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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #59: Thad Burkamper — Training For and Racing His First Spartan Race

About a year ago, Thad Burkamper signed up for a Spartan Race.  Admittedly, he was out of shape and was starting from step one with this whole running thing.

Here’s the important part: he embraced the “It’s a long way to the top…if you wanna rock n roll” mindset (or the IALWTTTIYWRNR mindset…for “short”) and consistently improved little by little as the year went by.

As running became easier, he transformed his garage/back yard into a homemade Spartan Race obstacle.  Now there are soft balls hanging from ropes, giant tires, Atlas stones and humongous logs.  Basically, he went full Spartan Racer.

And it has paid off.

I’m excited to share this podcast today because Thad hits on quite a few topics: what inspired him to kickstart his physicality, how he overcame a major health related setback halfway through his training, how he used work and home-life as “added workouts” and, of course, his experience racing the Spartan Super in Michigan.

I’m proud to say that now he’s completely obsessed and is taking on the Spartan Trifecta next year (hopefully finishing out here with me in Colorado!!).

More importantly, Thad is spreading goodness by inspiring his wife to step up to the plate.  After watching Thad race, she is now spending her afternoons flipping big ole tires and rope climbing up trees.  What’s more “Like a Bigfoot” than that!!

Also for the first time ever, Thad recorded a song specifically for the show!  It’s hilarious and is extremely relatable by anyone who has been a beginner runner.  I put it right after the intro so be sure to check it out!

Thanks Thad! I’m excited for our race next summer!  Keeping in touch with you through your training has really inspired me to stay on track over the last year.  Keep spreading goodness!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #58: Jennifer Mabus — “The Whimsical Woman” Preparing to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we welcome Jennifer Mabus to the show!  Jennifer is a backpacker out of Washington and is preparing to take on the epic challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  She also writes a fantastic blog at www.thewhimsicalwoman.com.

I was so excited to hear her story and preparation.  I’m a nerd about all things thru-hiking (although I’ve never thru-hiked myself).  The stories, adventures, and life-changing experiences people have after one of these huge quests always keep me on the edge of my seat.

In this episode we talk about Jennifer’s journey; how did she start backpacking, what is driving her to chase such a lofty goal, what obstacles is she expecting and how is she preparing herself physically, mentally, and emotionally for half a year in the woods?

I hope you guys enjoy the episode!  If you haven’t delved much into the world of long distance backpacking, I would highly suggest checking out some documentaries or books just to give you some perspective on what these adventures really consist of.  It will make you that much more excited for Jennifer and the adventures she’s about to embark on.

MORE FROM THE WHIMSICAL WOMAN:

The Whimsical Woman Blog: https://thewhimsicalwoman.com

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUPDURNSrgUg96rxhlr5rA

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #57: Miguel Medina — The Journey of an Elite Ultra Obstacle Course Athlete

This week’s guest represents everything the Like a Bigfoot Podcast strives to showcase.  Grit, determination, intelligent training, and pushing through devastating obstacles to ultimately achieve greatness.

I met Miguel Medina last January during a 50k “fatass” training run from Nederland to Boulder.  While running together I instantly realized a few things: Miguel is fast….I mean FAST and he is very intentional with his training, mobility, and recovery.  I felt so lucky to spend a few hours picking his brain about living life as a pure well-rounded athlete.

I should probably mention he’s an elite ultra obstacle course racer who has numerous podium finishers in a wide variety of obstacle course races and in 2014 his team won the World’s Toughest Mudder (with Mark Jones, Hunter Mcintyre, and Dennis Wayne Welch).  In other words, he’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever had the pleasure of running with.

In this episode Miguel shares his story from “Gamer” with chronic back pain to elite athlete.  It’s intense, raw and is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve shared on this podcast.  I’m so grateful to hear his story and to be able to share it with you!

We also chat about how awesome it is to live and train in Durango, Colorado, strategies to manage emotions during team events, positivity and gratitude during intense races, and his current experience racing the Toughest Mudder Midwest.

Miguel just placed 5th in the Toughest Mudder Midwest in which he completed 45 miles of obstacles in 7 hours and 50 minutes (which is INSANELY FAST).  He is currently running through the San Juans preparing for the Spartan Ultra Beast in October and the Worlds Toughest Mudder in November (with his teammate Mark Jones).

