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JAN FRODENO SPECIAL EDITION Parts 1&2- Olympic Champion, 3x Ironman & 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Updated: May 3, 2021

Jan Frodeno Special Edition Parts 1&2- Olympic Champion, 3x Ironman & 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Episode 65 & 66: Jan Frodeno Special Edition Parts 1&2- Olympic Champion, 3x Ironman & 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

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Show notes (please see Timestamps below for more detail)

In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg has a very special return guest, Jan Frodeno. Jan Frodeno is a great champion and a good friend. He’s arguably the greatest Triathlete of All-time? His name is being consistently been thrown into this conversation. And it’s hard to argue with this, with his Olympic Gold, Three-time Ironman World Champion with a course record in Kona of 7.51.13, Two-time IM 70.3 World Champion, and a world record in the Ironman distance of 7.35.39 at the Challenge Roth event in Germany… and a list of wins that just keeps piling up. He’s had a target on his back for over a decade and he keeps delivering with the goods. He’s a crowd favorite, a gracious champion, and a true gentleman of the sport. We had an entertaining and insightful conversation in episode 27, which I highly recommend. This special edition is in two parts. In part 1 of this episode, Jan discusses what it's like to be back racing after such a long period away. He describes the difficulty of getting to the USA but then the sheer joy of getting back on the start line and testing himself. Jan steps through the Challenge Miami race and what it felt like to cross the line victorious and all the pressure that went with it. In part 2, We really get a glimpse of the life behind the athlete. Jan discusses self-doubt, and what it's like to always have a target on his back. He describes what his talent truly is and what a typical day really looks like. Jan discusses his new business venture with his wife Emma - The La Comuna Boutique residence, café, and corner store, his wonderful sponsors, and how he and his manager Felix manage all the commitments. We end with some fun quick-fire questions.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


0.0 - Introduction to show

1.20 - Start to show – Introduction

2.18 - General chit-chat - Jan opening a beer - being back in Girona

3.00 - Trying to get to the USA - Almost didn't race - wearing masks

5.30 - Challenge Miami - did a great job testing the athletes - racing - not racing it was a massive disappointment at first - Belinda Granger - wanting to race challenge Miami -

8.45 - Sponsors advertising

9.50 - Back to the show - "A typical Covid moment" - 17 months - the press conference and the briefing and the Challenge Miami - "The future of pro racing"

14.20 - Jan's race in Challenge in Miami - Jan committed 6-8 weeks before the race - Recap Challenge Miami - The swim start - ITU logic - 150m to the first swim buoy - identifying the swimmers - where Lionel Sanders started and being happy with the swim - coming from ITU to the Long course - Madrid swim start and getting mashed -

21.50 - Going through old data - changing swimming to Australian old swim school, JR - John Rogers

25.05 - The bike in Miami - Jan wasn't sure about his numbers on the bike - chose to race and not focus on data - SAP technology the data of Jan's race - Zwift a gamechanger -

31.40 - Ego's - we need our ego's -

32.40 - surging on lapped Taylor Reid with a 15 mph/ 24 kph or 2.45 min/km - Jan wanted the game

34.50 - When Jan had the race in the bag - Jan wanted to race Matt Hanson but Matt was 6 minute - getting random splits - coaching rules

40.10 - Crossing the line for the win - The stress of desperately wanting to win - fewer races we're getting better fields - Race the best and give your best every time you can - Committing to going all-out on the day - zero fear of any consequence - conversation with Vincent Luis - Freedom to race - once you've done the work

47.50 - END PART ONE

Part Two

0.00 - Introduction

1.15 - Start back - Self-doubt - managing for 17 months - Jan's doubt is confined for one area of his life - Just being able to enjoy slowing down and enjoy the moment -

3.50 - Midroll advertising

4.50 - Back to the show - Target on the back - "I want to be the very I can be" - "that pressure fuels me" - Thoughts on Lionel Sanders

8.30 - What is Jan's talent? Tibor Benedek quote

12.45 - When someone says Greatest of All Time, how does it feel - Jan describes how it doesn't phase him

15.50 - How does Jan turn-off and ground himself? Not share much of private life - can have time with kids and try and be a great dad - Jan describes balancing his day with kids and school, other projects, and his training

20.30 - What a daily routine look like - night routine and morning routine - Jan has a physio that works with him six nights a week

22.06 - Coffee time or coffee - Jan describes himself as a bit of a coffee snob - Jan and Emma have opened their own residence and coffee shop in Girona Spain - It's a lot of work - "A steep learning curve"

26.00 - Jan's partners - managing the time with all the sponsors - Jan's manager Felix plans everything down to the minute - Becoming a shareholder with some of the partners

·A quick run-down of the brands of Jan's been working with:

o SAP Technology

o Canyon

o Wahoo fitness

o Ryzon apparel

o Oakley bike

o Allianz

o Mercedes

o Bahrain Endurance

o Hoka one one

o Maurten

o Zipp/Sram

o Breitling

o Deboer wetsuits

29.30 - Where Jan sees himself beyond the racing? "I'm still mono-focussed on racing"

31.00 - One tip to optimize your life - "Write stuff down" - Stay consistent

32.20 - Who would Jan want to sit down and have a coffee with - Eliud Kipchoge

33.35 - Conclude – 15 rapid-fire quick answer questions

  1. What is your favorite family vacation? Beach

  2. Who would you dream of having a head-to-head duel in Kona with? Anybody! "Sebi or Lionel"

  3. What would you change about yourself if you could? "If I don't like something, I change it"

  4. What really makes you angry? "Being told that I'm 3rd in each of the disciplines"

  5. Outside of Triathlon, If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? "Professional beach volleyball player"

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

  7. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? "Learndo - Chris Hemsworth"

  8. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? "temporarily an extroverted- introvert"

  9. If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? "I suck after 10 pm, is there a morning concert group"

  10. Myself not included, who is the most intelligent person you know? "My father"

  11. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? "An Antelop, it keeps going, it's not that good at anything"

  12. Do you think the Olympics will go ahead in 2021? "I hope they do"

  13. Most recent book you’ve read? "Players" - Sam Renouf is the CEO who

  14. Most recent show you watched on Netflix. "Lupine"

  15. If you won, $100 million in the lottery how would you spend it? "Charity and a beach club"

42.30 - Conclusion


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