Your weekly fix in all things Ironman!

News: Results from Ironman Texas and StrongMan; Brownlee wins his first 70.3; Chrissie went 2:49 at the London Marathon; It's baby season; The 70.3 World Championships will be in Nice, France in 2019; Challenge Taiwan is coming up. 

This Weeks Discussion: Would it work to have age group qualification for regional championship races and if they had championship waves would you be more motivated to attend these races? Comment here.

Interview: This week we have John Young on the show. He was the first person with dwarfism to complete an Ironman. He is such an inspirational person. You can follow John on twitter by clicking here. 

Workout of the Week: John takes us through one of his sessions this week, a Half Ironman at Ironman pace. Here's the files from the session: Bike File, Run File

This Weeks Websites: Nikes sub 2 hour marathon site

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_563_-_John_Young.mp3
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News: Ironman Texas is coming up this weekend; 2 hour marathon record attempt is happening in early May. 

This Weeks Discussion: If you were to create a dream team to crack 8 hours, or even 7:45, for the guys or 8:40 for the girls, who would you choose and why? 

Statstastic: This week we look at the first person to do 20 consecutive Ironman World Championship races. 

Session of the Week: Leading up to Challenge Roth John is going to have a look at some of his key sessions during his training week. This week we look at his long ride. 

Coaches Corner: This week we look at an external cooling technique that can have a impact on your race times. 

Website of the Week: Daniel Ward sent through this great post from There's some great photos from the history of the sport. 

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_562.mp3
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Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_561.mp3
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News: Results from Ironman South Africa, Oceanside and Texas 70.3s; Sea2Sky Challenge; Ironman's new volunteer incentive. 

This Weeks Discussion: Daddy Death Peter Tinholt sent through this weeks discussion. He was wondering: How do other people feel when they have raced previously (and have now pulled away from Ironman) and then gone to watch? Was it tough? Emotional? Let us know what that experience has been like for you. Comment here

This Weeks Photo: Here's three legends of the sport (Scott Molina, John Hellemans, and Scott Ballance)  at John's Sea to Sky Challenge last weekend. 

Statstastic: This week we look at the oldest Ironman races around the world. 

Interview: This week we get Mitch Anderson on the show to talk about his breaking the 12 hour world record cycling mark, doing 501.6km. He talks us through his whole experience. Plus he shares some other great insights into the sport. You can follow Mitch on Twitter by clicking here

Website of the Week: James Thamm send through an article from his local newspapers about Major League Triathlon. Click here to check it out

This Weeks Websites: Here's Jocelyn McCauley's website

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_560_-_Mitch_Anderson.mp3
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News: Ironman South Africa is coming up; Collins Cup News; Knives are out for Super League not having females; Rinny is pregnant; positive test for ITU athletes. 

This Weeks Discussion: Peter Cousin sent through this weeks question: Is this comment correct with regards to Olympic distance v’s IM. It’s OK to be slow at 70.3 & ironman but not so much at olympic distance for age groupers?  

Interview: This week we have an interview with Chad Holderbaum. We talk about his transition from being a top age grouper to becoming a pro and The Run Across Haiti. You can check out Chads work here at and the fundraising site he talked about

Interview: John 'The Mountain Snail' Hancock did the Breca Wanaka last weekend, so get him on the show to talk through the event.


Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_559_-_Chad_Holderbaum_and_The_Mountain_Snail.mp3
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News: Super League thoughts and results; WTH files. 

Age Grouper of the Week: Richard Swan sent through Duane Braithwaite for this weeks Age Grouper. Duane got his legacy slot at Ironman New Zealand a couple weeks ago, he's a great example of why this is a good programme. Here's an article that The Herald did on Duane

This Weeks Photo: Here's a great photo of Rich Hampton in the finishing area at Challenge Wanaka. He had just gone through Bevan's 'Tunnel of Love'. 

Interview: This week we have an interview with an Age Grouper who got to Kona without any athletic history, his name is Darren Cronshaw. He shares what he did to achieve this goal. 

Wanger of the Week: This week we look at the Slippery (most swim time) category.   

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_558_-_Darren_Cronshaw.mp3
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News: Super League is coming up; Some 70.3 result;  A deeper look at ways to get to Kona; What the Hell files. 

This Weeks Discussion: We want you to think of all of the interviews we have done over the years, on both IMTalk and Legends of Triathlon, and to tell us which one is your favourite. Give us your favourite female and male pro's and non pro athletes interviews. Comment here

Age Grouper of the Week: Coach Peter Clifford sent through Admad Mardini. Admad is an ITU development athlete who lives in Aleppo. Even though he is living in a war torn area he is still keeping his training up, truly inspirational. 

Statstastic: This week we look at 1996 and how it was the first time a European male athlete won Kona. 

Website of the Week:

Wanger of the Week: This week we look at the most run time. 


Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_557.mp3
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News: Results from Ironman New Zealand; ITU Update; The WTF segment. 

This Weeks Discussion: As athletes we can get to the place where we are making practical decisions around our nutrition, where we only look at it as fuel. This can mean that our food choices can be a bit weird, like the guy Bevan talked about on the show who has sardines with weetbix. This week we want to know what are the weird food choices you have made because 'food is just a fuel'.  

Interview: Ironman New Zealand winner Jocelyn McCauley is on the show. She absolutely smoked the race, pulling off a sub 3 hour run! She talks us through her day. Here is her website:

Interview: We also have another interview with an age grouper who has turned pro, Kimberley Morrison. She has achieved some great results in her time as a pro. Here is her website:

Wanger of the Week: We have our latest wanger of the week. 


Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_556_-_Jocelyn_McCauley_and_Kimberley_Morrison.mp3
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News: Ironman New Zealand is coming up; Female age grouper tests positive for drugs; Ultraman Florida; John's ITU update. 

This Weeks Discussion: We going with the ITU this week. We want to know who you think will win the ITU series this year and which athletes will break through. Comment here. 

Age Groupers of the Week: This week we look at the top three age groupers at Challenge Wanaka. 

Statstastic: We look at some amazing stats from the world champs in 1999. 

Interview: This week we have Emma Mackie on the show to go deeper into the ice topic. Emma's thesis study when she was at Otago University was 'To cool or not to cool'. In this interview she ads more thoughts on this topic. 

Wanger of the Week: We look at the latest Wangers of the Week. 


Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_555_-_Emma_Mackie_on_ice.mp3
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News: Get your IMTalk gear; Results from Challenge Wanaka, Geelong 70.3, Husky LC; Super League Triathlon.

This Weeks Discussion: There's something special about running through a crowd in a race. So this week we thought we would ask what are the best things you have heard from the crowd in your racing experience? Comment here. 

This Weeks Photo: Here's Bevan and Jo on their special day.  

Interviews: This week we have post race interviews with the top three pros at Challenge Wanaka last weekend. These include: Dougal Allan, Yvonne van Vlerken, Mike Phillips, Laura Siddall, Luke Bell, Emma Bilham.

John's Race Report: John talks through his race at the Half at Challenge Wanaka last weekend. 

This Weeks Websites: Get your IMTalk gear.