The Greg Bennett Show
Ryan Bolton - Olympian - Ironman and Marathon Champion Coach

Ryan Bolton - Olympian - Ironman and Marathon Champion Coach

January 18, 2021

Ryan Bolton is a former professional Triathlete and Olympian and now one of the world’s greatest endurance coaches.

With a successful college running career, he made the move to Triathlon and represented the USA at the 2000 Sydney, Olympic Games, and post-Olympics had great success in the world of Ironman.

Combined with his studies in exercise physiology, and master’s in human nutrition, with an emphasis on stress metabolism, He has the perfect background for top-level coaching.

He’s coaching some of the world's greatest endurance athletes including Ironman Ben Hoffman who I had on the show a couple of months back, Boston Marathon champion Caroline Rotich, and young up-and-coming Triathlon star Sam Long.

He’s the founder and head coach at Bolton Endurance and the director of the Harambee (pronounced huh-RAHM-bay) project – which is a group of elite distance runners in Sante Fe, New Mexico. And is also working with USA Triathlon as a technical advisor.

One of the great talents of the world of Triathlon.

In this episode, Ryan discusses his journey into the world of Triathlon, some of his regrets as an athlete, and his transition from athlete to coaching. He shares how he works with each of his incredible athletes, getting them ready for their respective goals. He describes the incredible joy he receives when his athletes achieve and how that joy is far superior to his own moments of success... including the Olympic Games experience.

Ryan is fully invested with each of his athletes and is doing everything he possibly can to make them the greatest.

Chris McCormack interviews Greg Bennett - 2020 Podcast Recap, Greg’s Journey

Chris McCormack interviews Greg Bennett - 2020 Podcast Recap, Greg’s Journey

January 11, 2021
It’s been one year of the Greg Bennett Show, formally Be with Champions. And Greg has had the privilege to have the most wonderful conversations, with the world’s greatest athletes, coaches, doctors, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. It's simply incredible that these incredible people have been willing to come on the show and chat. Some Greg has known but many he's only come to know from these conversations. Greg is tremendously grateful to all of them for coming on and for you for listening and supporting the show.
 
Today’s episode is a little different, Greg is joined by a guest host, in fact, he'll ask most of the questions, former professional athlete and multiple world champion, now businessman and entrepreneur Chris McCormack. Chris like Greg is passionate about all sports and high performance. He is the CEO of the Mana sports and entertainment group, Co-founder of the Superleague Triathlon series, the President of the Bahrain 13 endurance team. He was on episode 8 of the show and an episode you really should go check out.
 
In this episode, Greg and Chris discuss this podcast, review the year and many of the episodes, and then due to several requests, look at Greg's journey and process into the world of endurance sport and why he's doing what he's doing.
 
Greg discusses some of the highlights of the episodes in year 1, and who he'd love to get on the show, and where he'd like the show to go. Greg describes his journey in the sport and gradually finding his strengths and taking control of his life. Greg and Chris conclude by discussing the fundamentals of high performance. Together they share many stories of the past and their shared journeys.
Dr. Tommy Wood - Ancestral Health, Resilience, Sleep, Nutrition, Social Connections

Dr. Tommy Wood - Ancestral Health, Resilience, Sleep, Nutrition, Social Connections

January 4, 2021
In this episode, we discuss Ancestral Health, the benefits of stress, physiologic headroom aka resilience, sleep and circadian rhythm, Nutrition, and Social connections.
 
Dr. Wood shares his thoughts on DNA and genetics, you may be surprised with where he thinks we're at. Plus so much more in this one.
 
A quick recap of Dr. Wood’s background - He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University f Oxford, and a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. He’s worked with the world’s greatest athletes from Formula 1 motorsport to the world’s best endurance athletes. He’s currently on Research faculty at the University of Washington in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focusing on ways to increase resilience, and treat the injury of, the developing brain.
 
His depth of knowledge and ability to communicate detailed scientific literature for the rest of us is truly outstanding and very much appreciated.
Gustav Iden - 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion

Gustav Iden - 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion

December 28, 2020
In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett has an incredible conversation with Gustav Iden. Gustav is spearheading the next generation of superstar triathletes.
 
At 24 he’s already won the IronMan 70.3 world championships and more recently the challenge Daytona PTO championships. Both events had two of the greatest fields ever established in the world of triathlon, and both events he put on a display that indicates that the next generation is here and they’re taking the sport further than any of us thought possible.
 
He’s part of the Norwegian clan that is taking the world by storm alongside his training partners 2019 world championship grand final winner Khristian Blumenfeld and World Triathlon Series podium finisher Casper Stornes.
 
