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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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!"
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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Lori King says she can't remember a time when she wasn't swimming but most recently she did something that is really incredible - she swam around the entire island of Bermuda.
Lori was a collegiate swimmer but she didn't tackle long distance open water swims until well after college.
Lori has done several other marathon swims mentioned in the interview.
Swim around Key West www.swimaroundkeywest.com
8 Bridges www.8bridges.org
Catalina Challenge Swim www.swimcatalina.com
Swim around Manhattan www.nycswim.org
Around the Sound swim in Bermuda www.roundthesound.bm
She also talks about a 24 hour swim club. I did not find a specific link to this club but if you want more information try www.openwaterswimming.com
There is only one other swimmer who has swum around Bermuda and that was Shawn Connell in 1976. His swim was 48 hours.
To get ready for this swim Lori would do 10k lcm (long course meters) 5 days a week. at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park.
It took a whole team to get this ready. I think I list them all here:
Bridgette Hobart - Swam Finger Lakes in upstate NY
Rondy Davies -
David Barra -
Nick Strong and Mike Cash in Bermuda
Jim Butterfield and Brion Estis
Alex Hammond and Russell de Moura
Rosali Johnson was the talented photographer who donated her time.
Lori's swim around the Island of Bermuda took just over 21 hours.
We discuss the rules of open water marathon swimming and how to handle nutrition on a long swim like this. Lori followed the rules of marathon swimming from. Marathon Swimmers Federation http://www.marathonswimmers.org .
Lori used CarboPro for this swim and in the interview she explains how and why she uses CarboPro to fuel.
Lori had to adjust the timing of her swim due to weather and we talk about the winds and seas that she battled for the entire swim.
We talk a lot about swimming overnight in the ocean which is fascinating.
We talk about the effect on her body of spending 21 hours in salt water.
We talk about the finish and what that felt like.
Lori is a mom and we chat about what her kids think about her swimming accomplishments.
Thank you Lori for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast and sharing your story.
You can follow Lori at www.lorikingswimming.com or Instagram at instagram.com/lorijeanking
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OtillO is a point to point race that transverses 26 islands in Sweden. They call this SwimRun. We talk about how this works. Marcus also was kind enough to tip me off that when speaking of SwimRun they put it all together in one word because I am a SwimRun novice. You race SwimRun as a 2-person team and Marcus's partner was Dan who had raced it the year before also.
To best understand the race here is a link to Marcus's blog and race report . The photos are spectacular.
Swim Run is a bit of a phenomenon in Sweden and Norway but there are 3 races coming to the US this year.
Marcus says that the toughest thing was going from swim to run to swim to run to swim to run. Although you'll hear from the interview that I was sort of obsessed with the equipment needed and the general concept of swimming in shoes and running in a wetsuit. Did you know there are special SwimRun wetsuits? Me neither.
OtillO is a long race. When you add it all up it's 6 miles of swimming and 42 miles of running. WOW!
There are 120 teams. So 240 racers. The teams stay within 10 meters of each other.
Marcus and I talk about how the course was marked and what the terrain was like, what the support stations were like. The locals were really welcoming and supportive of the racers.
We talk about how his skin held up to all the friction from running and swimming and then running again. Body Glide, Tri Glide, Toe Socks
Marcus and Dan were the first team from the US to finish and it sure sounds like a fantastic finish line. Definitely listen to the interview to hear about who meets you at the finish.
Of course, as is fitting to any event that started as a drunken bet - there is beer at the finish.
SwimRun NC www.swimrunnc.com
Here's how you can keep up with Marcus Barton www.speedylizard.com
Episode 27 of the Mile after Mile Podcast is sponsored by TriVillage.
You can always check up on what the Mile after Mile host Amy is up to at AmySaysSo.com
Laura Skladzinski started running marathons and quickly set a world record as the youngest runner to complete a marathon in all of the 50 states. She ran 50 marathons in 50 states and DC before she turned 25.
We talk about her start to running. All of this started with a decision to run 1 mile.
Races that we discuss in this interview include:
Laura was inspired by Dean Karnazes to look up what the record for the youngest person to complete the 50 states and DC Challenge.
We talk a lot about motivation and how she stayed focused to complete the her goal.
We also talk about the logistics of doing so many marathons so fast and how she made it affordable.
I got some questions from a first time marathon runners on Reddit and the answers are in this interview.
Laura's story to this world record is documented on her site http://www.50by25.com
Thank you Laura for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast.
