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Beyond

Author: HOKA ONE ONE x IRONMAN

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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.
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“This race is to honor my dad. When I’m hitting those tough moments, I’m thinking about him and what he went through. That’s gotten me through some pretty tough training sessions,” says outdoorsman and professional fisherman Conway Bowman who joins Coach Morgon Latimore to discuss his journey preparing for his first IRONMAN 70.3, race day preparations, and the importance of family and the athlete community in his training. You can watch the Final Episode of Conway’s race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqfe5kHITbQ And see his entire journey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg7_GXcOHfw&list=PLxTcXRgYJnfS7y12ielDmmjbHvVaMO438
“If you are able to be present and adjust your expectations in the moment, you can overcome a lot of things. If you dwell on what your expectations are when they’re not met, it really easily derails you.” Nikki Bartlett and Rebecca Milnes join Coach Morgon Latimore to discuss how triathlon affects their relationship, racing during COVID-19 precautions, and how both give back to the sport of triathlon, with Nikki as a guide for paralympic athletes and Rebecca coaching them.
“For me, what Sam is doing is making parents out there that have a child who has challenges, or family members with challenges, see that sport is an important part of healing.” Tony Holness is the father to Sam Holness, an athlete with autism who recently competed in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Tony joins Coach Morgon Latimore to discuss how by meeting Sam where he is, they defied some experts opinions on Sam, who has gone on to earn a college degree and is continuing to train to become an elite triathlete. To see Sam’s amazing IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship journey, CLICK HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX1Qu4ptgR8&t=10s)
“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 didn’t give a crap. Be yourself, keep writing content that drives response,” 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 Hawaii 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 worse feeling in the world so I started to run, because no one can cut you from running,” says Dave McGillivray, in a conversation 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 long-time race organizer.
“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 competences 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!
“The most important thing is that you have the surrounding people who support you especially in the first years and that you can train without thinking all of the time if the baby is doing well.” Chelsea Sodaro caught up with Daniela Bleymehl, a Top 10 finisher at the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, to discuss being a mother and the importance of having a strong support group while training and traveling, 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 that 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 juggling motherhood and professional sport parenting 101 in this episode of the Beyond Podcast
“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 for 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 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.
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