Turn on, tune in, get smart.
Just about everyone (and their uncle) has a podcast these days, and triathlon is no exception. As the medium becomes more and more popular, a slew of podcasts on swim-bike-run have emerged onto the scene—and some of them are really good. In addition to providing a way to break up the tedium of a trainer ride or treadmill run, triathlon podcasts offer keen insights from some of the best minds in the sport. Maybe you can’t afford to hire an top-level coach; maybe you aren’t fast enough to jaw with a pro during a group ride; but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them all the same—just turn on, tune in, and get smart with these podcast picks.
Zwift Power Up Tri
Hosted by pros-turned-podcasters Jordan Rapp and Matt Lieto, this brand-new podcast is already packing some serious pro power: Linsey Corbin appears on episode one, where an interesting—and insightful—discussion of periodization takes place. On episode two, Holly Lawrence joins Lieto and Rapp to discuss the prevalence of eating disorders in endurance sport.
Tawnee Prazak Gibson brings more than a decade of endurance expertise to her podcast, which covers everything from the Maffetone method (or MAF) of training to training for races on limited time. A variety of in-house experts, including coach Phil Maffetone and nutrition expert Julie McCloskey, make regular appearances on the show to answer listener questions with great detail. Episodes range from 60 to 90 minutes in duration.
Every Thursday, co-hosts (and pro triathletes) Alyssa Godesky and Haley Chura discuss the latest updates, interviews and info from the world of women’s triathlon. Recent episodes include newly-crowned Super League Tri champ Katie Zaferes sharing her training strategy for the 2020 Olympic qualification, third-place Kona finisher Anne Haug answering the question “How Hard Can You Go?”, and legend Lisa Bentley discussing her Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis.
Be Race Ready
Gerry Rodrigues, who is widely regarded as one of the top swim experts in the sport, offers up tips and tricks in this hour-long podcast co-hosted by coach and professional triathlete Jim Lubinski. Every episode takes on a specific element of the triathlon swim, from wetsuit selection to must-do open water workouts.
IMTalk & Legends of Triathlon
As one of the earliest podcasts in the sport, IMTalk has gained a large following and well-deserved reputation for lively discussion on all things tri. Hosted by New Zealanders John Newsom and Bevan James Eyles, IMTalk has more than 650 episodes for listeners to choose from, including a large list of interviews with notorious triathletes such as Chrissie Wellington in its “Legends of Triathlon” subgroup. Episode durations range from 75 to 120 minutes.
Age-groupers will appreciate the balance of information and inspiration from coach Matt Dixon, who created his podcast for the everyday endurance athlete. In addition to a flexible, realistic approach to training for the time-crunched triathlete, Dixon interviews a variety of triathletes to showcase how to make training fit into life (and not the other way around). The episodes themselves are as efficient as Dixon—most are 60 minutes or under.
Humans of Triathlon
Keep the tissues on hand for this one—you’ll need them. In this raw, real, and mega-inspiring hour-long podcast, hosts Swapneel Chouhan, Robin Mayall, and Carlos Galan showcase everyday athletes doing extraordinary things. Humans of Triathlon has a knack for uncovering some of the sport’s most inspiring stories from around the world, making it a perfect listen for your toughest workouts.