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303Endurance Podcast

Jan 8, 2022

Silver medalist Morgan Pearson joins us today to talk about his recent USATF Half Marathon Championships with an impressive 1:01:47, the Tokyo experience, the mixed relay Silver and more.

Morgan was the first male to qualify for the 2020 Triathlon Olympic team.  competed in both the men's event and the won silver in the Mixed Relay with teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb.  Pearson currently trains in Boulder and is coached by Dean Golich.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview Morgan Pearson
  • Endurance News
    • PeopleForBikes Staff to Speak at Upcoming CES Tech Convention
  • What's new in the 303
    • Rob Quinn and El Tour De Tucson
    • Old Man Winter donating to Marshal File


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Feature Interview with Morgan Pearson

Pearson, 27, is originally from Spring Lake, New Jersey, where he grew up as a competitive swimmer, ocean lifeguard and promising high school runner. He went on to run cross-country and track & field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American. He got his start in elite triathlon through USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, which identifies top NCAA swimmers and runners who have the potential to excel as triathletes. After winning the overall title at the USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships in 2017, he debuted as an elite triathlete in 2018. He is experiencing a breakout 2021 season, winning bronze in Yokohama on May 15 and silver in Leeds, England, on June 6, to become the first U.S. male ever to earn multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals. His older brother, Andrew, passed away in March of 2021, and after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in Yokohama, Pearson said, "He gave me the boost I needed today, and I was just thinking about him. Hopefully when I’m at the Olympics, he’ll be there with me.”


Morgan was the first male to qualify for the 2020 Triathlon Olympic team.  competed in both the men's event and the won silver in the Mixed Relay with teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb.  Pearson currently trains in Boulder and is coached by Dean Golich.


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Triathlon Career


2021: Qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a bronze-medal performance at the World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15 • Became the first U.S. man in history to win multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals, earning silver in Leeds on June 6 • Made his Olympic Games debut in Tokyo on July 26, placing 42nd in the men's individual event • Earned an silver medal in the debut of Triathlon Mixed Relay at the Olympic Games on July 31, teaming up with Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb. Pearson and McDowell are the first U.S. men in history to medal in a triathlon event at the Olympic Games.


2020: Placed eighth as the top U.S. man at the 2020 World Triathlon Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 5 • Was part of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2020 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 6


2019: Finished 5th at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, on March 2 • Placed 7th at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, on March 16 • Finished 36th at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup, on March 31 • Finished 29th at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, on April 27 • Placed 15th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, on May 18 • Earned silver at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 9 • Finished 41st at the Nur-Sultan ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 15 • Placed 6th at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, on July 20 • Earned bronze as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton, on July 21 • Placed 25th at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16 • Was the highest-placing U.S. man at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Aug. 31, finishing 11th


2018: Closed his season with a top-five finish at the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup on Oct. 21 • Teamed up with Renée Tomlin, Jason West and Taylor Spivey at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Mixed Relay American Championships on Oct. 14 (held in a duathlon format), anchoring the team to the win • Earned a career-best 4th-place finish at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13 • Finished 41st at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 16 • Earned his first elite victory at the Montreal CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on August 25 • Finished 46th at the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Earned a silver medal at the Wuustwezel ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup on June 23, his first podium as an elite triathlete • Placed 18th at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Antwerp on June 17 • Finished 17 at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Cagliari on June 2 • Placed 14th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 12 • Finished 6th at the ITU Triathlon World Cup Chengdu on May 6 • Placed 14th at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25 • Raced in his first elite ITU competition at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 10, placing 7th as one of the top ITU World Cup debuts in U.S. history


2017: In his first national-level triathlon competition, claimed the men’s overall title and qualified for his elite license at the USA Triathlon Age-Group Sprint National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska


Collegiate Running Accolades: Member of the 2014 NCAA National Champion CU Boulder men’s cross-country team • Seven-time All-American in cross-country and track • Set the eighth-fastest mark for a CU Buff in the outdoor 5k with a time of 13:26:22 in 2015 • Placed third in the 5k at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in 2015


Inside Tracker

  • Profile diet and the type of supplements you are willing to take and exercise
  • Uploaded my 23 and Me data
  • Received my DNA Report
  • BioMarker eBook
  • Inside Tracker Blog
  • Noticed that Morgan Pearson is using Inside Tracker and noticed that vitamin B12 and ferritin levels were not optimized. Inside tracker suggested animal products and fortified foods to optimize my B12. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron - I have been taking an iron supplement and trying to eat non-processed red meats more frequently.



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Endurance News:


PeopleForBikes Staff to Speak at Upcoming CES Tech Convention

January 4, 2022

BOULDER, COLO. (Jan. 4, 2022) /ENDURANCESPORTSWIRE/ – PeopleForBikes, a national bicycling advocacy nonprofit and the U.S. bicycle industry’s trade association, will have several staff members participating in panels and presentations at the upcoming CES trade show, taking place Jan. 5-8, 2022 in Winchester, Nevada.


CES — the most influential tech event in the world — has been the global stage for innovation for more than 50 years. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES is the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators.


“We could not be more excited and proud to have members of our team speaking at such an important conference,” said Jenn Dice, president and CEO of PeopleForBikes. “We know that technology like electric bicycles have a massive potential to completely revolutionize the way Americans recreate and move about their everyday lives. Having the opportunity to share our work and knowledge with such a large audience will only grow PeopleForBikes’ and the bike industry’s role as thought leaders in this space.”


