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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #183: Travis Steffen 6 — Training for His First 100k, What Drives Him Towards Success

This week we are bringing back on Travis Steffen for an unparalleled six time!

Over the years I have successfully pressured Travis outside of his comfort zone to take on a variety of endurance races- an adventure race through the woods of Virginia, a mountanous 50k, and a brutally long desert 50 miler.  I’m proud to say I have convinced (tricked….) him into pushing his limits once again as he is planning his very first 100k this May.

Two and a half years ago he battled his 50 miler undertrained/unprepared and this time we are adding 12 more miles of pure type 2 fun! In this episode, we talk about how he plans to attack the race, if he is intending to learn (or not learn) from his last ultra, and what he expects to discover about himself during the event.

As always we also hit on a smorgasbord of fun topics such as: how he recovered from a devastating injury, how our football careers ended with a fizzle…or a bang if you’re talking about Travis’s achilles, moments in life when our paradigms shifted, and why we want more and more people to experience the adventure of an ultrarun!

Hope you guys enjoy the episode. I absolutely love sharing Travis stories with you guys! He’s the best!

MORE FROM TRAVIS:

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

The time he powered through 50 miles: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/32-monument-valley-ultras-race-report-2

50 minutes on his morning routine and the story of his first marathon: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/29-travis-steffen-2

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #182: Brad Dains 2 — 100 Miler on a Treadmill, Booneville Backroads Ultra

This week we are welcoming back ultra runner, race director, and all around awesome guy Brad Dains!

Brad is currently taking on race directing duties of the Booneville Backroads Ultra, “Iowa’s First 100 Miler” through the beautiful rolling countryside south of Des Moines.  He has been with Booneville as either a racer, a volunteer or a co-race director over the last 6 years and is extremely passionate about the ultra running community.

Along with Booneville, Brad has ran multiple 100 milers all over the United States, and has even completed the distance on a treadmill…yes, you read that correctly, he once decided it was a “good” idea to run 100 miles on a freaking treadmill!!

In this episode we dive all into Brad’s experiences running and organizing Booneville.  He explains what makes this race so difficult, shares adventures and inspiring stories he has witnessed through the years, and gives tips to me and my five friends who are planning on taking this race on in May (See the previous “Booneville” episode- It will be the first ultra for four of these dudes and the first 100k for my buddy Travis and I).

Hope you guys enjoy the show! I highly suggest going back to episode #91 of the show to hear more of Brad’s philosophies, adventures, and how he mentally prepares for super long races!

MORE FROM BRAD DAINS AND BOONEVILLE BACKROADS:

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

Ultrarunner Podcast: https://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/brad-dains-interview/

Booneville Backroads: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Join us for Booneville: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72917

Previous LABF Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/91-brad-dains

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #181: John Petersen — “The Impossible Row”, What It Takes to Row to Antarctica

(Photo Credit: Discovery)

On Christmas Day, 6 athletes stepped foot onto Antarctica.  Almost two weeks earlier they  pushed off from Cape Horn, the southern most point of South America, rowing in hour and a half shifts to become the first people to successfully cross the infamous Drake Passage completely man-powered.

Through sheer will, determination and positivity they conquered not only world records, but their adventure of a lifetime.  Today’s podcast is about this quest.  It’s about the formation of brotherhood, bravery in the face of extremes and the power of Mother Nature.  What it’s like to go into the ocean only to be tossed around like a rubber ducky in the world’s biggest bathtub and the lessons you learn when you come out the other side.

The team battled cold water, wind, and powerful waves that are nearly impossible to imagine.  The Drake Passage had never previously been rowed for a reason, it is beyond ferocious.  Now imagine rowing it, day after day while battling sleep deprivation and fatigue.  It is the definition of epic!

This one is unlike any adventure we have featured on this show and bringing us the story is John Petersen, a dad, a husband, an elementary principal, a former collegiate rower, and, most importantly, a guy willing to step outside his comfort zone to pursue adventure!

In this episode, John dives into all things “Impossible Row”.  What led him to Antarctica, preparations the team had to make, how he handled the hard times, and lessons he learned from each one of his accomplished shipmates (Captain Fiann Paul, Colin O’Brady, Andrew Towne, Cameron Bellamy, and Jaime Douglas-Hamilton).

There are so many lessons shared in this episode and I absolutely cannot wait for you guys to listen!! I highly suggest checking out John’s teammates (who are all very accomplished athletes in their own right) and the Discovery Channel Youtube Miniseries based on the expedition.  It will blow your mind!!

MORE FROM THE IMPOSSIBLE ROW:

Project Website: https://www.discovery.com/shows/the-impossible-row

Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqOoboPm3uhY_YXhvhmL-WA

John Petersen: https://www.instagram.com/john.r.petersen/

Colin O’Brady: https://www.instagram.com/colinobrady/

Fiann Paul: https://www.instagram.com/theimpossiblerowcaptain/

Jaime Douglas-Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/jamiedougham/

Cameron Bellamy: https://www.instagram.com/cam_ubunye/

Andrew Towne: https://www.instagram.com/towne_andrew/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #180: Danny “Oreo” 2 — More Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail, The Call to Adventure

This week we are welcoming back Danny, trail name “Oreo”, to the podcast to share more stories from her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail!

