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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #172: Enduring 48 Brutal Hours of the GORUCK Selection Challenge

Imagine spending two whole days physically, mentally and emotionally pushing yourself to your absolute limits.  Traveling over 80 miles full of insanely difficult physical challenges while carrying a heavy ruck all under the critical eye of a cadre member whose job it is to get the absolute best out of you and make you resist, with every part of your soul, the urge to quit.

GORUCK Selection is known as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.  Less than 2% of people who are wild enough to sign up will successfully finish.  To put that in other words, it takes an incredibly tough person just to sign up and a whole other person to actually complete the whole thing!

Today I’m super honored to be able to talk to one of this year’s finisher.  Mark Jones has been a highly competitive ultra obstacle course racer for years.  He knows all about breaking through barriers and pushing his limits, but most of all he knows how to endure.  After trying and failing at Selection multiple times, Mark took a break, came back, and triumphed.

In this episode we chat all about his mindset and the lessons he has learned about himself by taking on these events.  Specifically, we hear all about how he was able to endure those difficult 48 hours of Selection.

It’s an awesome story from an extraordinarily inspiring athlete and I’m super excited to share our conversation! Hope you guys enjoy!

MORE FROM MARK AND GORUCK:

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

GORUCK: https://www.goruck.com/

GORUCK Selection: https://www.goruck.com/selection/

All Day Ruckoff Podcast: https://player.fm/series/all-day-ruckoff-podcast/adr-125-goruck-selection-021-with-finisher-mark-jones

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #171: Chef Corso — How to Cook in the Wilderness, Monty Boca

This week is the most delicious episode of the podcast yet!! We are sitting down with Chef Corso from Monty Boca to talk all about how to cook delicious food in the wilderness.

Chef Corso is an avid hiker and backpacker based out of Seattle who is challenging the way we think about cooking food for various adventures.  Most of us usually throw some oats in a bag or slap together some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and say “that’s good enough!” before heading out, viewing food as a necessity rather than a major part of the experience.  Monty Boca is challenging people to use easy recipes to heighten their adventure experiences with some really good food.

This episode was definitely a bit outside the box for this podcast but I feel like cooking outside is the best way to cook and is something I, personally, need to reconnect with.  I really enjoyed chatting with Chef Corso and I highly suggest you try a recipe or two of his- preferably while chilling next to a beautiful mountain stream or at a campsite surrounded by friends and loved ones!

Hope you enjoy the show this week!

MORE FROM CHEF CORSO AND MONTY BOCA:

Website: https://montyboca.com

Recipes: https://montyboca.com/recipes

Trail Cookbook: https://montyboca.com/shop/cookbook-orginedition

Become a Recipe Tester: https://montyboca.com/packing#recipe-tester

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmY1o_LlD99cwGog6LRVnWA

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #170: Kayla Howell — Fearless Tales of Adventure Racing, 14ers, and Ultras

I’m super excited to have ultra runner, adventurer, and all around awesome person Kayla Howell back on the show this week!

When I think of someone who loves the outdoors and is up for any adventure life brings her way, I think of Kayla.  She’s competed in all sorts of different endurance events all over the country and always steps up to any challenge with a tremendous attitude.

In this episode we dive into her adventurous life starting when she was a kid all the way through various endurance sports she has competed in.  We spend a lot of time chatting about her experiences adventure racing across Florida and Georgia, what it’s like to work with a high level adventure racing team and how she keeps a positive attitude in the midst of some seriously stressful, tiring moments.  She also shares stories from the Little 500 bike race in Indiana, taking on her first Ironman triathlon and climbing her first 14er!

Kayla is awesome and I really hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did!

MORE FROM KAYLA:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kayla868/?hl=en

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #169: Inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k — Race Reflections with Phil Pinti

This week Phil Pinti and I are sitting down and chatting about our experience running the Inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k through the streets of Washington DC.

The day was my very first big time road race and Phil’s 6th MCM.  It was a rainy, action packed, and incredibly moving event.  I would highly recommend everyone to add this one to your bucket list, road runners and ultra runners alike.  It is a race unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of.

Huge thanks to the Marine Corps for putting this on and to Phil Pinti and Rachel Ridgway for showing me around for the weekend!  It was an absolute blast!  Big congrats to every person out there, especially those running for their loved ones.

Hope you guys enjoy the Race Reflections!! We’ll be back at you next week!

