YogiTriathlete Podcast

Jess & BJ Gumkowski

YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

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Dr. Kim Scheuer is a board-certified family physician and lifestyle medicine physician. She is on staff with the Plant-Based Telehealth family and is licensed to practice medicine in 20 states. After her wake-up realizations in 2011, she has seen firsthand the transformative effects of coming out of the fog and into a vibrant whole-foods plant-based life. Over this past decade, she has shifted her focus from disease management to disease reversal with great success and believes that small changes make the most significant impact. We’re honored to have yet another esteemed plant-based physician on the mic for you today, and we hope you take away heaps of momentum and knowledge for your path. In this episode, we discuss: - Dr. Kim's athletic background - milky way vegetarian to daily green smoothies - dairy fog - the three things that blew her mind - getting out the soapbox and getting results - forgiveness  - the subtleties of a plant-based diet - nutrition re-education - batch cooking - eating more and losing weight - a curious mind  - depression and plants - we inherit genes and recipes - changes needed in hospital food Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you. Namaste- Jess

Nov 22

1 hr 4 min

In this episode, we bring you a roundtable discussion with all four YogiTriathlete coaches, Liz, Daniel, BJ, and me. We hope you enjoy this show and take away many mounds of gold for your training, racing, and life experiences. If there is something that you want to learn more about or wish we dug in a little deeper during this episode, please leave us a comment. If you are finding value in this show, please show your support by leaving a review wherever you listen each week. In this episode, we discuss: - crap races - everything is for you - Coach BJ's nutrition withholding plan - show up no matter what - when your pride gets hurt - dark moments are here to awaken us - not getting enough calories - eat less animals = eating more plants - nutritionless calorie bomb - training to your ability - fueling workouts - find what works instead of making something work - throwing out data for feel - panic training - first concerts Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you. Namaste- Jess

Nov 15

1 hr 2 min

I met IzzyB shortly after I moved to San Diego with a new purpose to complete my first ultra-marathon, and since knowing her, although we don’t see each other often, I have watched her level up in so many ways. It’s always a treat to join one of her UltraBuds group runs or when I run into her on the trails, which happens occasionally. Izzy plays so many roles in this life and is another guest who leaves us with no excuses. She is president of Janovick Communications, a marketing strategy firm, founder of UltraBuds running group, and co-founder of Ghost Runners Coaching alongside YTP guest Vera Stepina from episode 196. Izzy is an ultra runner herself and an obstacle course racer training for and has since completed, the Dallas Spartan Ultra 50k, which includes over 60 obstacles. I would describe Izzy as driven. She completes what she starts and continues to grow past her limitations as I see her empower her athletes to do the same. When she’s not out there crushing it for herself or her athletes, she’s in service of others. She recently paced a friend at the Badwater 135 and just announced that she is the race director for the North County Beer run. So how did she get here? Well, that’s what we dive into during this episode and more. In this episode, we discuss: - Spartan racing - Wimpy gyms - her upcoming and first 100-mile trail run - the intersection of strength and endurance running - from a broken back to trail running - mental training techniques - burpees everyday - nutrition for athletes - “F” macros - balancing a love for beer with a commitment to fitness - carb loading - heat training - pacing at Badwater Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you. Namaste- Jess

Nov 9

1 hr 3 min

Nastasha is the founder and CEO of Choice Juicery, San Diego’s largest women-owned vegan food chain. She is leading a growing dynasty of integrity that has matured into so much more than a grab-and-go eatery. We first sat down with Nastasha back in 2018 for episode 103, in which we dive into the back story of the life she is living now. We then recorded a YTP mini with her in June 2020 as BJ, and I watched her business expand within a global pandemic. With company policies rooted in mindfulness practices, Nastasha and her team are living the demonstration for a better world. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - thriving in the midst of a storm - integrity as a true north - certainty in trust - magic of everyday - surrender to get to the next level - the emotional moat - Choice's company ethos - the secret menu - why cold-pressed, non-pasteurized juice served in glass - gamma radiation! - the story of the bread that teaches yoga - the future of Choice Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you. Namaste- Jess

Nov 1

1 hr 1 min

Dr. Jeff Pierce is a board-certified family physician who uses diet and lifestyle choices to guide his patients to a longer and healthier life. He is a part of the esteemed community of docs that comprise the Plant Based TeleHealth team and is currently seeing patients both in-person and online from his home base in northern California. He believes that with the correct information and motivation, people can get to the root cause of their disease and heal themselves, which I believe is a sign of a brilliant doctor because the focus is on healing the whole person and empowering them to be a part of the process. In this episode, we discuss: - healing the whole person - the pivot point for change - fulfillment factor - the wave of medicine that has not crested yet - current medical model vs. new medical model - the expense of chronic conditions - living a healthy life is not just nutrition - six pillars of lifestyle medicine - nudges built into our lives to stay healthy - whole food plant-based pregnancies and babies Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you! Namaste- Jess

Oct 25

1 hr 4 min

Welcome back to another episode of the OH Show, we recorded this episode after a rich week of life experience. We hope that you pull away some gold for your day and wisdom to share with your community. In this episode, we discuss: - giving people space to have their process - Friends From College on Netflix - what you bring is what you're going to get - BJ manifested our car accident - full allowing of getting what you want - be the producer of your life - an experience of letting go - navigating life from the view of an expanded mind - we are all just trying to feel good - January training camp Thank you to all who keep this podcast commercial-free through your pledge on Patreon. We would not be able to do this without you! Namaste- Jess

