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The Road to the Trials, podcast presented by COROS, features six elite runners pulling back the curtain to share their training, racing, and goals in the lead-up to the U.S. Olympic Track Trials in June, 2021. They are: Keira D'Amato, Dana Giordano, Olivia Baker, Tyler Day, Frank Lara, and Abe Alvarado.

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Road to the Trials Matt Chittim

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The Road to the Trials, podcast presented by COROS, features six elite runners pulling back the curtain to share their training, racing, and goals in the lead-up to the U.S. Olympic Track Trials in June, 2021. They are: Keira D'Amato, Dana Giordano, Olivia Baker, Tyler Day, Frank Lara, and Abe Alvarado.

Visit our presenting sponsors COROS at www.coros.com.

    Ep. 26 - Frank Lara: Road to Trials Recap

    Ep. 26 - Frank Lara: Road to Trials Recap

    After months of following along with eight athletes as they prepared for the Olympic Trials, we are rounding out the series with recap episodes.

    First up - Frank Lara. Frank competed in the 10k gunning for top three and the Olympic standard. It was a daring run and one that showed the grit and toughness for which Frank is known.

    Since the Trials, Frank has stayed in top form. He just got runner-up in a stacked field at the Bix 7 Miler. An effort that showed, once again, that Frank Lara is just getting started and will be a force in American running for years to come.



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 36 min
    Ep. 25 - Abe Alvarado is Poised and Ready for the Trials

    Ep. 25 - Abe Alvarado is Poised and Ready for the Trials

    At the beginning of 2021 Abe Alvarado spoke about the importance of peaking at the right time. He and his Atlanta Track Club coaches were planning so that at the end of June he'd be ready to roll. Kudos to them as that is exactly what has happened. Abe is now on his way to Eugene with fantastic recent results in both the 800m and 1500m. In this episode, Abe talks about how he is feeling going into the Trials, his raceday routine, his mindset at the starting line, and how excited he is race both the 800m and 1500m.



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 23 min
    Ep. 24 - Olivia Baker: Bouncing Back and Preparing for the Trials

    Ep. 24 - Olivia Baker: Bouncing Back and Preparing for the Trials

    The Olympic Track Trials start this week and Olivia Baker is ready! In her final episode before she races the 800m in Eugene, Olivia talks about the last two races she participated in, how she is feeling, and what she is doing to prepare for race day. At the Platinum PT track meet in Massachusetts, Olivia was startled to discover that she simply didn't have her legs with 250 meters to go. She fell off the lead and finished way back from the leaders. With the Trials only four weeks away she leaned heavily on her support network. That group helped remind her that she's Olivia Freaking Baker and that she has put in the work to compete with the best. 



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 28 min
    Ep. 23 - Keira D'Amato and a Dream Deferred

    Ep. 23 - Keira D'Amato and a Dream Deferred

    Sometimes the road to the Olympic Trials takes a detour and that is exactly what has happened for Keira D'Amato. Keira, one of the favorites in the 10k at the start of 2021, has been battling a hamstring injury for a few months. That injury seemed to be a minor hiccup - until it wasn't. Ultimately, it simply wouldn't allow Keira to do the hard training necessary to compete at the highest level.

    In this episode Keira opens us about injury, her thought process over the last six weeks, what it feels like to have a dream taken away when it felt so close, her vision for the future, and so much more.



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 43 min
    Ep. 22 - Frank Lara is in the Flow

    Ep. 22 - Frank Lara is in the Flow

    Frank Lara is fresh off a 10k PR at the Track Meet presented by Sound Running and a scorching 13:26 5k at the Portland Track Festival - the day after pacing the 10k to a 14:00! In short, it's all coming together for Frank and just the right time. 

    In this episode, Frank give us a deep dive into the races. Especially the 5k. He provides wonderful insight into many aspects of racing that we haven't covered with any guest in the past. We also touch on his final preparations for the Trials. 



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 39 min
    Ep. 21 - Dana Giordano Returns to Racing

    Ep. 21 - Dana Giordano Returns to Racing

    After months of training Dana Giordano is now fully in race mode. Over the last couple of weeks she has competed at the Track Meet - Sound Running, NYC Qualifier - Trials of Miles, and the Adidas Boost Boston Games. Those events meant racing the 5k, 1500m, and the road mile respectively. 

    In this episode, Dana provides an open and honest analysis of each race and puts each on into the larger mosaic of her season and what she learned from those experiences. 

    We also do a quick preview of the Platinum PT Qualifier set for Saturday, May 29. If you want to watch the free livestream hosted by Carrie Tollefson, Mary Cain, and Chris Chavez go to this link: www.tracksmith.com/pages/2021-platinum-pt-qualifier.



    The Road to the Trials Podcast is presented by COROS Wearables – makers of Performance GPS Watches that help athletes train to be their best. Athletes like World Record Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and Multi-time US Champion Emma Coburn trust COROS watches to track their training from Long Runs to Track Workouts. With their innovative Track Mode, you can measure your next track workout to near perfection, whether you’ve got 400 meter repeats in Lane 1 or a four mile tempo in lane 5, you can trust COROS to provide the stats you crave.

    Enter code “Trials” at checkout on COROS.com for a free accessory with a watch purchase (simply add the accessory of your choice to your cart).

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

LisaMarie711 ,

Yay for season 2!

I love this concept and happy to see it come back for 2021. Great work Matt!

HollyM91914 ,

Impressive guest line up

Great show concept - loved hearing from the same runners a few different times (and some others thrown in there!) Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Hilla99 ,

Episode 47 Parker Stinson

That was really good. Parker very cool for coming on under the circumstances!!

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