The Greg Bennett Show
Laura Bennett - USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

Laura Bennett - USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

August 8, 2022
Today I am joined by the most recent USATriathlon Hall Of Fame inductee ... my lovely wife, mother of our two children, and Olympian and former professional triathlete, Laura Bennett.
 
Laura is a four-time World Championships medalist, four-time US National Champion, and multiple US Olympic Triathlete, She’s an NCAA championship-winning swimmer from Southern Methodist University and she had almost 20 years at the top of the sport of Triathlon as a professional. She spent some time as the world's number 1 ranked triathlete and narrowly missed winning the world series title in 2003.
 
In this episode Greg and Laura recap her journey, looking at the highs and lows of Laura's career and the lessons she has learned along the way.
 
Career Highlights
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member
2011 USAT Elite National Champion
2010 USAT Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year
2010 USAT Elite National Champion
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member
2008 USAT Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year
2007 USAT Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year
2006 USAT Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year
2004 Olympic Team Alternate
2003 USAT Elite National Champion
2003 USOC Triathlete of the Year
 
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Timestamps
1:48 - Interview starts
3:21 - Laura describes what it feels like to be inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall Of Fame.
7:47 - What is scarier, standing on the Olympic podium, or giving a speech at the awards night?
9:50 - Finding sport is within you. Laura describes her journey to Triathlon through her early years.
16:11 - Laura began at the age of 12, and now as a mum of 2, she explains how parents can foster the love of sport in young teenagers.
21:34 - Laura and Greg rewind the clock and talk about her full journey through her younger years.
24:48 - If you are a young pro athlete, The Bennett's give their experienced opinion on how to develop. Race! Race often, build up your calendar to ensure you are racing often.
Even a bad race is better than a great training day
27:06 - When you look back at your 20 year career, what are some of your greatest highs?
29:38 - Laura explains her journey to the Olympics.
26:08 - The low's of a pro athletes career can often be defining moments. Laura describes her career low points and how they allowed her to focus (and achieve) on what was truly important.
38:38 - Hintsa have a core model titled The Circle of better life. Sleep & Recovery, Nutrition, General Health, Mental Management, Bodywork and Biomechanics, and Physical Training. The Bennet's have added a 7th core, Relationships and Team and they explain how they integrated it together into their own professional training and life.
It takes as much effort to win a $250,000 race as it does a $2500 race
47:07 - Laura has a unique story of her biggest mistake in a race in her career.
51:12 - Do you believe athletes are born, or made? Nature vs. Nurture?
54:29 - Should Triathlon at the Olympics be sprint distance or Olympic?
59:39 - The Bennett's conclude their chat with a rapid fire Q&A
 
1. Best and worst subject at school?
2. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
3. First car you owned.
4. Two most used apps on your phone?
5. What time of day are you most productive?
6. First job?
7. Music or no music during workouts?
8. Number #1 pet peeve?
9. Which decade of music is the best?
10. Best after-party in Triathlon?
 
1:04:01 - Interview concludes.
 
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Tim Crowley - Triathlon & Strength Coach

Tim Crowley - Triathlon & Strength Coach

August 1, 2022
Tim Crowley has been coaching triathletes since 1993 and he has been a pro and elite age grouper for over 30 years. Tim is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Montverde Academy in Central Florida and is the Owner of TC2 Coaching. Tim was a 2008 team USA Olympic Triathlon coach, and he has coached athletes to World Championships, Ironman Championships, ITU Worlds Triathlon Series gold, Duathlon World Champions numerous National Championships at the Elite level.
Tim was the 2009 USA Triathlon Elite Coach of the Year, and 2007 USA Triathlon Development Coach of the Year. He’s worked with the very best in the business and helped each of them find more out of themselves.
 
Tim's answers on the AnyQuestion platform have been outstanding, and his depth of knowledge is truly remarkable.
 
