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The Triathlete Hour
92 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Triathlete Hour: ep. 60 - The Age-Group Special
We have a fun episode today: the Age-Group Special, with lots going on. We’re talking to the woman who won USA Triathlon’s most inspirational comeback award for the year. Tracy Kochian is just a regular age-grouper, mom, and lawyer, who went through one setback after another. She shares some tips, insight, and talks about what it’s like for so many of us when we just have one thing go wrong after another.We’re calling this our Age-Group Special because we’ll also talk with Nicola Dick, who chairs the World Triathlon Age Group Commission. She tells us what exactly that is and how they’re trying to get more age-groupers out at World Triathlon races.(A note: We recorded this before the World Triathlon Championship series race in Leeds happened this past weekend, which is a big deal to Nicola in the UK and which we talk about coming up in the podcast.)So first, to break down that Leeds race this past weekend, where everything and anything happened, we talk with Laura Siddall in our regular Sid Talks segment to dissect the Olympic chances now that we’ve seen the big names on the race course, what Lucy Charles-Barclay’s 5th place debut means, and what is going on with COVID and race restrictions.All of that in this week’s episode.
64 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The Triathlete Hour: Ep. 59 - Kirsten Kasper lives the dream
This week, we're talking to Olympic hopeful Kirsten Kasper. Kirsten took up triathlon after swimming in high school (and winning a state championship) and running at Georgetown. She was recruited as part of the college recruitment program, took 4th in the U23 World Championships in her first elite race, and was 4th overall in the World Triathlon standings in 2017 and 2018.Then she got injured. Then, she crashed at the Tokyo Olympic qualifying test event—but finished the race before going to get 15 stitches in her hip. Since then, she's been building back up and was 3rd at a World Cup two weeks ago.She tells us what it's like trying to make one of the most competitive teams in triathlon (the U.S. women's squad), how she and her finance manage both competing for different countries, and the tricks to juggling a constant travel schedule. Plus, she gives us an inside look at the World Triathlon Championship Series race in Leeds this weekend.What's on the line at Leeds? Olympic spots!Laura Siddall helps us break down the race, how the British men are fighting it out, what to expect from Lucy Charles-Barclay's debut, and the drama with the last American women's spot and three women vying for it.Want more info? Lucy Charles-Barclay’s Surprise WTCS Debut And U.S. Drama In Leeds Sleepless Nights at USA Triathlon
103 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ep. 17: Fitter & Faster Podcast - Mastering the Dark Art of Tapering
In Episode 17 of Fitter & Faster, we explore all aspects of peaking and tapering to help you arrive at the start line of your next race in the best shape yet.Most coaches advocate trying to peak twice a year, but if you don't know how to nail your taper you risk reaching race day feeling flat and sluggish. Understanding the physiological and psychological aspects of peaking and tapering can help you avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls. In this show, we chat with coach Jim Vance, who talks about the many different ways he's helped his athletes find their best form and avoid "the abyss" that can come from getting your taper wrong. We also uncover the "secret sauce" that can truly help athletes hit their peak on race day—and it's not so much about physiology, rather psychology.On that theme, we also hear from Vanessa Foerster, a mental endurance coach who has helped many athletes work on their approach to race day, including their taper. She has some unique perspectives on how to handle it all, which includes writing letters to your future self.And, of course, it wouldn't be Fitter & Faster without our Gear Up section with our resident gear guru Chris Foster. We chat through the intricacies of heart rate variability, percussive devices, and plenty more.
51 minutes | May 26, 2021
The Triathlete Hour: ep. 58 - Emma Pallant doesn't miss being a pro runner
This week we’re talking to Emma Pallant. The runner-turned triathlete and duathlon world champ has made a home in South Africa. She talks to us all about what it’s been like during COVID and how tri training differs from running—she had to learn to eat while she races, and she tells us how that lesson required passing out once or twice. Plus, why she turned to tri in the first place after what she thought would be a career-ending injury and why she loves the atmosphere more than track and field.Plus first Laura Siddall and Kelly O'Mara dissect the North American Ironman Championships in Tulsa this past weekend and discuss why was the race dominated by Europeans. Are we about to hit a lull in this weird racing season?We had a few technical difficulties, as is so often the case in the age of Zoom, but just stay tuned and it's worth it.
