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Dr. Dan Plews - Sports Scientist, Athlete, Coach, Founder of Endure IQ

Dr. Dan Plews - Sports Scientist, Athlete, Coach, Founder of Endure IQ

January 17, 2022
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In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg chats to Dr. Dan Plews. Dan is one of the most requested guests. He appeared on episode 50 and 77 of TGBS, so be sure to go add those to your playlist.
 
Dan Plews is an Applied Sports Scientist, Researcher and coach.
As a Sports Scientist (specialising in the area of Physiology) Dan has worked closely with athletes who have won more than 25 world and Olympic titles in the sports of rowing, kayak and triathlon. Athletes include Mahe Drysdale, Lisa Carrington, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond.
As a researcher, Dan completed his PhD in the area of applied heart rate variability (HRV). This work focused on implementing and validating methods regarding the application of HRV to track training adaptation in elite athletes.
Since then, Dan has gone onto having more than 21 peer-reviewed publications in the area of applied sports science.
Dan is seriously passionate about endurance sport, particularly Ironman triathlon, where he has coached 3 athletes under the 8-hour barrier. He lives and breathes it, and is a competitive Ironman athlete himself. In 2018 he broke the amateur course record at Ironman New Zealand by more than 10 minutes in a time of 8 hr 35 min. Dan thrives on continuous learning and being on the cutting edge of applied sports science. He often throws himself into the depths of new science, measurements and self-quantification to find out first hand the effects that they have on training adaptation.
 
He’s one of the world’s greatest minds in endurance sports. He has the practical and personal experience, and he has the science.
 
See the timestamps below for more detail.
 
Timestamps
 
0:00 - Introduction to show.
2:07 - Introduction to Dr. Dan Plews.
5:21 - As Head of Performance Physiology Canoe Racing New Zealand, Dan worked with the Women's Olympic Kayak team during the Tokyo Olympics. Dan discusses his involvement and outlines Lisa Carrington's outstanding performance.
7:56 - Dan talks about how he met and started to work with Javier Gomez
11:57 - Understanding Javier's data and working in the lab was an important approach in establishing the performance gap for Dan while working towards a winning 'gold standard'. Monitoring his HRV via an Oura, and establishing his aerobic threshold, fat oxidation, fat max, anaerobic threshold.
18:08 - Having talked previously and extensively about heart rate variability (HRV), Greg opens the discussion with Dan about health tips for us all in 2022. Dan explains what his best purchases for his own health have been. Ice baths and Saunas.
19:08 - Dan describes how the research has proven the benefits that ice baths provide for us all, not only pro athletes. From a wellbeing and mental health perspective, ice baths improve mood states.
21:52 - Greg and Dan discuss noradrenalin, an organic chemical in the catecholamine family that functions in the brain and body as both a hormone and neurotransmitter. ... The general function of norepinephrine is to mobilize the brain and body for action. Ice baths have been popularized by Wim Hoff - https://www.wimhofmethod.com/
23:34 - Some of protocols Dr. Dan Plews recommends around ice bathing, time, temperature, frequency. Dan uses a chest freezer converted into an ice bath.
33:02 - Saunas ... what are they good for? What works best, infrared, or steam?
39:58 - Greg asks Dan, what was his best purchase under $100 - HRV app ... https://www.hrv4training.com/ - Shakti mat - https://www.shaktimats.com/ - Whoop - https://www.whoop.com/
42:22 - For triathlon, what are the different tests Dr. Dan Plews recommends to go and do ... and explains his view on monitoring the salt levels in sweat.
51:35 - Dr Dan Plews has plenty of answers to many questions via the AnyQuestion app.
54:51 - Dan explains how he balances his personal training, with his coaching.
56:49 - How would Dan coach an athlete that had one leg stronger than the other.
01:01:13 - Sign up for Dr. Dan Plews bi-weekly newsletter - The Endure IQ Brew Up over @ https://www.endureiq.com/
01:01:57 - Dan answers some rapid fire questions from athletes, including the most gifted book Dan has given people - Groundedness - by Brad Stulberg
01:06:59 - When Dan thinks of 'success', who does he think of?
 
Conclude
What's 2022 look like for Dr. Dan Plews.
 
Links
Be sure and check out bennettendurance.com
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From the archives: Tim Don - 4 x World Champion, 3 x Olympian, Ironman World Record holder, ”Man with the Halo”

From the archives: Tim Don - 4 x World Champion, 3 x Olympian, Ironman World Record holder, ”Man with the Halo”

January 10, 2022

Tim Don has been a fierce competitor a peer, and a friend, for almost 20 years. 

