Still a Couple of Triathlons in Colorado in October

By Bill Plock

The Last Call Triathlon at Boyd Lake near Loveland was the last triathlon along the front range but there are still a couple of opportunities to race in Montrose and Alamosa. The Black Canyon Triathlon (Montrose) October 2nd and the Splashland Triathlon (Alamosa) October 19th are still on the calendar. These are pool based triathlons and in Alamosa the pool is a hot springs–and the swim is last.

With fall colors peaking in the high country, a trip to either venue will be full of color and adventure. We caught up with Montrose resident Julie Burdick who participates in all of the Southwestern Triathlon Series triathlons to learn more. As a busy mom of twins and recovering from Covid, she is looking forward to this week’s triathlon more than ever.

About Julie

I live in Montrose, and I teach swim lessons at the Montrose Community Rec. Center, and will begin lifeguarding next week.  What I like most about living here is the nice climate, the many different outdoor activities I can do in the mountains, lower elevation areas and the reservoirs, and the many sunny days that we as Coloradans are able to get outside to enjoy them.  What I like most about teaching swim lessons is interacting with the kids and watching them blossom into little swimmers.  It’s very rewarding.  

How did you get into triathlon?

I think my first triathlon was the Black Canyon Triathlon, here in Montrose, back in 2004.  I spent the summer training and actually did well.  I decided that I would like to do it again the following year. I was raising young twins during that time, so I couldn’t always commit to triathlon training in the summers. When the twins were of high school age, I really delved into the sport.  It was the summer of 2018 that I noticed the Series, and athletes being recognized at the last triathlon of the season, which back then was in Montrose.  I decided that the following summer I would commit to training and complete the whole series.  So in 2019, I did that.  Los Alamos, Gunnison, Montrose, and Alamosa.  I loved them all.  

Covid took away the triathlons for all of us in 2020.  I contracted covid also, so my training took a big back seat.  I am happy to be back this year.  I look forward to training longer distances someday and completing Olympic distance triathlons.  My goal is to someday complete a half-iron man. My biggest obstacle now is finding the time to do the training that that would require.  But that is my goal.

What do you love most the series?

 What I love most about doing the series is having that next event to look forward to, keeping on with the training, seeing the people I’ve met in triathlon again at the next event, encouraging each other and sharing our stories of races and training, and the general camaraderie between us all. I’m always inspired by the many different people who do triathlon; their different ages, body shapes, athleticism, backgrounds, from kids to senior citizens, it’s a very beautiful and inspiring thing.  Triathlon is for everyone, I see that at every event, and it makes me happy.  

Tell us about each event?

Highlights about each event?  Well, let’s see.  I think for Los Alamos, it was the crazy steep hill on the bike course that everyone was complaining about, and the scenery there was beautiful.  Gunnison has great people and even though the run is longer, it’s a really nice run course through a park and I enjoy the hot dogs!  Montrose, my hometown, I think has the nicest pool facility and before covid, there were free 10-minute massages for the athletes after the race, I loved that.  Alamosa it’s the hot springs pool where the swim takes place.  When you get there in the morning, it’s quite cold because of the time of year and it’s early morning.  The steam rises off the pool outside and it’s just lovely.  It’s also a backward triathlon, which is different and keeps things interesting and fun and knocks you a bit out of your comfort zone.  Run, bike, swim.  

How as the Black Canyon Triathlon affected the Community?

In Montrose, I have seen the Black Canyon Triathlon affect the community in such a positive manner.  The general energy at the event is always very exciting and a bit festive.  There are kids who are excited to be doing the race, whether they are racing as individuals or on teams.  Their energy in infectious.  The parents are always so proud and supportive and helping them through the transition areas and sometimes even accompanying them out on the bike route to keep them on track and encourage them.  I always hear bystanders, who are affected by all the positive energy, wondering if maybe they could do it next year.  I see a lot of sparked interest, and I think that’s mostly because they see that not everyone has to be a top world class athlete to do a triathlon. It’s something that is achievable.  Some people are intimidated by the swimming.  But when they see that there are people swimming in the triathlon who are not great swimmers and they are doing whatever it takes to get those ten laps done (doggy paddling, backstroke, taking rests), they aren’t as intimidated by it anymore.  Some people aren’t runners, but that’s okay, too.  You can walk as much as you like and it still counts!  

