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Nov 11, 2019

Triny Willerton is the founder of the new social movement for cyclist awareness called #itcouldbeme

Triny shares how she got started in triathlon through a fitness group as a mom. She is a very successful age group triathlete and in 2018 she was hopeful that she would qualify for the Ironman World Championship when she was hit by a truck on a training ride.

This is a situation where no cyclist or triathlete wants to find themselves.

Triny shares the story of her accident. Her recovery and her life after the accident. She shares how she learned about the laws that affected her in the event of an accident with a car.

Hearing about a cyclist or a triathlete in an accident is tough. Triny is an amazing person who was inspired to get involved with her local government and changing her local laws. Then she decided to do more by making it her personal mission to help drivers be aware of cyclists and other vulnerable people on the roads.

Triny shares the story of how she became a social activist for cyclists called #itcouldbeme.

If you would like to get involved with the #itcouldbeme movement you can find Triny and the organization online at www.itcouldbeme.org and on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/makingstreetssafertogether/

Youtube #itcouldbeme

Instagram: @itcouldbeme2019

Twitter: @itcouldbeme

Nov 4, 2019

This is a solo episode with your  host Amy this week. I chat about my recent race experience at the Marine Corps Marathon. Not a race report exactly. This is more how I overcame a little bit of self-doubt after my DNF at Ironman Louisville. Louisville was also in the rain. Listen in and let me know what you think. 

Detailed MCM Race report at https://www.amysaysso.com/marine-corps-marathon-2019/

 

 

Oct 28, 2019

Gabriella Gallegos is the founder of the Mighty Mujer Triathlon Series. 

If you are not a spanish speaker Mujer means woman in Spanish and the Mighty Mujer Triathlon series is a women's only race series. 

Christina Reddick is the race director for the Miami edition of the Mighty Mujer race series. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • How the series got it's start.
  • Where you can find Mighty Mujer events near you.
  • What are some special things that happen at Mighty Mujer events.
  • How gender identification impacts the Mighty Mujer events (spoiler ... it doesn't really but it's a good conversation and you should listen).
  • What is the appeal of women's-only events.

You can find Mighty Mujer online at www.mightymujer.com

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Did you catch that this is episode #50? It is. That seems super fun. Thank you for listening and I'd love if you had a chance to review the podcast on iTunes if you could.

The podcast website is www.mileaftermilepodcast.com you can find all the episodes there. 

Oct 21, 2019

Major Kim Rossiter goes by the nickname of "Rooster." He is the President of Ainsley's Angels of America. 

On this episode of the Mile after Mile Podcast Rooster tells us what Ainsley's Angels is and who it serves. He shares the story of his daughter Ainsley and how they began to run together. 

What began as a family activity with Rooster running with his daughter soon led to his older daughter Briley Rossiter also running with Ainsley. And then he shares with us how with a little inspiration and help from the legendary Team Hoyt their idea for inclusion went from something within his family to something much larger that is now in 70 cities and 35 states.

We go into lots of details about how duo-team racing works and how you can get involved if that's something you feel like you might like to do. 

You can find information about Ainsleys Angels of America at www.AinsleysAngels.org They are also all over social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube

You can find more notes and other episodes at www.mileaftermilepodcast.com 

Oct 14, 2019

Bill Hoolihan is a triathlete in Miami and also in his free time the head honcho or admin of a very popular Facebook Group named Pathetic Triathletes. 

In this podcast we talk about what Pathetic Triathletes is and what it takes to run a Facebook group of this size. Bill shares some fun member stories and gives us some insight into exactly how active this Facebook group really is. 

We also talk in depth about the very serious topic of Oreos. 

We chat about how Facebook and Facebook groups have changed how people get information and why we think that might be. 

Bill is a wonderful story teller. Enjoy!

Oct 7, 2019

Jim Sayih is the Executive Director of a non-profit and volunteer organization named Special Compass. Amy and Jim talk about what Special Compass is, how it came to be, who it serves and how you can get involved with Special Compass. 

