7| Bobbe Greenberg: 74-year-old Ironman Legend

Guest bio

Bobbe Greenberg is the real deal. She learned to swim in her 50’s and now at 74, she’s completed 14 full Ironman triathlons, over 30 half-Ironmans, as well as countless other running and swimming races. This fall, she’ll be competing in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships for the eighth time. This time, she’ll be in the Women’s 75-79 age group; since the race’s inception in 1978, only two women have competed in this category. 

A retired English teacher who has been married for 53 years, she has two daughters, four grandchildren, and a huge amount of gratitude. 

Wholeheartedly embracing this endurance lifestyle, she hopes to continue pushing boundaries and having fun!


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbe.greenberg 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbe-greenberg-b959aa11/ 

Instagram: @gobobbe

Twitter: @gobobbe

Show notes 

From tag to cheerleading to triathlon
Learning to swim in her late 50’s 

How she’s getting faster over time- even in her 70’s

What success means to Bobbe     

Where Bobbe’s strong self-image comes from 

How triathlon has made her less concerned about body image, appearance

Fun fact: Bobe was a strong fraternity party eating contest competitor 

Bobbe’s racing mantra 

The power of positivity 

The importance of meaningful work; why she’s glad she delayed retirement

The joy of spending time outdoors


“Most of the time I’m just enjoying the process.”

“I’m so grateful to triathlon for wiping all of that out of me

It’s so freeing you’re in skin tight lycra

“At what point are you going to just get over [worrying about your weight] and not let that take any time in your head?”

“When you feel good about yourself you project that.”

“Don’t borrow trouble.”


Total Immersion (how Bobbe learned to swim) 

Big Sexy Racing Team 

This grandmother learned to swim in her 50s. Now, at 73, she’s a returning Ironman champion.

The Diary of Anne Frank 

Sea-bands (anti-nausea motion sickness natural remedy)

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