Welcome to 303Triathlon – Your Colorado Triathlon Resource
This site aims to serve as a collecting point for the sport of triathlon in our “303” community. We are not affiliated with any one group, organization, team or corporation. Our goal is to serve all multisport athletes in our region, which has become known as a triathlon mecca. Please send us your news, resource links, calendar events, and personal stories. And be sure to comment on our articles – together, we are an amazing community of dedicated athletes.
Dana Willett – Managing Partner, Editor-in-Chief 303cycling, 303Triathlon:
With a long career of journalism, research and marketing experience, Dana Willett joined 303 in the spring of 2013 with a helmet full of ideas and enthusiasm. This late-in-life triathlete first entered the sport in 2007, fully equipped with swim floaties and training wheels. Since then she’s progressed through the various distances, including a couple Ironman races, a dozen marathons, and XTERRAs. The sweet taste of a few small podiums, a few qualifications and decent rankings, and an honor here and there keep her coming back for more. She is motivated to attempt every tri in the state of Colorado, and loves jumping in on charity rides. Having been inspired and supported by the strong triathlon & cycling community in the Denver/Boulder area, Dana is committed to providing informative and encouraging cycling & triathlon news to all Colorado multisport athletes, including first-timers, pros, and everyone in between.
Jennifer Findley – Partner, Assistant Editor
A resident of Boulder County since 1978, Jen started her career in multisport as a competitive swimmer in high school in the early ’80’s. She continued to swim on her own through college, and started swimming Master’s in grad school (where she earned her MS in Kinesiology). Shortly after graduating in ’94, she began running seriously and clocked her first half marathon at Canyonlands in Moab (not afraid of spontaneity, she registered for that effort same-day). A multiple marathon finisher, she has raced LA, Boston, New York and Pikes Peak. Her favorite foot race is the Aspen Golden Leaf, which is mostly single track from Snowmass to Aspen. She and her ice-climbing husband, Paul, enjoy the occasional Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder (with their four kids – 8, 12, 12, and 15 – cheering). She has raced the Boulder Peak tri three times now – in 1993 (placing first in her AG), and again in 2002 (when her twins were just six months old), and in July of 2014, where she placed in the top 10%. Since this official comeback, she has been cajoled into relays with fellow 303 staffers, and has her eyes on a few significant tri events for 2015.
Bill Plock – Partner, Business Development
Since joining Strava in the Fall of 2012 it says I have ridden over 21,000 miles, ran 3,200 miles and swam 465,000 yards preparing for triathlons (obviously) and numerous biking events, but more importantly, exploring roads and trails all over Colorado (mostly)—my happiest of places. Cycling is my passion and growing up in Golden, I still find new places to explore and I like nothing more than sharing them, and my passion—especially on 303cycling and 303triathlon. Sometimes I write a column with my pen name, TriHearter…that word says it all. I wear my heart on my sleeve and always give it my best. I also love to work with organizations who want to market to our very targeted audience of athletes and enthusiasts—let me explain how sometime! Happy riding and training!
Khem Suthiwan – Celebrity Correspondent, Sales & Business Development
A Colorado resident since 2001, Khem grew up playing sports in school because they were fun, but often spent time warming up the bench. She got into running not too long after moving to Denver. After completing her first marathon, she realized that slow-twitch muscle events were her jam. She got started in triathlon through Team In Training in 2010 after completing several marathons with them and coaching their marathon teams. The Koolaid never tasted so good. After a few years of training and racing she was all in with swim-bike-run, finished her first 140.6 in 2012 (IRONMAN Canada-Penticton), and made a natural transition to coaching triathletes shortly after. In 2015, Khem was one of five athletes chosen nationwide with the Team in Training program to fundraise (over $300,000!) for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and race at the IRONMAN World Championships. She has served on the board for the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club, coaches with Mile High Multisport, and is a part-time fixture at TriBella. If she’s not racing, you’ll often find her out supporting her friends out on the race course, and always with a big smile. During the off-season she enjoys hitting the slopes on powder days and dabbling in cyclocross. Her favorite food group? Bacon!!
