Episode 39

Sean Conway: Endurance Adventurer

Sean Conway is a man of extremes. He became the first person to swim from Lands End to John O'Groats. His 4,200 mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain landed him a World Record. And he's the fastest person to cycle across Europe. He also has a very famous ginger beard.

It was superb to chat to Sean and hear:

  • 12:51 How record attempts begin
  • 14:20 All about the 3 Fs and why records matter so much
  • 23:40 The urgency to make something happen when he was living with his mum in a 1 bedroom flat
  • 25:43 Setting off on his Round the World bike ride
  • 33.00 The idea behind swimming the length of Britain
  • 39:19 Struggling to get sponsorship for his record swim and why it would have been ok for Michael Phelps
  • 42:00 How he consumed enough calories when chewing became too hard
  • 46:00 Why the fear of failure is such a driving force for him
  • 48:44 Lessons he has learned from his failures and successes as a competitive ultra endurance sportsperson

Tri Sharing Wisdom

We want you to help each other to become better athletes by sharing your triathlon tips on social media and we'll get some of the best ones on the podcast too. This week, it's triathlete and coach Nic Dawson who has advice to deal with injury. Get involved with the hashtag #TriSharingWisdom on social media.

Find out more about this week's guest

Sean Conway on Instagram

Sean Conway's website

Sean Conway's Europe or Bust film

Sean Conway's books

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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