Half-Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2018 Day 5: LUCY CHARLES for 60 seconds


– Morning, Trainiacs. Just a delightful little ride. Like 48 K, little bit of hills. Saw some baboons, I saw Javier Gomez. Saw a guy named Chris Dales from Germany who claims he’s gonna win
the 35 to 39 age category. Not if somebody you know
and hopefully subscribe to has anything to say about it. Let’s be honest, I
don’t think I’m winning. But hey, it’s finally nice. I can show you the place. We’re gonna meet Lucy Charles today. We’re gonna go to the expo. We got a big day planned, let’s go. (upbeat music) (electronic hip hop music) Trainiacs, with it being
Wednesday of race week, that means everything is open. Everything’s starting to get setup. We got the finisher line right here. We got transitions starting to get set up. All the expo is set up. We gotta go pick up our media credentials. The board over there with
everyone’s name on it is set up. You can spend some money. Let’s go walk around, check stuff out. (upbeat music) The swim is over there
and we bike out there. Go all the way around
the cape, come back in. Down the coast here,
this is transition two, and then we run out along
the boardwalk that way. Just do a little up on
a small hill, come back. Pass transition to a
lighthouse that’s down here. Turn up the road, come back,
run here, and that’s one loop. We do that twice and we run
past the expo tents here and we run in these little archways here, make a turn, boom, into
the finisher shoot. Let’s go and find our name here, shall we? (upbeat music) Boom, well would you look at that? Taren Gesell, Ron Ferdino. I mean, that placing
would be nice, take that. (upbeat music) That means I’m officially official now, actual media this year. Well, Trainiacs, now that it’s nice out, seems like all the
triathletes in the world are congregating here. – Hi, Taren, how are you?
– Hey, what’s up, man? (laughing)
Good to meet you. Seems like everyone is here and bringing tons of people to the area. As a part of that, Iron Man
just announced, got the email, that they donated $100,000
to Legacy Projects with four projects in Port Elizabeth building new Early Birds
day care in Walmer, restoring children’s
cottages in Easter Province, providing new Isuzu school
buses for Heatherbank pre and primary school, and
building a learn-to-swim pool at the new community center. This is great. This is motivating stuff. Alright, I wanna go say hi to this guy. Lucy Charles, welcome to
the Triathlon Taren Podcast. How are ya?
– Yeah, good. Thanks for having me. I’m a big fan, so yeah,
it’s great to be on. – I told you, that’s weird to hear. (laughing) Yeah, when I reached
out to you, I was like, “I’m a big fan of you.”
(laughing) Would you rather have
to complete an Iron Man biking on a hipster single speed or wear Converse Chuck
Taylor’s on the run? – Wear Converse. – Would you rather try
to complete the swim with a swim cap over your eyes or complete the run wearing
flippers the entire time? – I could run with flippers. – Would you rather have the
Gwen Jorgensen treatment, having your significant
other make all of your meals or an in-house personal masseuse? – In-house personal masseuse. – Would you rather have
the CEO of Iron Man, Andrew Messick’s, power or
Mike Riley’s smile and charm? – Mike Riley’s smile and charm. – Would you rather win an
Olympic gold medal or Kona? – Olympic gold. – Would you rather have
to do every Iron Man on a road bike or all of your
training in racing flats? – All of my training in racing flats. – Would you rather have to
do every run on a treadmill for life
– 10 seconds. or swim with no goggles for a year? – Treadmill. – Would you rather have
to complete the bike wearing a parachute the whole time or run wearing a full suit and tie? – Run in a full suit and tie.
– Good call. – Seven, seven.
(laughing and cheering) So, how we’ve been starting out, I don’t know if you’ve been listening, but in person, we’ve started off with a segment called Explain that Gram. – Okay.
– So I dug deep into your Instagram.
– Oh God. – And I’ve, yeah.
(laughing) You’re right to be scared. I have dug up something
from August 25th, 2014 and you have to explain what
the hell is going on here. You are wearing a Blueseventy wet suit and a crocodile hat.
– (laughs) Oh, good, yeah. – Fill me in here. – I’m trying to remember
where I found that, but I found that and probably
sent it to my sister. She studies, so she
probably found it somewhere and I thought it’d be a fun idea. WE had some beginners at triathlon club, so I thought it’d be a fun idea to try and terrify them
with the crocodile head. So I was in the lake trying to go along like an almost crocodile shark
