He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine dubbed him The World’s Fittest Man. Inducted into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame in 1997. He has also been inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame and the ITU Hall of Fame. He was named by ESPN as “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time.” He’s quoted as saying “The only bad race is one you don’t learn something from.” Our guest today is of course Mark “the Grip” Allen.
Mark “The Grip” Allen (born January 12, 1958) was voted in an ESPN poll as the “Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time.” Mark is a six-time winner of the IRONMAN® World Championship, the winner of the inaugural ITU Triathlon World Championship, a ten time undefeated winner of the Nice International Triathlon, and the the holder of one of the longest records in endurance sports with his 2:40:04 marathon split set in 1989. That record stood for 27 years.
Mark is also the holder of a record 21 straight wins at every multi-sport distance and discipline that lasted over two seasons starting at the end of 1988 and continuing through the end of 1990. He resides in Santa Cruz, California and is the founder of Mark Allen Coaching. Mark’s passion is coaching athletes at all levels of the sport.
A couple of weeks ago the University of Denver announced its decision to roll out a varsity women’s triathlon team. And, coaching that team is Barbara Perkins. 303 interviewed Barbara to learn more about her, what it’s like to be at the helm of a first year program, what her priorities are and how she hopes to deal with it all during the current challenges of COVID.
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Here is some more information about Barbara. In 2019, Barbara was the first female to cross the finish line at Ironman Santa Rosa. She punched her ticket to Kona for the second time. In 2019, Barbara came in 5th at Galveston 70.3, 4th at Boulder 70.3, as well as competing in both the 70.3 World Championships and the Ironman World Championships. In 2018, Barbara finished 2nd at Eagleman 70.3, 10th at Coeur d’Alene 70.3, and 8th at Indian Wells 70.3. During the 2017 season, Barbara completed her first Ironman World Championship and finished 21st in her age group. In 2017, finished 4th overall amateur female at Steelhead 70.3 and 2nd Age in her group. At Ironman Louisville 2016, she won her age group and secured her first Kona Qualification. Barbara has qualified for the 70.3 World Championships for 6 consecutive years in a row. She has represented the USA at ITU Olympic Distance World Championships in 2015. Barbara registered her first age group win at IM New Orleans 70.3 in 2015. She finished 4th at her first Ironman in Lake Tahoe, 9th at Ironman New Zealand and 8th at Ironman Texas. She has also been a USAT All-American and a Gold Ironman All-World Gold athlete multiple times.
In the peak of her career she had a range of talent that allowed her to win the Ironman World Championship, the ITU World Championship, the Pan American Games and the US Pro Championship in a single year. We were talking about how important these legends of our sport are, and how valuable their memories are and how fortunate we are to hear them tell the stories. We are to get into a bunch of topics including some of here career highlights, the Collins Cub and her role as co-team captain with Mark Allen for Team America, her TED Talk and Wheels of Change and a 1500 miles STRAVA art message.
Check out our most recent podcast with 5x Ironman champ and Spartan Pro team member Heather Gollnick. She’s the head coach at Liberty University and she and her husband have their own coaching business IronEdge Coaching.
Heather Gollnick was at the top of her triathlon career about the time I was discovering triathlon. She raced a ton as a pro triathlete and races a ton more as a OCR Spartan pro. As you’ll hear she loves to train as well. As we mentioned in the intro that she is head triathlon coach at Liberty University and co-owner of IronEdge Coaching. Let’s chat with Heather Gollnick.
Post interview discussion.
I do remember seeing video of Heather doing a cartwheel
We didn’t get into it but I read an interview with Heather where she talks about her daughter [Jordon], born with cerebral palsy, and was told by doctors that she would would never walk. She walks with a cane now. I also read that in her first Ironman in Madison WI she didn’t think she could even start the run. She saw Jordon and it hit her that Jordon would want that opportunity to run, so Heather ran for her daughter. She said “I think of Jordan every time I’m in a race and I want to stop or slow down.”