Why should someone from the front range make the trip?

I would tell someone on the front range to check out the Western Slope for triathlon and the Series because it’s beautiful here!  It’s quiet, peaceful, less traffic, beautiful views and countryside, pretty laid back!  It’s real nice.  We have nice courses, too.  And nice people.  🙂 

How has the series impacted you the most?

Doing the series, and triathlon in particular, has had a big impact on me.  It gives me goals, a reason to get out there and swim, bike and run.  I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally when I am healthy and fit and the combination of swim, bike and run keeps things from getting monotonous.  Just when you get tired of swim training, you can get on your bike, or go for a run.  I just feel so much better when I’m active.  Doing the series keeps me going all summer.  I love it.  And I love the hoodie we get for completing the Series.  I wear it with pride.  

Register for the Black Canyon Triathlon Here:

Register for the Alamosa Triathlon HERE:

St. George, Iconic Race and a Look Into the Future; Coloradans do Well!

By Bill Plock

The authentic joy Lucy Charles Barclay beamed to the world the second she broke the tape is something I’ll never forget. It gave me goosebumps and seemed deep seated, especially as she came to hug her husband with tears running down her face. I have never seen or felt such happiness.

Barclay, like all the athletes battled very unusual weather with a down pour of rain and hail and lightening that threatened the race. With a Barclay comfortably in the lead all day, she knew she was having “a day” and said at the press conference recalling her thoughts, “they better not cancel this race!” 

Gustav Iden of Norway didn’t quite lead the entire way but went to the front of the pack on the bike part way through and never looked back. Fellow countryman and gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt was in that lead group when he suffered a serious mechanical failure with his wheel and fell out of contention. Boulder’s Sam Long, with a solid swim battled hard to ride into second place never did catch Iden. Iden won by 5 minutes retaining his World Champion status he gained after winning in Nice in 2019. 

The second place finishes for Long and another Boulder resident, Jeanni Metzler may be a glimpse into the future of the sport.  Just two years ago Long finish 26 minutes back and has kept a poster of Nice in his “pain cave” as motivation ever since. Metzler has been climbing the ranks and finished 3rd in Boulder a few weeks ago behind Taylor Knibb and Emma Palant Brown, but in St. George she beat both of them. 

Metzler passed Knibb just a few minutes out saying later, “I didn’t want a sprint finish with Taylor as I don’t think that would’ve gone well.” Knibb finished about 30 seconds back and the two training partners and friends shared exuberant hugs in the finish area . 

It felt like the finish area was filled with camaraderie and respect unlike any race I had seen before. This wasn’t “new blood” so to speak, but in way it felt like a new group of champions and future champions were making their mark in St. George. At the press conference, the top five male and female finishers all were under the age of 28. It’s a young group who genuinely seem to enjoy each other. 

Of the ten, eight raced together at the Collins Cup just four weeks prior. When asked if that played into the feeling of camaraderie, Sam Long said, “I do think we all got to know each other there. It also could be because we are all pretty young, it was a bit of a different atmosphere. And I also think the sport is changing, where you can talk smack but in a friendly way and at the end everyone knows it is for fun.”

Besides Coloradans, Long, Metzler and Knibb, several age group athletes made it in the top five. In no particular order. Colleen D’Reuck, Diana Hassel, Mike Wein, Eric Long (Sam’s dad), and Sandi Wiebe. 

So what about Kona maybe moving to St. George? 

