Episode 109

Matt Izzo and Sonny Peart: Motivation and reflection for 2022

We're going for some inspiration and motivation to start 2022, as well as some hard-core thinking and reflection.

We start with Matt Izzo, who says his life has changed thanks to triathlon.   I'm pretty sure you will be able to relate to some of the things he says about doing his first triathlon, as well as learn something from his mindset when it comes to making a change in your life.

Sonny Peart is a runner and co-founder of Black Trail Runners. He explains the reason Black Trail Runners started, the work they are doing and why representation and diversity in endurance sport matters. Something we could all think about more in 2022.

You'll hear:

03:20 Helen and Rich give listeners an update into their training for Beyond the Ultimate's 3 day Highland Ultra.

12:10 Start of the interview with Matt Izzo who says triathlon has changed his life. 'The first 35 years of his life was a struggle with obesity, self image and depression. 3 years ago now I lost 75lbs for the third time in my life, but I have managed to keep it off.' When you first lose weight, you get a lot of attention and comments, but when the weight goes back on, nobody says anything. You are so far from where you were that it is really easy to get discouraged.'

24:00 Matt talks about setting himself a target of running a mile that was a shift in mindset. 'It felt pretty amazing. I wasn't sure I could do it. I just remember suffering and it made me think 'running shouldn't be this hard.'

28:43 How a photo reinforced his behaviour. I'm smiling for the first time and it's clear that making that decision changed me in some kind of profound way.'

30:00 Matt talks about his first triathlon and how he came to love it.

37:18 Matt explains How you can make a change in your life by taking small steps.

44:00 Start of the interview with Sonny Peart, from Black Trail Runners - a charity and a campaigning group that is creating change and aims to increase the participation of black runners in trail running.

Find out more about this week's guests

Matt Izzo Twitter

Sonny Peart Instagram

Black Trail Runners website

Black Trail Runners instagram

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Helen Murray brings you awesome interviews from triathlon and beyond

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Helen Murray

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