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

Year: 2019 (page 1 of 2)

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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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #132: Courtney Dauwalter — Lessons on Mindset from the Ultrarunner of the Year

Over the last few years Courtney Dauwalter has exploded onto the ultrarunning scene with legendary performance after legendary performance.  She won the Moab 240 outright by over 10 hours, she set the second fastest time in women’s history while winning Western States 100, she endured a 4 mile loop over and over again for 67 hours chalking up 279.2 miles in the insanity that is Big’s Backyard Ultra, she even got first in a 100 mile race after losing her eyesight for the last ten miles.  And those are only a few adventures from her life of racing!

In this episode, we focus on Courtney’s mindset.  How does she endure the massive amount of pain and struggle that comes along with ultrarunning?  How does she stay positive and silence self doubts?  How does her positive outlook and relaxed demeanor bring about her success?

(I was also super psyched to chat with her because up until a few years ago Courtney was a middle school science teacher, and, as a middle school science teacher, ….respect!)

I really enjoyed this episode and I think you will too!  The biggest thing I took away was how her positive go with the flow spirit allows her to fearlessly pursue all the various opportunities that come her way.

MORE FROM COURTNEY:

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

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

New York Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/sports/courtney-dauwalter-200-mile-race.html

Deadspin Article about Big’s Backyard Ultra: https://deadspin.com/ultrarunner-courtney-dauwalter-takes-on-the-worlds-most-1830136537

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #131: Daniel Burton — The First Person to Bike to the South Pole

Can you imagine what it would be like to ride a bike to the South Pole?  Traversing one of the harshest landscapes on the planet, battling wind, cold, altitude, snowdrifts, isolation, and crevasses for over 50 straight days?

That’s exactly the adventure this week’s guest took on.  Back in December 2013 Daniel Burton set out to become the first person to bike to the southernmost point on the Earth.  And on January 21, 2014, after trudging his way across miles and miles of ice, his dream became a reality.

On this episode you will hear all about his journey.  How he went from regular computer programmer with high blood pressure to bike shop owner to grinding his way through his ultimate adventure.

Dan shares some incredible stories from his time in Antarctica.  Everything from what it is like to handle extreme isolation, his harrowing experience battling crevasses, and what he felt in that special moment civilization was finally glimmering in the distance.

He truly is proof that “Every day ordinary people do extraordinary things” and hopefully by hearing his story, you and I will understand just how much more we can achieve in our own lives!

MORE FROM DANIEL BURTON:

Subscribed to his Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicBiking

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

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

Blog from Antarctica: http://epicsouthpole.blogspot.com

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Like a Bigfoot #130: Jake Reed 2 — Ph D. in Sport Performance, Training for and Completing His First 50k!

This week we welcome back professor Jake Reed to chat all things Sports Science, Endurance Racing, and Optimum Performance!

Jake has a Ph D. in Sport Performance and is a professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He just recently finished training for and running his very first 50k ultra marathon and is also one of my absolute favorite people on the planet!

In this episode we cover a variety of topics.  Jake shares what drove him to take on a 50k, why data shows a decrease in major athletic categories after men hit age 25, how to ramp up your training in a safe and efficient way, and he even analyzes Ric Flair’s deadlift form.  We also discuss the main areas of growth someone should focus on when training for an ultra endurance event- slow, steady, aerobic most of the time with a bit of pushing your lactate threshold here and there.  How to keep your joints healthy when adding extra miles and whether or not a foam roller is worth your time.

Hope you guys enjoy the show. I always learn so much from Jake and I hope you guys do too!

MORE FROM JAKE REED:

Featured on the Sports Scientists Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/the-sports-scientists/the-sport-scientists-ep-14-jake-reed

Renaissance Periodization Coaching: https://renaissanceperiodization.com/team-member/jacob-reed

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #129: Rebecca Walker — “The Last Desert” Guiding a Blind Runner Through Antarctica

This week we are chatting with Rebecca Walker all about her recent adventure in Antarctica!  Rebecca guided blind runner Vladmi Virgilio Dos Santos through the last of his 4 Deserts stage race series which also consisted of the Sahara, Atacama, and Gobi deserts.  She first started working for the Racing the Planet company as their expedition emergency physician where she assisted runners by using her extensive knowledge and focus on international emergency care systems to keep them safe.

In this episode Rebecca shares what it is like being an expedition physician in such extreme, isolated parts of the world.  She also gives us an idea of what the stage race in Antarctica is all about!  How getting there is an adventure in of itself, how she approached  her goal of helping Vlad be successful, her strategies to survive the extreme conditions and the boat ride across the Drake passage, and what she learned through her experience.

Rebecca exemplifies the Live to Give mindset and this episode is a fantastic exploration of what happens when we intentionally seek to help others.

Hope you guys enjoy!

MORE FROM REBECCA WALKER:

“Blind on the Ice” Article: https://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/feature/blind-on-the-ice

MORE FROM RACING THE PLANET:

Website: https://www.racingtheplanet.com

4deserts: https://www.4deserts.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/racingtheplanet

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/racingtheplanet/?ref=nf

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #128: Greg Mchale — “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon” on Sportsman Channel, How Adventure Affects Our Lives

https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/128-greg-mchale
This week’s show is with the awesome Greg Mchale!
Greg is an adventure athlete, endurance racer and hosts a phenomenal hunting show on Sportsman Channel called “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon.  His goal is that by being a conduit between outdoor adventure athletes and the hunting world, he can inspire the love of the outdoors and conservation.
In this episode we talk about numerous adventures he has had in one of the wildest places on Earth, the Yukon!  We also discuss how his show is a culmination of all of his various outdoor passions throughout the years, what it’s like to fly prop planes, his experiences as a high level adventure racer, how to survive a 300+ mile run through the Yukon in winter, and much more!
I really enjoyed chatting with Greg for this week’s show and really hope you check out “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon”.  This show is an excellent display of the vast wilderness of Northwestern Canada and really will inspire you to get outside and start exploring.
This week’s conversation inspired me to share my feelings on adventure which you can find at the very end of the show.  Adventure has brought so much joy, passion, self discovery to my life that I really hope you guys are finding the same in yours!
MORE FROM GREG MCHALE:
“Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon” Website:  https://gregmchaleswildyukon.com
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