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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.”
Media Requests: To receive a copy of “The Athlete Inside” or to interview Reynolds, please contact Mallory Hayes of Fortress Press at email@example.com.
To donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation, or to learn more about the foundation and the programs and individuals it supports, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org.
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 usatriathlonfoundation.org 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).
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Please join 303Endurance Podcast with Sue Reynolds as she shares her mantra of “no excuse, whatever it takes, find way.” Sue started her journey at 335 pounds with a walk to a neighbors house and back. Step by step, goal by goal, she discovered running and then triathlon and completely transformed her body and life. At the age of 67 she has completed 5 seasons of triathlon and has been to 4 world championships.
She shares her why of triathlon, how her coach helped her to reach her dreams and how one spectator in her first raced yelling, “good job runner” changed her life.
In our second installment of “303 Garage Talk” we chatted with Pro Triathlete and Boulder Native Colin Laughery to get his take on current events, his training and how will miss the Bolder Boulder more than most anything–he has raced it every year since he was five.
This is a FREE WEEKLY VIRTUAL SERIES, with a running option and a biking option each week. We will kick things off on April 6th with a 5k virtual run and a 10k virtual bike race (or you can do both).
We will be awarding free race entries and gift certificates from our sponsors by random drawing each week.
With the cancellation of the spring racing season, many of you are looking for motivation to continue training, and we hope this will keep you motivated.
Sign up for the first series event by noon on Sunday April 5th, then you must complete your virtual run or ride and post your results to the series results page between Monday April 6th and noon on Sunday April 12th.
Registration is FREE, but we are accepting optional donations for several worthy groups that we support with our events. Again, donations are optional and we understand that money may be tight for many of you – – we welcome you to participate either way!
LONDON, ENGLAND–BOULDER, USA; 4th February 2020: The Professional Triathletes Organisation today released the following letter sent to the Board of Directors of Wanda Sports Group Company Limited on 3rd February 2020 advising the Board that the PTO has closed on its financial partnership with Crankstart Investments and renewing the PTO’s proposal to enter into discussions to acquire the IRONMAN® business.
Dear Members of the Board:
We are writing on behalf of the Professional Triathletes Organisation (the “PTO”) to advise you that we have closed on our partnership financing with Crankstart Investments. We again want to put forth our proposal to enter into discussions for the acquisition by the PTO of all of the assets of the Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (“WSG”) related to its worldwide triathlon and mass participation business (the “WTC Business”).
The PTO is prepared to consider an all-cash transaction or one in which the existing shareholders of WSG are able to participate in the growth of the WTC Business that the PTO is uniquely positioned to deliver. We strongly believe that it is only with the assistance of the PTO and its professional athletes that the WTC Business has the ability to stabilise and grow, and that without our cooperation the WTC Business would deteriorate. We are happy to work with any other financially stable group who may be interested in acquiring the WTC Business, reducing its debt load and unleashing the value only the PTO and its professional athletes can deliver.
The PTO and North Point Advisors, our financial advisors, are prepared to begin discussions forthwith with your senior management and your financial advisors and to sign a customary confidentiality agreement in order to commence certain confirmatory due diligence. In light of the significance of this proposal to your shareholders and the triathlon community, as well as the potential for selective disclosures, we will publicly release the text of this letter tomorrow morning.
We believe this proposal represents a unique opportunity to realise significant value for WSG shareholders and employees, and that the PTO can uniquely provide a healthy and growing environment for the WTC Business.
We hope that you and your Board share our enthusiasm and, consistent with applicable fiduciary duties, we look forward to a prompt and favourable reply.
LONDON, ENGLAND–BOULDER, USA, Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that the inaugural Collins Cup will be held on 29–30th May 2020 at the extraordinary x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Western Slovakia and will have a prize purse of over $2,000,000. It will bring together the greatest professional triathletes in the world in a team competition to do battle to see who dominates the sport. This is the home of Challenge Family’s The Championship event, which will be held the next day on 31 May.
The Professional Triathletes Organisation partnered with Crankstart Investments, an investment vehicle for Michael Moritz, in establishing a platform for professional triathletes to begin to realize their goal of athlete self-determination.
Rachel Joyce, Co-President of the PTO, commented “This day has been long in coming and we are grateful to the great professional triathletes who have, through all their blood and sweat over many years, paved the way for this opportunity to materialise. The Collins Cup will be a true celebration of both the history and the future of the sport we love so much, and we look forward to hosting the event and engaging the entire triathlon community.”
Charles Adamo, Chairman of the PTO, stated that “The PTO has been working for a number of years to create an environment and structure where professional triathletes have a meaningful voice in the way the sport is operated and can contribute to its growth for the benefit of the entire triathlon community. We are very pleased to have teamed up with Crankstart Investments and Michael Moritz, who share our vision in the potential of the sport and the best means by which to see it grow and thrive.”
Modelled after golf’s Ryder Cup, The Collins Cup is a competition among USA, Europe and the Internationals. Each team will consist of 12 professional triathletes, six men and six women. Eight athletes, four men and four women, will earn a place on their respective teams by way of the PTO World Rankings™ System and the remaining four athletes, two men and two women, will be selected by the non-athlete PTO Board Members with advice from Team Captains.
The Team Captains for The Collins Cup 2020 are:
An athlete from each team will battle against one another in an individual race of three, so there will be 12 separate race matches, each staggered 10 minutes apart. Athletes will be awarded points for their team based on performances in their respective race match and the team with the most overall points from the 12 race matches will claim the spoils of The Collins Cup and bragging rights as the most dominant force in the sport. The team that finishes last will receive The Broke Spoke Trophy. Click here to view “How It Works”
Sam Renouf, CEO of the PTO, commented, “The format of USA vs Europe vs Internationals will add a whole new level of competition and pure excitement for triathlon. By adopting a proven format like the Ryder Cup with its nationalistic intensity, and having a points system that creates drama throughout the race, The Collins Cup is designed to be a compelling live TV event that appeals not only to the fans of endurance sports, but also to the general sports enthusiast.”
Tim O’Donnell, Co-President of the PTO, commented, “We could not be more thrilled with the first Collins Cup being hosted at x-bionic® sphere in Samorin. The primary mission of the PTO is to celebrate the sport of triathlon. The Collins Cup, by bringing together legendary team captains to lead today’s top triathletes in a battle to see which region dominates the sport of triathlon, will not only be a riveting competition, but will serve as a platform for professionals and fans alike to celebrate our sport.”
Zibi Szlufcik, Chairman of CHALLENGEFAMILY, commented, “We are delighted to be working with the PTO to host the inaugural Collins Cup at the extraordinary x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Western Slovakia. The spectacular venue could not be more perfect for the PTO’s inaugural event and the weekend promises to be a triathlon celebration unlike any other.”
Mario Hoffman, owner of x-bionic® sphere stated “It is a great honour for Slovakia, Šamorín and x-bionic® sphere to host such a magnificent event. I can say for the whole team that we are thrilled to be a part of history and we are ready to help with our knowledge and vast experience in organizing huge international sports events.” Click here to view x-bionic® sphere.