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303Endurance Podcast

Dec 19, 2020

We've got Thorsten Radde from joining us today to help us understand how the pro ranking system works and analyze the results at Daytona and how the pros raced compared to their past performances.

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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview with Thorsten Radde
  • Endurance News - Strava's 2020 COVID records
  • What New in the 303 - ItCouldBeMe Fund Raise for NV Cyclists
  • Video of the Week - Paula Finlay's win and Daytona; Sam Long Race Rundown
  • Holiday shows


Interview Sponsor: UCAN

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One of the reasons I love UCAN is because of how it works. UCAN is made from SuperStarch which is a complex carbohydrate that doesn’t spike blood sugar, delivering a slow and steady release of glucose into the bloodstream. Stable blood sugar provides steady energy to both the muscles and the brain, and controls cravings caused by blood sugar lows. 

Reason 2 is that "taste over time" is a thing that's important to me.  There are those sports drinks that flavor just wears on you over time.  Most everything I've tried in the paste, I eventually grew tired of the taste.  I don't like sweets and sugary drinks generally seem to wear out my taste buds.  The sugary drinks also get nasty in the heat. 

Reason 3 is that it's easy on my stomach.  It's like comfort food for my training and racing.  Simple sugar-based formulas consist of many individual sugar molecules in solution they exert a high osmolality in the gastrointestinal tract. The osmotic force in the stomach negatively impacts gastric emptying and increases gastric distress. - A Technological Breakthrough in Sports Nutrition Innovation

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Interview with Thorsten Radde

Over the past couple of weeks we have been referring to the PTO "pro rankings" and we have the guy who literally come up ranking system. We've got Thorsten Radde of Tri Rating with us today.  The Tri Rating site has the PTO results analyzed -  PTO Championships 2020 at Challenge Daytona – Analyzing Results and we wanted the expert to help us understand the results and who had the outlier performances of the day.

What started out has a curiosity and hobby of collecting and analyzing pro triathlete results has turned into a near ten year journey of publishing rankings and his annual Kona Report.  We had a ton of questions about how his formula works, how hard it may be to collect all that data, when he's going to start his own online betting app.


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Endurance News:

Dear Dave - Original IRONMAN Dave Orlowski

When we first met, little did I know that I was talking to a legend. It was December of 2017 and we were at the IRONMAN World Championship NBC Broadcast Preview Party in New York City. I remember your big smile and infectious energy as you made your way around the room talking to various guests. When you told me who you were and your connection to IRONMAN, I was completely floored. Here I am, talking to the guy who finished 3rd at the 1st ever IRONMAN in 1978.

From that moment on, our paths crossed at various events and activities due to our involvement with the IRONMAN Foundation. We dug up weeds to help restore sacred grounds on the Big Island, volunteered our time with Paradox Sports in Boulder with their adaptive climbing program, and so many other fun times. I’ll admit, up to that point I only knew you from your accomplishment as being the 3rd badass that ever finished an IRONMAN.

It was time to head back to Kona in October of 2018, and you reached out to me to see if I was also headed back to the Big Island. Somehow we connected the dots and realized we were both on the same flights from Denver to Honolulu, and then Kona. The travel angels were doing their magic, I got upgraded to a First Class seat, and there you were sitting in First Class as well. With a little bit of shuffling, our flight attendant made sure we got to seat next to each other.


Strava Releases Year End World Wide Data and Trends

SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2020) — Strava, the leading social platform for athletes and the largest sports community in the world with over 73 million athletes, today released its annual Year in Sport data report, revealing a boom in global exercise amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1.1 billion activities were uploaded to Strava in the last 12 months, a 33% increase from the year prior. During 2020, the Strava community grew by about 2 million new athletes each month.

“During a challenging year, it has been a privilege to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. Community members shared more than a billion activities including nearly 400 million photos with each other, from solitary virtual marathons and Everesting bike rides to midday walks while working from home. And through it all, athletes from around the world cheered each other on, proving that every effort counts and people keep people active.” says Michael Horvath, Strava CEO.


What's New in the 303:

ItCouldBeMe Launches 5k to Raise Money for Cyclists Killed in Nevada

On December 10, a group of people cycling through Nevada were hit from behind by a box truck. Tragically, five of those individuals were killed, and several others injured. As a community, we are deeply saddened and devastated by this tragedy. While our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of all involved, we want to find a way to pay tribute to, and support, the victims and their families.

In the coming week, take time to run or walk a 5K in honor of the victims. Register below and donate whatever you are able to give by visiting this website.  All proceeds will go to the five victims’ families.  Join us in dedicating 1 kilometer for each of the five cyclists that lost their lives.

If you post on social media, use the hashtag #ItCouldBeMeFor5 to raise awareness for everyone’s safety on the roads & streets of communities across the globe. These were people, each special, and not just a number or a “cyclist on the road”.


Video of the Week:

PTO 2020 Championship - Women's Race Finish

Challenge Daytona RECAP// with Q&A


Holiday Schedule:

We plan to keep up our record going and have shows over the next couple of weeks.  We will be recording fresh shows with interviews, news and discussion.  We are going to pull out some of our favorite interviews over the past 5 years.



Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

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