Apr 17, 2021
Breaststroke specialist Roderick Sewell Jackson has
faced challenges his entire life. Born without tibia bones, his
mother decided to have his legs amputated at age 1. Homeless at 7,
his mom found Roderick the resources to improve his mobility which
lead to him learning to swim by age 10 and finding the
With support of good friend Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Roderick became the
first double above the knee amputee to finish the IRONMAN
His next goal is qualifying for the Paralympics 2021.
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and Rich's Excellent Adventure (where Bill and Rich share their
Feature interview - Roderick Sewell
Endurance News - Skye Moench (makes like 5 pros to win)
and Lionel Sanders win Galveston 70.3, Des Linden Smashes 50K World
New in the 303 - Ride with Sue Reynolds,
of the Week - Roderick Sewell Kona 2019
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& Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure
week's BASE ride
with Sue Reynolds
and her husband Brian and son's Michael Dean and Andy
miles of zone two in aero, Chatfield 70.3 course, down S. Platte to
Aspen Grove, back out to Deer Creek Canyon and then back to the
next week in Tucson
to ride with Sharon Madison, founder of We Ride 4. Megan is
taking all of the UCAN Edge for this Tucson Loop ride
Interview with Roderick Sewell
Roderick Sewell has overcome challenges from a very
early age. He was born with the tibia bones missing in his legs.
His mother decided to have his legs amputated at age one to improve
his mobility. The cost of affording his prosthetic legs was so high
it led to the family leaving their home when he was age seven and
enduring several years of homelessness, before settling in
Birmingham, AL, United States of America, with the help of friends
and other family.
Because of a tough childhood, Sewell was forced to live
homeless in San Diego. When he became involved with the Challenged
Athletes Foundation, an organization that helps to provide disabled
athletes with a path to success as well as running legs, his life
quickly changed for the better..
won gold in his international debut at the 2014 Para Pan Pacific
Championships in Pasadena. He learned how to swim by his coach and
mentor, Alan Voisard, at the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego when
he was ten years old.
only reason I wanted to learn how to swim was because I was afraid
of the water."
"People noticed I was black first and then that I had a
disability saved my life"
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Linden broke the 50K world record on Tuesday after running an
amazing time of 2:59:54 in Oregon. Running in the first
ultra-distance event of her career, Linden shattered the previous
record of 3:07:20 that Great Britain’s Aly Dixon set in 2019 at the
50K world championships in Romania. After getting ahead of Dixon’s
record pace right from the start, she never looked back, and
Linden’s final time worked out to an average pace of 3:36 per
excerpt from the story on the Tri227 site -
Womens: Moench, who won the memorable IRONMAN European
Championship, Frankfurt as Sarah True faded in the final stages in
the heat ran a strong 1:20:43. While that gave up more than five
minutes to the speedy feet of Jeanni Metzler (RSA), it was enough
to take the win. Sophie Watts (USA) completed the podium, ahead of
Heather Jackson and Morrison, who finished the day in
Sanders held strong at the front over the second half
of the run too, clocking a 1:11:11 half marathon and a winning
margin of just over a minute, from Ben Kanute who battled Sam Long
all through the run, making the pass in the last half mile to reach
the line just five seconds ahead of the fast-improving youngster.
Neither could relax, with Matt Hanson’s best of the day 1:09:16
leaving him just nine seconds short of a podium
many pros have recently been on the show and then gone on to win
his or her next race?
Colorado triathletes raced this weekend, in Texas and
Colorado. In Galveston Texas, not only did the Colorado pros make a
big impact, but one well known age grouper, Betsy Mercer raced in
redemption of her 2019 attempt in Galveston where she was stopped
100 yards from the finish line because of weather. At Cherry Creek
State Park, The Barking Dog Duathlon kicked off the multi-sport
season with about 150 athletes racing.
finished fourth in her age group but cried at the finish line, not
because she finished, but because her friend Michael Jones finished
his first 70.3. Said Betsy, “I didn’t cry this time when I crossed
the finish line, I cried when Michael did. That’s the beauty of
triathlon, the community you’re a part of.”
Miller, owner of BASE Performance invited me to ride last Saturday,
not an uncommon invitation as we have ridden many times. I had sort
of decided to do a different ride in Denver. But Matt, said I might
want to make the effort as there could be as many as 80 people
riding, some from the BASE team and this new group he is sponsoring
called Ride or Die. Of course I was intrigued.
turned out the groups left at different times and when the BASE
team left the other group hadn’t arrived. Three hours later upon my
return, the parking lot at BASE headquarters was filled with women
cyclists all buzzing from a ride. Some were friends of mine who I
had no idea would be there. There was a cooler of drinks and prizes
and swag and I felt a fun energy. I asked my friend Becky Furuta,
no stranger to the peloton from the highest levels about what I was
seeing. I know they had ridden some gravel, and some road. I saw
bikes of all sorts. I didn’t know anything about this group. Becky
described it as, “grassroots racing and riding, the goal is fun and
camaraderie without all the staunchness and elitism that’s driving
people away from the road. There’s a sense of community and fun
absent the usual rivalries. I think that’s really the point of
these beginner/community rides – not that they’re easy or for
beginners, but that they’re accessible at every level and focused
on mixing training with fun and a social component. It’s a
sustainable model, and I hope it sticks around.”
& 303 Endurance Indoor Cycling Class, led by Bill
Every Wednesday till it warms up
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
Coming Soon: Author of "The Athlete Inside"
who has played an integral role
in the development of top athletes with USA Triathlon, as well as
several olympians and top-ranked ITU stars. He is the author of
“Run Transformation,” The World’s Best Run Training
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