Braden Currie is one of the most interesting guys you'll come across on a triathlon start line. The New Zealand triathlete left school at 15, had his first child in his early twenties and worked and lived around the world before becoming an athlete. He started off in adventure racing and switched his focus to being a professional triathlete after winning his first Ironman in 2017. He's finished in the top seven at the Ironman World championships in Kona twice and was 3rd at the 2021 Ironman World Championships in St George in 2022.
06:00 Braden talks about family life and juggling training with being a Dad to a 14 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. We touch on how the outdoors saved Braden as a teenager after struggling at school and how he has passed that love on to his son.
11:00 Does Braden get the same endorphins he used to get from the adventure racing that he does as a professional triathlete?
13:30 Braden's background and why he is a bit different to a lot of other professional triathletes.
17:00 Were other competitors a bit fearful of him when he first started doing triathlon?
18:30 Braden explains when he first knew about Kona and goes on to give his opinion on Ironman's decision to separate the men's and women's Ironman World Championships from 2023.
23:30 Reflecting on Braden's Kona in 2022.
26:00 Braden's thoughts on some of the incredible performances in 2022 and how he gets his head around it.
29:00 The role his daughter played on getting him to the start line of the Ironman World Championships in 2022.
31:00 We talk about Coast to Coast, why he wants to go back again for the full course.
34:00 Thoughts on retirement and why Braden is excited at the prospect of retiring!
37:00 How Braden learnt to swim at 25 and has gone on to be so successful in the water. Even he says 'its ridiculous.'
39:00 We touch on the mental side of Ironman racing and how it differs to adventure racing and multi-day racing.
Find out more about this week's guest:
Braden Currie Instagram
Braden Currie website
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