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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #153: Return to Desert RATS — Phil Pinti & Chris Ward Race Reflections

Desert RATS.

It’s the race that I’ve completely been enamored by over the last two years.  The race that has taught me so much.

Why would any sane person want to run 140ish miles through the desert in June??

To push beyond self doubt to discover what your actually capable of?  To process life events, tragedies, joys?  To experience the solitary nature of the desert?  To explore areas unknown and discover “what’s around that corner?”  To enjoy a community of likeminded people and be reminded of the goodness of humanity?  To simply camp, get messy, bathe in rivers, smell of campfire smoke and body odor and avoid any semblance of the everyday?

For me, it is all of that and more.

Why we come to Desert RATS and what the experience teaches us is difficult to put down on words.  Only to say it’s special and you change.  It’s not just one factor that affects you.  It’s the people you experience it with, the places you see, the hardships you overcome and the moments in time when you are alone in the wilds, with no distractions, to hear and understand yourself at the most primal level.

Hope you guys enjoy today’s show! Phil Pinti and I sit down with my good friend Brady Manriquez to recount, recollect, and to unfold the saga that was this year’s Desert RATS.  It’s a long one, it’s a good one, and I really enjoyed recording this show!

Huge thanks to Gemini Adventures, our fellow nine runners who were all completely inspiring and wonderful, and to the crew who truly make this event exceptional.

If you’re interested in next year’s event, Gemini Adventures is giving 25% off (which would save you a significant amount of money) if you use the code: WARD.

https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=69039

(Usually I don’t advertise on the podcast but I think after listening you will understand that I’m all in on helping others discover this event and in turn an amazing adventure in the desert)

MORE FROM DESERT RATS:

Gemini Adventures: http://www.geminiadventures.com

Desert RATS registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=69039

Last year’s recap (episode 100): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/100-my-desert-rats-kokopelli-150-race-report

Last year’s recap (episode 101): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/101-desert-rats-4

Last year’s recap (episode 107): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/107-desert-rats-5

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #152: Susan Nowell 3 — Injury to Ironman, Travels & Endurance Adventures

This week we are welcoming back physical therapist, lifelong endurance athlete, and one of my personal endurance sport inspirations, my cousin Susan Nowell!

In this episode Susan shares how she has recovered from an injury to take on an Ironman.  We also explore the idea of having our best races when we are relaxed and have little expectations.  Susan has had quite the adventurous life and has lived in some amazing endurance places: Utah, San Francisco, Italy and Hawaii.  Throughout the show, we explore her experiences in endurance sports in all of those different cultures.

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! We’ll be back next week with our Desert RATS stage race report! Can’t wait!

More from Susan:

Stage race article she wrote for Trail Runner Magazine: http://trailrunnermag.com/destinations/international/9-destination-stage-races-to-add-to-your-bucket-list.html

Last time she was on the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-episode-7-susan-nowell

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Like a Bigfoot #151: Don Reichelt — Training for Big’s Backyard Ultra, Adventures at Leadman & Badwater

https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/151-don-reichelt
This week’s guest is ultrarunner, race director and fellow “dude from Iowa who moved to Colorado” Don Reichelt.
Over the last few years Don has really pushed his limits in the ultrarunning world. Through his experiences in various 100 mile races, he learned, developed and adapted into the fantastic (and fast!!) runner he is today.
All in preparation for his biggest challenge yet- Big’s Backyard Ultra- a sadistic race in Tennessee that has redefined the phrase “battle of wills”.  In this event, runners must complete a 4.1 mile loop every hour until their is only one person left standing (or limping, or stumbling).  It’s truly a battle of self as every person but one chooses to pull their self out as hours turn into days.
It’s a race for a person trying to find their limits, which is exactly what Don is trying to do.
In this episode we chat about his journey.  How and why he took in Leadman as a relatively inexperienced ultrarunner, what led him to his third place finish at last year’s brutally hot Badwater, and his training plan for his upcoming Big’s Backyard Ultra.
Hope you guys enjoy the show!  I really loved hanging with Don and am honored he shared his stories with us!
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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #150: Phil Pinti 2 — Return to Desert RATS (Pre-Race)

We are a few days out from stepping up to the start line of round 2 of the Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Stage Race, Phil Pinti is in town getting ready to go, so I wanted to sit down with him and give you guys a glimpse into our pre-race mindsets!!

