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I was once one of the fittest athletes in the World and a multiple Ironman Champion. People tend to think champion athletes may seem like they are blessed with super powers and immune to issues that most “mortals” face. But on the inside, we are all human and experience the same challenges and controversies that any “normal” person does in their day-to-day life. This show will go beneath the surface with some of the world’s best athletes and experts to share never-told stories and knowledge that will inspire and educate everyone – athlete or otherwise – on how to live our fullest.

The Chris Lieto Podcast Chris Lieto

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

I was once one of the fittest athletes in the World and a multiple Ironman Champion. People tend to think champion athletes may seem like they are blessed with super powers and immune to issues that most “mortals” face. But on the inside, we are all human and experience the same challenges and controversies that any “normal” person does in their day-to-day life. This show will go beneath the surface with some of the world’s best athletes and experts to share never-told stories and knowledge that will inspire and educate everyone – athlete or otherwise – on how to live our fullest.

    Craig Alexander : Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion

    Craig Alexander : Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion

    Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion 
     


    “Just continue to push just lean into and push, and at no second give up.  Because at the end a race is just a collection of moments, a collection of time, a collection of seconds, and you want to win ever second and every battle you have with yourself...” - Craig Alexander


     


    Craig Alexander is a 3 x Ironman World Champion and a 2 x Ironman 70.3 World Champion.  He has over 50 victories in other Ironman and 70.3 victories around the World.  He is one of the best to ever compete in the sport of triathlon.  He dominated in the short course olympic distance then he moved up to Ironman later in his career to set new records and dominate the sport for years.  During his reign as the best Ironman athlete he and I raced against each other a lot and we had some great battles.  During those years I finished 2nd a lot to him and was runner up to 2 of his World Championships both with close finishes.  I have the greatest respect for him and we cultivated a friendship through racing because of the journey it took us both through.  


    In this episode we go back and talk about a couple specific races and the thought process and mindset we both went through and how those races unfolded.  Through these discussions I realized something I would have never guessed in a million years.  Someone I thought was the most sure and confident person dealt with self doubt on a constant basis.  Hear how Craig dealt with that and how he overcame doubt to be one of the best Ironman athletes ever and an athlete that is still racing at 48 and winning races.  


    This was a great discussion, but I look forward to talking even more in the future.  


     


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    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS
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    Coros watches
    Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.


     


    SHOW NOTES
    Check out Craig here:    Instagram 


     


    In this episode, we discuss:



    How we brought the best out of each other racing





    Racing together at the Honu or Hawaii Ironman 70.3





    The fight at Ironman Boise 70.3  





    Craigs Mindset or Montra





    Being self aware through your mind and

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Chris Lieto : Dealing with Identity, Training, and a little more Insight

    Chris Lieto : Dealing with Identity, Training, and a little more Insight

    Dealing with Identity, Training, and a little more Insight
     


    “You finish no matter what… but Sometimes in life you have things that you have to look at and you need to correct or you need to withdraw or just need to reevaluate...” - Chris Lieto


     


    This episode I wanted to share a little more about myself and my journey racing. I go into a little more detail why I stopped racing and why I was quiet when I slipped into retirement. What injuries I had to deal with and how I am managing those things still to this day. I wanted to share a little more of my life outside of racing and why my family decided to move to Hawaii full time. I also go into some race stories and my philosophy of training and my mental approach to racing. I also answer the question why I enjoy consulting and coaching people and the time it takes to really help see someone succeed. It has a lot more to do with having a relationship and understanding of that person besides just giving them physical workouts. I hope you enjoy this episode and get to know a little more about me beyond just my racing results and awards. Thank you for listening and giving me feedback and questions for future episodes. Aloha!


     


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    Addaday
    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    Gatorade Endurance
    If you are racing your mind has to be prepared and so does your body. That's why it's important to train with what's on course. Gatorade endurance formula hydrates and fuels athletes on over 300 race courses.  Visit gatoradeendurance.com and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS
    Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO


     


    Coros watches
    Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.