For more information about Special Compass visit www.specialcompass.org 

To read the entire story of Amy's experience racing as part of a duo team with Special Compass visit https://www.amysaysso.com/inclusion-in-triathlon-racing-triathlon-as-part-of-a-duo-team/

 

Sep 30, 2019

Episode 46 is a reintroduction to your host Amy. Also a quick or not so quick explanation of what happened to the podcast and what's happening next.

Nov 21, 2016

Luis Alvarez is a very accomplished Ironman athlete.

His story starts like so many with the realization that he was a little overweight and the desire to get back into shape. But where it went from there I don't think even he expected this.

He has raced every single Ironman Triathlon course that has ever been. That is 137 Ironman Triathlons. This includes 15 trips to Ironman Kona in Hawaii and in fact when he started to race Ironman triathlon he was able to secure Kona as his first race.

This is of course too many races to cover in one interview so we talk about two signature events in his Ironman career. The first is when in order to maintain his streak of having done all the races he had to race Ironman Mallorca in Spain and then get to Ironman Chattanooga in one day. He calls this his 2-2-2, 2 people, 2 Ironman Races, 2 continents.

The second story we touch on is his 100th Ironman finish which was timed to be in Ironman Kona for the 35th anniversary of Ironman Kona and also with his 18 year old son who raced with him. Of course, this was no easy task.

This is a special interview. After 137 Ironman races you have to listen to hear what he wants to do next.

Thank you Luis Alvarez for joining me in person to record this episode of the Mile after Mile Podcast. It was a joy meeting you and I look forward to racing with you in the future.

You can follow Luis Alvarez on Facebook at Luis Alvarez Ironman, Twitter @luis_a_Ironman and Instagram @LuisAlvarezIronman

Nov 15, 2016

I met Susan in 2012 in Cozumel Mexico. I was there to cheer for my friends and she was there to race.

Susan is one of the very first people I approached to be on the Mile after Mile Podcast but to be honest she was too busy racing that she postponed for 43 weeks (but who's counting).

In fact, to finally get this interview I had to meet her in person. She came in to race Miami Man our local 70.3 distance event and she also took the time to speak to my triathlon club and grant me this interview.

We talk about how she got her start racing. How she manages to race so much. How she does this in an affordable way and why she raced her 100th race for the Children't Tumor Foundation.

Thank you Susan for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast. You can find Susan on Facebook and Instagram @SusanHaag.

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Special thanks to my friend Liz at the Avoid Being Hated Podcast for loaning me the equipment to do this interview.

Don't forget to visit www.amysaysso.com to find out what Amy is up to.

Nov 7, 2016

Max and Amy (the host) are real life friends. We both live in Miami and train with the same overall group of friends.

Today we chat about his experience at the 2016 Ironman Maryland which is his first Ironman. Before we talk about the race we talk about how he got into triathlons at all. Max was a runner first and part of a local running group called No pressure. He was drawn into triathlon over breakfast with friends from a Miami triathlon group called Team Hammerheads.

When he transitioned to triathlons his first race was Nautica which is now called South Beach Triathlon. We talk about the challenges of swimming in triathlon.

Max trained for Ironman Maryland with some great friends who are part of a wonderful training group in Miami called the TriLocos. They used Matt Fitzgerald's training plans which worked very well for all of them.

Before we talk about Maryland we talk a little about Ironman Chattanooga and the crazy weather that they had. Then we move onto the epic race that was Ironman Maryland. You'll have to listen to the details but it was one crazy day.

Then we talk about what Max is doing next. Due to conditions beyond his control he was unable to race a whole 140.6 so he's taking matters into his own hands. Which is amazing. Simply amazing!

Thank you Max for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast. Maybe I'll have to have you back after your next adventure.

 Thank you for listening and be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com to see what I'm up to next.

Oct 25, 2016

This is a quick note that we are experiencing technical issues at Mile after Mile HQ. Please be patient while I work to figure out what in the world is going on.

 

Thanks - Amy

Oct 17, 2016

The Abbot Marathon Majors are Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and the NYC Marathon.

Brian Cronin started running a few years ago to get into shape. He signed up for his first marathon in his mother's memory who died from Cancer. This year he set the goal to run all six of the Abbott Marathon Majors in 2016 and also to raise $50,000 as he did that.

