Find Your Awesome with Dede Griesbauer


Dede Griesbauer: “Love has to be what drives you.”

Dede Trimble Griesbauer started her athletic career as a swimmer. She led Stanford University to an NCAA Championship in 1992 and accumulated 10 NCAA All-American honors along the way. She swam for the U.S. National Team between 1989 and 1994 and won the 200-meter backstroke at the Pac Pacific Championships in 1989 and 1991. She competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1998 and 1992, and just missed qualifying for the Olympic team in the 200-meter backstroke in 1992.

Dede retired from swimming in 1994 and went on to earn her MBA. She worked as an equity trader on Wall Street for eight years before being pulled back into sport, becoming a professional triathlete in 2005 at age 35. So far, Dede’s professional career has included three Ironman wins, a course record at Ironman UK, and three top-10 finishes in Kona.

Dede has been a top performer for most of her life. How does an elite performer approach life and sport? Dede says, “Living in the past is only going to hold you back in the future.” Listen in to learn more.


“Living in the past is only going to hold you back in the future.”

“I want to enjoy the heck out of the time I have left.”

“Love has to be what drives you.”

“This (triathlon career) is a gift. This has to be joyful.”

“I like to go to bed knowing I did everything I could to make myself better.”

“You can stand on that start line and be like, ‘Why the heck not me?’”

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