Al Dockery - Author of the SwimBikeStumble Blog

March 13, 2018

Al Dockery is a self-described "recovering writer" who stumbled into running and triathlon several years ago after a frank and somewhat-scary discussion with his doctor. 

His initial goal was to run one 10K per year, but he quickly eclipsed that mark as his newfound love of endurance sport propelled him to try longer and more challenging races. 

With his blog, SwimBikeStumble, Al chronicles his own successes and setbacks in triathlon, and shares some of the humor he's found along the way. (One of our favorites is from his "Seven Signs You May Be an Open Water Swimer" is Sign #2 "A satellite image of your half Ironman swim track spells out the word: potato. Yes it was a point to point river swim.")

Al is currently publishing a blog series for new triathletes, so if you're new to the sport (or know someone who is), send them to his blog to get a simple and light-hearted guide to how to get started in what can be an intimating sport. He's also working to publish a cycling-based novel, stay tuned for updates on that!



Roundtable: How We’re Planning our 2018 Race Season

March 6, 2018

In this round-table discussion, Lana, Derek and Chris talk about their 2018 race plans, how they go about planning a season, choosing races, and what they're looking to get out of the upcoming year. 

Topics we covered include:

  • Setting process-focused goals
  • Different ways to plan out a race season (Performance-oriented, race-oriented, qualification-oriented and participation-oriented)
  • How using a coach or trusted adviser can help keep you from doing too many races, or the wrong race at the wrong time. 
  • Factors we consider when selecting races (scheduling, cost, travel, course, and others)
  • How we make travelling to races a bit less stressful
  • Who to ask for good race report information

This is part one of three of a round table we're having on planning, executing and learning from our 2018 race season. Installment two will focus on individual race prep and strategy. The third installment will talk about reviewing results after a race to learn and refine future training and racing strategy. 



Retire Pro Cyclist Andrew Talansky On Transition to Triathlon

February 23, 2018

Andrew Talansky spent nearly a decade grinding the gears with Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling. In that time, he won U.S. Time Trial Championship and the Criterium Dauhpine, as well as top-10 finishes at the Tour De France, Vuelta, Tour de Suisse and Tour of California. 

The schedule of a UCI-level pro cyclist is daunting. Up to 80 days a year of racing, weeks of travel, living in multiple locations, training camps, you name it. 

After becoming a father, Talansky wanted to reclaim his time while taking on a new challenge. So, in the fall of 2017, he announced his retirement from pro cycling, donned a wetsuit and took the plunge into triathlon.

We talked about several aspects of his transition into the sport, including: 

  • Why Ironman races seemed like a better fit than ITU
  • How things unfolded at his first (and so far only) triathlon
  • How his approach to cycling has changed with the addition of two other sports
  • How he's attempting to balance his training to become competitive quickly, while also not overdoing it and getting injured
  • How his approach to in-race nutrition might change (especially with having to run at the end of a triathlon)
  • The differences in being a member of a UCI Team (an employee) and being a pro triathlete (an entrepreuner)
  • How he and his family have adjusted to his new career
  • His goals for 2018

Follow Andrew at his website, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Dr. Kevin Sprouse Talks TUEs, Tech and Testing for Triathletes

January 31, 2018

Fan-favorite Dr. Kevin Sprouse returns as the Lost in Transition recordholder (this is his fourth show!). 

Kevin is the "Head of Medicine" for a UCI Pro Cycling Team with perhaps the longest name in the spot. "EF Education First Drapac Presented by Cannondale." At this time this hits the show feed, he'll be in Italy for a spring training camp with the team. 

We talked about the recent doping controversies in cycling and triathlon, as well as the process that athletes have to go to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for an otherwise-banned substance. Many sports medicine doctors that deal with age-group triathletes are not aware of items on the banned list, or assume having a prescription will cover you. It will not. 

It's always a great idea to check out US Anti-Doping Agency's FAQs about banned substances for recreational competitors, as well as using the database at Global DRO to search items on the banned list. 

We also talked about some of the latest technology and testing he's using at his practice (Podium Sports Medicine) and revisited the most frequently-asked question this time of year: "When can I train through illness and when do I need to just STOP?"a

We also talked a bit about his 2018 schedule and role in supporting former Cannondale rider, now turned triathlete, Andrew Talansky.



Unique and Challenging–SwimRun RockyKnox’s Inaugural Race

January 22, 2018

We talk to RTMC and KTC board member Larry Brede about bringing the SwimRun format to Knoxville.

