Jul 25, 2020
By now you have probably heard that the 2020 Ironman World Championship that was originally rescheduled from October 2020 to February 2021 has now been cancelled. I have been thinking about how much I am going to miss going there with Bill and Khem and the 303 team. I'm going to miss seeing and being in the presence of the heroes and legends of the sport. Some of you are going to miss racing in February.
One of my favorite memories of my visits was the first time when Bill and I sat at Huggo's watching the Bob Babbitt show and the plan was to interview Mike Reilly after he (Mike) was finished with his interview with Bob. We also asked Bob to sit down with us and talk about the history of Ironman.
Also in Today's Show:
I got my new UCAN Hydrate formula and this time I'm trying the Orange Citrus. When we had Matt Bach on for an interview, he told us there were a couple of flavors that had a lower flavor profile and Orange Citrus was one. The reason that's important to me is that I have a high sweat rate and a high-average sodium content. I like to double up on the sodium in the bottle without making the flavor overwhelming. I need to order another tub of the Orange Energy formula.
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Interview with Bob and Mike:
[Insert Bob Babbitt and Mike Reilly Interviews]
New Sponsor - Buddy Insurance.
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TAMPA, Fla. (July 21, 2020) – IRONMAN today announced that, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 editions of the IRONMAN® World Championship and IRONMAN®70.3® World Championship have been cancelled. The IRONMAN World Championship will return to Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 9, 2021 and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will return on September 17 and 18, 2021 and take place in St. George, Utah, United States. IRONMAN is working to secure Taupō, New Zealand as the host destination for the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 editions of the IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. While we were hopeful that we could welcome our athletes, their families, and supporters to these events in early 2021, the continued impact of the pandemic makes this impossible. It is tough to make this decision in July, but it will provide the necessary clarity for our athletes, host cities and partners,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “It is disappointing not to be able to provide our racing community with the opportunity to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship for the first time in our 43 year history and our IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship for the first time since inception in 2006. We will endure, however, and look forward to the day when we will again assemble the greatest professional and age-group triathletes in the world and crown world champions.”
Athletes who qualified for the 2020 editions of the IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event will be contacted directly. They will have the opportunity to race in the 2021 or 2022 editions of the respective World Championships.
Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin has shut down several of its services on July 23 to deal with a ransomware attack that has encrypted its internal network and some production systems. The company is currently planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the attack's aftermath, which includes shutting down its official website, the Garmin Connect user data-syncing service, Garmin's aviation database services, and even some production lines in Asia. In messages shared on its website and Twitter, Garmin said the same outage also impacted its call centers, leaving the company in the situation of being unable to answer calls, emails, and online chats sent by users. The incident didn't go unnoticed and has caused lots of headaches for the company's customers, most of which rely on the Garmin Connect service to sync data about runs and bike rides to Garmin's servers, all of which went down on Thursday.
What's New in the 303:
The athletes at the Colorado State Time Trial Championship endured a hot, fierce wind leaving from Keenesburg and completing either a 10k, 20k or 40k course. 255 athletes spread over many categories of ages including para categories and non-TT bikes competed on Saturday. Many triathletes attended as well and took advantage of a special invitation from the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC). Results.
About 150 athletes participated in the past weekends, Epic Warrior triathlon in Ft. Collins. Complete with small wave starts in the pool as athletes lined up in social distant cues and finishing with athletes waiting in spaced out lines for freshly made vegan hotcakes and hash, the Epic Warrior triathlon seemingly was a huge success. And a welcome chance to re-connect with the triathlon community in a safe and responsible way. Of note, the transition area looked a lot different than normal with half the bikes per bike rack, port-o-potties spread out differently and athletes wore masks setting up their transition spot and waiting in spaced out lines to enter the pool for their wave start. Each wave was fairly small and athletes entered the water about 10 seconds apart to minimize being near each other. As one group would get about halfway into their swim, the next wave would be brought in and cued up.
Video of the Week:
Mark Allen to talk to us about the advice he's giving his athletes during COVID, how to use virtual racing, but not overdo it, and more.
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