71 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Triathlete Hour: ep. 57: Why Matt Hanson quit a career in academia six months shy of tenure
This week we talk with five-time Ironman champ Matt Hanson. He's one of the fastest runners in the sport and one of the smartest guys. He tells us all about how he only did his first triathlon because it was on a list of '50 Goals in the Next 10 Years' his wrestling coach in high school made him write, how he qualified for Kona in that first race, and how he fell in love with the sport. Six months shy of tenure, but burning the candle at both ends, he gave up his job as a professor of exercise science to go all-in as a pro triathlete. Now he's won five Ironmans—but he still has one big goal: Kona.As a former professor of exercise science, Matt also knows a lot about, well, exercise science. He shares some insights he's learned and fine-tuned. Plus, why it's OK to heel strike when you run—and how he's put down the fastest Ironman marathon doing it.Check out our article on Matt's run form: Yes, Matt Hanson Heel Strikes (And Maybe You Should Too)But first, Laura Siddall joins us to chat about the craziness that was the last Olympic auto-qualifying event this past weekend and why it's a blessing and a headache for U.S. triathlon.You can see all our coverage of the race: Sleepless Nights at USA Triathlon Get to Know Morgan Pearson, the Newest U.S. Olympic Qualifier Taylor Knibb Upsets Favorites for Yokohama Win and Olympic Team Photos: Taylor Knibb, Morgan Pearson Realize Olympic Dream
54 minutes | May 12, 2021
Ep. 56 - What it's like to chase the Olympic dream
This week our own editor, Chris Foster, tells us how he got into triathlon, raced on the U.S. National Team, flew around the world chasing Olympic qualifying points, and just how hard that is. He shares some stories about the crazy travel and tough lifestyle–and about why you should watch the World Triathlon racing this weekend. Hint: It's going to be high drama!If you're looking for more insight into the World Triathlon Championship Series race in Yokohama this weekend and more about the athletes vying for spots on the Tokyo team, check out: Every Question You Have About the Tokyo Olympics Triathlons Answered Behind the Scenes of an Elite Squad of Olympians Preparing for Tokyo A Day in the Life of Olympic Hopeful Taylor Spivey Here's How the U.S. Triathletes Will Qualify
35 minutes | May 6, 2021
Ep. 55: The St. George Show
Instead of an interview this week, we have a short fun episode with Laura Siddalll—consider it an expanded Sid Talks—where we dissect the first big BIG weekend of racing in North America, what people can expect from the St. George 70.3 Worlds course this fall, who’s peaking a little early and who to watch. And then we get into what else is on the calendar coming up, ie. Olympics qualification.Get excited for triathlon again! We’ll be back with regular interviews next week.