Oct 18

1 hr 1 min

Each week we shine a light on people looking, finding, and living their purpose. People who are making shifts in their lives towards what they love and away from what society deems as the path.  In the case of today’s guest, professional triathlete Ari Klau, the shift was radical. He quit his well-paid full-time job as a software engineer to pursue a calling to figure out how good he could be at endurance sports.  Ari is no stranger to competition, having been an NCAA runner, but as a rookie pro triathlete, he still has much to experience as he trains and races himself up the ranks.  Ari’s story comes with trauma and loss as his life intensely shifted overnight in January of this year. It was an event that catapulted him into a whole new reality and profession.  He shares his journey on his YouTube channel, and he doesn’t do it bashfully. We know you guys appreciate the open and honest conversation, and this guy brings it fully! We hope you enjoy the show. In this episode, we discuss: - the mundane life of a pro triathlete - first pro race - falling into the trap of limitation - commit and give it everything - the fickleness of motivation - expecting to win - strong spros only - the events that shifted everything - strug pro - training with Lionel Sanders - money is not enough - risks are not a big as you think - lessons of pain and grief Namaste- Jess

Oct 11

1 hr 2 min

Celebration day on the world stage is what we are smacking down today with Team YogiTriathlete athletes Telsys Tarallo and Matthew Ligman along with our head coach BJ. We dive into a number of topics and feels during this conversation. We hope you pull away something valuable for your toolbox. Thank you to our Patreon supporters who are keeping this podcast and the Awake Athlete podcast commercial-free. We are committed to serving you an uninterrupted stream of knowledge and wisdom through the art of story and reflection but we cannot do this without your support. In this episode, we discuss: - the feel of toeing the line at a world championship - storm stories - race nutrition - course insight - adjusting race plan for the day that unfolds - awake and ready - mindset toolbox - the fourth discipline - why love people who complain - pee talk - the death of imposter syndrome - the value of a strong mind - presence is power Namaste- Jess

Oct 4

1 hr 5 min

Meghan Leighton is a yoga instructor, certified mindfulness educator, retreat leader, and student of Ayurveda. She has spent the last several years working in schools systems throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island implementing groundbreaking mindfulness programs for children. Meg’s journey began twenty years ago when she started practicing meditation with absolutely no idea of the impact it would have on her life. As the benefits and shifts showed up, Meg’s enthusiasm for the practice grew immensely leading her to her purpose to share the teachings of yoga and meditation with others. We go deep in this episode and we hope you take away a cavern of knowledge to share with your community and the world. In this episode, we discuss: - searching for a guru - how to get control of the mind? - her seven seconds of clear mind - our minds are conditioned for fear and distraction - how to understand that you are not your thoughts - expect that life and meditation will not always be comfortable - the three things science says about thoughts - living life connected to our higher mind - Ayurveda, the science of life - lose the ice - the extreme techniques don’t last - it’s not about fixing, it’s about accepting - what happens in the magic moment - mental hygiene We are fairly certain this is a multi-listen episode, so download to your library of favorites and return to it whenever you need support in tweaking your response. And beyond all else, remember you matter. Namaste- Jess

Sep 27

1 hr 6 min

Oh yeah, we're back with the OH Show. Thanks so much for all the feedback on this monthly happening, we appreciate your questions and we dive into them today. In this episode, we discuss: - learning to experience life as it is - feeling without attachment - the good and bad of our baked-in efficiency - authenticity is effortless - why the Bhagavad Gita? - book recommendations for self-study - how BJ desensitizes his mind  - knowledge is nothing without action - feeling is a point of data - being an active participant in the decision-making process - how to strengthen our intuition in training - translation of meditation to race performance We are fairly certain this is a multi-listen episode, so download to your library of favorites and return to it whenever you need support in tweaking your response. And beyond all else, remember you matter. Namaste- Jess

Sep 20

1 hr 4 min

Sally McRae is a world-renown trail runner, lifelong competitive athlete, coach, mom, writer, and businesswoman who ran her first ultra at the age of thirty and turned pro at thirty-three. She has run some of the world's greatest ultra trail races, including Lake Sonoma 50, NorthFace Endurance Challenge, Western States, UTMB, Tarawera, and most recently, completing a 10-year dream to win the Badwater 135, which she did just last month. On paper, this woman blows many out of the water. But what has held our attention over the years is her gratitude, honesty, and the graciousness with which she repeatedly reminds us all that we matter, our dreams matter and what sits on our hearts has a purpose, no matter what. In this episode, we discuss: - patience to fulfill a decade long goal  - when our pride hurts - every race is an opportunity to be better, even when you win - what is the action that comes from anger? - what is more impactful than being tough - if there is breath in your lungs, there is a purpose for your life - the art of surrender and gentleness - can we align the stars? - giving your best - preparation for Badwater 135 - when is specificity in training important - excuses as a means to self-sabotage We are fairly certain this is a multi-listen episode, so download to your library of favorites and return to it whenever you need support in tweaking your response. And beyond all else, remember you matter. Namaste- Jess

Sep 13

1 hr 4 min

Bobby Aldighieri is a former professional mogul skier, Olympic athlete, and two-time Olympic coach. He competed in the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France, which was the first year mogul skiing was included in the games. He was a member of the national ski team for seven years, achieving a top-five world ranking; he was on the professional ski tour for three years and was the first mogul skier in history to win a World Cup and pro event. Bobby was the head coach for the Canadian Freestyle team and helped them earn a gold medal in Torino Italy in 2006. In addition, he has coached many athletes to their prospective National team and the Olympics, including National Champions, World Championship medalists, and Olympic Medalists. Most recently, Bobby has made perhaps his most significant career decision yet in choosing to step down from his position as freestyle program director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to pursue the next phase of life. We’re excited to dive into this guy’s extensive experience and learn from him as we hold the intent that you will walk away with a few takeaways to better go after your dreams today. In this episode, we discuss: - learning from your mistakes  - patience with the grind - less frustration, more determination - self-doubt - going through the motions vs being present - fanatical about the details - surrender of the ego  - luck and destiny - on a mission to get to the Olympics - serving youth as an honor - the gratification of coaching up - conquering fears - discipline to get good at something you’re not good at Namaste- Jess

