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303Endurance Podcast

Mar 27, 2021

A couple of weeks ago our Video of the Week was Triathlon Taren sharing his take on IRONMAN's Andrew Messick video communicating their policy for race cancellations. This week's guest is Triathlon Taren who has built an impressive brand offering content and insights to triathletes around the world. 


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Triathlon Taren
  • Endurance News -  Collin's Cup commissions FilmNova; Barkley Marathons has no finishers; Chris Froome a maybe for the GC slot
  • What New in the 303 - Did triathlon start in San Diego or Los Alomos, NM?
  • Video of the Week -  Triathlon Taren's on IRONMAN's cancellation policy video


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Interview with Triathlon Taren

Triathlon Taren is a triathlete who shares tips for beginner triathletes looking to create their triathlon training plans.



- Check out the Triathlon Taren Podcast, it's the most highly ranked triathlon podcast in the world

-Taren lost more than 60lbs after getting into triathlon

- Taren has the following personal best race times: 1:04 sprint, 2:12 Olympic, 4:28 half-Ironman,  9:41 Ironman, 19:00 5k, 1:28:06 half marathon

- Taren lives in Winnipeg

- Taren's wife is "No Triathlon Kim"

- Taren and Kim own two dogs: a charcoal lab named Graycie and a rescue named Petey

- Taren used to be a professional curler


We are going to talk about Taren's background, and about living/training in Winnipeg.  He has developed a brand and following that makes him a household name in triathlon these days.  We're going to learn a little more about his podcast, YouTube channel and his MyMottiv site and brand.  If we have time we'll chat about the IRONMAN video and how races are handling COVID cancels/reschedules and his outlook on the return to racing.  Let's get into our interview with Triathlon Taren.



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Endurance News:



LONDON, ENGLAND: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) today announced that it has commissioned outside broadcast specialists, FilmNova, to deliver live coverage of the PTO’s flagship event – The Collins Cup on 28th August at the extraordinary x-bionic® sphere in Šamorín, near Bratislava, Slovakia. They will work alongside multi award winning director, Martin Turner, who will head the broadcast team as Executive Producer.


The Collins Cup is a new race format modelled after the Ryder Cup, which will see teams of International, European and USA athletes pitted against one another and aims to create and leverage the excitement, rivalry, drama and personalities of the sport of triathlon to attract a wider fan base.


The 2021 Barkley Marathons Had No Finishers

This year’s Barkley Marathons looked slightly different than previous editions. There were few international competitors due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, and because of this, a smaller field of runners (usually 40 runners line up), almost entirely Americans, took on the beast. Additionally, runners were required to get COVID-19 tests ahead of arrival, among other safety protocols.


A strong contingent of Barkley veterans lined up at the start, including Big’s Backyard champion Maggie Guterl, two-time Barkley Fall Classic winner Liz Canty, the only three-time Barkley finisher Jared Campbell, and multi-time Barkley attempter Jamil Coury. There was also a lot of excitement around Barkley virgins (first-timers) Courtney Dauwalter, Western States and Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc champion; and Luke Nelson, Tor des Geants finisher. Guterl, Canty, and Dauwalter were attempting to become the first woman to finish the Barkley.


The race started midweek, in order to deter spectators. Founder Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell blew the conch at 2:03 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 18, and runners set off on the first loop an hour later, when Cantrell lit his cigarette. Runners dealt with rainy and foggy conditions throughout the entire event.



‘It’s impossible to say’: Chris Froome unsure of when he’ll be ready to fight for GC in races again

Chris Froome has admitted that he doesn’t know when he will be able to compete for victory again.


The Briton is continuing his comeback from serious injuries at this week’s Volta a Catalunya, but despite headlining Israel Start-up Nation’s team, he was dropped on the opening stage and finished 90th on stage two’s time trial, 2-05 down on former Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Rohan Dennis.


The upbeat and confident Froome has made no secret in declaring his intention to win a record-equalling fifth Tour de France, but asked by Cycling Weekly if that was still a realistic goal he could fulfil this season, he said: “I can’t really put any time on it. I am just taking it one week at a time at the moment.


“It’s just about following the process and I am not putting a timeline on it. Naturally, I would love to be ready for the Tour de France but I have to keep following the process and do what I can.”




What's New in the 303:


How Triathlon was Introduced to the World

The History and Background of Triathlons

A “triathlon” is defined as a three-part sports discipline comprising swimming, cycling, and running. The three sports are contested as a continuous event without a rest. The triathlon can be an individual or team event over varying distances.


Triathlon history dates back to the early 1970s and originated with the San Diego Track Club. The triathlon was designed to be an alternative to hard track training. The first triathlon event was held on September 25, 1974. Don Shanahan and Jack Johnstone are pioneers in the history of the triathlon. The San Diego Track Club sponsored the event. The triathlon then comprised a 10 km run, 8 km cycle, and 500 m swim. In 1989, the sport was awarded Olympic status and featured for the first time at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia. Since then, the sport has grown in popularity. In fact, no other sport achieved Olympic status in such a short time. Over the next decade, the triathlon grew by leaps and bounds and soon gained recognition worldwide.


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Video of the Week:

We NEED to talk about this IRONMAN “Update”




Upcoming Interviews:

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 off-road handcycle.


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