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20: Staying Motivated Through Adversity to Finish Your Own Ironman

“Encouragement doesn’t have a price” We each have “our own Ironman.” It might be a 5k. It might be climbing Everest. Doesn’t matter. today, my friend, Tom Garrity, owner of The Garrity Group, the leading PR Firm in New Mexico, joins us to share how he trained for and competed in the Ironman 70.3 Boulder, crossed the finish line with his arm in a sling, and still achieved a personal record. Tom’s story of getting active didn’t even start until his late forties. From couch to...

Duration: 00:40:24

19: Boosting Creativity and Trail Running in France

Research by Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, found that immersing yourself in a country outside your own can prompt mental change, including increased creativity. Creativity is related to neural pathways and influenced by daily life, including your habits or surroundings, The Atlantic reports. Experiencing new things can create new connections in the mind.” - Thrive Global, How Travel Can Get You Out of a Creative Rut It turns out the travel bug is good for...

Duration: 00:25:20

18: What’s in Your Summer Backpack?

Today’s episode is going to give you gear barn envy and if you are the type to love type A organization, you are going to love the way Jeff Thompson plans his summer camping trips. Jeff is director at Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, a husband and a dad to a five year old girl. We’ll talk about packing lists, and lists of lists, and refining those lists. He’ll share with us what he carries in his backpack and we even talk about how to get kids stoked to love the outdoors. Learn more...

Duration: 00:35:36

17: The Hydration Debate: Does Thirst Indicate Need? Or Not?

Today's episode might change the way you think about hydrating. I like to overthink things. I often wonder if I need to be more methodical about how I’m hydrating when I go out for whatever it is I’m doing for longer than an hour. Do I need to calculate my height/weight, distance, number of calories needed and then figure out the formula for my water and/or sport drink? There are a few schools of thought when it comes to hydration while adventuring in the outdoors. Some say drink...

Duration: 00:46:17

16: Think Your Way from Mediocre to Elite

Today’s episode is going to help you summon the mental strength to not crumble under pressure. Do you ever wonder how the professional athletes do it? Make the foul shot when the stadium is thumping? Drive the golf ball on the cutthroat round of the Masters Tournament? I do. Because my version of that foul shot is hopping into a new business client meeting, or the moments before a webinar starts, or I take the stage to give a speech. We all have our “foul shot” moments that could take...

Duration: 00:41:01

15: Science of the Mind: Training our Brains For Better Physical Performance

Today is part 2 in our mini series on longevity, aging and wisdom. It’s the continuation of my conversation with Dave Leffmann, physical therapist, soon to be published author, and good friend and mountain playmate - today - we talk about our mind - the fastest and most adaptable tissue in the body - our nervous system and how our thoughts and outlook on life, scientifically translate to our physical abilities. We have the power to use our mind to do better not just mentally, but...

Duration: 00:18:16

14: Aging and Longevity: Playing in the Mountains at Age 80

The best piece of gear we each have is our bodies. And I want mine to last. Every single time I find myself out running, skiing, mountain biking - having a blast - I take a moment to thank the universe that my body lets me do this. Much like when your internet fails you, you don’t appreciate something until it doesn’t work. Consider me grateful. Today I talk to Dave Leffmann, physical therapist, soon to be published author, and good friend and mountain playmate about his philosophy on...

Duration: 00:39:57

13: Can An Entrepreneur Run a Business, Stay Sane, and Be Fit at the Same Time?

Today Toni Carey and I talk about staying sane while also running a business and the common denominator is some kind of movement. Although we talk primarily about running (and yoga), it doesn’t have to be about running specifically. Toni is the founder of Black Girls Run - a hugely popular movement with running groups all over the nation. She shares with us how she started and built a community, the importance of social exercise and we both talk about the the dips (periods of destruction...

Duration: 00:41:28

12: A Seemingly Fearless Mountaineer on How To Be More Brave

Today’s episode will change the way you think about tackling something that scares you, not just in the outdoors but also at work. Brian Harder, a seemingly fearless mountaineer and former Exum Mountain Guide is the perfect guy to talk to about this because he does stuff I see on instagram and say NFW. Scaling rock, climbing chutes, skiing in the No Fall Zone… so how does he deal with fear? Does he even feel fear? Whether it’s an outdoor pursuit or our own professional pursuits, i...

Duration: 00:34:27

11: Trail running: Overcoming suffering and achieving "elephant moments"

Professional trail runner and coach, Rene Unser shares with us her training philosophy and habits and tips she incorporates into her every day life as it relates to rest, recovery, and hydration. Along the way, she shares some pretty moving stories and experiences. This is about much more than trail running - it’s about finding your “thing,” maybe hating it at first, then falling in love with it. Even if you aren’t a trail runner, Rene’s story will make you fall in love with it. As in any...