Last time we chatted a couple weeks after she finished the trail and this time she is about 6 months removed from the biggest hiking adventure of her life.  We get into some honest discussions about the Post Trail Blues (which I think could be called the “I-just-achieved-a-ginormous-goal-and-now-I-have-to-adjust-to-regular-life” blues).

In this episode Danny shares some potential future plans before diving in to her readjustment to off-trail life.  We also talk about why the trail life beckons, how she plans on answering adventures call, and how she has been applying all her hard earned lessons post-trail.  She also shares more AWESOME stories from her time on the PCT including the time she battled through the desert to a McDonalds only to have a snake block her way (a brutal obstacle only a true thru-hiker could appreciate ha ha!)

Thanks for tuning in!! I always have a blast hearing about thru-hiking and am very excited for Danny’s future adventures!!

MORE FROM DANNY:

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

Previous Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/165-danny-oreo

The Trek Articles: https://thetrek.co/author/daniela-drees/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #179: Maggie Guterl — Unbreakable Will, Pennsylvania Native to Tennessee Backwoods Legend

This week’s guest is the incomparable Maggie Guterl!

No event has captured the imagination of ultrarunners quite like Big’s Backyard Ultra “the race with no end.”  A Last Person Standing event created by “Lazarus Lake” Gary Cantrell, the mind behind the Barkley Marathons, that tests the will, grit, and pure madness of its participants.  This past October, Maggie outlasted everyone.  For 250 miles over 2 and a half days, her stoic nature, patience, consistency, and determination kept her going and going and GOING.

Whether it’s Big’s, Barkley, or Western States, she is undaunted in the face of epic challenges which is why I was so excited to dig into her mindset and spirit!

I brought on Phil Pinti, one of my favorite people in the world to help interview her.  Phil and Maggie have raced together a few times and listening to them chat about Pretzel City Sports was fantastic!  This Pennsylvanian based race company seems to epitomize what we all love about ultra running- the community, the laughter, and the pure joy found in mutual suffering.   (Check out their races here: https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/calendar_events/ )

We also get into Maggie’s current move to Durango, Colorado- how it’s affected her training and racing, moose encounters, and some of her future plans!

Big thanks to Maggie for sharing her time with all of us and to Phil for being an awesome co-host!! Hope you guys enjoy!

MORE FROM MAGGIE:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maggatronruns?lang=en

Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2404228/maggie-guterl-wins-bigs-backyard-ultra

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #178: Candice Burt 3 — Pushing Your Body Over 200 Miles, Hallucinations & Sleep Deprivation

This week race director and ultrarunner Candice Burt comes back on the show to chat about surviving 200 mile runs, organzing some of the biggest ultraruns in the nation and what she discovers through big time adventures!

To say Candice has been busy over the last few years would barely scratch the surface.  Not only does she organize, design and manage the Triple Crown of 200s (and many more races through her company Destination Trail), but she balances regular everyday life while striving to be the best athlete she can be.  To say it bluntly, what she manages to accomplish with her time is INCREDIBLE!!

We’ve featured a lot of episodes about running 200 mile races and if you loved those ones, this one will not dissappoint.  Candice has experienced more people taking these on than anyone in the world and has the knowledge and insight to show what actually gets people to successfully make it to the finish line.  She understands the strategies and mindsets that are necessary for racers to reach their goals and also shares the common mistakes she has seen to lead people to DNF.

Last year she took on one of these events as an athlete (and won the whole thing!), The Delirious W.E.S.T. 200- a point to point 200 mile race in Australia.  Through the race Candice faced all the highs and lows of a long endurance challenge and in this episode she shares what she learned from the experience.

This was a super fun conversation that I hope you guys enjoy!  Her knowledge of hallucinations and sleep deprivation is one of the more unique and intense things we have featured on the show and I’m hoping you take home some awesome nuggets of inspiration and information!

Please check out her races as they are known to be some of the most well-organized and great experiences in the country!

MORE FROM CANDICE:

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

Website: https://www.candiceburt.com/

Sign up for a 200 miler (or her other races) here:  https://www.destinationtrailrun.com

Previous LABF podcast episode (#37): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/37-candice-burt

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #177: Alexandera Houchin — Adventures from a Bikepacking Champion, Tour Divide & Colorado Trail Race

Happy 2020!! This week we are chatting with bikepacking champion, extraordinary endurance athlete, and all around awesome human being Alexandera Houchin!

Alexandera has had an inspiring athletic journey culminating in dominant performances at the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race, amongst many other long distance bike races.  She rides her single speed bike for days and days rocking steel toed boots, fixes bikes with sporks, and continues to smile and laugh despite any obstacle thrown her way.  More importantly, she’s a super down to earth, resilient, positive person who was an absolute joy to chat with! I’m seriously in awe of her accomplishments and her humbleness.

