Coeur Sports Launches “Collective Beat” Community

Coeur Sports has announced they will launch the Collective Beat women’s triathlon community in 2018:

We created The Collective Beat so that we could expand our community beyond our team of ambassadors and professionals. The goal is to draw in more amazing women who are instinctively aligned with the Coeur mission of building a nation of encouraging, supportive, and positive endurance sports athletes.

Our goal is to help make connections that can last a lifetime.

There will be a nominal fee to join The Collective Beat and we wanted to share our thinking behind the program and also tell everyone about the benefits.

So, let’s start with the benefits. We set up the benefits so that members will receive much more in value than the cost of membership. First, members will receive a $200 clothing allowance that can be used to purchase some beautiful and exclusive apparel.

To see the full line, just go to the Collective Beat page on the Coeur Website

The gear will be designed specifically for TCB members and will be delivered around the first of April next year. Just as the North American Tri Season gets going.

Members will also receive a free women’s specific triathlon training plan that was developed by the ladies over at Hardcoeur coaching. These plans retail for up to $149.99 and we have a selection of distances that range from sprint to full iron distance.

We’ll also be giving members an an unlimited use, 20% discount code that is good all year long for Coeur Sports and Zele by Coeur products. You’ll be able to begin using your discount as soon as you join and it can be used on the new 2018 line that we just rolled out.

Plus, our amazing partners are also providing some incredible discounts. So if you’ve ever wanted to try something from great companies, like Barnanas, Zelios, Breakthrough Nutrition, Normatek, Inside Tracker and more, then this is your chance. Just sign up and do some shopping.

Finally, members will have access to a social site where they can cheer for each other and keep up with new benefits as they become available. In our heart of hearts, we believe that the social connection will be one of the most special benefits that members receive.

If this plays out the way we hope, people will know that if someone is wearing TCB gear, then there’s an extremely good chance that that individual is positive, encouraging, relatable, and approachable. We’ve said it time and again, that the first step (or pedal) into endurance sports can be a bit scary and we hope that Collective Beat members will be little beacons of encouragement all around the world.

All in all, we think this is a fantastic package of benefits that will more than cover the $250 cost of the program. We’ll be welcoming members until January 31, 2018 and then the membership will be valid until January 31, 2019.

Check out all the details

Tri Coach Tuesday: Winter Training Tips

by Nicole Odell, NEO Endurance Sports & Fitness



It seems that winter hasn’t quite arrived yet, as here in Colorado it still seems like the end of summer as I write this! But no doubt winter will be here and we’ll get cold temperatures and snow. I will admit, I grew up in Florida, so I had to learn a new definition of winter once I left the sunshine state. If you do live in less winter-like part of the world, we’ll be thinking of coming to visit when the blizzards hit!


For those of us who live in the “cooler” parts of the world, here are my tips for dealing with the winter weather.


Pay attention to the weather. Don’t just look at the high and low temps or general chance of precipitation, but read the hourly forecasts ( is a good resource!) so you can see what’s likely to happen throughout the day and plan your training accordingly.


Get appropriate gear for cold and wet weather. Invest in quality gear that will last a long time. If you are in snowy or rainy climate, wind and waterproof outer layers are nice. A nice technical fabric underlayer is also a good idea. Your local running and cycling stores can help, or google “winter cycling gear” and “winter running gear.” There’s a saying “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” The same goes for equipment. You want to have things like winter appropriate bike tires (fat bike?) and traction devices for shoes. That said…


Safety First! If there is snow, ice, sand, gravel out on the roads, be extra cautious, and maybe stay inside if it is too much. If you are traveling to your workout destination, make sure you can get there safely. Know what you can handle and for which conditions you have gear. If you don’t feel safe, get some good tunes or videos going and knock out that workouts indoors.


Don’t forget to eat and drink. When it’s colder out, we often don’t feel thirsty or hungry. But if you’re doing a long or intense workout in the cold, you’ll still need to eat and drink. Use insulated bottles if there is a chance of your bottle freezing. Solutions (ie sports drinks) will freeze at lower temperatures than plain water. And pick nutritional items that won’t freeze or get more challenging to eat when cold.


Modify your workout. If you’re supposed to run today and ride tomorrow, but there is a good chance of “winter weather” tomorrow, swap days if you don’t want to ride indoors. It’s often easier to run outside in colder weather. If you can’t do what you want to do, try something different indoors with body weight strength training. Do stair sprints. Put on a yoga video. You can still get in some kind of workout, even if it’s not what is planned. Or just get out and play in the snow, go snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. Enjoy it!



Original blog post here

303 THANKSgiving

By Bill Plock

I’m stumped. How can 303cycling, 303triathlon and 303radio even begin to thank everyone that supports us? Where do we start, who do we include? Everyone of course. Everyone who rides bikes, does triathlons, starts a race, pops a wheelie, runs on a trail, and just has fun doing what so many of us love.

