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The Triathlon Age Group Journey

Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet, Matt Sommer

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As triathletes, we love watching and racing with the pros. However, what they do is not always possible for us. This podcast is for age group triathletes that want to be part of a conversation on being the best triathlete they can be with their time, talent, resources, and level of effort. Being age group triathletes, coaches, parents, and full-time working professionals, your hosts, Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet and Matt Sommer will be your guide on this adventure. Each podcast, we will disc ...
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Unfortunately, many of us do not live in locations that triathlon races are normally conducted. On top of that, many of us have to travel for work and at the very least for vacation. So how do you balance triathlon with travel? How do you make it a little less stressful so you don't add to your training fatigue? Matt, Jillian, and Jay combined have…
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If you listened to the last few episodes, you probably knew what we were going to talk about next... the run! Jillian leads the boys in a discussion about the third discipline of triathlon. Things got, lets just say, personal during this episode... you have to listen to find out! Like the bike, we just scratched the surface, so we have much more to…
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Oh my goodness!! The longest leg of triathlon has so much to unpack, doesn't it! Matt, Jay, and Jillian have only begun to scratch the surface of riding bikes! We are calling this part one because we will no doubt need to dedicate another episode in the future to bikes. Hopefully though, this episode will hit some topics that many of you will appre…
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For many age group triathletes, swimming is their biggest weakness. For Matt, Jillian, and Jay, it is no different! We are mesmerized by the few that have been swimming since they were teens or younger. They make it look so easy! We hope everyone will take something away from this raw, fun, and exposing discussion of how we have come to enjoy swimm…
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How do you go about setting your season of races? Do you sit down all at once and select them? Do you pick them as your season goes? What bucket list races do you have? In this episode, Matt, Jay, and Jillian discuss all this and more! Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/noise-cake/off-the-wall License code: XBQ8CESDZBIL6…
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Recovery means a lot of things in the sport of triathlon. Recovery may be the time dedicated within a workout between intervals, a day off, what you do between workouts in the same day, or even what you do to prepare for a race. Matt, Jillian, and Jay talk about all their favorite means and methods to letting the body get stronger... that is the re…
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Jay, Matt, and Jillian took a bit of hiatus to reformulate plans and figure out how to juggle life with triathlon and recording a podcast. We are making a small adjustment to the format of the pod but it will make a big difference for everyone's training and racing! Listen to this episode for more details about Season 2 of The Triathlon Age Group J…
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From the velodrome as a kid to triathlon and beyond, Jason Davidson epitomizes longevity in endurance sports. With multiple age group podiums at the 70.3 and the full distance, Jason discusses what secrets have helped him stay competitive and reach multiple world championships. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/paul-yud…
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No single word describes the character that is Anthony Haddad! From nearly couch to Ironman, Anthony will amaze you with his "bring it on" approach to life. Age group triathletes have a lot to learn from someone that just decides to give something a go. It might be ego, bravado, or being foolhardy. It doesn't matter, Anthony is an Ironman now and t…
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What is the secret to longevity in the sport of triathlon? Mike Gastineau started in the sport in 1985. Like many of us he was captivated by the budding sport of triathlon shown on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Fast forward to 2023... Mike demonstrated how age is just a number and tackled six 70.3's at the age of 60! What is his secret recipe of rema…
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15 full distance triathlons! Not many individuals rack up this kind of experience on the race course. Jen Rulon proved to us that she epitomizes the age group triathlon lifestyle including qualifying and racing in Kona. However, it all did not come easily and life challenged her to make changes. Listen to how Jen overcame these changes, established…
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"Where is your head at?" The space between your ears could be the biggest inhibitor of the performance you are seeking as an age group athlete. We are honored to have Dr. Jim Taylor join us on the podcast to share with us his triathlon journey as well as his expertise in sports psychology. Dr. Taylor is a very prominent expert on the topic and help…
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Known as "Sprint the Energizer Bunny" and for more than 20 years, Gina Welc has done almost everything you can imagine in the multisport universe including all distances of triathlons, marathon swims, ultra runs, and duathlon. Her spirit and positive attitude is something we all can learn from in keeping us grounded in our endeavors. We connected w…
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Matt and Jillian were a dynamic duo hosting the podcast this week because Jay was their guest to talk about his journey creating a new Fastest Known Time route called, "Johnny's Route to Heaven." If you are a regular listener to this podcast, you will already know much of the background of this story. However, regulars and new listeners will get a …
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Many triathletes dream of making it to the Big Island. How long have you dreamed of racing in Kona? Cary Maycock has been racing triathlon for 36 years! Early on she never thought she could make that Kona dream come true. Through persistence, patience, and a bit of urging from friends, Cary was able to make that dream come true this past October! W…
