presentations at the Endurance Exchange.  We are talking about how to plan for success and handle failure as an athlete and a coach.

Michael Murphy is a motivational speaker, paralyzed athlete, and writer. His journey began in April 2007 when he fell off a roof in college, shattered his spine, and was paralyzed.  Michael is now a 12-time marathoner with Top 5 finishes in New York and Boston. He was also featured on NBC after completing two Tough Mudder competitions in 2012 and 2013 with the help of his teammates and an off-road handcycle.


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