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.
The best recovery tools for me are one sleep, hydration, poor man's massage (such as Epsom salt baths or foam rolling), and cold baths/showers. Massage may also help. Transcript: "Best recovery Tools in my mind is but one sleep to hydrate, drink a lot of water and then three a poor man's massage, which will be an Epsom salt bath and even then potentially I like cold baths or showers other than that a foam roller, you know, maybe a ball tennis ball or whatever to get into the glutes and that kind of thing. And then potentially massage, but honestly, a lot of those basic. Poor Man's tools. Do the job for me."
I bought a Shimano di2 electronic shifting bike worth a few thousand dollars in preparation for a triathlon in 2011. I believed that the gear shifting would give me a half second advantage on every corner and it ended up working out, giving me a 55 second lead over my competitors and winning the race by 30 seconds. Transcript: "Hey Eduardo, well, it's not really crazy because it kind of worked. But in 2011, I was getting ready for the hi v-- Triathlon, which was a, you know, me and Dollar Plus prize purse. I looked at the course. It was a full lap bike, and each slap of the bike had 22, either 90 degrees or hairpin corners, and it was right. When Shimano di2, the electronic shifting was coming out on the bikes. I wasn't sponsored by Shimano, but I went and bought it anyway, and I put it on my It was a couple of thousand dollars and it was, I bought it because it had the gearing, the gear shifting down on the brake hoods, which we didn't have otherwise with the with the old way of Shifting. So I put it on and believe that if I could be able to shift in and out of the corners, right? Where my brake hoods were. I'd be able to save just tiny amounts every corner and, you know, I actually figured I could potentially save close to half a second on every corner, as it turns out. I got off the bike with With 55 second lead, over my main competitors and end up winning the race by about 30 seconds, but I think it was it was a it was a gamble to some degree to spend that much money in the hope of making a couple hundred grand, but it was one that worked out and I don't mean it in bragging or anything. It was just more one where you took the risk and it actually worked out so it's pretty excited about it."
I'm spending most of my time training indoors, using an indoor bike and visiting gyms close by for running, stair-stepping and weight lifting. Going outside to train is not as convenient but I do a bit of mountain biking when I can. It's more efficient for me and helps with my vanity and sanity. Transcript: "Hey Eduardo, another cracker might. Yeah, I I'm inside nearly all the time. These days for my training, and workouts more about time efficiency than anything else. I certainly just jump on the indoor bike those with and I can get a good workout in 45 minutes. I don't have to get all my cycling clothes on and everything else is just very efficient. I have a gym directly downstairs and one across the road that I can just quickly go and do, you know, run on the treadmill if I want to get some hills? Which is not a lot of around here in Florida. So I guess some hills here or stair, stepper, or I can lift some weights. So that's kind of most of the time. If I want to go outside. It's a bit more of a hassle to get to, to Safe training locations. I'm not that Keen on writing my bikes on the road these days. If it's a decent mountain bike, that's actually believe that's even safer than going on the road. So do a little bit of mountain biking but yeah, most of Mines indoors and I actually think I get a lot more. Bang for my buck being indoors. I get on, do what I need to get done. And you know, I'm good for the day, but I'm not training as a professional athlete either. I'm just training for a bit of vanity and Sanity as they could say, so yeah, that'll be. That'll be my recommendation made. Cheers."
Start with shorter races to get used to the sport of triathlon, then slowly build up to longer distances. Transcript: "Hey, Michael, this is a really good question late. I actually think you should. I would say spend some time, doing the shorter races. Just get used to the sport of triathlon swimming biking. Running getting used to the idea of running after a bike. It's a little uncomfortable at first and it might help to get used to it. And then slowly build into the longer races. That would be my advice. But, you know, doesn't always have to be that way. Either. You can probably start with a slightly longer if your a fairly fit, you know, got a bit of background in other sports. But otherwise, I like the idea of starting fairly short. Cheers, mate."
I am a retired professional triathlete who now runs a podcast called The Greg Bennett Show, and I also work for Any Question. I am married to Laura Bennett, a former Olympian, and we have two children. For hobbies, I like to workout and play tennis with my wife, and go for walks on the beach every night. I would say I am serious when I need to be but relaxed most of the time. Transcript: "Hey Eduardo, who am I outside of my sport? Well, I am outside of my sport. I retired five and a half years ago from being a professional triathlete, which I was for 25 years and that was a great career and I spent a couple of years after that doing a little bit of coaching after that II, then started a podcast called the Greg Bennett Show where I interview a lot of great high-performing, people doing remarkable things. There's a lot of triathletes on there, a lot of triathlon coach has They tend to be the low hanging fruit for me, but there's also entrepreneurs entertainers. Doctors, physiologists a lot of really great interesting conversations there that comes out weekly. I also work here on this platform, any question which had Baker, who's the founder and CEO of any question. Brought me the idea of any question back in April of 2021, and I immediately loved the whole concept. About it. And so that's become. My full-time position is working with Ed and their remarkable team of people. Now working in the background of any question, that's incredible place to be and I'm incredibly grateful for that. Yes. I'm married to Laura Bennett who was also multiple Olympian and just fantastic triathlete. She we now have two kids Foreigner. You're old and no pets. And in terms of hobbies. I like to enjoy my workouts every morning, you know, usually, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour every morning whether that's biking or running or going to the gym. I've tried to put on a little bit of muscle since retiring and I also play tennis with Laura when we can on the weekends. And otherwise, it's go for a walk on the beach every single night. After dinner. I live in South, Florida. So getting to the beach every single night. Night is a must especially after a long day of work and am I super serious or maybe relaxed? I think probably serious when I need to be but relaxed probably most of the time. Cheers, mate."
Focus on the process, set goals and enjoy the day-to-day as it will lead to a successful career in triathlons. Transcript: "Advice for an aspiring professional triathlete, I would suggest focus on the process. The outcome will look after itself. Obviously set your goals set where you want to get to, but if you're not loving the day-to-day, if you're not loving the 4 a.m. Wake up sand and and the desire to get to the pool early or bike or run early, then don't start the end of the day, don't start. It's going to be too brutal. You have to love the process. Turning up doing the hard work, consistently over time over years and then potentially you'll have a successful career. But if you don't love it, if you're not passionate about the The Daily Grind that then don't do it at all."