(laughing) and scared the life out of them, but they knew it was me straight away. So kind of plan failed, but yeah, we got a few laughs from it.
(laughing) I swam from the age of
about eight or nine. I started to get into
swimming, was super competitive even like as an eight year old. I wanted to win everything,
so I quite quickly got stuck into training
and then I was like, “Oh, I wanna do the
hardest even there is.” So I was a 200 fly
swimmer at nine years old. – Oh gross.
(laughing) – So I was like, “That’s the
hardest, I’ll do that one.” (upbeat music) I remember like, “Yeah, should
we just enter an Iron Man?” as we were going back to the hotel and then signed up for Iron
Man UK the following year and was just like, “Oh, we’ll be fine.” “We’ve got mountain bikes,
we can do it on them.” And you soon learn, oh hell no. You can’t do it on a mountain bike. (upbeat music) I had kind of done eight weeks of training and I’d split it up with
the 70.3 in Lancashire as part of my training block and I didn’t race very well there. I was just so tired that I could’ve been in the middle of a block, so I kind of was basing everything off of that thinking, “Well, that wasn’t very good.” If I’m gonna go to Kona, I
need to be better than that and I’ve only got four weeks
to kind of turn it around, get fresher, and hopefully race well. So it’s like, you know what,
top 10 would be amazing, so if I can get top 10, I’d be happy. I’m obviously very
competitive, so it was like, if I can shoot for the
podium then I’ll go for it, but I definitely didn’t expect
to come second, it’s crazy. (upbeat music) – How not to taper for a race, carry a bag full of camera gear around. Let me show ya everything we got. Drone, a DJI Mavic Air,
tripod, a little mini one, podcasting, bunch of equipment there, second camera setup
here with extra lenses, all the media kit that we
need to check in for media, and you, another camera. Let’s see what’s in the
media accreditation kit. Oh, Iron Man 70.3 pin. Holy smokes, this is thick. Official souvenir magazine,
look at this, look at this. Info on everyone. T-shirt, this is what we wear to let everyone know
that we can go places. Dudeski’s picture from Kona last year. Taren Gesell. And instead of saying Triathlon Canada, Triathlon Taren, video journalist. How about just cool dude? Now, when it comes to all this,
it’s amazing, it’s surreal. I probably met, I wanna say,
like 30, 40 of you today. I really am sorry that
I couldn’t just stay and talk to everyone there like around the four o’clock and on
point, ’cause I had to go and do that interview with Lucy Charles, but being able to be here is,
it’s a dream to be able to be in the triathlon world as a job and not working for somebody else and not having to risk and like put myself on the line of injury and have to perform like I used to when I was a curler. But literally just being
here is part of the job and I have all of you to thank
for all of that so thank you. And then back, you know, if there’s like, it’s about three years ago that
Mel and I, we went to Vidcon which is a convention for YouTuber’s. Not me, it was other
YouTuber’s were learning how to YouTube for where
we worked at the time. And I got to see one of the YouTuber’s who I really looked up to at the time and wasn’t all he was cracked up to be. It’s like, “Ew, you’re kinda pretentious.” “Not a huge fan.” And Mel joked, she was like, “Don’t meet your heroes,
only let you down.” It’s not to say that I
think I’m somebody’s hero, but I just kinda wanna get across to you that even though I might not be able to spend as much time
with everyone as I can or I, I don’t know, don’t
act the way you expect me to, ’cause in these videos,
we can edit, you know, a lot of energy and just
be really big and upbeat. I hope and I just feel so
much gratitude towards you that every single one of you that I meet, I hope that, I don’t know,
I just wanna let you know that thank you for
everyone who does come out and I do hope that when you
meet me, it’s not like that where it’s like, “Oh,
this guy isn’t very cool.” But I mean, if it is, I get it. ‘Cause I just really appreciate
you all and that’s it. I think that’s it. I wasn’t really sure where
I was going with that. I think it kinda came
together with something. So Trainiacs, there we go. Tomorrow is the pro panel. We’re gonna film that from a
couple of different angles. We’re gonna cover that whole thing. That’s gonna be, as always,
one of the most popular videos of this entire week, so if
you aren’t already subscribed, hit the subscribe button below, and if you are subscribed, thank you. That’s it, just thanks.