PeopleForBikes, Call2Recycle and industry leaders from Alta Cycling Group and Bosch eBike Systems will be sharing the latest information on the industry wide electric bicycle battery recycling program during a panel on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m. Anticipating a massive increase in electric bicycle use for both recreation and transportation, more than 40 bike industry leaders from 20 PeopleForBikes member companies worked together to design the nationwide program. It aims to address the environmental concerns with lithium ion battery recycling and ensure batteries at their end of life end up in the proper recycling stream and out of landfills, and represents the first transportation sector united under one battery recycling solution.


PeopleForBikes Director of Federal Affairs Noa Banayan will join Dave Snyder of CalBike for an update on the federal e-bike policies, like the E-BIKE Act and three-class definition. The E-BIKE Act would offer Americans a refundable tax credit of up to $1500 on the purchase of a qualifying new electric bicycle. Banayan will also provide larger updates on the role of e-bikes in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the status of the Build Back Better Act, which proposes nearly $12 billion for bikes, including the e-bike tax credit, a bicycle commuter benefit and climate and equity infrastructure grants.


“In 2021, policymakers at every level of government in the U.S. began to leverage the power of e-bikes to meet larger policy goals on climate change, economic growth, equity and mobility,” said Banayan. “In 2022, PeopleForBikes aims to promote meaningful and wide reaching incentives for e-bikes and bike riding in 2022, including the E-BIKE Act and the Bicycle Commuter Act before Congress.”


Ash Lovell, Ph.D., PeopleForBikes’ electric bicycle policy and campaign director, will join a panel on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on the opportunity electric cargo bikes provide for urban delivery. The panel, which will include speakers from the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, Coaster Cycles and BrightDrop, will cover electric cargo bike’s role in the future of last-mile delivery and micromobility and what regulatory and legislative considerations need to be accounted for to make their adoption a reality.


What's New in the 303:


El Tour De Tucson Rob Quinn Style_Apacheria Part 3

By Rob Quinn, Dirt Journal


Dateline 1736. Twenty miles south of the Mexican border. Rancher Bernardo de Urrea, a Mexican of Basque heritage knew all too well what a full moon meant. It meant a higher-than-average chance of raiding Apaches who routinely swept through the Rancheros in search of plunder but so far, de Urrera’s little slice of paradise had been left alone. Named after a Basque term that roughly translates into sturdy oak, he named his Ranchero Arizona. And the rest as they say is history.


One threat that’s accompanying the full moon for me, is the 38th annual El Tour de Tucson 102 mile bike race. I say race because the entire course is closed to traffic and your time is recorded and a winner named. Although it has the laid-back vibe of a Ride-the-Rockies type event, the clock is ticking and you see a higher degree of effort. I’ve done the event a dozen times starting when we lived in San Diego over 30 years ago. It’s a great way to end the season and keep the training up. It’s also a fun getaway for my non cyclist (a little Mountain biking) wife who is flying into PHX Sky Harbor airport (always liked that name, reminds me of a Dead or Panic song)  then driving down to Tucson aka “The Old Pueblo” the next day with me.


This is a multi-part series on Rob’s journey to the Southwest to ride his mountain bike and road bike, Part one: HERE, Part two HERE


That leaves time for one more ride. I may be stupid but I’m not crazy. If you noticed I never mentioned my road bike in the previous two articles, it’s because you’d have to be absolutely bat-shit nuts to ride a road bike in Phoenix. This comes from a guy that rode nearly every day for a decade in Southern California.


I had my eye on an open space park called Papago Park close to our place and ASU for some off-road miles. Described as 1,500 acres filled with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and lagoons. What it does not mention that until recently, it was home to one of the largest homeless camps in the state. That sort of defined the area enough that when we were looking for a place for Paris Hilton (my daughter) and a nice condo in our price range was open, right across from the great trails? We passed. The camp has since been disbanded, but not unlike the desert of Apacheria, that area can be filled with outlaws and boogiemen when the sun sets.


I take off from our condo in full trail kit. 34 pound trail rig, loaded Osprey and a baggie kit. You’d have thought I was dressed like an astronaut by the looks of my neighbors as a I muscled the rig down the recently repainted steps. It’s about a 3 mile ride through Tempe and across the Tempe town lake to the park. Riding on the sidewalk with headphones off, all senses needed, I am almost hit three times. The Tempe town lake is interesting. About 20 years ago they dammed the end of the Salt River and the next week that area hosted the annual IRONMAN race. It’s the only time you can swim in that lake.


You can SUP, crew, or Kayak but no touchy! Which I find one step down from torture if it’s a balmy 115 out and you can’t jump in the lake? We all have our definition of hell. No wonder the ASU Mascot is the Sun Devil.


Out of harms way I cruise into the park. It’s 12 noon and around 90 degrees. The forecast calls for a 20 degree drop for El Tour. When I enter, I see a picnic table of middle aged males drinking and smoking weed. At the top of the hill, I see a Tempe PD SUV. Just like the Law shadowed the outlaws in the old days, some things never change.


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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Triathlon: Morgan Pearson (USA)




Upcoming Guests


USAT CEO Rocky Harris is joining us later this month to talk about the state of triathlon and give us a sneak preview of this yea's Endurance Exchange.  give sent out his year end message and here's what he said.



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