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Simon Ward, award-winning triathlon coach, sharing insights on how to improve your triathlon performance with a High Performance Human approach to life.

Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast Simon Ward

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 18 Ratings

Simon Ward, award-winning triathlon coach, sharing insights on how to improve your triathlon performance with a High Performance Human approach to life.

    The Urban Challenger takes on Outlaw X * Michael Adeniran

    The Urban Challenger takes on Outlaw X * Michael Adeniran

    The first triathlon book I read was by 6-time Ironman World Champion Dave ’The Man’ Scott. I was inspired by his stories but he was superhuman, right, so I could never really be like him. I tried some of his workouts and they either left me defeated, broken, or worse still injured. If I could have just found a triathlon book by some regular guy or girl.

    What I've really enjoyed in 5 years of recording this podcast is getting to talk to people just like you and me. Recreational athletes, weekend warriors if you like, who have similar day-to-day challenges.

    Planning training around children and work or learning to swim. Basically adjusting to the demands of life.

    Today's guest is one such person, Michael Adeniran a.k.a. The Urban Challenger who will be racing at Outlaw X in late September. Michael is one of 4 Outlaw ambassadors we have in 2022 and as he prepares for the event he's sharing his training journey with his 10,000+ followers on Instagram. Michael is joined on the call by his young daughter Amaia, his biggest fan, so you might hear her in the background as we chat about:

    Becoming the Urban Challenger
    Keeping fit during the pandemic
    Being an ‘influencer'
    Learning to swim
    Training for Outlaw X

    To find out more about Michael please use these links:

    Instagram: @theurbanchallenger - this is where he hangs out most

    Twitter: @urbn_challenger

    Also his website - Theurbanchallenger.com

     

    You might like this blog post by Michael about 'Preparing for your first triathlon’

     

    Michael also recommended the following books by Robert Greene

    Mastery 

    48 Laws of Power

    To download your FREE case study on how to excel at your first Ironman, please CLICK HERE

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 58 min
    How a stable environment influences our success and performance * Jodie Swallow, Legend of British Triathlon

    How a stable environment influences our success and performance * Jodie Swallow, Legend of British Triathlon

    Some time ago, I made an executive decision that as well as celebrating the current state of the British Triathlon elite performances we should also celebrate those athletes who came before. They are the foundation of the sport in this country and so I decided to have a sub-section of the Podcast called Legends of British Triathlon

     

    One of those legends is this week's guest, Jodie Swallow. Jodie is an Olympian and a former world champion at both ITU Long distance and 70.3. Jodie retired from the sport in 2017 and has since become a full-time coach (you can find details of her coaching business in the show notes). She is also a mother of 3, including twins. It was really nice to catch up and reminisce and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

    As usual, we get into a lot of subjects including:

    The winning mentality
    How a stable environment has a positive influence on our performance and life
    Eating disorders in endurance athletes 
    The lack of female coaches in any sport and at the highest level

    To find out more about Jodie, please visit:

    Website CunnamaCoaching.co.uk

    Instagram @jodieswallowcoaching 

    Email cunnamaj@gmail.com for coaching enquiries with Jodie or squad coaches 

     

    Jodie is an exceptional swimmer. CLICK HERE to watch a SwimSmooth video outlining Jodie’s awesome technique.

     

    This is a link to the blog post that Jodie wrote in 2012 about Elite female athletes and eating disorders.

     

    Jodie also recommended these 3 books:

    The School for Good Mothers - Jessamine Chan - A horrifying yet funny novel about society's current views on women

    Three Women - Lisa Taddeo 

    Healthy Intelligent training - Keith Livingstone 

    To download your FREE case study on how to excel at your first Ironman, please CLICK HERE

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Why shorter crank lengths on your TT bike might be the answer for a better triathlon run leg * Phil Burt

    Why shorter crank lengths on your TT bike might be the answer for a better triathlon run leg * Phil Burt

    I’ve ridden bikes since I was 4 which means I've owned a lot of bikes. I started cycling a bit more seriously when I was 18 and I can honestly say that until I was in my early 50’s I rode the bike that I purchased from the shop. I never changed crank lengths, handlebar width, or even the saddle. Apparently, that makes me a macro adjuster, just like Geraint Thomas, although that and the fact that we both ride bikes regularly is where the similarity stops.

