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Pro Triathlete Ben Hoffman | USA's best hope at Kona

Ben Hoffman is a professional triathlete from Grand Junction, Colorado. He started training for tri at the University of Montana and quickly rose to the top of the ranks at the collegiate level. He turned pro in 2007 and has had two top 5 finishes at Kona, plus several other Ironman, Half-Ironman, and National Championship victories. On today's episode of the Triathlon Taren podcast, Taren and Ben chat about overcoming injuries, keeping focus, and Ben's expectations for himself at...


More triathlon swimming with swim coach Michael Collins

Michael Collins is the head coach of Nova Masters in Orange County CA, and owner of Multisports Orange County. He coaches swimmers and triathletes from age groupers to Olympians for more than 30 years, and he also competed as a professional triathlete for five years, and still races as a top age-grouper in sprint and Olympic distances. On the podcast today, Taren chats with Mike about some easy changes age groupers can make to their swim strokes to swim faster and more effortlessly! And...


Exactly how triathletes should train for the swim | Part 2 with Gerry Rodriguez

Gerry Rodriguez, the founder and head coach of Tower 26, is known as one of the top triathlon swim coaches. He has such athletes on his roster as triathlon pros Lionel Sanders and Linsey Corbin, just to name a couple. But he also works with age-groupers of all skill levels to improve their swim strokes, both in person and through his sought-after online swim program. On this episode of the Triathlon Taren podcast, Taren visited Gerry in California for a few days of swim training and they...


Reigning Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen leaves triathlon for marathon

Since 2010, Gwen Jorgensen has been known as a top female athlete in triathlon after being named USA Triathlon's Rookie of the Year. She placed 2nd in the 2011 World Championship Series in London, earning a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic triathlon team. In the following years, she wracked up countless podium finishes in the World Triathlon Series before winning Gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She had a baby in early 2017 and later in the year, Jorgensen announced she'd be retiring...


Melissa Hauschildt: all that's left for her is to win Kona

Melissa Hauschildt is one of the best triathletes of all-time. In her nearly 70 pro triathlons she's won 47 races setting course records in the majority of her wins and holds the world record for most half-ironman wins by a female in under 4:10. However, due to an unbelievable string of bad luck Mel Hauschildt has done everything in the sport of triathlon besides win the Ironman World Championship despite being one of the best pro triathletes in the world. Topics discussed in this triathlon...


Unbelievable comeback after horrific accident in Kona 2017| Pro Triathlete Matt Russell - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Professional triathlete Matt Russell was having a great race at Kona in 2017 when he was hit by a vehicle mid-race. Not only did he suffer nearly life-ending physical injuries, he sustained a catastrophic brain injury. The accident was so bad, he doesn't remember any of it, he only knows the details relayed to him by fellow triathletes on the course who saw it happen. Incredibly, he is already back to racing, despite the fact he still has many side-effects from what happened. On today's...


Winner of 2018 Ironman 70.3 CDA, Pro Triathlete Matt Hanson - Triathlon Taren Podcast

With a time of 3:50:09, pro triathlete Matt Hanson was the men's winner of 2018 Ironman 70.3 Coeur D'Alene. Hanson has been in the professional ranks since 2014 when he won Ironman Chattanooga in his first year as a pro. He also set three run course records that year. In 2015, a win at Ironman Texas (where he also set the course record) saw him named North American champ. He's raced successfully around the world ever since. On today's podcast, Hanson chats with us just a couple of hours...


Half-Ironman Coeur d’Alene 70.3 2018 Race Recap - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Triathlon Taren does a race recap for his race in half-ironman Coeur d'Alene 70.3 and how the race went down for the pros and eventual overall winners Matt Hanson and Haley Chura. Triathlon Taren goes through his race prep in training, what he did differently in 2018 vs 2017, how his taper process was different, how the race itself went in INCoeur d'Alene 70.3, and the triathlon training lessons he'll be taking away for future races.


Obese and bullied, triathlete Ian Harding lost 100 lbs and helps others get healthy - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Ian Harding grew up overweight. He was bullied and bordering on depressed, and as he grew older, found himself drinking an unhealthy amount. At high end, he was 320lbs and climbing. Once he made it to college, he had a few eye-opening experiences that made him realize a life change was in order. That life change included triathlon; Ian has since lost 100lbs, has competed in two USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals, and chooses a healthy lifestyle every day. On today's Triathlon Taren podcast,...


From 229lb smoker to pro triathlete in 3.5 years | Renee Kiley - Triathlon Taren Podcast

As recently as 2013, Renee Kiley found herself at the most unhealthy point in her life. She was 229lbs, sedentary and a heavy smoker who was consumed with her stressful career. In 2014, she rode a bike for the first time since she was a kid. That was the beginning of her three year transformation from unhealthy, non-exerciser into a professional triathlete. On today's episode of the Triathlon Taren podcast, we talk with Renee about the staggering changes in her life, how she ended up so...