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Timestamps
1:50 - Interview starts
I don't really worry if people know who I am ... but it's super important to me that people recognize and know the athletes I work for.
4:51 - Why do athletes and coaches base themselves in Clermont Florida?
8:23 - Tim is in the process of writing a book around High-Performance aging … a topic that many listeners are keen to lean into. How do we optimize our lives?
13:02 - Tim explains some of the different ways we can work through training plateaus or situations where we stop progressing.
20:31 - At what point in your early career did you acknowledge to yourself that you had some talent in the coaching of elite athletes?
22:54 - What are some of Tim Crowley's career highlights?
29:41 - What are some of the bigger 'lows' in your coaching career, and what have you learnt from them?
It's not about being the best, it's about the best at being better ...
33:34 - What has most influenced or developed your coaching philosophy?
36:26 - Tim's belief and view on why is strength training important for endurance athletes? Is it all about injury reduction, or performance?
41:51 - Tim's favourite training workouts for triathletes. Get your pen and paper out, you're gonna want to record his answer!
44:45 - Some of Tim's favourite exercises for swimmers.
Athletes don't have an 'un-do' key. You can't mess it up and hit the key and go back.
1:02:09 - Understanding an athletes flexibility and knowing what is best for them for their particular sport is crucially important. Mobility and stability are two opposing forces. You only need to be as flexible as you need.
 
1:02:59 - Greg and Tim share their opinions and thoughts around some really interesting topics and people.
  • Top 3 endurance sport coaches of all time.
  • The greatest of all time male and female triathletes.
  • What are Tim's thoughts on the modern day 'super-show'?
  • Who is gonna win Ironman?
1:10:33 - Tim and Greg go at it with some Rapid fire questions and answers.
  1. One book you would recommend? Upstream by Dan Heath
  2. Two most-used apps on your phone?
  3. What time of day are you most productive?
  4. First job?
  5. Which decade of music is the best?
  6. Greatest movie of all time?
1:17:08 - Interview concludes.
Barrie Shepley - The Legendary Coach & Commentator

Barrie Shepley - The Legendary Coach & Commentator

July 25, 2022
Barrie Shepley has been to 6 Olympics & 30 World Tri Champs as coach or commentator.
He is a true Canadian and Triathlon legend. He’s a professional Coach, Olympic and World Cup Triathlon Commentator, and Mentor to many professional athletes.
For over 30 years, Barrie Shepley has influenced the world of Triathlon for the better. Starting the Kids of steal Triathlons in Canada we’re the future Olympic Gold medalist Simon Whitfield developed his craft. He was the Canadian head coach during the 2000, Sydney Olympics where that same Simon Whitfield won Gold, add to that, his Commentary for the World Cup series for over 20 years and if you’re in triathlon you no doubt know who he is.
 
His job as a professional coach and TV sports commentator has taken him to all corners of the earth where he’s experienced many unexpected twists and turns.
His new book, Chasing Greatness, has just been released. Where he shares his stories about sport and life. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, this book carries many beautiful lessons.
 
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Timestamps
1:49 - Interview starts
3:43 - What it's like to have breakfast with Lori Bowden - 7 straight years on the podium at Kona with 2 wins.
9:18 - Barrie describes his view on the power of getting yourself in a race, as opposed to laser-beam focusing on your training.
The more often that you can race, the better that you can see your skills evolving. You really start to see who is cut out for elite racing, and who is a good trainer who cant race.
15:22 - Some amazing stories about Javier Gomez and Jan Frodeno and their race vs. training numbers.
16:58 - Rewinding the clock with Barrie Shepley. From the early inspirations in sport, through to his realization that he was not gonna make pro, through to his decision to create the first Kids Of Steel race. with Simon Whitfield.
Every kid is a triathlete
28:25 - Barrie explains how he transitioned into commentating. Telling stories and a commitment to 'never leaving an event' until the last person crosses the line has seen Barrie crafting an amazing career commentating triathlon.
35:59 - From commentating ... to coaching. Barrie's journey and passion into coaching athletes is fascinating and inspiring.
44:30 - Barrie describes one of the biggest highlights of his 40+ years career. Simon Whitfield
50:36 - Some of the 'lows' from Barrie Shepley's career also help us understand the life journey within sport.
55:34 - Barrie's new book is titled 'Chasing Greatness' - Stories of passion and perseverance in sport and life. Barrie Shepley’s quest to find greatness in himself and others has been far from a straight line. His job as a professional coach and TV sports commentator has taken him to all corners of the earth where he’s experienced many unexpected twists and turns. The stories that Barrie tells will have you crying, laughing, holding your breath, and, at times, even applauding. His stories are about sport but also about life, love, success, and failure. Whether a sports fan or not, this book carries lessons for us all. Learn about Barrie Shepley and his unforgettable journey from small town roots to the highest level of sport success, but also learn what it means to find the best in yourself along the way.
1:08:11 - Greg and Barrie share their opinions and thoughts around some really interesting topics and people.
  • Top 3 triathlon coaches of all time.
  • The greatest of all time male and female triathletes.
  • Predictions for Kona - who's gonna win 2022 and beyond - Men & Women.
  • Who's gonna win the World Series?
1:31:54 - Interview concludes.
Magnus Ditlev - Pro Triathlete