In this episode we chat all about her recent record setting ride on the 486 mile Colorado Trail, her journey from back of the pack in her very first race to becoming the first woman to win back to back Tour Divides (a 2,745 mile race from Canada to Mexico), and the lessons she has learned along the way.

This one was one of my favorite episodes of the show so far!  My mind is blown by the adventures Alexandera has had and her evolution as an athlete.  I’m so honored she would spend some time to chat and felt like her perspective on endurance sports was incredibly relatable.

I hope she inspires all of you to take on some major challenges in 2020! I know my motivation was through the roof after recording the episode!

MORE FROM ALEXANDERA HOUCHIN:

Alexandera’s Blog: https://alexandherrastro.wordpress.com

Outside Magazine Article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2397215/alexandera-houchin-endurance-cycling

REI Article: https://www.rei.com/blog/cycle/alexandera-houchin-is-the-peoples-champion-of-bikepacking

Bikepacking Article: https://bikepacking.com/news/alexandera-houchin-2019-tour-divide/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #176: Don Reichelt 2 — Lessons From Big’s Backyard Ultra

This week we are bringing Don Reichelt back on the show to talk all about his experience running in this year’s edition of Big’s Backyard Ultra.

Big’s has quickly risen to the top of iconic ultra races in the United States.  The format is simple- every hour runners must complete a 4.16 mile loop, the next hour they must complete it again….then again….then again….at any point a person can quit….and this will continue until there is only one person left standing.  It’s an event designed by Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell, the genius behind the Barkley Marathons, to truly explore the limits of human endurance.  What pushes a person to tap out?  How can one to simply endure?

This year was the world championship where 75 high level endurance athletes flew out to Laz’s backyard in Tennessee to see who could outlast the others.

While Don’s race didn’t go as planned, a bashed up foot and messed up anterior tib saw to that, he discovered so much about his drive, mindset, and willingness to dive deep into the pain cave.  He also discovered a beautiful community full of other highly driven ultrarunners and absorbed lessons from everyone he had the opportunity to run with.

In this episode we chat about Don’s race prep which included a sports psychologist and hours spent running four miles around his neighborhood.  We also dive into what Don observed from the other racers, including Maggie Guterl the ultimate winner after 250 miles over two and a half days.

Hope you enjoy show!! I always enjoy chatting with Don and hearing his perspective on this crazy sport of ours!

MORE FROM DON:

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #175: Preparing for Booneville — Taking on First Ultra w/ Sean F, Thad B, Matt R, and Brady M

A goal of mine has always been to encourage people to take on an adventure, whether that’s signing up for an ultra marathon, climbing a mountain, or simply stepping outside their comfort zone.  More specifically I always joke that the secret intent of the podcast is to get people to sign up for their first 50k, the ultra distance that I believe is the perfect intro to adventure.  Well I’m happy to say that recently I convinced (peer pressured) 4 of my friends to register for their very first 50k!

In May, we will be taking on the Booneville Backroads Ultra, a fantastic race through the country roads south of Des Moines, Iowa.  This episode is all about “what in the world did we get ourselves into?”  We chat with all four of these gentlemen about their goals, expectations, and what they hope to gain by pushing themselves way outside their comfort zones!

All of these guys have been on the show before and huge thanks to each and every one of them for sharing their perspectives.  Matt Rackers, Sean Furlong, Thad Burkamper and Brady Manriquez, I truly cannot wait for May!

MORE FROM BOONEVILLE BACKROADS ULTRA:

Website: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Ultrasignup: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72917

“Reach for the Stars” Documentary: https://www.expandyourpossible.com/online-store/Reach-for-the-Stars-The-Booneville-Backroads-Ultra-Marathon-Digital-%26-Streaming-p139527512

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #174: Josh Milich & Brian Tjersland 2 — Running 500 Miles for Mission 22

This week we welcome back Josh Milich and Brian Tjersland after their 500 mile journey in support of Mission 22 a community with the goal of putting a stop to the high amount of veteran suicides that unfortunately happen every single day.  By running from the Massachussetts National Cemetary all the way down to Arlington National Cemetary, these two raised money and awareness in every single city and state they traveled through.

We chatted with Brian and Josh last February about their lofty plan (Episode #134) and I am so excited to have them back on the show!  I’m a huge fan of these two and followed along with their live updates over the adventure and I gotta say, they might be the most positive, calm, go with the flow dudes in the country.  With a cause bigger than themselves, seemingly nothing would stop them.  Not sore feet, sleepless nights, rain, exhaustion; their minds were set on making it to the finish line no matter what.

In this episode we hear all about the “500 Miles to End Veteran Suicide Project”.  What is it like to traverse the East Coast on foot?  How do you discover the real “Rules of the Road”?  What is it like running into gigantic cities on foot?  And what lessons did they learn about themselves, Mission 22, and humanity?

I really hope you enjoy this episode!  You can still support Josh and Brian’s project until the end of the year! Really loved chatting guys!

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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