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Are you someone who loves to learn from the best? That’s what The Greg Bennett Show is all about. In The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett chats with the world’s greatest athletes and high-performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how are they able to sustain it. In each of The Greg Bennett Show episodes, incredible stories are shared and we’ll dive deep into topics ranging from – building a strong team to Sleep and recovery to optimizing Training and competition everything in between. Join Greg Bennett, former world number one Triathlete for some inspiring and entertaining stories.

The Greg Bennett Show Greg Bennett

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    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

Are you someone who loves to learn from the best? That’s what The Greg Bennett Show is all about. In The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett chats with the world’s greatest athletes and high-performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how are they able to sustain it. In each of The Greg Bennett Show episodes, incredible stories are shared and we’ll dive deep into topics ranging from – building a strong team to Sleep and recovery to optimizing Training and competition everything in between. Join Greg Bennett, former world number one Triathlete for some inspiring and entertaining stories.

    Laura Bennett - USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

    Laura Bennett - USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

    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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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tim Crowley - Triathlon & Strength Coach

    Tim Crowley - Triathlon & Strength Coach

    Tim is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Montverde Academy in Central Florida and is the Owner of TC2 Coaching.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Barrie Shepley - The Legendary Coach & Commentator

    Barrie Shepley - The Legendary Coach & Commentator

    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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    Book: Chasing Greatness - Stories of Passion and Perseverance in Sport and in Life ... by Barrie Shepley
     



    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 conclud

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Magnus Ditlev - Pro Triathlete

    Magnus Ditlev - Pro Triathlete

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    Magnus Ditlev


     


    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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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bobby McGee - World Class Running Coach - 5 x Olympic Coach

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

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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;


    Firstly, address your running mechanics. Teach yourself to run effectively and to avoid injuries in order to race at your optimum level.


    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?


    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.


    Bobby's book: Magical Running - A Unique path to running fulfillment


    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 applie

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jodie Cunnama [née Swallow] - High performance triathlon coach

    Jodie Cunnama [née Swallow] - High performance triathlon coach

    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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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodie-cunnama


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jodieswallowcoaching


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodiecunnama


    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jodie.swallow/
     



    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

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

MichaelHarrison ,

Found this podcast through the AnyQuestion App

Great conversations with amazing people! I thought I wouldn’t be to interested in the lives of ex-athletes but I was surprised! That was a compliment!

PRsensa ,

Excellent conversations but lacking diversity

I really like the insight and conversations. Greg demonstrates a wealth of knowledge and it is engaged. However, this show lacks diversity. It would be an asset to engage with people of color and bring some diversity to the show. Thanks for the work and all the best.
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My favorite pod

Love Greg style of interviewing, more like a conversation with the best athletes! Highly recommend it

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