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In this episode we had the privilege to talk with USA Triathlon's Chief Sport Development Officer, Tim Yount and Club Program Manager Chad Cunningham about some exciting news regarding triathlon's growth at the youth and collegiate level and how we all can participate. We also discuss the state of local races and what we all can do to help support …
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How about a little sunshine in your day now that daylight savings time is over! Cami is an absolute delight and truly loves the process of becoming better as a triathlete. As she said herself, "Racing is icing on the cake!" She clearly loves the sport and has really improved in short order to become a front of pack finisher! Be on the lookout for "…
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"Kay made me do it!"... this is the rallying cry for literally dozens of athletes that took on Ironman California two weeks ago. Our one and only, Captain Kay Grant (from episode 3) took on her first full distance triathlon and absolutely crushed it! You cannot miss this episode. Kay's story and perspective is exactly why Matt, Jillian, and I creat…
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We welcome back Amanda Almond to the Triathlon Age Group Journey to talk about her Kona experience! Amanda is our first repeat guest and you can learn about her journey in episode 7. The Ironman World Championships was special this year with an all-female race day in Kona. Amanda shares everything about her preparation, race experience, opinion abo…
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Six full distance Ironman events on six continents in one year? Check! Train for triathlon while covering the war on the ground in Afghanistan? Check! Training women in developing countries to go from no sports background to completing half distance triathlons? Check! You do not want to miss our conversation with Jackie Faye! Jackie has done incred…
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Get ready! Super mom Ashley Hankamp will blow you away with how well she juggles triathlon training with life. A mother of four, elementary art school teacher, and pretty good triathlete, Ashley handles all of it with seemingly effortless poise and grace. With only three seasons as a triathlete, Ashley is making quite a name for herself already and…
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We were so excited and honored to speak to the Captain of the Middle of the Pack, Andrew Harley. If you have not heard The TriDot Triathlon Podcast, you are missing out on a ton of amazing information that can improve your training and racing. Andrew is the host of the podcast and joins us for a conversation about his triathlon journey. We had a lo…
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This was a special conversation! Brett Collins is an elite age grouper that is no stranger to the podium. However, he has lessons that every triathlete has to hear regarding over training, under fueling, and simply put... the dark side of the sport. Hang on for this ride as you may need to confront yourself and ask, "Am I overtraining!?" Music from…
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All the triathlon journeys that we have shared are unique and this one is no different. However, this may be the longest journey in both duration and mileage traveled to race. Doug Morris has over 35 years of experience racing in all fifty states and would you believe nearly all seven continents! His story is filled with wisdom and will leave you w…
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Family members participating in triathlon is not uncommon. Mothers and daughters participating in triathlon is not uncommon. But, how about a mother that started triathlon in her 40s and a daughter that started full distance triathlons at the minimum age of 18? That starts to be uncommon. Now, when both qualify for the World Championships at the sa…
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We are really excited to introduce you to Ness Bowden... watch out triathlon world, Ness is coming in hot! Ness has only been competing in triathlon since 2021, but she trains and races like she has been doing it for years! Here poise and composure while competing is something we all can learn from. Jay took a lot of notes during this one to help h…
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After a long sabbatical, we are finally back and ready for some more amazing triathlon age group stories!! Jillian, Jay, and Matt sit down to catch up on what has been going on the last few weeks and set the stage for the second half of the season. It's been a busy season of life for your hosts and you won't want to miss the lessons they learned! M…
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Longevity in the sport of triathlon is as much an art as it is a science. Our gains in fitness and speed initially can be quickly obtained and excite us beyond our body's capacity to absorb them. Sometimes, our body just breaks even if you did everything right. Lauren's story is one of a steady rise in the sport and then it hit an unexpected speed …
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The "community" is probably the most frequent reason we hear about why people love triathlon! Many of us seek that feeling of community by joining a triathlon team or club. Do you wonder how teams and clubs start? I am sure there are as many stories of how they start as there are individual journeys that we have recorded thus far! Jason and Sean sh…
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Oh boy! We are so excited to have the opportunity to talk with John Kelly! John is one of the few people whom completed the Barkley Marathon. If you are not familiar with the Barkley Marathon, you may want to watch this documentary. Not once, but twice!! John is an accomplished triathlete as well and shared so many amazing insights about how loving…
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For many of us, a teacher was the inspiration to get us moving in a direction in our lives. Teachers give so much of themselves to educate our children every single day. Mindy is a teacher that is inspiring hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students every day to run. Learn about Run3rd Alliance and what it is doing to inspire not only…
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Adversity makes us stronger! Brandy is proof positive that with the right mindset, you can propel yourself forward after fighting a battle that strips you down to the core. Celebrate Brandy by listening to her story and what she did to overcome cancer and then pay it forward to many other women with a similar battle ahead of them. Link to the Monar…
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Have you ever dreamed of going "all-in" to triathlon? Would you leave a very comfortable position as senior vice president of a bank to coach triathletes? Would you leave to join an upstart triathlon company? Would you leave what is now a very mature triathlon company to go on your own to coach triathletes full time? John Mayfield has redefined him…
