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The WITSUP, women in triathlon, podcast is a lot more than just swim, bike and run. It's all about getting to know the person behind the triathlete. What makes them tick. Who or what inspires them. What has driven them to be the person and the athlete they are today. So imagine yourself joining me and your favourite triathlete for a chat over a coffee, or a wine if you prefer, and plenty of laughs.
 
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HISTORY BREAKING ALERT! This weekend at Challenge Cancun, Sika Henry created history by becoming the first black American Professional Triathlete, so we thought it was the perfect time to hit up our archives and listen back to our chat with her last year.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + As Sika committed t…
 
No one has their life more organised than Alicia Kaye. I mean, she is a professional organiser! All jokes aside, this is one of our favourite conversations on the Witsup podcast. Her psychology background made us feel like we had a session with a therapist, and we are so grateful of her time, openness, and all she’s given to the sport of triathlon.…
 
Jen Annett may be giggly, but she’s one of the toughest racers in the professional triathlon world. Her passion is apparent as she overcomes being diagnosed with Epilepsy while becoming one of the fastest triathletes in the world. We discuss her journey into the world of professional triathlon world after moving on from her days working at a bank. …
 
Imogen Simmonds AKA IMO SIMMO isn’t only a slayer on the race course, but she can also cut a mean rug on the dance floor. Covid has restricted both racing and dancing, but you’d never know it based on IMO SIMMO’s positive demeanor. Coming from an active family, nature and outdoors has been an integral part of her life. It’s no surprise that she stu…
 
We catch up with two time world champ, three time Olympian, and British legend Helen Jenkins about where she’s at in life and sport following the chaos that was 2020. We are inspired by this athlete, mother, and all round incredible woman.We chat all things from the pros and cons of social media to parenting in a pandemic. Plus, dealing with the pr…
 
We chat with 4 x World Champion Leanda Cave about her new beginnings and challenges, oh and life in caravan as a kid. Instead of holding milestones in life to specific timelines, she’s letting life happen. As someone who believes that what you receive from the world is a result of what you put into it, we know that good things are heading Leanda’s …
 
After an emotional win for Jodie Stimpson at Challenge Miami, we went back into our archives because we wanted to help share why this win meant so much for Jodie, an athlete and person who wears her heart on her sleeve.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Jodie Stimpson wears her heart on her sleeve, and that's never been more…
 
We chat with Canadian Amélie Kretz about her family history and her journey through triathlon. Starting the sport at age eight, she’s been around the track a few times. With almost 20 years under her race belt, she not only an expert in triathlon, but she is also continuing her education and is toying with the idea of going to medical school.As the…
 
Catching up with Emma 'Jacko' Jackson, was like, well was literally catching up with an old friend. Straight up I felt like I needed to apologise for dropping the ball. Following on from that, we discussed what it's like to be forgotten in the media landscape when you're not performing due to injuries or illnesses.We chat about how she got into the…
 
Karen Smyers is an icon in our sport, and just casually holds the record as the only woman to claim the Ironman World Championship and the World Short Course Championship titles in the same year.Karen is the type of person who motivates and inspires without realising it. She's the epitome of getting shit done, excelling at it, and enjoying it along…
 
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, otherwise known as the hometown of Dr. McDreamy and Ken Griffey Junior, we sat down with Kelsey Withrow for what felt like the seven hundredth time! She is officially the most patient guest we have ever had.Although her website is written in bullet points, there is so much that fits in between the lines. From accid…
 
“If I had that time over, I wouldn’t complain about having to ride the turbo because it’s raining outside.”Great things come in three. Swim Bike Run. The Hanson brothers. The Lord of the Rings Books. And potentially, the number of gold medals that Lauren Parker will win at the Tokyo Olympics. Before her accident almost four years ago, she had alrea…
 
Lisa Roberts, what can’t she do? Runner, pro triathlete, tree enthusiast, pre-covid Sourdough expert, landscape architect, Star Wars superfan. Basically, she’s Wonder Woman, but the Wonder-woman from a galaxy far far away. She even knows how many claps fall into the Friends theme song. We love hearing more about the many adventures of Lisa Roberts …
 
Jess Learmonth was the most popular guest of 2020, so we asked her to kick off 2021 and return to the pod - which, despite not believing she was the most popular, was well chuffed to have another chat."I don't have much to talk about though, I haven't done anything since the last episode!" she exclaimed. But, unsurprisingly we managed to fill the t…
 
Nikki Bartlett seems to wake up every day like it's Christmas, and her enthusiasm for everything is contagious. She's always been full of energy and was one of those kids who could never sit still - you won't get an argument from her fiance, her parents or from her school teachers.Through her teenage years and into her early twenties, that energy s…
 
Off the back of Paula Findlay's big win at The PTO Championship, Challenge Daytona, we wanted to revisit our chat with her 12 months ago. This is a great opportunity to learn more about her roller coaster career and allow the enormity of her win in Daytona this year to sink in a little more. Oh, and spoiler alert, her and Eric ended up getting a do…
 
