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Dr. Hannah Wells - Pro triathlete -IRONMAN and multiple 70.3 Champ -Ph.D. Biotech Engineering

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Hannah Wells - Pro triathlete -IRONMAN and multiple 70.3 Champ -Ph.D. Biotech Engineering

Episode 67: Dr. Hannah Wells - Pro triathlete -IRONMAN and multiple 70.3 Champ -Ph.D. Biotech Engineering

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Show notes (please see Timestamps below for more detail)

In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg has a delightful conversation with Dr. Hannah Wells.

Dr. Hannah Wells is one of the greatest prospects to hit the world of Triathlon.

In her short time as a professional athlete, she has won every major ½ distance race in the Oceania region: including the Tauranga 1/2, Challenge Wanaka, and the Ironman 70.3’s Sunshine Coast, Western Sydney, Taupo, & Geelong amongst others.

Even more spectacular she’s 72 hours off the back of debuting in her first Ironman, in IM New Zealand which she won convincingly in 9.01 hr/min.

And if that is not enough, she has a Ph.D. in Biotech Engineering. She did her Ph.D. looking at the structure of collagen in a range of tissues and natural materials and won two international awards.

In this episode, we get a better understanding of how she does it all and looking at her journey and her process.

Dr. Wells describes her journey into the world of Triathlon. Only starting the sport in her early 20's her rise to the top has been remarkably fast. She spent many years balancing her work and Triathlon and adventure racing. But after a successful 2019, she has gone all-in on the sport of Triathlon.

She discusses her love of the sport of Triathlon, the people, the training, and the racing. She explains the importance of listening to her body and adapting the training accordingly,

Her advice to never stop learning and to focus on the process is something we all need reminding of.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


0.0 - Introduction to show

1.20 - Advertising

5.35 - Introduction to guest

6.30 - General chit-chat - Recovering from Ironman New Zealand 🇳🇿

7.30 - What the Ironman was like? Expectations of tough moments were met - dropping your nutrition made the race a little tougher - Hannah has qualified for the World Championships - Hannah is looking to do Ironman Cairnes in June

12.30 - Motivation during Covid - "I enjoy training, but I love racing too" - The goalposts kept moving for IM NZ, they kept moving the dates due to Covid outbreaks

15.45 - Hannah stopped work as a Biotech engineer a few months pre-Covid and was looking forward to racing and training globally - 2019 Hannah won every race when she went in

18.50 - Rewinding the clock - started Triathlon in 2013 - she started to keep fitness after getting injured from other sports - The welcoming community of Triathlon from all various age groups and the challenges made Triathlon special for Hannah - Hannah is the younger sibling

24.00 - Started when she was 23. Recognized she had some ability when she got 2nd Xterra world champs in her age group - Hannah spent time doing adventure sport - Hannah went professional in 2017 - Braden Curie & Courtney Atkinson and the Coast to Coast adventure racing - Red Bull Defiance

30.00 - A typical routine for Hannah - Starts her training at 8 am and finishes at 5 pm each day - Setting a sleep routine -

31.00 - Training Volume - Averaged 19 hours going into Ironman New Zealand - 3/4 days of work and then a rest day works best for Hannah

34.45 - Bevan McKinnon is Hannah's Coach and uses a lot of data - but still, go by feel - Listening to yourself is key

36.50 - Midroll advertising

38.30 - Using data

41.00 - Hannah's team - Bevan and Bevan's wife, her partner and a physio from time to time - and few training partners - a smaller team is all that Hannah needs -

43.30 - Who Hannah trains with? Hannah trains on her own for most of it

45.00 - Training Camps - Taupo and the South Island

46.20 - Nerves pre-race - "I'm ok with nerves" - "I love the racing"

50.00 - Hannah's sponsors - Subaru New Zealand, 2XU, Trek bikes, Form Swim goggles, Myovolt

50.32 - Form Swim Goggles - Pace in the pool, cadence in the open water, and the time in your eye for a specific workout in the open water

52.30 - Greg and Hannah discuss the show and imposter syndrome

53.45 - General health - Magnesium, Zinc, fish oil, Vit D in the winter - Hannah loves the Sauna - 30 minutes at 80-83 degrees Celsius (180+ f) - does sauna after running... dehydrates and slowly brings in the fluids

57.45 - Sleep and recovery - usually 7.5 hours - sometimes more, sometimes less

1.02.40 - Tips to optimize your life - "Never stop learning" - "be the best learner and focus on the process" "love to learn"

Conclude – 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions

  1. What is your favorite family vacation? South Africa

  2. What would you change about yourself if you could? Small talk

  3. Is it wrong for a vegetarian to eat animal crackers? No

  4. Most recent book you’ve read? Mindset

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

  6. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? Vacuum the house

  7. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Maggie Q

  8. What was the last gift you gave someone? Salad bowl and serves

  9. If you had a time machine, would you travel to the future or back to the past? Future

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

  11. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? Pass

  12. Invisibility or super strength? Invisibility

  13. Most recent show you watched on Netflix? Designated Survivor

  14. If you won, $100 million in the lottery how would you spend it? Triathlon and Travel and a mansion and a 50m pool

  15. Why are now manholes round? Pass

1.10.30 - Conclusion


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