In this episode, Phil and I chat about the idea of rituals and what going back to the desert means to us.  We also give you an idea of our expectations for this year’s quest, what we learned from last year, and what we did to train and prepare.  Along the way we touch on all sorts of random topics, including City Slickers (always a favorite talking point on this show), soundtracks that fit with the desert, best Macho Man promos, and more.

Hope you guys enjoy!

I’ll link the GPS tracker when it’s available at the Like a Bigfoot Facebook or Twitter Page so you can follow our journey over the next week.

We’ll be back in a few weeks with our race report!

FOLLOW ALONG WITH DESERT RATS:

Gemini Adventures Racer Updates: https://geminiadventures.com/desert-rats-2019-racer-updates/

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 #149: Denny Krahe — Host of “Diz Runs Radio” on Wisdom Through Running

This week we are welcoming fellow podcast host, running enthusiast and all around awesome dude Denny Krahe to the show!

Denny is the host of the excellent running podcast “Diz Runs Radio” and through his journey has learned all sorts of lessons about the sport, both through being an athlete and talking to a wide range of runners.  At this point, his show has over 735 episodes which is incredible and also makes Denny an unbelievably well informed runner.  In fact, he may be the person who has spent the most time chatting about running I’ve ever met!  (Over 735 hours of recorded run chats is impressive!)

In this episode we get to flip the script on him and hear his story.  How he went from a non-runner athletic trainer for his college track team to a casual runner to a marathoner who said he would never do an ultra to his first three 50ks!  We also chat about his thoughts on Nike’s Breaking2 project, what he’s learned from the podcast, and how his journey using the Maffetone Method has made him a faster, stronger, injury free runner.

Hope you guys enjoy and I truly would urge you to check out “Diz Runs Radio”.  No matter what kind of runner you are, Denny interviews such a wide variety of people that you will be able to find a subject that suits you.

MORE FROM DIZ RUNS:

Diz Runs Radio Podcast: http://www.dizruns.com/podcast/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DizRuns

Website: http://www.dizruns.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #148: Casey Higginbotham — Paddling With His Brother From Alaska to Mexico, The EPIC “By Hand Project”

https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/148-casey-higginbotham
In a trip unlike any that has come before, twin brothers Casey and Ryan prone paddled 18′ boards from the coast of Alaska all the way down to Mexico. It is an endurance feat that is nearly impossible to imagine.  Day in day out, 2,200 brutal miles of paddling,  with no support for months and months.  In their pursuit of adventure they braved the ferocity of Mother Nature- freezing cold temps, powerful gusts of wind and board-breaking waves.  Eventually facing down great white sharks and the ever present brotherly rivalry, the Higginbotham boys accomplished the inconceivable journey of a lifetime.
We’ve featured many adventures, both big and small, on this podcast. The “By Hand Project” has got to be the most grand in its scale and unthinkable in its scope.  Ryan and Casey’s accomplishment pushes the boundaries of what is possible and teaches us to expand our own possibilities by intentionally seeking out our own grand quests.
Their’s is an epic adventure story in all sense of the word.
I truly hope you love this episode as much as I do!  Going into it I was already stunned by what these two had accomplished and leaving the conversation I was truly moved to experience this world and all of its adventures on a whole new level.
I think this quote from their website describes the epicness perfectly: “The brothers carried nothing more than two dry bags of gear each and a camera. No support boats, no paddles, and nothing similar to gauge from. Nothing like this has ever been done. “
Please support the brothers’ documentary “By Hand, the Film” on Kickstarter.  I promise you it will be one of the most unique and incredible adventure film you will see all year.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/byhandfilm/by-hand-the-film
MORE FROM THE BY HAND PROJECT:
Support Their Documentary on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/byhandfilm/by-hand-the-film

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #147: Dave Ruppert — Lifelong Athlete, Powerlifter

This week we are talking with lifelong athlete, ex-Navy, powerlifter, and all around awesome dude Dave Ruppert!

Dave is extremely dedicated to his health and exemplifies the power of consistency.  He has also led an incredible life through his time in the Navy which led him into body building and powerlifting.

