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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #94: Travis Macy — Mountain Athlete and Author of “The Ultra Mindset”

On this week’s episode of the podcast I got the opportunity to chat with endurance coach and mountain athlete Travis Macy.

Travis is an experienced adventure athlete who has participated (and won) a wide variety of events .  He’s competed in elite adventure races all around the world, 100 mile ultra marathons and ultra endurance mountain biking events.  He is also the author of the Ultra Mindset one of the best books I’ve read about motivation and mental techniques that will not only help you be successful as an athlete, but will be useful in your everyday life.

In this episode, we chat about how he embraces the Ultra Mindset.  We also touch on a wide variety of topics like hunting, parenting, adventure racing and how he survived Leadman (competing in every ultra endurance event in Leadville, CO in one summer).

If you enjoy this episode check out Travis’s website for information about his coaching and be sure to read his excellent book the Ultra Mindset.

Thanks for listening!!

(P.S.- My computer messed up and accidentally deleted the last 15 minutes of the conversation….I’m super disappointed this happened and spent the afternoon trying to get it back….Super bummed because Travis is such an interesting guy and shared such amazing advice…..On the plus side, this might mean I’ll have an excuse to hang out with him again!)

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 #93: Cory Reese — 100 Miler on a Cruise Ship, Author of “Into the Furnace”, Badwater

This week I’m very excited to welcome ultra runner and writer Cory Reese to the podcast.

First of all, Cory recently finished running a 100 miler on the deck of a cruse ship!  That’s 16 laps per mile- 1,600 laps around and around and around the same teeny tiny track, fueling on an endless supply from the ice cream machine as he took on some self-imposed suffering.  All the while overlooking people lounging around at the pool.

Just had to get that out there! I cannot even begin to wrap my head around a 100 miler, let alone one on a cruise ship…. Insanity!

Cory is one of my favorite writers in the sport of ultrarunning.  His first book “Nowhere Near First” is one of the absolute best views of this crazy sport from a “regular”, non-elite, perspective.  Most of us are not elite athletes and Cory fully represents the spirit of why an everyday person participates in something so seemingly bizarre as running for hours and hours through the woods (or on a cruise ship).

He comes across as a “regular” dude, but his mindset is anything but.  Regular people don’t step up to the challenge of Badwater, a 135 mile run through Death Valley in July.  Cory did.  We get into why and how he took this on a bit in the show.

He recently wrote about his experience and all the craziness of Badwater in his upcoming book “Into the Furnace” which you can (and should) pre-order now by checking out his Kickstarter campaign linked below.

Cory also has a hilarious blog fastcory.com (which my computer annoyingly wants to correct to “factory”) and can be found running on his hometown trails of Zion National Park.

Enjoy the show! Thanks for chatting Cory!

MORE FROM CORY REESE:

Website: http://www.fastcory.com

Author Website: http://www.coryreese.com

Pre-order “Into the Furnace”: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1860738459/into-the-furnace-a-book-about-the-worlds-toughest

Order “Nowhere Near First”: https://www.amazon.com/Nowhere-Near-First-Ultramarathon-Adventures-ebook/dp/B01KW37P5M

Cruise Ship 100 Race Report: http://www.fastcory.com/2018/04/running-100-miles-on-cruise-ship.html

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Like a Bigfoot #92: Desert Rats 2 — Gemini Adventures Race Director Reid Delman

This week I’m joined by Gemini Adventures race director Reid Delman to talk all things Desert RATS Stage Race, race directing, and the mindset needed to power through big time endurance events.

……and cage fighting!

Reid is a wonderful race director inspired by his own experiences to design events that push participants beyond what they think is possible.  He has organized all sorts of different adventures in western Colorado and Utah that range from ultra marathons to multi-day stage races to ultra distance mountain bike races.

In this episode we dig into Reid’s past as a multi-faceted athlete who has wrestled collegiately at Ohio State, competed in MMA, ran numerous ultra marathons and even participated in the Eco-Challenge.  We also discuss his mindset and how he applies toughness and adventure to his events.

Mostly, we discuss the Desert RATS stage race in which I’m participating in this June.  What are the biggest obstacles to overcome when running multiple days through the desert?  How do you go about preparing for the intense heat?  How do you stay hydrated?  And how do you keep pushing forward to finish such a brutal event?

Enjoy the episode! Be sure to check out Gemini Adventures for future events.  I’ve ran two of Reid’s races at this point and guarantee you will have an amazing time!

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 #91: Brad Dains — Booneville Backroads Ultra, Balancing Training with Dadmode

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This week’s guest is ultrarunner, dad extraordinaire, beer lover, and Iowan Brad Dains.  Brad is a midwesterner spreading awesomeness by helping introduce Iowans to the joys of ultrarunning.

Specifically, we talk all about the Booneville Backyards Ultra, a race Brad co-directs.  Booneville is a special race near Des Moines that allows runners to explore the beauty of my home state Iowa.  It also is surprisingly challenging as the constant rolling hills and the extremely muddy “B Roads” suck the energy and motivation right out of you.  Look at the cover of this week’s episode or google B Roads to get an idea of how gnarly these things can get.

We also get into Brad’s training routine and how he balances running with raining 4 kids, his full time job, and coaching soccer.  He shares a couple EXCELLENT tips.  “Invisible training” where you train at such insanely early hours that your family hardly notices.  And his super intense midwestern elevation training, aka a stair workout where he throws on a heavy backpack and walks up and down his 11 stairs over six hundred times!

