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303Endurance Podcast

Jun 19, 2020

In the race limbo that we are living in these days, cyclists, runners and triathletes are all getting creative about how to stay motivated and engaged in their sport.  This week Bill's Strava-stalking pays off big with the notice of an epic 1 day ride by Clif Pro team cyclist Russell Finsterwald and Kalan Beisel. 

We caught up with Russell and Kalan to talk about their 240 mile and 20K of climbing in a single day's ride.  As it turns out, we aren't the only ones Strava-stalking.  I was on my Thursday run with my buddy Aaron Monroe and I started to tell him about these two guys who did a 240 mile single day ride - he replied "you interviewed Kalan Beisel?"  For those of you who live in the front-range of Colorado, you'll find this route absolutely fascinating (and mind boggling).  For those of you not in the area, don't worry, we've got a lot of interesting information that you can apply to your riding or perhaps inspire you do an epic ride where you live!

Thanks to last week's guest, 5x Ironman champ and Spartan Pro team member Heather Gollnick.  If you missed it, go back to episode #236 and hear about her crazy high racing volume and learn more about her role as head triathlon coach at Liberty University and IronEdge Coaching.  

In Today's Show:

  • Interview with Russell and Kalan
  • Endurance News - Peak Cancelled, USAT Foundation ride with Rocky Harris


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Interview with Russell Finsterwald and Kalan Beisel:

Kalan's race resume includes:

  • 3x U.S. 24 Hour National Champion (4-man)
  • 2013 Rocky Mountain Endurance Series Champion
  • 1st place 2013 Gunnison Growler (course record)
  • 1st place 2014 Banana Belt (course record)
  • 1st place 2015 1/2 Gunnison Growler
  • 1st place 2015 Dawn til Dusk Duo 12 Hour Race (course record)
  • 1st place 2015 5-person Co-ed Duo 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

Russell's resume includes:

  • 1 million feet of climbing in 2018
  • 5 x National champion

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What's New in the 303:

Boulder Peak Cancelled

In the case of Boulder Peak, Boulder County is extending their restriction of 100 maximum gathering size through July, thereby forcing us to cancel the July 12th, Boulder Sports Chiropractic Boulder Peak Triathlon. Since 1991, the Boulder Peak Triathlon has experienced its ups and downs, but has always found a way to survive. This season will be no different. All registered athletes, and those who elected to transfer from the Colorado Triathlon, will be receiving an additional email with special instructions regarding their entry.


The EPIC MINI Triathlon

The name says it all! The “EPIC MINI” Triathlon. Taking place at a central venue located in Fort Collins Colorado, this race packs a punch of fun. Choose a sprint or supersprint distance course to race!

Fort Collins boasts some of the best local breweries around, bike friendly paths at every turn (the Spring Creek Trail is next to the run course) and a ton of activities all within minutes of iconic downtown – also known as “Old Town”. Don’t take our word for it – make a weekend out of this event and plan to get a little extra sight seeing done!


Lachlan Morton breaks Everesting record - from

Lachlan Morton has set a new Everesting record in an official time of 7 hours, 32 minutes, and 54 seconds.  Morton took the record from pro mountain biker Keegan Swenson, who took it from Phil Gaimon with a time of seven hours, 40 minutes, and five seconds. Morton averaged 254 watts over the effort. His attempt took place on the backside of Rist Canyon, outside Fort Collins, Colorado. Morton completed 42 laps of the climb to reach the height of Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,029 feet). Each climb up took him roughly nine minutes.

Endurance News:

With dream deferred, Olympic hopefuls to bike across Colorado for charity

The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics was a necessary, but frustrating blow to athletes around the world. But with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to take lives and leave millions jobless, some Americans are using their free time for a good cause.  Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlete hopefuls are biking 483 miles across the state of Colorado in just 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Named the "Operation CO>COVID," the team is hoping to raise more than $20,000 for the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.  "Instead of racing in Tokyo, we will be racing the sun to finish our ride before sundown and raising money to give back to the community for COVID-19 relief," triathlete and paralympic hopeful Melissa Stockwell said. "It's really just us wanting to give back. Just to help out a community that we're really passionate about."  The relay challenge will take place June 19, starting on the Utah-Colorado border heading east across the Rockies before ending in Kansas. The team will bike in groups of three, taking shifts while gaining a grueling 23,000 feet in elevation. Team USA did the math-- the bikers must maintain a average speed of 21 miles per hour to cross the state before a full day is up.

Athletes will be divided into three teams of three, with each person covering up to four different segments ranging from 3-15 miles at a time. The first riders will begin cycling from the Utah-Colorado state line in the evening (exact time TBD) on Friday, June 19, with a goal to be at the Colorado-Kansas state line 24 hours later on Saturday, June 20.

Toyota support vehicles will transport the rest of the athletes and their gear along the route, stopping to swap riders after each segment. The athletes must collectively maintain an average of 21 miles per hour in order to successfully cross the state within 24 hours.

The participating athletes include:

  • Kyle Coon, Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Hailey Danz, Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Kendall Gretsch, PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Gold Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Kevin McDowell, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
  • Jack O'Neil, U.S. Paratriathlon Junior Development Team Member
  • Allysa Seely, Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Melissa Stockwell, Rio 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful, Team Toyota Athlete
  • Renée Tomlin, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
  • Alex Libin, Elite Triathlete and Guide for Kyle Coon
  • Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon Chief Executive Officer

Video of the Week:

2019 USA Cycling Russell Finsterwald Marathon National Champion


Upcoming Interviews:

Rocky Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon, will join us to talk about the bike across Colorado and updates on USAT.


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