    Cycle training typically occupies 45-50% of a triathlete's weekly programme. The longer your chosen race distance, the more time you need in the saddle so bike fit is a crucial element. Today I'm joined by Phil Burt, a physiotherapist by training. After a long career supporting the world’s best at three Olympic Games and seven Tour de Frances, Burt is now concentrating on using his expertise to help cyclists at all levels to improve their health, comfort, and performance. I learned a lot from this call, as I hope you do, including why I should probably have a bike fit after 58 years. I also learned about:

    3 pillars of bike fit
    Why you should have a bike fit before you buy your new bike
    How a bike fitter can make a difference in performance
    Why the saddle is the most important part of a TT bike
    Why shorter crank lengths on your TT bike might lead to a better run
    Are you a macro adjuster, or a micro adjuster?
    3 simple fixes you can make immediately for a better bike fit
    Strength training for triathletes

    To find out more about Phil and the services he offers, please visit him at:

    Website PhilBurtInnovation

    Facebook - Philburtinnov

    Twitter @PhilBurtInnov

    Instagram PhilBurtInnov

    YouTube Phil Burt Innovation

    Linked In PhilBurtInnov

     

    In this video, Phil explains his new approach to bike fit, performance, and comfort

     

    Phil also recommended these books:

    Start with Why by Simon Sinek 

    Breath by James’s Nestor 

    To download your FREE case study on how to excel at your first Ironman, please CLICK HERE

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Guiding a visually impaired triathlete at the Commonwealth Games * Duncan Shea Simmonds and Iain Dawson

    Guiding a visually impaired triathlete at the Commonwealth Games * Duncan Shea Simmonds and Iain Dawson

    Here's a challenge for you. Put on a blindfold and then ask a friend to run with you. I guarantee that you’ll find it incredibly stressful!

    Now imagine swimming, biking, and running not just the two of you but with other competitors around you. Finally, imagine doing this at a pace that will allow you to break a world record or win a world championship medal. 

    Guiding a visually impaired triathlete doesn’t just mean having great fitness. It also requires great communication skills and the ability to build trust with your partner. Today's guest is Duncan Shea Simmonds. Duncan has been guiding for several years firstly with Haseeb Ahmed, and more recently with Iain Dawson who also joins us on today's show. Iain is a B3 visually impaired athlete and Duncan is his guide. In a few days' time they will be racing for Team England at the Para Commonwealth Games in the PTVI category. It’s super exciting for both as it's their first time competing at the Commonwealth Games. I’ve known Duncan for a long time so firstly we catch up about his triathlon career to date and some of our shared experiences, and then how he got into the guiding role. In the second half, Iain joins us for a 3-way discussion on how it all works. There’s more to it than you might think.

    We talk about:

    Average age grouper to Commonwealth Games
    Skills and tactics required for guiding
    Trust and communication

    If you’d like to follow Duncan on social media he tends to hang out at the following places:

    Instagram @dss123

    Twitter @dss123

     

    Duncan also recommended this book by one of the triathlon legends:

    Scott Tinley - "Racing the Sunset”  - An athlete’s quest for life after sport

     

    Please CLICK HERE to watch a video of Duncan and Iain swimming. You can see exactly how synchronised they are. 

    To download your FREE case study on how to excel at your first Ironman, please CLICK HERE

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Decision making under pressure, and how it can affect your performance * Pete McCarthy

    Decision making under pressure, and how it can affect your performance * Pete McCarthy

    Several years ago, I listened to Craig Alexander (3-time Ironman World Champion) talking about who might win that year's edition of the race in Hawaii. He noted that there were 10-12 athletes who had the potential to win the event but only 4-5 who would be in the mix come the run. The remainder would have discounted themselves due to poor decision-making.

    Note that he didn't say they weren’t strong enough on the bike or fast enough on the run! In this instance the poor decisions could have been: pushing too hard early on the bike, holding back too long on the run, nutrition strategy, or just poor choices leading up to the race.

    These problems are not exclusive to elite athletes. We all have decisions to make throughout the day and they have a greater bearing on our life performance than we probably ever consider.

    Today's guest is a member of my SWAT tribe, Pete McCarthy. Pete is Head of Human Factors at Cathay Pacific airline and we're going to chat about how they utilise science around performance (both physiological and psychological)  to keep their pilots performing at their best. Working around jet lag, loss of sleep, well-being, and positive mental health as well as how to shift from a focus on negative performance to a positive environment. All of these elements affect how the flight crew makes decisions before and during a flight, especially under pressure. It's a fascinating conversation and I’m pretty sure you’ll find some nuggets in here to help improve your performance.