MORE FROM MIGUEL:

Miguel’s coaching: www.yancycamp.com

Natural Running Network Podcast Episode: http://www.naturalrunningnetwork.com/ocr-running-tips-with-ultra-beast-miguel-medina/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mmedinaeliteor?lang=en

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #56: Bruce Kittle — Living With Intention, Recognizing and Seizing Life’s “Open Windows”

Get ready for one of my favorite episodes so far!  I left this conversation literally fist pumping in excitement and reinvigorated for life!

Bruce Kittle is one of the most motivational, positive people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  He’s worn many different hats throughout his career- athlete, football coach, minister, lawyer- and, because he has experienced such variety, he is full of wisdom.

Bruce shares his “Open Windows” life philosophy and helps clarify how we all can recognize and seize the opportunities life throws at us.  We also discuss how he self reflects in order to live his life with integrity and in-line with his core values.

If you want to hear more, check out his awesome blog at www.brucekittle.com, it truly is excellent writing.

Through athletics, coaching, and his general mission of positivity, Bruce is a positive role model I’ve always admired.  I’m so glad we reconnected and will always be grateful in the lessons he has taught me.  Hope you enjoy and learn some as well!

P.S.- If you enjoy Iowa Hawkeye Athletics, get this, in his college career Bruce played football for hall of fame coach Hayden Fry AND wrestled for the greatest wrestler of all time Dan Gable!!! No wonder he has so much knowledge to share!

P.P.S.- Bruce is also the father of a previous guest George Kittle.  Quick George Update- he kicked butt in the NFL combine, was picked in the 5th round by the San Francisco 49ers, and scored his first professional TD against the Broncos a few weeks ago.  Super proud of George and if you listened to that episode you would see how much his dad means to him.

More From Bruce:

“Open Windows” Blog: https://www.brucekittle.com

George’s Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/22-george-kittle-iowa-hawkeye-starting-tight-end-hard-work-creates-success

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #54: Lindsey Ward 2 –Running Her First Half Marathon, Summer Adventures

This week we welcome back my lovely wife Lindsey Ward to the show. She recently tackled a huge challenge when she signed up for the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. Having never participated in an event over 7 miles before, finishing 13.1 is a huge reason to celebrate and I’m extremely proud of her!!

She also did it on minimal training in the middle of a crazy busy month and by overcoming possible strep throat.

Basically, her message today is best summed up by blatantly ripping off Nike…”JUST DO IT.” Sign up for something intimidating and go out, dig deep within yourself and find a way to get it done!!

Lindsey and I also share some thoughts on being active parents, tips on hiking with little ones, why you should schedule periodic adventures, along with a lot more.

Oh yeah, Lindsey fills us in on what she originally thought “goat yoga” was and it’s by far the funniest thing I’ve heard in months.

I’m so dang proud of Lindsey and want to thank her for the billions of things she does every single day for me and my daughters. Glad I can add “show our girls that you can accomplish giant challenges with just pure will and stubbornness” to the list!

Hope you guys enjoy! Keep pushing yourself and challenging your preconceived notions of what you are capable of. You rock!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #53: Adam Jones — How Starting a Running Store Led to So Much More

This week I’m excited to share a conversation with Adam Jones.  Adam is the owner of The Brick, a running store in downtown Danville, Virginia.  He and the store have become key in Danville residents rediscovering and reclaiming their fitness.  Through opening the store and organizing a variety of different meet-ups, clubs, challenges, and races, Adam really is essential in changing his community for the better and has helped lead many people to healthier, happier lives.

Seeing first hand the running community he’s been able to establish has been inspiring and, honestly, makes me hopeful for Danville, a town I really miss and think about often.

In this episode, Adam shares his story.  How did he discover his love of running?  Why did he start the business?  How did he handle making a leap of faith?  How does he approach the challenges of entrepreneurship?  What incredible stories has he witnessed through starting the store?  How does he nurture the running community in Danville and what events are he most proud of?

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did!  If you’re ever in southern Virginia be sure to head into Danville and check out the Brick, I promise you’ll be as impressed as me with what Adam has been able to do with it these previous 5 years!

MORE FROM ADAM AND THE BRICK:

The Brick’s Website: http://www.thebrickva.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebrickva/

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

 

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #52: “Bigfoot Sightings 1”– Join 100 Club, Training for First 50k, Climbing First 14er

This week is a very special episode where we spend some time catching up with three previous guests in what we are dubbing the first edition of “BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS” (genius name by Lindsey Ward).

