Rocky Harris USAT Path to Safe Racing

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It's National Triathlon Week and like so many other industries, the event and race industry has taken a huge hit. As race directors and local governments try to find a way to hold events, USAT is behind the scenes providing resources and educational material to constituents to help them make informed decisions. Our feature interview this week is with Rocky Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon.

In Today's Show:

  • Interview with Rocky Harris
  • Endurance News - nyc marathon cancelled and Lubbock 70.3 cancelled
  • What's New in the 303 - Boulder 70.3 cancelled, CO>COVID a Success!
  • Videos of the week

Announcements:

  • We are now on Spotify
  • Please subscribe to 303 Endurance

Sponsor UCAN:

UCAN is celebrating National Triathlon Week with a number of events. Check out the link in the show notes - https://ucan.co/national-triathlon-week/

Weekend Duathlon Challenge

June 27th-28th

Complete the UCAN Duathlon Weekend Challenge for a chance to be entered into a raffle to win a Tim O’Donnell UCAN Bundle. Click HERE for more details.

Coach’s Roundtable

Monday, June 29th @ 8pm ET

Join in for a discussion about how these prestigious coaches are preparing their athletes for the new world we live in. What will racing look like? How should athletes adapt their training and mindset going into them? Given the lack of diversity in triathlon, are there things coaches are doing to change that? How is the coaching landscape changing? With such acclaimed and experienced coaches, this is sure to be an informative, fun, and engaging event.

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Interview with Rocky Harris:

As a lead in to our interview with Rocky, we want to start with the ride he participated in this past weekend. Their journey began the evening of Friday, June 19th at 6:30pm MT, at the Utah-Colorado border just west of Grand Junction. Their goal, to complete a 483-mile relay ride across the state of Colorado while raising money for the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado. Over the course of 483 miles, the riders averaged 20 mph, climbed nearly 23,000 feet of elevation with their highest point at Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet of elevation. Just before 8:00pm and beating the sunset, all nine riders joined together for the final mile to the Kansas-Colorado state line.

Among the riders in this event was USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris. We also saw that USA Triathlon Foundation Awards $110,000 in COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants. With races trying to find a path to get back open, we were curious how USAT is playing a role in this process. We were able to catch up with Rocky Harris himself.

Post Interview discussion:

  • Appreciate the straight talk you get from Rocky
  • Like the information they are trying to convey to race directors, governing agencies and governments on the steps they are going to

Endurance News:

IRONMAN Lubbock 70.3 "Postponed"

We regret to announce that the 2020 Core Power IRONMAN 70.3 Lubbock triathlon cannot take place on June 28 due to the acceleration of COVID-19 infections in Texas. In accordance with our IRONMAN Safe Return to Racing protocol, the health and safety of our community is of utmost priority and in alignment with remarks made by Governor Abbott on Tuesday, June 23, it would not be responsible to host the event at this moment in time.

IRONMAN Group President and CEO Andrew Messick shared, “We are grateful to Mayor Pope of The City of Lubbock and his fine team of professionals, along with our long-time partners Mike and Marti Greer, for their outstanding work to do everything possible to host this race. But ultimately the COVID-19 headwinds in Texas right now are just too strong for the race to happen. We look forward to when we can return to Lubbock.”

All registered athletes of the 2020 Core Power IRONMAN 70.3 Lubbock triathlon will be receiving an email with further information. If you have additional questions or do not receive the email with further information, please contact lubbock70.3@ironman.com. In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the change at this late juncture will come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future.

Racing In A COVID World

We are so close to racing in a COVID world! Pools are beginning to open up. Gyms are doing the same. A few races are sticking to their calendar and are appearing to be a go in the next couple of months.

But just because I am saying “racing in a COVID world” it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be business as usual. Here are my coaching tips on what to do different in your training to be ready for a race experience that too will have a very different look and feel than in the past.

Let me start with the racing guidelines that are being put out by both USAT and by IRONMAN. Knowing what will likely be different at your races will help you craft your training to be ready for them.

What's New in the 303:

https://303triathlon.com/usa-triathlon-operation-cocovid-19-a-success/

USA Triathlon Operation CO>COVID-19 a Success!

Their journey began the evening of Friday, June 19th at 6:30pm MT, at the Utah-Colorado border just west of Grand Junction. Their goal, to complete a 483-mile relay ride across the state of Colorado while raising money for the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.

Over the course of 483 miles, the riders averaged 20 mph, climbed nearly 23,000 feet of elevation with their highest point at Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet of elevation. Just before 8:00pm and beating the sunset, all nine riders joined together for the final mile to the Kansas-Colorado state line.

The team had set a goal to raise $20,210 in reference to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place in 2021. At the time of their finish, $21,568 had been raised with donations still rolling in. Donations are still being accepted at usatriathlonfoundation.org.

The EPIC MINI Triathlon

We're signed up for the Epic Mini and it's potentially getting a brand change…The Epic Warrior Triathlon

We have a sweet new logo that will be on shirts, medals and social media soon enough. We also have a really great theme surrounding this event that might just remain a surprise until you pickup your swag bags & shirts

The name says it all! The “EPIC MINI” Triathlon. Taking place at a central venue located in Fort Collins Colorado, this race packs a punch of fun. Choose a sprint or supersprint distance course to race! Fort Collins boasts some of the best local breweries around, bike friendly paths at every turn (the Spring Creek Trail is next to the run course) and a ton of activities all within minutes of iconic downtown – also known as “Old Town”. Don’t take our word for it – make a weekend out of this event and plan to get a little extra sight seeing done!

Video of the Week:

What The Heck? Danny Macaskill rides the new Santa Cruz ebike

Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week. Please be sure to follow us on social media including @303endurance and @triathlon and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment. We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

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