What inspires the athletes who inspire us? What are the stories of those humans who strive for more - who push past obstacles and reset notions of what is possible? Join us as we tell incredible stories from triathletes around the world.
“I had the worst race on the most important day of my career. I was devastated and I didn't know what was next. Triathlon is a second chance for me in this, which I think is very rare." Chelsea Sodaro, a multiple IRONMAN 70.3 winner and four-time All-American in track, joins Coach Morgon Latimore to discuss being a mother, pursuing perfection, and how a major failure in the Olympic Trials lead to her becoming an elite triathlete.
“It's not just about the training, it's about really rediscovering who I am, who my family is. It's awesome," says noted outdoorsman and professional fisherman Conway Bowman in a wide-ranging conversation with Coach Morgon Latimore, an IRONMAN coach, US Marine, and triathlete who brings his unique perspective and energy to the Beyond Podcast series. Conway and Coach Morgon dive into Conway's triathlon training, the importance of family, and lessons learned from his father.
“When people are passionate, they will respond, either negatively or positively. If they don't respond at all, that means they don't give. a crap. Be yourself, keep writing content that drives responses," says Bob Babbitt, the IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductee while reminiscing on the best advice he received as a young triathlon journalist. In a wide ranging conversation with Eric Gilsenan on the Beyond Podcast, the two friends discuss Bob's childhood in North Chicago, racing his first IRONMAN in Hawai'i in 1980, and how he became involved with supporting challenged athletes.
“As a young boy, I wanted to be one thing only - a professional athlete. What I was learning at that young age is the concept of rejection, that no one wanted me. It's the worst feeling in the world so I started to run, because no one can cut you from running," says Dave McGillivray, in a discussion with Eric Gilsenan on the Beyond Podcast. The two longtime friends discuss Dave's early motivations to begin endurance training, his history with IRONMAN, and his memories as a long-time race organizer.
Ben Kanute & Patrik Nilsson
“Once you're out on a training session or once you're out on a race course being a father has been a huge motivation, an extra motivation on a hard day to keep going and try to turn it into a good day," says Patrik Nilsson, who, along with Ben Kanute, join Eric Gilsenan on the Beyond Podcast to discuss their lives as professional triathletes while also being the fathers of young children. Ben and Patrik also go into detail on how being a parent changed how they view training and racing, the influences their own parents played in their careers, and their best dad jokes.
“I no longer have Coach Dan, now I have Coach Baby True and Coach Baby True is like, 'Today? Yeah a swim is okay, we can go for a swim. Today I think you should take a nap instead' and I think, 'Alright Baby True, you're the boss' and for me that has been a huge shift." Sarah True is getting ready to join the long list of IRONMAN athletes who have recently become parents. Sarah sits down with Chelsea Sodaro to discuss how training schedules fluctuate during pregnancy amongst a long list of topics in this episode of the Beyond Podcast.
“I think that somehow the physical competencies that we get through pursuing sports and athletics builds an amazing amount of confidence. That confidence allows us to succeed in other aspects of life." Chelsea Sodaro caught up with her favorite triathlete, Dr. Marci Snodgrass. Dr. Snodgrass also happens to be Chelsea's mom. They discuss Marci's life in sport and the barriers that she was able to break in this episode of the Beyond Podcast!
“To be honest last year caused a lot of strain. It was really tough - especially mentally - because I felt like I was always being interrupted and having to motivate again, finding new goals. I really trained hard and tried to stay positive and I think that is something that every athlete went through last year." Chelsea Sodaro and Daniela Bleymehl, a Top 10 Finisher at the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, discuss the importance of staying positive both mentally and physically, in this episode of the Beyond Podcast!
“I would be out running (pregnant), and people would look at me like I had two heads. I remember that was the first question people would ask me - 'Can you still exercise?'" Chelsea Sodaro caught up with Age Group IRONMAN World Champion triathlete Amy Farrell to discuss how the resources available to expecting mothers, who also happen to be athletes, have evolved over the years.
“I'm very happy that the sport showed me the weakness, my personal weakness, and the things I have to work on. It made me grow and it made me in to the person I am.” Chelsea caught up with Anja Ippach to talk about being a new mother and reflections of a career in triathlon, and what the future holds in this episode of the Beyond Podcast!
“I just tried to remind myself that I am achieving something by the fact that you are growing a baby and that is easy to forget sometimes when you're not achieving what you're normally achieving.” Susie Cheetham describes what it was like to stop training leading up to the birth of her first child. Tune in as Chelsea Sodaro and Susie discuss Parenting 101 in this episode of the BEYOND Podcast!
