Tri 2 Listen is the podcast for curious triathletes. Each episode features a coach, athlete or scientist who has a passion for triathlon and endurance sports. It’s our job to uncover their story. Knowledgable host, Suzanne Atkinson, MD has interviewed many well-known icons of triathlon and other endurance sports, including Joe Friel, Mark Allen, Gwen Jorgensen, Bobby McGee, Terry Laughlin and more. We hope that you will not only be entertained but also 'try to listen' for insightful and educational moments that will help you in your own journey to Tri.
Episode 9: Joe Friel – Ride Inside: The Ultimate Guide
Host: Suzanne Atkinson
Guest: Joe Friel
Title: Training for LIfe
Joe’s recent books, “Fast after Fifity” and “Ride Inside”
Issues with aging athletes:
Vo2 Max, muscle mass and fat gain
How Joe researches his books
How research on baby boomers has changed athletics
Incorporating data from wearables on training and lifestyle stress
Training using art for data reluctant athletes
Diet choices for endurance athletes
Genetics and Metabolism
Organizing Joe’s Research Notes
The new book Ride Inside - How it came about
Joe’s next book … for coaches
Joe’s two favorite workouts & training for life
See more on the episode webpage:
Tri2Listen.com - Episode 9
Episode 8: Kirsten Sass & Volker Winkler - It's not the Race, It's the Journey
Today we have a really special interview from two very important people in my life, Kirsten Sass and her father Volker Winkler. This interview is important for many reasons. In 2015, Kirsten and her father Volker fulfilled a lifelong dream for both of them. Volker’s dream was to race in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, however, after doing near a dozen Ironman races, he failed to finish high enough in his age group. The Kona Legacy program allows dedicated Ironman athletes an opportunity to win a lottery spot for the race. To enter the lottery, an athlete must have finished twelve Ironman Brand races. The problem was that Volker had only done eight at that time. A natural problem solver, he signed up for 4 Ironman races in 2014, allowing him to qualify for the lottery. He was fortunate enough to win one of the spots for the 2015 race.
At that point, Kirsten had her own dream of racing with him in Hawaii. Her only problem was that she needed to qualify. Like her dad, she is a natural problem solver and went ahead and signed up for more than one Ironman race in an attempt to qualify.
In October of 2015, Kirsten and Volker, along with most of their family including friends from home, traveled to Kailua-Kona to celebrate and support each other.
I was fortunate enough to be there as well, and I sat down after the race to interview Kirsten and Volker. I interviewed each of them separately about their experience attempting to make it to the race together.
The interviews took place on the lanai of their rental house and you can hear in the background, the birds, the hum of conversation in the house, and an occasional truck.
What makes this interview even more distinct is the fact that Volker passed away two years ago in an unexpected accident while riding his Elliptigo.
This interview captures a forever moment between a father and daughter bonded by their love for triathlon. I’m so honored to have been part of their experience together.
See more on the episode webpage:
Tri2Listen.com - Episode 8
Episode 7: Joella Baker - Getting Fit Is Just Outside Your Front Door
Join me and my guest, Joella Baker on this episode of Tri 2 Listen. Baker is the founder of Get Fit Families, a nonprofit organization based in Harmony, Pennsylvania, that provides scholarships for low-income youth to participate in training camps and local races. In addition to serving low-income youth, Get Fit Families also offers a youth elite and junior elite triathlon team, a youth cross country and track program, an adult running club and an open water swim series.
In this episode we discuss:
Coronavirus impacts on the local race season
Joella’s background & pathway to event organizing
How to build a sustainable open water swimming program & the importance of relationships with stakeholders
Development of Get Fit Families non - profit triathlon team, cross-country team, adult run club & the Elite Tri Team & camps for youth with scholarships
Challenges of transition to remote coaching due to Coronavirus restrictions
What the elite youth & junior coaches learn from each other.
Joella’s personal health challenges with Lupus & Celiac disease.
Joella’s morning routine
Joella’s favorite workouts for all ages.
See more on the episode webpage:
Tri2Listen.com - Episode 7
Episode 6: Sue Reynolds - The Athlete Inside
Today we are joined by Sue Reynolds, author of "The Athlete Inside: The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacity, and Faith". A world-class triathlete who only four years prior to placing sixth at the World Triathlon Championship weighed 335 pounds. She was unable to walk a block.
After many failed attempts at dieting, one day she decided "That's enough!". Tired of not fitting into restaurant booths, being unable to fasten a car seat belt, and having her husband tie her shoes every morning, she set her mind to learn how to begin moving and start losing.
