I co-host the Oxygen Addict Triathlon Podcast and I absolutely love it! Every week you’ll hear top interviews from the world of triathlon along with the latest news, tips and advice. You can find us on iTunes and if you like what you hear then please leave a review or even become a patreon. In the meantime, why not have a listen to some of my highlights below?
The Menopause Special
This episode has had so much brilliant feedback, as I discuss the menopause with exercise physiologist Dr Stacy Sims and other special guests. You'll hear first hand from triathletes, ultra runners and outdoor lovers who talk openly about the impact the menopause has had on their life and their sport. Listen out for tips on diet, and training. If you are a coach and work with older female athletes, there's plenty of useful advice too! Thanks to the fantastic contributors: Dr Stacy Sims, Environmental Exercise Physiologist and author of Roar, Dr Juliet McGrattan, former GP, Director of 261UK and author of Sorted: The Active Woman’s Guide to Health, Fiona Russell, AG triathlete, lover of the outdoors and adventure, runs the Fiona Outdoors website, Erica Clarkson, runner and fundraiser attempting to break the World Record for the number of Ultra-Marathons run on a 400m track and Melanie Hayes, Triathlon coach, GB Age group Triathlete and Kona qualifier.
Jonny Brownlee, coach Malcolm Brown, top performance nutritionist Louise Sutton and Dr Andi Drake
I spent a brilliant day at the Improving Performance in Endurance Sport event at Leeds Beckett University. I was surrounded by passionate experts, some of the world’s best coaches, inspiring athletes and interesting people. I spoke with two time Olympic medallist and multiple World Champion Jonny Brownlee, The Brownlee's former coaches Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland, top performance nutritionist Louise Sutton and joint Director of The National Endurance Centre Ltd, Dr Andi Drake. There’s some great insight in these interviews which you can apply to your own racing and training, whether it be lessons that athletes and coaches have learned along the way or why nutrition isn’t rocket science. You might also learn a thing or two about race walking. To find out about upcoming workshops, visit: https://nationalendurancecentre.co.uk/
Sports Psychologist, Evie Serventi
If you’ve ever been a bag of nerves before a race, then listen to Sports and Exercise Psychologist Evie Serventi’s interview. She talks you through how to deal with pre-race jitters and how you can re-focus your mind if you have a bad swim or bike. Evie also sheds some light around that guilty feeling you can get if you miss a training session, or feel like you haven't spent enough time with your family. And, she guides you through coming to terms with an injury and dealing with post-race blues.
The Periods Podcast - Blood Sweat and Gears
After writing this blog and opening up about my own experience when it comes to periods, I decided to put together this podcast to help others.
This is a MUST-LISTEN for all female athletes, coaches, mums, dads, and teenagers daughters. We find out why it’s so important to have a regular period (it isn’t just about having babies), what it’s like to deal with your period on race day and in training. It features Dr Georgie Bruinvels, an elite endurance athlete and research scientist who has helped to develop the amazing FitrWoman™ app for female athletes to track their cycle and Dr Jess Piasecki a GB runner and lecturer in Exercise Physiology who has written a number of excellent articles about female athletes. Meredith Kessler, an American multiple Ironman Ironman 70.3 Champion and co-author of the brilliant Life of a Triathlete and fellow pro Nikki Bartlett also share their experiences.
I felt such a sense of excitement when I got an email saying Nicola Spirig was happy to do this interview with me. Having lived and worked in Switzerland, I’m fully aware of how much of a super star she is there. I also know that it’s quite rare for her to do interviews like this. And that’s what makes it such a fascinating listen! She discusses everything from family life to studying law, as well as what it's like to be coached by Brett Sutton. Nicola is due to have her third child in Spring 2019 but tells me she intends to return for what would be an incredible 5th Olympic Games appearance at Tokyo 2020. She also reveals what she REALLY said to Gwen Jorgensen during the run at Rio 2016 and the difference between training alongside Chrissie Wellington and Daniela Ryf. You might be surprised to hear she ALWAYS suffers from pre-race nerves…And you might enjoy hearing about why she plans to wear two golden horses in her ears at the Tokyo Olympics.
This is one of the most inspirational interviews I have ever done and it really hammers home the importance of spending time doing what you love! On September 2nd 2013 Camilla Pedersen was in the form of her life. She had won the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 European titles earlier that summer and was preparing for the World Championships in Hawaii. The following day she was in an induced coma in hospital, following a crash during her final training ride in Denmark. She remained in a coma for 19 days. Doctors told her she would never walk again, let alone do a triathlon. Remarkably, just a year later, Camilla was crowned ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion.
The Pregnancy Podcast: Swim, Bike, Mum
With a number of World, Olympic and Ironman Champions having recently become mums, we take a closer look at pregnancy and triathlon. We are joined by two time Olympian Helen Jenkins who explains about adapting to training whilst pregnant, and Kate Allan tells us how pregnancy helped move her performances on. We also get the views of Matt Bottrill on how a coach has to develop their skills and plans when an athlete becomes pregnant. Esme Matthew from the English Institute of Sport gives us the expert view about how they help elite athletes through pregnancy.