69 episodes

Welcome to The Why We Tri Podcast!

Finding self-motivation when the world beneath you is crumbling seems impossible.
Triathlon & Endurance Sports demand you to be present at all times.
Losing focus for only a moment while on the swim, the bike, or the run can have dangerous consequences. 

After the sudden loss of my mom in 2018 and my divorce in 2020, my WHY in triathlon, as well as in my personal life, was deflated. My three daughters needed their Mom back, and I needed my WHY back. With small attempts back into the pool for a swim, or back on the bike to cycle, or out on that track to run, I found myself surrounded by a WORLD of endurance everyday athletes here in Miami, FL, while on the Alien Race Team, online in the BYLR club by Jesse Itzler, and out at races by CLASH and Ironman. A world of triathletes and endurance athletes who openly share their incredible stories with me. These stories inspired me to get back up, keep going and SHARE: 
WHY WE TRI!!
Kick back, grab your favorite beverage, tune in and enjoy the stories of ordinary people who set out and go far beyond ordinary distances on 
The Why We Tri Podcast!

~CAROLINE 
IG: @WhyWeTriPodcast
FB: Why We Tri Podcast
Website: https://whywetri.co
© Why We Tri LLC

Why We Tri | Endurance Sports Podcast for All Levels Caroline Gardner

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

Welcome to The Why We Tri Podcast!

Finding self-motivation when the world beneath you is crumbling seems impossible.
Triathlon & Endurance Sports demand you to be present at all times.
Losing focus for only a moment while on the swim, the bike, or the run can have dangerous consequences. 

After the sudden loss of my mom in 2018 and my divorce in 2020, my WHY in triathlon, as well as in my personal life, was deflated. My three daughters needed their Mom back, and I needed my WHY back. With small attempts back into the pool for a swim, or back on the bike to cycle, or out on that track to run, I found myself surrounded by a WORLD of endurance everyday athletes here in Miami, FL, while on the Alien Race Team, online in the BYLR club by Jesse Itzler, and out at races by CLASH and Ironman. A world of triathletes and endurance athletes who openly share their incredible stories with me. These stories inspired me to get back up, keep going and SHARE: 
WHY WE TRI!!
Kick back, grab your favorite beverage, tune in and enjoy the stories of ordinary people who set out and go far beyond ordinary distances on 
The Why We Tri Podcast!

~CAROLINE 
IG: @WhyWeTriPodcast
FB: Why We Tri Podcast
Website: https://whywetri.co
© Why We Tri LLC

    69. LIVE Audience Podcast w/ Author Laura Carney

    69. LIVE Audience Podcast w/ Author Laura Carney

    CBG Consulting Agency, LLC Production

    Host, Producer: Caroline Gardner

    Audio & Video Editor: Katelyn Kucharski

    Creative Content: Gabriela Petrone

    Episode Supervisor: Gabriel Yanni



    EP69: LIVE Audience Podcast with Author Laura Carney

    Have you ever lost someone who you wish you could have one more conversation with? 

    To ask them for advice, their opinions, and possibly what they wish they could have completed in their life before passing?

    My next guest suddenly and tragically lost her father at the hands of a distracted driver when she was in her early 20s. Years after his passing on the cusp of questioning her own life's purpose she opportunity to ‘live out her father’s dreams, and in turn it set herself free,’ as she recounts in her new memoir: My Father’s List. 

    Previous guest of the Why We Tri Podcast, author, magazine journalist, copy editor, activist, and plant-based athlete, Laura Carney reached out months before the publishing of her memoir My Father’s List and informed me Miami would be a stop on her book tour in July of 2023.  

    I said ‘YES’ immediately to her gracious request to have me moderate her book signing stop at my favorite Book Store in Coral Gables: Books & Books.

    In today’s episode, you will hear our LIVE audience podcast episode from July 2023. It was an absolute pleasure to host Laura Carney and her husband, Steven Seighman in my beloved adopted home of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. 

    Special Thanks to those who made this episode possible:

    Alien Triathlon Teammates, Mack Cyclist Teammates, Financial Coach Elaine King, and Miami Rowing Club members, and so many more who all came out to show their support of the Why We Tri Podcast.

    My three daughters who attended of their own accord- it meant the world to me to see your smiling faces in the audience.

    Books & Books of Coral Gables promotional team: Cristina Nosti, Sophie Perez, Andrea Morales, and store manager: Steve Moss

    Kareem Braithwaite of Black Sheep Photography thank you for your swift assistance with photography and videography. 