In our interview, Sue discusses many of the challenges she faced, relates stories of help, hope, tenacity, and more. I asked Sue about her relationship with her coach and how that developed over time as she went from a total beginner to a member of the national team.
More information on the episode page:
Tri2Listen.com - Episode 6
Episode 5: Karlyn Pipes: Pure Heaven! All about swimming for Triathletes
In 2014, I was on the island and spotted an amazing swim coach giving mini-lessons out of the demonstration Endless Pool on the main drag, across from the pier. It was none other than Karlyn! Eager to get into the pool and learn from her, I quickly changed into my suit and waited for my turn. After a great lesson where she both confirmed what I was doing well and gave me some new things to experiment with, I dried off, introduced myself formally, and asked her for an interview.
She obliged, we snuck off to a grassy nook by the hotel and not only had a wonderful interview, but we also struck off an enjoyable friendship.
At the age of 53, Karlyn was to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) joining all-time swimming greats such as Janet Evans, Mark Spitz, and Johnny Weissmuller to name a few. Competition is stiff to be considered, let alone inducted, and since its inception back in 1965 only 14 "Masters" swimmers have been honored.
While an amazing accomplishment in itself, what is even more amazing is the circuitous, near-death journey she took to get there.
Along the way, Karlyn has overcome addiction, set over 300 Masters World Records, over 200 FINA World records, coached thousands of athletes, traveled the globe teaching swimming, and made her home in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
5:00 Natural history around Kona
6:00 Social History around Kona
7:50 Spiritual Side of racing
8:30 see the fish, talk to the fish, I love you water
9:00 That time Janet Evan’s broke Karlyn’s 400m Freestyle record
10:30 What’s the definition of a successful swimmer?
11:15 How Karlyn evaluates a swimmer
13:15 Domino effects in swimming
13:46 Tension & Breathing in Swimming
15:15 Balance & Trust, Arms & Legs in Swimming
18:15 How & Why Karlyn rebuilt her stroke
20:00 How fast does Karlyn’s mother swim?
22:00 Stroke Timing considerations
24:00 Coaching self-awareness
25:45 Less is more in swimming
26:00 Three checkpoints in swimming. If it feels’ hard you’re probably doing one of these three things wrong ( and how to fix it)
28:30 Head position in swimming
29:30 Karlyn’s current swim racing
30:30 Karlyn’s triathlon career
Resources and Links to author's website, books, and mentions are available on the episode page:
Episode 4: The World is Changing – Joe Friel
Todays episode is from the "lost files" from my trip to the 2014 Ironman World Championships in Kona. I thought I had lost SIX different interviews I had done, and thankfully I was able to resurrect them. After listening to this conversation with Joe, I'm so glad that I did. His advice and commentary on triathlon training are timeless.
In this interview, we discuss a number of topics including new research in periodization, nutrition & training, how he organizes all of his research, the role of curiosity in his professional life, Pete Jacob's use of a power meter in his training and racing for Ironman, and issues of the aging athlete.
"Fast after Fifty" is Joe's most recent book as of this writing, and was released shortly after this interview. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
02:30 The best Ironman of all time (1989)
04:00 What brings Joe back to Kona over & over?
06:30 Pete Jacob’s 2012 Ironman world champion’s training
07:30 FTP & Meaningless Data
08:45 Triathlete’s Training Bible history
10:30 Joe’s daily reading & study
11:45 Joe’s 3x5 card system
14:00 New Science on high intensity training
15:15 Ironman training: periodization & polarized training
16:15 Nutrition avenues for triathletes
17:45 Cholesterol & LDL in the diet
19:00 Curiosity & Coaching
21:00 Research on Aging in athletes 50 vs 70
24:00 Aging in Men vs Women
29:00 Prevention, Injuries & arthritis in aging athletes
30:30 The perfect training for Ironman **Don’t skip this**
33:00 Pete’s last hard workout before he became the world champion
34:00 Duration vs. Intensity in power training
Resources and more on the episode's webpage:
Customer ReviewsSee All
Whether you’re new or a seasoned pro, looking for a coach, or a coach looking to learn more, Suzanne and her guests are super informative and entertaining!
As a medical doctor, swim and triathlon coach, Dr. Atkinson has a unique perspective to add to the triathlon podcast community. Looking forward to the release of her upcoming episodes.
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these interviews because they energize me and I love learning from other people.