Nick Kastelein: Breakfast with Bob at the Collins Cup

Nick Kastelein: Breakfast with Bob at the Collins Cup

[Music] everybody welcome back to brexit with bob from the challenge championship and the collins cup we’re brought to you by master spas hyper ice form smart swim goggles you can hoka onion class usa and the challenged athletes foundation our next guest nick castelline from australia so you’re on vacation here i’m yeah you could say that i’m on vacation yeah so you don’t get to take this thing home we’ll see my my role is i’m a reserve okay so i’m next in line if anyone you know if somebody gets yeah yeah or injury or something so let’s not count the trophy out yet okay all right cool but you’ve got challenge roth next weekend the following weekend okay have you done challenge roth before it was my debut full distance race okay matter of fact in 2016. it was a good experience i i got fifth in eight hours and five minutes and i was quite happy with that at the time so i’ve got good memories and good experience and yeah we’ll see we’ll see from all the years training with john frodeno what what have you gained from that too much a lot a lot yeah the the guy’s actually giving me helped me along the way and told me basically everything he knows all the tricks the trade yeah and uh yeah like basically it was it’s been up to me to to implement it so he’s a he’s been a good mentor yeah and the fact that he’s still so competitive at 40 is we should talk about that yeah he’s um yeah he’s setting the standard for for i mean when i was younger when i was a fan of triathlon um in you know my teenage years like 40 if an athlete was racing at 40 they were like at the end totally you know they were like they maybe had one or two good races not a good kona just a good half iron man or something and now you know the guy’s breaking 720 uh 7 30. yeah so he’s in a different world yeah well different world and hopefully he sets the standard for for those that are coming through yeah you you learn that you’ve to take care of your body differently yeah but it can it can do amazing things well trust me he takes care of his body quite well yes he does yeah so so we’re getting into the sport were you an itu guy to start off yeah i um i tried the itu pathway and i was never very good at swimming and you’ve got to be there in the swim yeah you do and uh it’s quite cut throat and it’s you know you speak to all the athletes as there’s dunking and there’s pulling and there’s right you know punches and um maybe i just wasn’t so aggressive back then and um which is quite funny because now i like swimming is one of my strengths in in iron man racing and maybe it’s just that that urgency to want to swim better right that carried over to long course so i never want to miss that front group again you know so as a kid growing up were you a swimmer cyclist runner triathlete triathlete right from the beginning yeah well basically yeah like i’m from a small town uh called mudgy it has a small little triathlon community my dad was the club president and from eight or nine years old doing like yeah these these really small and small versions of triathlon which were really really good fun what when you look back uh since you’ve been doing this in your kid what do you look back as your is your best race the race that maybe meant the most to you it meant a lot to me at the time but not like in the big scheme it’s nothing but i remember qualifying for the australian championship in when i was 14 or 15. and you got a track suit and you you got to travel to to perth the other side of australia where i live and um yeah it was just like this whole process of qualification and and representation and um yeah like i just loved it at the time so that was my that was my to qualify for that race was my that was it the thing that sticks with me yeah and a couple years ago you had a was it a crash it was a crash in a race or yeah yeah so i 70.3 barcelona okay in 2017 i crashed i broke my collarbone at the end of the bike with about a kilometer to go oh my god um had to put my chain back on my my right arm the one that i broke didn’t didn’t work so i was like trying to play with this chain eventually wrecked my bike and and had to run run so you still ran i ran yep i ran and i finished and i got second coincidence with a broken collarbone with a broken call i didn’t know it was broken by the time i i mean it would have looked strange because i’m i’m running through aid stations and all the aid stations were on my right the one that i heard and i’m reaching over with my left hand over to collect the water and everything because it’s spain it’s quite hot and they’re like why don’t you just use this this arm you know and to them it would have been a strange thing to witness and um i didn’t know it was broken and so i just thought okay you just have to push if you can still run um you can still you can still finish and i had good legs that day and no excuses like it it bothered me you’re there what the hell am i still finished yeah and i was in a good position and you know obviously my mate young was racing as well and like you know we had this this thing this one two finish and it was yeah it’s been it’s a long time ago now but it’s still one of the highlights that’s very cool yeah and how long was it before you could race again um i worked a lot with um with the physio actually young physio albert and we worked every day working with my shoulder and everything and i raced nine weeks later in iron man iron man zurich nine weeks later and how did you do yeah i won it i won it i felt amazing too it was yeah the strangest thing that is amazing because you go in a race like that probably lower expectations i just want to get through it i just want to race again yeah it was just it was one of those things where you just i guess you listen to your body so much when you have an injury that you don’t want to to reoccur it yeah i was just so body aware and focused that i had nine weeks nine weeks to to raise the rig to qualify for kona and then you know then we’ll see what happens and yeah just one of those days so with uh challenge roth next week and then what’s the rest of your schedule who knows yeah everything’s changing isn’t it like um no i do have a schedule so challenge roth and then um i would love to get a spot for for kona for the next year for the 2022 kind of because i missed out this year so um there’s a there’s a race in majorca five weeks after roth we’ll see everything changes but that’s the that’s the goal right now at the moment yeah so now as an alternate you’ve got to be sort of at the ready it’s not like you can go out party every night but you’re in a pretty cool resort and yeah i don’t really have much pressure on you right now it’s it’s actually it’s a really good but a really strange feeling at the same time like i like i love it like i love the energy that you have here and you know the best of the best and and everything but i’m not racing like i and i’m fit because i have i have to do a full distance race the week after um yeah so i’m like i’m ready and i will be ready if if something happens to someone but um i’m just going through the process i have my girlfriend here we are yeah we are just enjoying slovakia i’m training i’m meeting the appointments and we will see what happens how fun is that it’s quite good it’s quite good now have you had that kona experience yet i have but we’re gonna skip that one okay okay have you had that good con experience no that’s that’s a better question no i have not and i want it and i want it yeah you want it bad yeah so hopefully we’ll be 2020 too yeah hopefully hopefully um yeah i mean it’s crazy because for me challenge roth was one of the bigger races for me this year and they made the the call for kona 2021 two weeks before challenge rothen and then i think everyone’s starting to think okay maybe we’ll what’s the challenge right what’s the next big race well let’s all go to challenger also i’m like oh no no thank you yeah the field got really good i think yeah i i don’t know exactly but i know it will be so it always is yeah who knows lionel might jump in he’s doing iron man every week now yeah yeah yeah what’s what’s it go with that like don’t people need to recover or something i thought that was a deal that you sort of you know if i was talking to a world-class marathoner they wouldn’t be saying i ran a marathon in july so i’m going to run another one in august no no no it’s like it would be absolutely silly but our guys do it like it’s no big deal yeah i’m going to have to um during my week here maybe ask her a bit of advice on how to recover between between full distance races it’s yeah it’s a bit of a niche yeah that’s crazy so hey well nick thank you so much for taking time thank you bob have yourself a great vacation yeah you too you too you can have it you’ve got the vacation shirt on exactly you can have a drink with an umbrella in it and hang out i could yeah i could maybe without alcohol but um you know oh come on no one’s going down yeah it’s not going to yeah you’re right you’re right we’ll hit the bar after this so who’s your pick in terms of your team international i’m guessing i’m team international and you’ve got i have to stay loyal yes even though yan’s on team europe who yeah yeah he would kill me if i said that so no no they eat like yeah nick castelline has been our guest everybody again breakfast with bob from the challenge championship and from the collins cup hold on we will be right back
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Nick Kastelein: Breakfast with Bob at the Collins Cup

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