He has an unbelievable resume of performances which includes 4 world champion titles, 3 Olympic Games, and a world record in the Ironman of 7.40.23, but this is only one part of this man’s journey. 

Three days prior to the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championships, where he was a heavy favorite he was struck by a car and broke a vertebra in his neck. His process in dealing with this incredible setback and his journey back to the top of the world is truly one of the most inspiring stories you will ever hear.

From the archives: Kate Courtney - Cross Country Mountain Bike World Champion and World Cup Series Champion

From the archives: Kate Courtney - Cross Country Mountain Bike World Champion and World Cup Series Champion

January 3, 2022

Kate Courtney is one of the world’s greatest mountain bikers. 

In 2017, at 21 years old, she won the U23 world cup series. A year later she won the elite world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
And in the following year in 2019, she won the elite world cup overall. 

She’s surrounded herself with an incredible team to help on her journey. Including her family, Scott-SRAM racing, and many other supporters.

Her will-power to do something great is next level. This episode is entertaining, informative, and above all, inspiring!

From the archives: Craig Alexander - Five time Ironman World Champion

From the archives: Craig Alexander - Five time Ironman World Champion

December 27, 2021
For the past two years, Greg has chatted with the world's greatest athletes and high performers, to find out how they got to the top of the world, and how they are able to sustain it.
 
Over the next 4 weeks ... having searched through the archives, we've found some exceptional episodes that we are wrapping up in a bow and "re-gifting" to you.
First up is Craig Alexander.
 

Craig Alexander is one of the greatest and most recognizable endurance athletes on the planet. He has 5 World Championship titles which include 3 Kona Ironman World Championships and 2 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. At 46, he continues to defy age and race with tremendous success as a professional Triathlete. A wealth of knowledge and experience.

Greg & Laura Bennett celebrate 100+ episodes

Greg & Laura Bennett celebrate 100+ episodes

December 20, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

This week Greg is joined by his lovely wife, mum to their two children, and former Olympian and professional triathlete, Laura Bennett.

Laura is a multiple US Olympic Triathlete, four time World Championships medalist, and four time US National Champion. She’s an NCAA championship winning swimmer from SMU (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 number 1 ranked triathlete and narrowly missed winning the world series in 2003. 

Greg and Laura talk through the past 2 years of producing over 100 episodes of The Greg Bennett Show. Their fav eps, what they have learnt from interviewing the world's best triathletes and high performers, and then they give us their vision for the coming year.

Sam Renouf - CEO - Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO)

Sam Renouf - CEO - Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO)

December 13, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

This week Greg chats with CEO of the PTO … Sam Renouf.

Sam is a former elite triathlete from Great Britain, and he also served as a commentator for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

His vision and passion for what the sport of Triathlon can be is contagious.

Lucy Charles-Barclay - part 2 - 🏆Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION - 🥇Ironman 70.3 European Champion 2021

Lucy Charles-Barclay - part 2 - 🏆Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION - 🥇Ironman 70.3 European Champion 2021

December 6, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

This week’s episode continues the discussion with 70.3 World Triathlon Champion, Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Lucy is the current number 1 ranked Triathlete in the world, and the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.

Lucy is consistently on the podium in any race, any distance and format. Winning ironman’s and 70.3 Ironman’s all around the world, and finishing 2nd three times at the Ironman Kona World championships.

Go to AnyQuestion.com/Lucy to ask Lucy follow-up questions and hear other answers from Lucy, and all the other Experts on the platform.

Lucy Charles-Barclay - 🏆Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION - 🥇Ironman 70.3 European Champion 2021

Lucy Charles-Barclay - 🏆Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION - 🥇Ironman 70.3 European Champion 2021

November 29, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

This week’s episode is epic! Not only do we celebrate the 100th episode of The Greg Bennett Show, but Greg also interviews 70.3 World Triathlon Champion, Lucy Charles-Barclay.

She is the current number 1 ranked Triathlete in the world, and the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.

Lucy is consistently on the podium in any race, any distance and format. Winning ironman’s and 70.3 Ironman’s all around the world, and finishing 2nd three times at the Ironman Kona World championships.

Lucy’s competitors know that when she’s on the start line it’s going to be flat out from the gun. 

In her pursuit for greatness, she also remains down to earth, close to her family and friends … and always has a smile for the cameras.

Go to AnyQuestion.com/Lucy to ask Lucy follow-up questions and hear other answers from Lucy and all the other Experts on the platform.