In our second installment of RAW, we welcome Susan Lacke, a triathlon and endurance sports journalist and author, and Kate Næss, consulting psychologist, speaker, and recently retired elite triathlete and Paralympian. We speak with these two women with different disabilities about where we are in accepting people with disabilities.What can we do to…
 
“You know the phrase, ‘this is a sinking ship’? Well, Els Visser knows what it’s like first hand to be in a sinking ship ... yes we’re serious. The positivity, perseverance, and bravery that Els showed is the energy that we all need in the year of 2020 that sometimes feels like a sinking ship.We were absolutely floored to hear the heroic story of s…
 
As Sika committed to the goal of competing at the highest level of triathlon, she also realized the glaring lack of diversity in triathlon. We discuss the importance of representation in sport, and how triathlon would benefit from diversifying it’s professional field. We are incredibly inspired by her perseverance when the going gets rough and her …
 
We chat with best friend stealer and puppy owner Meredith Hill about the pros and cons of balancing being a physiotherapist and professional triathlete.What's the right balance of training as a professional and also working her brain muscles as a physio?She also tells us about the time she had to emergency camp next to an active volcano, and answer…
 
What does legacy mean to Chrissie Wellington? We have an honest conversation about what her transition out of professional triathlon looked like, and what she’s up to these days. We chat about what a Kona-less October means, and what it’s like to watch the next generation of athletes progress the sport.As she’s navigating the next chapter of her li…
 
Dr. Hannah Wells just never stops inspiring us. She talks to us about transitioning from getting her PhD to racing at the top of professional triathlon and how she’s not so keen to watch Silence of the Lambs (we highly recommend it though!)We discuss how her hard work earning a PhD allows her to focus on triathlon, knowing she has a career to fall …
 
“When there’s adversity, the real champions rise to the top and they find success.”I chat with Lisa Bentley about her journey to becoming a pioneer in the sport of triathlon. Through the evolution of racing, she understands the importance of the mind regardless of generational changes in training and racing styles.After our chat, it’s easy to see h…
 
Given it's meant to be Kona week, it's the perfect time to dive into our archives to revive this chat with Julie Moss.How do you begin to describe a podcast with a woman who not only help put triathlon on the map, but who has inspired so many people.Julie Moss was not only one of the first women I heard about when I started to fall in love with tri…
 
Amelia Rose Watkinson’s Cairns performance really just proved to the world what we already knew; she’s an emerging superstar on the triathlon course and in trivia. With complications of COVID, a shaky start to the race season, and uncertainties of the future of triathlon, ARW has been navigating rough waters. Despite it all, she managed to show tha…
 
Colonel Yvonne Spencer is a mover, shaker, disrupter, and leader in basically anything and everything she does. Not only is she one of the few Black Female Colonels in the United States Air Force, she is a pioneer in the triathlon community with Fast Chix, and an absolute force of a human being. We chat about her journey; the criticisms, learnings,…
 
From silk painting to ice skating, and a sporting history lesson about one of the most infamous ice skaters in the history of the sport.This chat covers it all, but some of the standout moments are realisations that seem to be happening mid sentence for Emma. She really takes her time to digest and think about some of her answers, particularly when…
 
Mel McQuaid is the expert juggler. She has had great success across many disciplines, from off road and on road racing, plus coaching.At the age of 47, “it's been a good ride", but she follows up quickly with "so far!" She is showing no signs of slowing down - literally and figuratively - and even has the numbers to prove it.TOP TIP: if you haven’t…
 
Gosh I loved catching up with Lisa. The first time I met her, I was actually quite nervous - she was after all (well still is), an Olympic medalist, and played a huge role in the greatest Olympic triathlon finish ever! But, she was so lovely, humble and welcoming. Catching up over this episode was greatness!She got into the sport because of her Mum…
 
Amy Dixon, you achieved what not many can ... you rendered me speechless. I'm still gathering my thoughts as I write this.Amy has lived five or six different lives in her lifetime and I'm not sure I've met anyone who has been thrown so many curveballs, but each time is more and more willing to step back into the batters box, and then (because I'm o…
 
There's just something about Grace that draws people towards her - she's bubbly, approachable, caring and cheeky.Cheekiness is such a skill (perhaps an innate skill), and it's one of my favourite things about her. But there's obviously a lot more to her than that. Who would have known that she really struggled with finding what made her happy to th…
 
When I told Katie Zaferes that we don't talk too much about triathlon in our podcasts, she suggested that we may run out of things to discuss because she was pretty damn boring (her words) outside of triathlon. I think we proved otherwise as we chat and chortle our way through this episode covering an array of topics from reading maps to terrible d…
 
Find out more about this lip-syncing, dog loving, craft making, nap taking, food loving, professional big kid, Fenella Langridge.Straight up I find out that she's currently in Morzine, France, which is where I have spent many weeks over European summers with The Buzz Cycling and Triathlon crew, so at first I was jealous, but now I'm living vicariou…
 
