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!
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
This week I’m incredibly excited to chat with author, speaker, family man, and incredibly nice guy Mitch Matthews!
Almost two years ago I listened to my buddy Calvin Johannsen on Mitch’s podcast “Dream. Think. Do.” talking about his 14ers project. I checked out a few more episodes of the show and completely connected with Mitch’s advice about going after big, intimidating goals and his dream to “Inspire 1,000,000 Dreams.”
I thought to myself “what have I always wanted to do but just can’t seem to pull the trigger on??”
The answer was clear as day – a podcast.
I had actually started one a few years earlier, released two episodes, and promptly gave up once I felt a bit outside my comfort zone.
Using the encouragement and enthusiasm I was hearing through “Dream. Think. Do.” I finally made the commitment and promptly started this show. I’m serious….within three episodes of Mitch’s podcast I was all “LET’S DO THIS!”
His enthusiasm is contagious and he is THAT motivational!
In this episode we chat all about Mitch’s philosophies around dreams. Why it’s important to give yourself time to dream your big audacious dreams, why you should step outside your comfort zone, how to get past seeing your goals as “unattainable” or “unrealistic” and why “Dream. Think. Do”ing is a simple concept and yet so hard for most people to actually implement.
This being an outdoor adventure podcast, we also discuss Mitch’s yearly backpacking trips with his teenage sons. How adventures have shaped them into resilient young men, the lessons and experiences they’ve shared as a family, and how he scaffolded them as kids to take on the bigger and badder trips.
Today the always fascinating Travis Steffen is back to the podcast.
If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes, Travis is one of my absolute best friends in the whole world. He’s also one of the wisest, strangest, most successful and genuine people I know.
I never know what to expect when we do a podcast. This week as I sat at my kitchen table, watching him put his hair up in a ‘Manbun’ I thought… “What direction is he gonna take this one?” The conversation is extremely introspective, at times both heartbreaking and hilarious, and inspirational. There’s always lessons to be taken away from listening to Travis.
Today is all about mindset, self reflection and failing in order to succeed.
Travis shares the importance of being completely transparent and genuine, why we need to take time to self reflect, how a strength in one area of life could be a weakness in another, and how epic failures have helped him let go of fear and driven him towards success.
Please go back and check out Travis’s previous episodes if you have missed them! He will always make you think while inspiring and entertaining you.
On this week’s episode “Plantriotic” Jackson Foster shares wisdom he’s gained from his years adventuring through the world on his bike.
Currently, he’s on a journey riding his bike all the way from Alaska to Argentina, spreading goodness, experiencing the power of the present moment, and embracing all the adventures along the way. This interview was recorded during a brief break in his tour as he emerged from the Alaskan wilderness and the chilly Canadian Yukon through the Pacific Northwest and into the Urban Jungle of Los Angeles.
Through this conversation, Jackson shares what he’s learned along the way. We talk about compassion, gratitude, living outside your comfort zone, what it’s like to live nomadically from your bike and why you should give jumping off the beaten path a shot. He also explains what his journeys have taught him about humanity and the kindest of strangers.
Hope you guys enjoy the show! Be sure to follow and support Jackson and his dog Maggie as they venture through Mexico and into the southern hemisphere. He updates excellent daily vlogs on his Youtube channel “Plantriotic.” (Link below)
This week we are catching up with previous guest and all around awesome guy Bill Sycalik!!
Since we last spoke, Bill has wrapped up running a marathon in all of the continental U.S. National Parks as well as the parks in Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Now he’s preparing to level up as he is working out details for the extremely challenging and remote parks of Alaska.
He’s also dealing with settling into a new life out here in Denver and is busy setting up his new passion project in which he’ll guide people to achieve their own life goals and find happiness.
I love the idea of leading by example and sharing your Goodness in which Bill is an outstanding role model. He is using the skills, habits, and lessons he’s learned through his experience “Running the Parks” and is helping others apply those ideas to their own lives. Can’t get much more awesome than that!!
This episode really was one of my absolute favorites to record as Bill came over and we recorded right in my tiny office. I also had a very clear thought halfway through of “Dang…..Bill is INCREDIBLY WISE!” He shares some very solid, applicable advice!
Be sure to check out our previous episode together where we really delve into the origin of his journey and his experiences through some of the absolute most beautiful places in our country.
This week we are celebrating our brand new logo design by revisiting special moments from episodes #1-40!
For new listeners this episode will give you an idea of what the Like a Bigfoot podcast is all about and for long-time listeners this episode will let you return to some of the stories from a variety of our guests.