St. George is an iconic venue with massive hills to run up and down. And the ride up Snow Canyon provides a separation point (along with an amazing picturesque backdrop) just before athletes start their run. There is speculation that the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona will move in the future and St. George seems primed to be a top choice. It has all the features that make a world championship course with hills, weather exposure, and a welcoming community and a downtown finish with plenty of potential to the house larger crowds seen in Kona. It is certainly more accessible than Kona and far less expensive for athletes, spectators and industry supporters. 

Sand Hollow reservoir is great for the swim with plenty of room for transition. In Kona the iconic pier is busting at the seams with room (barely) for 1,800 athletes. In St. George 4,200 athletes competed. Undoubtedly the age group women probably don’t love the current format with the last group starting their swim at almost 10 o’clock. In normal years that would force them to be running at the hottest part of the day. This year, some had to be pulled out of the water with the rare thunderstorm that rolled through. 

In previous years, the 70.3 Championship features two days of racing—one for the men and one for the women. In St. George that seems a difficult task with races not generally taking place on Sundays in Utah. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future. Next year the 70.3 Championship will return to St. George along with a full distance race in June. We shall see!

But for now, the young group of pro’s stole the show and perhaps this race will serve as a springboard for future success for all of these athletes as they scatter into the world doing more races. In fact, watch this coming weekend in Chattanooga where Sam Long will attempt defend his title as champion and battle rival Lionel Sander—keep an eye on that!

From Galveston To Cherry Creek, CO Triathletes with Some Big Smiles and Fast Finishes; Betsy Mercer Overcomes 2019 DNF for 4th

By Bill Plock

Colorado triathletes raced this weekend, in Texas and Colorado. In Galveston Texas, not only did the Colorado pros make a big impact, but one well known age grouper, Betsy Mercer raced in redemption of her 2019 attempt in Galveston where she was stopped 100 yards from the finish line because of weather. At Cherry Creek State Park, The Barking Dog Duathlon kicked off the multi-sport season with about 150 athletes racing.

Betsy finished fourth in her age group but cried at the finish line, not because she finished, but because her friend Michael Jones finished his first 70.3. Said Betsy, “I didn’t cry this time when I crossed the finish line, I cried when Michael did. That’s the beauty of triathlon, the community you’re a part of.” 

Jeanni and Justin Metzler, photo Kenny Withrow

Maybe similarly, Boulder Pro Jeanni Metzler who finished second to Skye Moench after a blistering, race best, 1:15 half marathon is with her husband, pro, Justin (finished 9th) at the podium spot. Skye said on her Instagram, “a big congrats to the ladies racing today, I was running for my life!” Skye was recently on the 303Endurance Podcast talking about this race and her comeback from a crash in 2019, listen here (303 Endurance Podcast with Skye Moench)

Boulder’s Sam Long shook off a disappointing swim to finish third behind Lionel Sanders and Ben Kanute with the fastest bike split of the day averaging nearly 28mph for 56 miles. Sam finished behind Ben by six seconds and just ahead of Castle Rock’s, Matt Hanson by ten seconds.

Skye Moench, photo Kenny Withrow

When asked if this race could’ve actually been the best situation possible to set Sam up for the rest of year he said, “That’s a great way of looking at! I discovered how much much I can push on the bike and run and that I can get myself back in the race. I’m pretty sure this was a one off swim and lit my fire for the next races!” 

Sam Long chasing them down, photo Kenny Withrow

Whether a pro, or age grouper, the joy of racing is clearly more appreciated than ever after a rough 2020 season. In Cherry Creek, the Barking Dog Duathlon kicked off the multisport season in Colorado. Dana Willett (good friend of Betsy’s btw), said this after the race, “Great weather and so much gratitude to be back out there! Every- Single-Racer, gave encouragement on the course. Our lungs were burning but we found the breath to say “good job!”, and “you got this!” I couldn’t slap the smile off my face.”

