Brent McMahon - 2 x Olympic Triathlete - Ironman Champion - 3 x 70.3 N. American Champion
Episode 149: Brent McMahon - Olympic Triathlete - Ironman Champion
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On this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg is joined by Triathlon legend, Brent McMahon. Multiple Olympian, and 5 x Ironman Champion with a Personal best Ironman of 7.46.
Brent won his debut Ironman in 2014 with a 7.55 hr at Ironman Arizona. Backed this win up with a win at IM Brasil and a time of 7.46 (a world record at the time), and then wins at Lake Placid, IM Canada, and more recently his Ironman win on September 11th in Wisconsin.
Brent has turned up with consistency and intent for over 25 years. He’s taken some talent and turned himself into one of the world's great. He’s ticked every box in the sport, from winning ITU World Cups, Xterra off-road events, going to two Olympics to winning Ironman 70.3s and Ironmans around the world. Brent is a triathlete, any way you look at it. He has been participating since he was 10 years old. That’s over 25 years of doing triathlons.
Growing up in North Vancouver, Brent enjoyed many sports ranging from high school wrestling to club soccer. It was after high school that Brent turned his sole focus to triathlon and the goal of making the senior national team and ultimately, the Olympic Team.
2:18 - Interview with Brent McMahon begins
4:12 - Greg and Brent chat about Kona Ironman 2022 starting with the high calibre women's race on Thursday.
7:09 - Moving onto the men's race, Greg and Brent talk through how fast the event is becoming, with the top 10 all sub 8 hours. Brent was the first ever rookie to go under 8 hours, so his explanation and prespective is fascinating.
10:42 - Having been around for a few years, Brent explains the impact he has seen on the sport from the science and training, to the equipment and technology, plus the impact of fresh new raw talent coming to triathlon.
16:53 - Greg rewinds the clock ... Brent explains his early sporting journey, then how (and why) he found his passion for triathlon.
23:43 - In 1995 Brent decided to try his hand at triathlon, and it's when he first started working with Lance Watson. 27 years on ... Lance & Brent could possibly be the longest athlete/coach partnership in the history of sport.
37:19 - Greg and Brent spent time living together and training together in training camps and explain how the competitivness within the group pushed them individually to greater success.
A high and a low are intertwined ... you can't have one without the other
39:16 - Brent describes some of the highs and lows of his career.
44:03 - Brent and Greg describe the perfect race, what it is, and how it feels. Brent tells a wonderful story around coming within 10 seconds of a world record in Brasil.
48:46 - Brent describes the learnings he has gained from his lowest low moments in his career.
55:47 - Greg tests Brent's fast twitch sensors with some rapid fire questions.
3 favorite streaming shows everyone should watch?
Kona Ironman or Olympic Gold?
Should a vegetarian eat animal crackers?
How many episodes of the Greg Bennett show have you listened to?
Best training location?
Best decade of music?
Best movie of all time?
1:02:58 - Wrap up - what's next for Brent McMahon?
1:04:01 - Interview ends.
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