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195. The IRONMAN Group’s Diana Bertsch, SVP of World Championship Events Talks Triathlon & Kona| Triathlon Week

Diana Bertsch is the Senior Vice President of World Championship Events for The IROMAN Group and long-time race director of the globally renowned iconic Kailua-Kona Race.

On this episode, we sync up about the current health climate in Hawaii and how things are starting to open up for tourism and how she navigated through the Covid-19 pandemic. We discuss the latest news on the Supersapiens World Championship 2021 presented by Utah World Sports Commission and 2022 World Championship. Curious about the course? Diana sheds light on a few details and shares that more info is coming soon.

Diana also details the story of how she came to work at IRONMAN, as well as her road to earning the title of race director, and how her role has evolved over the past two decades.  I ask all about Kona World Championships from course design and planning to small and large scale events that take place in and around his epic race.  Diana shares her favorite spots on the gorgeous Kailua-Kona race course, in addition to the sources of inspiration for the race’s annual themes.

I also get the scoop on where to stay, dine and train on the island. And of course, Diana  shares how she stays fit while busy building, managing, and overseeing this legendary triathlon for athletes from around the globe.

Even if triathlon is not your jam, I know you’ll still gain a lot of meaningful insight, career advice and inspiration from listening to Diana.

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86. Laurel + Rebeccah Wassner, Professional Triathletes On Twinning and Winning| Long Slow Distance

Professional Triathletes, influencers, and entrepreneurs, Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner, also known as The Wassner Twins in the world of Professional Triathlon and AtheteStyle and AthleteFood on Instagram. On this episode we are going long as part of the series, Long Slow Distance!

Sisters that train together, win together! On the race course and in life, they are an incredible team and competitive, in a fun sisterly way.  Rebeccah is a 3x winner of the Nautica New York City Triathlon. She is also a 3x Mom . Laurel has raced Ironman World Championship Kona two times in 2015 and 2016 turned Pro in 2008, 10 years after being diagnosed with ‘ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and surviving cancer. She went on to become the first cancer survivor to win an Iron distance race and is a 3x Ironman Champion.

On this episode, Marni syncs up with Laurel and Rebeccah about where it all began, their path to professional triathlon, and the obstacles and challenges they have overcome in life and out on the race course.  They do a deep dive into training, racing, good days and bad days, the race selection process and more.  Get ready to be inspired.

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25. Through the Lens of Talbot Cox: World Famous Endurance Sports Photographer, Videographer and Real Time Media Agency Pioneer

Talbot Cox is a globally renowned endurance sports photographer and videographer, pioneering a real-time media company one YouTube Channel at a time! Through his lens he is capturing the incredible stories, daily training, and key races from the world’s top runners and triathletes including 2016 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist, now American distance runner, Gwen Jorgensen, Australian Professional Triathlete, 3x Ironman World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae and American Professional Triathlete, World Champion Tim O’Donnell, and Canadian Professional Triathlete and the 2017 ITU Long Distance World Championship winner, Lionel Sanders.

Talbot is the mastermind, creative director and videographer behind these top athletes super popular YouTube Channels (linked above) and if you follow them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ve seen his great photos too!

On today’s episode I sync up with Talbot about where his photography career began, his love of triathlon, the media company he is building, how timing is everything when it comes to his work, and just how much he loves what he does! He also offers great insight into, tips and advice of getting great photos from strategy to filters.

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