In this episode, we chat about the time he played semi-pro football, his journey into powerlifting, his various injuries, why he has an awesome home gym and how he continues to show up to his health day after day.

Dave is really inspiring to me and I’m lucky to be able to call him a friend, a coworker, and a lifting buddy.  Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #146: Lindsey Ward 3 — Summer Training Plans, Self Care, Mountain Goat Kids

This week we are welcoming back my favorite person in the world, my lovely wife Lindsey Ward.

On this week’s show, Lindsey and I discuss a wide variety of topics some related to running and exercise and some not.  We chat summer training plans, my mindset and preparation for my second year of the Desert RATS stage race, how self care affects our lives, and the mountain goat kids trail running series.

Hope you guys enjoy the show as much as I did! As parents of three kiddos under five, it’s always a blessing to be able to sit down and actually have a conversation!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #145: Travis Macy 2 — “The Ultra Mindset”, Tales From the Grand Traverse

Travis Macy is an endurance athlete, adventurer, mountain hunter, coach and the author of the excellent book “The Ultra Mindset.”

When it comes to taking on incredibly difficult events in the mountains, there’s only a small few with the experiences Travis has.  He’s competed in a variety of endurance events all over the globe and in 2013, he set a record for the Leadman, the iconic series in which racers compete in all Leadville ultra-endurance races over the course of one summer.  Whether it’s running, biking, paddling, snowshoeing, ski-mountaineering, or orienteering, Travis has done it all.

He’s also an incredible coach who uses his excellent philosophies to guide all sorts of athletes to success.  Using his many adventures, Travis is able to express his stoic mindset better than almost anyone I have ever met.  “The Ultra Mindset” is exists and is authentically created by anyone who is willing to push their limits, both physically and mentally.

On this episode we chat about this mentality.  How does adventure help develop it, how does one elevate these lessons in life outside of racing, and why is a fellowship with nature so important?

We also hear about his recent adventures taking on the epic Grand Traverse ski from Crested Butte to Aspen and how his partner pushed through after breaking his elbow.  Travis also shares a bit about his experiences hunting with and filming an episode of Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon.

Can’t wait for you guys to listen! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Also, truly make sure to check out Travis’s book “The Ultra Mindset”.  It is a wonderful combination of adventure stories, overcoming adversity and reflections on the lessons he learned along the way.  Definitely, one of the best ultrarunning books out there!

MORE FROM TRAVIS MACY:

Website: http://www.travismacy.com

Coaching: http://www.travismacy.com/coaching/

Order the “Ultra Mindset”: https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Mindset-Endurance-Champions-Principles-ebook/dp/B00PWX7T2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526607549&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ultra+mindset

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #144: John Kelly — Finisher of Barkley Marathons on When/Why We Push Our Limits

In 2017, John Kelly became only the 15th finisher of the Barkley Marathon, an epic race through the rugged mountains of Tennessee.  He battled through pain, exhaustion, sleep deprivation and three years of preparation in order to achieve one of the biggest accomplishments in ultra running.  It was an incredible accomplishment that only someone with a solid physical foundation and mental stoicism can endure.

An incredible athlete who has fallen in love with mountain running, over time John has discovered a lot about his limits, his motivations, and his fortitude.  He’s also developed what is an outstanding mindset as it pertains to WHY we pursue adventure and how to walk that fine line between pushing your limits and putting yourself to unnecessary risks (which he writes about on his fantastic blog post “Look How Tough I Am”).

In this episode we chat about that fine line.

When should you push to the limit (which…funnily enough when I typed that phrase into a thesaurus the first suggestion that popped up was “injury”…illustrating the complications of this discussion perfectly) and when should you come back to fight another day?  What are healthy reasons to really challenge yourself physically and what are unhealthy reasons?  When taking on an adventure why does your WHY matter so much? How does the Barkley find your weaknesses and how does one adjust and adapt?

We also talk a bit about his next big adventure as he explores some big trails around his new home.  He will be linking three big English “Rounds”, running each of them and then biking in-between.  It’s something he’s created and he’s calling it the “Grand Round”.  I love the idea of self created adventures and this one looks to be pretty epic!

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! Thanks again John for coming on and sharing all your awesome philosophies on endurance racing and adventure!

MORE FROM JOHN KELLY:

Website/Blog: http://www.randomforestrunner.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RndmForestRunnr

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