     


    SHOW NOTES
    Check out the following:  | Website  |  Instagram 


     


    In this episode, we discuss:



    Why and how we moved to the Big Island of Hawaii





    What we love about living in Kailua Kona Hawaii





    What I have been up to since I stopped racing





    Consulting, Coaching, Real Estate





    Being a parent and raising our kids in Hawaii





    Pressures of racing and expectations





    Finding what’s important and focusing on family





    Racing stories from Ironman World Championship and other rac

    • 1 hr 4 min
    CJ Hobgood : Desire, Design, and Destiny

    CJ Hobgood : Desire, Design, and Destiny

    “Having the faith that it is going to work out, regardless of how dire it can seem at times, how far it can seem but just having the faith that it is going to work out and you are going to get to your destiny...” - CJ Hobgood


     


    CJ Hobgood is a World Champion Surfer who worked his way up the ranks in the surfing world from a young age. CJ was raised in Florida where the waves may have been small but he grew to excel at waves of all sizes. CJ has won events all over the world and was at the top of the sport of surfing for over 16 years on the Pro Tour known as the World Surf League, www.worldsurfleague.com .


    CJ and His twin brother released a documentary of their lives growing up and what it was like to live and compete in the Pro Tour, “And Two if by Sea”.


    This conversation with CJ was the first time we got to talk with each other and have a discussion. We exchanged a couple text messages and emails to set up our conversation, but you will hear from our time together that we have a lot more in common than you would think. CJ is a great athlete and a great human as you will see. Enjoy the episode…


     


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    ADDADAY
    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    GATORADE ENDURANCE
    If you are racing your mind has to be prepared and so does your body. That's why it's important to train with what's on course. Gatorade endurance formula hydrates and fuels athletes on over 300 race courses.  Visit gatoradeendurance.com and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS
    Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO


     


    COROS WATCHES
    Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.


    SHOW NOTES
    Check out CJ Hobgood at the following:  Documentary | Website  |  Instagram 


     


    Places to watch CJ’s Documentary "And Two if by Sea" : RedBull | Amazon Prime


     


     


    In this episode, we discuss:



    Living from your design





    Enjoying new things and giving new perspectives to your journey





    Sometimes just “Showing Up” is all you need to do.





    Could CJ have gotten more out of his performance with the new things he has learned





    What would CJ teach himself if he could go back in time





    How do we allow doubt to come in and how do we manage that voice





    His transition from Professional Surfing to his new career





    CJ’s perspective on his per

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Dr. Stacy Sims : Differences Between Men & Women's Approach to Fueling & Training

    Dr. Stacy Sims : Differences Between Men & Women's Approach to Fueling & Training

    “What are their goals? Inherently you can bring someones goals down to three things. Are you trying to get stronger, and fitter, and faster for an event? Are you trying to improve aesthetics and body composition? or Are you just training for health parameters? and usually people will fall into one of those. Then you can find out what their overarching and driving goal is - that’s when you can have the conversation.” - Dr. Stacy Sims


     


    Dr. Stacy Sims is a leader in research on differences between men and women in training. She has spent the last decade focusing on how to improve women's experiences, life, and the correct approach to training, recovery, and fuel your body.


    Stacy is the author of ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition, hydration, and training to your unique physiology so you can work with, rather than against, your female physiology. Exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy T. Sims, PhD, shows us how to be your own biohacker to achieve optimum athletic performance. Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. In this conversation we get into all this and more......


     


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    This show and episode would not be possible without the support of these sponsors:
     


    Addaday
    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    Gatorade Endurance
    If you are racing your mind has to be prepared and so does your body. That's why it's important to train with what's on course. Gatorade endurance formula hydrates and fuels athletes on over 300 race courses.  Visit gatoradeendurance.com and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS
    Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO


     


    Coros watches
    Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.


     


    SHOW NOTES
    Check out Stacy at the following:   Website  |  Instagram 


     


    In this episode, we discuss:



    Blanket training plans





    Low energy states and the causes of them and how you can protect and prepare yourself -





    Fuel for training and not fasted training -





    The importance of having fuel in your body before you train.





    What does that mean and can the meal the night be

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Tim O'Donnell on Being Vulnerable, Letting Go, and Be Your Best

    Tim O'Donnell on Being Vulnerable, Letting Go, and Be Your Best

    I spent the day with Tim O’Donnell, one of the world’s most successful and experienced American long-course triathletes. Tim recently finished 2nd at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.  He set a new American record on the course and went sub 8 hours!!  As a professional, he has earned 50+ podium finishes including over 22 wins at major events throughout the world. We discuss the ins and outs of events, injuries, mindset and family life as a professional athlete. You will appreciate Tim’s genuine sincerity and example of dedication and integrity.


