Porta-Potty Etiquette for Runners

Reposted from Competitor.com


You guys, we need to have a talk about what you’re doing in the bathroom.

Not about the technicalities—there are enough articles about how to poop before a race and how to not poop during a race. There’s plenty of handy resources about using your pee color to determine whether you’re dehydrated/how much water you should drink/who you should vote for in the next presidential election.

But no one—and I mean no one—is willing to talk to you about the havoc your bowels are wreaking on the Port-o-John. Great Scott, what are you doing in there?

If I walk into the bathroom at almost any civilized event venue, it’s clean and odor-free. I am all but guaranteed the soles of my shoes will not stick to the floor. I likely will not gag with disgust. At a pre-race portable toilet, not so much. There is pee on the seat. There is pee on the wall. There is a lake of pee on the floor. And that’s just pee—don’t even get me started on the colonic exorcisms that apparently take place in every stall.


While doing research for a local magazine piece last month, my paths crossed with the owner of a porta-potty company (he prefers to refer to his work as “waste management,” and yes, he’s heard all the Tony Soprano jokes). After interviewing him about the story I was writing, the conversation shifted.

“You’re a runner?” he asked, pointing at my jacket, which was embroidered with the logo of my favorite race. I nodded—yes, I was a runner. Tony Soprano wrinkled his nose and shook his head:

“Oh, man. When it comes to this industry, runners are the worst.”

He then proceeded to tell me he got the majority of the portable toilet business for local races, because some of his competitors simply turned down the contracts because runners are the worst. For one, race directors tend to underestimate and under-budget for the number of facilities needed, leading to, er, capacity issues—their portos runneth over.

And then there’s the ick factor—cleaning out a potty used by hundreds of nervous runners (and their even more nervous bowels) takes more time and attention than the decontamination process after other events. Runners, it turns out, are gross. Matter that should not end up on the wall somehow ends up on the wall—and also the floor, the seat, the door and the ceiling.

“The ceiling?” I asked.

“The ceiling,” he replied, with a look that clearly conveyed You don’t want to know. The guy has seen some nasty shit. Literally.

Complete original article here

Weekend Preview: Let’s Have Some Fun!

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th


BAM Bare Bones OWS



INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers


August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only



XTERRA Aspen Valley


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100


Sunday August 20th


Evergreen Kids Triathlon 


Cycling Events

Thursday August 17th


REVO CX Strength & Conditioning


BVV Track Night



BVV Welcomes their newest sponsor, Wheels Manufacturing.

There will be prizes for cyclists from University Bikes, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Oskar Blues, their own Wheels Mfg site and more. This is a fun venue to spectate, bring a picnic dinner and socialize!  Free entry for spectators.

DUST2: Shaeffer’s Track

Pagosa Springs

Saturday August 19th


Wacky Bike Ride



The Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cycling event to encourage fitness and fun. With five rides to choose from and money from each registration benefiting Project ReCycle, the Wacky Bike Ride is a no-brainer way to spend a Sunday in Colorado.

ALL NEW COURSE surrounded by tall pine trees and beautiful views of Pikes peak. This is not the same old Wacky with the 33, 62, and 100 mile courses taking part in the KOM/QOM Strava challenge as riders climb up Tomah as they are cheered on by the crowd. Although it is called the “Wacky”, it is not for the faint of heart with elevation gains of 2,100 on the 33 mile course, 4,225 on the 62 mile and 6,263 on the 100 mile courses.

I Was Never Afraid: Book Signing by Scott Sweeney

Barnes & Noble, Glendale 10am – noon

Thorncreek Barnes & Noble, Thornton, 2-4pm


I am very excited to announce the release of my next novel I WAS NEVER AFRAID. . This suspense/thriller has a bit of a twist. A mysterious character in the fiction portion of the book is revealed in a post book biography. ~ I was inspired to create this character from an amazing person that resided in Denver CO.  Becky Wilson’s heroic feet back in 1967 propelled her into the record books, brought her tickertape parades and newspaper articles across the country.  Sadly over time her accomplishment seemed to have faded and been forgotten.   I hope this book will change that!

