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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #142: Steve Cannon — Conquering the 1,000 Mile Iditarod on His Bike, The Spirit of Adventure

Our last mountain biking podcast took us to the South Pole.  This time we’re heading up North to one of the most iconic races on the planet, the Iditarod!

1,000 miles through some of the most pristine, awe-inducing wilderness in the whole entire world, the Iditarod takes competitors, be it dogsled teams, runners, or bikers, across Alaska from Anchorage all the way to Nome.  Through this journey, competitors must traverse mountain ranges, frozen rivers, and even sea ice as they battle some of the harshest elements imaginable.

Today’s guest Steve Cannon is an ultra endurance adventurer from the great state of Iowa.  He’s taken on pretty hefty goals in the past, running completely around Lake Michigan, running across Iowa, and rock climbing some tough Colorado routes, but his current finish at the Iditarod takes all of his experiences to the next level!

In this episode we really dig into Steve’s concept of adventure- how it fuels him, the lessons he’s learned about himself by overcoming obstacles, and how he’s handled the loneliness and self doubt that comes with multi-day adventures.

We get into some great mindset conversations all while Steve shares tales from his unbelievable journey across Alaska!!

Buckle up.  This one is AWESOME!!

Steve’s greater purpose is to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Please help him out and donate HERE.

(Steve has also written quite a bit about these adventures and his book “40 Days” about his journey around Lake Michigan is available free at his website expandyourpossible.com)

MORE FROM STEVE CANNON “EXPAND YOUR POSSIBLE”:

Website: https://www.expandyourpossible.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expandyourpossible/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xpandurpossible/

Des Moines Register Article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/2015/12/15/mile-posts-steve-cannon-book-story-human-spirit/77339202/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #141: Adam Crews — Reclaiming Health, Tales From Teaching Agriculture

This week we are chatting with one of my favorite people in the whole entire world, Adam Crews!

Adam became one of my closest friends in high school.  Many days were spent playing football and getting into shenanigans together. Recently, he began working out and running, focusing on reclaiming his health.  In this episode he talks about the why and the how of his fitness journey.

He also happens to be an incredible high school Agriculture teacher with an abundance of really awesome knowledge of the outdoors.  As a fellow teacher, I wanted to dig into some of the lessons, stories, and misadventures of his teaching career.  Including what has to be the worst first day of teaching EVER….don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves a cow, a fence, and his poor knee.

I can’t be more proud to call this guy a friend and am honored to share this conversation! I hope you are as inspired by Crews as I have been from knowing him over the last 18 years!

Enjoy!

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Like a Bigfoot #140: Andrew Zeck — Training for an Ironman, His Journey Into Endurance Racing and Entrepreneurship

Andrew Zeck lives in California and is the CTO and Founder of the delivery app Saucey.  He’s also an old high school football teammate of mine who is has discovered of a love of endurance racing.  And he’s pretty damn fast too!!

In this episode we discuss his recent preparation for his first Ironman Triathlon and all the peaks and valleys along the way.  We also delve into his endurance racing journey- his experiences in big open water swims, building his speed for the LA Marathon, and, my favorite part, the lessons he learned through his first solo multi-day bike adventure up the coast.

I really enjoyed reconnecting with Zeck and hope you guys love the conversation as much as I did!

His story of the self confidence the built by taking on the unknown is insanely important and is a lesson I hope all of us can experience at some point of our lives.  Get ’em!!

MORE FROM ANDREW ZECK:

His Saucey App: https://www.saucey.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dewhacker/

Forbes Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryflynn/2014/08/08/drink-alcohol-donate-clean-water-how-saucey-is-standing-out-in-uber-for-x-model/#6680d63b76dc 

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #139: Miriam Gilbert — “How Ultrarunning Saved My Life”, Preparing for a 24 Hour Track Run

Miriam Gilbert is an ultra runner, writer, and adjunct professor from New Jersey.

She describes herself as an “ordinary runner” but, in my opinion, is anything but.  Having ran eight 50 milers, three 100 milers, and a handful of 24 hour timed events, Miriam is an experienced ultra runner who has a lot of insights and wisdom to share.

On top of all that, ultra running quite literally saved her life.  After a botched surgery and a major infection, her body’s extreme resilience built up by these brutal endurance events was key in recovering from this life-threatening condition.

This story is the main thread of the show this week.  Miriam shares her many stories and insights into ultra running while highlighting how beating her body down actually made her much stronger.

I really enjoyed chatting with Miriam for this episode and learned so much about running timed events (which is the next big challenge in my own running journey).

Enjoy the show!!

