TriSpecific's | The Fat Black Podcast

Today we sit down and Sip the Fat with Olympic Champion, coffee connoisseur and super nice guy, Jan Frodeno. Jan and his wife Emma Snowsill were kind enough to let us drop in and chat to them over a few espresso's. Both Jan and Emma have some fantastic insights into the sport and share some brilliant knowledge


Today Jan Frodeno talks about:


Making the transition from short course to long course.

Dealing with injury.

Changing training to suit the distance.

Challenges faced when making the transition.

Lesson from Ironman.

Working with his coach.

Confidence and self-belief.

Next week, you'll want to listen to our episode with Emma Snowsill. It is a cracker.


 You cab reach Jan at: @janfrodeno 


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Well we can't believe that the Triathlon World Summit is almost over! This has been an amazing project for TriSpecific and we hope you have all enjoyed hearing the fantastic information the speakers. We have enjoyed the process immensely and would like to thank all of you for the amazing feedback!

Today we sit down and sip the fat on an important topic that was discussed frequently throughout the Summit:

Human Movement.

Today We Cover:

  • Why hydration is important for movement.
  • Taking responsibility.
  • The performance pyramid.
  • Skill development.
  • Form VS Function.
  • The X.
  • Why sitting is crap for our bodies.
  • Easy fixes to correct faulty patterns. 

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Today we sit down with not only two brilliant athletes but also a professional couple who have crafted their skills as a highly functioning family unit. 
Tyler and Nikki Butterfield have worked hard to understand the importance of balancing family life with work life.

And provide some great insights how any athlete - professional or amateur can do this and still enjoy the sport we all love.

We go into:

  • Being the best you can in your job.
  • Being present where you are. 
  • The Importance of planning
  • Being the best you can in everything you do.
  • Working as a team
  • Daily strategies.
  • Communication
  • More then Sport

You can find out more at


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So much going on and so much love for the Triathlon World Summit that we're truly grateful. It's awesome. 

We're now in Round 3 of the TWS sessions and so many great interviews have been shared and the information is resonating with our listeners on so many levels. 

Today Pete and I decide to go into some of the areas that have impressed us and that you really need to take note of. 

So many more great interviews to come so if you haven't already - make sure you register to watch them for FREE at 


Kristian & Pete

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Today we caught up with an athlete who is well know for running some incredibly fast times off the bike, and just recently made a statement with a very impressive 7th place finish in Kona, Tim Berkel.

Tim has been steadily building a solid career and gained a lot of experience by putting himself up against the best in the sport and learning from tough experiences.

Check out some great insights from Tim.

Today We Cover:

  • Tim's mental preparation for Kona.
  • Dealing with low points.
  • Getting the hunger back.
  • Learning to take care of the body.
  • Fuelling the machine.
  • Finding enjoyment in the day-to-day.
  • Racing happy.
  • Using mentors.
  • Understanding coaching relationships.
  • Staying in the moment when under pressure.

To this date Tim has a great career with 3 Ironman Champion titles, and an Australian 70.3 title.

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Today we sit down and sip the fat with one of the most Professional professionals we know: Sam Betten.

Sam's attitude towards the sport and determination to be the nicest, hard working guy out there, is infectious, and it fantastic to see such maturity in a young athlete. Sam discussed the importance of having the right attitude, being mentally tough and giving back to the sport. There are some important lessons for all triathletes here! Age groupers and Pro's alike.

Sam has an immense amount of invaluable knowledge for you.

In This Episode We Cover:

  • Sam's story.
  • Being injured.
  • Being sick - creating a better mindset.
  • Improving in the sport.
  • Mental training.
  • Making the right investments.
  • Finding the mental limit.
  • Learning values from mentors.
  • Attitude
  • Giving back.
  • Being professional.
  • Building the brand.
  • Becoming a credible source of information.
  • Knowing when to stop.
  • Goal setting
  • Tips for Age Group athletes.

There is no doubt that Sam is going places in this sport. Yet he remains grounded and incredibly focused in his approach - it is refreshing to see!

Reach out to Sam on or Twitter or Facebook

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That's exactly how we feel right now. We are in hustle mode at the moment and this Triathlon World Summit is just simply a huge undertaking. I obviously can't say for certain because I've never been there ... that young mans dream has thankfully for Charlotte been squashed. So we 'feel' somewhere near camp 4 ... that is the death zone on Everest. We aren't getting much sleep, the goal feels so close yet so far away ... but it's one step at a time.

