Like a Bigfoot

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

Year: 2019 (page 1 of 3)

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”

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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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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #143: Rick Nealis — The Man Behind the Marine Corps Marathon, Going Ultra with the MCM 50k

For the past 26 years, legendary race director Rick Nealis has put all he has into the iconic Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C, a race that is widely known as one of the absolute best marathons in the United States.  One that is an unforgettable experience as it guides the runner on a tour past the monuments and history of the Capitol, ending at a finish line full of Marines.

This year Rick and his staff are adding something extra special as they dive into the ultrarunning scene and put on the inaugural MCM 50k!

For both the ultra and road racing community, the MCM expanding to ultra distances is going to be paradigm shifting and, in my eyes, will have an extremely positive effect as it will allow more and more people their first ultra experience.  In turn this will infuse new racers with all the positivity and life lessons that come along with tackling difficult challenges.

In this episode I brought on my friend, former marine, and 5 time MCM finisher Phil Pinti to explore all aspects of this new event.  We have a conversation with Rick and his operations manager Bret Schmidt about the ins and outs of race directing, the WHY as it pertains to expanding to an ultra, and how they plan on making it the best experience ever for their 1,700 racers.

We also dive into Rick’s rich history with this race, hearing stories from his first time running it as an athlete, how it’s changed over the past quarter century, the effects it has had on both Marines and Civilians alike, and, of course, how he convinced Oprah to make the MCM her first and only marathon.

This episode was tons of fun to record and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Huge thanks to Rick and Bret for coming on and sharing their thoughts and to Ashley Topolosky for setting this up!  It was awesome to chat with all of you!

If you are taking on the MCM 50k or preparing for any sort of crazy endurance event, stick around for the end of the episode where Phil and I briefly discuss lessons and strategies we’ve learned through racing a handful of ultras.

MORE FROM THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON:

Website: https://www.marinemarathon.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marine_Marathon

Info about the 50k: https://www.marinemarathon.com/blog/mcm-new-50k

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #142: Steve Cannon — Conquering the 1,000 Mile Iditarod on His Bike, The Spirit of Adventure

Our last mountain biking podcast took us to the South Pole.  This time we’re heading up North to one of the most iconic races on the planet, the Iditarod!

1,000 miles through some of the most pristine, awe-inducing wilderness in the whole entire world, the Iditarod takes competitors, be it dogsled teams, runners, or bikers, across Alaska from Anchorage all the way to Nome.  Through this journey, competitors must traverse mountain ranges, frozen rivers, and even sea ice as they battle some of the harshest elements imaginable.

Today’s guest Steve Cannon is an ultra endurance adventurer from the great state of Iowa.  He’s taken on pretty hefty goals in the past, running completely around Lake Michigan, running across Iowa, and rock climbing some tough Colorado routes, but his current finish at the Iditarod takes all of his experiences to the next level!

In this episode we really dig into Steve’s concept of adventure- how it fuels him, the lessons he’s learned about himself by overcoming obstacles, and how he’s handled the loneliness and self doubt that comes with multi-day adventures.

We get into some great mindset conversations all while Steve shares tales from his unbelievable journey across Alaska!!

Buckle up.  This one is AWESOME!!

Steve’s greater purpose is to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Please help him out and donate HERE.

(Steve has also written quite a bit about these adventures and his book “40 Days” about his journey around Lake Michigan is available free at his website expandyourpossible.com)

MORE FROM STEVE CANNON “EXPAND YOUR POSSIBLE”:

Website: https://www.expandyourpossible.com

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

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

Des Moines Register Article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/2015/12/15/mile-posts-steve-cannon-book-story-human-spirit/77339202/

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