Siri Lindley - World Champion Triathlete, Multiple World Champion Coach
Siri Lindley - World Champion Triathlete, Multiple World Champion Coach
Episode 35 - Siri Lindley - World Champion Triathlete, Multiple World Champion Coach
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In this episode of BE with Champions, Greg Bennett chats with, Siri Lindley. Siri is one of the few to reach the top of the world as an athlete by winning an ITU World Championships and two World Series titles and then be able to transition into a multiple World Champion coach.
Together Greg and Tim discuss Siri's journey back from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Siri describes her mental strength and desire to beat this disease. She is now Cancer free.
Siri describes her journey into the world of Triathlon and how she knew when she first started that she wanted to be and would achieve a World Championship. Once she became professional she was all-in and doing everything she could to be the best she could be.
Eight years after declaring to her Mum that she would win the World Championships, she did just that at the 2001 Edmonton Triathlon World Championships. She went on to win the World Cup Series that same year and backed it up again in 2002.
Siri retired from racing at the end of 2002 to become a coach and help others chase their dreams and reach their potential. Her success as a coach includes notable athletes such as Mirinda Carfrae—3 time Ironman World Champion and 70.3 World Champion, Leanda Cave Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and Susan Williams Bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games.
Each athlete is looked at as an individual. Each athlete's training and their season is determined by their physical and mental make-up.
Siri and her wife Bek have two non-profit foundations to save horses from slaughter and then use those horses to save people (see below for links).
3.45 – Introduction
5.20 – Went in for Hip Replacement delayed due to Acute Myeloid Leukemia – Clinical trial – into remission – the bone marrow transplant – survival is less than 10% - “I had to learn had to receive” – “I used vision boards” – “I’m Cancer free” – “I needed my wife and my Mom” – “The bad hip saved my life, without it I wouldn’t have had the blood test” – “I feel like I’m starting from scratch and I’ll do everything I can”
17.30 – Winding the clock back – Field hockey, Lacrosse, ice hockey-played varsity at Brown University – Coming out “Dad I’m Gay… he didn’t talk to me for almost two years” – “The gift in his rejection gave me this incredible will and this determination and that why”
22.40 – Finding some talent and strength in the sport – “The first race I humiliated myself” – “I finished in the last place” – “Mom I’m going to be the best in the world in this sport”… “It was a crazy declaration” – 1995 World Championships Siri was 3rd in her age-group – Karen Smyers (multiple World Champion) encouraged Siri to turn professional
30.20 – When did Siri go all-in? “I was never a hobbyist… I was always all-in” – Siri cut a picture out of Karen Smyer’s from Triathlete magazine after Karen’s wins, and put her head on the photo and changed it to “Siri on top of the world”… 5 years later it was the magazine with Siri’s picture – “I took it so seriously when I became professional” – Siri moved to Australia to train with the best Michelle Jones – “What do I need to get to the next level” – Siri describes visualizing and the importance of visualizing all the scenarios – “I choked when I didn’t have things go to plan” – “I had to own what had happened” – “It was the turning point of my career” – “proximity is powerful… I had to train with the best and under the best coach” – Under Brett Sutton, Siri learned to train hard and go beyond where I’ve been before
43.00 – Lausanne World Cup was the kick start of Siri’s winning career – “Life is happening for us, not to us” – “Brett told me I was retiring now… you will look at this differently” – “I was so grateful for my gifts” – “I want to show my thanks” – It was Brett’s training to challenge me mentally and build my confidence – Siri had no expectations when it came to racing
49.30 – Learning how to win
51.00 – Edmonton World Championships 2001 – “A great example of when you change your story we change our lives” – USA Triathlon told Siri she couldn’t race as she hadn’t qualified but the ITU allowed her to start as she was ranked number 2 in the world – It started with a bad swim – the bad swim was an opportunity – Siri caught the lead group on the bike, got off the bike and ran with everything she had to the finish
57.30 – How did winning worlds change Siri’s life – “I was ready to retire on that day” – Siri decided to race one more year to show it wasn’t a fluke or a lucky day – “My biggest competitor was always going to be myself” – “Celebrate those victories because that’s how we built momentum”
1.04.10 – Transitioning to coaching – Michelangelo quote “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set her free” – Every athlete that Siri has worked with she has had this mindset – Starting her coaching business as ranked number 1 on the world helped her business – “I had to be a fearlessly authentic leader”
1.08.20 – Mental Strategies – “When I choose an approach, I go all-in on that approach and don’t question in it, I go in 1 million percent” –
1.12.00 – Preparing Mirinda Carfrae for 2009 Kona Ironman
1.14.40 – “I’m growing and learning every day… as a coach we learn from our athletes… I’ve learned from my horse”
1.15.45 – Coaching and planning a year for each athlete – Off-season is critical (2 weeks off and then 2 weeks of movement) – Start with a big swim block “it’ll get you super fit for all three disciplines” – then I focus on the athlete's weakness – Throughout the year mobility, stability and strength work is critical – then working on skills all year – Of course aerobic work is there but athletes need to sprinkle in speed and some threshold work – “An athletes season is individual … some need more racing than others”
1.23.45 – Mirinda Carfrae often didn’t win often early but then she’s won big at the end of the year
1.25.15 – Leanda Cave – Siri was hurt when Mirinda left Siri for 1 year in 2012 – People were doubting Leanda – Siri changed up her training and her biomechanics – First Leanda won 70.3 Worlds – Ironman 2012 Leanda verse Mirinda - “That was one of the greatest moments of my life” – Mirinda came back to Siri and won in 2013 and 2014
1.31.30 – Siri’s and Bek’s Foundations – Siri and her wife Rebecca Keat are in the process of banning horse slaughter – Their non-profit foundations are “Believe Ranch and rescue” – These horses that we save go and help people in recovery, and “Horses in our hands”
1.33.45 – Conclusion – Team Sirius Tri Club
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