81 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ep. 16: The Open-Water Swimming Special
In this episode of Fitter & Faster, we dive into all aspects of open-water swimming, including the key skills you need, such as sighting, drafting, and pack swimming, as well as how to overcome that all-too-familiar anxiety that so often is part of swimming in the open water, and how to find the right wetsuit for you.We chat with coach Megan Melgaard, from triathlon swim program Tower 26, and she highlights the importance of learning the key open-water skills in the pool first before transferring them to the open water. She advises that regularly practicing these skills in training will help lessen the nerves that so many triathletes often feel standing on the start line on race day. We also talk about swim safety and all the things you need to know about swimming in a wetsuit.We wrap up the show with our gear guru Chris Foster who gives us the lowdown on wetsuits: what to look for in a wetsuit, the best ones he's tested, as well as the other gear you need for open-water swimming, such as goggles (and choosing the right ones for the conditions) and safety buoys. Like Megan, he also talks about the importance of training in all the gear you'll be using on race day.Be sure to check out some of our other open-water swimming resources too:How Can I Stay Safe Open-Water Swimming?Learn to Love Open-Water SwimmingTriathlete Live: Open Water Guru Gerry Rodrigues Shares Swimming Tips
71 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Ep. 54: Melissa Stockwell has done it all
Today we’re chatting with paratri world champion and Paralympic bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell. Melissa was the first female soldier to lose a limb during the Iraq War—though, as she jokes, that wasn’t a goal she set out to achieve. She talks to us about coming back from that, being selected as the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies in the 2008 Paralympics, which she competed in as a swimmer, and then finding triathlon. And now she's going for another shot at the team this summer as a 41 year old.Plus first, Laura Siddall is back with Sid Talks and we dissect the wins of another pair of nearly 40-year-olds this past weekend, we try to explain the Pro Triathlete Organization’s rankings, and we preview the stacked field at St. George this weekend.This episode is sponsored by the New York City Triathlon. Enter the lottery by tonight, April 28.
44 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 53: Starky Explains How Pneumonia Got Him a Doping Sanction
This week’s conversation has a been a little while in the making. We’re talking to the one, the only Andrew "Starky" Starykowicz. The popular athlete was the first American to break 8 hours in an Ironman and is known for his blistering bike splits, but maybe most importantly he’s also known for his openness and for always saying what he thinks.In December, it was announced that Starky had received a 13-month sanction from Ironman for using a banned inhaler after getting pneumonia—and much of our conversation today is understandably about the circumstances around his use of the prescribed inhaler and how the process worked, or didn’t, for him.You can read more about the fight over the sanction here.It's important to note that Ironman has said they followed all rules and regulations laid out by the World Anti-Doping Agency and by the US Anti-Doping Agency.It's also important to note that no one involved is disputing the basic facts of what happened: Starky got pneumonia and was prescribed an inhaler in order to recover from the illness, and then raced Ironman Florida. No one appears to think or suggest that he was attempting to cheat. What is at question is if the letter or the spirit of the rules were broken.As promised in the episode, we're including more links for information on the sanction and process: Starykowicz’s blog post announcing the sanction and his release of transcripts from the hearing Ironman’s statement on the sanction The Court of Arbitration for Sport decision The arbitrator’s November 2020 decision under Ironman’s anti-doping program The PTO’s statement Ironman’s response This episode is sponsored by the New York City Triathlon. Visit nyctri.com for more information about the race and entering the lottery.
78 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Ep. 52: Aaron Scheidies sees things differently
This week we’re talking with many time para tri world and national champion, Aaron Scheidies. Aaron’s vision has been deteriorating since he was a kid and he now estimates he has about 10% vision—but he’s still one of the fastest guys out on the race course. He was the first blind athlete to break two hours in an Olympic distance race. He’s won seven world titles—but he’s never raced in triathlon at the Olympics.He’s hoping to finally get that chance this summer, if everything goes according to plan. But as you’ll learn from Aaron’s story, nothing every goes according to plan for him. You can read his whole up-and-down journey to being a Paralympic cyclist in Rio here.He tells us all about what it’s like to race with a guide, some of his crazier adventures as a para-cyclist, how he found triathlon as a kid, and how paratri has evolved over the years.Listen to our chat with his guide and former pro, Ben Collins.And before that we’re talking with our Laura Siddall for Sid Talks. Laura’s actually preparing to serve as a back-up guide in Tokyo for a blind British athlete, and she tells us a little about it from that side. Plus, we dissect all the racing now that racing has finally started again in the U.S. Is every field going to be stacked this year?