MORE FROM MARINE CORPS MARATHON:

Our interview with Race Director Rick Nealis: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/143-rick-nealis

Website: https://www.marinemarathon.com

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

Like a Bigfoot #136: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/136-phil-pinti

Like a Bigfoot #150: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/150-phil-pinti-2

Like a Bigfoot #153: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/153-return-to-desert-rats

East Coast Trail and Ultra Episode: https://eastcoastultrapodcast.com/2019/10/02/episode-145-the-yeti-and-the-macho-man/

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #168: Rob Steger 2 — Taking on the Triple Crown of 200s, “Training for Ultra”

This week we welcome back ultrarunner, filmmaker and host of the excellent “Training for Ultra” podcast Rob Steger.

Rob is fresh off of completing the Triple Crown of 200s, a race series that consists of all three of Destination Trail’s gigantic 200 mile adventures.  In the past three months he has ventured over miles and miles, battled extreme obstacles and experienced an adventure of a lifetime all on a quest of self discovery and to raise money for Pediatric Cancer research for a friend’s daughter Celia who is battling Histiocytosis (FIND OUT HOW TO SUPPORT IN THE LINKS BELOW!).

In this episode we hear about the highs and lows of his three races- Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, and Moab 240.  Everything from showing up late to missing the beginning of Tahoe to hammering his fastest mile over 200 miles into Moab to getting hypothermia deep in the woods of Tahoe and so much more!

Our episode is mostly the highlights of his adventures.  If you want more from Rob, you can listen to his full race recaps on his Training for Ultra Podcast and please stay tuned for the upcoming Training for Ultra show on Amazon that will highlight his 200 mile adventures!

Hope you guys enjoy the show! Always a blast chatting with Rob!

(Cover Photo from Ryan Clayton)

MORE FROM ROB STEGER:

Donate to Rob’s 401k for Pediatric Cancer: http://give.texaschildrens.org/site/TR?px=2081200&fr_id=1073&pg=personal

Training for Ultra Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-training-for-ultra-podcast/id1265633252?mt=2

Website: https://trainingforultra.com

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

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

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoxBqa1BQr-3Bzb1QNB0_uQ

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #167: Juddson Vance — Climbing the 100 Tallest Mountains in Colorado

This week we are chatting with Juddson Vance fresh off of finishing the Centennials, Colorado’s 100 tallest mountains!!

Juddson has spent many weekends over the last few years chipping away at his big adventure, driving and camping all around the state and climbing not only the 14ers but also some of the most rugged and remote 13ers.  This is a quest that many strive for and few complete, so it’s a major accomplishment for him and one that I’m very excited to hear about.

In this episode we hear various tales from the Centennials along with digging into Juddson’s “why” and discover how mountains and wilderness have shaped his life.  For those mountain lovers out there, you will hear about a variety of 14ers including some of the more sketchy traverses, along with some of the lesser hiked mountains like Thunder Pyramid, Vestal, and Jagged.  Juddson also shares some of the more bizarre experiences he has had out in the Colorado Wilderness.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! I really loved hearing Juddson’s stories and wish him nothing but the best for everything he pursues in the future!

MORE FROM JUDDSON AND THE CENTENNIALS:

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

Centennials: https://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=21363

More Centennial Information: https://www.summitpost.org/colorado-centennials/699526

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #166: Julian Vandervelde — NFL to the Highland Games, His Athletic Journey

This week I’m very excited to sit down and chat with former Iowa Hawkeye and Philadelphia Eagle offensive Lineman Julian Vandervelde!

Julian has had quite the athletic journey.  Finding success at a young age in the little league world series through becoming a four year football starter at the University of Iowa to becoming a 5th round draft pick in the NFL to throwing heavy stuff while wearing a kilt at the Highland Games.

Jumping head first into each sport with a “Blank Slate” mindset, he has discovered lessons he’s carried over into all aspects of his life.

In this episode, Julian shares tales from his journey.  What the offensive line mentality is and what it takes to play at such a high level and how he’s transitioned that mindset into his post-NFL life.

One of my favorite stories in the show was when he describes football from the perspective of a lineman- how he used visualization and preparation to be successful throughout his career.   This viewpoint is such an awesome part of football most people do not recognize or consider so it was really fun, as an ex-lineman myself, to shine a light on tales from the linemen trenches!  We also chat about what led him to the Highland Games, an event that can only be described as people throwing super heavy things like telephone poles, weights on chains and hammers all while rocking kilts at various Scottish festivals.

Julian is an awesome person who is incredibly smart and kind.  I want to thank him for sharing his time with us for the show!

Hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as I did!!

