Today, April 23rd, is St. George’s Day. The patron saint of England. 303Radio recently interviewed some of England’s finest triathletes; Tim Don, Rachel Joyce and James Hadley to talk about life in Boulder as a Brit, some of their greatest athletic moments and maybe some of their tougher moments as well. Along the way there is plenty of that famous British humor for all! To add to the mix we met at one of Ireland’s best, Ivan O’Gorman’s fit studio in Niwot. What happens when you get some friends from “across the pond” to chat all things triathlon and life? Have a listen and find out!
Kay Martin is an entrepreneur and has built BOCO Gear into one of the largest suppliers of headwear in triathlon and cycling. In this podcast she talks about the keys to her success, how important being in Colorado is and how BOCO gear has grown into a fixture at events like the Ironman World Championships.
Alon Mandel is attempting to swim something that less 100 humans have ever done. He is going to swim between the North and South islands of New Zealand forging the heavy currents of the Cook Straight. It’s about 14 miles of treacherous waters but the Olympic Swimmer from Israel has swam the Ocean’s Seven Strait-of-Gibraltar in September 2015, swimming from Spain to Morocco. With All-American awards, as a University of Michigan swimmer and teammate of Michael Phelps, Alon has many moments to draw upon for that fortitude and strength to attempt this swim.
Hear the details with 303Radio recorded at the Denver Athletic Club after a masters swim session with Bill Plock. Alon is raising money for Parkinson’s Disease and you can learn more HERE
Recently USA Triathlon and IRONMAN teamed up and created the Time to Tri Initiative aimed at attracting 100,000 new athletes into the sport of Triathlon. In this podcast, Barry Siff, President of the USAT Board of Directors discussed how this initiative came to be, what it means for local races and how it will impact the sport overall. The program hopes to inspire grass roots approaches to making triathlon more accessible.
At 303Triathlon, we are starting the “303 Beginner Tri Project”. We will tackle some fundamental challenges beginners face and offer workout goals and key workouts for local races and encourage new triathletes to gather for information and group training opportunities. Stay tuned for more on this. Meanwhile, take a listen to this podcast with Barry!”
Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the history of the Lake to Lake Triathlon and how over the last two decades the race has become a fixture in the charming town of Loveland, Colorado, about 50 miles from Denver. Lots of participants come from many states riding one of the most beautiful bike rides in the state.
Ivan O’Gorman loves coffee and espresso. He loves it so much that he has a scale sensitive enough to weigh your breath. He uses it measure just the right amount of perfectly ground coffee to make the perfect cup. It’s this attention to detail that permeates his life and in part makes him one of the most coveted bike fitters in the industry.
But it’s his sense of humor and his attitude of understanding that life is short and that it’s critical to balance work, play and family that stood out for me in this interview for 303Radio from his studio in Niwot. It’s his good nature and inviting personality that no doubt keeps people coming back, or stopping by.
We sat in this incredibly inviting and charming space in the quaint downtown of Niwot and just chatted. In this podcast we talked about his rugby days growing up in Ireland, his days with Retul and his bike fitting philosophies and just fun stories in between. The walls and shelves are decorated with shoes and memorabilia from countless athletes Ivan has fitted. Says 303 ambassador Kim Welk, a friend of Ivan’s, “he is extremely detailed and explains his process every step of the way.”
Part way through pro triathlete Tyler Butterfield happened to stop by as he was heading out for a ride but wanted some of Ivan’s amazing espresso to warm up for a bit. Later we all went riding on a cold January day.
Ivan’s studio is a hub, athletes stop by all the time apparently. Check it out sometime and I can assure you Ivan is happy to help with a bike fit or whatever he can do to make riding a bike more fun and comfortable. Check it out here: http://www.ivanogorman.com
303Radio interviewed Rocky Harris who was named CEO of USA Triathlon in August of this year. Since then Rocky has been working on a strategic plan, meeting with many constituents to bring some new perspectives to the governing body of Triathlon in the United States. One of his major objectives is simply increasing participation by embracing all distances and disciplines and growing the sport across all communities.
Rocky has spent much of his career in team sports ranging from Communications director for the Houston Texans to a member of the Super Bowl XXXVIII host committee and Director of Sports and Marketing for Reliant Energy. He most recently work for Arizona State University as Chief Operating Officer with direct oversight of Sun Devil Athletics. Here he was a key proponent in helping ASU become the first NCAA Power Five conference school to adopt triathlon.
Listen in to his great energy and personal passion for the sport of triathlon.
*we apologize for some unforeseen background noise that can be a bit distracting here and there, but still worth a listen!
Nobody embraced the opportunity to race Kona more than Colorado’s Tom Bogan. He is on crusade to make sure everyone knows dreams can come true and listen to how close it was that he didn’t get to try and achieve his. His story of almost not racing due to a last second misplacement of a key item is almost as amazing as his story of getting there in the first place!