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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #218: Booneville Backroads Ultra — The Final Chapter

We finally did it.  We went out and ran the Booneville Backroads Ultra. I-O-W-A! IOWA! IOWA!

It was a LOOOOOOOOONG time coming (months and months and numerous podcasts later), but we did the thing!

Today Thad Burkamper joins me on the show to tell the tale of his first attempt at a 50k while I explain the story of my very first 100K (62 Miles).

As in any good Ultra, there were super high highs and devastatingly low lows. The race itself though was AWESOME- the Iowa countryside is gorgeous, the course was diverse and kept you on your toes, the volunteers and other racers were wonderful, Brad Dains was an outstanding race director and it just felt good to be competing again!

But that heat……oh…..the heat.  That was rough.  That was when the race really kicked you in the face, brought you to your knees (quite literally in some cases) forcing you to dig deep into the ole grit basket deep inside our souls.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped me out at Booneville – The race volunteers, anyone and everyone who raced Booneville and battled that ridiculous heat, Jen Tischler for sharing a bunch of miles down those never-ending gravel roads, race director extraordinaire Brad Dains, “Calspirations” Calvin Johannsen, the legendary Carol Ward- my lovely mother, the lady who let us camp in her front yard, Thad’s Jurassic Park Jeep, my wife Lindsey Ward for spending two days watching our three bonkers daughters, Sean Furlong, Travis Steffen, and Matt Rackers for making the months of training super fun (missed you guys!) and the “Muscatine Backroads Ultra 50k” Champion Brady Manriquez for hosting the show!!

I sincerely hope you enjoy today’s episode, get some good laughs at our expense, and maybe even learn a thing or two (if Thad and I shared anything resembling wisdom).  Thanks for listening!!

MORE FROM BOONEVILLE BACKROADS ULTRA:

Website: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Ultrasignup: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72917

“Reach for the Stars” Documentary: https://www.expandyourpossible.com/online-store/Reach-for-the-Stars-The-Booneville-Backroads-Ultra-Marathon-Digital-%26-Streaming-p139527512

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #217: Tim Barr — Never Summer 100K, Trail Running All Over Colorado

This week we are talking with an awesome Colorado ultrarunner Tim Barr!!

Tim and I have been running trails together every Wednesday this summer and from personal experience of huffing and puffing to keep up I have to say that he is an absolute beast of a runner.  He also had himself a wonderful summer of adventures, exploring some of the best trails Colorado has to offer while training for 62 stunning miles at the Never Summer 100k.

In this episode we talk all sorts of ultrarunning!! Gut checks, sobbing uncontrollably, compression sock blackouts, mid-race SNLesque pep talks full of curse words, warm porch beers, the unwavering determination to finish no matter the obstacles, and more!

Tim is really inspiring to me and it has been an honor to experience his training over the last few months.  Hope you guys enjoy the episode and pickup all sorts of nuggets of endurance wisdom!!

MORE FROM TIM BARR:

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

“Champion’s Mind” Book: https://www.amazon.com/Champions-Mind-Great-Athletes-Thrive/dp/1623365627

“Mind Gym” Book: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Gym-Athletes-Guide-Excellence/dp/0071395970

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #216: Travis Macy 3 — Team Endure Braves the Eco Challenge Fiji

This week I am very excited and honored to welcome back life long mountain athlete, endurance coach, adventure racer, ultrarunner, family man, and all around incredible human being Travis Macy!!

He’s on the show to share all sorts of stories, wisdom, and inspiration as part of Team Endure in the most recent Eco Challenge, the monumental multi-day adventure race across Fiji.  Not only was this race epic in all sense of the word but it also holds a special place in his heart since he experienced it with his father Mark, a legendary veteran endurance racer who was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

Watching Team Endure on Amazon’s “World’s Toughest Race” was emotional, touching, inspiring, and completely empowering.  Travis and his dad have a special bond and it was really refreshing to these two and their team take on this adventure.  They truly embrace the concept of endure, pushing forward with a positive attitude despite any obstacles thrown their way, both in racing and in life.

Watching their race, listening to Travis, embracing the Ultra Mindset will leave you empowered and I sincerely hope that’s what you take away from this podcast. Thanks for listening!!

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

Amazon’s “World’s Toughest Race”: https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Toughest-Race-Eco-Challenge-Fiji-Season/dp/B08BB8S8FJ

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #215: Adam Casey 4 — Never Summer 100K, Trail Running in Peru

This week I am very excited and honored to bring back one of my favorite guests for the show, trail runner, skydiver and all around awesome dude Adam Casey!

