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Ironman Florida 2017 Winner Elyse Gallegos

It was great to have 10-time Ironman and 3-time Kona qualified Elyse Gallegos back on the podcast! When we last spoke to her, she was prepping for Kona 2016. This year, she was looking to punch her Kona ticket again after returning to the island again in 2017. The race she selected was Ironman Florida, just a few weeks after Kona. Her better than expected recovery from Kona, coupled with her lobbying her coach to let her do Florida (with an altered game plan and some restrictions), made...

Duration: 00:41:54

Michigan Titanium - Organizing An Iron-Distance Independent

Independent Iron-Distance (140.6) events are somewhat hard to come by, so when a small group of triathletes organize one that is entering its seventh successful year, it’s a big deal! Ann and Andy Vidro and Doug Tuttle have put in countless hours organized both the Michigan Titanium (Full/Half/Olympic plus AquaBike and Duathlon Options) and the Grand Rapids Triathlon (Sprint/Olympic/Half Distances) with their company Tris4Health. On the show, we talk about a range of topics ranging from...

Duration: 00:37:55

Time to Start Planning Your 2018 Season

Now that the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping–it’s a great time to look back at how the 2017 triathlon season went. On this episode, Lana and Chris talk about how to evaluate the season that just finished, how to set reachable and motivating goals for 2018, as well as some thoughts on selecting races and creating a big-picture training approach to be prepared for a great 2018!

Duration: 00:43:27

Purple Patch Fitness Coach Matt Dixon on the Fast-Track Triathlete

We talked to Purple Patch Fitness founder and coach Matt Dixon about how busy triathletes can still have it all with a low-time training approach detailed in his brand-new book “Fast-Track Triathlete.” Joining us was Purple Patch age-group athlete Joseph Hicks from Farragut, TN. Before starting with Matt, he weighed just 118 pounds and pushed intensity like crazy. Matt’s coaching helped him add some functional weight and power to sustain time trial and climbing efforts on the bike as wel...

Duration: 00:42:50

What To Do After Triathlon Season Ends

This week, Lana Burl runs down some of the most common questions triathletes have about the “off” season. When you’re training toward a goal race, your focus and the steps you need to take are usually well-defined, but after the last race of the year its easy to do too little, too much, or have no plan. Some topics we talked about include: We also referenced some information from other previous podcasts, check them out here: Dr. Kevin Sprouse

Duration: 00:52:32

Former Pro Cyclist Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever”

Late last year, Phil Gaimon made a decision. “I couldn’t be the best at cycling, so I decided to be the worst at retirement.” The “Worst Retirement Ever” has Phil chasing Strava KOMs around the U.S. and the world as he provides a real-world answer to “what if an actual cycling pro tried this segment and didn’t hold back?” What started as an effort to displace a known doper from the top spot on the leaderboard for some iconic Los Angeles-area climbs became a popular YouTube series...

Duration: 00:50:35

Flatline to Finish Line: IronHeart Foundation Founder David Watkins

As he was being wheeled into a tricky open-heat surgery, David Watkins wondered about the legacy he would leave to his daughters if he didn’t make it. Seventeen hours (and a full five minutes without a functional heart beat) later, he began a road to recovery that would take him to the start line of a half marathon six months later and to an Ironman 13 months post-surgery. “The support from my family was amazing, but it also wasn’t enough on its own,” says Watkins, who set about...

Duration: 00:47:53

Ideal Racing Weight with Matt Fitzgerald

Talking with nutritionist, author and coach Matt Fitzgerald about finding your ideal racing weight. We covered topics from Matt’s 2013 Book “Racing Weight” (2nd Ed.), as well as his thoughts on training and his observations on racing psychology in his most recent book “How Bad Do You Want It?“ Some Topics Covered:

Duration: 00:51:43

Jesse Thomas and the First-Year Pro Scholarship Program Winners

Six-time Wildflower Triathlon winner and Aviator-sporting Jesse Thomas remembers what it was like as a new pro triathlete. Nobody really tells you what to do, where to go, or how to make it work. As a late-comer to the sport (started at 29), some might have considered him too old to be starting a career in a sport not known for throwing large sums of cash at its pro athletes. Combining some surprising early wins with an entrepreneurial streak and MBA know how, Jesse not only built a...

Duration: 00:45:02

Ironman World Record Holder Tim Don

Ironman Brazil in May 2017 may have only been British triathlete Tim Don’s fifth full Ironman, but the racing savvy of twenty years as a professional, specialized training, favorable conditions, and a little bit of luck helped him take over four minutes off of the previous mark. At 39 years old, Don is certainly not done setting a high bar. Any thoughts of retirement are couched in terms of “maybe three or four years from now.” Right now, his focus is on the 70.3 World Championships and...

