IMTalk (general)
Your weekly fix in all things Ironman!

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. 

News: Not much news this week because we have prerecorded. 

Website of the Week: The Mountain Snail sent through this great video of the Island House Tri. 

Statstastic: We look at when Ironman become a non supported race. 

Interview: This week we have interview with Gary Reinl, the 'Anti Ice Man'. Gary talks about the why he feels Icing is the wrong way deal with treatment of injuries, he also talks about better ways to treat our injuries. You can get his book, Iced! - The Illusionary Treatment Option

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_553_-_Gary_Reinl.mp3
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News: Wanda Sports and ITU working together more; Beth Gerdes and Lauren Bernett suspended for drug use.

This Weeks Discussion: This weeks discussion was sent in from Paul Dennett, here's his question:  What do you use as inspiration for the last 5mins of hell on the turbo (Music/film/YouTube clip)? 

This Weeks Video: This is the video that Paul Dennett uses for inspiration in the last 5mins of his Turbo sessions. 

Interview: This week we have an interview with Budd Coates. Budd is a 2:13 Marathoner and is the Senior Director of Health and Fitness at Runner's World. We talk about his latest book Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing SmarterHere's Budd's work on Runner's World

Website of the Week: Graham Toms has created our very on webpage that keeps a record of IMTalk's Strava group. You can check it out here:

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_552_-_Budd_Coates.mp3
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Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_551_-_Thorsten_Radde.mp3
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News: Gwen J is pregnant; Vote for the Brownlees at the Laureus by clicking here;  Coming up races; Trirating's top ten athletes from 2016

This Weeks Discussion: John has started our own IMTalk Strava page, which you can go to here, and we have come up with our 'Wanger of the Week' award idea (listen to the show to understand). We want you guys to come up with some challenges for our Strava group so this week share some challenges that you like. Comment here


Interview: Joe Friel is back on the show to talk about his update version of The Triathlete's Training Bible. Joe share some amazing wisdom about how to get the most out of your training. Click here to get the bookClick here for Joe's website

Age Groups of the Week: This week we look at the results from the All World Athletes from 2016.

Statstastic: We look at Gwen Jorgensen results in ITU racing. 

Coaches Corner: We look at a study that compares the different in effort between indoor trainer sessions on the bike and riding outside. 

Website of the Week: Peter Coulsen sent through this YouTube List that has lots of cycling documentaries.  

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_550_-_Joe_Friel.mp3
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News: Next to no news this week other than one result. 

This Weeks Discussion: With Bevan getting married on the 11th of Feb we wanted to hear what you thought he should do for his stags party. He's hoping you would be kind to him ;-)  

Website of the Week: Daniel Clarke sent through 

Age Grouper of the Week: This week we look at the results from the All World Athletes. 

Interview: We have Moira Horan on the show. She lets us know what is happening with getting more females into the sport. You can check her out here: and

Interview: we have Rich Izzo on the show to talk about the Toughman race series. If you want to check out one of their races to go:

Interview: We also have Rob Wilby from Oxygenaddict on as well. You can get his free 4 week training programme by clicking here:

Direct download: IMTalk_Episode_549_-_Moira_Horgan_and_Rich_Izzo.mp3
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