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Simon Ward and Andrew Messick

I’ve been a longtime fan of Ironman, right from that day over 30 years ago when I watched the 1982 coverage with Julie Moss, through to my first Ironman in 1995, and to 2017 when I finally got to the start (and finish line) in Kona. On that journey I have seen massive changes at WTC - 3 changes of ownership, growth in Ironman events from 8 to over 40, and the introduction of 70.3 among the most notable. Ironman is not without its detractors and many of them make some very vocal if slightly...


Simon Ward and Tim Heming

This week my erstwhile friend Tim Heming is back in the chair as I travel to deepest Gloucestershire to pin him down and chat about the 2018 triathlon season, and discuss some of this season’s winner and losers. Listen in to our lively ‘debate’ and you’ll hear: Here are links to several of the topics we discussed today: *Tim talked about the Super league Highlights and you can watch those here *The Man in the Halo - The incredible story of Tim Don’s comeback after a potentially life...


Simon Ward and Louisa Holmes

If you are still breathing you are still winning! This week, Louisa Holmes (aka The White Witch) returns to the show to chat about one of the most fundamental human processes: breathing. Like me you probably think you have got this cracked, especially as you are still alive. But that's not exactly true. There is a big difference between breathing to stay alive, and breathing to optimise your human and athletic performance. In this podcast you will be able to find out: The Oxygen Advantage...


Simon Ward and Sian Rainsley

The ONLY elite triathlete in the world with Crohn’s disease The life of a triathlete is hard. It’s almost impossible when you have Crohn’s disease. In fact, that is what the doctors told today’s guest when she was diagnosed at the age of 18. At this moment in time there are no other elite triathletes in the world suffering from Crohn’s and training full time. Sian Rainsley is an elite triathlete based at the High Performance centre in Leeds. Her whole world nearly fell apart a few years ago...


Simon Ward and Matt Dixon

This week’s guest is another coach. In fact, he is a UK coach although you are more likely to find him in the US these days. Matt Dixon is well known in the triathlon world as founder and owner of Purple Patch Fitness, based in San Francisco. He coaches age group athletes and professionals including Sam Appleton, Kevin Collington, Sara Pampiano, and UK Ironman pro Laura Siddall. He has also written a couple of books and he has his own podcast (links below). He is also the head coach for the...


Simon Ward and Nathan Turner

In recent weeks I have chatted with some high profile guests who you have definitely heard of. This week, I’m chatting with a guy who you have probably never heard of. Don’t let that put you off though because Nathan Turner’s story is highly inspirational. In fact it’s people like Nathan who are the life blood of age group triathlon. His story is far more representative of the mainstream and if we wish to keep this sport growing then we need to have people like Nathan who grab the bull by...


Simon Ward and Prof Paul Laursen

Today we have a guest returning to the show. One of the very first podcasts that I recorded was with this week' guest, Prof Paul Laursen, and his side-kick Dr Dan Plews. I visited their vacation condo in Kona during Ironman week in 2016. Dan and Paul cooked me dinner of mince and vegetables, and we consumed at least 1 bottle of red wine. Both of them were doing a bit of self quantifying of their blood glucose while attempting to stay on a low carb/high fat (LC/HF) diet. They wore these...


Simon Ward on Winter Training Plans

After a highly motivating 10 days in Kona watching the world's best athletes set course record after record, I’m back with another podcast. This week, there is no guest as I will be taking you through the steps required to set up a winter training plan to ‘crush’ the opposition in 2019. This is a 45 minute broadcast emphasising the simple technique that I use with the athletes I work with. I will be asking you to embrace some shifts in mindset and to consider a slightly different approach...


Simon Ward and Matt Lawrence

This week’s guest is an athlete that I’ve worked with for the last 11 years. Matt Lawrence and I first met back in 2007 when he asked me to help him improve his Ironman performance. As time progressed, Matt’s goals changed from improving his time to seeing if he could qualify to race at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona. As with most of the triathlon journey’s experienced by athletes, this has been a long road with many ups and downs, dead ends, and u-turns. As you will learn...


Simon Ward and Tim Heming 2018 Kona Predictions

Hey Folks, this year it's the 40th anniversary of the Hawaii Ironman World Championships and it promises to be one hell of a race in both the male and female events. Our regular forecaster, Tim Heming, is back with his annual Top 10 predictions. Tim does a lot of work in advance of making his picks. It's not just simply picking the big names. In the conversation he outlines why he selected certain athletes and why others didn’t make his top 10. Last year he dropped a monumental clanger when...