Magnus Ditlev - Pro Triathlete

July 18, 2022
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Timestamps
2:55 - Interview starts
4:18 - The week in detail after winning in Roth.
8:45 - How the sponsorship with Scott bikes came about.
11:22 - Magnus explains (in detail) how his mental strength has been challenged in the 2022 season so far ... from Miami, to Ironman Texas, to last weekend.
22:18 - The preparation for Roth included altitude tents. Magnus explains all the training and reasons behind his preparation for Roth (and beyond)
24:48 - Having the right mindset prior to big races is imperative. Magnus was quietly confident he could run a 2:40 and he believed he could fight for the win.
26:10 - Magnus breaks down his strategy for the race.
29:59 - Magnus describes the intense battle within the race with Jan Frodeno.
Focus on the process not the outcome
37:00 - It's a long way to run 38kms on your own and ensure you stay competitive. Magnus describes his mental process while he pushed his body to the limit and the calculation he made on how Patrick Lange would need to run to catch him.
39:42 - Greg 'rewinds the clock' with Magnus and uncovers his introduction to the sport of triathlon and his early sporting influences.
43:56 - Magnus completed his first triathlon in 2015 and from there started training more and more on his own before he realised he would pursue a pro career.
49:50 - Magnus describes the low points in his career over the past few years and how he has set his mindset to ensure he remained focused and disciplined to achieve and succeed.
53:07 - Greg and Magnus discuss the methodology behind his altitude tent training and acclimation.
59:13 - We finish up with some Rapid Fire questions.
1:04:10 - Interview concludes.
 
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Bobby McGee - World Class Running Coach - 5 x Olympic Coach

Bobby McGee - World Class Running Coach - 5 x Olympic Coach

July 11, 2022
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Bobby McGee is one of the worlds greatest running coaches and has been involved in endurance coaching for 32 years. He is a 5 x Olympic coach, and has been involved in some form with 9 Olympic medalists.
Bobby has spent many years coaching elite athletes and individual amateurs of all levels, guiding them to achieve their goals.
Bobby says, there are three very important aspects of endurance training;
  1. Firstly, address your running mechanics. Teach yourself to run effectively and to avoid injuries in order to race at your optimum level.
  2. Secondly, look at how you train. What is it about your training that’s holding you back? Is there a way that you can train better?
  3. Lastly, address the mental blocks that hold you back. How can you unleash the power of your mind to get you to race effectively?
In this episode, Bobby and Greg discuss The Pendola Project. Here is a link to more information where you can even sign up to one of thee 12 week RunForm. Whether you are training for an Olympic Gold or a local 5k you can run happier and faster. The Relative Run Readiness packages will give you the strength and proper movement patterns to run with good form for longer.
 