MORE FROM ULTRA MIRIAM: 

Website: https://www.miriamdiazgilbert.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ultramiriam

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ultramiriam/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ultramiriam/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZtmb5-6ke5qkoVGMVRpCqw

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #138: George Black — How to Apply Lessons Learned from Adventure to Our Lives

George Black is an entrepreneur, a father, a traveler, and a business strategist.  He’s the author of “The Next Level Entrepreneur” which is focused on finding that passion in life and using it to sustain a business.  George is also a guy who loves a good adventure- whether that is backpacking through some of the more remote wilderness in the U.S., traveling the world, or constructing his own business.

This episode is essentially about what we do with those lessons we learn in an adventure AFTER we return to life.  How do we apply all these ideas we’ve discovered to our various roles- fathers, husbands, business owners, etc.

Hope you guys enjoy the show! Links to all of George’s work can be found in the show notes below!

(NOTE: His book was previously titled “Dear Mr. A: Letters Revealing the Secrets of an Entrepreneur”)

MORE FROM GEORGE BLACK:

Website: https://livetrulyfree.com

Check out his Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999574604/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=intigro-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0999574604&linkId=ff492b3fb553ba58e3dab23acc892369

“Burning Issue” Course: https://livetrulyfree.com/the-burning-issue-mastermind/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/intigro

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #137: Calvin Johannsen 4 — The Power of Focus, Lessons From a 200 Hour Yoga Training

This week we are reconnecting with our friend and one of my absolute favorite people in the whole entire world, Calvin Johannsen.

Calvin always brings his A game for the podcast and this week is no different.  He is a lifelong learner seeking to discover the most about himself, the world, and his many passions.  Recently, he completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and now instructs his own yoga classes.

In this episode we explore the power of Focus and Intentionality and how we can use it to better ourselves and make the most out of this life!  Calvin also explores the concepts of community, dedication, and mentorship.

Hope you guys enjoy the show. Huge thanks to Calvin for sharing his passion and “Calspirations” with the people around him! And for being one of the most inspiring people to me personally!!

(P.S.- If you haven’t checked out Calvin’s previous episodes about his 100 mountains in 100 days, 100 day challenge, or his philosophies in goal setting, you really need to! The mountain ones by themselves are two of my favorite episodes of the show!)

MORE FROM CALVIN:

Join 100 CLUB: http://join100club.com

The 100 CLUB Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/832978636814272/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calvin.johannsen/

Calvin Johannsen 1st appearance on the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-episode-2-calvin-johannsen-9516-1023-am

Calvin Johannsen 2nd appearance on the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-calvin-18-johannsen-2

“Bigfoot Sightings”: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/52-bigfoot-sightings

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #136: Phil Pinti — Life, Family, Grief & Ultrarunning

Endure.  Sometimes that’s all you can do.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other as you battle your way through.  No matter how hard, how terrible you feel.  Just keep moving.

Our ability to endure at times is a means to make it through an ultra run, bike ride, test of will.  While other times this is what we fall back on when life sends us down unexpected devastating paths.

That’s the most important thing I’ve learned from today’s guest Phil Pinti.  When I met him a year ago I sensed the amazingness of Phil!  He’s energetic, friendly, quick to laugh and smile, always wanting to spread positivity amongst his fellow endurance racers who very quickly become his fellow friends.  Those are incredible qualities knowing now the heartbreak and sorrow he has had to face over the last few years.

Two years ago, Phil lost his beautiful wife Jen to cancer, leaving him to raise their two wonderful kiddos.

In this episode we explore how ultra running has allowed us to process life, family, loss and grief.  It’s a pretty raw conversation about loss and recovery.  We share lessons we discovered from going through it and to what degree these experiences have shaped us into the people we are now.

It’s a bit scary to be this forthcoming and honest with our dark moments and I cannot applaud Phil enough.  Life is a shared experience amongst us all and if anyone out there can draw strength from this conversation then that alone is worth it.

You’re incredible Phil!

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/macho_man_runneth/

Previous Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/98-desert-rats-3-one-week-out-with-phil-pinti

Phil’s Desert RATS report: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/101-desert-rats-4

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #135: Ryan Chukuske 3 — Training for the Triple Crown of 200s

This week we welcome back ultra runner and author of “Bigfoot 200: Because, You Know, Why the #@&% Not?” Ryan Chukuske.

Two years ago Ryan trained incredibly hard for the Bigfoot 200- sleep deprivation training, exhaustion training, spending hours and hours on his feet- only to be forced to DNF due to his foot being absolutely demolished by gangrene.

