Talent Search


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The talent search is on.  No, I am not looking for talent although that wouldn’t be a bad idea.  Instead I am looking for people who want to be a part of a new show I’d like to host on my blog and YouTube channel.  I have yet to come up with a name but I have a format ready that I am sort of borrowing from ESPN’s Around The Horn.

On that show there is a panel of 4 sports writers and on a daily basis they discuss the current topics in sports.  The host of the show gives points and deduct points for answers that are provided by each of the panelists.  After a certain time one of the panelists is eliminated and then later on a second is eliminated so that there is a final matchup.  The winner of that matchup gets two minutes to provide their own opinion on a topic of their choosing.

I am not looking to be a judge on this show but rather have a show that discusses topics in our world of endurance sports.  I’d like to have 3 panelists to discuss topics that are relevant to the sports we participate in as well as the nutrition, gear, etc.  The format will be a total of 30 minutes with each panelist have a question directed at them and they are given 2 minutes to discuss the question and then each of the other panelists one minute.  That would total out to 24 minutes with some time provided for an introduction of each person and some time in case answers run over.  With this format I can control the length of the discussion as well as provide a show to those that watch that is concise in its approach but also full of information for them to digest and process.

So with that being said I am looking to start the show with the following groups of panelists:

  • Athletes who also run a coaching business.
  • Athletes who have qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona or the 70.3 Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas.
  • Athletes who have qualified for the Boston Marathon.
  • Athletes who completed their first Ironman in 2012.
  • Athletes who are looking to complete their first Ironman in 2013.
  • Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists.

If you are interested please contact me or leave a comment below and I will get in touch with you.

My hope is that I can do these shows once every two weeks.  Since these are shows they will be streamed live on the YouTube channel and then also edited to be played on my blog and most likely have links posted to the Cook Train Eat Race Facebook and Twitter accounts as well so that means you should be prepared to go public with your answers if you are looking to participate.

In addition to these round tables I would like to conduct one on one interviews, similar to what Mandy and I did [HERE] and [HERE].  If you are interested in being a part of the One-On-One interviews let me know that as well and leave me a comment with why you would make for an interesting interview.  What would you bring to the blog so that others can learn from you and be able to apply that to their training and/or racing?

Lastly, I will need to come up with a name for these shows but if you are creative enough to have come up with one let me know what it is.


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  1. Scott says:

    I fall into the “Athletes who are looking to complete their first Ironman in 2013.” with Ironman Switzerland on the schedule. Although I failed miserably at this in 2010, as long as I been in this sport, it is about time I get over this hurdle
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  2. Victoria says:

    I coach AND did a 2012 ironman. Also, I’m *really* funny. Not.
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  3. I actually don’t qualify but if I did I’d have like to have played the role of Woody Paige.
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    • CTER says:

      Patrick – you qualify. A parent with a full time job trying to fit it all in. That is a show in itself as well. Trust me my people will be contacting your people for a show.

  4. Ryan Chapman says:

    I coach triathletes, I am a Total Immersion certified swim coach, a Newton certified run coach, use HR training with my athletes, did my first Ironman in 2012 (Arizona), coach nutrition challenges (www.tribasetraining.com/nutrition), use P90X and other Beachbody products to supplement tri training, etc. Would love to participate.

  5. Maria Lopez says:

    I qualified for Ironman 70.3 at Augusta this year, I completed my first Full Distance (Beach 2 Battleship) this year, and I qualified for Boston 2012 and 2013. I don’t have any funny or witty names for your show, though.
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  6. Kim Holst says:

    I completed my first Ironman in 2012. I work full time and have a family–so I’d be interested in discussing how to fit everything in.

  7. I could be suckered into that! Sounds like fun. I’ve coached before (but not full time) and did my one and only Ironman in 2011 without a kona qualifying time. But I’ll be making a kona run in the next few years. Sounds like fun!
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  8. Fumi says:

    If you thought I’d qualify, I’d totally do it, Jason!

    I did three 70.3s, lost 35 lbs before my last one, do somewhat extreme things (shark diving, bullfighting and open water swims) and am a gadget queen. I had also gotten a slot into Clearwater the first year I did a 70.3 and was so stunned, I couldn’t say anything.

    And I voice my opinion once in a while. ;)
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  9. Hi Jason! I’m interested. I’m an athlete who coaches women. I’m planning to complete my first Half Ironman in 2013 (Steelhead) – sure, it’s not a full, but since I just did my first sprint this year, I’m thinking I want to take a baby step. If you can call a Half Ironman a baby step :-) My story is on my site – give me a call if you’d like to discuss more.

  10. Grace says:

    Hi Jason,
    I am interested. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. I did two 70.3 in 2011 and my first full IM in 2012.

    Thank you,
    Grace Batres
    San Antonio, Tx.

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