Timestamps
1:53 - Interview starts
5:05 - About Bobby McGee. Bobby was born in South Africa and went to University basically to study to become a coach, He started by coaching middle and long distance track runners and went on to coach road runners and marathoners. Bobby moved to Boulder in the US in 1992 , and started coaching triathletes.
8:23 - Bobby currently coaches Victoria Lopez, Taylor Knibb, Flora Duffy, Kirsten Kasper along with other pro and amatuer athletes.
10:21 - When coaching elite triathletes, it's important to consider the athletes biomechanics. For instance long distance swimmers often have low bone density and therefore do not perform as strong runners due to the rigors of long distance running, so as a coach it's important to understand and set training expectations specifically for each individual.
15:59 - Bobby's fascination of the bio mechanics of running came about as he could see a connection between certain running motion patterns and the tendency of getting injured.
I use to say: I don’t teach people how to run, I help people get back to the best running that they are capable of.
Good running form looks very differently depending on the individual’s genetics, one has to have a very different approach to someone with for instance long torso and short legs compared to someone with a more natural body composition for running. Also, factors like running background (has the athlete practiced plenty of speed work or come from an endurance background?) matters in how Bobby approaches individuals running technique.
20:06 - Rewinding the clock. Bobby describes his youth and pathway through younger years to discover his passion for running, and then coaching, including serving time in the South African Military.
37:54 - Shifting to mindset and performance, Bobby describes the advice he would give an athlete struggling with confidence. Being aware and knowing how your thoughts affect you is crucial in order to perform. Bobby feels that there is no right or wrong way to prepare mentally for competition, some people are super calm before races and perform well and others are extremely nervous and also perform well. Many age groupers (especially males) tend to overestimate their performance and hence set themselves up for failure by not being able to rise to their expectations. Don't doubt yourself, "The only thing you should doubt, is the doubt".
The only thing you should doubt, is the doubt.
41:53 - When it comes to an athlete feeling failure, Bobby explains his techniques that he applies to his athletes. Bobby's golden rule - There is what happened ... then there is 'what are you making it mean to you'. Meaning and interpretation affect an athlete's mindset.
48:23 - Different type of run drills are great in order to achieve a change in running style. The purpose of drills are basically to exaggerate a specific movement. Drills play three different roles: First, you’re trying to address a mechanical anomaly that the athlete has gotten into, the second reason is to do it as an activation exercise and the last role is for muscle endurance or power purposes. One also needs to make sure that the athlete has the strength, mobility and balance to run in a specific way. When approaching your running technique, one must be rather careful, this is an area where the wrong tips can get the opposite effect on your performance. 57:27 - First two laws of mechanics. The first rule is to never trust what you feel, you think you run a certain way but when you look into the mirror it rarely looks like what you first thought. The second rule is that if you want to achieve a change, you need to exaggerate the movement (this is also very applicable to swimming).
1:04:26 - The Run Transformation Course is a membership-based training program put together by Bobby McGee and is available at his website. Members have access to Bobby McGee’s proven training strategies and a wealth of other resources. The program currently provides nearly 10 hours of running training including over four hours of video on running drills, two and one half hours of video on biomechanics, a 75 minute mental skills assessment and two hours of running sports essentials material.
1:06:16 - Interview concludes.
Jodie Cunnama [née Swallow] - High performance triathlon coach

Jodie Cunnama [née Swallow] - High performance triathlon coach

July 4, 2022
  • British Olympian and 3 time World Champion
  • 2010 70.3 Ironman
  • 2009 and 2016 ITU World Long Course World Champion.
Add to that multiple full Ironman wins and 15 x 70.3 victories it truly is a remarkable resume.
 
Known for her honesty and integrity Jodie combines a lifetime of training experience and sports knowledge with a Sports Science degree from Loughborough University and years of age group coaching experience.
 
Jodie transitioned from professional athlete to become a Mother of three, and coach and mentor to numerous athletes through Cunnama Coaching
 
Part-mum, part-athlete, Jodie sometimes nurtures her athletes, and sometimes pushes them on, but always gives 100% focus to the task at hand, a skill she's cultivated through a lifetime in sport.
 
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Timestamps
0:00 - Introduction to show
1:40 - Interview starts
6:11 - When you decided to have children and 'pause' your triathlon career, you were coming off peak form. How was that transition for you?
12:39 - How did you find the sport of triathlon and how did that passion grow?
18:24 - Talk us through how the eating disorder in your teens affected your training and performance and obviously mindset and emotions.
23:01 - So many things had happened while you were in your late teens. How did 'finding' triathlon feel, did it help?
36:22 - You were such a talented youth in sport. How did you handle the expectations when you moved into your professional career?
39:11 - Did you ever work with a mental performance coach or sports psychologist?
44:42 - Tell us about the highest high in your career.
49:06 - Tell us about the high performance triathlon coaching you and your husband James now do.
55:18 - After almost 22 years around the sport, what changes have you seen?
1:00:53 - What's next for Jodie Cunnama, what's on the horizon?
1:06:49 - Interview ends
Matt Hanson - Professional Triathlete and Coach  5x Ironman/5x 70.3 champion  Owner of MHRacing

Matt Hanson - Professional Triathlete and Coach 5x Ironman/5x 70.3 champion Owner of MHRacing

June 27, 2022
Today I am joined by one of the greatest Ironman athletes in the world. He’s currently ranked 8th on the PTO World rankings and has been steadily making his way up this list for many years.
 
Dr. Matt Hanson is a professional triathlete and coach for triathletes, cyclists and runners. He has an extensive background as an athlete and is highly-educated in all things sports-related.
 
He’s quietly gone about the job of winning major Ironman's, including 4 North American titles. Combine that with his multitude of half-Ironman wins and you start to see the incredible foundation he has built.
 
