Introducing Yanking Chains: A multi-sport life podcast

For the past two months, I’ve been working with my former coach Vince Matteo, of Junk Miles, and one of his athletes Matt Momont on a podcast-germ of an idea, which has evolved into Yanking Chains, a podcast about multi-sport life. We are mixing a side of snark with discussions about all things multi-sport. Our goal is share information, have fun, and grow as students, ambassadors and coaches of the sport.

Now, we are far from professional podcasters, and we need to work on our intro and editing. But we decided we’d float a pilot of a first episode to see what you all think about the content and direction of the show. What follows below is the first of the episodes we’ll be releasing in the next week. Right now, these are available on YouTube (as we used Google Handouts On Air to record). We will be offering these on iTunes, once we’ve edited them, added an intro and otherwise cleaned them up.

I hope you enjoy Episode 1 – in which we discuss:

  • Matt’s post race blues (or lack thereof) and Maria’s emotions
  • Race reports: Ironman Wisconsin race reports from Matt & Vince (including the inside scoop on Vince’s romantic finish), Labor Pains (with, of course, more details on sharting)
  • Asthma
  • Training & Racing plans – and following them

For those of you who would prefer an MP3 of this podcast, you can find it by clicking this link for Yanking Chains Episode 1: Is that part of the plan? 

Thanks for listening. Feedback is appreciated – either in the comments here, on YouTube, or contact me. 


  1. Nan

    Loved the podcast!! Definitely enjoyed the race reports most. Thanks for providing back story about pronouns (the mysterious ‘she’)- helpede not feel like I was eavesdropping.

    1. Hi, Nan! Thanks for the feedback. We are getting used to the idea that we are broadcasting to an audience, so working on not having “insider” stuff. We are clearly not professionals – but so far, we are having a lot of fun with it.

  2. Hollee

    Fantastic! After my 2015 IM CDA DNF I got some great tips and motivation for my redemption IM in TX 2016. Training begins soon so I needed to hear the “attention to detail” bit. Not having a coach I think I slacked more than I wanted to admit.

    You guys seem to play off each other well and I found it entertaining as well as informative. I look forward to listening to more .

    1. Hi, Hollee! DNFs are tough emotionally – but you are smart to take what you learned and apply it to the next race. Attention to detail, consistency, focus – it all works together. As far as slacking, you need to keep your goals visible and hold yourself accountable to those goals. It can be hard some days, but just keep on reminding yourself why you do it.

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