Betsy and Michael pre-race

A 1,000 miles south, Betsy said, “Galveston holds a special place in my heart because it was the very first triathlon I ever did, of any distance. That was back in 2009 (I believe). About 6 years ago the damage to my left leg became more significant after I developed osteonecrosis, which is a disease of the bone. I thought I’d never run again. Two years later, I did run again. 3.1 miles at Without Limits’ Summer Open. I cried at the finish line I was so happy. Slowly I began to think maybe I could do distance again. Two years ago I chose Galveston because it had been my first ever race. I just wanted that feeling of finishing one more IM event. I wanted to close that chapter of my life on a positive note. All was going fine in the race two years ago until a massive storm came in when I was halfway through the run. Hail, lightning, crazy winds. It was insane. Right before I crossed the finish line they called the race. I ran past the volunteer trying to pull us off the course and went across the finish mats, but they had turned them off minutes before. It was a DNF. I was devastated. I cried for hours.” 

When asked about her future Betsy said, “I don’t know if Galveston is forever in my past, it’s one of my favorite events. I have one more race to put in my rear view mirror. IMFLA in November, ten years after I did my first full there at age 35. Then I swear, I’m retiring.” We shall see 🙂

Well done Colorado….congrats to all who raced!

USA Triathlon Foundation and Professional Triathletes Organisation team up to provide COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation, in partnership with the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO), is now accepting applications for its second round of COVID-19 Relief Fund donations, with $55,000 in grant funding available. The relief fund provides financial support to members of the U.S. multisport community who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals and organizations may apply for funding starting today, through Monday, March 15.

A portion of the funding was raised through the PTO 2020 Championship Sweepstakes at CHALLENGEDAYTONA, in which past and present professional triathletes from around the globe — including Jan Frodeno, Dave Scott, Daniela Ryf, Mark Allen and Lucy Charles — donated their time and merchandise in a global, 10-day-long prize draw. In addition, the PTO itself contributed to the relief fund by donating all proceeds from its pay-per-view livestream broadcast of the PTO 2020 Championship.

Complete eligibility information and application materials for the COVID-19 Relief Fund can be found at All applications are reviewed by a seven-member independent grant committee that includes USA Triathlon Foundation Trustees; coaches; race directors; age group athletes; paratriathletes; pro triathletes; and PTO members Matt Hanson and Jackie Hering. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives,” Hanson said. “The multisport community has been a haven for many seeking new challenges, a social outlet, healthier lifestyles, and an all-around way of life — but the sport has definitely not been immune to the impacts of the pandemic. Many individuals lost their training outlets, and many businesses were put under extreme financial pressure. I applaud USA Triathlon, the PTO and CHALLENGEDAYTONA for working to help give back to the triathlon community, and I look forward to reviewing the applications for these funds.” 

The Foundation will make all selections, announce grant funding recipients and distribute funds by the week of March 29. Grant applications up to $5,000 will be considered. The Foundation may not be able to support every eligible request for funding. In its first round, the relief fund distributed more than $110,000 in grants to multisport organizations and individuals.  

“The USA Triathlon Foundation is grateful for the generosity of the Professional Triathletes Organisation and the individual athletes and donors who gave time and resources to support the COVID-19 Relief Fund,” said David Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud of the impact the fund has made so far through grants at the grassroots level, and we look forward to providing additional relief as the multisport community continues to grapple with and rebound from COVID-19’s effects.”

“2020 was an incredibly challenging year on many fronts,” said Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of PTO. “The PTO and its member PTO Professionals were grateful to have the opportunity to harness the interest in Professional Triathlon as a chance to ‘play it forward’ with this fundraising initiative to support those in the sport most in need. We are grateful of the partnership with USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation and their fantastic efforts to keep the sport going during these difficult times.”

The Foundation welcomes applications from USA Triathlon-certified race directors and race management organizations; USA Triathlon-certified coaches and clubs; and other individuals and organizations who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Funds may be used to support programs and events that have been rescheduled or postponed due to COVID-19, or to create new programs and events that will encourage participation in multisport activities. All requests must help advance the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation, which is to transform lives through sport by providing opportunities to swim, bike and run for all.

