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Month: February 2019

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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