I’ve organized the clips into 4 categories that show what you can expect from this podcast:
BIG TIME GOALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WEIRD STUFF YOU SEE IN THE WOODS
At first I wanted to do this for all 79 episodes of the podcast, but realized very quickly that there are way too many great moments to put in. That being said, at some point in the future we will put together an episode that is clips #40-80.
HUGE THANKS to all the guests who have been nice enough to share their stories for the show!
I truly wish I could have chosen clips from every single one of you. So apologies if I didn’t get you on this one…we’ll do another one in the future 🙂
Also, if you want a sticker of our new Like a Bigfoot Logo shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll send one your way for free! Just a heads up that they are pretty dang tiny. Still awesome though!
If you are feeling nice, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes. We appreciate each and every one!
We will be back to our regularly scheduled podcast next week with a conversation with returning guest Bill Sycalik!
He’s taking on a road trip that is bringing him to all corners of the country and he is checking off all of the 417 National Parks managed sites along the way. As he’s traveled over the last few years his project has transformed as he’s discovered a bigger purpose; increasing the LGBT inclusion in the outdoor industry.
Mikah’s story is beyond inspiring. Through his father’s passing, he learned that “Tomorrow is not guaranteed; only today is. So take to the road and experience your dream journeys–now. Life is too short to wait.”
In this episode we mainly focus on the emotional origin of his journey, why road trips are transformative and how they can begin the healing process?
Mikah also shares what this has taught him about our country, what are the NPS sites beyond just the 59 National Parks, which ones have been his favorite so far, the highs and lows of such an epic quest, and his philosophy of incorporating a “retirement year” into every 5 years of your life.
I had a wonderful time chatting with Mikah and really encourage you to follow his journey. You can find his wonderfully written blogs on his website at www.mikahmeyer.com and you can also follow him on Instagram by searching Mikah Meyer!
I hope this episode encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and start seeing, doing and chasing the dreams you’ve always wanted to chase!
Super stoked this week to catch up with one of my favorite returning guests Candice Burt.
Candice is the race director of a few teeny tiny events……oh wait, she puts together extremely mind boggling 200 mile races??…..excuse me, did you say TWO HUNDRED FREAKING MILE RACES!!
Through her company Destination Trails she has established the Tahoe 200, Bigfoot 200, and the Moab 240 as some of the most exciting events in the ultrarunning community. These races are quickly rising in their popularity and have completely captured my imagination. The adventures, insane obstacles, beautiful views, brief touches with insanity each participant must go through over the course of 4 days in the wilderness has to be simply amazing!
On top of her hours and hours of exploring, route finding, and organizing these events, Candice also finds time to be a highly accomplished ultra runner. Previously she has kicked some serious butt at events like Zion ultras, Cascade Crest, and multiple trips to the HURT 100.
In this episode we chat about her experience running HURT 100 (one of the more challenging 100s) a few weeks ago. What caused her to DNF and why is it important for future events for her to be so open about not reaching her own expectations? We also touch upon the most bizarre ultrarunning mid-race obstacle of all time- a text alert alarming all of Hawaii that a ballistic missile was headed there way.
Candice also shares some wonderful stories from the past year of putting on her 200 mile events.
I know you guys will enjoy this week’s show! Candice is awesome and we wish her the absolute best in growing her 200 mile ultra adventures!!!
This week’s episode is with athlete Chad Spring. Chad has competed in a variety of races around the country over the last few years. Recently he’s taken on Ultra Spartan Races and various ultra marathons including the Never Summer 100k in Colorado and the Barkley Fall Classic in Tennessee.
I met Chad on a run a year ago and last weekend he invited me to join him for part of his extra badass Saturday Spartan Race training which consisted of 19ish miles of powering up steep trails by his house and 2 miles of carrying an 80lb bucket of sand.
It was …..insane.
After joining him for part of the workout I sat down with Chad and chatted about all things Barkley Marathons (one of the most difficult races in the world) and 50k, preparation and balancing training with life, Ultra Spartan Races, and his experience competing in the Never Summer 100k (a race I’m tossing around as a potential 2018 goal race).
I hope you guys enjoy this episode! Definitely check out the Barkley Marathons documentary on Netflix, it really is my absolute favorite documentary in the last few years. It’s called “Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young”.
Also be sure to check out the rest of our episodes on iTunes or Soundcloud. I promise you’ll find some entertaining and inspiring conversations.