The Power Up Tri Podcast is hosted by former pro triathletes Matt Lieto and Jordan Rapp, who lend their in-depth knowledge of the multisport to the Zwift Tri audience.
70.3 specialist Sam Appleton joins us coming off of an impressive 8th place at 70.3 World Championships in Nice last month. For many users, Zwift is an outlet combining their love of gaming with their necessity for quality training. This is very true for Sam, and we take the chance to chat with him about his (and Jordan’s) love for gaming and esports. We, of course, get a breakdown of the World Champs race as well as some exciting news about Sam's plans for the rest of the season. In the tech corner, Jordan talks about what to him was a surprise at Eurobike—that no one has released an answer for a 12-speed drivetrain on a smart trainer?!
Oct 2, 2019
Recent Kona qualifier and Zwift Academy Tri mentor Sarah True stops in for a chat. We take this opportunity to talk about an often overlooked yet important topic: depression in endurance athletes. We dive right in and speculate on why depression seems to be so common in athletes as well as our advice for dealing with it.
Sep 17, 2019
You know who Dan Empfield is, right? Multisport entrepreneur. Inventor of the triathlon wetsuit and triathlon racing bike. When it comes to the business side of triathlon, few people know more than Dan. He swings by the studio in Episode 14 to talk about the current state of the sport as well as where it’s headed.
Aug 30, 2019
Ironman 70.3 Champion Pieter Heemeryck lives in Belgium and rides a lot on Zwift — he’s a level 47! That’s 21,000km of Zwifting. Second only to Lionel Sanders, at least in the pro triathlon world.
When he won Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, Pieter’s bike split was the fastest of the day. Same goes for his split at the 70.3 World Championships last year in South Africa. Pieter chats with us about why training indoors can translate into outdoor PRs. We also chat about recent tri news and Jordan’s first vacation in years.
Jul 29, 2019
Gwen won a Gold medal at the Olympics in tri and immediately dropped the mic and retired from the sport. We talk to this legend about that decision and her move to marathon running.
Jul 29, 2019
Alistair Brownlee is often seen on G.O.A.T. lists, and he just completed and won his first IRONMAN! What’s next for the 2x Olympic Gold Medalist? We chatted about his move up in distance and what podium he’s hoping to stand on next.
Jul 15, 2019
Almost half-a-century old, the sport of triathlon has seen its fair share of progress. A pillar of the sport for decades, tri legend Mike Reilly is a staunch advocate of its positive effects. He stops by in Episode 10 to talk all about it. How it’s evolved. What the scene looks like now versus then. His experiences, and recently published book, Finding My Voice. The crew also goes over a few recent races, and checks in on some interesting tech from E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Jul 1, 2019
One of the reasons long-distance triathlon is so beloved is its all-ages appeal. Young. Old. It doesn’t matter. If you have the drive to go the distance, you can be a triathlete. Over the years, there’s been frequent debate on what the “ideal” age is for top performances. Traditionally, “older” (30–40) has been seen as better, with experience and knowledge helping tri veterans make it to the podium. Lucy Charles-Barclay is pushing back.
Only 25 years old, she’s already racked up a number of Ironman wins as well as three World Championship podiums. She joins the crew in Episode 9 to explain how younger athletes can approach races similar to older competitors, and how age is just a number when it comes to experience and tri knowledge. We also talk about Allied's successful gravel bike launch in Kansas as well as other recent happenings in the tri scene.
Jun 14, 2019
Want to know more about the Specialized Zwift Academy Tri team? Here's your chance.
We sat down for a chat with Tim Don — a tri legend and one of the team’s two mentors — to talk about the camp at Morgan Hill. The workouts. The team. The gear. Everything. We also dive into triathlon training tips and some awesome new tech: the DJI action camera and Wahoo Elemnt Roam.
Aug 12, 2019
How do we judge athletes over time? Are "World Records" the best way? The most wins?
We asked one of the greatest of all time, Mark Allen, to explore the topic. With 6 Kona wins and multiple World Championship titles over various distances and a record-setting 21-race winning streak—he knows what it takes to be the best. Plus: Jordan and Matt talk shop with Mark about triathlon and see what makes him tick.
May 18, 2019
Staying motivated to train hard every year can be challenging, but when you’re a professional, it’s necessary.
2014 Ironman World Champion, two-time 70.3 World Champion, and three-time European Champion Sebastian Kienle knows a thing or two about this.
In Episode 6, he dives into the demands of staying motivated and goal-setting when you’ve already been on the top. Jordan and Matt also give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the new Watopia expansion and discuss the latest wetsuit brand creating waves.
May 7, 2019
Can you be a successful athlete while maintaining a healthy social life?
In Episode 5, IRONMAN record holder and World Championship podium finisher Heather Jackson chats with Matt and Jordan about her sports background before diving into the question of the day.
As always, Jordan gets into the latest and greatest tri tech and we also debate how many pillows it takes to truly be comfortable before a big race.
Apr 20, 2019
6x IRONMAN Champion Ben Hoffman joins Matt and Jordan to dive deep into the business side of triathlons and how pros can make a sustainable career out of it. Between sponsorships, networking, and social media, they cover it all.
Apr 8, 2019
It’s a crossover episode! Greg Henderson of the Power Up Cycling podcast visits Matt and Jordan to talk training differences between cycling and triathlon.
A cycling perspective can help triathletes tackle typical weaknesses on the bike.
Mar 21, 2019
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence joins Matt and Jordan to talk training, racing, life, injury, dietary habits, doping accusations, and everything in between. Episode 2’s key topic dives into nutrition, from carbo-loading with sweets to whether leaner is better in the world of tri.
Mar 7, 2019
Linsey lends her expert knowledge on the topic of how to do off-season right. Matt, Jordan, and Linsey tackle the tough topic of knowing when to shut it off and give your body rest, but actually resting and not just posting about #offseason on social media.
Feb 20, 2019
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