We talk about how he got into each of these very competitive races. Which race is his favorite and what his favorite race of the series is. We chat about how fundraising is challenging and how he's managed to raise all this money.

You can find Brian's story and how to donate at www.croninsmarathonsforacure.com

You can also find Brian on Instagram and Twitter @briancroninms

Thank you Brian for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast and good luck finishing out this goal at the New York City Marathon!

You can find out what Amy is up to at www.amysaysso.com

Oct 10, 2016

This is a very quick show notes because I have hurricane Matthew breathing down my neck and I'll probably lose power between now and Monday.

Pat and I discuss her recent completion of the North Channel swim between Ireland and Scotland. She swam for over 14 hours and it took her two attempts to complete this crossing.

We chat about all of the details of her swim.

Pat has completed 5 of the 7 swims that make up the Oceans 7. And she's set a few World Records along the way and written a book.

It's a wonderful story and I hope that you enjoy it.

You can visit Pat's blog to see the wonderful videos at www.patgalant.blogspot.com

Also, she runs a Facebook group called Disapointed but not defeated which is a great concept.

You can also visit www.amysaysso.com to see what I'm up to as well.

 

Thank you Pat!

Oct 3, 2016

If you listen to podcasts on Ironman and endurance events you may have heard of the Ultimate Triathlon. Luke has given a lot of interviews on his journey including a terrific pair of interviews that you can find at www.zentriathlon.com .

That being said this is the kind of story that I absolutely love because it is something that if you didn't know he'd already done it you would say that what he did was impossible. But he did it.

Luke Tyburski put together the idea of the Ultimate Triathlon because he says he was "escaping from life" and wanted a "massive deep challenge"

You can find full details about The Ultimate Triathlon at http://theultimatetriathlon.co/

He swam across the straight of Gibraltar, Biked through Spain to France and then ran the equivalent of 14 marathons across France to Monaco.

It's crazy, right? But he did it. You have to hear it to believe it.

Because Luke has given several interviews about this event I do try to stick totally to the highlights of the event. Even with that condensing a 12 day event into one interview makes for a nice long podcast.

I want to give a great shout out to Warren Pole for connecting me with Luke.

Luke made a documentary of his journey which has just released. I haven't seen it myself but I'm going to and Luke ends the interview with a very special offer to anybody who wants to put together a group showing of the documentary.

You can find Luke on twitter @luketyburski

He's also on Instagram as @luketyburski

Thank you very much Luke for being on the Mile after Mile Podcast.

And as always check out my adventures at www.amysaysso.com

 

Sep 26, 2016

I met Chris Charres at a training camp for Ironman Lake Placid for 2015 and we have stayed in touch over the years. I wanted to share his story to the finish line of Ironman Lake Placid because it's a good one that I think many people can identify with in their own journeys.

Chris' Ironman journey actually started in 2010 when he and his then girlfriend broke up with him.

He started with a 5k and stepped up from there to a marathon.

Chris is active with a triathlon group called the Shoreline Sharks where he got a start with his first triathlon. Like many people the swim was Chris' challenge and he says he doggie paddled his first triathlon swim.

His first half-iron was Rev3 Quassy in 2014 which has a reputation as a very tough bike course. In 2014 he also volunteered at Ironman Lake Placid to see the race in action and volunteer for the next year.  2014 was the year where there was lightening caused an evacuation of the swim course which is an interesting story.

Chris and I met in Lake Placid at a training camp with PRS Fit with Jeff and SherriAnne.  Jeffrey Kline was on episode 6 of the Mile after Mile podcast.

We were together at Ironman Lake Placid in 2015 and he tells the story of his swim and learning that he was the last swimmer in the water in Ironman Lake Placid 2015.  This is about 20 minutes into the interview if you want to jump to that.

We talk about how he decided to go ahead and try for Ironman Lake Placid 2016. Shout out to Chris' sister for being amazing!

We talk about people who helped him and what his mantras were for the year of training. Shout out to Clayton Tibbets for all his help.

