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Motivation, Mindset, Positivity, Endurance, Adventure, Perseverance, and Possibility

Month: March 2018

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #87: Adam Casey 3 — Battling Cancer, Mongol Derby Horse Race, 1,000km Across Asia

This week we are welcoming Adam Casey back on the show.  If you have yet to listen to the first two episodes with Adam, I highly suggests going back and checking those out.  He’s a fascinating dude, a great story teller, and has been incredibly open about his life experiences.

Adam continues from where his story left off- discovering that he had a brutal form of cancer- stage four lymphoma and progressing from the diagnosis, to the treatment, to the aftermath, and eventually to this insane horse race he decided to take on through the wilderness of Mongolia.

The Mongol Derby…the longest and most difficult horse race in the entire world.  1,000km through the wild Mongolian Steppe retracing the Horse Messenger System put into place by Ghengis Khan.  Look up the event.  Riding semi-wild horses across an untamed wilderness for miles and miles and miles.

Forgot to mention that when he signed up, Adam didn’t know anything about riding horses.  That’s the kind of person he is.  The never back down from a challenge, step up to the plate kind of dude.

Stoic, Driven, Self Reflective.  Just an incredible human being.

As per usual, Adam and I recorded this episode after a beautiful 10 mile trail run around Eldorado Canyon State Park and I’m extremely grateful for being able to listen to and share his story.  Hope you guys are as inspired as I am after listening to him.


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Like a Bigfoot #86: Richard Kresser — Arrowhead 135, Running 400 Miles of RAGBRAI, Mountaineering the RASH
This week we are chatting with adventure athlete Richard Kessler.
You will be absolutely blown away with what he has accomplished: first place at the Bigfoot 200, 2nd place at Arrowhead 135, finished the Moab 240 (yes…two hundred and forty freaking miles), second in the triple crown of 200s, along with a handful of other ultra marathons.
The episode starts with me being very perplexed by the Arrowhead 135, an ultramarathon that takes competitors 135 miles through the frozen northern Minnesotan woods in the middle of January….with only 3 aid stations!
In this episode we also discuss a few events of his own twisted creation.
The first being RAGBRAI, which is normally a bike ride (party) across his home state of Iowa. Richard chose to RUN it. That’s 400 plus miles across Iowa during the hottest week of the year. How did he survive this insanely brutal event? What kind of mindset does it take to keep pushing through when there’s absolutely no penalty for quitting?
His second big project was the RASH. Climbing and then circumnavigating the four big volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest- Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and Hood. Richard shares how and why he planned this and how he handled the good times and bad times along the way.
Richard and one of my best friends Calvin (you’ve heard him on the show before…and if you haven’ dare you!)have created and begun training for a big project this summer so we’ll have them both back on the show in the future to chat about that!
Also, heads up that there are a few poor audio moments in this episode. Richard, being a badass Mountain athlete, was driving back from weekend adventures and Skype failed a few times. Only happened a few times, but wanted to give you a heads up!
You guys rock! We’ll be back at you next week!
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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #85: Brendan Leonard & Jayson Sime — “How to Run 100 Miles”

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This week I was lucky enough to have Brendan Leonard and Jayson Sime come over and chat with me about their excellent film “How to Run 100 Miles”.  We recorded this “live” in studio….aka outside on the porch in my back yard (It was a 60 degree day and this is an outdoor podcast…so I thought “what the heck?”)

If you have not seen the film, do yourself a favor and check it out immediately.  It is the inspiring, touching, and often hilarious story of these two friends and their quest to train for and run their first 100 mile ultramarathon through the rugged mountains of Northern Colorado.

Their 100 mile experience connected on so many levels, but to me the film is an ode to true friendship and, more specifically, to the people in our lives who always say “why not?”.  My absolute favorite type of people who push us and challenge us to do more and be more than anything we ever thought possible.

These two are shining examples.  They come up with crazy ideas, train their butts off, support each other through and through and then get it done.

For ultrarunners the film connects on the ideas of pushing through discomfort, dealing with pain and suffering, and how to handle….errrr…stomach issues in the woods.

I’m very excited to share this conversation! Both Brendan and Jayson are fascinating people in their own rights, but you get them together and they completely shine.  Cracking jokes, sharing stories, challenging each other, sharing the emotional moments, and everything else that comes from wonderful lifelong friendships.

Brendan Leonard is an adventure, travel, and human experience writer who’s work has appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal, and other publications.  He has also written a few books “Sixty Meters to Anywhere” and “The Great Outdoors: a User’s Guide”.  He’s a climber, mountaineer and all around adventure athlete who blogs about outdoor adventures for the “Everyman and Everywoman” at

Jayson Sime is a public speaker, life coach and Bikram Yoga Instructor who’s mission is to spread the message that everyone has the potential to become their best selves.  He has started “Right to Shine” as a way to spread positivity and goodness to everyone around him.  Please check out his website at


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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #84: Mitch Matthews — “Dream. Think. Do.” and Backpacking Adventures

This week I’m incredibly excited to chat with author, speaker, family man, and incredibly nice guy Mitch Matthews!

Almost two years ago I listened to my buddy Calvin Johannsen on Mitch’s podcast “Dream. Think. Do.” talking about his 14ers project.  I checked out a few more episodes of the show and completely connected with Mitch’s advice about going after big, intimidating goals and his dream to “Inspire 1,000,000 Dreams.”

I thought to myself “what have I always wanted to do but just can’t seem to pull the trigger on??”

The answer was clear as day – a podcast.

I had actually started one a few years earlier, released two episodes, and promptly gave up once I felt a bit outside my comfort zone.

Using the encouragement and enthusiasm I was hearing  through “Dream. Think. Do.” I finally made the commitment and promptly started this show.  I’m serious….within three episodes of Mitch’s podcast I was all “LET’S DO THIS!”

His enthusiasm is contagious and he is THAT motivational!

In this episode we chat all about Mitch’s philosophies around dreams.  Why it’s important to give yourself time to dream your big audacious dreams, why you should step outside your comfort zone, how to get past seeing your goals as “unattainable” or “unrealistic” and why “Dream. Think. Do”ing is a simple concept and yet so hard for most people to actually implement.

This being an outdoor adventure podcast, we also discuss Mitch’s yearly backpacking trips with his teenage sons.  How adventures have shaped them into resilient young men, the lessons and experiences they’ve shared as a family, and how he scaffolded them as kids to take on the bigger and badder trips.

Enjoy the show!




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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #83: Travis Steffen 3 — Mindset, Importance of Introspection, Failing Produces Success

Today the always fascinating Travis Steffen is back to the podcast.

If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes, Travis is one of my absolute best friends in the whole world.  He’s also one of the wisest, strangest, most successful and genuine people I know.

I never know what to expect when we do a podcast.  This week as I sat at my kitchen table, watching him put his hair up in a ‘Manbun’ I thought… “What direction is he gonna take this one?”  The conversation is extremely introspective, at times both heartbreaking and hilarious, and inspirational.  There’s always lessons to be taken away from listening to Travis.

Today is all about mindset, self reflection and failing in order to succeed.

Travis shares the importance of being completely transparent and genuine, why we need to take time to self reflect, how a strength in one area of life could be a weakness in another, and how epic failures have helped him let go of fear and driven him towards success.

Please go back and check out Travis’s previous episodes if you have missed them! He will always make you think while inspiring and entertaining you.


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