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WE ARE BACK! After taking a nice break, Matt, Jillian, and Jay speak with Jillian's sister, Jaime Clark. Jaime is an accomplished age group cyclist but also an extraordinary sherpa! This is a great episode to share with your family and friends that may not know what to expect spectating and supporting a triathlete. Jaime is all class and takes the …
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Ready for some energy! Ready for some super insightful swimming tips? Dawn-Marie Cain is an amazing coach, is fully focused on her athletes, and has unique ways to help them get better. With a resume including working with Olympic athletes, Dawn-Marie talks about adult learn to swim challenges and solutions. Don't miss this one, we were so thankful…
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How fast can you get as you age? Chris is breaking all barriers in getting faster as he gets older. Listen how consistency, going easy when you should go easy, and discipline is the perfect recipe to seeing gains in your triathlon journey!Από τον Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet, Matt Sommer
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What did it take to get you to your first triathlon start line? Did it include a dramatic change in lifestyle? What about a dramatic weight loss? Did friends encourage you or was it a challenge you dreamed up yourself? Jake is a delight to listen to and will inspire anyone to their first or even their next finish line! Check out Jake's podcast on S…
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This week, Jillian, Matt, and Jay went down a different path and outlined each of their training weeks. They discussed how they juggle their training with life as well as some tips that might help you be more efficient with your time management. They also discussed some mistakes that new triathletes might make in their training. All around, no matt…
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What did you do during the COVID lock downs? Brock shares with us is creative ideas and endurance feats. He is currently serving in the Navy and juggles his endurance lifestyle with his service to his country! Go long on this one, you will want to take on your next endurance challenge for sure, after listening to Brock's journey! Brock's Info: Blog…
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There are so many triathlon dimensions to Matt Clancy... from age group, to pro, back to age group, to bike fitting, and to triathlon coach. Matt shares his meandering journey through triathlon with us in an inspiring way! You can reach Matt here: E3 Endurance USAT Level III Certified Coach Asst. Coach Greensboro College Women's Triathlon Professio…
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What does participating in the sport of triathlon mean to you? Why do you engage in the community surrounding it? Is it a key contributor to your mental health in a positive way? Our guest in this episode, Marci Goldberg, is amazingly candid about her trials in the sport and in life. She will demonstrate that no matter what happens, just keep showi…
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What a delight it was to talk with Kristen about her success as a triathlete. However, what really struck us was the dedication to her psychology students and being a really good mother, wife, and all-around good person!Από τον Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet, Matt Sommer
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Hustle, determination, and grit. Ashley's life is the epitome of these adjectives. She demonstrates wisdom beyond her years and experience in triathlon. She is electric and will absolutely light your mood up after listening to this podcast! Music from #Uppbeat: https://uppbeat.io/t/paul-yudin/breakthrough…
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Jillian, Jay, and Matt each share their most influential tips in their triathlon journey. See below for some video links that will help you with one of the topics we discussed. We would love to hear from you about your tips. Email us at triathlonagegroupjourney@gmail.com or find us on Instagram at @triathlonagegroupjourney Park Tool Video: How to C…
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Meet one of the most consistent endurance athletes we know. For more than 20 years, Andy has been committed to fitness and endurance racing. What could you do if you spend just an hour a day building fitness? Check out Team Rabbit Music from #Uppbeat: https://uppbeat.io/t/paul-yudin/breakthroughΑπό τον Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet, Matt Sommer
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We hit all the dimensions of Richard Swor from father, husband, elite athlete, and to race director. Do you really want to know what is important to race directors, listen to this one! Get insights on how you might start your own race directing company. Great insights for the athlete, volunteer, and the all-around fan of triathlon! Trivium Racing W…
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One of the smallest age groups in long course triathlon is the 18 - 24 category. What is it like to start triathlon at such a young age? Would you have liked to start at that age? What is the college triathlon scene like and how does it integrate with studies and other college activities? We were very excited to talk to Jack Di Palo about all of th…
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Matt, Jillian, and Jay took a week off from recording for Christmas. We got together right before the New Year to talk about our racing plans for 2023. Hear about a race that Matt and Jillian think everyone should consider! We also celebrated a milestone for the podcast and are really excited about those of you that have listened to every episode. …
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What is extreme triathlon? What does it take to complete one of these events, let alone multiples of these? How about two events one week apart? Jason Verbracken is one of toughest, humblest, and motivated triathletes we have ever spoken with. We all may not want to race in the Himalayas in Nepal, but the insights Jason provides in this episode wil…
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How deep will you go? How do you overcome adversity when life just won't stop piling on? Amanda's triathlon journey tackles so many life challenges in ten short years. Her lessons and perspective will inspire you to overcome anything! Music from #Uppbeat: https://uppbeat.io/t/paul-yudin/breakthroughΑπό τον Jillian Carlson, Jay Cougnet, Matt Sommer
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