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Ronnie Schildknecht may not be a household name in North America. But he should be. Why? because nobody in the history of this planet has logged a faster Ironman on the soil of this continent faster than Ronnie. This is a guy who won Ironman Florida in 2011 in 7 hours and 59 minutes. An Ironman in under 8 hours!

Just how fast is that? After swimming 2.4 miles in the ocean in 51 minutes, imagine getting on your bike and riding 112 miles at an average pace of almost 26mph for 4 hours and 19 minutes straight. Then imagine getting off your bike and running a steady 6 minute to 6:15 pace to clock a blazing 2:43 marathon.

Not enough for you? When Ronnie won Ironman Zurich this summer, he became is the only athlete to have won a single Ironman race seven years in a row.

I had the good fortune to sit down with Ronnie as he prepares for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, coming up a few weeks from today.

Beyond his soft-spoken and considerate disposition -- Ronnie is a guy more comfortable letting others bask in the limelight while allowing his race results speak for themselves -- what I found most compelling is how his training has evolved over the last few years -- a new protocol that dispenses with the conventional wisdom of high volume and emphasizes mental preparation & visualization; high intensity quality work; increased focus on recovery; and the discipline to embrace a protracted taper beyond his previous comfort zone.

Ronnie's evolution into the elite athlete he is today has required developing a greater understanding of -- and confidence in -- what specifically works for him -- irrespective of conventional wisdom, recommended training protocols, or the flavor of the month diet or training plan.

What works for him.

It sounds simple. But it didn't come easy for him. Because it is something that cannot be achieved without mental discipline. An strong internal compass. Healthy boundaries. And a profound sense of self.

I have no doubt that after listening to this interview, like me you'll be a Ronnie fan, ready to cheer him on to Ironman victory in Kona.

I hope you enjoy the show. And if so, please share the interview and tell a friend!


Ironman Zurich 2013 Profile: Ronnie Schildknecht: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fTIkCAsd8M&sns=em

Ironman Florida 2011: Schildknecht's Disappointment Sets Stage for New Record: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2011/11/schildknecht-s-disappointment-sets-stage-for-new-record.aspx#axzz2fwyAdr9J

Ronnie on Twitter: @ronschildknecht: http://twitter.com/ronschildknecht

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