Donations in support of the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund are being accepted on a continual basis. Visit to donate today, or to learn more about the USA Triathlon Foundation and the programs it supports.

About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $1.9 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit to learn more and donate today.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

About the Professional Triathletes Organisation

The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity representing the body of professional triathletes and seeks to showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of the dedicated professionals who strive to realize the highest levels of the sport and inspire all those who are a part of the triathlon community.

New Triathlon, New Venue; The Lonetree Sprint South of Loveland, July 31st.

Lake to Lake Events is adding a brand new triathlon in a brand new venue on July 31st. The very popular Lake to Lake Triathlon will be held as usual on June 26th, but event producer Peggy Shockley is adding a sprint triathlon utilizing Lone Tree Reservoir located just south of Loveland– – the Lonetree Sprint.

With a slightly longer bike than your traditional Sprint, this event caters perfectly to those who enjoy spending time in the saddle, especially through our beautiful Colorado Foothills.

To learn more and register, go to:


Lonetree Reservoir is located just south of Loveland, CO.  500 acres of OPEN WATER, nestled on the west side of the Heron Lakes subdivision and TPC Colorado. Great water, beautiful views and quick access to the transition area.  Read course details below:


750 yd clockwise swim. What do we love about this swim? The swim start and swim finish points begin and end on long concrete boat ramps. No mucky entrance into the water or at the exit. Blue Heron rookery on the south east side of the reservoir, it’s possible a few of them will be there to watch you begin and finish! Nice water~ nice views.


18 mile course that takes you west towards the foothills. No great elevation gains here, 421 ft. total and no spectacular elevation loss, 425 ft. total. At mile two, you’ll begin a gradual climb towards the foothills and at mile five a nice downhill towards WCR 20 (W. 1st St.)  A few climbs, and few downhills, miles 10-11 a quick climb to CTY RD 18. Nice downhill to CR21, back south to CR16. CR16 will take you past Lon Hagler Reservoir as you wrap back around to SW42nd St and back the transition. NO stoplights!


Out and back course flat, just over two miles on asphalt and one mile on dirt road. Shade? Not really, so we’ll have aid stations stocked with cool water and fluid replacement drink. 


This event will be capped at 300 due to the unabundant parking. We will have designated parking and ask on race day that you are respectful of the properties nearby and park only where we direct you. Carpooling is encouraged!

Sister Madonna, Para Triathletes, Hola and Chilton Bring the House Down at Last Call Triathlon in Loveland

By Bill Plock

About 30 minutes before the Last Call Triathlon started, a cold wind blew in from the North, tossing tents, paddle boards and casting a little doubt on what kind of day it might become. Instead, the day turned into one of the most inspirational and electric days seen at a sprint triathlon in quite some time. 

Melissa Stockwell

USA Triathlon sent some of their para olympic and olympic hopeful athletes to compete. As an added bonus one of them, Kyle Coon was guided by Olympian Andy Potts and came in 11th overall.  Melissa Stockwell, Kendall Gretsch, Hailey Danisewicz also competed for team USA.

Tim Hola with Rich Soares before the Race

In a close mens race, Tim Hola beat Scott Tonder by 10 seconds with Gabe Fels coming in third just 21 seconds later. For the women Brook Chilton won by 93 seconds over Maricarmen Farias and Megan Doherty was third a little under two minutes back. 

Brook Chilton, Maricarmen Farias, Megan Doherty

But perhaps the story of the day was 79 years separating the youngest athlete from the oldest. Lilah Bohm is 11 years old and Sister Madonna Buder crossed the line at 90 years young. 

That cold wind nearly kept Sister Madonna from finishing and after taking some time to warm up after the chilly swim she finished the race. Sister Madonna has completed 45 IRONMAN’s including 22 trips to Kona for the World Championships. In an interview before the race Sister Madonna shared how doing a triathlon is a way to “be part of God’s gift of the beautiful outdoors.”  