Comments 56

  • first!!!😜🤗😄

  • Great content as usual, stray frosty in SA.

  • It’s really amazing how you manage to prepare yourself for the race while sharing the media view and interviews, and so much content of interest.
    Many thanks for all,this Taren, greetings from Lugano, Switzerland.

  • My two favourite Triathletes….. Lucy is really nice and probably the funniest story how she got into Ironman….. Good luck this week TT

  • Amazing Video! Now Im getting the goosebumps! Official Media! Official Competitor! Official Name on the Wall of Fame! Official Good Morning Trainiacs! We are with you all the way Buddy! Enjoy it!

  • Nothing less than a podium finish from you. No pressure man:) You will do it if you want it that bad. Race like your life depends on it.

  • Dude you're amazing. Digging the entire video and info. You make it fun. (but really, curling as an endurance sport… I'm guessing you mean, how much beer you can consume and still slide that stone accurately without killing yourself or someone else? 😜😁😄😂)

  • Can't wait for this weekend!

  • You´re welcome man. It´s alright!!

  • That's so cool that you got to interview Lucy Charles 🙂 Meanwhile, in a cold and frosty Scotland I'm working on steadily dropping time so I can make it to a World Championships one day hahaha

  • Hi Taren, another great vid 🙂 and your so lucky to meet the lovely Lucy Charles 😊, hope she wins!
    Have a great race at the weekend

  • Super coverage, must be cool to take it all in and enjoy the moment even with all you want to get done

  • That curling pressure tho

  • Not that there was ever a doubt, but you know you've arrived when Lucy Charles is a big fan! Well done Taren. I don't know what's more impressive, qualifying as an age grouper for World's OR quitting your full-time gig, and risking it all to chase your dream (which landed you at World's as a PRO)!

  • When is the interview with Lucy going up? Can't wait!

  • Good luck Taren, love your coverage of your journey in this great sport. Keep up the great work it just gets better and better 🏊🏻‍♂️🚵🏃🏻‍♂️

  • Taren, you worked very hard to get where you are and deserve it. It is very inspiring how you pull all of this off. Hope you find some time to embrace it and just enjoy it (maybe during the bike at race day lol ). Best of luck this weekend, most of all stay safe and healthy. AND huge thanks for the daily content!

  • Wow thanks for doing what you do. I mean here your trying to prepare for an awesome race and your still making sure we have a video everyday and sharing with us. Thanks you rock and I have you set up to cyber stalk during your race! Good luck and have a great time!

  • WC coverage is freaking awesome!!!!!

  • We love you too Taren! Keep it up. Your videos keep me motivated during long sessions on the trainer.

  • I love Lucy! 🤩

  • What a nice video – loved seeing one of your pre-race days and that bit about heros/thanks was great. Thanks for being 'real' – no need to hide that part of you behind an energetic front when you are focused for a race/work/busy day . . . We trainiacs get it 🙂

  • Your awesome

  • Good luck to you on race day. Thanks so much for your hard work.

  • Thank you TT!

  • I set a goal to do a triathlon next summer. And yes, your videos, you, inspire me to keep training and keep the motivation going. Keep up the awesome work.

  • Your love of what you do comes through in each video and it is so much fun to follow your journey. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  • Did you meet Casey Neistat at vidcon? If so, did meeting him disappoint you?

  • WOOOOOOOOOOOW! Thanks looking forward for the whole podcast. 1000000000 thanks you rock

  • Honest and heartfelt. Thank you for entertaining me one day at a time.

  • I like Hot Ones too!
    Explain that gram!

  • thanks for the video!!! I feel like touring around with you on this awesome journey! look forward to hearing the podcast you did today with Lucy

  • Terrific video, as per usual. Loved the bit at the end about meeting one’s heroes. Nice, genuine moment.

  • Can't wait for that interview!!! I've been looking for you everywhere when were down here, hopefully I'll be able to say hi soon

  • When emotional, u r a very cute Ginger Bastard. 😉

  • Thank you for your professionalism and also being real about how you are and feel about everything as you are the real deal tried and true keep doing what you and Mel are doing and you will excel not only in your new business but in your age group Triathlon Journey as well. Your YouTube video do nothing but improve day by day and it shows by how and who you touch with the info you share to change lives one day at a time. I will someday soon meet you in person to shake your hand,and let you know I appreciate all you do for me and others around the world both age groupers and Pro's alike.Best of luck this weekend later Taren, Kraig

  • Fellow Hot Ones fan? 🤔

  • Thank you Taren ! of making these videos and being…..Taren. No need to worry man, you have the right mindset and attitude. Respect.

  • I love that you are a former curler. I myself am a former curler at a similar level as you once were. I have been following your channel for a little over a year now and wish you the best of luck this weekend. You have great content that is always intriguing. Keep up the great work! Maybe one day we can assemble the greatest "Triathlon Curling Team" … I'd have to move to Manitoba though, or you could move to Ontario. There are a few of us this way that Curl/Triathlon as well. Cheers!

  • Loving your coverage of Worlds!! Excited for you!

  • Goosebumps for you Taren 😎

  • I appreciate you TT and NTK and let’s not forget about Mel … Dad the builder too lol

  • Thanks for all your awesome coverage!! Taren, where did you qualify for 70.3 champs and what was your time?

  • Good luck Taren!

  • Taren is obviously a fan of @hotones, Sean would be proud 😎🍗

  • Thank you for doing this, it needs courage and dedication to be motivated and move this forward. We all are walking with u and seeing through ur eyes (video).

  • Can't pretend a stranger is a long awaited friend 😉 lyrics from a pretty well known Canadian band. Good luck for IM70.3 man!

  • I am looking forward to following you on the tracker tomorrow! Great videos!

  • Taren, a new goal for the event: to keep your name as close to Jan’s on the results list as it is on the participants board:)

  • Another inspirational video taren,thank you once again,living the dream and it's enjoyable watching you love every min,all the best in your race 🤛 huge respect!

  • What an emotional ending? You know how to bond us to the channel :)) btw, great content as usual, you are a significant factor in my pursuit of keeping up and raising my goals in triathlon. Thanks

  • You are amazing! Keep doing what you do

  • Lucy Charles is such an inspiration. Beautiful person and amazing athlete. Thanks to both for this interview.

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