The Physical Performance Show: Gwen Jorgensen – 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion

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Episode 105: Gwen Jorgensen – 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion

Gwen’s triathlon resume is unlike very few female triathletes, it is incredible. Gwen won the world triathlon series championship in 2014 and 2015, has been named the USA Triathlons 2013 and 2014 female athlete of the year, has been a dual Olympic US representative in the sport of triathlon in 2012 and obviously gaining 2016 where Gwen took the Olympic gold medal ahead of Nicola Spirig.

In 2016, Gwen’s 13 streak consecutive winning spree from the world triathlon series came to an end on the Gold Coast but no female triathlete has ever done that in the history of sport. In 2016 after the Rio Olympic games Gwen made an announcement where she declared that she was shifting her focus from the sport of triathlon where she had enjoyed so much success to go after gold in the Women’s Marathon in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We covered that today in this conversation,

During this episode, Gwen shares about the bold declaration, the reason behind it and why it is such a driving force forher as she now works to the 2020 Olympic Games in the marathon. We discuss what her adaptation as she transitions from 40 mile running weeks in triathlete to the now required 100 plus miles per week consistently. Gwen shares about what she has been learning and experiencing running with recent new York marathon champ and multiple US Olympian Shalane Flanagan, running at altitude in Boulder.  We discussed Gwen’s adding in the New York marathon in 2016, the same year Gwen took Gold in the Olympic Triathlon and what it was like running through the ever supportive streets in New York and Manhattan.

We touch on Gwen’s ‘AllIn’ YouTube video series. Gwen shares some great tactics, strategies and practicalities around training, strength training, heart rate training, rest recovery and also the habit of journaling. This is an episode that is ‘AllIn’ especially being that Gwen is just the second Olympic Gold Medallist we’ve featured on the Physical Performance Show.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Working around a new baby
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • What is Gwen learning with Shalane
  • Retiring from Triathlon and declaring working towards
  • Why Gwen chose Marathon
  • Genesis of #allin
  • Rio Olympics
  • Women’s Health
  • Strength training
  • Use of heart rate monitoring
  • Journaling
  • Performance Round Questions
  • Hardest Workout
  • Highs and Lows of career
  • Best Advice
  • Physical Challenge

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“When you’re running that many miles, your body is not feeling great.”
“It gets me motivated and excited to keep pushing me further.”
“Running and trying to be successful in Marathon is something that I have been thinking about for years.”
“Biggest challenge for me will be staying healthy while running 120 miles per week.”
“With running you need to slowly progress.”
“I felt that I hadn’t reached my potential with running”
“Being totally focused, going.” #allin”
“Feelings don’t dictate outcomes.” – Mantra
“Food and massage.” – Best Recovery Tip
“It’s a magical thing, you’re completely focused but you’re unaware of things that won’t affect your race.” – Being in the Zone
“Take 3 days away and completely remove yourself. Find people that you enjoy being around.” – Best Advice
“Focusing on the process, not the outcome. A good support team around you.” Best Advice
“There is just so much to being the best that you can be!”
“Being active and how much that plays an important role in your health.”
“I rely on my journal heavily to get confidence for races.”
“My mantras were always technique based things that i repeated to myself .”
“Have a little bit of focus on the outcome, but also the process.”

To follow Gwen:


Gwen Jorgensen 31:55 10K Wins 2018 Stanford Invite

Jorgensen wins Women’s Triathlon gold by 40 seconds

Gwen Jorgensen: Life After Rio


0:00 Start
1:00 Introduction to Gwen
5:30 Working around a new baby
8:10 Rehabilitation of injuries
10:50 What is Gwen learning with Shalane
14:00 Retiring from Triathlon and declaring working towards Marathons
18:10 Why Gwen chose Marathon
23:10 Genesis of #allin
27:00 Rio Olympics
30:00 Women’s Health
31:00 Strength training
34:00 Use of heart rate monitoring
37:00 Journaling
41:00 Performance Round Questions
47:30 Hardest Workout
49:00 Highs and Lows of career
53:00 Best Advice
56:30 Physical Challenge: 5 x a week endurance sessions and make the second half better than the first half
1:05:17 Finish

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