Sister with Race Director JB Tobin

She stuck around signing autographs and her nephew, Mitch Galligan from Denver coming to watch her race for the first time, said, “seeing the community and how people respond to her, she has always been an inspiration in the family, but it really makes it a reality seeing this out here today, it’s pretty cool!”

Much more to come on Sister Madonna and her exclusive interview with 303 prior to the race. 

For all race results please go HERE

Video Interview with Kyle Coon and Andy Potts

Lookout Mountain Triathlon and the Historic Ties to Race Director, Paul Karlsson

By Bill Plock

Paul Karlsson has had a huge impact on multisport in Colorado for years. Not only was he a founder of what became a very prestigious, national race, The Boulder Peak, he also has produced other races such as the Xterra Indian Peaks and the Lookout Triathlon. He has put on events all over the state including Evergreen and Aspen. Did you know that The Peak awarded Kona spots once upon a time?

But Paul has impacted many lives through teaching Colorado history and now business classes at Arvada West High School. He coached the swim team at Columbine when the tragedy happened and had been signed up to do IRONMAN Lake Placid that year and because of the shooting, IRONMAN switched is entry to Kona to show support. He has coached swimming at various clubs in the Western metro area, including at Mt. Vernon Country Club, the host of the upcoming Lookout Triathlon.

Here is a video interview with Paul after our course preview sitting on the deck of Mount Vernon Country Club. I think the fun of this race is it’s simply different, and it’s cool to feel Paul’s connection and passion to its location.

We rode the bike and run course the other day. The bike course traverses the top part of Lookout Mountain. It leaves the country club to the north with fast decent down Highway 40 and a steep climb up Paradise Road followed by a loop around the Boetcher Mansion and back to Mount Vernon.

The run puts you on dirt roads winding around the Country Club property and is mostly in the shade of the trees as you run past dozens of homes–including Paul’s parents home and his childhood home. Its a fun tour!

Check this triathlon out for a very friendly and low stress pool swim followed by a short but challenging bike and run. A triathlon bike would not be my first choice for this course by the way. It’s pretty much either up, or down.

Register here:

Discovering La Sportiva, Centennial Cone and RE-Discovering Running

By Bill Plock

Last Friday I discovered and re-discovered a few things. First of all, for whatever reason I had lost my desire to run. It’s probably in part due to the fact that once COVID hit, I gave myself a challenge to ride everyday for the month of April. Well that turned into May and as of today, I have only missed two days of riding since the virus invaded and changed our lives.

But, something was telling me to run Friday, so I decided to go. I think another deterrent to running was my running shoes were very worn and while I love my Colorado based Newtons, the pair I have, have a couple of IRONMAN’s on them and really aren’t great for trails–much more of a road shoe.

A couple of years ago when I pretty much stopped racing, I also pretty much stopped running on the road–for a couple of reasons. First of all the road just hurts a bit more, especially as I edge towards getting asked by merchants if I would like the senior discount. But, secondly, and admittedly the bigger reason I run on trails, is that it is much more peaceful, more beautiful generally, and I love the varying terrain. I also don’t care about my pace and I don’t find myself frustrated by constantly comparing my pace with my younger, faster self. Trail variability is the great ego neutralizer!

So here I am, wanting to run, needing shoes and still not sure where to run. My first stop was in Wheat Ridge at the Sierra Trading Post. They have some good bargains there, and lets face it, frugality is part of my DNA, more-so than ever these days. I realize the importance of good gear for sure, but was hoping to find a diamond in a sea of mostly older models of shoes on the bargain shelves. And I did. Sort of tucked in the back, I found a pair of Lycan’s made by Boulder’s La Sportiva. I am not a climber but certainly know of the high quality gear made by La Sportiva and course, if I can support a Colorado company (ironically located across the parking lot from Newton), that’s even better. I have never worn their shoes but these looked pretty awesome and they were marked down to $59. Whats to lose right? Neutral fit, wide toe box–perfect for me? So there was discovery number one.

