The Physical Performance Show: Greg Bennett (OLY) 2002 & 2003 ITU World Cup Triathlon Series Champion

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Greg Bennett

In episode 279 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Greg Bennett (OLY) 2002 & 2003 ITU World Cup Triathlon Series Champion on this Featured Performer episode.

Greg competed professionally across 28 years from the age of 18 to 44 and during that time, Greg has amassed a sporting resume like very few triathletes in history. Greg is the highest placed male finisher in an Olympic Games event for Australia, finishing fourth at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Greg started 82 ITU World Cup events, won six of those and was on the podium 23 times. Greg represented Australia at 13 World Championships at an elite level, three World Duathlon Championships with a silver medal in 2002 and two Goodwill Games. Greg won the world’s richest ever triathlon prize purse in 2007 by clean sweeping five out of five for the Lifetime Fitness Grand Slam.

In 2003 and 2007 Greg was voted Triathlete of the Year by Triathlete Magazine. Greg has been voted as a Top 15 Greatest Triathlete of all time by Inside Triathlon Magazine in 2012. In 2002 and 2003 Greg was the ITU World Cup Series Overall Champion.

Greg touches on the power of absolute passion, why it’s important to hone your craft through racing, along with the dark days of narrowly missing Sydney Olympic Games 2000 selection for the Australian Triathlon team.

Greg shares around why it is important to turn up and do the work every day, why something is better than nothing and as Greg states week in and week out on his very own podcast ‘the Greg Bennett Show’ why it is that success comes to those who endure for just a moment more. Greg issues a great physical challenge, top three tips for longevity and an incredible story about the hardest training session.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Welcome Greg Bennett
  • Greg on the highest placed Australian male Olympian
  • Greg’s Bio and career start up as an athlete
  • Changes in Triathlon
  • Athletes Greg admires
  • Greg’s career as a Triathlete
  • Greg’s “payday” (winning stories)
  • Darkest day of his career
  • Physical Performance Round
  • Top 3 Tips for Longevity
  • Best Advice
  • Physical Challenge for the Week

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“I have an absolute passion and I love what I’m doing.”
“It doesn’t hurt to visualize. It’s a powerful tool.”
“I have a tremendous gratitude for all the opportunity that came my way.”
“Be aware and chase the opportunities.”
“Success comes to those who endure one minute longer.” – Mantra
“Do a recovery day rather than doing no recovery.” – Recovery Tip
“Squeezed,” – Racing style
“Doing something without having to think about it.” – Being in the Zone

Top 3 Tips for Longevity

  1. Consistency
  2. Don’t copy anyone
  3. Focus on your strengths

“There are people who are very good on your weakness, delegate. Focus on your strengths.”
“Stay Consistent.” – Best Advice
“We need to help each other recognize each other’s strengths.”
“Empowerment helps you follow your passion.”
“Finish your morning shower and slowly turn it to cold.” – Physical Challenge for the Week

To follow Greg Bennett


00:00 Start
05:40 Welcome Greg Bennett
06:45 Greg on the highest placed Australian male Olympian
09:11 Greg’s Bio and career start up as an athlete
13:42 Changes in Triathlon
15:53 Athletes Greg admires
20:00 Greg’s career as a Triathlete
36:40 Greg’s “payday” (winning stories)
51:10 Darkest day of his career
1:05:50 Physical Performance Round
1:23:13 Top 3 Tips for Longevity
1:26:13 Best Advice
1:29:45 Physical Challenge for the Week
1:37:03 Finish

People Mentioned

Javier Gomez – Spanish triathlete
Chris McCormack – 4 x World Triathlon Champion, Dual Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Champion, Episode 48 of The Physical Performance Show
Matt Reed – American elite triathlete
Mark Allen – 6-Time IRONMAN World Champion, Episode 139 of The Physical Performance Show
Greg Welch – Australian triathlete
Morgan Pearson – 2020 U.S. Olympian, Triathlon Runner 
Steve Foster – Retired Australian triathlete
Brad Beven – (OAM) Head Coach M5 Academies Triathlon Program, Episode 267 of The Physical Performance Show
Miles Stewart – (OAM), CEO Triathlon Australia, OLY, 1991 World Triathlon Champion, Episode 246 of The Physical Performance Show
Peter Robinson – British Triathlete
Alistair Brownlee – British Triathlete
Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander – 5x World Champion, 3x Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Episode 102 of The Physical Performance Show
Simon Whitfield – Olympic triathlon champion from Canada
Laura Bennett – American triathlete
Craig Walton – Australian triathlete
Jonny Brownlee – Double Olympic & Commonwealth Medallist, 2012 World Triathlon Series, Episodes 216 & 217 of The Physical Performance Show Champion
Cameron Brown – 12x Ironman New Zealand Triathlon Champion, Episode 214 of The Physical Performance Show
Brett Sutton – Australian Triathlon Coach

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