As an athlete, Matt comes from a wrestling background, but running has always a been a passion of his. In 2014, his first year as a pro, Matt set 3 run course records and won Ironman Chattanooga. He has since tallied 10 professional wins. He also owns the fastest ever marathon off the bike with a 2:34.
 
With his background as a Professor of Sports Science, his natural ability to run a fast marathon in an Ironman, and his discipline and determination, I have him on course to become one of the true greats.
 
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Timestamps
0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising
5:56 - Altitude v. Humidity when it comes to training and racing.
7:52 - 2022 has been a solid year - Matt talks us through this year after having a quiet year in 2021 where he came 2nd to Bart Aernouts in 70.3 IM Florida and ran out of real estate and 4th at Clash Daytona.
16:04 - Matt explains how after a bought of heat stroke in Kona he now loses over 20lbs during a race. The challenge is to stay hydrated to ensure his sweat rate is maintained.
18:11 - The Champions Mindset of Matt realises that he has to improve to keep up with the math of performance. Greg and Matt discuss where the numbers sit currently, and how they have changed in the past decade.
21:25 - There's no place to be when it comes to giving up time ... the fella's talk how running shoes have played a significant part to performance.
24:58 - Greg and Matt 'rewind the clock' and discuss Matt's early connection and inspiration in sport. How he set 50 goals and developed his passion for triathlon. Surprisingly, owning a monkey came close to triathlon on Matt's set of goals.
31:57 - Matt explains the moment when he decided to go 'all in' on triathlon, effectively giving up his tenure as a Professor. Academic tenure is a system of strong job protection that virtually guarantees a university professor will never be fired.
43:09 - Matt is coached by Julie Dibens and Matt Botchel. He explains the training process and schedule in Boulder.
45:40 - Matt talks through his pre race training schedule, including how he test his nutrition plan going into a race.
47:22 - The hard lessons learned.
54:04 - Who can stop the Norwegians?
58:50 - Rapid fire Q&A;
 
1. Best and worst subjects at school?
2. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
3. First car you owned.
4. Two most-used apps on your phone?
5. What time of day are you most productive?
6. First job?
7. Summer or winter?
8. Who would you want to play a movie of your life?
9. Which decade of music is the best?
 
1:03:01 - What is instore for Matt Hanson in 2022 and beyond?
1:04:33 - Interview concludes.
Craig Alexander - 5 time Ironman World Champion & Simon Whitfield -  Olympic Gold (and silver) medalist

Craig Alexander - 5 time Ironman World Champion & Simon Whitfield - Olympic Gold (and silver) medalist

June 20, 2022
In today's episode I have a conversation with two of the greatest athletes in the world ... and honestly, two of the best men I know.
 
One of them dominated the world of 70.3 and Ironman with 3 Kona Ironman and two 70.3 world titles and arguably the greatest career in the middle distance Triathlon, with more wins at that distance than anyone else. Add to that his impressive short course wins at Minneapolis, Chicago and many others and you can see why I hold him in such awe.
 
The other has one of the greatest Olympic careers we’re ever seen. Four Olympics, a Gold medal at the first ever Olympic Triathlon and Silver medal 8 years later. Known for his powerful sprint he also took the biggest prize money wins at the Hyvee and Life Time Minneapolis.
 
Personally, I watched from the very beginning as both of them started their careers as young men. Neither of them were remarkable to start but they chipped away to become icons of the sport that we all love.
 
I’ve spent thousands of hours training with them both. We’ve crashed, and we’ve had podiums on the world stage ... we’ve shared the highs and lows of sport and life together.
 
They’ve both been on the show separately, but this is a first for the three of us.
 
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Timestamps
0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising
4:14 - What was unique about Balmoral Triathlon Club and why we all thought it was 'awesome'.
7:25 - A wonderful story of the three lads doing a team time trial around Centennial park in Sydney ... who's fault was it for the crash right on the 60 minute buzzer?
9:56 - From one crash ... to another. Simon recalls a spectacular crash in Geelong where Greg tried to (at the last minute) bunny-hop his bike over his fallen mate. Only to slice him open with his bike chain.
19:31 - In reflection how do three young men look back on their early triathlon careers ... some wonderful stories and memories.
23:40 - A lesson in how to speak 'athlete'.
24:27 - A subtle plug for our show sponsor - https://anyquestion.com/crowiealexander
26:26 - To an elite athlete ... there is no 'Plan B'. You are 'all-in'. The lads describe what this means in each of their eyes. Fascinating!!!
30:23 - The guys talk about some of the toughest times in their careers. Inspiring!!!
40:26 - After going through everything that you've been through, what would you tell your 17 year old self?
46:31 - The lads discuss how Triathlon has progressed, grown and become the elite sport it is today.
54:13 - So who is the GOAT?
01:00:23 - Some rapid fire questions (and answers) to wrap up this amazing conversation between 3 incredibly talented athletes.
Books that the boys are reading;
01:04:30 - One final story that will leave you laughing from Craig about a trip to Tokyo that changed his life (and vocal chords) forever.
01:06:25 - Conversation concludes.
Dan Lorang, Professional Cycling/ Tri Coach