Originally I thought I would like to thank those organizations and people who support us and make 303 even a possibility. But that just seemed too limiting and sort of missing the point. The point being we exists to celebrate pretty much anything that has to do with moving any direction on a bike, in a wetsuit or with running shoes on. But more than that, doing it with a smile, in places that make us smile, in events that challenge us and sometimes it’s just hanging out with our friends and community that makes it all worthwhile.

It’s about the smiles, the relationships and the community. So as Thanksgiving is upon us the entire 303network thanks you, our readers, for simply being part of the journey to share Colorado’s athletes, participants, organizations, races, events, and companies that make it all possible and put smiles on our faces. Please check out this album on Facebook of a few smiles collected over the year!

The 303 Team is forever in gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

Tri Boulder Recap – Interviews, Photos, Results

BBSC’s Tri Boulder featured a day of great weather, picnics, family support, fun relays, and everything you could want in a Boulder triathlon!

Check out these 303Radio interviews with athletes prior to the race!


One special feature of the race was live art by Matthew Miller Art

#303Radio’s Rich Soares gives a thumbs up before the swim
#Boulder athlete and D3 Multisport Coach Will Murray (who won his age group!)
Sprint Relay podium finishers! (photo by Rich Soares)
A perfect Boulder day (photo: Rich Soares)
Even the family joins on the podium (photo: Rich Soares)

Celebrating Life: Craig Towler Freedom 5K and 10K Run

Photo: Daily Camera

From the Daily Camera

Craig Towler, the Boulder man who lost both of his legs after being crushed between two SUVs a year ago, is celebrating his “Alive Day” by helping with a Fourth of July run in his honor.

He said he learned about the idea of celebrating the anniversary of his close escape from death while recovering in the hospital.

“I really took that to heart,” he said. “We choose how we want to remember that day. Every year that we’re still here, that’s a good thing that needs to be celebrated.”

The company where he works, BBSC Endurance Sports in Boulder, decided to rename its annual Fourth of July 5K and 10K run as the “Craig Towler Freedom Run.” There’s also a virtual race option for those who won’t be in town for the event.

“We can move forward together,” Towler said.

He said he considers the Fourth of July the day he became a survivor.

That day, he spent the morning working BBSC’s Star Spangled Splash event at the Boulder Reservoir, timing his first race by himself.

As he was unloading his car in the 3300 block of Aurora Avenue after the event, Dylan Gottschling, who was 19 at the time, crashed his car into a parked black SUV at about 40 mph, pushing it about 12 feet into another parked SUV.

Towler was pinned between the two SUVs. He instructed his roommate and neighbor to lay him on the ground and create tourniquets out of their belts until paramedics arrived. Doctors told him the tourniquets saved his life.

Gottschling pleaded guilty to Class 5 felony vehicular assault operating or driving in a reckless manner and an added count of driving while ability impaired.

Police said Gottschling admitted to using heroin and then taking Xanax before the crash, along with admitting to looking down at his phone while trying to select music when the crash happened…

Read the full story

RELATED: 2016 BBSC TRI BOULDER Race Report – Community Rallies for Craig Towler

If you go:

What: Craig Towler Freedom 5K and 10K Run

When: July 4, registration starts at 6:30 a.m., run starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder

Cost: 10K is $50, 5K is $45

Drug testing comes to ultra running: Western States Will Have Drug Testing at 2017

From Runners World
Western States Endurance Run Will Have Drug Testing at 2017 Race – Runner’s World

Athletes who are lining up for the 2017 Western States Endurance Run, the country’s prestigious 100-mile race that starts on June 24, in Squaw Valley, California, better brush up on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned substance list. Officials announced Wednesday that they will be drug testing at the Placer High School finish line for the first time this year.
The Western States board of directors has been working on creating a policy and approved a protocol that the organization is comfortable executing and can afford, said John Medinger, board president, during a phone interview with  Runner’s World .
“It’s been kicking around for a while,” he said. “The activity of people in the sport and the number of sponsored athletes has gone up. There’s been more and more discussion, concern, and chatter among the athletes wanting to make sure that they’re competing on a level playing field.”
U.S. ultra and trail running has been grappling with a shifting environment for several years. The once laid-back, no frills culture has given way to one in which more corporate brands are offering sponsorship opportunities for top talent, thereby attracting faster athletes, some of whom come with road or track racing pedigrees. With the potential for financial gain also comes the temptation to cheat…

Read the full article

Related Story: Banned Triathlete races ultra under maiden name

Muscle Oxygen Testing for Endurance Athletes

Athletic performance depends on oxygen delivery and utilization in muscles, regardless of how “fast” you are. Near-Infrared technology allows us to measure muscle oxygen content in real time during activity, which gives us a window into our physiology and a way to see how we can improve performance.

At this event, Nicole Odell of NEO Endurance Sports & Fitness will explain and demonstrate how a Moxy Monitor works and how muscle oxygenation (SmO2) is a beneficial physiological metric that can be used during every day training. We’ll demonstrate a benchmark test and a basic analysis of the resulting data.

The workshop/presentation is for every level of athlete. We look forward to seeing you there!

Graph of Moxy Data During a workout…this will be explained!
The emitter and detectors on the Moxy Monitor