Rich Soares – 303Radio
Rich has called Colorado home from an early age. A daily runner in High School and College, Rich enjoyed putting long miles. Rich began training for his first triathlon in 2006 and has competed in triathlon races of all distances, including five Ironman races in Cozumel (2x), Coeur d’Alene, Arizona and Boulder. He enjoys road cycling racing including the Bob Cook Classic Mt. Evans Hill Climb, the Triple Bypass and the Cherry Creek Time Trial Series and more. Beyond competition, Rich is an endurance sport enthusiast and finds personal reward in helping others enjoy and grow in the sport. As a USAT certified coach and host of 303Radio and the Mile High Endurance podcasts. He keeps his knowledge sharp by researching endurance topics and interviewing coaches, experts and professional athletes. He believes in the empowerment of knowledge and seeks out credible experts on contemporary topics to help coaches and athletes alike. Rich lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife Wendy and his teenage daughters, Lauren and Morgan.
Nicole Odell- Reppin’ the 719
Nicole got started in triathlon through Team In Training in 2006 with the 5430 Sprint Triathlon and the 5430 Long Course in 2007. After a decade of training, teaching, and competing in taekwondo, triathlon helped her realize she was really all slow-twitch and made the transition to endurance sports. She was hooked on the swim-bike-run combo and in 2008 started coaching for Team In Training in Colorado Springs. Soon thereafter she became a USA Triathlon certified coach. Because she loves cycling a lot, she is also a USA Cycling certified coach. She tackled Ironman Arizona in 2011, and has coached athletes from sprint to Ironman distances, road and mountain bike races, including the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and other ultra-endurance cycling events. She is a past president of the Pikes Peak Triathlon Club and was on the board of Club Cafe Velo. In her “past life” she was a semiconductor engineer and has a Master’s degree in chemistry. You will rarely find her without a huge smile, as her philosophy is to enjoy every minute of life and help others do the same through endurance sports. She’s very excited to be “reppin’ the 719” here at 303Triathlon. And you might notice she also has a bit of a thing for chocolate cake…
Kenny is an accomplished triathlete (as in kona-world-championships-accomplished)… Disciplined, ambitious, and charming as all get out. He and his fiance Sasha recently bought an RV and have been living on the road, chasing down training venues in the warm south through the winter. Outside of competing in triathlons, Kenny is an accomplished videographer, and co-owns 5280 Elite, producing many inspirational and commercial projects. He is a regular contributor to 303, and will be joining the Kona team once
Will Murray is a USA Triathlon Level 1 coach specializing in mental conditioning, working with beginners to olympians. He is a USA Triathlon All-American, six-time Ironman finisher and co-author, with Craig Howie, of The Four Pillars of Triathlon: Vital Mental Conditioning for Endurance Athletes.
Sasha Underwood – ParaTri & Off-Road
In her early 20’s Sasha quit smoking because her son was struggling with asthma, and she decided to start running to fill her time. She didn’t own a pair of running shoes, and headed to Famous Footwear to pick out “something cute.” Not wanting her feet to look big, she bought a ½ size small. In her new shoes, mesh shorts and cotton t-shirt, she set out but couldn’t run more than a block without being winded. Undaunted, she started running from tree to tree, then two trees, an entire block, and then “whole, entire miles.” This led to her first 5k, and her first marathon a year later. A similar determination led her to swimming, and triathlon, completing her first tri at Memphis in May in 2009. True to her nature, she didn’t stop there and signed up for Boulder 70.3 a few months later, and then Ironman Arizona in 2010 (she has since finished three fulls). Around 2010 she also started guiding blind athletes, saying, “It is one of the neatest experiences to be able to support and guide an athlete across the finish line; allowing them to overcome obstacles, achieve goals and open up opportunities of friendship, athleticism, and new experiences.” A Colorado native, she is actively involved in the refugee community. Sasha also loves anything outdoors, including snowboarding with her son, mountain biking, scuba diving, and an occasional microbrew or glass of wine with friends.
Marty Rosenthal – Mind over Marty
A relatively “newbie” to the world of triathlons, Marty has been actively involved in sports his entire life. After a lifetime of predominate contact team sports, he woke up one morning in late October ’10 and decided to run a marathon. After ten weeks of training on a treadmill in the middle of a Steamboat winter, Marty ran his first Marathon in January ’11 in Arizona. The following three years he participated in over ten half-marathons and four marathons. Marty began wondering what was next, and in May ’13 he decided to enter an Ironman competition. With no real road biking experience to speak of and not knowing how to do anything in the water but the doggy paddle and surfing, Marty had some skill sets to conquer. Seven months later in Dec ’13 he crossed the finish line at IM Cozumel. He went on to complete his 2nd Ironman in Boulder in August ’14, and in November ’14 he took flight with his traditional “flying to the finish” in Ironman Fortaleza, Brazil for the trifecta. “Mind over Marty” – wide-eyed and open to the possibilities and experiences that triathlon will bring into his life and the people that will touch his soul along the way.
