Sarah True (nee Groff) - Multiple Olympian and Ironman Champion
Sarah True (nee Groff) - Multiple Olympian and Ironman Champion
Episode 70 - Sarah True (nee Groff)- Multiple Olympian and Ironman 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 delightful conversation with Sarah True (nee Groff).
Sarah is one of the few Triathletes to reach the top in the world at the shorter Olympic distance and then reach the top of the world at the Ironman distance.
She represented the United States in triathlon in the 2012 London Olympics, finishing in 4th and 2016 Rio Olympics. She finished second in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series.
After leaving the short course and the Olympics she quickly stamped her name as a contender for the Ironman World title, placing 4th on her debut at Kona World Championships in 2018.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing, but she continues to adapt and rebuild and is one of the sports great champions.
She’s a long-time friend, one of the great talents of the sport of Triathlon, and just an all-around wonderful person.
In this episode, Sarah drops the bomb that she's pregnant and due in July. This news is subtly shared and had Greg stumped for a moment with pure surprise and joy.
Sarah moves on after dropping this news to describe her journey into the sport, the Olympics and Ironman, and everything else in between.
She describes the neurological issues she has struggled with since Kona Ironman 2018 - she describes it as a dimming switch in the brain, that turns the lights out even when the body is completely fine.
There are a lot of laughs in this one. Sarah shares so many wonderful stories and there are just so many great take-aways.
See the timestamps below for more detail.
0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising
5.55 - Introduction to guest
6.45 - General chit-chat - Podcasting - Home in New Hamshire - Training at home has made winter training easier and time effective - Training indoors allows you to be more specific - Zwift and Wahoo
10.55 - Surgery to the foot - Looking at 2020 - doctorate in psychology
13.10 - "Starting a family" - Sarah drops the bomb of having a family
17.00 - Sarah's husband Ben is a professional Runner - 5km and 10km
20.10 - Doctorate of psychology - integrative care - behavior modifications - connecting mind and body
24.50 - Advertising midroll
25.50 - Rewind the clock - Youngest of three - Played all sports
27.30 - Finding Triathlon - Paula Newby Fraser Hawaiin ironman - drove to Triathlons 4-5 hours away - after 2 years decided to go all-in - Trained with Mary Beth Ellis, Mirinda Carfrae under Siri Lindley - 2006-07
30.40 - Early success - In 2008, Sarah just missed the Olympic team - Shifted coaches and worked with Darren Smith - Lisa Norden, Anne Haug, and others - Being comfortable with being uncomfortable
36.00 - 2012 London Olympics - It was a relief to qualify - Get to the top
38.20 - Getting to the Olympics - the collective energy of the squad - training partner Lisa Norden finished 2nd, Sarah finished 4th - Sarah takes us through the race - "Holly crap in the front pack" - I hadn't done the mental training to prepare for that moment - Moving on - It took me years to accept it
48.40 - Moving on to another coach after 2012 and went with Joel Filliol - Gwen Jorgensen won everything in the years between 2012 and 2016 - 2016 Rio Olympics was devasting - I turned myself into an athlete that was podium possible
53.20 - Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez, and Gwen Jorgensen are not winning as they did
55.15 - Going from short to the long course - Dan Lorang became Sarah's coach - comparing the great coaches
58.00 - "I woke up and said, you need to do Kona" -
1.01.50 - Kona qualifying and racing Kona - preparing for the heat - the self-fulfillment of 4th at Kona verse 4th in London
1.07.10 - Managing the brain shutting down - "the lights were dimming from 4km onwards" - Racing verse training - core temp was always fine but the brain would turn on the dimmer switch - Maybe Covid year and a year with baby could help reboot
1.15.50 - Building a team - after 2018 Sarah thought she was fine on her own, then realised in 2019 she needed a team
1.16.30 - Being an active Mum
1.19.00 - Optimize your life? "Prioritize sleep"
1.20.30 - Who would you want to sit with and have coffee with? - "My sister" Lauren Groff
1.22.00 - Conclude – 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions
What is your favorite family vacation? The North East Kingdom, Vermont
Who would you dream of having a head-to-head duel to finish at the Kona IM World Champs with? Mirinda Carfrae
What would you change about yourself if you could? My feet size - there too big
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Chill-out
Most recent book you’ve read? Pregnancy book
Outside of Triathlon, If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Scuba dive
Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? Vacuum the house
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Meryl Streep
What was the last gift you gave someone? Eater dinner for the family
If you had a time machine, would you travel to the future or back to the past? Back
Would you rather be able to speak every language in the world or be able to talk to animals? Talk to animals
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? A Moose
Invisibility or super strength? Invisibility
Most recent show you watched on Netflix? Borgen
If you won, $100 million in the lottery how would you spend it? Buy a dream farm
1.28.40 - Conclude - Parenting
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