In episode 101 of The Physical Performance Show, Brad Beer has a conversation with Lee Troop - 3x Olympic Marathoner, former 5000m AUS record holder.
Lee Troop has a remarkable distance running career to date. Lee has been an Australian Olympic representative three times in the marathon for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Lee takes us through the preparation, the racing and the wash up of what in Lee’s view was three disappointing Olympic outings and all the learnings that he took in retrospect from each of those Olympic games campaigns. Lee broke Ron Clarke’s 33 year old national record in the 5000m made in his 1999 running a blistering quick 13:14:82. One year later Lee turned his energies and attention to the marathon and Lee takes us through those formative years breaking that record, including significant voices and mentors that Lee had in his camp including the legendary Steve Moneghetti. Lee’s running PB’s are remarkable 10,000 made in 27:51 set in 2003, 10 kilometres on the road 28:51, the half marathon 101 flat set in Tokyo in 1999 and the marathon 209: 49 set in Japan in 2003. Lee then went on to run at 2:17 Marathon at the age of 40 years, we touch on that today.
During this episode Lee shares with us the highs the lows and the learnings of his remarkable distance running career to date. He lays down a physical challenge, shares his best marathon tips and best advice. Lee mentions towards the end of the episode that he was off to a memorial for one of his young runners who tragically took his life from the Boulder Track club which Lee founded and how that has impacted him and the club. This is an episode full of insights, commitment and heart.
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Like the Physical Performance Show, the Gold Coast Marathon encourages runners of all ages and abilities to push their boundaries and strive to complete a personal challenge. Scene of Lee Troop’s famous 2006 Australian Marathon Championship winning run, the Gold Coast Marathon is held annually on the first weekend in July and is a must do event for any budding athlete, weekend warrior or family looking for a challenge to complete together. Run for the good times at the gold coast marathon. Visit the Gold Coast Marathon here.
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"I had a good career but it is a personal decision."
"They’re putting their faith in me to make them better."
"It made racing each other entertaining!"
"Take each other to the ends of the earth and make each other bleed to get the best out of each other."
Top 3 marathon tips
• Set a goal
"Enjoy the process, it becomes much more rewarding." – Best Advice
"Running is pure and it’s simple!"
"What we learn in our sport, we can take into other parts of our life."
"You become more of a psychologist than a coach."
"The amount of good that we do isn’t as recognised."
"I’m passionate about the sport."
"They were the best parts of my life and the things that I loved the most"
"I put way too much pressure on myself and didn’t perform to my ability."
GoFundme Page for John Grey Memorial
1:00 Introduction to Lee Troop
4:45 What scares Lee the most
8:40 Lee’s early years growing up in Geelong, Victoria
12:10 Scholarship opportunity in USA
14:30 Training with Steve Monaghetti
16:15 Breaking Ron Clarke’s record
22:00 Leading into Marathon
24:00 Suffering an injury before the Olympic trials
30:00 Athens Olympics
35:00 Sports Science leading into Beijing Olympics
42:00 Being caught up in the bombings
43:30 Closing the book on running with New York Marathon in 2014
48:00 Training Laura Thweatt
53:30 Making peace with age
56:45 Boulder track club
59:00 Performance Round
1:02:20 Who Lee admires most and why
1:04:40 Best Advice
1:05:20 Top 3 marathon tips
1:07:20 Physical Challenge
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