We talk about the amazing medal at the Little Rock Marathon and the Rev 3 Quassy weekend which is a Olympic Saturday and 70.3 on Sunday.

We talk about having the professionals at races and how that changes the feel on race morning.

Shout out to Tom our friend from training camp who was there volunteering for Ironman Lake Placid 2016.

We talk about how excited he was to make the cutoff for the swim in Ironman Lake Placid 2016 that he ran  straight through the wetsuit strippers and didn't even see them.

Chris shares his tip for bike nutrition. Potato chips!

We chat about the run and then finally the finish. Chris shares his emotions and finish line mantra: "right turn off Mirror Drive, left turn on the Oval!"

Sep 19, 2016

This is the second Mile after Mile Podcast where I interview two separate folks but the first time I interview two people each about a separate event.

In this podcast I interview Warren Pole about his journey to the UTMB finish line. The UTMB  is an ultra trail race in Europe that is truly epic. Warren signed up for the 100 miler on a whim and it didn't go well at all. So he went back to the drawing board and tried again.

It took him 2 tries and a few years to make this happen.

I then interview his beautiful wife Erica about her experience at a very famous triathlon called the Alp d'Huez.

After we talk about their personal experiences at those races we take a few minutes and talk about how their experiences in endurance sports led them to create a nutrition product called 33shake.

We talk about a crazy event called The Ultimate Triathlon which you can hear about here on the Zen Triathlon Podcast.

If you are interested in trying 33shake you can try it yourself and use the code Amy33 for a 10% discount.

Thank you Warren and Erica for joining me on the Mile after Mile Podcast.

And be sure to visit www.AmySaysSo.com for Amy's adventures including I've put up a review of the 33shake Chia Energy Gel so that you can see what I my personal experience with the 33Shake Chia Energy Gel.

Sep 12, 2016

Erin Trail is a part of the Coeur Sports Ambassador Team. www.coeursports.com, She's also a part of 303triathlon.com, and president of the Altitude Multisport team www.altitudemultisport.com. She also races Xterra races.

She has done 3 Ironman races Inagural Ironman Texas, Ironman Coeur d'Alene and Inaugural Ironman Boulder. www.ironman.com

In this interview we talk about her road to Ironman and her race at Ironman Boulder in 2014.

We talk about the value of being a part of a local triathlon club.

We talk about her training for Ironman Boulder.

We talk about how to look at your results when the time you get is not what you hoped to get.

Erin is a lifetime swimmer and we talk about her Ironman swim in 2014. We chat about the advantages of the swim start initiative and the weeds that make the back half of the swim very special.

We chat about double transition races like Ironman Boulder. She also explained to me why Ironman Boulder is in the summer (because that's the only time the High School isn't used.) Erin also shares some awesome volunteer stories from 2 transition races special shout out to Megg Rapp president of  Rocky Mountain Tri Club www.rmtriclub.com

Erin and I chat about the bike course. Erin really likes the new bike course which is different from the one she road in 2014. She gives a lot of suggestions for great places to train in Boulder and Denver. Erin uses the words that a lot of people use "deceptively challenging."

Erin gives a shout out to her bike shop Alchemy Bicycle www.alchemybicycle.com

She talks about the wonderful people that staff the Ironman aid stations and how wonderful it is to know people working the course. We talk about the challenge of the heat.

She gives a shout out to Stacy Simms who is the brain behind the book Roar, formerly of Osmo nutrition and now you can find her with a company called NBS. Here is a link to Roar on Amazon. http://a.co/5VJzdkJ this is just a link not an affiliate link.

Erin's group does absolutely the coolest thing at an aid station on the bike and you have to hear about it. They serve snow cones. SNOW CONES! This is about minute 35 or so of the show.

Erin's Bike shop is Alchemy Bicycle Company www.alchemybicycle.com

We do a little chatting about the change of date for the Ironman Boulder race and the scheduling of all the Ironman summer fall races at the moment.

T2 - The transition in Boulder from Bike to run is like nothing I've ever done so we talk about that. She gives a shout out to the Facebook group Endurance Girls Colorado. As you can see Colorado women have a lot of support!

