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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #208: Adam Shoalts — “Alone Across the Arctic”, Paddling 4,000km Through Northern Canada

Adventure. I need this, you need this. It’s a need that runs through our blood as humans. The need to explore and to experience the unknown in order to somehow, someway attempt to uncomplicated this complicated world. Adventure helps form purpose, it brings exhilaration, it opens our eyes to the world we inhabit.

This week’s guest is the embodiment of the modern day adventurer.

Adam Shoalts is a Canadian explorer, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a best selling author, a geographer and historian, and a dude who can put up with more horseflies and mosquitos than you or I could possibly imagine.

In 2017 he completed a near solo 4,000 km journey across Canada’s  Arctic, a wilderness that my childhood self has found fastened tightly to my concept of true adventure. Throughout his documentary “Alone Across the Arctic”, Adam captured all of his ups and downs, miles and miles of portages (pulling a canoe through thick woods and marshes) and allowed us to experience the adventure alongside of him.

The resilience, sheer stubbornness, and untarnished love for exploration that is required to finish a task this great is expertly captured in his film and I was blown away by it!

I am really grateful to get to chat with Adam this week and I hope you guys love the episode as much as I did!!

MORE FROM ADAM SHOALTS:

Website: https://adamshoalts.com

Books: https://adamshoalts.com/literature/

“Alone Across the Arctic” Film: https://www.amazon.com/Alone-Across-Arctic-Adam-Shoalts/dp/B0876L37HR

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #207: Kirstie Ennis — Tackling the Seven Summits On One Leg

Kirstie Ennis is a complete badass.

A marine sergeant injured  in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash eventually resulting in an above the knee amputation, Kirstie is an absolute all-around mountain athlete who is seeking to climb the 7 summits- the tallest mountain on each continent.

In a podcast focused on driven, inspiring people, Kirstie stands out.  In 2019 she won an ESPY for the Pat Tillman Service Award, she’s competed in the Paralympics for snowboarding, walked 1,000 miles across England (which we didn’t even get into!), has been a stuntwoman in various Hollywood productions, and so much more.

More importantly she uses her platform and story to inspire everyone, from fellow amputees to mountaineers to people seeking their best selves.

In this episode we chat all about her journey and focus in on her attempts at the seven summits.  How a trip up Kilimanjaro galvanized this project, the craziness involved in summiting Carstenzs (Oceana’s highest point), and why calling it two hundred meters from the top of Everest was a wise albeit difficult decision to make.

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! Kirstie is awesome and I’m honored to get an opportunity to share her adventures!!

MORE FROM KIRSTIE ENNIS:

Kirstie Ennis Foundation: https://kirstieennisfoundation.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirstieennis2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirstieEnnis

Jocko Podcast: https://jockopodcast.com/2019/10/21/199-pain-makes-you-better-with-kirstie-ennis/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #206: Quest to Booneville 2 — Type 2 Fun, Brady Runs His First Ultra!!

Way back in November I successfully convinced (tricked) five of my closest friends to sign up for their first ultramarathon.  Matt Rackers, Sean Furlong, Brady Manriquez and Thad Burkamper were going to take on the 50k at the Booneville Backroads Ultra while Travis Steffen and I were gonna slog our way through 100k.  We had a few awesome months of building up training, holding everyone accountable through an oftentimes hilarious and inspiring group chat.  I even designed weekly challenges and kept a running scoreboard which was ultimately going to lead up to a grand prize and, of course, all of us triumphantly finishing a brutal run down backcountry roads in Central Iowa.

That was the plan….and you know what they say about plans….

COVID hit. The race got rescheduled. The wind got knocked out of our sails. All of a sudden a silly ultramarathon seemed pretty inconsequential and the training we were all slowly building up dropped off significantly.

Flash forward to end of April and we all decided we needed to honor the date and, although we may not do the exact distance, we should all push ourselves physically to do something hard.  That was the parameters, something hard and ‘endurancey’.

So some of us laced up the running shoes, strapped on the heavy rucksack, or fired up the ole Peloton trainer and set off to kick some butt! (Thad even completed 15 miles a week after dislocating his elbow when a climbing rope hanging from a tree in his yard just became….a rope, sending him plummeting to the ground below)

Super proud of all these guys for stepping up to a variety of difficult endurance challenges! Though it wasn’t quite the ultra we were preparing for, it was still one heckuva fun weekend and I was blown away by all of their accomplishments!! Can’t wait to actually physically hang out and take on some sort of race with these guys in the future!

Hope you all enjoy the show!!

