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303Endurance Podcast

Nov 14, 2020

This week we have pro triathlete Rudy von Berg. He's grabbed a couple of wins in France recently.  He's gearing up for Daytona and we wanted to check in with Rudy and see how he's feeling coming off a competitive European fields.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Rudy von Berg
  • Endurance News - Ironman Florida Pro Race and the first Downs Syndrome athlete to complete an Ironman and Valencia World Cup Triathlon results
  • What New in the 303 - Cyclocross racing in Castle Rock and Tom Miller on the warning signs of pulmonary edema

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Interview with Rudy von Berg:

This week's interview is with Rudy von Berg.  Triathlon runs though his veins.  His dad raced triathlon for Belgium.  Rodolphe Senior continues to be one of the best in the world in his category, still racing with success into his 60s. With his son’s progress to date, the dynasty has many years to run yet.  His sister Olympia is also a pro triathlete.  “My earliest memory of him racing was in Kona at the IRONMAN World Championship in 1998 when I was 5 years old”

Post Interview discussion.

  • Raced for Italy as a junior
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Dad went to Harvard
  • CU or San Diego
  • Craig Alexander and Miranda Carfrae
  • Boulder makes you better
  • Never miss training for studying
  • Hopes Kona stays the main race
  • Advice - be patient and be consistent


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Endurance News:

Chris Leiferman Wins IM Florida, Coloradans Hanson and Long 2nd and 3rd

Colorado was well represented at IRONMAN Florida on Saturday. As the world was learning who our next President was going to be, quite a race in Panama City was unfolding. In the end, it was close, but Boulder’s Chris Leiferman out dueled Matt Hanson (who recently moved to Castle Rock) and Sam Long.  Long led about 2/3 of the way through but fell back and Leiferman came off the bike in the lead a minute ahead of Germany’s Andreas Dietz and six minutes ahead of Long and 10 minutes in front of Hanson.

Leiferman then led the rest of the race but both Hanson and Long significantly closed the gap on the run. Hanson cut nearly 8 minutes into the lead with Long just 29 seconds behind Hanson. Said Leiferman, “yeah, they were catching up to me, but I’m glad it wasn’t a run race and I had the swim and bike to keep the lead. I have had the worse run build up this year, so knowing where I can go for future races.” Leiferman finished in 7:52:44, Hanson in 7:55:02 and Long came in third with a 7:55:33. Long became the youngest American to ever finish under eight hours in an IRONMAN.


Chris Nikic - First Down Syndrome Athlete to Complete an Ironman

A lot of people needed a really good story this year, and 21-year-old Chris Nikic delivered just that on Saturday, when he became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman. Racing alongside his coach and guide, Dan Grieb (a 16-time Ironman finisher), Nikic overcame high surf, a crash on the bike, and muggy conditions on the run to finish with just 14 minutes left to spare before the 17-hour cutoff.

“The run was really awesome because of all the people cheering for me,” Nikic said. “And when I got to the end, I just started running faster because of all the people cheering. I was so excited to hear them say, ‘You are an Ironman.’”  According to Grieb, Nikic had a spill on the bike while going downhill at about 19 mph. His knees were pretty scuffed up, but the thought of not getting back on the bike never crossed his mind.  “We engage in a lot of banter on the course to keep him going,” Grieb said. “At one point he said the S-word, and that turned into a four-hour conversation. That back and forth banter is how we get through the tough spots, like riding up a hill or a crash.”

Like most first-time Ironman finishers, Nikic is left with some blisters on his ankles and feet, but said he otherwise felt pretty good when he woke up the following morning. Don’t expect him to be the one-and-done Ironman type, either. He already has his sights set on the Ironman World Championship next October, as well as continuing his work as a public speaker. It’s a story people are clearly eager to follow. Over the course of the weekend, 30,000 people tuned in live to watch Ironman’s Facebook coverage of his finish—and Nikic went from 20,000 to 74,000 followers on Instagram. You can continue to follow Nikic’s journey at @chrisnikic.


World Cup Valencia Women's Results and Men's Results

I watched the race on  Olympic Gold medalist Nicola Spirig comes in close second behind Beth Potter from Great Britain.  After winning Olympic gold at London 2012 in a thrilling finale, Spirig then came second to Gwen Jorgensen at Rio 2016, making her the most successful female Olympic triathlete. 

Vincent Luis (French) bested Alistair Brownlee by 3 seconds.  Brownlee is Olympic champion in both London 2012 and Rio 2016.  Gustav Iden came in 7th.  Kristian Blummenfelt was having calf issues prior to the race.  Kristian posted - After struggling with a bad lower left leg for the last three weeks, I wasn’t really sure what I could expect yesterday. Was in a solid form on the swim and bike, but the leg snapped again early on the run and ended up with a DNF. With only a month left until the big day in @challengedaytona I need recover quickly to have a chance over there.


What's New in the 303:

Cyclocross Race in Castle Rock, Another All-Star Showing.

Castle Rock—Once again the women open featured an all star cast with Katie Compton leading the way at the US Open cyclocross race in Castle Rock. Ellen Noble, Anna Dorovskikh, Amelia Shea and Lauren Zoerner rounded out the top five. In the men’s division Eric Brunner kept his winning streak alive in the Men’s open as did Carlos Casali in 40plus open division.

Katie Compton for the Win, photo: Ryan Muncy

About 230 riders saddled up at Rhyolite Regional Park in Castle Rock. Riders this week were treated to temperatures about 60 degrees warmer than the last race hosted there just two weeks ago.

Race Director Barry Lee and Dave Towle, via Facebook

There was a good turnout in all categories and veteran race announcer, Dave Towle said, “The incredible number of juniors, parents and the great vibe stood out. Strong community that had a nice day to remember why we love this sport, place and most importantly each other.”

The race this Saturday originally scheduled for Westminster may be moved to Parker due to increased COVID restrictions. Lance Panigutti from Without Limits is still waiting for the official word from Tri-County health about moving the race.


Tom Miller, Endurance Cyclist Extraordinaire, Lucky to be Alive–His Story

Throughout the summer of 2020, Tom Miller had noticed something wasn’t right with riding. He rides bikes–a lot, like over 10,000 miles per year. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club (RMCC) he participates in their triple crown quest–three major rides such as Denver to Aspen in one day. He rides a lot indoors and tracks every pedal stroke and every heart beat. He knows his body and expected performance well. He is in shape. He played college football. He understands fatigue and training so what was happening these past couple of months was bizarre.


Video of the Week:


Chris Nikic finishing IRONMAN Florida 2020 as first athlete ever with the down syndrome


Upcoming Interviews:

Josh Clemente - Founder of Levels Health has are really amazing story.  He has been an engineer for the life support systems in the SpaceX program.  Wait until you hear how research they were doing with how the science of keeping humans alive in space ties to CGM systems and what Levels Health is doing to help people learn how to control our blood glucose to avoid disease and inflammation.

Matt Hanson came in 2nd at IM Florida this past weekend behind last week's guest Chris Leiferman.  Matt is a professional triathlete and coach for triathletes, cyclists and runners. He has an extensive background as an athlete and is highly-educated in all things sports-related.  Did you know he has a Doctorate in Education for Adult and Higher Education.



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