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 caught up with smoking fast Tim Hola at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach hotel. Humble as always, but with 15 years of experience racing here, we know he is going to crush it on Saturday at the Ironman World Championship. Good luck Tim! Make Colorado proud!!
The “Heart of Ironman,” Bob Babbitt talks about Ironman racing from its inception – day one when he ate hamburgers and fries and prepared for it to be a 2 day event–he didn’t know it was supposed to be a one day event. He paid $25 to race on his bike with a raccoon skin seat cover and Hawaiian sweet bread stuffed in his pocket. He shared some great stories in a way only Bob can do. Have a listen and see how this history fueled his passion that later paved the way to his greatest passion, that of heading the Challenged Athlete Foundation. You will feel inspired listening to this. He has lived it, and loved it, and given his heart to this sport.
Hear 2017 Ironman Boulder champion Timothy O’Donnell tell 303radio hosts Bill Plock and Rich Soares talk about being a father and preparing to race and how his 2017 season played out. Timothy shares how his Santa Cruz 70.3 race went and just life as a pro triathlete, being married to Mirinda Carfrae the motivation that comes from a family and some ideas on how he is gonna attack Kona in 2017 with the help of Mark Allen and Greg Bennett both of Boulder and using the Halo NeuroSport. Road to Kona through Boulder!
I had a chance to talk with Chris and Brandt Beal about the partnership between Big Sexy Racing and Indur, a results-based health system that launched earlier this year.
“Indur is a wellness from the inside-out platform,” as Brandt explains. Indur analyzes a comprehensive blood panel and then uses their proprietary robust analytical tool to provide customized advice and give individuals customized plans for improving their health. “For athletes, we’re looking to optimize the performance that they can get out of their body.”
Indur tests give athletes insights into how to improve their metabolism, boost energy, sleep better, build muscle and more. Indur helps individuals transform themselves from a health perspective and the partnership with Chris “really made sense for us at Indur.”
Prior to becoming a professional triathlete, Chris explains, “I was a 260-pound construction working in New Zealand eating pies and sausage rolls.” Inspired by his brother, Chris jumped into triathlon and was encouraged by the transformation that took place over the course of six Ironman races as an amateur.
Now as a professional Chris’outlook has evolved. “Performance is something that I depend on for my livelihood. I’m looking for a 1% advantage over my competition. if I can get a ¼ % edge on my electrolytes, sleep and recovery, it all adds up.”
With his Indur partnership in place, Chris heads to Kona with confidence that his body is dialed in. “This year’s approach to Kona is about keeping normality as close to the race as possible.” He’s learned over time how to acclimate to the heat with specific heat protocols while living and training in Colorado.