We talk about the run in Boulder and Erin's role as race angel in my race. They call the run course the flux-capacitor. We also talk about some crazy things that happen to us in hot races and what to do when your nutrition plan doesn't work.

We talk a lot about the run course which is along the Boulder Creek Path. She gives a shout out for her friend Daria who ran with her for a bit.

We talk about her Ironman finish at Ironman Boulder. She talks about hearing Mike Reilly say your name. Boulder is a great finish line. Erin talks about the unique challenge of jumping at an Ironman finish line.

We do talk about the challenge of balancing her 4th passion skiing with Ironman training. Erin also talks a lot about her love of Mountain Bike.

Thank you very much Erin for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast.

You can find Erin on Facebook and Twitter @mountain_erin

She's also at www.trailendurancecoaching.com

You can visit the post on www.mileaftermilepodcast.com to see us in the volunteer video.

Sep 5, 2016

Erin is a triathlete and a teacher and in this episode of the Mile after Mile Podcast we talk about how she is on her way to the World Championships in Kona.

Erin was selected by Women for Tri as their Inspiring Woman selection. She certainly inspires me and I hope you feel the same way.

We talk both about fundraising and training. I look forward to seeing how she does in Kona because she's on her way!

You can find information about her journey at www.livintotri.blogspot.com

If this speaks to you - you can find her fundraising site here: https://www.crowdrise.com/women-for-tri-2016/fundraiser/erinbyrge

Be sure to visit Amy's site to see what she has going on at www.amysaysso.com

Aug 29, 2016

Alyson Venti is a runner. In fact, she's more than a runner she's an ultrarunner.

In this episode of the Mile after Mile podcast you'll hear the story of how she trained for and ran the Keys 100 ultramarathon. You can find the Keys 100 information at www.keys100.com .

When she isn't running she works on Coral Reef Restoration. She now lives in Bermuda half-way up a very steep hill and you'll hear a few trucks going up the hill on the recording.

Alyson and I actually both lived in Miami at one point so we have two running stores in common. Those are Footworks (www.footworksmiami.com) in Miami and iRun (www.iruncompany.com) also in Miami. iRun is a supporter of Alyson and a supporter of the Keys 100.

She has also run the Ghost Train 100 and The Long Haul 100. I didn't find a website for the Ghost Train 100. I think you can find it at ultrasignup.com but the Long Haul can be found at www.longhaul100.com

We talk about coaching and training plans and then we talk about the race. If you think you run a lot of miles you will most likely be stunned by how many miles Alyson clocks every week. At least I was really impressed.

Her crew this year was her husband Teddy and friend Simon.

We talk about goals, setting goals and adjusting goals when things go differently than expected.

We talk about running in the heat. There are two things that make the Keys 100 unique. First it's an ultra run on pavement. Second you run in May in South Florida so it's crazy hot.

We talk about the Keys 100 run in detail. It starts at Mile Marker 100 in Key Largo and runs to Higgs Beach in Key West.

We talk about how she manages her crew car and nutrition. She shares a very cool t-shirt strategy that I am totally going to steal.

Alyson's time this year was 18 and a half hours. She uses GuEnergy electrolytes, Tailwind and Coconut Water with Chia seeds.

We talk about the dreaded GI distress that can happen in long races.

We talk about the mental challenges of running a 100 mile race. We talk about not giving up.

Alyson quotes Traci Falbo as a source of inspiration for how to not quit. You can find Traci at www.tracifalbo.com

Her personal website which is more than just running can be found at www.alysonventi.net and she is also on Facebook.

Thank you Alyson for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast.

Be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com to see what Amy has been up to as well.

 

Aug 22, 2016

Full honesty - it wasn't my plan to have an episode that was all me. But with all my planning to prepare for vacation I did not leave enough time to find, schedule, record and produce an interview between when I got home and the first day of the week.

So instead you get me. With a side of more me. I put together 5 lessons that I learned from my 5th Ironman triathlon and I share them with you. I hope that you enjoy them.