Larry jumped in with both feet (and running shoes ...and a pull buoy) to the SwimRun format last year, along with his sister-in-law (popular Lost in Transition Guest and multisport standout Jaime Brede) at SwimRun NC in 2016.


We covered topics like:

  • Why does the SwimRun format use teams of two people?
  • How does strategy for a SwimRun race vary from the Aquathlon format with which many triathletes are familiar?
  • How in the heck do you prevent blisters while running and swimming in your shoes?
  • Many SwimRun events are in the spring or fall. What are some of the unique advantages and challenges to holding a SwimRun race in Knoxville during July?
  • What does the course look like for SwimRun RockyKnox?


You can get updates on SwimRun RockyKnox via their Facebook page, on KTC's site and signup at RunSignup.

Not ready to take the plunge just yet? They're also looking for volunteers!


How to Find and Work With a Triathlon Coach

January 8, 2018

Starting off the new year with a roundtable with Lana Burl and Derek Tingle about finding and working with a triathlon coach. We field some common questions such as:

  • Do I need a coach; who benefits the most from coaching?
  • What about training plans?
  • What about self coaching or group training?
  • Looking for a coach
  • What do you need - Type of coach: tri, running, swimming
  • What to look for in a coach?  How to select a coach? Personality, style, logistics, price, expertise
  • Certifications - what do they mean?
  • Things to watch out for?
  • What to expect?  How to be a good coaches athlete?
  • Breaking up. How to end the relationship?

Gettin’ Dirty: From Ironman to XTERRA Worlds in 12 Months with Derek Tingle

December 16, 2017

Derek Tingle (Podium Sports Medicine Team) has run two marathons. One open and one at the end of Ironman Lake Placid in 2016. He's pretty convinced that marathons suck majorly and doing one at the end of an Ironman every year was not going to be his plan. 

 Returning to his mountain bike roots, Derek started picking up podiums in races around the Southeast, and found himself in the hunt for a trip to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui. 

His 2017 season finished off getting pummeled by the surf, and riding and running up hills so steep that remaining upright was a challenge. 

We talk about transitioning from one form of triathlon to another, the feel and culture of an XTERRA or other off-road race as opposed to road triathlons, and why you can't beat a good day racing in the woods.





Ironman Florida 2017 Winner Elyse Gallegos

December 8, 2017

It was great to have 10-time Ironman and 3-time Kona qualified Elyse Gallegos back on the podcast!

When we last spoke to her,  she was prepping for Kona 2016. This year, she was looking to punch her Kona ticket again after returning to the island again in 2017. 

The race she selected was Ironman Florida, just a few weeks after Kona. Her better than expected recovery from Kona, coupled with her lobbying her coach to let her do Florida (with an altered game plan and some restrictions), made the quick turnaround possible. 

The result was better than she could have expected. A PR on almost every leg and a first-place overall finish! 

We talked about: 

  • Her 2017 season at large: goals and results
  • How the day unfolded during her IM Florida win
  • The physical and mental challenges of racing three races in 8 weeks (70.3 World Championships, Kona, and Florida)
  • How her training has changed living in flat and warm Florida
  • Her experience with the Timex Multisport Team
  • Does she plan to get a Pro card?

Michigan Titanium - Organizing An Iron-Distance Independent

December 1, 2017

Independent Iron-Distance (140.6) events are somewhat hard to come by, so when a small group of triathletes organize one that is entering its seventh successful year, it's a big deal!

Ann and Andy Vidro and Doug Tuttle have put in countless hours organized both the Michigan Titanium (Full/Half/Olympic plus AquaBike and Duathlon Options) and the Grand Rapids Triathlon (Sprint/Olympic/Half Distances) with their company Tris4Health

On the show, we talk about a range of topics ranging from the transition from triathlete to race director of a sizable race (their first triathlon had almost 900 people!) as well as topics specific to one of the best-kept-secrets in the full-distance triathlon world, the Michigian Titanum. 

You'll enjoy hearing Ann, Andy and Doug share their passion in putting on the best event possible for their athletes, even when the unexpected happens.

If you're looking for a full-distance race on a budget--their early-bird pricing (through Jan 1) can't be beat. Plus, you'll get the enjoyment of watching Lost in Transition host Chris Gerard suffer through his first full ;)  

Also, help us welcome new show sponsor HealthIQoffering discounts specifically for runners, cyclists and triathletes. Use our unique show URL to get your free quote today and support the show!


Time to Start Planning Your 2018 Season

November 11, 2017

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