Duration: 00:41:26

10: Will a Better Mountain Bike Make Me a Better Rider?

I often wonder if a better or different bike would have helped me ride that section I just got off my bike and walked. Or is trust in the bike and self-confidence in my own ability? So I asked my friend Rusty Spiedel to come on and tackle this topic, and talk about what bikes can do for us. We discuss different wheel sizes and their pros and cons, different types of terrain and body types and the importance of the Adjustment Ride - do you have the right travel on your bike? Is the air in...

Duration: 00:49:09

9: Fighting Your Monkey Brain and a Primer in Backpacking

Sometimes we jump into something with such frenzy and ambition, we might not be properly prepared. We are in over our heads. It’s a theme many of us are familiar with, perhaps in our lives, perhaps from the news. Powder Matt Mosteller sets the stage for our conversation today by sharing a story of lofty teenage goals, finding himself in over his head and getting himself safely out of it. From this and many other experiences throughout his life, he helps us prevent our next shit show by...

Duration: 00:53:00

8: Sarah Brown on Training for Olympic Trials Pregnant and Competing Postpartum

We talk to Sarah Brown, 2-Time USATF World Championships team member and professional track & field athlete for Team New Balance about running and training while pregnant and postpartum, and when dreams go sideways - how we respond,adapt and move forward. Sarah will share her story about her unexpected pregnancy while training for the 2016 Olympic Trials and going on to compete in said trials four months postpartum and how the most difficult year of her life was also the best.

Duration: 00:42:43

7: Yoga and Existential Crises

Mid-life crisis, existential crisis, epic freakout…. whatever you want to call it, we’ve all had one or more. Today’s episode is less about yoga and more about how to respond to a period of breakdown and come out better than before. For Jason Konopinski, our guest today, yoga was his savior. For you, it might be something else.

Duration: 00:44:02

6: Trail Running Shoes and Pragmatism

We talk running shoes with trail running coach, author, and speaker, Mike Ehredt. As in anything, no shoe is made for all runners. We have to take things like running conditions, the terrain you're running on and your own biomechanics to choose the right

Duration: 00:37:52

5: Cross Training for Better Performance

As we get older, we start to feel like a used car with nagging injuries: "I can’t run today because my knee, my achilles tendon, my shoulder.." Whatever the case may be. Today we’ll talk about one of the most important pieces of gear we have - our bodies, and the importance of strength training to prevent chronic injury and support the play we want to do in the wilderness. As our guest, Jen Fisher puts it, we need to be physically prepared and do a lot to support our bodies to be able to...

Duration: 00:47:15

4: What's in Your Backcountry Ski Backpack?

Are you setting yourself up for success and preparing for worst-case scenarios? We like to think the stuff we read about in the news won't happen to us. One bad turn of events, and the game has changed. Today, we talk to Jeff Thompson, director of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, ski patroller, and recreational backcountry skier. He shares with us what he carries in his backpack - a cumulative knowledge base of shit shows that have perfected this perfect balance of not too much and...

Duration: 00:41:42

3: Backcountry Ski Series Part 3: How to Find True Love. In Your Backcountry Skis

Guest and former Exum Mountain Guide Brian Harder walks us through the different features of backcountry skis and how to understand what features matter to you based on your objectives. Brian will also provide a few pearls of advice to save the day in the backcountry - things you might not otherwise have thought of, as well as tell us about one brand of ski in particular that changed powder skiing for him forever, for the better. Can you guess which one?

Duration: 00:30:50

2: Backcountry Ski Series Part 2: AT Bindings and Safety

Today is part 2 of three in our backcountry ski equipment series with Brian Harder, former ski mountaineer racer and Exum Mountain Guide, based in Anchorage Alaska. Your gear will make or break the day, and often we don't give much thought to our touring bindings. I learned the hard way, this is not a good way to approach that. We talk about safety in the backcountry, what factors one should consider when shopping for them.

Duration: 00:23:48

1: Backcountry Ski Series Part 1: How to Buy Alpine Ski Touring Boots

In the first in our series on backcountry ski equipment, we talk to former Exum guide, Brian Harder on the many things to consider when you do your backcountry ski research. Today we start with alpine touring boots? What features should you look for given your objectives? Do number of buckles matter? What about weight? He also shares some trusted resources and great boot shops. Because if you don't have happy feet, how can you possible be happy? Remember, it's a Gear Show so you don't have...

Duration: 00:36:14

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