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Gustav Iden - 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion

Gustav Iden - 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion

Episode 52 - Gustav Iden - 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, 2020 PTO Champion

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Show notes (please see Timestamps below for more detail)

In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg Bennett has an incredible conversation with Gustav Iden. Gustav is spearheading the next generation of superstar triathletes.

At 24 he’s already won the IronMan 70.3 world championships and more recently the challenge Daytona PTO championships. Both events had two of the greatest fields ever established in the world of triathlon, and both events he put on a display that indicates that the next generation is here and they’re taking the sport further than any of us thought possible.

He’s part of the Norwegian clan that is taking the world by storm alongside his training partners 2019 world championship grand final winner Khristian Blumenfeld and World Triathlon Series podium finisher Casper Stornes.

It’s exciting to watch this new generation and the sport of Triathlon continue to summit new heights.

In this episode, Gustav describes the impact on his life winning the Ironman 70.3 world title. He shares an incredible story about wearing a Taiwanese hat that he'd found on the side of the road in Japan, to victory at the Ironman 70.3 world title and how that event went viral in Taiwan and had a huge influence on him signing with a Taiwanese bike company Giant bikes because of it. It really is a remarkable story.

Gustav describes the fact that he's naturally confident but hopes it doesn't come across as arrogance. He shares the fact that his VO2 max has been tested at 92... which is one of the biggest scores in history. Consider the fact that the average man has a V02 max of around 60 and it's no surprise that Gustav can deliver so much Oxygen around his body.

They discuss the Challenge Daytona event in detail and Gustav shares the importance of winning Challenge Daytona to let his fans and sponsors know that the IM 70.3 World title the year before wasn't a fluke.

So many great stories in this one.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


0.0 - Introduction to show

1.46 - Sponsors

5.18 - Start to show – Introduction

6.05 - General chit-chat - Quarantine - comparing winning Daytona verse IM 70.3 in 2019 - Racing in Europe

8.30 - Preparing for Daytona - the uncertainty - no swimming - Training partner Kristian Blummenfelt

11.30 - Challenge Daytona - comparing the flat Daytona to Nice 70.3 World Champs course - Getting off the bike in Daytona and cramping - Why the bike splits were that not different - Having another gear and backing off

16.50 - Nice IM 70.3 and the crowds

18.45 - Why Gustav's name wasn't mentioned as much as the others

20.10 - Out of the swim 1.15 back in Daytona - Confidence was lacking in the swim - Racing smart - When Gustav

23.20 - What to do with the prize money? Racing for every place

25.55 - Finding a passion for endurance sports in Bergen, Norway - Running and Cycling - Watching brothers and sisters

27.20 - Knowing he had a strength in endurance sports - Finding Triathlon

30.30 - The Norweigen team statement in the 2018 Bermuda World Triathlon Series event, podium

32.00 - Mixed relay at the Olympics - the Norwegian team

33.50 - Tokyo test event in 2019, 4th - Gustav surprised himself with this result - smart heat preparation

36.45 - Scientific testing - they know their bodies well - preparation for Tokyo and going forward

39.10 - The 2019 WTS Grand Final, 4th - Happy for Kristian Blummenfelt for the win

41.30 - Nice 70.3 IM World Champs - the reason for road bike - "I had no brakes on my tt bike"

44.00 - Getting off the bike in the lead and feeling comfortable - Then Alistair blew by - What to do to past Alistair Brownlee later in the run

48.00 - How Gustav's life changed after winning the World Champs - Understanding your worth

49.20 - Signing with Giant bikes - Taiwan story - "I went viral in Taiwan" - The hat is a great story - See the youtube below - The hat is now bigger than Gustav - Gustav got the honorary citizen in Taiwan

56.00 - The pressure of performance for all the support

57.40 - Confidence - what we can and can't write on social media

1.01.10 - Social media - Gustav enjoys his own Instagram and supplies all team Norway

1.03.45 - Spending money before you make it!

1.05.00 - The Olympics and Kona 2021 season

1.07.30 - Building back up fitness - Having a small season break

1.09.00 - Swimming - Finding consistency

1.12.00 - Testing in the lab - setting standards - getting tested every 6 weeks - VO2 max of 92 on the bike - You can cheat the test by holding your breath - Some of the highest numbers in the world

1.17.00 - Nutrition - In Daytona - - Gustav took 110 grams of carbohydrates per hour

1.21.00 - General health - Gustav has to take Vitamin B and Iron when at altitude

1.23.00 - Biomechanics and strength

1.25.30 - "I'm aware I have a talent and I'm not putting it to waste"

1.26.00 - Training locations - the Sierra Nevada in Spain and Phuket Thailand

1.27.40 - Conclusion


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