Thanks to Jay O’Hare at VENGA for the introduction to Heather. We didn’t discuss VENGA as much as I was hoping to. We’ve both been trying the Ultra Gels and the Recovery Balm. There big thing is the Nano Emulsion Technology which makes it water soluble, getting up to 5x CBD in your Blood Stream. It’s 100% THC-Free, Works Fast and the Ultra Gels make sure you get a Precise dose. Great reducing inflammation and helping you get great sleep.
“Venga!” is a Spanish for “Come on! go!
Ironman Lubbock 70.3 is on. Check out the Athlete Guide as a template for future races.
Eight U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls, along with USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris and one guide for a visually impaired athlete, who will be riding across the state of Colorado in a 24-hour relay on June 19-20 to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. The ride will cover 483 miles in total distance, gaining nearly 23,000 feet of elevation as it extends from the Utah-Colorado state line in Montrose, Colorado, to the Colorado-Kansas state line at U.S. 40 and CR 57 (near the town of Arapahoe, Colorado). The route travels from the Western Slope up into the Rocky Mountains, cresting Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet of elevation before descending into the Front Range via Colorado Springs and into the Eastern Plains.
The 10th edition of the IRONMAN® VR™ Pro Challenge saw a United States sweep with Dede Griesbauer winning the women’s race and Kennett Peterson taking the top honors in the men’s race as eight top triathletes battled it out over the course of two days. Mixing up the format, athletes took on a 3 km run through the Eagle Trail in Boulder, Colorado before hopping on their trainers. From there, athletes began their 40 km bike ride in Gerry Boyle Park on a portion of the newly offered IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman bike course, utilizing Official Virtual Cycling partner ROUVY’s augmented reality.
In the closely contested professional women’s race, Dede Griesbauer (USA) fought her way into the top spot with an impressive performance, finishing the 3 km run and 40 km bike in an overall time of 1:07:53, while Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) finished in second place with a combined time of 1:08:42. Danielle Mack (USA) took third position with a finishing time of 1:10:09 and Rachel Olson (USA) rounded out the group with a time of 1:11:19.
Denver, CO (June 9, 2020) — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation today released an initial statement sharing their intention to continue their August race with a revised format, a ‘Made for TV Streaming’ model.
With a new race model that limits the gathering of crowds and prioritizes the safety of riders, host communities and staff, the race organizers feel optimistic that America’s premier all-women’s professional road cycling race could successfully continue August 27-30, 2020 — pending the appropriate approvals from the State, county and city health departments.
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Erin Carson is known for accomplishing and being good at many things. In the triathlon world, she may be most famous for being Tim O’Donnell and Miranda Carfrae’s strength coach, or for owning Rally Sport where some of the biggest names in multisport train. But that is just a small part of her story.
In this podcast you will hear how she built the culture to attract the best of the best while keeping Rally Sport a very approachable and welcoming fitness center. She talks about how legendary runner Frank Shorter, 1972 gold medalists and the last American to win the gold in the marathon, really helped Rally Sport create that atmosphere.
You will also learn of her love of golf, basketball and learning. In addition to training endurance athletes, she is also a certified Titliest swing coach. If you have ever heard her coach, it’s easy to imagine her ability to instruct one of the hardest skills in sports–to hit a golf ball.
This love of functional movement really began on the basketball court growing up in Vancouver, Canada where she eventually played for the Canadian National Team. She was also Hall of Fame coach Ceal Barry’s first recruit at the University of Colorado and remains friends with her today–and plays golf with her.
Have a listen and hear the stories and motivation that makes Erin one of the most revered coaches and business owners anywhere.
In a new installment of the 303Endurance Podcast we chat with Matt Miller about his long history with triathlons and in particular IRONMAN. And did you know he was a model for IRONMAN cologne?? Fun fact. He has guided visual impaired athletes in numerous races and talks about that and how it all started. He talks about starting BASE and partnering with IRONMAN. There are few people that have been to more races than Matt. We also chatted about the impact of COVID on his business and the sport. Fun stories abound!