Introducing our new series, RAW, where I get the opportunity to have discussions with people about topics that might be a little awkward or uncomfortable, but are discussions that should be had.I have no issues in asking that “stupid” question, because I have an overwhelming thirst for learning and listening to stories.RAW is about starting, or con…
 
Kate Næss' (nee Doughty) is one impressive individual. She always wanted to make it to the Paralympics, and thought she'd be there in the sport of Equestrian, turns out, she made it for triathlon! There are many layers and many stories that make Kate who she is today. There have been some pivotal moments in her life that help to remind her to live …
 
This is only the second time we've had a Supportive Dude on our podcast, and it fills me with glee to welcome Felix Walchshoefer, CEO of Challenge Roth.This weekend I would have been at Challenge Roth (my second home) covering the event, and catching up with dear friends from across the globe. I've said it before, it's my favourite event, and a lar…
 
First up, Grace brought me a coffee, so she wins the award for the best guest. To be fair to the other guests, I haven't recorded an episode face to face in a while, but still, COFFEE!Grace burst onto the triathlon scene when she put on a finish line performance in her debut pro race in 2018 that had the crowd screaming as she kept falling to her k…
 
How does a kid who went to school where competitive sport was actively discouraged become one of the best triathletes in the world? GOOD GRIEF! That is just one of the many stories that have shaped Rachel 'Joycey' Joyce.Other stories in this episode include, that time she fell off the trainer in our house, an introvert in Kona, concreting and being…
 
When Emma was three, she spent almost six months in hospital after a team of doctors mis-diagnosed her. That point in her life, although she didn't know it for a very long time, started a series of events and decisions that has turned her into the remarkable woman that she is today - including being the self-confessed crazy horse lady that she is.S…
 
How to record a podcast when you have two small humans wanting your attention? Hide away in a closet in your bedroom and do your thing!We chat kids, event directing, "phases" in our lives, driving to school on tractors, her profile in the sport, and, our favourite subject, dogs!Follow Jackie: https://www.instagram.com/jackiemhering/BECOME A WITSUP …
 
This is part two of a mini series from Witsup and Inside Tri Show Podcasts, where we discuss body image, eating disorders and disordered eating in triathlon. Listen to The Healthy Body, Part One - www.insidetrishow.com/listenWe can't thank our guests enough for sharing their stories, thoughts and insights. In part two you will hear from professiona…
 
My immediate thoughts when I first met Emma Snowsill (now Emma Frodeno) - FANGIRL! She was the first elite triathlete I ever met and while I towered over this pocket rocket, I felt tiny in the aura that was Emma Snowsill.These days I am lucky to call her a good friend and this chat was a great opportunity to share so many stories - from rhythmic gy…
 
They broke the mould when they made Steph Corker. Steph has this uncanny way of drawing you in. It's her enthusiasm, her passion, her thoughtfulness, her conversations, and the way she views the world, that just makes you want to be around her.We discuss so many things, from her friendship with her brother, some pivotal moments in her life, tv and …
 
Jodie Stimpson wears her heart on her sleeve, and that's never been more palpable then when her Dad passed away earlier this year - the triathlon community felt her heart break. I was worried about bringing up some very raw emotions with our chat, but for Jodie, it's good for her to talk about the man who was her rock, and I discover just how much …
 
I had completely forgotten just how many stories Sarah Piampiano and I have together - from the first time we met when she rocked up at my door to stay with us, to being pulled over by the police in Austria while we were riding. Between the laughs and the memories, things got very real when the topic of starting a family, retirement and an unknown …
 
On the count of three, what movie scene featuring an animal sticks in your mind the most ... One, two, three ... What did you say? Was it the same as Asa and I?Pro triathlete, Dr Asa Lundstrom is the epitome of hard work. She has always compensated for her "lack of talent by working hard." And that seems to be the case across all aspects of her lif…
 
I asked Katee, the hormone nerd, to join me on our podcast, hoping that she might be able to help you out, particularly at this point in time when there is a lot of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. Years ago, I was not ok, and she helped me climb, at a leisurely pace, back out of it. Her knowledge, expertise and personal experience in the world of …
 
What does one do with a child who has an excessive amount of energy? You know the type who just can't sit still? Put the pen down, Emma!You let her run to burn off that energy ... and eventually that may end up leading to a running, duathlon and triathlon career. That's what happened with Emma Pallant at least anyway.In between fidgeting with her p…
 
It's amazing how a quick scroll through someone's Instagram feed can give you some good ammunition for an interview. Sorry Chelsea for bringing up the Tom Brady thing. I hope you're recovering ok?Chelsea has a great story - from her dog getting a turkey stuck on his head, to her Maverick/Bruce Willis brother, and just when I thought her story could…
 
Kendall Macdowell is one of those humans who has this incredible ability to make you stop, think and reassess, and I am extremely lucky to be able to call her a close friend.In a world right now that seems to be spinning out of control, she manages to find the calm, ask the why, and evolve. I always feel better after a conversation with Kendall, or…
 
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