    My two right-hand assistants for whom without, this podcast with not be possible: 

    Gabriella Petrone and Katelyn Kucharski

    Connect w/ Laura Carney:

    Website: www.myfatherslist.com

    IG: www.instagram.com/myfatherslist

    FB: www.facebook.com/myfatherslist

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauracarney/

    • 55 min
    68. Season 4 Intro!

    68. Season 4 Intro!

    Welcome Back to the Why We Tri Podcast!

    Today's 68th episode ignites Season 4 of this upcoming series.

    What's on deck:


    Live audience recorded interview with previous guest, copy editor, and author Laura Carney of 'My Father's List,' at my favorite book stop Books & Books in Coral Gables.
    Conversations with my favorite Triathlon Coach from Alien Racing Coach Andy Clark. How has Triathlon changed since the pandemic?
    Tri-Everything: Nine Miami Rowing Club Members head to Scotland to Monster the Loch, rowing 22 miles across the infamous Loch Ness out of Fort Augustus.
    Tri-ing Climates: Cold Plunges, Hot Saunas, and Altitude training. Do these processes improve performance and reduce stress? Bringing you conversations with professionals in these fields.

    Looking forward to bringing you these stories and more on WHY WE Tri Everything in this great big, beautiful life!

    Know someone who has a story that should be featured on the show? Send us an email: Caroline@whywetripodcast.com

    • 3 min
    67. Hilary Topper: Author of 'From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete'

    67. Hilary Topper: Author of 'From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete'

    CBG Consulting Agency, LLC Production

    Host, Producer: Caroline Gardner

    Audio & Video Editor: Katelyn Kucharski

    Creative Content: Gabriela Petrone

    Episode Supervisor: Gabriel Yanni

    EP67: Hilary Topper: Author of ‘From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete’

    In today’s episode, we zoom up to Long Island Soun, NY, and talk with 30-year Public Relations veteran Hilar Topper. Hilary holds many roles in all areas of her life, but ever since she started running at the age of 48, her life has completely changed, and for the better. Hilary is the founder of her own PR firm: HJMT Public Relations, an adjunct professor in digital content design at Hofstra University, a blogger, podcaster, and a 3-time author now with the recent release of her book ‘From Couch Potatoe to Endurance Athlete.’ Grab your favorite beverage and head out on your zone 1 run/walk, or take us with you in your ear while on your bike trainer. 

    Don’t forget to leave us a comment on Spotify!

    Connect with Hilary Topper:

    IG: Hilary Topper 

    FB: Hilary Topper

    LinkedIn: Hilary Topper 

    Website: https://www.hjmt.com/

    Podcast: https://open.spotify.com

    Blog: https://www.atriathletesdiary.com/

    Favorite Gear: https://www.myostorm.com/

    • 43 min
    66. Mack Cycle Mini-Series BONUS Episode: Meredith Camel

    66. Mack Cycle Mini-Series BONUS Episode: Meredith Camel

    WWT Episode 66 w/ ⁠Mack Cyclist⁠: ⁠Meredith Camel

    Today’s episode is a BONUS Episode of our ⁠Mack Cycle Ambassador⁠ Mini-Series!

    In this BONUS Mack Cyclist episode we head to the University of Miami with Executive Director of Communications and Mack Cyclist Ambassador Meredith Camel. When Meredith is not overseeing the marketing communication teams over at the U, she whips up a storm of healthy vegetables for her and her wife, Merrill Camel, paired with her favorite off-the-bike beverage: Vino! 

    Meredith was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome while attending college in Miami, FL, at the University of Miami. Hundreds of miles away from her family in Pennsylvania, this life-altering disease forced Meredith to slow down and take on a different perspective on life.  Today Meredith is continued to be challenged by chronic fatigue syndrome, especially with the introduction of Covid during the pandemic. Meredith seeks new ways and routes to live an active, long, and healthy life. It was not until fairly recently that Meredith found cycling a healthy way to work through symptoms and achieve distances and physical accomplishments she only dreamed of while living with chronic fatigue syndrome for decades. 

    Meredith's positive energy she found while disconnecting from the ‘geometrical world we all stare at day in and day out’ transcends here in our conversation. Grab your favorite hydrating beverage and enjoy my conversation with Meredith Camel!