The Man with the Halo | Kona favourite, Tim Don’s inspiring comeback from a broken neck - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Ironman World Record holder Tim Don was a favourite to win the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Kona. He arrived on the Big Island early to acclimatize but while out on a short training ride two days before the race, the worst happened: he was hit by a car and broke his neck. If he wanted any hope of ever competing again, he had to make the choice to get a halo screwed into his skull. A friend suggested recording his recovery journey, and that video has been turned into the new documentary...


From 264lbs to 70.3 World Championships | Tim Ford, Triathlete and CEO of MaccaX Tri Team - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Back in 2010, Tim Ford was 264lbs with high blood pressure and high cholesterol at the young age of 24. A friend convinced him to enter a triathlon and it took him over four hours to complete the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Fast forward to today, he has lost more than 100lbs and raced in the 2016 Half Ironman World Championships. He recently completed his law degree and now works not only as a triathlon coach but also is CEO of MaccaX Triathlon Team. On today's episode of the...


Pro triathlete Sarah Piampiano | Former two-pack-a-day smoker now multiple Ironman champion - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Sarah Piampiano is a multiple Ironman champion. After starting her working life in the high stress environment of investment banking in New York, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, Sarah has become one of the best female Ironman triathletes in the world. Sarah’s goal is to become world champion at Ironman Hawaii one day and she’s not shy about saying it. In this triathlon podcast Triathlon Taren and Sarah talk about her career in investment banking, the personality traits some high level...


How To Sell 12,000 Snorkels a Month | John Mix, Founder and CEO of FINIS - Triathlon Taren Podcast

John Mix is the founder and CEO of FINIS, the swim product company that makes snorkels, goggles and swim-aid tools that make swimming easier for triathletes worldwide. FINIS sells over 10,000 snorkels every month now but business didn't start out as easily as you'd expect from such a large company. In the early days, John worked full-time in another job while FINIS was just starting in his garage, where they made early prototypes from sprinkler hoses. In this Triathlon Taren podcast, Taren...


The Fastest Swimmer in Galveston 70.3, Laurence Delisle, Talks About Overcoming Setbacks As a Pro Triathlete - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Laurence Delisle is a professional half-ironman 70.3 triathlete who is an NCAA All-American swimmer from UCLA and an Olympic Trials competitor. Laurence is competing in 2018 as a pro triathlete for the first time under Matt Dixon and the Purplepatch team. She just finished her first race as a pro in half-ironman Galveston 70.3 where she was first out of the water by a significant margin swimming faster than many of the pro male triatheltes. Laurence is very open, friendly, and accessible...


What’s a good swim time for 100 meters? – Trainiask 094 - Triathlon Taren Podcast

On today's episode of the Trainiask podcast, Funardi wants to know what a good swim time for 100m, over the course of a full swim (2000-3000m in a pool) without using toys like a pull buoy.


Jeanni Seymour & Justin Metzler on Biking Without a Saddle and How to Pick Up a Pro Triathlete - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Jeanni Seymour and Justin Metzler are professional Ironman and half-ironman 70.3 triathletes who are a couple that are known around the Universe as #Metzlemour they're a worldwide sensation really. Jeanni Seymour is one of the highest ranked Ironman 70.3 triathletes and Justin had an amazing 2017 of half-ironman racing cracking the top five multiple times in dramatic fashion. In this interview on the Triathlon Taren podcast Jeanni and Justin talk about the challenges of being in a...


Matt Chrabot: The Pro Ironman Triathlete People Need to Watch Out For in 2018 - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Matt Chrabot is a professional Ironman distance triathlete who a lot of triathletes don't know about but should. With multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlon wins to his resume, and a top tier career in ITU triathlon racing Matt has been one of the best triathletes on the scene for a lot of years. In this triathlon podcast with Matt Chrabot, Triathlon Taren and NTK talk about Matt's history as a lifeguard and open water swimmer, his bootleg beer-making hobby in college, and what his...


Susan Lacke | Author, Life’s Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Susan Lacke is the author of a new book called "Life's Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow; Lessons From An Epic Friendship That Went The Distance", where she details the story of how a co-worker encouraged her to get into triathlon and how his coaching and friendship changed the course of her life. In this episode of the Triathlon Taren podcast, Taren's wife and regular podcast co-host NTK (No Triathlon Kim) takes the reigns for the interview with Susan, which is done in format we've never...


Lauren Brandon | 2nd out of the water in Kona, Faster than Pro Men, and being coached by a spouse - Triathlon Taren Podcast

Lauren Brandon is a pro Ironman triathlete who has just weeks before this interview quit her job and committed full time to pro triathlon racing. Lauren is a former NCAA All-American swimmer and is so talented in the swim that even when starting five minutes behind the pro men's field will swim past some of the pro male triathletes. In this triathlon podcast interview with Lauren Brandon we talk about how she got into triathlon through her husband Barrett Brandon, who is also a...