It’s exciting to watch this new generation and the sport of Triathlon continue to summit new heights.
 
In this episode, Gustav describes the impact on his life winning the Ironman 70.3 world title. He shares an incredible story about wearing a Taiwanese hat that he'd found on the side of the road in Japan, to victory at the Ironman 70.3 world title and how that event went viral in Taiwan and had a huge influence on him signing with a Taiwanese bike company Giant bikes because of it. It really is a remarkable story.
 
Gustav describes the fact that he's naturally confident but hopes it doesn't come across as arrogance. He shares the fact that his VO2 max has been tested at 92... which is one of the biggest scores in history. Consider the fact that the average man has a V02 max of around 60 and it's no surprise that Gustav can deliver so much Oxygen around his body.
 
They discuss the Challenge Daytona event in detail and Gustav shares the importance of winning Challenge Daytona to let his fans and sponsors know that the IM 70.3 World title the year before wasn't a fluke.
 
So many great stories in this one.
Paula Findlay - Ironman 70.3 Champion, PTO Champion, World Triathlon series Champion

Paula Findlay - Ironman 70.3 Champion, PTO Champion, World Triathlon series Champion

December 21, 2020
In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett has a delightful conversation with Paula Findlay. Paula has one of the most incredible stories of perseverance.
 
Ten years ago, she burst onto the world scene in dominating fashion. Winning 5 World Triathlon series events in a 12-month window as a 21-year-old. After those events, she dealt with several almost career-ending injuries. And spent the better part of a decade rebuilding herself. In the last few years we’ve started to see glimpses again of the great champion and on Dec 6th, 2020 at the Challenge Daytona, PTO championships, we saw more than a glimpse, we saw the physical prowess, the mental fortitude, and the emotional strength of one of the worlds greatest back on top with a dominating exhibition of how to race a Triathlon.
 
In this episode, Paula describes her journey into the sport and her fast rise to the top. She discusses the effects of being a 21 year old on top of the world and the expectations that went with it. It hasn't been all smooth sailing, Paula has dealt with multi stress fractures all over her body, anemia, and body image issues. But she's kept her passion alive. She's worked with various coaches to try and find the right path. Finally, now with her coach Paula Sousa and her partner Eric Lagerstrom, she is in a great place. You can hear it in her voice. It's been a journey but she's there.
 
She discusses her incredible performance at the Challenge Daytona PTO Championships and so much more.
Dr. Dan Plews - Sports Scientist, World Champion Athlete, Coach, Founder of Endure IQ

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

December 14, 2020
In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett has an entertaining and insightful conversation with Dr. Dan Plews.
 
Dr. Dan Plews is a Doctor of exercise physiology, a world champion Ironman athlete and coach, and founder of endureIQ. His athletic accomplishments are extraordinary. He won the 2018 Age Group Ironman World Championship, was the 1st non-professional athlete to finish, and set an age-group world record of 8hrs 24mins. What’s incredible about that, is he did that whilst still working full-time as a sports scientist and coach.
 
He’s worked with professional Triathletes Tim Van Berkel, Jan Van Berkel, Caroline Steffen, and Terenzo Bozzone and the list goes on, and the New Zealand America’s Cup sailing team.
 
He's one of the world’s greatest minds in endurance sports. He has the practical, personal experience and he has the science.
 
In this episode, Dan describes everything there is to know about HRV (Heart Rate variability). He discusses LCHF (Low Carbohydrate, High "Healthy" Fat) diets. And he discusses how he coaches his athletes by first looking at the event and what it takes to be successful in that event, the individual and what their strengths and weaknesses are, and then what training best fits. Dan shares some entertaining stories of some of the training of the power athletes in the team Emirates New Zealand Americas Cup crew. And how a 4min time trial for men that are raw power... may have been too far.
 
This episode, had Greg laughing at times and then jotting down incredible knowledge at others.
 
Incredible insights and remarkable stories.
Jamie Hunt - Former Professional Triathlete - Co-Founder of Sports apparel brand 2XU

Jamie Hunt - Former Professional Triathlete - Co-Founder of Sports apparel brand 2XU

December 7, 2020

Jamie Hunt is a former professional Triathlete who transitioned into the world of High-Performance sports apparel and co-founded the brand 2XU. He built that brand at a mind-boggling pace, to a brand that had over $100 million in transactions a year and sold for a 9-figure sum.

His passion, energy, and hard work were evident as an athlete. We raced each other throughout the 90s and he was a part of the exceptional group of Kiwis that took the world by storm. He took that same passion, energy, and hard work into the world of fabrics and brand building and never looked back.