Now where to run. I looked towards Golden and it hit me to go try Centennial Cone Park. It’s part of the Jeffco Mountain Park system and is located about 10 miles west of Golden on Highway 6 heading towards Central City. I have passed it thousands of times in my life. I have been to all the Jeffco parks, Apex being my favorite to run, but had never been to Centennial Cone. OMG, discovery, major discovery number two. What a spectacular park with super smooth, flowy trails and great views and nice and quiet. On weekends they alter days where one day is for bikes only and the other is for hiking/running–so check before you go if it’s on a weekend. But for a gorgeous Friday afternoon, there weren’t many people on the trails. I definitely am coming back with my mountain or gravel bike. Yes, gravel bike, as there are hardly any technical spots that I saw. I didn’t run the entire 17 mile loop but from what I read, the whole park has mostly smooth trails. This is a great park for those who don’t love technical riding like many of the Jeffco parks offer.

I tore off the LaSportiva tags, laced up my brand new shoes and ran for 6 miles. These shoes felt AMAZING. I know they have some fancy features like an Impact Brake System, Rock/Ground Frixion sole, and anti-abrasion micro fibers and TPU toe cap, which frankly didn’t mean anything to me at the store– I just liked how they looked and felt and the price was right.

I have enough miles on my feet to appreciate quality and performance and for these to feel so great “out of the box” and perform so well surprised me. Maybe all those “fancy features” make the difference. They feel very light but rugged at the same time. That is a rare combination I feel. I have a little bit of a wide foot and these have a generous toe box. I had a pair of Altra Torin’s I really liked for that reason, but wore those out and frankly I don’t like the way they look quite as well. Not that looks really matter to me. Those who know me would laugh at the thought of me even mentioning I care about how something looks that I wear. But hey if all else is equal it might as well look good right?

One might say in the beautiful woods overlooking Clear Creek Canyon, I re-discovered my love of trail running, and discovered a new (to me) brand of shoes and an amazing park so close to home!

Colin Laughery, “This Guy Is Not Afraid to Be Vulnerable”, Learn More on This Podcast

When co-hosts Bill Plock and Rich Soares discussed how pro athletes, in general, besides people and an athlete, are in some ways a brand. They discussed this and pondered if Colin Laughery’s tradition of racing Ironman’s in a speedo is his brand? Bill suggested that’s it not the speedo per say, but that perhaps wearing a speedo reflects that Colin isn’t afraid to be vulnerable? So maybe his brand is he is “not be afraid to put it on the line?” In this podcasts he reveals some very personal things that only a person not afraid to be vulnerable would say. Have a listen!

Colin’s Interview, click HERE

Next weeks guest in legendary skier Chris Anthony. Chris starred for Warren Miller for 20 years. He grew up in Denver and lives in Vail. Over the years he became engrossed in the 10th Mountain Division and has embarked on journey to tell that story in a documentary about the famed Army Division who had major influences on the skiing and outdoors sports.

Chris shares his cycling background where he was a pro before turning to skiing and became good friends with Greg Lemond. Fun story there!

Team USA Age Group Athlete & Coloradan Sue Reynolds Releases “The Athlete Inside: The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacity and Faith”

All proceeds from book’s first year of sales will benefit the USA Triathlon Foundation

Click HERE to check out the 303Endurance Podcast with Sue Reynolds.

From USA Triathlon

The USA Triathlon Foundation and Fortress Press today announced that “The Athlete Inside: The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacity, and Faith,” by Team USA age group triathlete Sue Reynolds, is available for purchase today.

The debut book follows Reynolds’ four-year journey as she lost 200 pounds, transitioning from a sedentary lifestyle to that of a triathlete who competes at ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships. Reynolds began her fitness journey as a grandmother in her late 50s, proving that it’s never too late to transform your life.

Proceeds from the book’s first year of sales will benefit the USA Triathlon Foundation and help support its mission, which is to transform lives through sport by providing opportunities to swim, bike and run.

