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Penny Wilkin from YouCanCoaching talks to people passionate about swimming, cycling and running and everything in between.
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Episode 43: Racing at 80years young with Nigel Dimmock

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Episode 51: The Humber Swim
In this episode I chat with Sarah Scholes about The Humber swim and what it's like to swim across the Estuary. We chat about how the swim came about and how to prepare as well as her other passion for swimming in The River Trent.  
October 08, 2021
Episode 49: Bike Packing
In this episode I talk with triathletes Zelda Wilson and Natalie Williamson about bike backing, their recent adventures and how to get started.
September 24, 2021
Episode 48: Ultra Running with Liz Pharaoh
I chat with ultra runner and running coach Liz Pharoah. We chat about how it's possible to run for 70hours, what its like to run 140 miles along a canal, her work with cancer patients and exercise rehab as well as her volunteering with the running charity 
September 17, 2021
Episode 47: Confidence on the bike with Zelda Wilson
In this episode I chat with Zelda Wilson about Cycling! We talk about our cycling backgrounds, how we got started, what we've found a challenge and our tips for becoming more confident on the bike. 
June 24, 2021
Episode 46: How do I know if I've done too much?
In this episode I chat with Michelle Dunn about over training. What it is, how it effects us, how we know if we've done too much and how to deal with if we get in that situation. 
June 17, 2021
Episode 45 - Triathlon Coaching with Tracey Sample
In this episode I chat with fellow triathlete and triathlon coach Tracey Sample . We chat about racing, training, coaching, managing injury and challenges of training and racing during the covid pandemic.
June 09, 2021
Episode 44: Running in Real Live with Jenna Pogue
In this episode I chat with keen runner and member of Massey Ferguson Running Club, Jenna Pogue.  We talk all about her experiences of running as well as the book that she's writing "Running in Real Life". 
June 02, 2021
Episode 43: Racing at 80years young with Nigel Dimmock
In this episode I chat with long time triathlete Nigel Dimmock who has raced numerous times at the Age Group World and European Championships and currently races in the 80-84year age category. We talk about what it's like racing in the GB team as well as his tips and experiences of racing and training as an older athlete. 
May 17, 2021
Episode 42: 56 Not Out with Steve Atherton
In this episode Michelle Dunn and I chat with published author Steve Atherton about setting up the Kenilworth based Zero to Hero Running Group, doing 56 challenges in his 56th year and making it into a book - 56 Not Out: One Year – 56 Challenges
May 10, 2021
Episode 41 - Kate Jayden - Deca Ironman Triathlon
In this episode Michelle Dunn and I chat with Kate Jayden about doing the Deca Ironman!!!! We also chat about ultra distance marathon running, her experience of an eating disorder, female participation and her experiences of being a woman in endurance sport. 
May 03, 2021
Episode 40 - Myths and Misconceptions around Total Immersion Swimming
In this episode I chat with Sarah Hill from Swimmingly about all the myths and misconceptions about Total Immersion Swimming. We dive into lots of topics to do with swimming such as swimming slowly, how to get faster, stroke counts and stroke rates and much more. 
April 26, 2021
Episode 39 - Wild Swimming Cornwall with Lydia Paleschi
In this episode I chat with Lydia Paleschi about Wild Swimming Cornwall. Including the benefits of water for mental well being tips for getting started, where to swim and the new book. I feel totally inspired to plan a trip to the sea!  For more information and ideas of where to swim visit their website 
April 19, 2021
Episode 38: Part 2 - Swimming and Feldenkrais with Ed Woodall
This part 2 of my interview with swimmer and Feldenkrais practitioner Ed Woodall where we talk a lot more about Feldenkrais, what it is, how it works, what it can do for you and how to get started. To find out more about it visit Ed's website at 
April 12, 2021
Episode 37: Part 1 - Swimming and Feldenkrais with Ed Woodall
This is Part 1 of a chat I have with Swimmer and Feldenkrais practitioner Ed Woodall. For more information about Feldenkrais visit Ed's website at
April 05, 2021
Episode 36: Compare and Despair
In this Episode I chat with Emellyne Forman about the curse of comparison. And how comparing ourselves to others is very normal but isn't always helpful. We talk about some idea from Tara Brach as well as our own experiences and some ideas to help. 
March 31, 2021
Episode 35: Making the impossible become possible
In this episode I welcome back triathlete, client, friend Zelda Wilson to talk about tips for doing impossible things!  Think running your first mile, doing an Ironman, running Comrades ultra marathon and much more.  We talk about limiting beliefs, a growth mindset and how to build confidence.  Book Referenced: Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfill your potential, Carol Dweck. 
March 18, 2021
Episode 34 - Swimming on the spot!