3rd Annual Food Rescue Ride


BVV Track TT Colorado State Championships


Modern Market Criterium and Intergalactic Single Speed Championships


WP Epic Singletrack: King of the Rockies

Winter Park

DUST2: Sewell’s Pursuit

Pagosa Springs


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic


Sunday August 20th


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride


USAFA Road Race

Colorado Springs


Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th


BAM Bare Bones OWS



INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers


August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only



XTERRA Aspen Valley


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100


Sunday August 20th


Evergreen Kids Triathlon 


My First Tri – Not What I Thought It Would Be

By Claire Brown

When I slipped into the murky, cold water to start my first triathlon, I heard fierce yelling from the dark figures along the shore and all the faces around me were grimacing. I couldn’t tell where to go and I felt lost before I even started. I took a deep-breath and ….woke up from this scary dream the night before my first triathlon.

Other than this bad dream, I had no idea what to expect for my first triathlon, the Kid’s Bec Tri at Nottingham Park in Avon, Colorado. What I found on the day of the race really surprised me. It was nothing like my scary dream. The weather was sunny and clear and the people were really nice and encouraging. There were so many volunteers there was no way to get lost. I really liked the way that the race organizers gathered all the kids before the race and had a meeting about how the race would go. The course was a 100 yard swim in Nottingham Lake, 2 laps of biking, and 1 of running. The race organizer who led the meeting was really encouraging and cheerful. He said, “Are you ready?!” and we all cheered.

The swim was the hardest part of the race. The ramp into the water was slippery and added to my nervousness. The mass start of the swim made me feel crowded and being in the open water made me think about how deep the water under me might be. I just thought about keeping up with the person in front of me. Getting to the transition area meant running over rough concrete that was hard on my bare feet. I felt exhausted.

The bike ride really cheered me up. There were kids from the duathlon on the course and I was passing other kids. I really loved my bike at those moments! My mind focused on the last part of the race – the run.


The run was hard, but knowing I was almost finished really motivated me. I wasn’t wearing a tri suit like the other kids and I got distracted by my shorts, which had begun to sag. Still, I ran as hard as I could, telling myself, don’t think about the cramps, don’t think about your shorts falling down. My mind got focused when I heard one of the spectators, a little girl, say to her parents, “She looks like she is struggling.” About me! I am proud that I had the fastest time on the run of any of the tri-kids, by 30 seconds. I have that little girl to thank, because hearing her say that about me gave me a boost of energy.

I felt strong and powerful after the race. The park was beautiful and the people were welcoming and friendly. It was a great first tri experience. I will definitely “tri” again!​




Tri Club Tuesday: Coal Creek Tri Club

Based in Louisville, the Coal Creek Tri Club has a unique design, it’s family based.


Founder Kris Henderson moved her family to Boulder County from Scotland in 2014.  Prior to the move, the Henderson’s were involved in triathlon as a family in a club where as many as 80 KIDS showed up for 6am swim training while parents trained at the same time.


With that as inspiration, Kris did the research and developed the support and facilities to start her own ‘Family Friendly Club’ and the Coal Creek Tri Club was born.  Read about their 2016 Kick Off event here.  Their programs have been at capacity this season, with the limiting factor being pool space.  With mid week running and cycling sessions, members have weekend morning workouts where the kids swim while the adults do a land based training session and then they swap.





The kids participated in the Longmont Kids Triathlon in June and had a great time!  Check out the fun on their Facebook page.

Next season the club members will be setting their sights on and training for the Without Limits Productions famed Oktoberfest in September.




With two successful seasons now behind them, the club is looking forward to beginning another fall season.  Registration is not happening on their website HERE

In a continued effort to be involved in the community and giving back, Kris and the Coal Creek Tri Club have been instrumental in organizing the Inaugural Superior 5k that will happen on Sunday August 27.  Join them in this great event and learn more about their successful program.


With their skilled, accomplished and certified coaching staff, Coal Creek Tri Club offers some of the best coaching around.

Check out the Coal Creek Tri club:

Webpage HERE

Facebook HERE


TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit Brings Coaches to Boulder

Photo by Raeleigh Harris
Simon Butterworth of D3 Multisport
Photo by Raeleigh Harris

By Will Murray

More than 208 coaches converged in Boulder during the first week of August to attend the 2017 TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit.