Rudy von Berg - one of the most successful middle-distance triathletes

Rudy von Berg - one of the most successful middle-distance triathletes

November 22, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

In this week’s episode, Greg chats with one of the most successful middle-distance triathletes, Rudy von Berg.

2019 saw a breakthrough performance and a World Championship podium for the fast-rising Rodolphe Von Berg. But, when you are already part of a triathlon dynasty long before you turn 30, there are still plenty more chapters to be written in the sporting history of RVB.

The sport of triathlon truly runs through the veins of the Von Berg family. Rodolphe Sr continues to be one of the best in the world in his category, still racing with success into his 60s. With his son’s progress to date, the dynasty has many years to run yet.

“My earliest memory of him racing was in Kona at the IRONMAN World Championship in 1998 when I was 5 years old,” says ‘Junior’, who is now doing a fine job of forging his own direction in the sport, a path which he hopes in due course will lead him to the top step of the podium on the Big Island.

“As a kid, you definitely tell yourself, ‘One day I’ll be here with the top pros to try and win it!’ Kona will always be the number one race to win for me in my career.”

While success on Alii’s Drive may be a few years off yet - he’s yet to even start over the iron distance - his rapid progress, race wins and Championship titles over the Middle Distance confirm that his career path is heading firmly in the right direction.

timestamps

09:54 - Greg dives into Rudy’s journey into the sport of triathlon.

22:18 - Rudy talks about his events in 2020 with fascinating detail.

26:02 - Rudy explains how his passion for endurance sport began and how his father has inspired him throughout his career.

31:08 - A little retro 80’s flashback … Greg and Rudy talk about triathlon over the past decades … to current day standards.

37:47 - Rudy and Greg discuss the point in Rudy’s career when he recognised and believed he could be a professional athlete.

40:55 - Having taken down many of the biggest names in the sport, Rudy and Greg discuss who is still on his list to beat.

50:23 - 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions

  1. What is your favorite family vacation?
  2. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
  3. First car you owned?
  4. How many episodes of the Greg Bennett Show have you listened to?
  5. Two most-used apps on your phone?
  6. Out of 10, how cool would you say you are.
  7. If you could swap jobs with anyone else, who would it be?
  8. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?
  9. First job?
  10. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
  11. What dinner could you prepare? Three guests’ non-family you would invite? 
  12. Which decade of music is the best?
  13. Should pineapple be allowed on Pizza?
  14. Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?
  15. Greatest movie of all time?

01:08:01 - Rudy talks about his sponsors.

Taylor Knibb - Professional Triathlete & U.S 2020 Olympic🥈Medalist

Taylor Knibb - Professional Triathlete & U.S 2020 Olympic🥈Medalist

November 15, 2021

Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. 

Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. 

In this week’s episode, Greg chats with U.S Triathlete, Taylor Knibb.

Taylor Knibb is 23 and has already taken the world by storm. Her win at the WTS Yokohama event at the start of 2021 earned her an Olympic spot for the US team in Tokyo. In Tokyo, her performance in the mixed relay was one of the most powerful performances of the day, earning herself, and her team the silver medal.

A few weeks after the Games, she went on a stampede. She placed 2nd at the Boulder 70.3. Second at the WTS Montreal. Won the WTS Grand Final in Edmonton, then smashed the incredible field at the Collins Cup in Samorin, Slovakia on a road bike with the fastest time by over 3 minutes, and then wrapped it up, by finishing 3rd at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Add to that her Junior and U23 World Titles ... and wow ... the future of women’s triathlon is truly here. 

Her current PTO World Ranking is 4th in the world – and that ranking does not include the Olympics or World series events.

On top of all that, she’s one of the sweetest, most down to earth women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know.

 

timestamps

09:56 - Greg asks Taylor if she is pleased with all your career decisions she has  had to make to date.

20:53 - Taylor talks about her time at University and being one of 10  (TEN!) family members to have previously attended Cornell university.

27:12 - Greg rewinds the clock with Taylor and they discuss her first triathlon, and her first run (at age 4!) plus her motivation to start entering races … and it wasn’t to win ...

31:16 - Taylor and Greg discuss her U23 World Championship versus her junior world titles.

36:04 - Greg asks Taylor about her race tactics.

38:17 - Taylor and Greg discuss the U.S Olympic team trials in 2019 and how Taylor prepared for Yokohama.

46:53 - What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

54:52 - Taylor talks through a typical training day.

1:02:54 - Greg and Taylor chat about how, at only 23 years of age being thrust onto the world triathlon stage … she optimizes her life ... from race nerves, to confidence and self belief.

1:09:27 - Greg asks Taylor, if she could sit and have a coffee with ANYONE in the world, who would it be …

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