Lisa Bentley - Speaker, Author of "An Unlikely Champion", 11-time Ironman Champion, Cystic Fibrosis
Lisa Bentley - Speaker, Author of "An Unlikely Champion", 11-time Ironman Champion, Cystic Fibrosis Fighter, Television Commentator
Episode 165: Lisa Bentley - Speaker, Author of "An Unlikely Champion", 11-time Ironman Champion, Cystic Fibrosis Fighter, Television Commentator
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In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg is joined by Lisa Bentley. Canadian Ironman legend - a living inspiration to all aspiring triathletes out there.
Lisa has won 11 Ironman championships across the globe, including five Australian, three Canadian, two New Zealand, and one German. She’s also finished in the top 10 at the Kona Ironman World Championships six times, with a best placing of 3rd and a 4th, 5th, 2x 6th, and a 9th. Her impressive career also extends to the 70.3 distance, where she's won 11 races and claimed a silver at the IM 70.3 World Championships.
After retiring from her athletic career, she went on to establish a thriving coaching business and served as a team captain at the inaugural Collins Cup in 2021. Her love and passion for triathlon is infectious, and above all, she always has a warm smile.
2:09 - Interview with Lisa begins.
12:56 - Greg and Lisa unpack and retrace her athletic journey to triathlon.
Embrace the journey
22:38 - Lisa explains the moment she stepped away from her fulltime job, to become a pro and do sport fulltime.
24:37 - Lisa reflects on highlights in her long and vast career.
I was a process oriented athlete
27:35 - Lisa explains in detail the day she placed third in Kona Ironman World Championships in 2006 and how she wanted to quit when it started getting hard.
I got into third place ... and I wanted to quit
33:21 - With every high moment in life, there are lows. Lisa describes some of the tougher moments of her triathlon career.
37:25 - Lisa would often decide on a 'theme' for her race day. She decsribes specific races and how she would trick her mind with a theme, and how it allowed her to push herself harder.
There's always gonna be bumps in the road ... but you just get it done!
42:37 - Lisa explains her mindset through the transition from professional athlete, to developing her coaching career and TV commentating.
If I didn't win - it wasn't the end of the world
44:56 - Greg and Lisa went through the early development of the sport of Triathlon and discuss the changes they have observed in the sport of Triathlon over the past decades.
54:58 - Having raced under both structures, Lisa shares her opinion on splitting the Ironman championships between the women's and the men's race.
If we're gonna talk about diversity & inclusion then we have to put them all together.
59:17 - Lisa has no regrets in her life, however she explains would advise she would give to her 18 year old self.
1:00:42 - Who would you want to have dinner with (nonfamily, living or dead)? As a long time listner of The Greg Bennett Show, Lisa was prepared for this question ... or was she?
1:02:11 - Lisa describes the next 3 years and what she sees in her future.
1:03:44 - In true tradition, Greg tests Lisa's fast twith fibre with a game of Q&A with these rapid fire.
One book you would recommend?
Two most-used apps on your phone?
Out of 10, how cool are you?
Who would you want to play a movie of your life?
Which decade of music is the best?
Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?
Greatest movie of all time?
1:10:10 - Interview concludes.
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