Over the last few months, Adam has been putting in some pretty awesome high altitude training in order to finish the difficult Never Summer 100k in Northern Colorado, a race featuring 14,250 ft of elevation gain.  The race is through some of the most beautiful scenery in the state and is definitely on my bucket list!!

In this episode Adam chats all about his training, the ups and downs of the race, and shares tales from the few months he spent trail running through the jungles of Peru!

Adam is a great dude who truly represents resilience and grit and it shows in his dedication to his ultrarunning.  I really enjoyed catching up with him and hope you guys appreciate this episode as much as I did!!

MORE FROM ADAM:

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

Like a Bigfoot #87: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/87-adam-casey-3

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 #214: Coree Woltering — Team Onyx & Eco Challenge Fiji, Ice Age Trail FKT

This week’s guest is the incredible ultra runner Coree Woltering!!

Coree recently set the FKT on the 1,200 mile Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin, completing it in 21 days, 13 hours, and 35 minutes.  He also is featured on the new Amazon Series “World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji” as a member of Team Onyx, the first all-African American team in expedition racing.

In this episode we chat all about these two huge events!! Coree shares his perspective as an elite ultra runner taking on his first adventure race and the challenges faced along the way.  The race looks incredibly difficult and Team Onyx is one of the inspiring groups featured throughout the show.

He also goes into the ups and downs of the Ice Age Trail FKT- a super secret trick to handle trails with crazy amount of ticks, his go-tos when fueling with gas station food, how to breakdown gigantic goals, why you should always listen to Pete Kostelnick’s advice on ankle recovery, and how accepting pain and staying level headed through adversity helped him achieve his goal.

This episode was an absolute blast to record!! Coree is awesome and is a huge inspiration!

I also wanted to thank Adam Casey for rejoining the show to co-host this week!!

MORE FROM COREE WOLTERING:

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

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

Ice Age Article: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a32828497/coree-woltering-ice-age-trail-fkt/

Team Onyx: http://team-onyx.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #213: Cameron Dorn 2 — Step Up World Record, Climbing Remote Mountains in Uganda

Last time he was on the show, Cameron Dorn told us all about his experience setting the burpee 24 hour world record (yup..you read that right, nonstop burpees for 24 hours!!), this week he’s back having just set a new world record of 10,920 step ups in 8 hours!!!

In this episode we chat all about his experience stepping up and down in his apartment for 8 hours, what it was like for him to climb some of the most remote peaks in Africa, his passion for exploring, both the world and his personal limits, and one of our favorite documentaries of all time “King of Kong”.

Buckle up because this is a fantastic episode with one of the most extraordinary dudes I have ever met!! (Backstory- I raced with Cameron during a 50k in the Black Mountains of North Carolina and if you ever meet him you pretty quickly understand you are in the presence of a very unique and inspiring human being!)

Hope you all enjoy the episode as much as I did! Be sure to check out his company

MORE FROM CAMERON AND SUITCASE OF COURAGE:

Blog about the Step Ups: http://thesuitcaseofcourage.com/tbn?fbclid=IwAR04GiI_QIdiPoEU6UVFOYoqG6xgYBNjiyDKGwft4c_rLYCEtpmzB4VKF4o

Website: http://thesuitcaseofcourage.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cameron.dorn

Article about Climbing Mountains in Uganda: https://adventure.com/rwenzori-mountains-africa-uganda/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #212: Jeffrey James Binney — His Film “Once is Enough”, Becoming an Ultrarunner

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  – Mae West

This week we are chatting all about the adventure documentary “Once is Enough” with ultrarunner, filmmaker, comedian and super awesome dude Jeffrey James Binney!!!

A few weeks ago I watched Jeffrey’s film on Amazon Prime and was captivated by his ability to capture everything I love about endurance sports- from the often hilariously weird aspects to the heartbreaking, inspiring, uplifting reasons people push themselves to the limit.  It is presented in a really unique format as it bounces back and forth from his hilarious one man show, standup routine pointing out the bizarreness of a 100 mile race to a more serious, emotional one on one interview digging into his why as you watch him transform from non-runner to ultra marathoner.

The logline for the film perfectly sums it up: “After losing his mom to obesity-caused heart disease, a 32 year old husky ginger comedian and vegan son-of-a-pig-farmer sets out to lose 100lbs and run one of the world’s most difficult 100 mile ultramarathons…and lives to tell jokes about it.”