I hope you guys enjoy the episode.  Wanted to thank you all so much for supporting the show!! If you want to help us out, be sure to subscribe and review on iTunes.

Go get ’em this week!!

MORE FROM BRAD:

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

Ultrarunner Podcast: https://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/brad-dains-interview/

Booneville Backroads: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Equalizer Endurance Run: http://www.equalizerdsm.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #90: Maudie Jordan — “RunFreeRunWild” Mindset and The Power of Resilience

This week’s episode is an extremely powerful example of the power of perseverance, gratitude, and a “learning how to suffer” mindset.

Maudie Jordan is a wonderful, incredibly positive, and completely badass mountain athlete from the Pacific Northwest.  She has completed multiple 100 milers, climbed numerous mountains, and spends her times exploring all sorts of wild areas.

In this episode, she shares the ups and downs of her journey, what it’s like to run a 100 miler with anemia, and how failure led her to personal growth and how she learned to embrace an adventurous life.

Most importantly she teaches us perseverance.  She set a goal to finish a 100 miler,  failed four separate times, quit running, rediscovered her love of trail running, and eventually accomplished her goal!  Her story is so incredibly inspiring and my hope is that we can all apply some of these lessons to our own lives.

This was one of my absolute favorite conversations! Maudie is well-spoken, hilarious, extremely positive, and authentic.  Enjoy!

MORE FROM MAUDIE:

“Runfreerunwild” on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runfreerunwild/

Excellent Blog for Trail Sisters: https://www.trailsisters.net/2018/03/07/i-didnt-finish-but-have-grown/

“Those Park Guys” Podcast Episode: https://soundcloud.com/tpgpodcast/3-ultramarathon-runner

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #89: Bigfoot Sightings 3 — Bigfoot 200 Book, 50k Adventures, Getting Ready for the PCT

This week we are catching back up with three of our previous Like a Bigfoot guests: Ryan Chukuske, Jason Sudduth, and Jennifer Mabus.

Ryan recently finished his Bigfoot 200 book “Bigfoot 200: Because, you know, why the **** not?” and is preparing it for publication.

Jason randomly called me last Friday and told me he’s camping in Hungry Mother State Park (actual name) and is running a trail marathon the next day.  He is also preparing for one of my favorite ultras ever, the Quest for the Crest 50k.

Jennifer is two days removed from beginning her hike of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail and is preparing her gear and her mind for the biggest adventure of her lifetime.

SUPPORT TODAY’S GUESTS:

Please Support Ryan’s Awesome Book: https://publishizer.com/bigfoot-200/

The Whimsical Woman Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUPDURNSrgUg96rxhlr5rA

The Whimsical Woman Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewhimsicalwoman/?hl=en

PREVIOUS EPISODES:

Ryan’s Bigfoot 200 Race Report: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/55-ryan-chukuske-2

Jason’s First 50k: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/63-jason-sudduth-2

Jennifer Prepares for the Trail: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/58-jennifer-mabus

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #88: Desert RATS Stage Race — What it is, How I’m Training

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If you’ve listened to recent episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’m signed up for the Desert RATS stage race.  This big crazy 6 day run from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah this June.  Leading up to the event, a few episodes of the show will be devoted to helping me prepare for what will be the most difficult thing I’ve ever taken on.

On this week’s episode my friend and frequent Like a Bigfootian Brady Manriquez helps me do a deep dive on the event.

What is it? What hardships should I expect?  How freaking hot does the desert get in June?  And why does this one scare and excite me more than any other ultra?

Basically, Brady opens my eyes to everything I hadn’t really considered yet.  We talk training, equipment, race details, and a bunch more!

I’ve always said you should sign up for something that intimidates you.  Something just beyond your comfort zone that you yourself aren’t even sure is possible.  Using these big adventures as ways to expand your own belief in what you are capable of and all the possibilities available to you in this life.

I’m happy to be following my own advice on this one.

If you guys want to sing up for what is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime, check out the Gemini Adventures link below.  There you can find out all sorts of info about the Desert RATS and all their other ultra marathons.

Most importantly, I just sincerely wish you all find adventure wherever and whenever possible!  Have a great 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 #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.

MORE FROM ADAM:

His nonprofit: http://www.idoitforher.com

Mongol Summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl0oiEGvtLM

Mongolian Derby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7nePo_stVo

Like a Bigfoot #30: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/30-adam-casey

Like a Bigfoot #43: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/43-adam-casey-2

Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-DgUllMxYc

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Like a Bigfoot #86: Richard Kresser — Arrowhead 135, Running 400 Miles of RAGBRAI, Mountaineering the RASH

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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’t..how 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!
MORE FROM RICHARD:
His Adventure Blog: http://www.runningfarther.com

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #85: Brendan Leonard & Jayson Sime — “How to Run 100 Miles”

(Cover Photo by Josh Perez)

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 www.semi-rad.com.

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 www.righttoshine.com

MORE FROM BRENDAN LEONARD:

Semi-Rad Website: https://semi-rad.com/about/

Books: https://semi-rad.com/books/

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

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

MORE FROM JAYSON SIME:

Right to Shine Website: http://righttoshine.com

“Self-Care Hacks” Book: http://righttoshine.com/book/

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

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

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