Podcast: Performance Lessons from the Purple Patch Pros


Welcome to Episodes Five and Six of Purple Patch Podcast! This week we are excited to bring you a special edition of TWO episodes with the Purple Patch Pros.


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Part One

Ever wonder how highly successful pros train, think, or even how they manage fear?  This week, we are offering you a special edition of two episodes in which Purple Patch pros join Matt for a roundtable discussion.  Hear these professional Ironman triathletes like you've never heard before!  In part one, Coach Matt moderates this honest discussion with three of his seasoned pros, Kevin Collington, Sarah Piampiano, and Laura Siddall.  You don't need to have professional aspirations to benefit from their insights on goal-setting, managing fears, training management, race day mindset, definitions of success, and so much more. All three are IRONMAN champions and yet all agree there is still so much more to learn.  

Highlights include:

  • Word of the Week:  Basics
  • What did their path to world-class performance look like?
  • What components do they possess that have shaped their success?
  • What is their definition of success?
  • Do professional athletes still get pre-race anxiety?
  • What do they think about during the race?
  • How do they approach pain and suffering? 
  • How do they prepare for a long week of training?
  • What is their proudest moment so far and what obstacles have they had to overcome to stand on top of the Ironman podium?


Part Two

You know it's going to be a good episode when Coach Matt Dixon refers to it as the "Brainiac Pro Edition!" Sonia Bracegirdle, Cecilia Davis-Hayes, and Laurence Delisle are the antithesis of what you might stereotype as a typical professional athlete.

Yes, all three are brand new pro athletes starting their journey to world-class, but they have already excelled in many other areas of life. Collectively, their academic, business and sporting accomplishments make up a body of work that is highly impressive even from the loftiest set of standards.

Highlights include:

  • Personal reasons why they are pursuing this journey of professional sport
  • Benefits and challenges of being a high-achieving individual
  • Important roles that sports played in their academic and business careers
  • Delicate balance of work, school, and training
  • Value of coaches and mentors in school and training
  • Overcoming fears and intimidation as an emerging pro
  • Definitions of success

Next in Episode Seven:  Matt dives deep with Carmel Galvin, CHRO of Glass Door, about integrating high performance, training, and community into a time-starved life.

Thank you for listening.  We very much appreciate when you share and review as it helps our podcast thrive.  You may learn more about this podcast at Purple Patch Podcast.