The Lightest Tread Podcast Episode 7: Jess Kahnke

Ironman triathlete Jess Kahnke talks about what it takes to compete in one of the world's toughest races.

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Jess Kahnke is an empowerment and performance coach, specializing in holistic nutrition, mindset and fitness. Jess is also an elite triathlete, and she recently qualified for the 2023 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. 

In this episode of The Lightest Tread, Paul speaks to Jess about all things Ironman: training schedules, nutrition, the benefits of having a dedicated coach, and specifically Jess's own journey from not being able to train at all, to finishing 2nd in her age group at Ironman Penticton in the space of five months. 

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We also discuss the challenges of finding balance in your life when competing in endurance sports, and the importance of positive self affirmation in the process. 

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00:00 Intro 

03:20 Ironman qualification and basics 

09:30 How to get into Ironman 

14:06 Training for an Ironman 

20:25 Nutrition and recovery 

28:50 The pandemic throws a wrench int he works 

31:30 Not being able to sweat and the journey back to full fitness 

42:20 The importance of proper gear and supportive insoles 

45:59 Is it weird that the competition is called 'Ironman' as a woman? 

49:00 Finding balance between motivation and self compassion