The Testing Pool – Inside Ironman’s Anti-Doping Program with Kate Mittelstadt (S3E13)

In the first episode of two we talk to Kate Mittelstadt, Director of Ironman’s anti-doping program. Is it really in Ironman’s best interest to catch high-profile athletes who cheat? Where does the money come from? Do they target specific athletes and why? Plus, Haley’s race report after a podium finish in Xiamen and Alyssa almost loses an important body part.

More about Ironman’s anti-doping program here.

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  1. Newsletter ep. 37: Is everybody else doping? – Live Feisty

    […] The photo above is from the age group start at Kona a few years ago. Looking around at the masses starting the world championships, we know some number of them are doping. It’s just odds. We know it’s a number greater than zero, but less than what? Less than 100%? And when we start seeing crazy performances and people doing extreme things, like at the Giro, it creeps into our heads: ‘Is everyone doping but me?’ Here’s the simple answer: No. And it’s dangerous to think otherwise. Every person who has ever been found guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs starts their explanation with: “Everyone was doing it.” It’s a pretty short leap from that to: “I might as well cheat too.” Lance Armstrong was one of the most well-known paranoid rationalizers in this school of thought. Yet, the interesting thing about Lance is that maybe his paranoia simply begat itself. When the 1999 urine samples from the Tour de France were tested years later, after a test for EPO was developed, yes, 20 of the 84 samples were positive. BUT MOST OF THOSE WERE FROM LANCE, HIMSELF. Maybe everybody else wasn’t really doing it after all? A similar anonymous study at the 2011 Track and Field World Championships found 29% of the athletes admitted they were doping. And most of them thought everybody else definitely was. Yes, that’s a lot of people. Yes, we have a doping problem. Yes, triathlon is not immune (though I will continue to argue that the way triathlon is structuredmakes it slightly less susceptible). But, most importantly, that number is a lot of people, but it is not *all* the people. There are many issues that need to be resolved, but one of the biggest problem I see is the lack of faith we have in the system. That lack of faith erodes itself. We need to believe, and we need to be given a reason to believe. LISTEN: Ironman’s anti-doping head on the Ironwomen podcast Part I and II […]

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