65 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep. 51: Laura Siddall won't die wondering
Welcome back to the Triathlete Hour. Hopefully, you enjoyed our re-airing of old episodes for the end of Women’s History Month and hopefully you also found the beginner’s episode from our training & gear podcast, Fitter & Faster, useful.To get all of our gear & training episodes, subscribe to Fitter & Faster: Apple Podcasts Spotify Today we’re back with another one of our favorite female athletes, our very own Laura Siddall.Usually you hear Laura analyzing the latest tri news from around the world as part of her segment Sid Talks, but today we talk to Sid about Sid. How she quit a corporate engineering job in her 30s to chase the pro triathlon dream, moved across the world to the U.S. with a bike and suitcase, and has won five iron-distance races since then. Plus, what it’s like to live the nomad life, how she’s coping with one injury and setback after another, and why the British women have gotten so good. Read our story on Beth Potter's world 5K record.
63 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Women's History Month: Rach McBride
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.For our last revisit of an old episode, we're going back to our conversation with the Purple Tiger, Rach McBride. Rach tells us about why they picked triathlon over genetics counseling, playing the cello, or working in sexual health—all of which were options. We also talk about why ADD might be good for triathlon and whether a GPS PR for a 1:20 half-marathon goal counts or if you have to run it on a certified course. And next weekend, Rach will head to the self-organized Canadian Pro Championships.In the second half of the episode, we spend a long time talking about why Rach came out as gender non-binary earlier this year, at the age of 42, and how the decision made them feel like they finally didn’t feel out of place anymore. (FYI: This means Rach goes by the pronoun ‘they’ and so we’ll refer to them that way throughout this episode.)We have a long talk here about what gender non-binary means and why it was important for Rach to be honest about who they are.Here’s the story we did on Rach’s decision earlier this year. And, as mentioned, here are some additional resources and articles about what gender non-binary means: Understanding Non-Binary People (The National Center for Transgender Equality) ‘The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary’ (NYT) Model Policy on Non-Binary Athlete Inclusion (Athlete Ally)
71 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Women's History Month: Chelsea Sodaro
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.Today we're re-airing our episode with former pro runner (and 10K national champion) Chelsea Sodaro. A few years ago, after many injuries and a disappointing 2016 Olympics run, she made the switch to triathlon—and has already seen success, winning multiple 70.3s and taking 4th at the 70.3 World Championships this past fall.Chelsea talks about why she’s having fun now, what she’s learned, why she decided to stop chasing the Olympic dream and move to 70.3 (hint: it has to do with staying close to her family), and how she’s evaluated her big goals during this stressful time.Despite a few internet issues, this is an insightful conversation and full of great information. Bear with us! Plus, you’ll want to hear what her running PRs are…And first we talk to Jeff Sankoff, an ER physician, triathlete, and coach who runs TriDoc coaching and puts on the TriDoc podcast.He answers some key questions athletes have right now about their health and safety.
53 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Women's History Month: Sika Henry
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.Today we're going back to our episode with Sika Henry, who is trying to become the first female African-American pro triathlete. How did she end up with that goal and why hasn’t there been someone before her?Last year, Sika also had a horrific crash and doesn’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital. How do you get back on your bike after that? Plus, she still balances a full-time job and a full-time training load, even with her big goals—something a lot of us will appreciate. And she tells us why she almost turned down the chance to do Kona as her first Ironman last year.First, though, Triathlete senior editor Chris Foster talks to us about Lubbock 70.3 this weekend—which is scheduled to be the first large triathlon since the COVID-19 pandemic started. What will it look like? And if you don’t have races on the horizon, like most of us, then what are your options for putting on a self-supported triathlon? If you’re looking for more information, here’s our story about the race.Read more about how to do a self-supported triathlon.
42 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Women's History Month: Holly Lawrence
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.In our fifth episode we talked with 70.3 World Champ Holly Lawrence, who explained how coming back from a devastating injury helped prepare her for uncertainty during this COVID-19 pandemic.She talks to us from her house in LA about why she doesn’t ride in the rain, how the World Championships in Nice stressed her out, and if she thinks pro triathletes can be a little boring. Plus, she was preparing to do her first Ironman in St. George — what now?Senior editor Chris Foster joins us first, though, to help figure out if too many triathletes are getting quarantine injured, why, and what they can do about it.