If you are curious about more details about Ironman Boulder I wrote a whole race report at www.amysaysso.com you can find it there.

Thank you for listening! Back next week with more interviews.

 

 

Aug 15, 2016

Dan Kimball has a passion for endurance events. We chat on this podcast about how he just finished an amazing event called UltraTri Sweden. www.ultratri.se

We talk about how Dan got his start in endurance sports and what the road he travelled all the way to UltraTri which I should mention he won.

He found OtillO through a book that listed the top endurance races in the world, which lead him to Rockman and back to OtillO which he raced with Marcus Barton who told their OtillO story earlier on the podcast. He has a friend in Norway who partners with him on some of these events named Bjorn Norman.

Dan is a part of the Timex Factory Team and has been lucky enough to race on Team USA several times.

Dan works full time and has a busy family life and we talk about how he manages to keep it all together while training for endurance events.

We talk about coaching and resources.

Dan says he's fascinated with becoming a swimmer and what is his favorite of the 3 sports right now. Dan trains with Rock Hill Masters in South Carolina and trains with Cheryl Reinke (and he says great things about her in the interview).

UltraTri is unique. A very small race and Dan was one of 7 participants this year. We talk about how you get into such a race and what the course was.

This is a 3-day race that goes across all of Sweden. The first day is a Swim and Bike. Day 2 is all Biking and Day 3 is Run - Swim - Run. The total distances are 12k of swimming, 520 km of biking and 93km of running.

We talk about the course and nutrition and challenges and support throughout the three days.

Dan won this year's UltraTri in Sweden. This is a great story.

 Thank you Dan for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast. I am sure the listeners will agree with me when I say I can't wait to see what you do next.

Please be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com if you're curious about the host Amy's adventures.

Aug 8, 2016

Before he could become an Ironman Steve Ashton needed to lose some weight and stop smoking.

He shares his story with me. At the beginning it isn't a story about training for Ironman merely a need to live a healthier life. Steve underwent Gastric Sleeve surgery and lost 154 pounds (or in his words 11 stone).

But then 5 years ago his dream to be an Ironman was born when he watched his son complete the race. Bolton is known as a tough course with a hard and technical bike course plus the chance for bad weather but Bolton is Steve's home town and that's where he wanted to race.

Steadily, methodically he ticked off the races, sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman and finally Ironman.

He followed the Don Fink Be Iron Fit plan and battled injuries along the way. He says he smiled all day and hopes to do it again. Based on how he describes the crowd support at the UK Bolton race it sounds like a good one.

Thank you Steve for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast.

Be sure to visit Amy's website to follow her adventures at www.amysaysso.com

 

Aug 1, 2016

Beth French and I chat about her swim across the English Channel in July 2012.

Growing up in England she says she's known about swimmers crossing the English Channel.

Swimming across large bodies of water isn't a foregone conclusion for Beth - as a child she had glandular fever. In the states we call this Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Beth calls the English Channel the Everest of Open Water Swims.

We talk a lot about the logistics of how you even schedule an English Channel Swim.

We talk about swimming in cold water. (brrr).

We talk about the challenge of dealing with the tidal pattern and the fickle English weather.

You can find general information and tips at http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com/

We talk about training for this long swim. She calls her training "random sporadic torture."

Beth explains to me how the route for the swim is arranged and how the tides affect the route.

I learned that Channel swims sometimes start in the middle of the night. She shares a good tip of the Varne Ridge Holiday park which is a great place for Channel swimmers to stay. http://www.varne-ridge.co.uk/

We talk about swimming at night and how you navigate the swim in the dark?

Beth swam for 15 hours and 6 minutes. We talk about nutrition for a swim that long. We also talk about weight gain before the swim.

Beth explains how her emotions affect how she feels about time during the race.

We talk about landing in France and how you get back to England when you're done.

The distance is 22 miles if you swim it in a straight line but Beth says the average swimmer will add about 1/3 of the distance to that.

I asked Beth what were some good resources for swimmers who want to swim the English Channel. She recommended the Channel Swimming Pilot Federation www.cspf.co.uk and also the Channel Swimmers Facebook Group.

