Meredith Novack part 2 – Episode 8

Mere Novack talks with Talbott about training for breaking a world record in episode 8. Training, a key for success in triathlons, open water swimming challenges, including marathon swimming (6+miles/10+KM). Hear from this elite athlete how she trains. We also talk a bit about SHARKS, yikes!

Her bio from BASED IN ​HAWAII HAVING RETURNED FROM SINGAPORE… THIS FULL-TIME SWIM COACH and former professional triathlete turned World Record holding, and extreme marathon swimmer…is one of the most marketable and recognizable athletes on the planet! After a World Record channel swimming debut, people notice when Meredith walks into the room but not for the obvious reasons… ​

The Kate Moss of the channel swimming world – by most athletic industry standards Meredith is “not impressive enough” meaning that at 5’6″ and just over 120 pounds she is too short, too small and too old – plus (her favorite) she doesn’t “look like an athlete”. According to most marketing professionals “SHE DOES NOT EVEN LOOK LIKE A SWIMMER”!

Meredith Novack – Episode 7

In Episode 7, Meredith Novack (Mere for short) talks about her background and some of the challenges for women in sports. Initially recorded just a test interview for lighting and sound for the full interview (which will be released in Episode 8), we decided to release this because of some of the great topics discussed. Topics covered include her early years as a top 50 meter backstroke champion as a youth, the Ironman Triathlon, and women versus men in the Ironman and open water swimming.

A former professional triathlete, world class swimmer and coach, Meredith has the distinction of beating all of the male pros out of the water multiple times during her career. Meredith competed internationally for 14 years, representing the USA at the World University Games in Triathlon and at four World Championships. She was very well liked by her peers and voted onto USA Triathlon’s Athlete Advisory Council. While competing, she coached club and college swimming and triathlon – working with the best of the best: Coach Eddie Reese (USA Olympic Coach / University of Texas), Coach Tim Murphy (US Olympic Open Water Swim Coach), Coach Nick Baker (Canadian Olympic Coach), Coach Brett Sutton – to name a few…

Her coaching style is very direct and positive. She believes in empowering athletes of all ages! Her methods have resulted in more than 100 National Championship wins! Retiring from triathlon in her 30’s, she speaks to teams and clubs on reaching the next level in sport and gives consultations. She has worked at the Ironman World Championships in Kona six times…as a brand rep and spokesmodel for On-Running shoes, BeachBody and Ironman. Meredith loves sharing her knowledge and talking to thousands of people. At 45 years young, she continues to inspire and motivate!

For more on Meredith check out her website:

Eric Schall – Episode 2

Watch Talbott.TV episode 2 with Eric Schall describe his encounter with the cookie cutter shark in the Pacific Ocean (18+ due to gruesome photos). Eric tells about the swim and rescue swimming between the Hawaiian Islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu.

Eric Schall – Talbott.TV – Episode 2

Eric Schall, an incredible marathon swimmer with 17 marathon swims (10K or greater) in the last 6 years, talks about his open water experiences and gets into the gruesome details of the cookie cutter shark attack swimming Moloka’i Channel with Steve Gruenwald a year ago in March 2019. The Moloka’i Channel, also known as Ka’iwi Channel, is 26 miles (42 km) wide with a depth of 2,300 feet (700 M) and spans the Hawaiian Islands O’ahu and Moloka’i, is one of the most difficult open water swims due to the open Pacific conditions and aggressive water life. It is one of the Oceans Seven swims.

NOAA Photo Library – fish9099

Cookie cutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis)
Image ID: fish9099, NOAA’s Fisheries Collection
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Credit: Personnel of NOAA Ship PISCES

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Cookie Cutter Shark
A Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius brasiliensis, from off southern Queensland, June 2017. Source: Rob Zugaro / Museums Victoria. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial