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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cherie Gruenfeld. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cherie Gruenfeld, often where they are interviewed.

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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cherie Gruenfeld. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cherie Gruenfeld, often where they are interviewed.

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Never Wonder "What If" with Cherie Gruenfeld (Episode 5)

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Thirty four years ago, at the age of 42, Cherie Gruenfeld went from lying in bed eating sticky buns and watching the LA Marathon to buying running shoes and a book on how to run a marathon the very next day. She wanted to know what she was capable of. At 76 years old, after completing 28 Ironman races, winning 13 World Ironman titles and setting numerous course records around the world, she still does.

Cherie is still eyeing up world records, setting goals, and living life by her philosophy: “I never want to wonder what if.” She also gives back as she pushes forward as a triathlon coach and as the Founder and Director of a non-profit foundation, Exceeding Expectations for at-risk kids in the San Bernardino area, using the sport of triathlon to redirect their lives.

Cherie talks frankly about what it takes to stay on top of your game as you get older; how she approaches training and recovery, overcoming adversity, and much more. You can find out more about her race history, coaching services, and non-profit foundation at https://cheriegruenfeld.com/
Oct 28 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Meet 75 yr. old World Champion Ironman Cherie Gruenfeld!

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Cherie Gruenfeld is a driven woman! Not only does she carry 3 college degrees, she is one of the most decorated Masters triathletes in the world today winning the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii 13 times! She has received many other awards and was on the Wheaties cereal box back in 2001! Hear how she got into racing, her philosophy on life, diet, training and her biggest passion today which is helping at-risk kids become the best they can be!

Feb 14 2020 · 54mins

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The Best of Inspiration with Katherine Switzer, Pat Gallant-Charette and Cherie Gruenfeld

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As we prepare for the holidays and a time of joy and inspiration we wanted to revisit some of our most inspirational interviews.

In this short episode, we revisit our interview with Katherine Switzer, who shares her story of being the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. A historic event for women and women's running as told by the woman who did it all.    We also revisit our interview with Pat Gallant-Charette, who at the age of 68 was recently inducted in to the Open Water Marathon swimming Hall of Fame. Pat didn't start open-water swimming until she was almost 50 and despite a fear of deep water, has swam the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and around the island of Manhattan.  Last we share some of our interview with Cherie Gruenfeld.  Cherie who didn't start running until her 40's, holds thirteen world Ironman titles and seven world records. 

All of these women are inspirations because of their physical accomplishments but even more so in what they do to help others.  

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Molly and Angela!

We'll see you in 2020. 

Dec 18 2019 · 22mins
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Becoming Who You Were Always Meant to Be with Ironman Champion Cherie Gruenfeld

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Cherie Gruenfeld is a 18-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon. She holds 13 world titles. For those who don't know what the Ironman entails, it is:
  • A 2.4 Mile Swim
  • 112 Mile Bicycle Ride
  • 26.2 Mile Run (Marathon)
Cherie will be 75 in July and she now runs the 70.3 Triathlons (that's half of the above) and will be doing FIVE of those this year! This was truly one of the best interviews we've gotten to do. Angela and I, perhaps because we've trained for a half-marathon together and because Angela's family includes some competitive cyclers, were just mesmerized by what Cherie has accomplished athletically. Beyond that though, she has such a quiet confidence and passion for her sport. She has carried that passion into a non-profit foundation for at-risk kids in San Bernadino county called Exceeding Expectations. Come listen to a great Super Ager example, and someone who is living a happier, longer life! Cherie Gruenfeld
Feb 20 2019 · 40mins

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Growing Bolder: Alan Alda; Lea Thompson; Ironman Champ Cherie Gruenfeld; Dr. Vonda Wright

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Alan Alda is beloved for his long-running role as Hawkeye on the iconic show M*A*S*H*, but when you learn what this thoughtful and curious man is up to at the age of 82, you'll understand and value him in a whole new light. Plus, "Back to the Future" actress Lea Thompson's new project is a true family affair. Then, meet the 74-year-old woman who is rewriting the triathlon record books, and it's a sport she didn't discover until her mid-40s.
Sep 30 2018 · 52mins
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Creating opportunities and exceeding expectations with triathlete Cherie Gruenfeld (010)

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This week, we talk to our oldest Seasoned Athlete to date: 73-year old Cherie Gruenfeld. Cherie is one of the most decorated Masters Triathletes in the world, having won the Ironman World Championships title in her age group thirteen times earning the F70-74 course record. In this episode, Cherie talks about how she had to create opportunities to play sports at a time when they weren't available to girls and women, how her unstoppable spirit helped her have one of the greatest races of her life, and how her greatest passion may be the work she does helping low-income kids achieve their own bold goals through her Exceeding Expectations Foundation.

SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - CHERIE GRUENFELD

Age: 73

Sport: Triathlon

Quote: "I can do anything if I can just get in the game."