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 #205: Matt ‘Shep’ Shepard — Tackling Backyard Ultras & Six Day Races

Matt Shepard is a on a quest to tackle some of the most challenging ultra running events around by taking on “Last Runner Standing” style Backyard Ultras and ridiculously long six day races.  He’s a big dreamer with some serious resilience and the ability to dig deep into the pain cave to withstand these brutally long events.

He started off with a win at OUTRUN Backyard Ultra in Alberta receiving a golden ticket to Big’s Backyard down in Tennessee where he learned a lot but didn’t quite come away with the result he (and everyone else who was not named Maggie Guetrl) was eyeing.  After that he got 2nd place at the Across the Years 6 day event running a stout 435.87 miles (yes, you read that correctly!) and has his sights set on the Canadian six day record of 870km (540.6 miles) which he will be taking on starting July 1st.

Also he ran a significant portion of Personal Peak’s Quarantine Backyard Ultra around and around and around a coffee shop!

In this episode we chat all about Matt’s journey, the lessons he has learned along the way, how he prepares to race multi day ultras, and some of the mental, physical and emotional strategies he use in order to be successful!

Hope you guys enjoy, are inspired and learn a bunch! I can’t wait to chat with him again!

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 #204: Beau Miles — The Spirit of Adventure and the Power of Storytelling

Today’s guest is the eccentric adventurer, filmmaker and writer Beau Miles!!

Beau has filmed some of the most inventive adventures out there including “The Human Bean”, “A Mile an Hour”, “Run the Line”, “Africa by Kayak” and many more.  His Youtube channel is full of entertaining, quirky, impressive filmmaking and I am so grateful I was able to sit down and chat with him for this episode!

Throughout his many adventures (and misadventures), Beau comes across as a person who is passionate for new experiences, who seeks understandings of the world both the internal and external, and someone who expresses his artistic side through creating some major challenges.  At their core these adventures demonstrate an honest-to-goodness curiosity for life.

From running an abandoned railroad line in his hometown to kayaking 2,000kms along the Souther African Coast to commuting 60+ miles to work by highway and waterway, Beau shows all the ups and downs of forging new experiences.

In this episode we chat all about the lessons he’s learned, his musings on adventure both local and exotic, and how he’s evolved along the way.

I hope you love this one as much as I did! Huge thanks to Beau and make sure you tune into all of the amazing projects he has released and everything that is on the way!!

MORE FROM BEAU MILES:

Website: https://beaumiles.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm325cMiw9B15xl22_gr6Dw

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #203: Darius Sam — The 19 Year Old Who Braved 100 Miles for Charity

Three days ago 19 year old Darius Sam pushed through anguish, adversity and 100 plus miles of PURE GRIT.

His story is quite remarkable.  After years of struggle, one day Darius looked himself in the mirror and realized just how much potential he was wasting.  He pulled himself together, started waking up at 3am to work and powerlift and decided to complete an ironman on minimal training.  Once that was accomplished he was determined to really see how far he could push his limits so he set his sights on taking on 100 miles.

Around the same time of his self betterment, Darius realized just how people in his community were struggling.  Really wanting to prove to himself that “one person can make a huge difference” he decided that he would use the experience of suffering through an ultra marathon to raise money for the local food bank.  So he set a goal of $1,000.  Through the last week and through all the ups and downs of his run, that number has exploded!!

We are releasing this episode early in the week in hopes that we can contribute in some way to Darius’s GoFundMe for the Nicola Valley Food Bank (link below).  Also I wanted to put the show out there just because I’m so damn impressed by Darius and his determination!  Please help him out if you can.

The story of his hundred is absolutely EPIC, including major support from his family and his community, a trip to the hospital, a quick checkout of the hospital and a person completely going to war in the pain cave!

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

MORE FROM DARIUS AND HIS FUNDRAISER:

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicola-valley-food-bank-fundraiser?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

Original Vancouver Sun Story: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/indigenous-teen-overcomes-past-and-raises-5000-for-local-food-bank-with-ultra-marathon

News Video Coverage: https://cfox.com/news/7065516/b-c-teen-running-ultramarathon-for-charity-hospitalized-20km-from-finish/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #202: Alyx Luck & Billy Barnett — Forming an Ultrarunning Community on the Big Island

This week we are chatting with ultrarunners and race directors Alyx Luck and Billy Barnett!

In this episode we hear about their respective journeys and how they came to find each other on Hawaii.  Alyx shares lessons she learned through competitive body building, racing around the world, and coaching others in health and fitness.  Billy and I chat about his teaching career, awesome places to trail run in his home state of Virginia, and why you should use running to simply go out and explore.

We also dive into the new races they are directing, including the Mauna Kea 50 Miler, the Time for Wine 6Hr race, and the Under the Moon Ultra which takes runners completely across the Big Island through the middle of the night.