As always you can see what Amy is up to on her blog at www.amysaysso.com
Danielle (Dani) Grabol started triathlon by losing 75 pounds and meeting some kind triathletes at her gym in a spin class.
Most recently she just completed the Epic 5 challenge.
The Epic 5 challenge is 5 consecutive Iron distance triathlons on 5 separate islands in Hawaii.
The Epic 5 was started by Rich Roll and Jason Lester. You can find details about the current race at http://www.epic5.com/
You can find details about the original Epic 5 Challenge in Rich Roll's Book Finding Ultra and also Jason Lester's Book Running on Faith.
Dani Grabol talks about what is involved in just registering for this massive event.
Dani trained with Dynamo Multisport - Coach Brent Pease to prepare for this enormous event. www.dynamomultisport.com
Dani trained about a year to prepare for the Epic 5 challenge and we discuss what her biggest week of training looked like. Spoiler ... it was a lot. This is at about 13 minutes into the interview.
We talk about what a huge commitment training for this race was for an entire year and what the hardest part of this was for her.
A huge part of this race is the logistical challenge that went with changing islands every day. We talk about what the plan was for the event and then we also talk about what went wrong during the race. Second spoiler: a lot didn't go exactly as planned.
Dani took two people with her as crew: Jason and Hilary and each team is paired with a local volunteer on each different island.
The Epic 5 Challenge is a teeny tiny race. There were 7 people registered. 4 started and only 3 finished.
Day 1 was on Kauai. First Iron distance triathlon. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. And right away Dani and her team had to adapt when she broke her race wheel at mile 40. Then they packed up and flew to the next island.
Can you imagine packing a bike for 5 days in a row? Dani gives a great recommendation for the Scion bike bag. www.scionbags.com
Day 2: Oahu. Second Iron Distance Triathlon. In Oahu Dani had some friends who came to see her race which was great. But again there was misfortune when she ran over some glass and started flatting again. She found a local bike shop to rent her a wheel for the day.
At about 35 minutes into the interview we talk about Epic Ellie who was a unicorn who came along for the whole trip and became an Instagram star along the way.
Day 3: Molokai. Third Iron Distance Triathlon. Here's where travel logistics went awry. Listen to how they keep the race schedule together with a change in flights. Also, Molakai is the only one of the 5 days where the racers swam in a pool due to the dangerous currents around this island. Amazingly Danielle was paired with a local on Molokai that used to live near her in Atlanta. It really is a small world.
On this day the sleep deprivation started to catch up with Danielle. We talk about how she made it through on such a small amount of sleep.
But no flats on the bike.
We talk about what she ate during the week. Finding food was an ongoing challenge since the teams could not carry food between the islands because they flew. Dani used a lot of real food like uncrustables and even a burrito at one point. She also used Gu Energy Roctane gels and drink mix.
Day 4: Maui. Fourth Iron Distance Triathlon. At this point Dani only has about 4 and a half hours of sleep since the start and her crew may have had even less. There was bad weather but they were still able to swim in the Ocean followed by a very windy bike ride.
It was on Maui where the challenge pushed Dani to the edge but she tells how she (and her boyfriend Jason) managed to continue.
Day 5: Kona. Fifth Iron Distance Triathlon. We quickly talk about blisters and chaffing. Her parents met her in Kona to watch the race. The racers swam on the Ironman World Championship swim course and bike course. They had rain on the course ... again.
We talk about her state of mind on the run on the 5th Ironman.
We talk about the finish. Which Dani describes as hilarious anticlimactic and awesome.
We talk about how she felt for the first few days after the race.
We talk about recovery and her Normatec Boots which she used to help recover.
What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations Danielle Grabol on becoming the first woman to finish the Epic 5 challenge.
You can follow Danielle on twitter @dgrabol or Instagram @trigirldani
John Young is a high school math teacher, a husband, a teacher a runner and a triathlete. He has completed 35 triathlons including 7 half-ironman and is training for a full Ironman at Ironman Maryland.
He has run 6 marathons including 4 Boston Marathons. Most of our interview is about his recent Boston Marathon finish.
If you follow endurance sports online you may recognize John Young. John runs as part of Team Achilles because he has dwarfism. He and his son have coined the hashtag #bethehammer. During the interview we talk about where that came from and what it means. If you are curious about Team Achilles and the amazing work that they do visit www.achillesinternational.com
We talk about how not sleeping well was the first step to getting John involved in endurance sports.
