The Triathlete Hour Podcast: Ellie Salthouse Enjoys The Journey

It took years for her to get here, but now Ellie Salthouse is determined to win the 70.3 world championships—and stay happy doing it.

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In this week’s episode we talk with Australian 70.3 powerhouse Ellie Salthouse about her long journey to success and how she’s learned a happy athlete is a fast athlete.

Ellie started out in triathlon as an elite junior, but briefly retired at the age of 20—with hopes of becoming a body builder. That was short-lived, though, and she soon returned to the sport with a new outlook. Although the goal of making the Olympics didn’t work out, now she’s become a dominant force on the 70.3 circuit and is determined to win the 70.3 world championships—whenever there is a world championships again.

Plus, we chat briefly with Triathlete managing editor Emma-Kate Lidbury about returning to swimming right now after a long break, what concerns athletes have about getting back in the water, and how you can get your questions answered from open water guru Gerry Rodrigues. Here’s the three-week guide to getting back to swimming that she mentions.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Whoop, a fitness wearable that provides personalized insights to tell you how recovered you are and how hard you should train for optimal performance. Right now, Whoop is offering 15% off by going to and using the code ‘TRIATHLETE’ at checkout.