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Sebastian Kienle - Ironman World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Sebastian Kienle - Ironman World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Episode: 21 Sebastian Kienle - Ironman World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion

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In this episode of BE with Champions, Greg Bennett chats with Ironman World Champion and two-time 70.3 Ironman World Champion, Sebastian Kienle.

Together Greg and Sebastian discuss how Sebastian became involved in the world of Triathlon. Sebastian describes his journey from his youth until the present day.

Sebastian describes how he couldn't sit still and how competitive he was as a kid. And at times he wasn't proud of his behavior, including when he destroyed the ping-pong table when he lost to his brother in a town tournament.

He found Triathlon and loved everything about it... the people, the gear, and the training and racing. Plus, it was a great outlet for his energy and competitiveness.

It wasn't long before Sebastian made a name for himself in non-drafting Triathlon. Although, he would have loved to have gone to the Olympics, the swim has never been his strength and is a constant work in progress.

By the age of 28 he won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. And even though many thought it was a fluke and the rest of the field let him ride away he quickly silenced the critics to defend his title a year later with the exact same race tactics and another IM 70.3 World Championship Title.

Next came the big one. His Ironman World Championship win in the 2014 event. An incredible three years of World Titles. He's continued to podium at the Ironman and 70.3 World Championships several times since. The win at either event has eluded him but he's always one of the key players at any of these championship events.

He's surrounded himself with an incredible team including his wife Kristina, Coaches, and physiologists.

His approach to the mental aspects of the sport is incredible. He balances expectations... keeping enough to fuel himself but not so much to hurt his performances.



5.00 – Covid19 – life at the moment

7.00 – Training life without a specific goal

7.30 – Adaptability – Opportunity – "Complain less - Do More"

10.20 – Plans and being flexible – Relaxed about training – Patience and giving your mind a rest

15.30 – Grateful for the position he’s in – embracing the downtime

18.45 – Enjoying the ability to simply enjoy the training – The stress of comparing to others

22.00 – The pats on the back – getting back to the basics

24.00 – Data comparisons – Sebastian was never that guy with the big numbers

28.15 – Finding passion for endurance sports in 4th grade, 9 years old – the only one who achieved their goal from 4th grade

32.00 – Throwing a fit for not winning in table tennis – sport as a great outlet for competitive kids

34.00 – Finding Triathlon – Triathlons heyday

37.45 – Success built over time

43.30 – Winning the first world title in 2012

48.00 – Defending the title in 2013 – the differences between both wins

51.30 – Respect from your peers

53.00 – Racing the best on home soil – Heiberbag man Triathlon –

56.00 – Missing out on the Olympics – Elite-level athletes are always wanting more

58.00 – I work because I’m not happy with where I’m at – Racing with Love or hate

1.00.40 – 2014 European Championships and Ironman World Championships titles – Not feeling great before Kona (Looking for flights home) – had low expectations

1.06.30 – Expectations – Nobody cares – remove expectations

1.09.40 – Lessons learned from Kona 2014 – balancing expectations – Some expectation is good

1.11.40 – Quietening the mind

1.13.00 – Relationships and team that surround Sebastian – Wife Kristina was National Steeplechase athlete

1.21.50 – Mental strategies – Developed over years – Embracing the struggle

1.30.00 – Managing Injuries – 4.5 years Achilles injuries – feeling fortunate Sebastian feels injury-free – “If you never had an injury you probably never pushed hard enough”

1.37.20 – Conclusions – choosing the right gear – Athletic Greens “whole foods sourced” nutrient-dense food not a supplement

1.40.15 – Destinations to train and race – Girona Spain Training, Maui Xterra race. St. George IM Utah (Sion National Park)


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