MORE FROM JULIAN VANDERVELDE:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BatMandervelde

NFL Films Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndo_dwQZ2Dw

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #165: Danny “Oreo” — Tales From the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we welcome Danny “Oreo” a world traveler from Germany fresh of of completing her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail!

Over the 2,653 miles from Mexico to Canada Danny experienced all the ups and downs that the trail brings.  Forming beautiful friendships and pushing her own boundaries, she battled everything from the dry heat (and hills!) of the desert to postholing through insanely deep snow in the high country.  This being her first trip to America, she also formed a unique perspective on the beauty and culture of our country (and the weirdness of Poptarts).

Her last seven years have been absorbed with travel.  She left school, flew to Australia where she spent a year before deciding to check out New Zealand and, before she knew it, she was a full time traveler.

Danny is quite a fun, adventurous spirit and I was curious if lessons she learned from traveling came into play through her 5 months trekking through the woods.

I have so much respect and envy for the folks who take on thru-hiking and absolutely love sharing their stories on the podcast.  To me, the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail feels like the epitome of epic advneture and I really think anyone who is seeking a change in life, searching for a community of awesome people, or even pursuing self realization should take thru-hiking one of these epic trails into consideration.

Thank you so much for sharing Danny!! I look forward to chatting with you again in the future!

Enjoy the show!

MORE FROM DANNY:

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

The Trek Articles: https://thetrek.co/author/daniela-drees/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #164: Thomas Mullins — Trust the Plan, Enduring the Tahoe 200

On this week’s episode we are chatting all about the epic Tahoe 200 mile endurance race with my friend Thomas Mullins!

I was recently asked to think about a person I look up to and have great respect for.  Instantly my answer was Thomas.  This is a guy who shows up, gets the work done, is incredibly driven to accomplish great things all while never forgetting the real important part of life, how we give to others and help them along the way.

Thomas and I met at Desert RATS 2018 and ran quite a bit of the course together.  As an ultra runner he has the most incredible focus and stoic nature.  He sticks to his plan throughout these long events while also displaying the adaptability needed to survive weather changes, severe heat and other things that could possibly go wrong.  I’ve learned more from him than anyone else in endurance sports and really look up to the guy!

Having recently finished the Tahoe 200, a Destination Trails race that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe, Thomas joins us to chat all about this incredible event!  Over the course of 205 miles, he persevered through a snowstorm, was attacked by bees, and experienced beautiful sunrises and sunsets over this beautiful wilderness.  In this episode we get to hear how he prepared for this race with no long runs over 4.5 hours, how he focused on showing up to the start line healthy, and what his strategy was for the race days.

My favorite part of the show was chatting about what he discovers about himself and what he is ultimately chasing by testing his limits.

I’m very impressed with him as a person and as an ultra runner and am so very excited to share this with you today!

MORE FROM THOMAS MULLINS:

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #163: Phil Pinti 3 — Preparing for His First 100 Miler, “Right Fielder Challenge”

In this episode we are reconnecting with our friend Phil Pinti as he prepares for two big races- the Yeti 100 (his first 100 miler) and the inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k (which I’m flying out to run with him).

Phil is a few weeks ago from the Yeti 100, a hugely popular race in Virginia.  We chat about how he’s preparing, his expectations going into the race, and what strategies he is going to use in order to survive and endure all those miles.

As always when talking with Phil, our conversation meanders in and out of all sorts of topics.  Through this winding road, we stumbled upon the issue of our own cell phone use.  In short, we are exposing ourselves to way too much screen time.  Ultimately, this distraction is keeping us from connecting to the present moment, to being truly focused on what’s most important, acting in a conscious way versus a “zombie mode”.  Steering the ship rather than letting the winds blow us wherever.

We dubbed this challenge the “Right Fielder” challenge.  (Listen to the show to find out why!)  We are going to make an attempt at keeping our cell phone screen time to less than one hour a day, with an emphasis on limiting our social media time.

Feel free to join us!! We’re basically just texting each other screenshots of our “screen time” app.  I’m not really sure how we could turn this into a thing multiple people engage in so if you have any ideas email them to likeabigfoot@gmail.com!  We’ll get this thing rolling!!

Thanks for chatting Phil! Always a great time!

Hope you guys enjoy the show!!

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

Like a Bigfoot #136: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/136-phil-pinti

Like a Bigfoot #150: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/150-phil-pinti-2

Like a Bigfoot #153: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/153-return-to-desert-rats

East Coast Trail and Ultra Episode: https://eastcoastultrapodcast.com/2018/06/07/episode-89-macho-madness-yeah/

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