65 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Women's History Month: Heather Jackson
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.Today we're re-airing our episode with Kona podium finisher and multi-time Ironman champ Heather Jackson. Known for her constant smile, Heather tells us how she stays so positive and what the deal was with the bananas when she won Ironman Lake Placid.A former hockey player, Heather was a high school teacher after college and an age-group athlete when she decided to move to San Diego and go pro. Now she’s one of the fastest women on the circuit. She tells us how she changed her perspective and what she thinks are the most common mistakes age-groupers make.Plus, coach Marilyn Chychota talks to us about what athletes are struggling with right now, how to stay motivated, and what her biggest tips are. She talks extensively about figuring out what your motivations are. Here is the worksheet she mentions that you can go through yourself to evaluate your own motivation.
104 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Ep. 15: The Beginners' Guide to Triathlon
In episode 15, we're bringing you the beginners' guide to triathlon, giving you the lowdown on all you need to know to get started in tri. With three sports to balance, a ton of gear to figure out, races to select—and plenty more—it can be hard to know where to begin.In this show, we chat with coach and author Matt Fitzgerald, who gives us his advice on how to get started with training, how to fuel well, how to prevent and avoid injuries, as well as some of the things he learned from his first race more than 20 years ago. We also hear from coach Morgon Latimore, who has welcomed a lot of novices into the sport and really enjoys helping athletes master their mindset.And we wrap up the show with our Gear Up! section with Triathlete's senior editor and resident gear guru Chris Foster who talks through all the gear you need to get started in tri—as well as all the stuff you don't. He shares his experience on helping beginners select the best kit for them and tells us some of his favorite brands when looking to bargain shop for a sport that can be expensive.Be sure to check out some of our resources too: Beginner Triathlon Training: Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Triathlon The Best Beginner Triathlon Bikes Tri 101: How to Get Started What You Need to Know About Every Triathlon Distance Read the transcript of this episode here.
64 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Women's History Month: Flora Duffy
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.Today we go back to our second episode with Flora Duffy, who joined us last year from South Africa, where she was in lockdown and stuck in the house.The Xterra and ITU World champ talked to us about what it’s like to be an Olympic favorite and now not have an Olympics to go to, growing up in Bermuda, coming back from injuries, and how it took her a decade to become an overnight sensation. Plus, she’s got her eyes on 70.3 Worlds this November and she shares some things she learned from her first 70.3.Kelly also chats first with Brad Culp about the triathlon landscape, how pros are making a living through all this, and they get into some speculation about what could happen with Kona.
49 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Women's History Month: Sarah True
For the last week of Women’s History Month, we’ll be re-sharing some of our favorite episodes from the badass women who make up our sport. We’ll be re-airing here in our feed one episode every day for the next week and then we’ll be back with new episodes the first week of April.Enjoy these old episodes from Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah True, Flora Duffy, Heather Jackson, Holly Lawrence, Sika Henry, Chelsea Sodaro — who has since had her baby, and on the last day of the month we’ll hear again from our only gender nonbinary pro Rach McBride.Today we're re-airing our very first episode with Olympian and Kona 4th place finisher Sarah True.Sarah tells us about what it’s like right now dealing with the financial uncertainty of being a pro athlete during the spread of coronavirus, why she decided to race in Campeche 70.3 before travel restrictions went into effect, and how she’s focusing on family for the next few months.As part of the Olympic Selection Committee, Sarah also gives us the inside scoop about the triathlon Olympic selection criteria. And we talk about her ongoing heat issues in races, which led to a series of devastating DNFs in 2019. Can her brain recover and bounce back?Plus, a quick game of ‘would you rather.’
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