CALVIN JOHANNSEN — EXPLAINING THE JOIN 100 CLUB

Up first is the one of the most inspiring people I know, Calvin Johannsen.  Since we last spoke at the end of his 14er Project (where he climbed over 100 mountains in 100 days), Cal has been focused on improving all sorts of lives with his “Join 100 Club” which is a daily commitment to a goal, a printable accountability chart to help you visualize your progress, and a devotion to CONSISTENCY and the longterm process of achievement.

Tune in to hear all the details about this FREE club, what is it, how to join, Calvin’s philosophies, etc.  The concepts he uses for success fall directly in line with this podcast and are VERY POWERFUL.

Join the 100 CLUB: http://join100club.com

The 100 CLUB Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/832978636814272/

JASON SUDDUTH — TRAINING FOR HIS FIRST 50K

Last time we spoke with Jason he was down 40 pounds and had just finished an awesome backpacking trip through the Linville Gorge.  Right after the podcast he informed me that he took a huge leap and had signed up for his first 50k.  This is a guy who had never ran more than 6 miles and was courageous enough to sign up for an ultra marathon!!

This week we catch up on his training progress and I share some tips and training strategies for his next two months of training.  If you’ve ever wanted to take on a HUGE challenge I would highly suggest checking out a trail 50k.  You can definitely do it!

SEAN FURLONG — CLIMBING HIS FIRST 14ER

A couple months ago we recorded an episode entitled “Guide to Climb Your First 14er.”  Sean was our “newbie” at the time and I’m happy to say that a couple weeks ago we successfully got to the top of one of these behemoths, Mt. Bierdstadt (14, 065ft).

Here we share the story of our adventure, what Sean thought of the hike, whether or not our “training hike” up Buffalo Mountain was harder, and the amazingness of meeting a mountain goat!

DID YOU LIKE THIS EPISODE?? CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS ONES WITH TODAY’S GUESTS

Calvin Johannsen 1: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-episode-2-calvin-johannsen-9516-1023-am

Calvin Johannsen 2: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-calvin-18-johannsen-2

Jason Sudduth: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/39-jason-sudduth

Sean Furlong: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/42-guide-to-climb-your-first-14er-scott-stark-sean-furlong

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #51: Sarah Cooper — Grit & Ultracycling, Winning the Race Across America

Welcome to the world of ultra-cycling and the insanity that is the Race Across America.  Get ready for a conversation with one of the toughest athletes in the country!

Sarah Cooper is about a month removed from winning the Race Across America, an event in which she rode her bike 3,070 miles in 11 days, 18 hours, and 56 minutes.  An event requiring extreme grit, incredible endurance, and stubborn forward progress.  It is also an event that breeds stories of adventure and shows that to accomplish a goal, you sometimes have to just step up and kick adversity in the teeth!

In this episode Sarah shares how to maintain a successful mindset in the midst of hardships like extreme sleep deprival, severe weather, neck injuries, and insanely long distance.  We also discuss her training schedule and how she discovered this crazy sport.

As a bonus, Sarah shares stories from previous Trans-iowa, “a self-navigated, self-supported, 300-plus mile gravel road event” which is also known as one of the toughest rides in the U.S.

Sarah is also a mother of four, showing all of us that having kids is absolutely no excuse not to chase after your own incredibly difficult goals.  Plus, her kids probably think she’s cooler than Wonder Woman at this point!  She also lives and trains around Des Moines, Iowa, proving once again that Iowa can produce some pretty badass athletes.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode!  I would encourage you to check out other great stories from the RAAM and to read all about Sarah in her excellent features in the Des Moines Register.

(Cover Photo by Des Moines Register)

More from Sarah and Race Across America:

Pre-race article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/columnists/kyle-munson/2017/06/07/dont-call-her-wonder-woman-wheels-shes-just-metalhead-iowa-bicyclist-grit/372807001/

Post-race article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/columnists/kyle-munson/2017/06/25/bicyclist-sarah-cooper-conquers-race-across-america/425530001/

Race Across America: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org

Trans Iowa: http://transiowa.blogspot.com

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Like a Bigfoot #50: Ryan Duplassie — Environmental Concerns of Grassy Narrows, Activism and How to Make a Difference

I’m honored to have a platform to share this week’s story.  It’s all about one of the most beautiful places in the world, the lakes, rivers and wilderness of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada.

Grassy Narrows sits on the English River about 40 miles north of Kenora, the nearest town.  It’s an isolated, wild, gorgeous place full of tranquil watersheds and Canadian wildlife.  When I imagine the northern wilderness, I imagine the English River and it’s lakes.