Sep 6

1 hr 11 min

Today, our guest is Dr. Colin Zhu; he is a double board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician and one of the cutting-edge doctors in the PlantBased Telehealth family. In addition, he is a public speaker, podcast host of Thrive Bites, creator of the THR5 Formula and its coinciding masterclass, culinary chef, and author of Thrive Medicine: How to Cultivate Your Desires and Elevate Your Life. His purpose has manifested into the Chef Doc website, an informational portal of resources born in 2017 out of a realization that he needed to assist others in combating chronic lifestyle-related disease and fill the deficit he recognized in medical school and medical training across the nation.  Dr. Zhu, an Osteopathic doctor, heavily influenced by his mother, a traditional Chinese medical doctor, is combining the qualities of compassion and holism with the healing benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet to assist people in reaching higher states of health.  Dr. Zhu lives the demonstration of health and well-being for others to follow and dares us all to choose a life that allows us to thrive. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - The Chef Doc - the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, and emotional health - patient goals - lifestyle medicine - the web of connection - speaking on behalf of the self vs the collective - benefits of a plant-based diet for endurance athletes - top benefits of fiber intake - importance of knowing how you are feeding your microbiome - Plantbased TeleHealth, a sigh of relief Namaste- Jess

Aug 30

1 hr 1 min

Welcome back to the monthly OH Show; we are grateful for your listenership. BJ and I riff on many topics in this episode; the fruits of staying the course, the myth of choice, the importance of having a nutritional framework, and more. Thank you to everyone who assists us in keeping this podcast commercial-free by maintaining a monthly pledge in our Patreon community. For as little as $5 a month, you can assist us in making a positive impact in the world. Check out all the perks and tiers at patreon.com/yogitriathlete In this episode, we discuss: - the vision drives us forward in moments of fear - why total annihilation is always there - tasty swim time trial with no watches - temperature gauges in life - patience and humility - plank challenge - what is resistance and what to do with it? - the truth of what happens when we make a change - the essence of the fear of success - see it to believe it or believe it to see it? - the myth of choice - importance of a nutritional framework - monitoring digestion and chewing food - miracle of zucchini sweat Namaste- Jess

Aug 24

1 hr 1 min

Today, our guest is Dr. Daya Grant, mental coach, neuroscientist, triathlete, mom, and yogi. We are so excited to bring her to this community, this conversation was a long-time coming. Daya holds a master's in Sports Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She has the academic expertise and the experiential knowledge of being a yogi and an athlete. She is on a mission to empower athletes to realize their greatness, attack their goals, and know fulfillment in the pursuit. This conversation rocks; we hope you feel the same! In this episode, we discuss: - what pumps her up about sports psychology - why acceptance is key - the bias in our recollection  - trust that your feathers are ruffled for a reason - flush it - tranquility equals the greatest effect - what is bliss - the soul of who we are - the beauty of pain - the default mode network of the brain - the best meditation she ever had Thank you so much for being so supportive of the show; if it has made a positive impact, please consider pledging on Patreon, where you will be assisting us in keeping the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. Namaste- Jess

Aug 16

1 hr 1 min

We are so excited to have Michael Wardian back in the house today; we first sat down with Mike in 2016 for episode 25, where we talked about relentlessly pursuing passion and pushing the limits of what has been made possible.   Mike is an international shipbroker, speaker, coach, business owner, dad to two boys and two vizslas, Rosie and Bash, and of course, a very well-known ultra runner, which almost feels too blah of a descriptive for this guy.  His resume on UltraSignUp dates back to 1998. Anyone who knows of Mike never seems to be surprised at his FKT attempts, robust race schedule, or solo adventures like his Guinness book world record attempt for the fastest known time for a marathon in a highland dress.  Still, I have to say, his win at last year's Quarantine Backyard Ultra was one of the most epic challenges I've witnessed, thanks to social media. It was a virtual race that started with over 2,400 runners from more than 50 countries. It ended over 60 hours later with only two runners left, Mike and Radek Brunner, who missed the start of the 63rd lap, making Mike the winner after 422 kilometers of running.  As I said, the resume is massive, and we're super pumped for you to listen in and hear what he is relentlessly brewing up for the future.  In this episode, we discuss: - winning the quarantine backyard in 2020 - FKT for the run across America - coming back from injury - injury as an opportunity  - grow incrementally and stay consistent - do weird things that you wouldn't normally do - limiting yourself because you don't want to learn something - mental game crossover of ultra running and chess - perspective on engineered nutrition for racing - pickleball training for a high altitude ultra - unique challenges of a graduate-level 100-miler - running on the moon Thank you so much for being so supportive of the show; if it has made a positive impact, please consider pledging on Patreon, where you will be assisting us in keeping the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Namaste- Jess

Aug 9

1 hr 4 min

Jackson Foster is our guest today and someone who has lived an odyssey that is undoubtedly against the grain of consensus thinking in just shy of three decades on this earth. Despite growing up in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, Jackson always felt a deep pull to be outdoors. During his high school years, he found the High Mountain Institute, where he spent a semester connecting with nature on a deeper level, and he was hooked. Returning to his upscale private high school only further confirmed his need to take the road less traveled in life. His biggest adventures started between high school and college when he rode his bike across America, traveled to Asia for a backpacking adventure, volunteered at an orangoutang orphanage, and apprenticed with a master potter. All of which sealed his knowing that he had to continue to live an alternative and adventurous lifestyle. Jackson is a visionary who is bringing his visions to manifestation. He is a yogi, a vegan advocate, a farmer, most recently an ultrarunner, and a voice for all to take risks and dream extreme. In this episode, we discuss: - climate change and policy around the environment - embracing trouble & experiences - try many new things to find who you are - follow your childhood dreams - detach from expectations - his longest run yet - lifestyle of gratitude - 50k fueling as a vegan - Costa Rica permaculture farming - upcoming retreat offerings - Maggie - the vegan dog Thank you so much for being so supportive of the show; if it has made a positive impact, please consider pledging on Patreon, where you will be assisting us in keeping the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Namaste- Jess