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    ADDADAY


    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    GATORADE ENDURANCE


    If you are racing your mind has to be prepared and so does your body. That's why it's important to train with what's on course. Gatorade endurance formula hydrates and fuels athletes on over 300 race courses.  Visit gatoradeendurance.com and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS


    Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO


     


    SHOW NOTES


     


    Check out Tim at the following:   Website  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  YouTube


     


    Questions Chris asks:


    How do you normally approach a race? (11:28)

    Was race week this year different since you were hurt? (12:41)

    How is your thought process to come through injury or setback physically and mentally (14:00)

    What were you telling yourself in Ironman when you didn’t feel well and were hurting? (17:00)

    Did your injury give you the opportunity to do things differently than in the past? (23:40)

    Have you ever done anything great where you didn’t take a risk? (24:45)

    You allowed yourself to feel and go through the cycle. How did that affect your race? (26:40)

    You ended up finishing 2nd in the world. (28:40)

    Do you feel pressure or expectation when you’re racing? (33:15)

    How was it to share your win with your wife and daughter? (39:20)

    How is it being a dad? (39:52)

    What would be three characteristics to make a successful athlete? (43:20)

    What kind of state is determined? (45:08)

    Is there anything you would do differently as you look back at your career? (50:05)

    If you were only to have a year to live, what would you want to do in this next year and what lesson would you leave behind? (51:50)


     


    In this episode, you’ll learn:


    What the race is like in Hawaii (11:13)

    How Tim managed his thought process to come through injury or setback physically and mentally (14:00)

    Tim talks about his mindset (16:00)

    Tim shares how he learned about his injury and decided to do what he could for any chance of success (22

    • 57 min
    Brooke Raboutou : USA Olympic Rock Climber

    Brooke Raboutou : USA Olympic Rock Climber

    "Have fun while you are doing it.  These days there are a lot of hard working athletes, which is so important, but sometimes take the time to just enjoy your sport for your sport."  - Brooke Raboutou


     


    I got to talk with the first US Olympic Athlete for rock climbing.  Brooke Raboutou is a young women who has been at the top of the sport of rock climber from a very young age.  She grew up in a rock climbing family with her parents being world class and champion rock climbers.  She has been setting records since she was 9 years old and their seems to be no slowing down as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics. 


     


    Brooke took me bouldering at her family gym in Colorado and taught me a few things about rock climbing.  She has a great head on her shoulders and understands the value of family, education, hard work, and so much more.  In this episode we talked about her life as a college student and olympian and how she finds her balance.  She gives great insight and advice to young people aspiring to excel in sport, as well as giving parents some perspective and advice on how to manage their kids through that process and making sure they still love the sport they are in and have room to flourish.  You will see her passion for the sport and life as she talks about climbing and shares the things that give her the ability to compete at the very top of the sport. 


     


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    THIS EPISODE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THESE SPONSORS:


     


    ADDADAY


    Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20


     


    GATORADE ENDURANCE


    If you are racing your mind has to be prepared and so does your body. That's why it's important to train with what's on course. Gatorade endurance formula hydrates and fuels athletes on over 300 race courses.  Visit gatorade.com/endurance and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: CHRIS20


     


    KION AMINOS


    Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO


     


    SHOW NOTES


     


    Check out Brooke at the following:   Instagram  |  Facebook 


     


    Questions Chris asks:


    8:45 - What was it like growing up?

    13:15 - How do you prepare for a climbing event and the unknown?

    15:10 - Without time to prepare how do you get the most out of the unknown?

    16:45 - How did you find drive and successful at such a young age?

    18:00 - What brought you to competitive climbing versus just free climbing?

    19:40 - What was it like to qualify for the Olympics?

    22:40 - What was the experience like realizing the Olympics was canceled and then postponed?

    24:45 - What is your typical day of training like?

    27:00 - What is something about yourself that most people don't know?

    28:00 - What are your goals in th

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Prl3r ,

Great podcast from Chris — the real deal

I had a chance to meet Chris in Kona and to train with him a little bit. I am a weekend warrior marathoner making the transition to triathlon.

Chris is a great person, and an awesome athlete, and his podcast is a reflection of both. Enjoy this window into the life of a high achiever and lifelong learner.

seanswamfast ,

Solid content

Chris asks super insightful questions. Really enjoying this podcast

mikeyimawcw ,

Lionel is a great guest!

Chris did a nice job of directing the conversation while letting Lionel, the guest, run free. Very enjoyable.

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