My dad and I have traveled to the First Nation community (similar to a Native American Reservation) for our last few fishing trips up north and have enjoyed the peace the lake has brought us along with all the delicious Walleye.

The last night of our 2017 trip my perception of this area was thrown upside down.

Ryan Duplassie is part of the department of Native Studies for the University of Manitoba.  As we came back to camp, the area we previously had to ourselves was now full of college students.  Ryan was teaching a 10 day travel study course focused on the Grassy Narrows Community.  Within a 20 minute conversation, two things were apparent, Ryan was an excellent, passionate teacher AND the beautiful area we had enjoyed over the last three days and the people who relied on it for livelihood had been completely DEVASTATED by deadly pollution, neglectful politics, and opportunists willing to take advantage without a second thought.

Here’s the story in a nutshell:

Ryan informed us that in the 1960s a paper mill in Dryden, Ontario disposed  incredibly harmful pollution into the English River and Wabagoon River watershed.  This went on for a decade before the government instated regulations causing them to stop.

This severely disabled the Grassy Narrows First Nation Community, essentially contaminating their food source (the fish that I was currently eating), taking away their livelihood, and poisoning their community (90% have mercury poisoning also referred to Ontario Minamata Disease).  When we spoke at the campsite, Ryan explained that neither the paper company (technically it was legal to dump at the time) or the government was willing to pay for the cleanup (in the last month they’ve put up $85 million to begin this herculean task).

First of all I was shocked.  How could this gorgeous part of the world be poisoned and f****ed over like this?? The paradigm I had in my head about where we were choosing to enjoy outside time was shattered.  And, I was ashamed and embarrassed for being so completely uninformed and ignorant of what was happening in a part of the world I enjoyed.

I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since.  So this podcast was my small way to let Ryan’s voice be heard and hopefully inform and influence you about environmental concerns throughout the world.

Time to get preachy….hold on to your britches (pants..for us non-old timers)….

If you’re listening to this podcast, you probably LOVE the outdoors.  You most likely enjoy your time exploring, pushing your limits, and appreciating the beautiful nature we are lucky enough to have in this country, throughout this continent and on this planet.  Personally, I would go absolutely crazy if I wasn’t able to head out my door into the mountains, forests, plains, lakes, and so on.  That’s why understanding and being informed about issues that affect these wild places (which I fully admit I previously was not about Grassy Narrows) should be important to you.  Let alone the concern with how we should treat other humans (which are also addressed in this episode)!

At the end of the episode Ryan shares a very important message of hope.  Start at a local level.  Understand the issues that are affecting the area you live in and pursue ways to make positive changes.  Start small, be consistent, and speak up when you see or hear about something you don’t think is right.

[Sermon Over]

Get ’em guys! And enjoy this week’s show! Ryan was awesome, intelligent, well-informed, and ultimately optimistic about a place and a group of people he loves and admires.

More Info about Grassy Narrows:

Ryan’s Class: http://www.themanitoban.com/2017/07/grassy-narrows-learning-action/31683/

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Like a Bigfoot #49: Shane Dowty 2 — Life Lessons Learned From Climbing the Coaching Ladder

This week we are continuing the tale of Shane Dowty’s quest to coach in the world of college football.

Over the course of starting this podcast my unofficial theme song has become “It’s a Long Way to the Top, If You Wanna Rock n’ Roll”.  The idea to accept that anything worth wanting in life is not instantaneous, instead taking patient consistent hard work to achieve. Shane’s journey fascinates me because it is the embodiment of that philosophy.   And really, when you start from the bottom, embracing the journey and becoming a sponge absorbing knowledge from various mentors is absolutely key.

In 2009 Shane had the opportunity to work as a student assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes, an experience that set him down this path.  (Going to the Orange Bowl probably had something to do with hooking him!)

In this episode we hear about the lessons Shane learned from his time spent at the absolute bottom of the coaching food chain, how he embraced the stoicism philosophy of legendary coach Kirk Ferentz, why you should be conscious of your principles and always be in alignment with your integrity, and a lot more!

Shane was out here live in studio (aka my porch) and I just had the best time chatting with him.

He currently is about to start his second season as an assistant coach for the Division 2 Missouri S & T Miners and I wish him the absolute best this year!

More from Shane:

Previous LABF Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-15-shane-dowty

Follow Him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shanedowty?lang=en

Missouri S & T Bio: http://www.minerathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=448&path=football

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