Aug 2

1 hr

Dr. Laurie Marbas knew her purpose was to become a doctor at the age of 10 and 19 years later, she attended medical school while simultaneously playing wife and a mother to three young children. Her climb was steep and motivation high. While in medical school, she wrote seven books making Dr. Marbas another YTP guest that leaves us with no excuses. She received her dual degrees (MD and MBA) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and TTU School of Business. She is a double board-certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician who has been utilizing food as medicine since 2012. She is co-founder of Plant-Based Telehealth, which provides access to plant-based lifestyle medicine across the United States, and she holds a license to practice medicine in all 50 states. In addition, she is co-founder of Healthy Human Revolution, which has the mission is to provide resources that will empower individuals with the knowledge, tools, and mindset to successfully adopt and sustain a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet. To sum it all up, she is a medical doctor in this modern world who believes that a whole food plant-based diet is often more potent than her prescription pad, and we want to shine a big ole light on that. We hope you enjoy the show. In this episode, we discuss: - the patients that changed her life - the time God broke her freezer - healing without harming - what would your life be like if... - do we need to ingest cholesterol? - using data to make better decisions - healthy human revolution - trust that timing is perfect - plant-based telehealth - knocking down obstacles - plugging back into the mothership - just because something is hard doesn't mean you shouldn't do it Thank you so much for being so supportive of the show; if it has made a positive impact, please consider pledging on Patreon, where you will be assisting us in keeping the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Namaste- Jess

Jul 26

1 hr 10 min

Welcome back to the show, and thank you for stopping in for a listen. We dedicate this month's OH Show to smacking down BJ's Kona qualifying experience at Ironman Coeur d'Alene. After many years of relentlessly pursuing his dream of racing on the big island, YogiTriathlete will be making the trek this October. We look forward to seeing many of you there! Aloha and Mahalo. In this episode, we discuss: - strategy for extreme heat - navigating the lowest point - "I am the heat" mantra - chafe-free Ironman - train on the hills, run the hills - the midnight finish - how it feels to have a Kona qualification - there's no comparison to being consistent - testament to believing in something and relentlessly pursuing it - how do you KNOW? - detachment to how things must happen - the ultimate goal is to become nobody - no kitchen, no car, no problem - what's the goal now? Thank you so much for being so supportive of the show; if it has made a positive impact, please consider pledging on Patreon, where you will be assisting us in keeping the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Namaste- Jess

Jul 19

56 min 55 sec

This podcast is where we share stories of people looking, finding, and living their purpose. It sounds so glamorous, so lucky for those who have found it, but I speak from experience when I say the road to purpose can be messy and scary and, in most cases, will bring you to your knees more than once. Our guest today is Adam Sud, and he found his purpose through the brink of death. Almost losing his life in 2012 through an attempt to end his life at the hands of drug addiction, disease provoking food choices, and the denial that he had the power within to rise and be his own solution. Thankfully, he was unsuccessful and today is a transformed individual spreading awareness of living a plant-based lifestyle and coaching others to know the inherent wisdom of their bodies and the undeniable healing power of love. Adam survived his suicide attempt, lost 180 pounds, reversed diabetes, got sober, and now lives the demonstration of what it means to overcome the odds. Adam’s story is shocking, inspiring, sad, hopeful, and another notch in the well-told story that we have everything we need when we conjure the courage to take charge of our life and, in doing so, wake up to our innate worthiness in this world. In this episode, we discuss: - everyone’s story is one of self-love - the moment his body became his adversary - taking 450 - 1000 mg of Adderall per day - the things we choose to believe have consequences - what if your body has always been your ally - groundbreaking study on addiction recovery - the meaningful bonds of life - depression as your body’s grief for not living life as you should - the problem with identifying ourselves as broken - be willing to have faith in yourself - be truthful and not shameful for it - redefining addiction recovery Namaste- Jess

Jul 13

56 min 38 sec

In the episode, I am welcoming back Liz and BJ to the show. Liz is Yogitriathlete’s run coach. She has been running for over 40 years, coaching for more than five years, and on YogiTriathlete's coaching team since 2020. BJ, co-founder and head coach of Team YogiTriathlete has focused on the sport of triathlon for the past 18-years. He recently qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona at Ironman Couer d'Alene. So we have lots of experience in the house for this episode, and we hope you find great value in the content. In this episode, we discuss: - telltale signs that you need nutrition - training for Everesting - building strength through the chosen sport - one element to becoming a better runner - type of athlete who benefits from a coach - how to know if an athlete is not trusting themself - the race that is hunting Liz down - elements of a good taper - slowing down pace without losing form - mentors and most "proud of" moments - pushing limits - the work no one wants to do Namaste- Jess

Jul 5

58 min 26 sec

When we become more aware and take action on what we see within ourselves that is keeping us from joy, we allow for more flow, more authentic expression, and above all else, more happiness.  Sid Garza Hillman is back in the house, and he has a new book on this very topic. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘪𝘹 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴, 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘉𝘺 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺, 𝘋𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘞𝘰𝘯'𝘵 lays it all out for us, plain and simple.  Sid is also the author of 𝘈𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭: 𝘈 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰 and 𝘙𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴: 𝘚𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴, 𝘓𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺.  Sid is a public speaker, host of the What Sid Thinks podcast, certified nutritionist, Small Steps Coach, race director of Mendocino 50k, and podcast guest of YTP 52, launched in May of 2017.  We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. In this episode, we discuss: - the real reason we do anything - prepare your mind for wisdom - learning and acting at the same time - be the best selfish person you can be - excitement is not happiness - mind first, body second - oxygen advantage breathing - listening to yourself vs talking to yourself - living the example more important than what you say - mental and physical fasting - the return of Mendocino 50K - he didn't get his own audiobook gig Namaste- Jess

