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Month: August 2018

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #109: Pat Angerer — Journey to the NFL

On this week’s Like a Bigfoot Podcast, former Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Pat Angerer shares lessons he learned from his journey to the NFL.

Pat talks about the unexpected path his football career took him down, the moment he went “all in” to become the middle linebacker for the Iowa Hawkeyes, his experiences as a rookie in the big league, and how his mindset evolved through each phase of his career.

This is a really enjoyable episode and I hope you guys take as much away from the lessons Pat shares as I did!  Thanks Pat for coming on the show!  I wish you the absolute best on everything you take on in the future!

Also….football season is about to start!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!

MORE FROM PAT ANGERER:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PAngererUSA

QC Times Article: https://qctimes.com/sports/college/big-10/iowa/former-hawkeyes-angerer-and-greenwood-still-fighting-together-as-a/article_226b71f0-d2de-5c9b-80d6-9e5338b3e9a2.html

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #108: Randy Ward — Father/Son Adventures, Exploring Vanuatu

On this week’s episode of the show, I sat down and had a wonderful talking to one of the most influential people in my life, my dad Randy Ward.

We chat about a wide variety of topics but mostly focus on how his experiences growing up in a small southern Iowan town influenced his love for nature and the outdoors.  We also share stories from our father/son trip to Vanuatu, a small chain of islands in the South Pacific where my grandpa served during World War II.  This includes our leaky kayak ocean adventures and when we canyoneered, climbed, and swam our way back into a cave deep in the jungle. (Spoiler ALERT: It was the time I most felt like Indiana Jones!)  Lastly, he tells stories from rafting the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area- one of the wildest places in the U.S.

Hope you guys enjoy this episode!  It was really important for me to understand how and why I developed a love for adventure and exploring the outdoors.  I’ve realized it’s all about the opportunities my parents gave me when I was younger.  I had plenty of moments when they would send me out of the house for time spent aimlessly wondering the woods.  I didn’t always love it in the moment, but that opportunity is what engrained my core values.

So go out and help give other people opportunities for experiences they might absolutely fall in love with!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #107: Desert RATS 5 — More Stories from my Fellow Racers

This week’s Like a Bigfoot Podcast features our last Desert RATS episode.  These folks are absolutely amazing athletes and incredible human beings with stories that are intense, motivating, and will hopefully inspire you to step up to your own challenges.

In this episode we start by focusing on some veteran Desert RATS Sue Heineman and Jeff Knackal who were returning for more punishment after a brutally hot 2017 race.  Sue, after winning the whole thing last year and Jeff who, along with his wonderful wife Theresa, was back for his 3rd time!  Then we feature, Jay Lee, a newbie (but legend at crewing ultra endurance athletes) who managed the challenges like a pro in his first big time ultra event.  And finally, we chat with John Graham, the most positive, awesome volunteer who spent his time providing the runners with aid, water, food, and lots of laughs.

This will wrap up the Desert RATS experience for this year!  Thank you guys for listening!  I hope you enjoyed my attempt at telling the story of one incredible event from multiple perspectives, but in all honesty the only way to TRULY capture the magic of this event is to experience it yourself.  Check out the links below if you wanna join me for the 2019 version of this truly unique and awesome stage race.

I’m sure there will be plenty more adventures to share next year!

See you guys next week!!

MORE FROM DESERT RATS:

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

Desert RATS registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=51488

Previous race reports: https://ultrarunning.com/featured/desert-rats-kokopelli-150-stage-race-2016/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #106: Amy Donaldson-Brass — Why You Should Push Yourself Beyond Your Self-Perception

This week I get the opportunity to talk with sports writer, runner, and even more awesome human being Amy Donaldson Brass!

I met Amy during the Desert RATS stage race and although we intended to record a brief 20 minute recap for episode #101 (which was an episode you guys should totally check it out!), she was so open, honest, and raw about her mindset and self-discoveries through the event that we ended up chatting for an hour and a half!!

This episode is for everyone out there who is pushing themselves to see what they truly could accomplish.  What stories are we telling ourselves about our abilities? Could we set higher expectations for ourselves?  What kind of adventures could we have by taking on something completely out of our league? If we don’t hold ourselves to a higher standard how can we ever achieve to our highest abilities?

These are the questions that one faces in the desert while running multiple ultra marathons day after day.

Throughout her unforgettable adventure, Amy and her sister Mikey faced ups and downs with the tenacity and love that only family members could possibly share.  This was one of my favorite episodes of the podcast! The story of their race is unforgettable and the lessons I learned from listening to Amy are ones I will never forget.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! The next one will be the final reports and wrap up from the Desert RATS Stage Race featuring other wonderful athletes and staff members.  See you then!

MORE FROM AMY:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adonsports

All her sports articles: https://www.deseretnews.com/author/5017/Amy-Donaldson.html

“Sometimes Victory is in Deciding to Show up for the Fight”: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900023473/amy-donaldson-some-challenges-come-from-life-others-from-ourselves-and-the-victory-is-in-deciding-to-show-up-for-the-fight.html

“Desert RATS Forces us to Embrace Suffering, Each Other”: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900022836/amy-donaldson-desert-rats-150-mile-stage-race-forces-us-to-embrace-suffering-each-other.html

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Like a Bigfoot #105: “Kompas Design” Ana Popovic, John Pelkey, Ali Watson — 30 Day Challenge, Forming Healthy Habits

This week we are chatting with Kompas Design’s  Ana Popovic, John Pelkey and Ali Watson!

All three of them recently took on a 30 day challenge that was meant to better their health, their art, and their knowledge.  Along the way they became closer, more successful communicators and discovered the key to creating new healthy habits- CONSISTENCY.

In this episode we have a great conversation about how to stay consistent on a new goal and why forming a short daily practice (in anything) can be so powerful.  We talk about all things yoga, teaching, design, and collaboration.  They also explain why Vermont is such a wonderful state when it comes to exploring the outdoors.

I really enjoyed chatting with all of three of them and hope they keep striving to better themselves day by day!

MORE FROM KOMPAS DESIGN:

Website: https://www.kompascreative.com

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

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #104: Justin Simoni — Tour De Highest Hundred, Bikepacking & Climbing the CO Centennials

I am incredibly excited to bring you this week’s episode with Colorado mountain athlete Justin Simoni.

Last summer, Justin created a challenge he dubbed the “Tour De Highest Hundred” which was a self powered journey to and up the 100 tallest mountains in Colorado.  Over 60 days he did something no one else has even attempted as he biked to trailheads, summited the mountains, ate an astonishing amount of food, and slept in the wilderness.  It truly was an extraordinary feat of human endurance!

In this episode we hear the tale of the Tour de Highest Hundred.  What is it like to take on an adventure of this magnitude?  What sort of misadventures did he have along the way?  How does one train for something this intense?

Justin also shares the story of  his first known traverse of the Mosquito to Ten Mile Range from Trout Creek to Mt Royal.  That’s a total of 91 hours, 87 miles, and 30,000’+ of elevation (which are numbers that my brain can barely comprehend!!)

I really hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did! I’m an absolute Colorado mountain geek and am so grateful I got to nerd out with such an accomplished mountain athlete!

MORE FROM JUSTIN SIMONI:

Read more about his adventures on his Blog: http://longranger.justinsimoni.com

“Climbing” Article: https://www.climbing.com/news/justin-simoni-summits-colorados-100-highest-peaks-in-60-days-self-powered/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinsimoni

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