Lastly we chat about her next challenge which is called the Oceans 7 Challenge. She wants to complete all 7 of these in one year.

You can follow at www.bethfrench.co.uk  She is on Facebook as Beth French on twitter @bethsbigswim crowdfunder.co.uk/oceans7

Thank you to Lucy for introducing me to Beth French.

Be sure to follow my adventures at www.amysaysso.com

 

Jul 25, 2016

SOS stands for Survival of the Shawangunks which Billy tells me are called "the gunks." The S.O.S. Triathlon is a special race in upstate New York with a small but extremely loyal following. After hearing Billy describe the race I think for good reason.

Billy blogs at Race Reports from an Unconventional Endurance Athlete.

Like so many of us Billy started his road to endurance sports with the goal to lose a few pounds.

Before the interview started Billy and I tried to look up how to correctly say Shawangunks which is part of the Catskills Mountains in New York but we were not entirely successful in figuring it out. So I hope that somebody listening will correct my attempt to find the pronunciation.

Billy found the S.O.S. Triathlon through the American Zofigen Duathlon.

It took Billy a few tries to register for the SOS Triathlon because it has a unique registration tradition.

There are 8 stages to the SOS Triathlon.

Stage 1 is a time trial bike on the roads.

Stages 2-8 start with a quick trail run to the lake and then you jump into a lake for a quick swim. Then it goes back and forth swim -run, swim - run all the way to the finish.

We talk about each stage of the race. How he handled swimming in between running and what he did with all his swim stuff when he wasn't swimming and his run stuff when he was swimming.

We talk about how you handle that feeling that seems to come up in every long event "why am I doing this?"

We talk about my big question with swim-run events which is do you get leg or toe cramps?

And of course, we talk about the finish.

What's next for Billy Hafferty is Ironman Coeur D'Alene and he gives a good shout out to his coach Jeff at Breakthrough Performance. He is one of three people I know training for CdA so let's wish them all luck.

You can follow Billy at his blog: http://actas-if.blogspot.com/ He's also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/haffatree/

 Thank you to our sponsor TriVillage.com

Jul 18, 2016

Ultraman Florida is a 3 day Ultra triathlon comprised of a 6.2 mile swim, a 263 mile bike and a 54.2 mile run and this year the female winner of the race was Jessica Deree. This is an amazing race and she is a fantastic age-group athlete and I just had to hear this story.

We talk about how she discovered Ultraman. Before she attempted Ultraman she did 5 Ironman races including Ironman Florida in 2012, Texas and Arizona 2013 Chattanooga and Arizona in 2014 and then Ironman Arizona in 2015.

We talk about training for a large event like this. Jessica was coached by Chuck Kemeny who is the race director for Ultraman Florida and the current World Record Holder for Ultraman. www.lifesportcoaching.com . We also talk about what an average training week looked like for her getting ready for this event.

Crew: Jessica's husband, Jennifer Hyton, Joan Kim, Jay, Rachel Wills of Moment Cycle Sports in San Diego.

Ultraman is a small race filling up at 40 racers.

Jessica grew up a swimmer so she loves the swim. We talk about the course and also her nutrition. She used Gatorade and Gu dissolved in water during the swim. A 6.2 mile swim in 3:05.

Immediately following the swim the racers get right on the bike for the first portion of the 263 mile bike ride. We talk about how she handled her nutrition during the ride and also each night of the race.

Ultraman follows a different rhythm than some other races and the participants all get to rest at night and restart each day at the same time. Day 2 is all bike riding. 171 miles of biking which includes 5000 feet of climbing in Central Florida.

We talk about how they time a 3 day event like Ultraman.

Day 3 is a double marathon 54.2 mile run.  We talk about how your legs feel at the start of this run and how Jessica and her coach employ a walk-run strategy for this mega long event. The run is a point-to-point course that incorporates the Clermont Clay Roads.

We talk about what you get when you finish Ultraman Florida.

We talk about what's next for Jessica which is Challenge Roth. Which happens the day before this podcast goes live. Amazing. Yes.

Thank you to Jessica Deree for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast and sharing this amazing story.

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