Simon Ward and Bob Babbitt

Today’s guest is not an elite athlete, coach, or even an expert on some part of the athlete training process. He is, however, an integral part of the triathlon scene in the USA and has been for quite some time, the late 1970’s to be exact. Bob Babbitt has a rich history in the Ironman scene in the US and especially on the West Coast. Today’s conversation is like a journey through triathlon time, and Bob has been right at the centre of it for many years. You will hear us chat...


Simon Ward and Dr. Phil Maffetone

This week I am joined by a man whose methods are currently at the forefront of my mind both from a nutrition and a training standpoint. I have recommended the book Primal Endurance to many people in the last 24 months, and I know of many people who are currently trying out the principles of today’s guest, Dr Phil Maffetone. This is a long conversation - almost 90 minutes - which means I have given you 200% more than I promised. I know how to deliver value for money!! Considering that we...


Simon Ward and Brad DeVaney

Every time I see a triathlon bike I look at the design wonder “what were they thinking” when they came up with this idea? Have you ever thought that? Today I get to interview the man who designed the triathlon bike that I’ve been riding all summer, the Quintana Roo PRSix ( and the rest of the QR range. His name is Brad DeVaney and he is the bike design guru at American Bicycle group, who also happen to own Litespeed titanium bikes, my particular...


Legends of British Triathlon * Simon Ward and Mike Harris

This week I have another legend of the British Triathlon scene from the 1980’s. My guest today is Mike Harris, who was at the top of his game around 1986-1990. In fact, it was around this time that I started to take part in triathlon events and Mike’s name invariably occupied the top of the results list, especially if the race was based in the north of England. He was British Triathlon Champion 3 times, and 1987 was his best ever year. In an era when there were not really any full time...


Simon Ward and Mike Reilly

If you have ever raced an Ironman then I’m pretty certain that the ONE phrase you wanted to hear as you crossed that finish line was, ‘You are an IRONMAN!” My guest today is Mike Reilly, the man who came up with that phrase and who is known as “The Voice of Ironman”. In this conversation not only will Mike share some amazing insights on his role as the man who calls you across the line, on top of that you’ll be able to feel the passion and enthusiasm that he has not only for the sport but...


Legends of British Triathlon * Simon Ward and Steve Trew

In some recent podcasts, I have been reminiscing with guests about the ‘early’ years, way back in the 80’s and 90’s. These conversations proved more popular than I imagined so I have decided to create a parallel podcast series called "Legends of British Triathlon". My guest today was one of the pioneers of the sport in the UK. Since completing his first triathlon, Steve Trew has forged a career based around triathlon - as a journalist writing for triathlon running and cycling magazines,...


Simon Ward and Gill Fullen

This week marks our 52nd podcast, which means that we are almost celebrating our first anniversary! To mark this special occasion, I have a very special guest today. A lady who will inspire you because of her athletic achievements all the while overcoming a very serious personal challenge. Gill Fullen came to triathlon late, only completing her first triathlon in 2009. By 2011 she had represented GB at her age group in the world championships and completed her very first Ironman. Since...


Simon Ward on How to Avoid Over-Training, Under-Recovery, and Getting Injured

This week Simon is answering more of our listener's questions and focussing on subjects that have been very topical on the various social media platforms and always at the forefront of the endurance athlete's mind. None of us like to get injured or ill, and yet these two major disrupters of training (and of a healthy life) seem to come around far too often. Some see it as a side effect of pushing the boundaries and chasing elusive goals, while others see them as entirely avoidable . . ....


Simon Ward and Simon Blackburn

This week's SWATcast guest is another of Simon’s triathlon buddies from the 80’s. You may not have heard of him but Simon Blackburn has been involved in some pretty significant triathlon history in the UK, and recently he has embarked on another ground breaking venture which is sure to have an impact on the future delivery of triathlon events in Great Britain and beyond. Simon and Simon start off by reminiscing about the good old days of triathlon and some of the great names that they both...


Simon Ward and Jack Maitland

This week I am speaking with another guest who is firmly rooted in the history of British Triathlon. Jack Maitland has been involved in endurance sport for over 40 years from a junior competitor to an elite athlete and then onto an elite coach. This conversation takes us on a journey of one man's life and the impact he has had on the sport of triathlon including: To contact Jack and find out more about triathlon coaching or yoga email him via For more...