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Timothy O'Donnell - Ironman Champ, USA's fastest ever Kona - Sub 8hrs. Heart Attacks & Sport

Timothy O'Donnell - Ironman Champ, USA's fastest ever Kona - Sub 8hrs. Heart Attacks & Sport

Episode 88: Timothy O'Donnell - Ironman Champ, USA's fastest ever Kona - Sub 8hrs. Heart Attacks & Sport

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Show notes (please see Timestamps below for more detail)

Timothy O'Donnell joins me in my studio for the second time. One of Triathlon's greatest Ironman athletes. One of 4 to go under 8 hours at the Kona IM World Championships.

He was last on the show in episode 10. That chat was a remote conversation, but today we’re in person.

Our conversation starts a little serious as we discuss Tim's near-fatal Heart attack. We move onto discussing the Collins Cup Triathlon, Kona Ironman, and anything and everything Triathlon.

We conclude with some fun rapid-fire questions.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising

5.15 - Introduction to Timothy O'Donnell

6.15 - General chit-chat - Not drinking wine today - but Athletic Brewing came through

8.10 - The Heart Attack - What Happened in Challenge Miami - 80% block in his Led "called the widow maker" - Pain in the chest and lockjaw - Leaving the party - Just suffering - Tim wasn't aware of how bad it was - There was one point that Tim, thought it was is this the point of dying?

16.15 - Is there anything Tim could have done? It was a soft plaque rupture - it was generic - some say diet - Tim is trying to figure out how to move forward

18.50 - Tim talked to Rinny and his concierge Doctor - "Take an aspirin and get to the hospital" - Tim had less than 12% survival rate - Changes of perspective

22.20 - Athletic Career going forward - Tim has loads of testing to do before going racing again - he also has to prepare himself mentally - "Rinny needed that support network" - Know your family history - You can't outfitted your genes

26.55 - The Collins Cup and the Professional Triathletes Organisation - 2015 Tim got involved - 2014 was a failed attempt at starting the Professional Triathletes Union - Charles Adamo has been the driving force behind it - The PTO is profit-sharing - Where did the Collins Cup come from

34.20 - Midroll advertising

35.40 - The Collins Cup - Phil Liggett - Tim Analyzed the event as if he was a team captain - the broken spoke award went to the International team - Taylor Knibb performance was the standout performance of the event - Team Europe were the favorites with 23 world titles and an Olympic Gold - It wasn't a blowout performance - Lucy Charles-Barclay is phenomenal - Emma Pallant-Browne is on the up - The men Jan Frodeno is always on - Who wins between Gustav Iden and Jan Frodeno - Sam Appleton's performance - Tim would have loved to have been on that match up - Lionel Sanders, Sebastian Kienle, and Andrew Starkywitch - Who would you put up against Jan? - The Collins Cup, what could we do improve - The athletes were so nervous - the energy was amazing - Should there be an appearance fee? How should the athletes get paid? A strong 9/10

1.00.30 - Ironman Kona - delayed again - Should there be another World Championships in the interim? Ironman 70.3 in St.George - Taylor Knibb

1.06.50 - Triathlon how has it changed - The woman's depth of field is amazing - The bike equipment have improved, there are watts savings - The athletes, who are the GOAT - Jan Frodeno for the men - Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez -

1.14.20 - Tim celebrating in the finishing shoot in Kona - 7.59.40 was Tim's finishing time

Two Big questions

1. What is one tip you have for people on how to optimize their sport and life? Focus on the process, not the outcome. Enjoy the journey.

2. If you could sit and have a coffee with any living person, who would it be and why? Dave Grohl from the Foo fighters

Conclude – 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions

  1. What is your favorite family vacation? Four Seasons Kuali

  2. Kona or Olympic Gold? Kona

  3. First car you owned? Toyota Rav 4 - Purple

  4. What would you change about yourself if you could? Would be more decisive

  5. Two most-used apps on your phone? Instagram, Chase mobile banking

  6. Out of 10, how cool would you say you are? 9

  7. Outside of Triathlon, If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Sleep - a quiet day

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

  9. First job? Detailing cars at high school

  10. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? The guy who plays Phil Dumphy

  11. What dinner could you prepare? Pulled Pork. Three guests’ non-family you would invite? Dave Grohl, Tom Brady and Gissele

  12. Which decade of music is the best? 70's and then 90's

  13. What do you do on a day off? Catch up on admin

  14. Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go? Maldives

  15. Greatest movie of all time? Naked Gun with Leslie Neilson

What’s next? Keep working on getting healthy and supporting Rinny.


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