Duration: 00:37:12

Junior Elite Triathlete Addison Smith

When you start racing triathlon at the age where many kids are just learning to ride a bike, you certainly have a great head start. Addison Smith has been a fixture at races in East Tennessee for nearly a decade, and she’s only 16! Over the past several years, she’s climbed the ranks of USA Triathlon’s Youth and Junior Elite programs and even finished third overall at USAT’s Sprint National Championships in Omaha, NE last year (part of an all-Tennessean women’s podium). On top of her...

Duration: 00:39:23

Triathlete Turned Marathon Swimmer Jamie Ann Phillips

Jamie Ann Phillips started racing sprint triathlons back in 2009, and thanks triathlon’s persistent peer inspiration worked up to racing Ironman Florida in 2014. A long-time recreational swimmer, Phillips was often first out of the water at local races, and specifically picked Ironman Florida over the hometown Ironman Chattanooga because of Florida’s challenging swim versus the Chattanooga’s downriver drift. Unfortunately, the sea did not agree to her plan, and the swim was cancelled,...

Duration: 00:41:52

Racing Blind: Elite Para-Triathlete Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon is a elite para-triathlete, and motivational speaker. She’s the Vice President of Glaucoma Eyes International Organization, and serves as a coach and mentor to visually impaired athletes, eye disease and autoimmune disease patients. Amy lost 98% of her vision due to a rare form of Uveitis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall. Her remaining vision has both advantages and disadvantages in racing. While she can see some items in transition,...

Duration: 00:47:10

Bridges to Bluffs Open Water Swim

The Knoxville Open Water Swimmers (KOWS) have only been swimming the lakes and rivers of East Tennessee for a little over a year, and they’re already organizing a race. The inaugural Bridges to Bluffs 10K and 10K Relay swims will take place September 17th, 2017 in downtown Knoxville. The race starts by jumping off the Star of Knoxville riverboat, and continues along the downtown waterfront under several historic bridges, finishing downstream opposite several hundred foot bluffs in the...

Duration: 00:23:03

“Women Who Tri” Author Alicia DiFabio

Alicia DiFabio didn’t dive head-first into triathlon at the first opportunity. In fact, she figured she would be the last one to succumb to the triathlon craze. A combination of the professional curiosity and perhaps a little peer pressure from the 900-woman strong Mullica Hills Tri Club got her across the first finish line. In her book “Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete’s Journey Into the Heart of America’s Newest Obsession,” DiFabio explores the explosion of popularity that triathlon...

Duration: 00:48:35

Meredith Dolhare (Ironman/UltraMan/Badwater/RunningWorks)

Meredith Dolhare goes big in everything she does. From the couch to an Ironman in a matter of months, to Ultraman, to some of the most challenging ultra running races in the world, including Badwater 135, the more audacious the goal, the more motivated she gets. Meredith has tackled challenges beyond the grueling demands of racing and training at an elite level. She has broken each foot three times a piece, her dreams of pro tennis career ended with a shoulder injury, and she suffered...

Duration: 01:11:43

Open Water Swim Skills with Jay Peluso

Now that we’re seeing 80+ temps in parts of the U.S., we thought it was time to revisit the triathlete’s nautical nemesis–open water swimming. You may have seen Jay Peluso at a Rev3 Triathlon race before (he’s usually the one giving the race briefing), but he’s also a two-time All-American swimmer, seven time New England Swimming Champion and a member of the the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame. He runs Peluso Open Water, where he coaches triathletes and open water swimmers and...

Duration: 01:27:32

You Can Beat the Binge with a “B+” Nutrition Plan

Do you eat to train or train to eat? It’s easy to fall into a “burn it to earn it” mentality and ignore the fact that your hard-working body would really like to process some healthy food after a long bike ride, run or swim. It’s also easy to obsess about a perfect approach, track every calorie and make nutrition so stressful that even healthy eating can become a negative part of your life. Nutrition and strength coach Katie Dotson advocates a “B+” approach to nutrition. You don’t have...

Duration: 00:52:12

Protect Yourself on the Bike - Safety and the Law

Just about everyone has had a close call biking on the road. Recreational and competitive cycling has some inherent risks. In this episode, we talk several guests from a variety of backgrounds about how to minimize risk and protect yourself physically and legally. P Mark Taylor Running and triathlon coach who was the victim of a hit and run accident. We spoke about the circumstances of the wreck and how his perception of risk and actions have been impacted by being involved in a...

Duration: 01:14:49

Running Man Charlie Engle

Charlie Engle has a hell of a story. From a serious alcohol and cocaine addiction in his twenties, to the pinnacle of the ultra running world, his thirst for challenge is insatiable. Charlie has dabbled in triathlon (doing Ironman Hawaii a month after another ultra where he and several hundred other races contracted leptospirosis) and cycling (Race Across America). We talked for nearly an hour, covering topics like his incredible Run Across the Sahara (and how inaccessible many of those...

Duration: 01:06:08

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