He’s one of the most genuine down-to-earth men you could meet and combines that with a driven competitive streak that has fueled him to be one of the world’s great high performers.

Jamie is incredibly open and vulnerable in this episode. His journey from being left of the NZ Olympic team to the co-founder of the High-performance endurance and compression brand 2XU is incredibly inspiring.

His drive to produce the world's greatest products and his relentless pursuit of looking to do things better is grounded by his family, community, faith, and his physical training.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing. His family have had to pack up and move, he was on the road for 200 days a year for 13 years and he’s dealt with depression brought on by his anxiety. But, he has come out the other side wiser and more in control of his life. He understands what’s important to him and he’s making it happen.

So many lessons and great advice. His passion is truly contagious.

Holly Lawrence - Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Holly Lawrence - Ironman 70.3 World Champion

November 30, 2020

Holly Lawrence is one of the world's greatest Triathletes.

She’s won almost 50% of the Ironman 70.3s she’s started in since 2012 or even better 65% of the races started since 2016. And, when not winning, she’s on the podium every time she races. That includes the world championships…which she won in 2016. Then after dealing with an almost career-ending injury in 2018, she came back in 2019 with a 2nd place.

In the world of endurance sport, she is still incredibly young, and I feel she’s only scratched the surface of her potential, and really, I’m excited for her next 5-10 years.

In this episode, Holly describes how she's taken control of her life, learned to manage expectations and her own emotions.

She's incredibly passionate about the sport of Triathlon and feels fortunate to be able to do it professionally. She describes how feeling grateful for the opportunity to train and race as a professional is helping her performances.

Terenzo Bozzone - Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Ironman Champion

Terenzo Bozzone - Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Ironman Champion

November 23, 2020

Terenzo Bozzone is one of the world’s greatest endurance athletes… with over 47 wins including 33 Ironman 70.3 and numerous ironman victories. He has 5 World Championship titles in Triathlon, duathlon, and his 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Title.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, he’s had enormous setbacks with Achilles injuries and eventually surgeries and a frightening accident in 2018 when he was taken out by a truck on his bike. But he continues to rebound and rebuild and come back stronger and better.

Never a smile off his face, you’d be hard-pressed to meet a better man. We’ve been mates for almost 20 years and raced each other for over a decade.

In this episode, Terenzo describes the difficult mental, physical, and emotional journey back from an almost career and life-ending accident. He struggled with Concussion symptoms for months after the accident... headaches that would last a week at a time. He won Ironman Western Australia 5 months after the accident using the desire to show his kids the importance of never giving up even when the chips are down to empower him to victory.

He discusses his hopes of going to the Olympics but missing out due to politics in sport. He regrouped and went on to win the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships the same year as the Games.

We discuss sleep and recovery, mountain biking, supplements, and mental strategies and so much more.

Ben Hoffman - 8 Time Ironman Champion

Ben Hoffman - 8 Time Ironman Champion

November 16, 2020
In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett has a powerful conversation with Ben Hoffman. Ben is one of the world's greatest Ironman athletes.
 
For 15 years Ben has chased the dream of being the very best in the world and he’s on the verge of making that happen with a 2nd and two 4th’s at the Kona Ironman World Championships, He has 7 Ironman Victories, 7 Ironman 70.3 wins and when he’s not winning he’s on the podium.
 
In fact, in 2019 Ironman Florida, finished 2nd in a time of 7:48:29 – and in doing so the fastest Ironman marathon ever recorded at 2:36:09 – That is an incredible sub-6-minute mile pace or more specifically 5 minutes 57 seconds per mile or 3.42 per km for the entire marathon.
 
He has a relentless work ethic and there is no doubt the Ironman World title is within his grasp.
 
Ben describes his journey into the sport of Triathlon. He describes moments of self-doubt and questioning whether he should continue to reaching podiums in some of the world's biggest Ironman events. Dealing with his 2018 injury and the gratefulness he felt to come back and race in 2019 and win his 3rd South African Ironman, placing 4th at the World Championships and run the fastest ever marathon in an Ironman at the Florida Ironman in 2019.
 
Ben describes his sleep routine, what supplements he uses, and the importance of each member of his team. Finally, Ben gives incredible takeaways on how he uses various mental strategies to optimize himself.
 
Ben concludes with one final statement - The importance of mindset - "So much of top-level racing is a mindset - Self Belief, the Passion, the Hunger, the Desire to suffer, and also having things in your life be aligned and your relationships and have gratefulness for your life"
 

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