Dan Lorang, Professional Cycling/ Tri Coach

June 13, 2022
One of the benefits of podcasting is the evergreen inspiring content always available at our fingertips ... no matter where you are in your life or athletic journey.
 
Recently I found myself flicking back through early shows of The Greg Bennett Show in my own endeavour to learn and find some extra inspiration from the amazing guests I've had the privilege to chat to these past few years.
 
Dan Lorang joined me back in September 2021 on episode 91.
Dan is one of the greatest endurance coaches on the planet. This episode was the most downloaded episodes in 2021 and is still in the top ten most downloaded to date. Dan's athletes have exceled and dominated. Notably, Jan Frodeno and his Ironman World Record, Anne Haug and her mind-boggling victory at Challenge Roth, Lucy Charles Barclay, and her Ironman 70.3 World title, and all his cyclists in the Bora Hansgrohe cycling team.
 
What an absolute honor and privilege it is to have one of the greatest minds in the world of endurance sport join me for a chat. So, I've decided to run this episode again.
 
In this episode, Dan is incredibly forthcoming with sharing his wisdom and his knowledge. Dan gives a quick recap of his journey of how he got to where he is, and then we discuss his athlete's performances in 2021 and get a little more specific on his coaching methodology.
 
There is so much in this episode. Truly outstanding.
 
Timestamps
0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising
5.30 - Introduction to Dan Lorang
6.00 - General chit-chat - Dan's performances - Dan is living his passion - Dan was determined to work in High-Performance sport - mentoring the younger coaches
9.00 - The Show – "What I’d like to do is do a quick recap of your journey and process to this point and then discuss your athlete's performances in 2021 and get a little more specific on your coaching methodology."
10.40 - Recapping Dan's Journey - finding his passion for sports science and coaching - his boss in engineering told him to go for it - Working with Anne Haag as his first athlete - The German U23 and National head Coach for Triathlon, now Bora Hansgrohe Head coach - Combining Data and psychology
18.50 - Managing time between coaching Triathletes, and the Bora Hansgrohe cycling team and his family - His athletes need a team around him
 
23.30 - 12 - rapid-fire quick answer questions
1. What is your favorite thing about your career? That I live my dream
2. What is your favorite book to read? Eleven rings from Phil Jackson
3. What motivates you to work hard? Athletes who are 100% committed
4. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life? Managing Failure
5. If your athlete could only train 10hrs a week, what would you have them do? Go have fun... you won't win anything
6. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise? I don't like generalizations
7. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)? Coaching athletes for free
8. What is one thing that annoys you the most? When people talk about things they have no clue about
9. On a scale of 1 to 10 how “cool” are you? "5"
10. If you were stranded on a tropical island what 2 things would you want with you? My phone
11. Which decade of music is the best? The 80s and 90's
 