Mirinda Carfrae & Tim O'Donnell
“I think we're probably in for the greatest challenge of our careers this year with balancing two. Very rarely do you see tri couples, race with a child let alone two.” HOKA and IRONMAN are excited to announce a special series of BEYOND Podcasts that focus in on parenting and there is no better place to start than with the First Family of Triathlon. Tune in as Chelsea and Eric sit down with Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell, plus Izzy and Finn, to talk all things parenting including how they find time for family while also training and racing.
“I didn't necessarily mean to get blown up. There is something natural that came to me and said, 'Listen, this is your cross to bear - but if you bear it, it could be a good example to others.'" Sebastien Bellin was at the Brussels Airport on March 22, 2016, when a terrorist attack took place. Find out how this former basketball star was able to overcome extensive injuries and start on the road to one day completing an IRONMAN in this inspirational podcast that's part of the BEYOND series.
“The common question is, "Why IRONMAN? Why triathlons?" It's to train my mind. When I do a 7 to 10 hour training day or an IRONMAN and I go to do a three hour IndyCar race, it's a piece of cake - or in my mind it is.“ Find out how training for an IRONMAN race helps keep him mentally prepared to take on the challenges of an IndyCar race in this episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show (Part of the Beyond Series).
“It is super important that triathlon is used as something healthy and is an outlet as opposed to something that becomes too much. Going longer and going further and trying to be better is not always the best solution.“ Overtraining is real in the world of endurance sports and overcoming the overtraining aspect can be difficult. Sarah Crowley explains how she centers her energy in this episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show (Part of the Beyond Series).
“We were more inclined to think that it was a way of living, having that beach lifestyle. You didn’t think about baseball, basketball, football, soccer. You thought about the tide and the wind conditions and who has a good paddleboard I could borrow for the race on Saturday.” Scott Tinley, two-time IRONMAN World Champion (1982 and 1985), narrates what it was like to compete during the infancy of sport of triathlon. Tune in to the Chelsea and Eric Show (Part of the Beyond Series) to hear more about Scott’s triathlon achievements and how he reconnected with his fellow triathletes.
Chelsea Sodaro chats with Sarah True in the fourth episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show (Part of the Beyond Podcast Series produced by HOKA One One and IRONMAN). "In the ideal world every athlete says this is the day that I am no longer going to make a living being a professional athlete and you do a mic drop and you walk off feeling totally awesome about your career." Hear about what Sarah hopes to accomplish outside of the sport of triathlon while also training to become of the top triathletes in the world.
Chelsea and Eric catch up with Ben Kanute in the third episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show (part of the Beyond Podcast Series produced by HOKA One One and IRONMAN). Find out more about the US Olympian, 2nd place IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finisher, and former USAT Elite Athlete of the Year. Ben has also had some major life changes recently that have contributed to an exciting and eventful 2020.
Chelsea and Eric sit down with Mirinda Carfrae in the second episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show (part of the Beyond Podcast Series produced by HOKA One One and IRONMAN). Learn more about the 3-time IRONMAN World Champion including what sport she also excels at outside of triathlon, why Rinny was the first triathlete Chelsea became a fan of, and why she puts ice cream in her recovery shakes!
Chelsea & Eric
Chelsea Sodaro describes herself as being “pretty new to the sport of triathlon” despite a 4th place finish at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France while Eric Gilsenan has been around the sport “since 1982” in various ways. Chelsea and Eric come together in the first episode of the Chelsea and Eric Show to discuss their experience and help set the table for future podcast episodes.
"I was really lucky to have my mom's support in everything I do. We are still really close now and if she can't be at a race, she will be watching online and she was just a massive part of taxiing me but again all thanks to my mom for encouraging me."
Hear how family helped Emma Pallant burst onto the triathlon scene with a second-place finish at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
Willie Stewart - Part 2
"I look at how disenfranchised populations, how are they isolated in society and how can we integrate a larger population into what the mainstream population is doing that will strengthen us all by that integration." - Willie Stewart.
Tune in for the second part of our Beyond podcast, produced by HOKA One One and IRONMAN to learn more about Willie's endless determination to strengthen his legacy in the IRONMAN community.
Willie Stewart - Part 1
"When you start thinking about who might be on the short list of the greatest endurance athletes of all-time, the guy we call 'One Arm' is a pretty good choice." - Bob Babbitt
Learn more about the incredible journey of Willie Stewart including his everlasting impact on IRONMAN athletes.
In 1982, Julie Moss showed up to the IRONMAN World Championship as an unknown. The world watched as she refused to give up and crawled to the finish line. It was a run that would define her and her career to come. Listen to Julie describe her famous run in this inspiring episode.