Jun 29

1 hr 4 min

BJ and I are back for another installment of the OH Show. Thank you for sending in your questions, and we have already received more for next month. Keep them coming, and we'll keep showing up, open and honest. In this episode, we discuss: - should you build up in distance or just jump in? - it's ok to bring the ego out to play as long as you stay in charge - pratyahara as a way to nail taper - is your gratitude practice baked in? - welcome Daniel Reintjes to the YT coaching staff - takeaways from Iron Cowboy's Conquer 101 - question if you are living a big enough life - power of community - give the mind no leniency - anything can change in an instant - maintaining authentic lifestyle - how do you know are healed from injury - turmeric tea or beer? - give yourself a shot at the best life possible Namaste- Jess

Jun 21

56 min 28 sec

We believe it's important to remember that each of us is here on purpose for a purpose. We founded the YTP on sharing stories of purpose, and today's episode is more of the same. Rudy Von Berg found his purpose at the young age of five when his dream was born to win Kona as a professional triathlete. He was on the big island watching his dad, who remains one of the best in the world in his age group, compete at the Ironman World Championship. After graduating college in 2017, Rudy went right into triathlon as his singular focus. Although he is not even racing the Ironman distance yet, his dream remains very much alive, and I'd say he's well on his way to attaining it. At the age of 27, he's already gained serious street cred with several memorable performances, including ending Jesse Thomas's six-year win streak at Wildflower in 2018, a third-place finish at the 2019 Ironman 70.3 worlds in Nice France, as well as many podium finishes along the way and a spectacular 5th place at Challenge Daytona at the end of 2020. He is currently ranked 8th in the world by the Professional Triathletes Organization, and indeed we are to see him in the number one spot in the future. Although this conversation was the first time we met, we knew going into it that Rudy has a relentless fire to attain his goal and be the absolute best in whatever he pursues. In this episode, we discuss: - why IM 70.3 St. George set a fire like no other race - does Rudy think he can beat Sam and Lionel? - PTO is a game-changer - showing us the real Rudy - it's ok to have an awesome life - going after your dreams - visualizing but not too much - feeling bad in training is more common than not - Collins Cup will be a show to watch - doing what you love and the way you love to do it - going to the end of what you start - how to train your mental toughness Namaste- Jess

Jun 14

27 min 55 sec

When we start paying more attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, we open to our power of choice. Whether in our sport, our food choices, relationships, or profession, being more mindful puts us ahead of our patterns and back in charge of our lives. Today, our guest is Chef AJ, a fantastic example of someone who has overcome significant obstacles, shifted non-serving habits and is back in charge. She has most definitely ridden the waves of life, highs, and lows, traumas, and joys all to find herself serving a great purpose in the realm of nutrient-dense, whole plant foods. She has helped thousands of people transform their relationship with food, and she has a rich story of transformation to share. We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it. In this episode, we discuss: - day in the life of an obese junk-food vegan - the effects of not eating fiber for 40+ years - the pleasure trap and the motivational triad - obesity and processed food correlation - an industry that creates disease then sells a solution that doesn't work - what it takes for people to make change - why you don't want to be like everyone else - freedom from the obsession - the power of upgrading choices - dates as methadone - excuse-a-tarians - fasting for food addiction - the danger of the "bliss point" - parents creating sugar-addicts in their kids - puppy cravings are real Namaste- Jess

Jun 7

1 hr 1 min

We know you've heard it hundreds of times, but the fact remains, we believe that we all come to this earth on purpose with a purpose, and our responsibility is to find that purpose and live it. We hope you will get curious about yours and, through conversations like with our guest today, find guidance to dive deeper into the uniqueness of you. In this episode, we sit down with Chris Hauth, former Olympic swimmer, Ironman age group champion, ultra runner, and now a coach for ultra-endurance athletes through his coaching service AIMP. Chris is one of the most respected endurance coaches today, and he is no stranger to mindset training. One thing we respect so much about Chris is his willingness to dive deep into the mental game. We intend that you find the same as you listen in and experience the submergence of this conversation into the athlete mindset and the multilayered process of reaching the desired outcome of a goal. In this episode, we discuss: - allowing the portal to open - our higher self knows the plan - what happens when the ego gets exhausted  - flipping the energy and feeling more confidence  - importance of being around people who are not like-minded - the deeper why - clarity, intention, and purpose - desired outcomes vs goals - mental training toolbox - the heavy path and the easy path - finding success overall in life, not just one finish line Namaste- Jess

May 31

1 hr 3 min

Ailsa Mac Donald found her purpose in endurance sports at a young age as she accompanied her Scottish mountaineer grandfather on many an adventure. Today, at 40 years old, Ailsa is a Canadian Ultra Runner, Ironman Triathlete, and Saucony athlete who is no stranger to course records, beating out the men’s field to take an overall win at ultramarathons and qualifying for the Ironman World Championship. She is very successful at what many may say is impossible, balancing a training schedule that spans long-distance trail running and long-distance triathlon. Ailsa is bridging the gap between these two communities and we had a blast diving into her story. Thank you for tuning in, we hope you enjoy the show. In this episode, we discuss: - Key training leading into a 100-mile run - Survivorfest Ultra - Expeditions with her Gramp - Chasing FKTs - Ditching the watch to help your racing - Learning how not to go out too hard - Crossover between ultrarunning to Ironman - Yoga benefits for athletes - How to become a good downhiller on the trail Namaste- Jess

