Amanda Batty: The ROI of Mountain Bike Racing vs. Giving Shit Away

Amanda is a former professional mountain bike racer, Bike giver-awayer, firestarter, former pastry chef, current industry troublemaker and forever interested in good business. 

Today we’re going to talk about ego and what fills that ego. For some it’s mountain bike racing, and for Amanda, it was. for awhile, until it wasn’t. And then one day, she decided she wanted to be the bike Oprah and she tweeted about that, and became integral to a huge bike giveaway. We discussed how one can use giving to fill a hole, perhaps the hole created by leaving racing. 

We also might talk about getting kids on bikes and active at a young age, baking with rage and emotional eating. Lots and lots of fun stuff.

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Katie Adams' Dream Trip to Norway With Salomon TV

Salomon asked runners from around the world to share their running dream trip. Over 3000 people applied but only one was chosen. Katie Adams, of Sandpoint, Idaho. Katie embarked on the trip with Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson top female trail runners. They explored the Norwegian fjords and mountains by boat before setting off on foot and spending their days running from hut to hut.

a dream come true

Katie joins us in today's episode.

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Mark Gibson on Pursuing Curiosity For Better, or (almost never) Worse

There has to be a certain kind of crazy to do some of the things Mark Gibson has taken on. He’s done things like skateboarded from capital to capital (Washington DC to Ottawa, Canada) with his son. He ran 276 miles across the state of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in (ten days - averaging over a marathon a day).

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Bonnie McDonald on Giving Purpose to Tragedy

Backcountry Lifeline was founded in August 2015, following a crash on Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro Series and Enduro World Series in Crested Butte, CO, in which 40-year old Will Olson died. Will was an expert rider favored to win the series, and to those who founded backcountry lifeline, he was a respected fellow rider, friend, and beloved fiancé. His death rocked the bike community, and support poured in from around the globe. 

Today, Bonnie McDonald, Will's fiancé Bonnie McDonald joins us to discuss loss and how to make some sense out of it  - with some purpose and drive and the occasional days in the fetal position. 

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Sarah Yancey on the Practicalities of Living the Dream

Sarah and Mark Yancey own Boulder Hut Adventures, a remote backcountry ski hut in the stunning Purcell Mountains in Southeast British Columbia, Canada. During the ski season, they and their two kids live there hosting guests for a week of powder ski touring. The kids are homeschooled and Adventure Journal called Mark and Sarah "the most awesome parents in the history of parenting.

It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

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Angela Vanwiemeersch on Processing Loss and Getting Out of Your Head

At the steepest part of the climb, I had a distinct moment of struggle. I was trying to get a good tool placement, and the ice just kept on breaking everywhere I swung. I was locked off and getting tired. So I climbed about one foot back down into a resting position and reevaluated. I was able to breathe, then move a bit out left and find good placements and move. Sometimes I just have to remind myself to chill and not panic when things seem dismal.”

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Lindsey Richter: Mountain Biking is Life

The way you handle the stresses of mountain biking (or, even any outdoor adventure now that I think of it) translates to how you handle the stresses of life. Today, it’s going to get a little emotional and a little personal. The day I did this interview, I personally was having a difficult day and she helped turn that around pretty fast. We talk about low self-esteem, depression, and divorce.

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Christian Little on Turning Suffering into Growth

Christian Little had a mountain biking accident that would change her life forever. Honestly, it was a miracle she survived. Out of difficult times, comes a new trajectory for growth. 

It took physical, mental and mountain biking therapy as well as a lot of time for Christian to heal but out of that, her company Leap2Fly was born. Christian and her team of collaborators want to use the mountain bike to encourage and inspire others to live life to fullest on and off the bike by way of MTB retreats in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand.

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Hilary Oliver on Showcasing Women's Perspective in Outdoor Film

Today, we’re going to talk about doing your craft because you love it, not because it makes you rich. It is fulfilling to be involved in something you love, without the pressure of having to make money doing it. Hilary will tell us how that impacts the experience of creating as well as the outcome. Also, you'll learn how she broke into freelance writing and then parlayed that into filmmaking. 

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Brian Harder on ACL Injury: Advice from an Impatient Patient

We don’t want to think about it but I’m sure lots of us do. What happens if/when we blow our knee? What does it mean when that happens; what are the mechanics that contribute to it; what choices need to be made for treatment and recovery? There are many things to consider, and today, Brian Harder, a frequent guest and good friend shares his philosophy, sadly, from personal experience.

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Rene Unser on Trail Running, Pushing Through Suffering and Achieving “Elephant Moments” 

Rene Unser, trail runner, coach and founder of Pace Sport Fitness, race director of a fantastically challenging but fun series of Canadian trail races - whose mission is to motivate others to be better runners. 

Sometimes we get pulled into trying something. But we suck at the beginning. we equate sucking with hating the thing.

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Sarah Wood on Progression: From Beginner to Kicking Ass

This is a story about someone who led a varied career that might seem, to the uninitiated, sort of disjointed but turned into a very natural progression of one thing leading to the next. Sarah ended up with a unique combination of experiences and skills to land her where she is now, doing what she loves. (For those of us who feel like we are wandering aimlessly, maybe don't worry about that so much anymore and let it ride.)

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Amy Schweim: The Net Positive Effect of Low Periods in Life

Amy Schweim, today’s guest lives in Oaxaca, Mexico where she guides single and multi-day trips, there and in Spain and Peru. Her business, Women’s Radical Pursuits, combines mountain biking, yoga and mindfulness designed to inspire and empower women through adventure travel trips.

How she got to here, from being a school teacher in the States, is a great story with two catalysts, one of them being heartbreak. 

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