Held at the University of Colorado and co-sponsored by USA Cycling and USA Triathlon, this 3-day event focused on the business and science of coaching endurance athletes. Keynote speakers included six-time Ironman champion Dave Scott, USAT running coach Bobby McGee and Dirk Friel from TrainingPeaks.

Participants had the opportunity to listen to talks in sports physiology and coaching business. In this year’s format (2016 was the inaugural summit) there were 20-minute business roundtables, where coaches could break into small groups to hear quick presentations on business law, running a multi-coach business, enhancing your social media presence and using TrainingPeaks’ coach referral program.

Dave Scott
photo by Raeleigh Harris

The University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center showed off its facility with small-group sessions on swimming, strength training, running and cycling biomechanics and nutrition.

Networking opportunities were built into the design throughout. Roka hosted a swim workout and Dave Scott a run workout, both on Friday morning before sessions began. Retul hosted a pre-conference networking session at their new facility on Airport Road in Boulder.

Coach Raeleigh Harris said, “The summit showcased the best coaching methodology, technology and leadership available to us today, all in one location. Total immersion into this setting was invaluable moving forward in development of Coaching services and supporting platforms.”

Emceed by Barry Siff, President of USA Triathlon, this even earned coaches 12 CEUs. Training Peaks plans to bring this event back to Boulder in 2018.

Raeleigh Harris and Mitchell Reiss
Photo by Raeleigh Harris

Manitou Incline Closing for Maintenance

MANITOU SPRINGS – Climbers looking to tackle the Manitou Incline will have to hurry: beginning Aug. 21, the popular, steep hiking trail will close for a four-month long repair.

The cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs will begin their third phase of improvement project after the Pikes Peak Ascent Marathon on Aug. 19-20.

Repairs include replacing damaged retaining walls, cleaning up exposed rebar and loose debris, adding additional drainage structures, anchoring existing ties, and stabilizing the slopes surrounding the incline.

Repairs and renovations will improve safety, user experience, long-term sustainability, and increase accessibility, according to the city’s news release.

There are currently some drainage structures that have failed along the trail, so new infrastructure must be installed.

“The increase in drainage structures will greatly help reduce the velocity of water, a critical factor in reducing erosion and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Incline,” the city wrote in its news release.

The project will cost $2 million, allocated through a Community Development Block Grant.


Original article on 9news.com

Kirsten Sass, Bill Jones Crowned Olympic-Distance Age Group National Champions

Nearly 2,000 amateur triathletes cross the finish line at Omaha’s Levi Carter Park

OMAHA, Neb. — Nearly 2,000 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes competed for national titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, with Kirsten Sass and Bill Jones taking home their first-ever overall Olympic-distance national titles.

The race, which is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event, featured a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course centered around Omaha’s Levi Carter Park.

Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), the overall women’s champion, broke the tape in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 47 seconds. Sass owns several national and world titles in her age group and was last year’s overall champion in the sprint-distance race, but today earned her first-ever overall Olympic-distance national title.

“I’m really happy with my race,” Sass said. “The bike is always my strong suit — my problem is usually going too hard on the bike and killing myself on the run, but then to a certain extent, you just have to lay it all out there. I feel like I was able to balance the two pretty well today. I gave it all I had, so I’m happy with the result.”

Jacqueline Godbe (Chicago, Ill.) took second overall in 2:10:17, winning the women’s 25-29 age group in the process, and Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.) rounded out the overall podium in third in 2:11:47.

Jones (San Diego, Calif.) took home the overall men’s title, crossing the line with a time of 1:56:19. Racing at his first-ever Age Group Nationals, Jones also collected the men’s 30-34 crown.

Jones had to wait and see if he would hold onto his national title for about an hour and a half after he finished, as younger athletes starting in the later waves had yet to come through the finish. He would ultimately hold onto the top spot, with Ian Hoover-Grinde (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) taking second in 1:57:51 and 2016 overall champion Todd Buckingham (East Lansing, Mich.) taking third in 1:58:08.