May 24

59 min 6 sec

Thank you for joining us for another installment of the OH Show. Once a month, BJ and I come together to answer questions or not but always to dive deep and share openly and honestly our perspectives on life and sport. A special shout out to our Patreon community, who makes a statement each month with their pledge to keep this and the Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. They are also collecting on some sweet perks like weekly yoga classes and monthly Awake Athlete meet-ups. We love seeing this community grow as an arm of its mothership, and it warms our hearts to see friendships blossoming amongst Team Yogitriathlete, Awake Athlete, and YT as a whole. There were many years when it was BJ, me, and the crickets, but we knew you were coming. We kept faith in what our hearts were telling us, and we showed up each day for ourselves and the unrelenting force of YogiTriathlete. We are glad to be here, enjoy the show. In this episode, we discuss: - new weekly yoga class - Team YogiTriathlete and our superfly gear - What happens when you don’t let your yes be yes - Air travel trifecta - Costa Rica retreat - 2022 dates released - IM 70.3 St. George - the reward of feeding a small spark - how to not allow the mind to catastrophize - anything can change in an instant - race day as delivery of experience - qualifying for 70.3 worlds Namaste- Jess

May 17

1 hr 18 min

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the co-founder of True North Health Center, the world's largest facility specializing in medically supervised water-only fasting. Founded in 1984 and located in Santa Rosa, California, Truth North has seen well over 20,000 people complete upwards of 40-days of consuming only water. The True North health experience is a fully supported adventure that includes modalities like meditation, yoga, psychotherapy, workshops, and education. True North is an alcohol-free, stimulant-free environment designed to allow guests to fast, detoxify, lose weight and make the lifestyle changes they desire in a health-promoting, therapeutic environment. Dr. Goldhamer is co-author of a game-changing book that I read many years ago entitled The Pleasure Trap; Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. As you can imagine, anything with the word "mastering" in its title has our attention because, for YogiTriathlete, mastery is the only option. This episode is information-rich, we hope you enjoy it and take something away to uplevel your health today. In this episode, we discuss: - the pleasure trap - why people are obese in industrialized countries - what is poo’ing inside of you? - living a good life and dying a good death - why athletes age out of their sport - healthy people need younger friends - dehydration as a cause for injury - strategic fasting for athletes - the foundations of health - radical life of eating well and exercising - ancient roots of fasting - what the research says about feeding windows - hard workouts during a fast is a mistake - the most powerful way to mobilize visceral fat We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

May 10

59 min 25 sec

Megan Searfoss is a business owner, seasoned triathlete, runner, coach, wife, and mom of three daughters who learned to run because she found it an inexpensive, time-saving, and mostly mind-saving exercise.  As described by one of our friends who live in Megan's hometown, "she is so remarkable, a ring leader of the local triathlon community. Positive, even-handed and supportive of all other businesses, nonprofits and individuals".  We know a bit about her background from our digging around, and we know that although her positivity may be innate, her life experience has not been without challenge.  Megan is the founder of Run Like Mother 5k, a national race series, and author of See Mom Run: Every Mother's Guide to Getting Fit and Running Her First 5K. We're excited to be in the company and learn from this pillar of the community. Thank you for joining us; enjoy the show. In this episode, we discuss: - solving the world’s problems on long training rides - accepting what you cannot control - the diagnosis that drastically changed her life - don’t squash your feelings - runs are perfect for ugly cries - racy ladies - the birth story of Run Like A Mother - trust your crazy ideas - Megan’s craptacular life - terrorists would not bomb if they were runners - being all that and being who you want to be - failing forward We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

May 4

1 hr 2 min

For five years, this podcast has shined a light on people who are looking, finding, and living their purpose. Once per month for those five years, BJ and I have taken over the mics to share the awake and ready recipe for life. The introduction of the OHShow just a few months ago invited you all in a bit deeper as we all grow into higher states of mental and physical health. Thank you for your questions and the generosity of your time to listen. We are on a mission to create a better world, and it starts with each of us turning inward in search of our excellence. Racing is back, and we're excited to be heading off to Ironman 70.3 St. George this week. We have several YogiTriathlete athletes racing and looking forward to seeing many faces from this community. Coach BJ is racing, and I will be spectating all over the course. In this episode, we discuss: - YTP 5-year anniversary - not staying safe is actually safe - earning the tasty workouts - the time we took on Trivial Pursuit - swimming in the weeds - when negativity ignites - eating for pleasure vs purpose - how fasting affected our training - favorite snacks - taking a selfie of your mental state - Awake Athlete podcast season two is here We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Apr 27

59 min 42 sec

Each week for five years, this podcast has shined a light on people who are looking, finding, and living their purpose. For some, it takes some years of sifting and sorting, while for others, it comes with one decision that shifts the trajectory of their lives. Bottom line, we are all here on purpose; there are no mistakes and if you are feeling like you are still sifting and sorting, know that every moment is your purpose of finding your purpose, and you never know when it will show up. Today's guest is Ellie Salthouse, undeniably one of the fastest triathletes in the profession right now. She is no doubt someone who is on purpose with what she came to this earth to do, and it all began at the age of 11. One morning while munching on her cereal Ellie noticed an ad on the cereal box for the Weetabix triathlon. She had her mom sign her up, she completed the race, started training with a coach the following week, turned pro at 17, and now resides under the esteemed guidance of Siri Lindley, our beloved guest from episode 39. Initially an ITU pro, Ellie turned to half distance triathlon in 2016 and finished her first season with four titles, multiple podium finishes, and a top 10 at the 70.3 world championship. At 28 years old, she is a veteran in the sport of triathlon, and we are so excited to be in the company of such a fantastic athlete whose beautiful personality only makes her light shine brighter. In this episode, we discuss: - Aligning with your purpose - Vying for a spot in Collins Cup - Effects of increased race coverage on racing - On being coached by Siri Lindley - Learning from your experiences - Priming each day - Power of being grateful - Techniques for race day nerves - World champion fire burning within - Having a mental toolbox - Nutrition and cravings We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Apr 19