While sitting in the hospital, Jeffrey picked up Trail Runner Magazine, read an article about Leadville 100, thought “that sounds like a good idea” and then had the boldness to go chase his dream.

The movie is phenomenal and I absolutely loved chatting with Jeffrey for the show!! Be sure to check out “Once is Enough”!! I promise you that you will love it!!

MORE FROM “ONCE IS ENOUGH”:

Website: http://www.onceisenoughfilm.com

Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Once-Enough-Jeffrey-James-Binney/dp/B085GHM2CB

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c-utKMShTQ&feature=youtu.be

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #210: Matt ‘Shep’ Shepard 2 — “6 Days in the North”, Going After a Canadian Record

This week we are catching back up with Shep to hear all about his experience going after the Canadian six day ultra running record!

In a continuation of Episode 205, we dig into the lessons learned and growth experienced during Shep’s “6 Days in the North”.  A major theme is “expect the unexpected” as the project started with a massive torrential rainstorm.  Enduring unknown challenges with adaptability and confidence is HUGE in life and Shep was a steward of this through this event.

We also dive into the concept of learning from failures and the cycle of  “attempt, learn, adjust, attempt” which is a powerful driving factor to anyone’s success!

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! I could seriously chat with him for days as he is incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, driven and shares a wonderful growth mindset!

MORE FROM MATT ‘SHEP’ SHEPARD:

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

OUTRUN Backyard Ultra: https://www.facebook.com/OutrunRare/

CBC Article about Quarantine Ultra: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/valleyview-runner-virtual-ultramarathon-indoors-covid-19-1.5524034?fbclid=IwAR1cuMvJLN3Ym2sKXNSoqVJ0lxu_G_PprSZMQotPo2x4uLbOxXrGWMFhzOg

Personal Peak: https://personalpeak.ca

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #211: Angus Peacock 2 — The One Million Step Challenge

A few months ago we chatted all about rugby with Angus Peacock, the Executive Director of Rugby Colorado.  This week we are focusing on his emphasis on health and happiness as he approaches the big 5-0 in our strange times.

Angus has taken on a One Million Step Challenge with his sister to support diabetes research.  This is quite the challenge as it requires pretty much a half marathon every single day for weeks for 900 miles….also it’s really 1.7 steps.

In this episode we dive into his challenge along with many other topics.  We chat about his approach to diet, which is based on his study of what British soldiers ate through desert missions in World War 2.  We talk leadership principles and how we can apply them to our own lives, reframing “angst”, the Siberian Dilemma, Comparing yourself with yourself in the moment versus yourself in the past, and how to reverse the erosion of our four pillars.

This one is a good one full of plenty of knowledge and ideas we can apply to our own lives!

Chatting with Angus brought me out of a funk as he explained the significance of the important aspects of our lives, the four pillars of health — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Hope you guys enjoy!

If possible, please support Angus’s challenge by checking out the links below.

MORE FROM ANGUS PEACOCK:

Linkedin Blog: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachangus

One Million Steps Fundraiser: https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/hannah-78

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Like a Bigfoot #209: Paul Spencer — Pedal Round the World, Human Powered Circumnavigation of the Globe

Imagine heading out your door pedaling west and returning, years later, from the east covering each and every mile around the entire planet under your own power.  That is exactly what this week’s guest is planning on doing through a life-defining, thought provoking, mindset expanding quest to “Pedal Round the World.”

Paul Spencer is in the midst of planning what has to be one of the biggest challenges a person could possibly take on- a self propelled circumnavigation of the globe using his bicycle and a beautifully designed pedal boat.

Inspired by adventurers Jason Lewis and Erden Eruc and wanting to deeply explore the world and his own psyche through 50,000 miles in this honest-to-goodness adventure odyssey.  Paul is a cyclist, endurance athlete and an adventurer who has taken on gigantic challenges in his career- cycled across Africa, finished the Leadman challenge, four crossings of the U.S. by bike, Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race- just to include a few.

In this episode we chat all about his plan to pedal round the world, what his expectations are, the factors he’s had to consider to prepare for the long ocean crossings.  We also geek out about Jason Lewis’s “The Expedition” books, chat about Paul’s rugby career, beer miles, what it’s like to cycle with a Malaria infection, and what he’s discovered about himself through travel and endurance.

It’s an AWESOME episode and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.  Definitely check out his website and social media to support and follow along with his journey!

MORE FROM PAUL SPENCER:

Website: https://yeshesmad.com

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

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

Records: https://www.pr.com/press-release/786849

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