    How a family tragedy klick started Pete’s triathlon career
    Well-being and positive mental health 
    Sleep, fatigue, and fatigue risk management and how these impact decision making
    How to shift your focus from negative to positive performance when assessing training and racing performances
    Teamwork and communication
    How decision making and problem-solving will influence your triathlon performance

    To read more about Pete’s daughter please check out this article 

    Cardiac risk in the young could impact all of us. Please take a few minutes to visit their website to find out about the valuable work they do and how you might be able to help please go to: Cardiac Risk in the Young

    To find out more about Pete please visit this page at Cranfield University https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/people/peter-mccarthy-581115

    The PERMA model we chatted about https://positivepsychology.com/perma-model/ 

    Pilot wellbeing https://skybrary.aero/sites/default/files/bookshelf/4310.pdf

    https://safetydifferently.com - Stories of safety and other successes

     

    Pete also recommends the following books:

    Just Culture - Professor Sidney Dekker - (reflects my professional thinking and approach)

    Any Ordinary Day - Leigh Sales - (reinforces the need to live our lives, be kind and have empathy for others)

    The Art of Resilience - Ross Edgley

    Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

    Dare to Tri- Louise Minchen 

     

    To download your FREE case study on how to excel at your first Ironman, please CLICK HERE

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Overcoming the Odds: Recovering from Chronic Fatigue to be a 3 time World Champion…again! * Anna Hemmings

    Overcoming the Odds: Recovering from Chronic Fatigue to be a 3 time World Champion…again! * Anna Hemmings

    We’ve had a few guests on the show who've chatted about Heart Rate Variability as a way of measuring fitness and recovery. Today's guest, Anna Hemmings, is Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker with a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals, 9 of them gold. She is now a leading inspirational speaker on resilience and high performance. 

    By the age of 24, Anna had been World Champion 3 times and competed at the Olympic Games.  In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for her services to sport.  She achieved this success against all the odds. At the peak of her career, Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told by medical experts she might never race again.  She battled her way to full recovery and went on to win a further 3 world titles and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. 

    Since retiring from sport Anna has become recognised as a specialist in the field of resilience and the psychology of high performance. She is an accredited Leadership Coach and founded Beyond the Barriers high performance training consultancy. Anna has worked with CEO’s and senior leaders through to middle management, designing and delivering resilience, leadership and high performing teams programmes.

    There are some fascinating crossovers with previous podcasts on breathing and stress management and you can use some of Anna’s lessons in your sporting performances as well, like managing anxiety before an open water swim.

    Some of the topics discussed include:

    The value of group training for mental health
    Overtraining vs chronic fatigue and how to recognise the signs
    Recovery from chronic fatigue
    How to use a simple 2-minute breathing practice to raise your HRV
    Learning to listen to your body and understanding the connection between mind and body
    Self-compassion and resilience

    If you’d like to follow Anna Hemmings she has a couple of websites:

    www.annahemmings.com

    www.beyondthebarriers.co.uk

    And you also can find her on the following social media channels:

     

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-hemmings-mbe/

    Twitter: @annahemmings

     

    The HeartMath Institute - founded in 1991, the HeartMath Institute has developed reliable, scientifically validated tools that help people reduce and avoid stress while experiencing increased peace, satisfaction, and self-security.

    Join our SWAT/High Performance Human tribe now, with a happiness guarantee! Join SWAT/High Performance Human tribe here

    Purchase a copy of my High Performance Human e-book featuring more than 30 top tips on how to upgrade your life.

    If you would like to help offset the cost of our podcast production, we would be so grateful.  Please click here to support the HPH podcast.  Thank you!

    Visit Simon's website for more information about his coaching programmes.  Links to all of Simon's social media channels can be found here.  For any questions please email Beth@TheTriathlonCoach.com.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

skinzfan ,

Wide ranging guests with knowledgeable host

Simon books a great range of triathlon, fitness and wellness experts and makes it accessible for the every day triathlete. One of my favorite podcasts!

sbrrbs ,

The whole triathlete

Simon's podcast is excellent, as it considers the whole person, not just swim, bike and run. I like the focus on sleep, nutrition, stength and mobility. Plus he has a wide variety of guests. And Simon is quite down to Earth!

Big Beefstew ,

Triathlon training explained

Simon Ward’s podcast is great information for anyone thinking about or currently enjoying the great sport of triathlon. He gets guests from all areas associated with endurance sports and has them explain what works for them. His stories are great, interesting, and give you multiple looks of different ways to succeed in becoming the best endurance you. I enjoy listening to him on the trainer or driving and he gives out so much good info that I’ll listen to a podcast multiple times. Great accent too! Recommend this cast.

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