We talk about being inspired by Team Hoyt. If you aren’t familiar with Team Hoyt take a minute and explore their story at www.teamhoyt.com
In 2009 John did his first Aquabike in Lowell Massachusetts. 4- weeks later he did the Witch City Tri. He said after that he was, “absolutely hooked.”
John works with a coach from Work Live Train for his running coaching. He credits his coaching with helping him make a huge marathon PR. You can find Work Live Train at www.theeverydaytriathlete.com
We chat about how the start of the Boston Marathon is different and what it feels like to be run with the elite runners even if it’s just for a few seconds.
All runners have their own long course nutrition plan and we talk about what his nutrition plan was this year and the Swedish Fish. Listen to find out what in the world I’m talking about.
John is lucky that he lives near Boston and he’s had the chance to run and train on this course. We chat about some special places of the Boston Marathon course.
Shout outs to John’s friends from Summerville Run Club, Lowellville Run Club and Breakthrough Performance.
We also talk about finding good friends on the course and how running and finishing with good friends Wes and Sarah made a very special race day memory.
John is on a journey to become the first Little Person to complete an Ironman. He’s riding a custom bike from Seven Cycles for his journey. He put the hashtag #bethehammer on his bike.
Give some love to Seven Bikes at www.sevencycles.com and John’s local bike shop Salem Cycles.
We talk about the challenge of having a smaller bike in an Ironman transition which is a frustration that John and I share.
I ask John the same question I ask every other Ironman in training, “what’s the biggest challenge in training. “
John leaves me with what might be my new favorite motivational quote, “Your will has to be stronger than your won’t.” – John Young
You can follow John Young on Twitter and Instagram at @dwarfparatri and he’s also on Facebook as athlete John Young.
"Expect the unexpected is the only rule on RAAM." - Joan Deitchman
Joan Deitchman is a three-time Race Across America soloist in 2012, 2014, 2015.
The Race Across America (www.raceacrossamerica.org) is a billed as the World's Toughest Bicycle Race. RAAM started in 1982 and is a transcontinental bicycle race that runs from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.
Joan is the first and only Canadian woman to finish RAAM. She is also one of only four women to finish the Race Across America 3 or more times. There are less than 40 women who have even finished solo RAAM.
Joan and I talk about how she got started with ultra-cycling. She is also a multiple Ironman finisher (www.ironman.com).
She has also raced Furnace Creek 508 which is now called the Silver State 508 (www.the508.com) and also Race Across Oregon (www.raceacrossoregon.com) and we discuss other races as a part of qualifying to participate in RAAM.
Joan is considered a solo cyclist but we talk about what kind of team you need to complete RAAM.
We chat about how a bike route all the way across the USA is marked for the RAAM participants.
Joan explains how sleep deprivation is something needs to be planned during RAAM and how she handled this during her race in 2015. You will really want to listen to see how much planning goes into just sleep over the course of the race.
Joan talks about specific RAAM ailments including Shermer's neck and how to best prevent chaffing on a 3000 mile bike ride.
We also talk about the mental aspects of a race as big and long as RAAM.
We talk about what it takes to recover from a race as long as RAAM.
Thank you Joan for joining me on the Mile after Mile Podcast.
If you're curious about what the host Amy is up to visit her website at www.amysaysso.com
Barbara Cronin-Stagnari is an accomplished age-group triathlete. She has completed 16 Ironman races, 5 or which were at the World Championships.
She's also a mother of 4 grown kids.
Yes, she's amazing.
A year ago she was dealt a curve ball when she was diagnosed with Graves disease. On this podcast we discuss what that means and how it affects her racing.
Some details of the show:
04:00 We talk about her start in triathlon and how she basically started with a half-iron triathlon.
08:00 We talk about building up to her first Ironman in Lake Placid
10:00 We talk about qualifying for the Ironman World Championships
16:0o Barbara talks about balancing training and life with small kids and how she keeps her weekends free
18:00 Barbara explains what Graves Disease is and her diagnosis
31:00 Barbara talks about what she finds to be the toughest part of the Ironman Lake Placid run course.
33:00 Barbara talks about the Ironman World Championship roll down presentation
39:00 Barbara talks about the Kona Ironman World Championships Finish Line.
Thank you very much to Barbara for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast. I loved hearing your story and I look forward to seeing what the future brings you.
You can find Barbara Cronin-Stagnari on Facebook.
You can visit www.amysaysso.com for information on Amy's adventures as well as all kinds of motivation and inspiration.