In this episode I welcome back Sarah Hill to the podcast, fellow swim coach and business owner of Swimmingly. We chat about swimming on the spot! And the benefits of learning, teaching and swimming in an endless pool
March 11, 2021
Episode 33 - Can you breathe better?
In this episode I talk with Marianne Johnson Breathe4Sport and Weightless Swimming about learning how to breathe better to help your physical health and sporting performance. Marianne is a fellow swim coach and we also talk about cold showers and cold water swimming. 
March 02, 2021
Episode 32 - Training Talk - Travelling
In this episode I welcome back Michelle Dunn (yogi, triathlete and cabin crew). We share our tips for training while travelling. 
February 23, 2021
Episode 31 - English Channel Crossing with Chris Knowles
In this episode I chat about swimming the English Channel with Chris Knowles! Chris went from xero to channel swimmer in less than a year to celebrate 21 years of  his MS diagnosis with 21 miles of swimming! 
February 16, 2021
Episode 30 - Cycle Commuting with Ian O'Donnell
In this episode I chat with runner, cyclist and triathlete Ian O'Donnell about cycle commuting and using your bike as a means of transport rather than just for exercise.  We chat about the benefits, the kit you need, managing traffic and how to get started. 
February 09, 2021
Episode 29 - Marathon Swimmer Heather Clatworthy - Part 2
This is part 2 of my chat with marathon swimmer Heather Clatworthy about swimming the English Channel. Video of her most recent channel swim is found here.  Donations to Heather's nominated charity here.
February 02, 2021
Episode 28 - Marathon Swimmer Heather Clatworthy Part 1
This is Part 1 of an interview with marathon swimmer Heather Clatworthy. Heather was the first person since 1929 to swim from Moville to Portstewart on the north coast of Ireland and  we talk all about this epic adventure. 
January 26, 2021
Episode 27 - Sarah Berrisford
In this episode I chat with Sarah Berrisford. Sarah is a triathlete, a mum and a podiatrist and we chat about juggling training, work and life as a new mum, what podiatrists actually do and how they can help as well as how to get started eating a plant based, vegan diet.  
January 19, 2021
Episode 26 - Marathon des Sables with Michael Bibb
In this episode I chat with Michael Bibb, occasional runner, triathlete, father and business owner about taking part in Marathon des Sable billed a the toughest foot race on Earth. Michael tells lots of amusing stories and gives an insight into what is involved in running a marathon for 6 days straight across the Sahara desert
January 12, 2021
Episode 25 - Winter Swimming Part 3
This is Part 3 of my chat with experienced winter swimmers Emma O'Brien and Mel Smith. In this episode we talk about what actually happens on a swim, how to get in, how to deal with the after drop and tips for getting started. 
January 07, 2021
Episode 24 - Winter Swimming Part 2
This is Part 2 of  my chat with experienced winter swimmers Emma O'Brien and Mel Smith. In this is part we chat about how we keep ourselves safe, our attitudes towards risk, mistakes we've made and what we've learned from them as well as the pro's and cons of wearing wetsuits, socks and gloves in winter. 
December 30, 2020
Episode 23 - Winter Swimming Part 1
This is a 3 part series where I talk to experienced winter swimmers Mel Smith and Emma O'Brien. Mel is the founder of wild swimming group, Swim and Tonic and Emma is an artist and co-author of Dips and Chips. In part 1 we talk about our swimming journeys, how we got into cold water swimming, what it does for us and how it makes us feel. 
December 22, 2020
Episode 22 - Michelle Paget: Cyclo Cross
In this episode I talk with Michelle Paget about Cyclo Cross. What is it, how does it work, who's it for, how to get into, how to train for it and how it might help triathletes and road cyclists.  Michelle can be found at and on social meda at
December 11, 2020
Episode 21 - BMX Racing with pro cyclist Nathan Parsons
In this episode I chat to Nathan Parsons, professional bmx and mountain bike racer and strength and conditioning coach about cycling, training and racing. We talk about what triathletes can learn from BMX racing as well as Nathan's tips for training and avoiding injury.  You can find Natahn at and on social media at
December 04, 2020
Episode 20 - Save Our Ponds
In this episode I chat to Alix live from Hampstead Heath about Hampstead swimming ponds and their Save Our Ponds campaign. For more information and to sign the petition visit 
November 23, 2020
Episode 19 - Swimming Workshops
On this episode I chat with fellow swim coach Sarah Hill about our one day swimming workshops. 
October 19, 2020
Episode 18: Non swimmer to marathon swimmer with Naji Ali
I chat to marathon swimmer and Total Immersion Coach Naji Ali about his journey from non swimmer to marathon swimmer and Total Immersion Coach.  We also chat about why so few black and marginalised communities participate in swimming with an insightful discussion into the history  of swimming in the United States. 