Website: http://eefoundation.org

Email: cherie@cheriegruenfeld.com

EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE - CHRISTINA WILLIS

Each week, we start our show with our featured EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE. In this segment, we shine the spotlight on athletes over age 40 from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels.. Our Everyday Seasoned Athletes will be sharing why they do what they do and what they’ve learned along the way – all in their own words. This week, we feature triathlete Christina Willis.

EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - CHRISTINA WILLIS

Age: 42

Sport: Triathlon

Quote: "Thirty percent of triathlons are physical - the other seventy is mental."

Instagram: @willis0624

Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/seasoned-athlete/donations
Aug 02 2017 · 1hr
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It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been - Cherie Gruenfeld

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Cherie Gruenfeld exemplifies the ability to remain competitive regardless of age.

Much like many of our listeners, Cherie picked up endurance sports a little later in life - starting running in her early 40s and triathlons in her late 40s.

Now at the age of 73, she is one of the most heavily decorated Masters triathletes in the world and still competes in half Ironmans to this day.

In this episode, Cherie walks us through her late entry into competitive running and triathlons, her philosophy for finding continued success in the sport, and a little about her nonprofit organization through which she works to help underprivileged kids achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Between her advice on longevity in the sport and her outlook on self betterment (even when that may no longer mean setting PR’s), Cherie’s story has something for everyone.

Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:
  • What motivated Cherie to start running and competing in triathlons
  • How she has maintained her competitive streak, both physically and mentally
  • What makes the Ironman World Championship at Kona so special to Cherie
  • How Cherie is giving back through sport and opportunity
Questions Cherie is asked:

3:25 What is your athletic background?

5:14 What inspired you to start running?

8:36 Did you have any setbacks or struggles when you first started?

10:12 When did you realize you had the potential to be a competitive triathlete?

10:55 How did you get interested in triathlons?

19:04 Did you know at your first Kona event that you could become one of the most decorated Masters triathletes in the world?

19:45 What did becoming the first woman over age 55 to complete an Ironman in less than 12 hours mean to you?

23:14 Why did you select Kona as the event you wanted to break the 12-hour barrier?

24:18 What makes Kona so special to you?

26:21 What makes Kona something you look forward to year after year?

28:22 Is Kona the Boston Marathon of triathlons?

28:44 Which part of the triathlon is your strongest and which is your weakest?

30:25 Is trying to set new goals within each component of the triathlon part of what keeps you going?

36:47 How has BodyHealth helped you compete at such a high level for so long while remaining healthy?

39:21 Do you attribute much of your success to these supplements and how did you feel prior to and after using them regularly?

41:39 Besides the supplements, what other tips do you have for maintaining competitive longevity?

43:32 What is your organization, Exceeding Expectations, and what is its mission?

49:12 What’s next for you?

 

Quotes by Cherie:

“I would never have guessed that I would have had the opportunities that I did.”

“If you have to ask (about Kona), you haven’t been there.”

“There’s a bonding among all Ironmen; you meet another Ironman on a plane and you don’t even have to ask questions, you just automatically know certain things about the character of the person.”

“My swim and my bike are within 10 or 15 minutes of what they used to be, but the run? There’s no way that I am going to run a 4-hour marathon in an Ironman any longer. But I’m still one of the top runners in the age group.”

“You cannot race the way you used to; you simply are NOT going to, and you have to accept that.”

“Sleeping is critical to being ready for the next day.”

“Don’t wait till you’re a Masters athlete to start thinking about maintaining health and longevity, because if you intend to stay in this for the long haul, you gotta start when you’re younger. You have to develop these good, healthy habits, you have to understand that you’re not invincible, that you can be taken down and it’s up to you to take care of yourself so that some of that doesn’t happen.”

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

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IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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Exceeding Expectations Foundation

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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May 31 2017 · 55mins
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Episode 1- Record breaking Ironman athlete Cherie Gruenfeld

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We'll be talking with 23x Ironman athlete, Cherie Gruenfeld about her long list of record breaking achievements in the endurance sports arena.

Cherie holds the world record for her age group for Ironman Kona, Europe and Lake Placid. She also holds the #1 spot for the World Triathlon Corporation, Inside Triathlon's All American Team, 1997-2001, 2004 & 2007-2009 and the U.S.A. Triathlon Association. She's even got her own Wheaties box!

She's also the author of the aptly named, "Become an Ironman: An amateur's guide to the world's toughest endurance event" and will be sharing her personal tips for training competitively.

Cherie will also talk with us about gaining the competitive edge so we can break records of our own.

Cherie holds the world record for her age group for Ironman Kona, Europe and Lake Placid. She also holds the #1 spot for the World Triathlon Corporation, Inside Triathlon's All American Team, 1997-2001, 2004 & 2007-2009 and the U.S.A. Triathlon Association. She's even got her own Wheaties box!

She's also the author of the aptly named, "Become an Ironman: An amateur's guide to the world's toughest endurance event" and will be sharing her personal tips for training competitively.

Cherie will also talk with us about gaining the competitive edge so we can break records of our own.
Jan 19 2011 · 36mins