So today Pete and I decided to give you a little insight into TWS. We're excited. So much awesome content has been shared that we know you're going to love.

The snippets:

Macca - On understanding where your heads at.

Matt Dixon - Racing an Ironman.

Kev Cutjar - Attitude (crucial).

Marc Evans - Movement is like cash... it's King.

Phil Maffetone - What you need to do today to be a better triathlete tomorrow.

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Today we sit down and have a super informative chat with Peter Mckenzie. Now if that surname sounds should.

Of course we are talking about Luke Mckenzie's father! And this is one of the most knowledge packed episodes yet!

Peter has long history of coaching and teaching and over the years has formulated some fantastic philosophies and strategies to help athletes achieve their true potential.

It was a lot of fun talking shop with Petee and gain some insights from someone with so much experience.

In this episode we cover:

  • The fundamentals of triathlon.
  • Assessing strengths and weaknesses.
  • Refining economy with drills.
  • Building the journey.
  • Being committed and supportive as a parent of an athlete.
  • Communication. Actually, we talk about this a lot!
  • How training is a progression of development.
  • Developing patience.
  • Looking for marginal gains.
  • Pacing!
  • Dealing with time-poor, Type A athletes.
  • Shutting out the noise.
  • Recognising coachable athletes.
  • How no two athletes are the same; coaching the individual.
  • The unconquered frontier in this sport; the mental game.
  • Recognising negative thoughts and acting accordingly.

Learn more about Peter McKenzie at


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Today we sit down and 'sip the fat' ™ with Tim Reed who has been making his mark on the sport in recent years with some very impressive results. Tim has a background in exercise physiology and before turning pro he spent a bit of time crafting his skills as a top Age Group athlete.

One of the most exciting things about 'Reedy' is his willingness to learn; whether it is through coaching mentors, or advice form experienced pro-athletes, Tim is focused on absorbing as much information as possible in order to further his athletic and business careers and as such has some great wisdom to share.

In this Episode we cover:

  • Making the jump from elite Age Group athlete to Professional athlete.
  • Working hard in the early days.
  • Learning to hustle to achieve success.
  • Balancing family life with career.
  • The value of communication.
  • Maintaining perspective; what really matters in your life.
  • Values for success.
  • How to wear budgie-smuglers/ how to craft your 'brand'.
  • Tim's 5 tips for athletes new to the sport (actually for every athlete).

You can follow Tim on Twitter and Instagram or check out his website

Make sure you go over and check out The Triathlon World Summit and RESERVE your seat ... The FREE sessions start November 9

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In today's Episode of the Friday Fat Black, we sit down with #allergictoaverage superstar journalist and Witsup chief, Steph Hanson.

If you haven't heard of Witsup, you must have been living under a rock. Through the efforts of Steph and her team, Witsup have been helping communities of women become more engaged in the sport of triathlon by creating ways to break down the barriers that and removing the intimidation that can be associated with triathlon.

There is one thing about Steph: her personality is infectious! You can't help but get excited when she talks on the things that she is passionate about and that enthusiasm is unmistakable in the work that the Witsup crew do.

So sit back with a cup of your favourite caffeinated beverage, and listen to some wisdom from Steph.

What we cover:

  • Who is Witsup, what does it mean and what is it all about.
  • Breaking down barriers within the sport.
  • Creating a better perception through education and sharing a unified message.
  • Taking things too seriously.
  • Building a community.
  • Shoving Andrew Messink. Yes, that really did happen.
  • Thoughts on the split swim starts to races and what the WTC are doing right (that also does happen).
  • Men showing support for the Witsup cause
  • Spreading the message through social media #supportivedude
  • Changing the perspective in media.
  • The importance of involving family more in the sport.
  • The Noosa Triathlon Festival and what is coming up next for Witsup

It was great to talk with Steph and get more insight on how we, as coaches and representatives of the sport can work to making triathlon not only more accessible for women, but also more enjoyable and less intimidating. We are seeing a global shift in how women are being marketed to by companies, and this trend is helping push past the old school ideologies of gender in sport and helping to create greater equality.

If you want to know more about Witsup, head on over to: or follow them on @witsupcom on Twitter and Instagram or head over to their Facebook Page


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