Greg Bennett is the Co-founder and Chief of Staff at AnyQuestion. He is also the podcast host of, “One Moment Longer with Greg Bennett” which dives into what makes a world-class athlete and High Performer. Greg is a retired professional triathlete. Greg grew up in Sydney, Australia and found a passion for triathlon at a young age. He competed for Australia at the 2004 Olympics and has raced over 500 international races and won over 100. Greg has won multiple World titles, the worlds largest prize purse wins, and been awarded the International Triathlon Unions President trophy. He has been named one of the “Top 15 Triathletes of all time” (Inside Triathlon, 2011) and “Triathlete of the year” on multiple occasions (Triathlete magazine). Greg had a strong desire to become better and set goals, which helped him reach the highest level in sport and sustain it for almost three decades.
Ed should not raise an Ironman after just having Covid. He needs to make sure he is fully recovered and that his body is 100% ready before participating in such a challenging race. It is important for him to take care of himself, and there are plenty of other races he can do in the future. Transcript: "Hey, Sarah, absolutely, not Ed should not raise an Ironman after just having covid, he needs to make sure he's fully recovered. There are plenty of other races, you can do in the future, but recover rest, make sure the body is 100% ready before going into what is it an incredibly brutal gay physical mental and emotional exhaustion, and it doesn't need to make himself worse. He has other responsibilities. And I would be encouraging him to stay home. Stay healthy, get healthy and help. Look help you looking after all the kids and everything else going on. Cheers."
I never scheduled in rest days, but would take easier days to give my body a break. I tried to make sure my training program was hard enough to get good results, but not so hard that I couldn't stay consistent with it. As I got older, I started taking more breaks and doing swim days instead to give my legs a rest. Transcript: "Hey, Mandy, personally, I never scheduled in rest days. I would have an idea of when easier days might occur. And I made sure I took those easy days. Very easy. So I was ready for my hard days, but I didn't like days off. I didn't like the feeling of the next day trying to get the body moving again. So I generally an easy day for me would have been, you know, 5 to 10 km run. The morning may be followed by a 2 km swim and maybe even an easy bike in the afternoon, but I didn't I tried to have a training program. That was hard enough that I could get a lot out of myself, but not so hard that I couldn't stay consistent and doing work every single day. I think I went almost six years without missing a run day. It was just, but I never over did any one of those days. So I just I think that consistency mattered more than having one days. One day of full recovery. I think we're all different though. Some people are going to need to take more rest days than others. As I got older, I need to do. Probably take a little bit more time off the legs, and we're just do a swim day. But otherwise, I think the idea is, if you can keep turning up every day, consistently without doing one massive day and then having to take rest days. I think that's a better formula anyway, cheers."
I was inspired to start a podcast after having a long conversation with triathlete Sebastian Kinley. I reached out to some of the world's best male and female triathletes and coaches, and they all said yes when I asked them to be guests on my show. I got my recording gear and have since done around 150 episodes. Over time I have upgraded my gear and improved my understanding of what makes a good podcast episode. Transcript: "I knew nothing about podcasting when I started my podcast, I didn't know anything about the equipment or hosting or how you push it out or any of that producing side of it, I had no idea. And so probably even the better question than the how is, why did I start getting into it? And, and that was largely in 2019, I was asked to do some analysis for NBC Sports, for the Kona, IRONMAN World Championships, and so, Before I went, I started reaching out to a few of the guys on you, yawns for Dino, Tim O'Donnell and Sebastian, keenly, and a number of others and I was calling him. How you feeling, what do you think the race is going to be like and everything else? And it was one conversation in particular with Sebastian Kinley who is one of the greatest Ironman athletes we've ever seen and we ended up speaking for over an hour and I remember getting off that core going and saying to my wife, Laura, I said I should have recorded that. That was just really amazing to get that depth of insight that I got from that one phone call. So then I looked into podcasting a little bit. Looked did some homework on what equipment I need, how do I get started? And then I reached out to 15 or the world's greatest male and female triathletes and trifon coaches and ask them all. Would you come on my show? If I start a podcast and I've got an overwhelming, yes response, 100% success rate from all of them. So I was very privileged to be able to start with an amazing group. And I got my recording gear and away. I went and since then, I'm about 150 episodes in three years later, I've upgraded some of my gear, I have a little bit better understanding of what it takes to record show. What makes a good show. I think. I hope I've improved over time but yeah, that's how I got started and absolutely loved it. Having a really wonderful conversation with somebody. That's doing something remarkable once a week. I feel very privileged Age for it. So yeah, great question."
I think Super Shoes are amazing, and they have allowed me to run farther with less damage to my body. It's like the swimsuits from 2006-2010, and it would be interesting to see how long it would take for people to run as fast without them if they were banned. Transcript: "Who I like this one. Ted you. And I could probably talk about this for quite a while. Fortunately, for me. These Super Shoes came after my career. So it was never really an issue. I do remember coaching an athlete and 2018 and he had a pair of the, the new ones that came out and I slipped them on and ran down the hallway. And I remember thinking, I got to make a comeback. It was Unbelievable. I don't care what anybody says. I've never been projected down a hallway running. Like these shoes did compared to what we were running before. I've since then got some for training, not the racing ones, but and they've allowed me to run on roads and concrete far more than I ever could before. So now my running miles and the damage on my body is just not there. I can run further with less damage, which means my heart and lungs can get more of a workout. So, I just think in terms of performance enhancing what we've seen, I just think they're beyond what anybody could have ever imagined. I don't know. It's to me. It's like the swimming suits and that we had, you know, in the 2006, 22 2010 kind of thing or even before that, but they really became bit neoprene and there was huge points. He effect with those and World Records have been broken from all of that swimsuit Euro, but it'd be amazing. If they ever decide to ban these Super Shoes. Is how long it would take for people to run as fast as they are in those shoes. Now? I'm not saying I'm Auntie them, it is what it is, but I'm kind of glad I didn't have to worry about that when I was racing. Cheers."
I come to the beach every morning to start my day. I don't watch news or media to remain in control of what I'm being influenced by. It's peaceful and calming, and reduces my stress levels. Transcript: "Well, good morning, Jamie. The sun is about to rise. I'm down by the ocean. I've just run over here after doing a little bit of gym workout this morning. And honestly, this is just such a wonderful way to start the day after I've already done a couple of hours of work this morning, but I come and Escape go for a run. Come down to the ocean. One thing I do is I don't watch any media any anything to do with traditional TV journalism. I don't include in my life for me. That's A lot of things that I can't control and I don't need to be influenced. It's amazing how you can keep up in the world even without having TV and media switched on in your house. Second hand comes around pretty quick and you learn what's going on in the world without all the media hype around it. So, that is a big one for me to just get myself to neutral and otherwise it's, you know, coming to the beach as often as I can. I'll flip the phone around. You can see the sun is just starting to rise. You got right over here. Let me see this. Is the moon, the satin just above it? Beautiful morning here. And if you consider just get yourself 20 everyday. I think you'll find that the stress is absolutely reduced."
I love this question and it's easy to answer! Transcript: "I love this question but it's an easy one."