Episode 47

Dave Scott: An honest conversation about depression

Dave Scott is a 6x Ironman World Champion and I thought this interview was going to be all about mindset and a winning mentality. What evolved was a completely unexpected conversation about depression.

You'll hear:

20:40 "All the way through my 20s and when I was competing, I wrestled with depression and the depression that I had would consume me sometimes. I had many periods when this depression would manifest itself."

31:08 "I thought if I was depressed, that is a huge psychological weakness and there is no way I can race Ironman and win it again. It scared me that I could never dig myself out of it, because really it was just denial."

34:10 Dave offers some advice to stay focussed in a race: "Do what you can do in the moment, be in the present."

42:08 Dave gives his reaction to losing the World Championships in 1989 to Mark Allen, in Iron War. "I was mad! I hated losing that race."

52:48 Dave Scott reveals who he believes to have the best winning mind sets in triathlon and why.


02:17 Helen meets the remarkable Rosie Swale-Pope who's in her mid 70s and is currently running from Lands End to John o'Groats to raise money for Phase Worldwide. If you want to hear the full interview with Rosie, then sign up to be one of Helen's vino or training buddies on patreon and you'll receive two exclusive episodes a year.

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Helen has been working in triathlon for a decade as an athlete, coach and broadcaster.

Helen hosts the Inside Tri Show podcast bringing you awesome interviews from triathlon and beyond