“Sue Reynolds is one of the USA Triathlon Foundation’s most inspiring ambassadors, and we are honored that she has chosen to donate proceeds from ‘The Athlete Inside’ to the foundation to support our mission,” said David Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director. “Sue’s story of self-belief and perseverance teaches us that we are all capable of much more than we may think. Her commitment to give back through this initiative will help us encourage others and continue to transform lives through sport, just as Sue experienced.”

From her first walk to the neighbor’s mailbox to earning a personal best finish of sixth in her age group at the 2017 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Reynolds discovered the joy of conquering fear and pride to find that the best version of herself had been there all along.

“I wrote ‘The Athlete Inside’ in hope that my story and the proceeds from the book would help others,” Reynolds said. “The kindness of so many people within the triathlon community had helped me so much, especially as a beginning triathlete, and I wanted to extend that kindness to others. The USA Triathlon Foundation was a perfect fit for the book’s proceeds. I love the Foundation’s mission, to help others transform their lives through triathlon. The USA Triathlon Foundation’s work is making a difference in people’s lives.”

Since 2014, Reynolds has competed in six USA Triathlon National Championship events and represented Team USA on the world stage on four occasions, finishing no lower than 12th in her age group.

“Sue Reynolds has inspired many in the USA Triathlon family by sharing her transformative journey, and ‘The Athlete Inside’ provides an even bigger platform to reach those both within and outside the multisport community,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Her infectious personality and incredible determination are evident as she shares how she tapped into the strength she had all along.”

The book is now available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound and Broadleaf Books.

Media RequestsTo receive a copy of “The Athlete Inside” or to interview Reynolds, please contact Mallory Hayes of Fortress Press at

To donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation, or to learn more about the foundation and the programs and individuals it supports, visit

What others are saying about “The Athlete Inside”:

Bob Babbitt, Challenged Athletes Foundation Co-Founder, USA Triathlon and IRONMAN Hall of Famer
“Sue Reynolds changed her perception of herself, and this book will help you do the same. Her message is simple: If this 335-pound grandmother can changer her life for the better, so can you!”

Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist
“Sue Reynolds shows how sport changed her life by telling a story familiar to me — one of discovering untapped talents, finding a trusted team and using focus and discipline to achieve goals.”

Joe Maloy, 2016 U.S. Olympian, USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program Manager
“No matter what you weigh, what you’ve been told or how many birthdays you’ve had, ‘The Athlete Inside’ is a powerful reminder that each of us is capable of athletic achievement. Sue’s example inspires both courage and vulnerability, two necessary ingredients for anyone thinking about taking that first step to fulfillment.”

Brittany Bearden, Sports Dietitian, Dallas Mavericks
“Sue’s journey exemplifies the power of consistency is far greater than perfection in achieving big goals. Anyone striving to improve in life, health or sport can learn from Sue’s stick-with-it-ness through doubts, struggles and setbacks. Read this book, surround yourself with support and go achieve your goals.”

Matt Fitzgerald, Endurance Sportswriter, Bestselling Author and Nutritionist
“Sue Reynolds’ incredible story of personal transformation is proof there’s an athlete inside each and every one of us, and it’s never too late to find him or her. If she can do it, you can too!”

Ronald Hoffman, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Radio Program ‘Intelligent Medicine’
“Sue Reynolds offers a remarkable, inspiring story about personal transformation. I love sharing her accomplishments with my radio listeners!”

Jane Rubietta, Author, ‘Worry Less So You Can Live More’
“An astounding journey of determination from a single decision, repeated day after day. Sue Reynolds’ journey — and success — is accessible to every single person. Because success is a daily decision, and today is a new day. Regardless of your end goal, Sue demonstrates the possibility of achievement.”

About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $3 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit to learn more and donate today.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

About Fortress Press
Fortress Press, an imprint of 1517 Media, publishes relevant and influential works that help shape the thought of general readers, clergy, students and scholars across faiths. We are committed to catalyzing conversations that matter. For more information please visit

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