TRS Radio
This 60-90 minute "live-to-tape" podcast features funny and candid interviews, comedy and the occasional angry rant. Ben Hobbs and co-host/writer/producer Dark Mark, regularly challenge the establishment as they examine the news and controversy of the week with wit, humor and irreverence. You can support the show by visiting

A professional triathlon union was launched today. Please visit their website to learn more. This is an interview with their executive director, Rich Allen. Follow Rich on twitter.

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 3:03pm CDT

First, Dark Mark talks to Ben about his weekend in Lake Placid for the Ironman. Then they play some clips of Lionel Sanders watching movies. Then, Ben interviews the 2014 Ironman World Champion, Sebastian Kienle. They discussed his life, whether or not he is the favorite for this year's Ironman and whether or not abortion is a common topic of conversation in Germany. 

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 10:38pm CDT

Ben rants about Challenge. Mark is in love. Ben interviews the queen of off-road triathlon, Lesley Paterson, a 2x Xterra World Champion. They discussed her Olympic mountain biking dream, her acting and movie producing career, racing with a broken wrist and hand, her affinity for the f-word and much, much more. 

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 10:16pm CDT

Hear Andy Potts like you've never heard him before. Your imagined image of clean-cut, vanilla pitchman will be shattered forever. Andy got real with us regarding his fun and slightly outrageous college experience, his unique path and struggle to become an Olympian, and the decision to make triathlon his profession. Does he have what it takes to win this year at Kona? 

Prior to the interview Ben was joined by Dark Mark and Tommy Zaferes where they ran down a few of the week's highlights. In addition, Mark and Tommy engaged a comedy battle for the ages... a "joke off" if you will. 

After the interview, you can hear out-takes from the recording of the new introduction. In case you were wondering, the voice in the intro is actually Ben's wife, Ashlyn, who owns Swank Baby Boutique.

This episode was sponsored by TriRig strives to provide the most thoughtful, in-depth, beautifully-photographed reviews of triathlon equipment that have ever been written.

Books discussed in this episode:

Quiet: ThePower of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Open: An Autibiography by Andre Agassi. 



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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 9:25pm CDT

Leanda's resume is unparalleled: She has won world championships as an ITU racer (2002) and after 6 years she won the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in 2012. Aside from the resume, she's a great podcast guest because of her candor and openness. 

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

First off we hear from TRS Radio Chief Gay Correspondent, Brandon Del Campo. Ben and Brandon discuss his background, the SCOTUS decision re: gay marriage and whether or not triathlon is a gay sport.  

Then, Ben discusses the idea of adding a second show to the TRS Radio portfolio. A negotiation with the audience ensues.  

Finally, Ben catches up with Zibi about all things Challenge including the Triple Crown, changes to their leadership in the Middle East, the dark shadow, human rights and the reduction in pro prize purses in the Americas. 

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

In this interview, NASCAR driver Landon Cassill talks about driver compensation, risk of death and/or injury, how one goes from a kid racing go-carts to racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, and his passion for triathlon. He also talks about controversy and dust-ups with the likes of Danica Patrick and Bobby Hamilton, Jr.

What are the physical gifts required to become a great racecar driver? Why are NASCAR drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Josh Wise getting into triathlon? 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm CDT

This episode features a lengthy rant about Dan Empfield, the publisher of Slowtwitch. The rant features audio clips from podcast appearances on Babbittville Radio and Legends of Triathlon. Then, Dark Mark shares his jokes that were "too terrible for twitter". 

Finally, legendary coach, Joel Filliol, shared his views on clean sport, high performance coaching and what separates olympic medalists from those who finish 20th. Who dopes more - age groupers or professionals? Do more than 30% of the Kona professionals take perfomance enhancing drugs? His answers might shock you.

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 10:05pm CDT

First Ben and Dark Mark discuss the latest development in Mark's personal life as well as his involvement (or lack thereof) in the collapse of the Ironman lotteryThen Ben talks with the newlywed tri-power couple about falling in love, Katie’s phenomenal season and Tommy’s heat stroke. 

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT

Beth and Luke talk about their careers, celebrating the first birthday of their daughter Wynne, the upcoming pro-only race at the Island House and goals for the season. The introduction was cohosted by pro triathlete and fantasy triathlon guru, Emily Cocks

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Category:triathlon -- posted at: 11:05pm CDT