59 min 12 sec

We are excited to have Shoshana Chaim of PlantTrainers back on the show today. BJ and I shared with mic with Shoshana and her husband Adam in early 2019, and we went deep right off the bat. An organic dive into their story brought to the surface important and tender topics like PTSD and mental wellness. So if you have not listened to that episode, it’s 148 and linked up in the show notes. It’s a compelling story that started with two seemingly healthy people that faced two devastating diagnoses that threatened to end Adam’s life before the age of forty. Doctors told them to cross their fingers, which for Shoshana meant, prepare for the worst. Pregnant with their second child at the time and entirely overwhelmed by the unknown of their future, Shoshana experienced a day-to-day trauma that led to perhaps the greatest battle of her life; to regain her mental health. Shoshana is a public speaker, podcast host of the PlantTrainers podcast, health and wellness guru, and author with a brand new book we will learn today. She is on a mission to heal people from the inside out and dedicates her time to spreading the messages of eating well, living well, and healing as individuals and families. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - Life challenges are meant to happen - Accepting the gift in challenging experiences - Guided meditation vs silent meditation - Living the demonstration - Living with integrity - The real meaning of the expression ‘Rule of Thumb’ - Calming your energy through mindfulness - A Peaceful Goldfish - New book available - Power of developing the tool to breath - Allowing more silliness & playfulness in life - Practicing power under control - There is no magic pill We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Apr 12

58 min 42 sec

Matt Dixon is a world-class triathlon coach with a background as an elite swimmer and exercise physiologist. Matt is a former professional triathlete who is all too familiar with the highs and lows of athleticism. I have heard him describe himself as the example of doing a professional career very poorly, a heavy admittance that he has since used to his advantage to learn and grow. Matt has evolved into one of the most sought-after coaches in the world. He has seen great success in applying his methodology to guide athletes to the very top of triathlon. Matt is the founder of Purple Patch Fitness, an international community of coaches and athletes; he is the Purple Patch podcast host and author of The Well-Built Triathlete and Fast-Track Triathlete. We are excited to share our conversation with Matt because although his focus may appear to be athletic potential, it is ultimately about reaching human potential, which is something we believe we are all meant to realize in this life. Enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - developing a coaching style that was against the grain - fit and fatigued = no ROI - the journey, not the goal, is what amplifies life - pillars of performance, education, and community thoughts - time-starved athlete - proper training hours for the context of your life - low expectations are not the same as no expectations We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Apr 5

58 min 8 sec

Our guest is Verna Volker; she is a Hoka One One Global Ambassador, a runner, a mom, and a wife living now in Minnesota but born into and still very much a part of the Navajo Nation. Verna is the founder of Native Women Running who’s mission is to be a community that features and encourages Native women runners on and off the reservation to gain more visibility in the running world. Verna began her running life in 2009, and although it was initially a means for weight loss, she found, what so many of us find, a journey within that drives us to expand, serve and live with deeper meaning. Through Native Women Running, Verna is shining a bright light on the intense truths of being a native woman and giving voice to the voiceless. Since its inception, Native Women Running has evolved into a community of inspiration, motivation, and visibility. Verna’s hope is for native women to find belonging within the sisterhood that she has created. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - celebrating 12 years of running - growing up in Navajo Nation - “The Long Walk” - native women running - Hoka One One and Project Carbon X2 - negative stereotypes of native women - healing trauma through running - missing and murdered indigenous women - systemic racism found in running - navigating haters We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess Photo Credit: Hoka One One and Jayllyn Gough

Mar 29

58 min 43 sec

We are excited and a bit petrified to introduce the OH Show, our monthly podcast. BJ and I are committed to being open and honest as we answer your questions, explore training topics and lifestyle of mindful endurance athletics. Thank you for sending in your questions, and please keep them coming. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - the importance of being open and honest - Costa Rica retreat - changes implemented since our bloodwork confessional - fasting for 24-hours - five-day birthday cake hangover - no hardlines to stay in flow - breaking fast with kitchari and how we make it - interrupt the process of excuse - discerning mind-stuff from intuition - persistence and openness to all things - die to your past every day We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Mar 22

1 hr 7 min

In this episode, we share the mic with one of the most accomplished American triathletes in history. Tim DeBoom, USAT and Ironman Hall of Famer, is the last American to win an Ironman World Championship title, his back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002 took us all to new heights of what may be possible. An athlete his entire life, Tim's professional career spanned from 1995 through 2012, from the age of 24 to his final season of racing at the age of 40. f you are a regular listener, then you know Tim's wife Nicole, and if you follow Nicole, perhaps you received her newsletter in late January entitled "So there's this guy…" Well, we did and were so excited to hear, as Nicole wrote, that Tim was emerging from his cocoon and putting himself out there into the world. As we read on, we learned that Tim is pulling back the curtain and sharing what helped him become the best in the world. From his two Ironman Triathlon World Championships to a happy, extremely fit 50-year old, Tim shares his tried and true tenets of what he calls A Dedicated Life. We hope you enjoy the show! In this episode, we discuss: - a dedicated life - compassion, moderation, humility - seeing Kona through the eyes of his daughter Wilder - shooting all his competitive bullets - sound body, sound mind - mano a mano exhibition race  - be-nighted - strength every day - seeing the perfect moments - eliminate things in life that cause overthinking - evolution of nutrition - training the gut   - power of oolong tea We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Mar 15