I really enjoyed chatting with Alyx and Billy and hope you guys love the episode as much as I do!

MORE FROM ALYX AND BILLY:

Time for Wine Ultra: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=76130

Alyx Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dralyxluck/

Alyx Coaching: https://firepowerbody.com/pages/coaches

“Just Go Do It” Hawaii-Tribune Article: https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2017/08/28/sports/wright-on-with-a-just-go-do-it-motto-barnett-is-the-anti-guru/

Hawaii Mountain Running: https://hawaiimountainrunning.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #201: Joyce Lee — “The Woman Who Won’t Stop Running”

Joyce Lee is on a run streak of epic proportions! Starting in January 2013 she has laced up her shoes EVERY SINGLE DAY to head out on a run. Despite bad weather, international travel, and the busyness of everyday life she has kept after it which is a phenomenal achievement!!

She was named one of Strava’s best runners by Red Bull distinguishing her as the “woman who can’t stop running”.

5ks all the way to ultramarathons, road races to beastly ironman triathlon, through her run streak Joyce has done it all and I’m super honored to be able to chat with someone who has taken on such a wide array of race formats.

In this episode we talk about why your favorite type of race should be “the next one your signed up for”, how she battled through hypothermia to finish an ironman, what keeps her enthusiastic, how she has kept the streak alive even in through travel and tough times, and the power found just by keeping at something.

I hope you guys enjoy the episode and are inspired by Joyce to give your own challenge a go!

MORE FROM JOYCE:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joycelee38

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fly.joyce/

“Strava’s best runners and cyclists”: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/7-amazing-strava-records

Article: https://plantbasednetwork.com/interview-with-joyce-lee-award-winning-passionate-plant-based-runner-the-woman-who-cant-stop-running/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #200: Dion Leonard — Stage Races, 200s, Leadman, Grand Slams with the Author of “Finding Gobi”

This week we are chatting with Dion Leonard, ultrarunner and author of the New York Times bestseller “Finding Gobi”.

Dion has received a lot of press for his book which  is ” the heartwarming story of Gobi, a stray dog he found on a race across the eponymous desert” which is something you need to check out, but he is also an incredibly accomplished athlete who has taken on some of the hardest challenges in the sport of ultra running.

He jumped all in on this sport by running a handful of Stage Races around the world including the Marathon Des Sables and the Gobi March.  In 2018 he finished second place in the Triple Crown of 200s, all three of Candice Burt’s remarkable two mile races. Then in 2019, after winning the Delirious 200 miler in Australia, he decided to up the ante by participating in the “Leadman” and the “Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in same summer. That means he raced every endurance event in Leadville (both running and mountain biking) plus four of the biggest 100 milers.

That has to go down as two of the craziest years an athlete has had in ultra running!

In this episode we get into all of those stories as we explore Dion’s growth both mentally and emotionally through pushing his limits. What drives him? What makes him persevere? How have his experiences shaped him into who he now is?

Excited to share this one and honored to get to talk with Dion! He is quite inspiring and after you listen to him you will feel like you can go out and take on the world!

BONUS: With this being the 200th episode of the show I felt like we needed to have an appearance from our very first podcast guest, my buddy Brady Manriquez. So we added a Bonus segment instead of an Outro where Brady and I just chat about the show and what it’s meant to me over the years.  We also briefly discuss what we are doing to challenge ourselves this weekend now that the Booneville Backroads Ultra was rescheduled for September.

MORE FROM DION LEONARD:

Finding Gobi: https://www.findinggobi.com

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Gobi-Little-Very-Heart/dp/0718098579

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

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

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Like a Bigfoot #199: Melissa Gosse 2 — Pivot…Don’t Pause, Self-Discovery Through Endurance

This week we are chatting 200s, stage races, pivoting on our goals and healthy endurance mindsets with Melissa Gosse.

Melissa is an amazing athlete who has competed in some brutal stage races along with completing the Tahoe 200.  In this episode we chat about how our 2020 plans have morphed into new, exciting adventures, how she handled major low points in stage races, and what she has discovered about herself by pushing her limits.

As endurance athletes I think we all can relate to the idea of adventure helping us grow emotionally, mentally and physically and I think the stories she tells and the conversations in this episode get at the essence of what endurance sports brings to our lives.

I really hope you enjoy this week’s show! I want to thank Melissa for being so awesome and open about her experiences!!

MORE FROM MELISSA:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mel.mel65/

Canmore Quad: https://canmorerunner.com/2015/06/04/the-canmore-quad-oh-la-la/

Original Like a Bigfoot Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-13-melissa-sinclair

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