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Daniela Ryf - Special Edition Parts 1&2- 4 x Ironman & 5 x IM 70.3 World Champion, Multiple Olympian

Daniela Ryf - Special Edition Parts 1&2- 4 x Ironman & 5 x IM 70.3 World Champion, Multiple Olympian

Episode 74 - Daniela Ryf - Special Edition Parts 1&2- 4 x Ironman & 5 x IM 70.3 World Champion, Multiple Olympian

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Show notes (please see Timestamps below for more detail)

In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg and cohost Laura have a delightful conversation with Daniela Ryf.

Daniela Ryf guest is arguably the greatest Triathlete of all time. She’s at least very much a part of that conversation.

A Four-time Ironman World Champion and Kona course record holder of 8hrs 26 min. She’s a Five-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion, two-time Olympian, and U23 World Champion. Add to those world titles a multitude of European titles and her outstanding World Triathlon series win in 2010. And, when she wins, she doesn’t win by small margins, she often wins with such dominates that we wait minutes for the rest of the field to arrive... Oh, and she’s only 33.

She’s been a long-time friend of both Laura and me and we’ve enjoyed watching her rise over the years to the very top of the sport.

In part 1 of this episode, Daniela discusses what it's like to be back racing after such a long period away. And how much the year off helped her gain perspective and take control of her life. Daniela steps through the Ironman 70.3 wins in Dubai and St. George earlier this year and how she was able to test herself with no pressure in each. She describes her journey into the sport of Triathlon and the opportunities she grabbed to optimize herself.

In part 2, we dissect some of the career highlights for Daniela of which there have been many. We discuss her future and we end with some short fast questions, some of which were simply fun and others that required a little more self-reflection.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


Daniela Ryf - Special Edition Part 2

0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising

4.25 - Introduction to Daniela Ryf

5.15 - General chit-chat - Looking back at the past 8 years - Finding her place in Ironman with her coach Brett Sutton - 2012 Daniela had thought about stopping - The virus in 2012 and again in 2020 (Covid) have helped Daniela re-charge and re-focus - Finding balance with study and sport

12.10 - Studied - Bachelor in Management and now an MBA in Business psychology - The comparisons between sport and business

15.30 - The mental impacts of Ironman

18.00 - Back racing - Dubai 70.3 - the first race in 18 months - No fear, just happy to be on the start line - You want to show your fitness - The feeling of racing was special - The run was 1.16hr, which was Daniela's best after loads of treadmill running - new Asics shoe - Imogen Simmonds pushed Daniela to have her best run -

25.30 - St.George, Utah 70.3 - "I wanted to play and push the bike" - Daniela pushed the bike hard to test the form - Having no fear of blowing up - Managing the run with a 6+ min lead -

31.00 - Training in Sedona, Arizona - perfect for training - preparing for Tulsa Ironman - Training in the USA

34.00 - Daniela is 34 now and is still loving racing -

37.15 - Rewind the clock - At 14 Daniela started the sport - "I've just done it forever" - The right time, the right people and the right opportunity created the opportunity - Young coach - The Lisa Norden put Daniela in touch with the coach Darren Smith - After the hard times in 2011-12 Nicola Spirig introduced Daniela to brett Sutton

45.00 - Three careers - Darren Smith then virus - Brett Sutton and then a virus (Covid) - Now Daniela is letting go and taking control of her life - Finding freedom and doing it on her own - Ultimately your best coach - Brett told Daniela to eat more - It's not just about being skinny it's about being strong


Daniela Ryf - Special Edition Part 2

0.00 - Introduction and brief ad read

2.10 - Career Highlights - 2014 Ironman Kona "I wasn't afraid" - 2010 Seoul WTS win - Daniela got sick for 1.5 years after this win, but says it was worth it - Daniela learned patience during this time and how important the immune system is - 2018 Ironman World Championship win - starts with Jellyfish sting - 4hr 26-minute bike - "It was the craziest race of my life" - Daniela shares her story and the little goals she set herself after the jellyfish scare - Turned information into positive news

17.40 - 2019 World Championships (Stomach Bug) - Daniela optimized what she had and was happy she finished - Disappointed she couldn't show her fitness but was happy with her effort

22.10 - Routine - "I'm fake discipline" - a flexible routine is key for Daniela - Being relaxed is almost the most important - Two days before the race Daniela always has a steak and pasta and wine, this started with the Swiss team

25.20 - Training Volume - Daniela doesn't write down her training or try to copy what she's done in the past - Just focusses on consistency - a break after Kona for 4 weeks - "Quality is more important than quantity" - Run day focus - three runs in a day - 3 x 1hr runs at tempo - Arthur Lydiard -

28.40 - What's next? Ironman Tulsa, some races in Europe, Collins Cup, 70.3 Worlds in September, and then Kona - 2015 Daniela won the Triple Crown and the $1 million to go with her world titles that year - She's won the first race of the Triple crown for 2021

31.50 - Tip for optimizing their life - "Take opportunities that feel right"

33.25 - Coffee with any living person? "Greg and Laura"

33.50 - Conclude – 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions

1. What is your favorite family vacation? Sedona, Arizona

2. Who would you dream of having a head-to-head duel to finish at Kona Ironman with? Jan Frodeno

3. What would you change about yourself if you could? Nothing - I don't want to change myself

4. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Enjoy the path/ journey

5. Out of 10, how cool would you say you are? Five

6. Outside of Triathlon, If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Maybe a businesswoman

7. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? Mow the lawn (ride on) - My childhood and my Dad

8. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? No one because they wouldn't get it right.

9. What product would you refuse to promote? Many - Cigarettes or unnecessary things

10. If you had a time machine, would you travel to the future or back to the past? "I don't like Time machines - I think we should live in the now"

11. Would you rather be able to speak every language in the world or be able to talk to animals? Talk to animals

12. Which decade of music is the best? 2000's

13. Invisibility or super strength? Invisibility

14. Most recent show you watched on Netflix? The Queen

15. If you won, $100 million in the lottery how would you spend it? Buy Houses for everyone I like - give it to people who can use it

42.00 Conclude - How the Million dollars felt in 2015 - I didn't like the feeling of racing for the million dollars - I prefer the pressure of World Championships

45.00 - Conclude - wrap up


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