    Connect w/ Meredith Camel:

    IG: @mercamel

    FB: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/meredith.camel

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredith-camel-68688a4/

    Fav Beverage: Hydrant ⁠

    • 31 min
    65. Mack Cycle Mini-Series: Mari Lovo

    65. Mack Cycle Mini-Series: Mari Lovo

    Host, Producer, Copy Writer, Creative Content: ⁠Caroline Gardner⁠

    Audie & Video Editor: ⁠Katelyn Kucharski⁠

    Episode Supervisor: Gabriel Yanni



    WWT Episode 65 w/ ⁠Mack Cyclist⁠: ⁠Mari Lovo⁠

    Welcome to the 6th and Final Episode in our 6-Part ⁠Mack Cycle Ambassador⁠ Mini-Series 🎉🎉🎉

    OR is it??

    A Bonus Mack Cycle Ambassador Episode is in the works, so stay tuned for Episode 66 w/ Meredith Camel.

    In this week’s episode, we keep it hot & humid here in Miami with Mack Cyclist Mari Lovo. Mari is a Top performing IT Director, a loving mom, and a dedicated wife to her supportive and encouraging wife, Francine. Mari explains how endurance sports in the great outdoors have helped her “unplug from the matrix” and maintain a physically & mentally healthy life. Hear how Mari's outdoor adventures have gone from Ironman in Triathlon to Steamboat in Gravel Racing. Mari, similar to previous guest Dora Suarez (⁠@doragravelexplorers⁠ ), is a founder of The Everglades Gravel Collective (⁠@everglades.gravel.collective⁠ ), a 501(3)c gravel community serving the underrepresented FTWNB, BIPOC, and para-athletes community.

    Know someone who needs to disconnect from the matrix and reconnect w/ nature? 

    Send them the link to this podcast w/ Mari Lovo! 

    You never know. They might join you on your next ride!

    Connect w/ Mari Lovo:

    IG: ⁠@alphaloba⁠

    FB: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/mari.lovo⁠

    Fav Beverage: Mud Water ⁠www.mudwtr.com⁠

    Fav Gear: ⁠www.mackcycle.com/collections/gravel-bikes⁠

    Fav Mack Cyle Kit: ⁠Happy Riding Collection ⁠

    Fav Charities:

    ⁠The Everglades Gravel Collection⁠

    ⁠Best Buddies Challenge⁠

    ⁠Dolphins Challenge Cancer⁠

    • 31 min
    64. Mack Cycle Mini-Series: Dora Suarez

    64. Mack Cycle Mini-Series: Dora Suarez

    CBG Consulting Agency, LLC Production

    Host, Producer, Copy Writer, Creative Content: Caroline Gardner

    Audie & Video Editor: Katelyn Kucharski

    Episode Supervisor: Gabriel Yanni

    Welcome to the 5th episode in a 6-Part Mack Cycle Ambassador Mini-Series.

    In today's episode, we keep it local and take off on a venture into the world of gravel with Dora Suarez, aka Dora the Gravel Explorer.

    Dora is a Nuun, Honey Stinger, and Mack Cycle Ambassador who first started her endurance endeavors in Spartin Events. Dora shares how these events helped cultivate her desire to find a healthy like-minded community. Dora's ventures lead her to road cycling and eventually gravel cycling. Dora is now a local event coordinator and supporter for Mack Cycle Everything Gravel Facebook Events. Dora is also the Founder of Everglades Gravel Collective along with Mack Cyclist Mari Lovo (our next guest) and Melissa Westmoreland. The Gravel Collective is a 501(c)3 gravel community centering FTWNB, BIPOC, and para-athletes.

    Dora reminds us that we are responsible for finding our fun and that 'playing bike' is just as fun as it was when we were all kids.

    All we need to do is do it more often!

    Connect w/ Dora:

    IG: The Gravel Collective

    Everglades Gravel Collective

    DoraTheGravelExplorer



    FB:Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/doragravelexplorers?mibextid=LQQJ4dFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/192060525518805/?ref=share&mibextid=S66gvF

    Fav Bev: Nuun & Seltzer

    Fav Gear: Gravel Bike

    Fav MC Kit: Mack Cyclist

    Become a Mack Cyclist Ambassador

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

angelito_iii ,

I love this show!

So many inspiring stories!

The Endurance Dietitian ,

Insightful and Motivating Podcast for Triathletes and Endurance Athletes

Caroline is a great interviewer and her podcast is so fun to listen to. It is so interesting to learn about the different stories and backgrounds of her guests.
If you are a triathlete, be sure to add this to your workout queue!

Pooznasty ,

Inspirational!

A great listen and a reminder that everyday people can do amazing things!

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