32.10 - Athletes performances in 2021
33.10 - Lucy Charles-Barclay - How did this relationship start? When did you start working together? End of March 2021. What changes did you make to her program? Lucy absorbed the training very well - increasing her aerobic conditioning - "We need to build the base" with a polarized approach - The main goal was Kona - an altitude camp before St.George - Dan has developed Lucy as a Triathlete - Was Dan Surprised with Lucy's performance in IM 70.3 World Champs?
46.50 - Anne Haug – Roth (shame it was short due to road works... we will never know), 7.53.48 with a 31.36min win over Laura Siddall. 12 min lead off-bike over Langridge and Crowley, 2.43hr run. Thoughts on Anne's performance in Roth? Anne wasn't in a good place mentally before the race. What has changed with the training after 15 years? Anne did a 33min 10km road race last year. - She's a Ferrari - "we do a minimum amount of run training to optimize her performance"
54.45 - Jan Frodeno - 9 years with Jan - A target on his back - Collins Cup – fastest overall (20 sec in front of Gustav)? The decision not to race 70.3 World – A race between Gustav and Jan was missed. Tri-Battle Royale –– World Record – 7.35.39, Kona World Champion, Olympic Gold - How has the training changed over 9 years? Dan was surprised at Jan's low numbers when they started. What else is there for you and Jan?
1.06.00 - Collecting Data - What data - metabolic profile collecting at the beginning - Adaptation, Polarized (VO2 and base), Specific (Strength endurance), Race-specific - slowly increase, it's a step by step process over years -
1.12.40 - Retests in standardized training like an 8x 1km run - Dan doesn't like to stop training to test - he uses training to test and compare - You have to be honest with your athlete - You have to be careful in the words you choose
1.17.30 - Example of VO2 work - using hills for 8 x30 sec but build to 4 x 4min - what do you want to achieve and where is the athlete at the moment? How many times a week - 4-5 sessions split over the three sessions. The rest of the training is easy - VO2 max is NOT sprinting it's a controlled intensity
1.23.00 - Recovery - measuring using Heart Rate Variability and Sleep quality - each athlete is different and they can choose how they monitor - Glucose monitoring it can be interesting to watch
1.26.00 Conclude - Two questions
1. What is one tip you have for people on how to optimize their life? "Ask yourself, 'Are you happy doing what you're doing?"
2. If you could sit and have a coffee with any living person, who would it be and why? Phil Jackson, book eleven rings
 
 
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Seth Pepper - High-Performance Mental Coach

Seth Pepper - High-Performance Mental Coach

June 6, 2022
Seth Pepper has developed mental training systems that have helped Olympians, World Champions, Netflix film directors, and executives optimize their potential.
 
With over 25 years of experience competing and coaching when the stakes are at their greatest, Seth has seen first-hand the results the power of the mind can deliver … both good and bad. Seth helps elite performers unlock the secret of how to utilize pressure to unlock peak performance. Yes, pressure … can be good.
What would life look like if you could not fail?
 
Timestamps
0:00 - Introduction to show
2:05 - Interview starts
3:29 - Seth explains his journey to become a high performance coach. From his early sporting achievements through to his tougher times that helped him to understand himself at a deeper level.
14:41 - Everything serves us moving forward ... it might not make sense now, but lean into it as it will become evident what the learning is and how you can utilise it to achieve. It may look like a dis-advantage at the time ... but it will become an advantage. Learn as many lessons as you can in the shortest amount of time.
16:03 - Seth taught himself to create a vision for himself. Your thoughts ... become your words ... become your actions.
18:33 - Being given some 'space to explore' can be critical to success. Frank Busch coached Seth, and became a significant mentor in his life. Ironically, Frank was close to quitting coaching to become a realtor at the time he met Seth, but went on to have a very successful coaching career.
22:56 - What appears to be courage, often the ability or openness to look foolish ... Mike Tyson has a quote "It's only delusional if it doesn't come true". Seth explains how his obsession for his vision to win drove him and the techniques he applied to achieve his athletic dreams.
29:21 - How do we optimize dreams. How much does realism come into our vision and goals? Seth explains his definition of the 'flow state' and how he believes we can achieve any goal we set.
33:56 - The movie version meets the reality version - Seth explains how his trajectory to winning nationals and how his early vision intersected with his achievements.
37:59 - Pressure is like a magnifying glass. Being able to handle pressure at critical times is exemplified in Seth's story about this Olympic finals story.
46:05 - The joy in helping others drives Seth today and he explains some of the models around how he applies his life learnings and experiences to help people achieve. Personal experience is a sacred space ... cause it's a battlefield out there. It's an extreme pressure that happens in life that you must experience if you wish to help others achieve.
48:42 - Good coaching is more like an art ... rather than a science. Seth explains his method of coaching elite people.
52:32 - 3 Questions. Do you know who you are, do you know what you want, and are you in control of your life? When you know who you are, you can navigate towards your dreams and goals more efficiently.
55:42 - Seth explains how he helps people to find their 'flow state'. (note to self; Don't make 'death' the consequence to your motivation to get into action)
1:08:43 - Having the winners mindset that you WILL outlast, you WILL out perform, and you WILL improve transfers to any industry, any individual. Seth explains how he works with different people on their confidence. From Netflix Directors, to Salespeople, to Athletes.
1:13:57 - Interview ends
 
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