Erin is an engineer, beer nerd, and a 5th generation Colorado native who never imagined that she would be a triathlete. She is a life-long swimmer and her first experience in triathlon was as a swimmer in a relay in 2006. She didn’t own a bike and joked that she would only run if she was being chased by something. She did her first sprint triathlon (on a borrowed bike) in 2008 and was hooked. Since then she’s done many 70.3s, 3 IMs, the Disney Dopey Challenge, and is now branching out into the world of Xterra (and has the scars to show for it). Erin also works with several organizations to promote women’s cycling, with the goal of encouraging beginners to get out and ride and and gain the confidence to race. Erin is a USAT Level I coach and President of Altitude Multisport Club. When she’s not out swimbikerunning, you’ll find her on the ski slopes, camping, fishing (but not catching anything) or drinking beers with her husband and Iron-Sherpa Will.
Kirsten McCay Smith
Kirsten is slightly obsessed with triathlon, plant-based eating, personal growth, her dog Joey, and anything pink. She did her first triathlon (a shorter than sprint distance) in 1999 and has been an addict ever since. She loves to do crazy things with her friend Wendy like run a marathon on a track or a treadmill, and swim to bring in the New Year, like 16,000 for 2016. Her greatest athletic accomplishments are qualifying for Kona in Lake Tahoe, racing in Kona in 2014, running 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states, swimming Horsetooth 10K, and convincing her husband that this won’t go on forever! She is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur who will do anything for money in order to pay for her expensive hobby and live the life of her dreams.
Alison’s triathlon career started on the East Coast in 2010 with a full season of five sprint and olympic distance events – because she doesn’t do anything half-way. After a second season of short-course racing, she jumped up to the 70.3 distance and has never looked back. Alison and her family moved to Colorado in 2014 – ostensibly as a work move for her husband, but she still jokes that they moved because she’d taken her training as far as she could at sea level. Since the move she’s focused on long-course racing, including St George 70.3, Boulder 70.3 and the inaugural 106 West, and she’s knocked out her first few Ironman races. She also completed USAT coaching certification and now coaches with D3 Multisport. Given her engineering background and her love for new technology fostered by a decade in San Francisco, gear reviews are a natural fit for 303Triathlon!
From the Cycling side:
Kris Thompson – Founder
Kris has spent his entire life on two wheels from hours upon hours of dirt bike riding on a family farm in Missouri to BMX Freestyle, Mountain Biking, Road, Track, Downhill and his favorite, Cyclocross. Outside of competition he enjoys hill climbs and Ride the Rockies along with his new love of Downhilling at Winter Park. A software engineer designing mobile apps by day and 303Cycling manager by night (and day). Would love to do some longer bike tours in Colorado and abroad, especially in Germany since Kris is fluent in German. Favorite thing about 303Cycling? Connection people with useful information, the more we know the strong our community can become.
David Kuticpal – Partner
David Kutcipal can say he’s been in the cycling industry since 1994 when he moved here from Chicago and took a job with Schwinn, in IT of course. After years (and years) of abusing his body running marathons, ultras and 24 hour races, he got on a bike to save himself. He started racing bikes in 2003 and has enjoyed road, cyclocross and MTB. His interest in photography began as an interest in the then new digital technology. Soon after he discovered he had a talent for it. In addition to his cycling photography he has photographed sporting events ranging from his son’s soccer to international polo matches. He has also started to show some of his portrait and nature photography locally. He is excited to head back to his home state of Michigan this Fall for his first MTB race in years, The Iceman. And like Kris, 303Cycling gives him the chance to geek out both on bikes and the computer.
Cheri rides mountain bikes and lately has become cross curious. She has three kids, one dog, one bearded dragon and a husband. When she’s not taking care of her family she’s riding, planning a ride or writing about riding. Cheri’s passion is spreading the good word about riding on dirt and how it can change your life. She also likes beer which is not a requirement to ride bikes. You can follow Cheri on Twitter @mtnbikechic
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