Instead of giving up on his dream, Ryan has become 200 obsessed.  Now not only is he training for revenge on the Bigfoot but he’s going after the coveted “Triple Crown of 200s”- all of Destination Trails’ events in one calendar year- starting with Bigfoot, then Tahoe, and finishing with the Moab 240.  He’s about to have a racing season to remember!!

In this episode we talk about how he’s training differently than before, why building leg strength is so important for the Bigfoot 200, how he balances dad-mode with athlete-mode, and what he is anticipating from Tahoe and Moab.  Ryan also shares what he’s learned from the 200 community- from people he’s interviewed, racers he has watched and from his experience as an Aid Station volunteer during last year’s race.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! I always love chatting with Ryan.  Check below for a link to his book!

More from Ryan Chukuske:

Order the Bigfoot 200 book: https://www.amazon.com/Bigfoot-200-Because-You-Know/dp/1633936872

Our First Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/47-ryan-chukuske

Ryan’s Bigfoot 200 Race Report: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/55-ryan-chukuske-2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chukuske/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #134: Josh Milich & Brian Tjersland — The “500 Miles to End Veteran Suicide” Project

Josh Milich and Brian Tjersland are ultrarunners who want to run for more than a belt buckle, a medal, or an ice cold finish line beer.  Next November they are planning on running the 500 miles from Massachusetts National Cemetery to Arlington National Cemetery to bring awareness to Mission 22, a foundation established in support of all veterans after their service to our country.

500 miles is a lofty goal.  But it’s a lofty goal with PURPOSE, and having a higher purpose can help us accomplish anything we set out to do.  These two guys are normal every day ultrarunners.  They aren’t professional athletes, just two dudes who love ultra running and pushing their limits, who are setting out to do something incredibly difficult.  This purpose WILL push them through the difficult moments of this challenge, including training for something this intense.

That’s why I love this story and their mission.

In this episode, you will hear how and why they came up with this goal.  We also hear stories from Brian’s experiences running Badwater and Western States, along with Josh’s first attempt at a 24 hour race a few weeks ago.

I really hope you enjoy this episode and support Josh and Brian’s project! You can donate and find all their information here: https://mission22.networkforgood.com/projects/65986-500-miles-to-end-veteran-suicide?fbclid=IwAR2O2SbWxpZLf5yMwzsJNk3ZUOcVsv90fcNPkeof-Z9TdoONPRlWNaAcezQ

MORE FROM 500 MILES TO END VETERAN SUICIDE:

Donation Page: https://mission22.networkforgood.com/projects/65986-500-miles-to-end-veteran-suicide?fbclid=IwAR2O2SbWxpZLf5yMwzsJNk3ZUOcVsv90fcNPkeof-Z9TdoONPRlWNaAcezQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/500milestoendvetsuicide/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/500milestoendvetsuicide/

Mission 22: https://www.mission22.com/#ourcause

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #133: Ryan Wanless — Enduring the Coldest Race in North America, the Arrowhead 135

A few weeks ago, during the Polar Vortex, Ryan Wanless was the baddest man in North America.  Or, at least he was the coldest.

Ryan endured what most people would deem impossible, surviving 56 hours in brutally cold -30 degree temperatures while running 135 miles from the border of Canada deep into the Northern Minnesotan woods.

In ultra running, last place is its own special honor.  DFL is not considered the “slowest”,  rather he or she is the person who withstood the elements and battled the course longer than any other racer.  Ryan got 13 out of 13 finishers in a race where 80% of participants called it quits.  A race where newbies generally do not make it.  He battled the odds, the extreme cold, frozen water, hallucinations in the deep, dark woods and , yes, he even conquered his candy packages (which he had to figure out how to open with only his mouth).

All to call himself a finisher of the Arrowhead 135- “the Coldest Gosh Darn Race Anyplace”.  A race that was intentionally scheduled to traverse the coldest place in the United States through the coldest part of winter.  One that only people tough as nails even attempt and one that only frozen outlaws fulfill.

In this episode, Ryan shares it all: How he trained for this beast, what foods refuse to freeze, how he copes with fear in dangerous situations, how he overcame his lowest moment, and what it takes to stay warm when it’s -60 with windchill!

Enjoy the episode!  Ryan really is a shining example of someone making the impossible possible!

MORE FROM THE ARROWHEAD 135:

Website: http://www.arrowheadultra.com

Washington Post Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/01/i-just-ran-miles-middle-polar-vortex/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.191fe62f85d3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arrowhead-135-140879779273203/

Runners World: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a26089420/runners-brave-minnesota-polar-vortex-for-135-mile-ultramarathon/

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