October 12, 2020
Episode 17 - Deborah Vine - Channel Swimming Observer
In this episode I took with Deborah Vine about her role as a Channel Swimming Observer and get some in sights into the world or channel swimming.  
October 04, 2020
Episode 16 - Swim and Tonic Channel Relay
In this episode I talk with members of the Swim and Tonic 6 person channel relay team, Emma O'Brien, Mel Smith, Susan Cheshire, Suzannah Cox and Russell Clarke. We record on our way to Dover before our swim and the day after where we talk frankly about the experience and what went wrong! 
September 27, 2020
Episode 15: Post Co-vid Race Review
I chat to Emma Jones about her first triathlon of the season in the post covid era. She's only my second athlete to race a triathlon in 2020 so we talk about how it felt, what was different and a general post race review. 
September 14, 2020
Episode 14 - Swim the English Channel
On episode 14 Michelle Dunn interviews me about swimming the English Channel. We talk about sharks, jelly fish, training, food, what I'll be scared of and what I'm looking forward to most.  If you've got a question about this crazy challenge - hopefully we've answered it! 
September 07, 2020
Episode 13 - Mel Talks Food
In this episode I talk to Mel Wakeman  about all things to do with food and nutrition for triathletes. We cover topics such as calorie counting, supplements, body image and nutrition for training and racing. We even get into a little bit of politics at the end when we chat about Boris Johnson's latest comments about obesity and covid-19.   
August 31, 2020
Episode 12 - Yoga with Michelle
I talk to triathlete, friend, client AND Yoga Instructor Michelle Dunn about all things Yoga. We talk about different types of yoga, how it helps us as triathletes and how to get started. And we answer important yoga questions such as will my heels ever touch the floor! 
August 26, 2020
Episode 11 - Race Preparation and Planning
In this episode I chat with friend, client and fellow triathlete Clare Burgum. We chat about our experiences of racing, when it's gone wrong and what we learned.  We share some tips for race planning and preparation and how having  race strategy can help. 
July 31, 2020
Episode 10 - Training for Comrades
In this episode I chat with friend, client and fellow triathlon, Zelda Wilson about her experience of training for the Comrades Marathon, the 100km ultra distance marathon in South Africa
July 24, 2020
Episode 9: Referees are lovely - Part 3
This is Part 3 of my chat with Triathlon Officials Clare and Dick Donovan. In this episode we chat about co-vid and how races will be managed to comply with social distancing as well as some stories and anecdotes from their experiences as officials at races around the world.   
July 16, 2020
Episode 8: Referees are lovely - part 2
This is part two of my chat with Triathlon Officials Dick and Clare Donovan. In Part 2 we chat about tips for first timers and what you need to know about the rules. 
July 13, 2020
Episode 7: Referees Are Lovely
In this episode I chat with Triathlon Officials - Dick and Clare Donovan. In part 1 we chat about what officials do and the most common rules that get broken. 
July 06, 2020
Episode 6: Swim your first 10km
I talk to local swimmer Emma O'Brien about training for the Dart 10km and her first ever 10km swim. We talk about her experiences as a swimmer, how she prepared and her journey from doing head up breast stroke in a  25m pool to 10km open water and swimming outside all year round.   Emma's also an illustrator and artist with lots of swimming related things! She can be found at
July 02, 2020
Episode 5: Emellyne Forman on Esther Perrell
Part 2 of my chat with Emellyne Forman.  We talk about Esther Perrell and her ideas about how to think about health beyond just physical health and mental health to consider the idea of relationships and relational health. 
June 18, 2020
Episode 4: Atomic Habits with Emellyne Forman
In this episode I talk with Emellyne Forman about what we learned from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear
June 11, 2020
Episode 3: Life Lessons and Swimming with Susan Cheshire
I talk to colleague and fellow Total Immersion swim coach Susan Cheshire about swimming and life!! And what swimming has taught us about life! 
June 04, 2020
Episode 2.1 - Open Water Swimming with Gill Kelly from Tri n Swim Well
In this episode we talk to Gill Kelly about open water swimming with some tips on going for your first swim post Co-vid as well as lots of tips for first timers through to experienced triathletes. 
May 20, 2020
Episode 2: Water Confidence
Water Confidence with Sarah Hill, fellow Total Immersion swim coach and owner of swimming business Swimmingly.  We talk about the challenges of learning to swim if you have a fear of water. 
May 20, 2020
Episode 1: Caroline Saxon and Winter Swimming
Episode 1 of the YouCanTri podcast - an interview with passionate open water swimmer and ice swimming champion Caroline Saxon.  I was inspired to record this at the start of the Co-vid lock down as a way to connect, inspire and inform swimmers and triathletes.  
May 11, 2020