“The bike went extremely well for me. All of my training came through, and I really felt great,” Jones said. “On the run, I had an idea of where I was overall. I had looked at previous years’ times, so I knew I was going to be in contention. But I also knew there was a lot of competition in the 29 and under age group.”

In addition to their overall podiums, Hoover-Grinde earned the men’s 17-19 age group national title and Buckingham earned the men’s 25-29 crown.

“You don’t always get to test yourself against the best in the nation,” Buckingham said. “You have to qualify for this race, so not everybody can show up like at your average local tri. Having all of these awesome athletes out here, it makes you push yourself. It brings out the best in me, and I hope that I bring out the best in them too.”

In total, 28 national champions were crowned in their respective age groups on Saturday, 10 of whom defended their titles from 2016. Defending champions included Hoover-Grinde (M17-19), Buckingham (M25-29), Sass (F35-39), Tim Hola (Highlands Ranch, Colo., M40-44), Adrienne Leblanc (Scottsdale, Ariz., F45-49), Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla., M55-59), Kathryn Wiberg (West Boylston, Mass., F70-74), Elizabeth Brackett (Chicago, Ill., F75-79), William Marshall (Santa Rosa, Calif., M75-79) and Madonna Buder (Spokane, Wash., F85+).

The top 18 finishers in each age group and gender (rolling down to 25th place) earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

“You put in all that training, and you just want to be able to race to the potential that you have in you. I feel like I did that today,” said Ryan Bickerstaff, who took home the men’s 35-39 national title. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 1990 — my ninth birthday was my first triathlon — and I represented the U.S. at Junior Worlds a few times, so to be able to do that again at Age Group Worlds will be really awesome.”

For some athletes, like men’s 50-54 champion Robert Skaggs, just making it to the start line was the biggest accomplishment of the day.

“I’ve been trying to get here for 17 years,” Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), said. “I signed up multiple times and never made it because of various injuries, so this is my first Age Group Nationals since 1998. I’ve had four Achilles tendon surgeries, so this was the first year I’ve gone through a training block with no injuries. I got no sleep last night thinking about the race, just thinking, ‘I can’t believe I made it here. I can’t believe I’m really going to start.’”

For Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), a longtime Age Group Nationals competitor, returning to this race is an annual celebration.

“The experience was amazing, just getting to see all my friends who I maybe only see once a year,” Hart, who placed fourth for women 55-59, said. “This is one of those days I look forward to every year. When somebody asks me, ‘Why do you do this when it’s so hard and takes so much time?” It’s like, ‘This is when we get to dance on our stage. This is when we get to play a symphony together. This is when we get to show what it is that’s inside of us and put it all out there.’”


Original article from USAT here

Complete results here

Woman from Conifer breaks her own record by completing 104-mile, nonstop swim

Screenshot of video shot by Scott Olson

From 9News

KUSA – She did it.

In 67 hours and 16 minutes, Sarah Thomas, from Conifer, finished a 104-mile swim and broke her own record.

Thomas slowly hobbled out of Lake Champlain, which is between New York and Vermont, around 1:30 a.m. local time, and 3:30 a.m. in Denver – about five hours ahead of schedule.

She promptly sat down for the first time since Monday, when she began her nonstop swim.

“That’s a really long way to swim,” Thomas says in a video, posted by her family, adding that all she needed after getting out of the water was to “not move for a minute.”

Thomas says the last three hours of the swim were hardest, as she went through weeds and see grass in dark, shallow water.

Read the full story

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder Pro Race Wrap Up!

Below you will find everything involving the professional male and female athletes from Saturday’s race, from the pro panel talk the day before the race, Tim Don’s emotional finish chute moments with his family, all the way through 303Radio’s finish line interviews… Check it out!

Pro panel here at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder! #boulder703 David Downey Ben Hoffman Tim Don Alicia Kaye Jeanni Seymour Jocelyn Gardner McCauley Rodolphe Rudy von Berg






Incredible joyous emotion from Tim Don with his family in the finish chute (video by Mark Cathcart):

The Pro Women finish line video:







The Pro women’s podium, complete with champagne!

Finish Line interviews with the Pros, by 303Radio’s Rich Soares: