Episode 102

Emma Pallant-Browne: Building confidence as a triathlete

Emma Pallant-Browne discusses how she has shaken off the imposter syndrome to become one of the best triathletes in the world. The former U23 European Cross Country Champion switched to triathlon in 2012, but admits she felt out of place in triathlon for a long time. But 2021 has been a stellar season for the British born triathlete who now lives in South Africa with her husband Jared and their dogs.

You'll hear:

35:00 Why she approached Tim Don for coaching 'he's made me believe I can be a biker' I haven't been good at pacing in the past, but he is so knowledgable and reads about everything that is coming out.

39:00 Patience and the art of going slow. When you are competitive in sport, you almost crave that big push and because I was running at such a young age, it was game on from the word go and I guess you develop habits.

40:35 Emma talks about her first experience of training in Kenya, when she was with British Athletics. 'we were the first white people there and the kids would run along with us. It was such a humbling experience and as a camp, I really enjoyed it as really simple living.

43:30 I feel more like a rounded athlete and I feel like I am understanding the sport more, I can respect my body more. Emma also talks about confidence and believing in herself.

48:30 Learning not to beat herself up after a race, thanks to her husband Jared. "When I had my first bad race with him, he was really relaxed and that has rubbed off on me over time. If you have done the best you can leading up to a race and in the race, then you can't do anything about it. 'A happy athlete is a faster athlete. You have to enjoy the sport and love what you do. When you put a lot of pressure on yourself, you can easily lose sight of the enjoyment if you're not surrounded by good people."

57:30 I feel like I am more balanced. I never had that balance before and I am performing better.

1:00:55 Tim Don has told Emma he thinks she can be a really good Ironman athlete.

1:05:00 Why Emma won't be getting into the gravel biking scene any time soon.

1:07:42 Her experience of being mentored by double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, through 'On Camp with Kelly' 'Everyone still keeps in touch, she created something pretty massive' and what Emma is doing to give back in South Africa too.

Also this week!

03:10 Dov Tate from Parcours Wheels has a lowdown on gravel biking, what is it and some tips on how to get into it.

16:42 Sonny Peart talks all about his experience of Beyond the Ultimate's Highland Ultra.

Find out more about this week's guests

Emma Pallant Browne Instagram

Sonny Peart from Black Trail Runners talks about Beyond the Ultimate's Highland Ultra

Dov Tate from Parcours Wheels - visit the Parcours website to find out more.

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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