1 hr 5 min

There are so many people in this world making powerful and positive impacts, and today we get to share the mic with one of those gorgeous beings. Holly Skodis is a yogi who has studied the ancient science of yoga for the past two decades, a practice for living that typically begins on the mat but through repetitive practice has the power to transform the lives of its practitioners. This is true for our story; as most of you know, YogiTriathlete was born during one of my quiet practices, and from what I know of Holly’s story, this type of intuitive directive rings true for her as well. Holly is a yoga instructor, certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator, podcast host, and Yoga founder of Yoga is Vegan, a project focused on inspiring yogis to go vegan. This project started with a collection of articles from vegan yoga teachers and students sharing their perspectives on why Yoga is Vegan. Its latest evolution comes into form as a fundamental component of the upcoming Yoga Goes Vegan one-day virtual retreat on March 20th, which has been declared “meat out day” since 1976. In this episode, we discuss: - weekly 24-hour water fasting - 16/8 intermittent fast - utilizing the fast to be a better animal advocate - the pure properties of a sattvic diet - journey to yoga and eating vegan - embracing ahimsa and letting go of dairy - burning up generational cycles - understanding the nuances of food - Yoga Goes Vegan, a one-day virtual retreat on 3/20/21 We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Mar 8

1 hr 4 min

Laura Townsend is a mother of FIVE, a race director, and an ultra runner who is set to complete fifty ultras before the time she turns fifty years old. She is the creator of Survivorfest, a 24-hour running event that raises money for the Saffron Centre, a sexual assault support center in Alberta, Canada. A survivor of sexual abuse herself, Laura no doubt living her purpose as she no longer carries the burden of her secrets but is successfully transmuting evil into goodness through sharing her story and being in service of others who have walked the same dark path. We are honored that she is with us for this episode and hope you enjoy this meaningful and inspirational story of life. In this episode, we discuss: - choosing running over triathlon - getting hooked in to Paula Findlay - from hating running to finding a love for running - it's all about layers - frustrations and life-changing benefits of heart rate training - 450 plus day run streak - fifty ultras before the age of fifty - survivorfest ultra marathon - living off the front - making peace with the past - and she loves yoga! We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Mar 1

1 hr 8 min

Hello Community! We love coming to you each month with this show and following the recording of this episode we received a brilliant contribution for what to call our monthly musings. The new name will be unveiled in our March episode, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this open and honest conversation. In this episode, we discuss: - Awake Athlete podcast: season two - intangibles and reflections on our training camp - decision hack - Yoga Goes Vegan - one day retreat March 20, 2021 - Awake Minds Yoga and Meditation Retreat - April 10-17, 2021 - Merry Christmas BJ! - Inside Tracker - blood testing and results - inner ages revealed - the glug! - results are just a snapshot in time - change that is the same We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Feb 23

1 hr 7 min

We get super jazzed about sharing meaningful conversations with people looking, finding, and living their purpose, and this episode is no different. Today we have Renee Kiley on the show, a once pack-a-day smoker who worked and partied hearty for many years before transforming her life and becoming a professional triathlete in less than 3.5 years. Renee was an active child; she honed in on basketball and played on the state and national level. Dedication and discipline were not her weaknesses, but she channeled those strengths towards a workaholic life that left her fitness in the dust for over a decade. Her health was steadily declining until one day in 2013 when she spectated at the Noosa Triathlon, and a fire ignited that would not extinguish. We love this story and hope you enjoy a listen! In this episode, we discuss: - smoothie bowls make everything right again - the detriment of having to be in control - escalation of an unhealthy lifestyle - the "gift" of an addictive personality - waking up feeling like an ashtray - the life-changing experience at the Noosa triathlon - saying "yes" to find your passion - the inspiration for turning professional - pushing yourself to come in last - its harder when you don't expect it to be hard - motivation is a consequence of life being good - ten-star moments in life We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Feb 16

1 hr 10 min

We have an addiction in this world to label everything and everyone; we hold opinions about where people are vs. where we think they should be. We judge people for their actions and behaviors, and all the while, we ignore that life itself is a spiritual path that loves us unconditionally. We are all heading in the same direction.  For some, the path comes with extreme intensity while others seem to cruise the waves of life from a seat of comfort but remember, until we walk in another's shoes, we are only seeing what makes sense to us through the filter of our mind.  Today we graced with the presence of a beautiful man with a compassionate heart who for many years lived a life of crime and violence through a massively constricted heart. Anthony Bucci's actions caught up with him in his 30s when we received a 19-year sentence in federal prison.  While in solitary confinement, a place that he was no stranger to during his time in prison, he experienced a spiritual awakening, and from that moment on, he steered his focus towards a new life. The one he lives today. It is a life of kindness, vulnerability, service, and non-harm. He dedicates himself to assisting others and raising awareness of the natural alignment of eating a vegan diet.  We have been eagerly awaiting the launch of this conversation, and we are so grateful to be connected with meaningful stories such as Anthony's story.  In this episode, we discuss: - a rock bottom spiritual awakening - being a ruthless thug - having everything on the outside and being empty on the inside - breaking generational cycles - thrust into society after 15.5 years in prison  - meditation as a means to heal anxiety - surfacing from the "shoe" as a vulnerable man - a heart of black to a heart of ruby red - the body is not a tomb - making amends after a lifetime of wrongdoing - always chasing your dreams We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Feb 8

1 hr 14 min

Rip Esselstyn has lived a plant-strong life since the 1980s and spent a decade as a top-level professional triathlete. He helped change, if not save his mates' lives at the now-famous Engine 2 firehouse in Austin, Texas, by introducing a plant-based challenge and then writing the national best-selling book, "The Engine 2 Diet". The first of several books Rip would go on to write.  Prominently featured in the documentary "Forks Over Knives", the Engine 2 story profoundly affected the transition of many to a plant-based diet. Rip is an executive producer on the myth-shattering documentary Game Changers; he is the PlantStrong podcast host, the PLANTSTRONG food line creator; he's a husband, dad, and significant inspiration for living a heart-attack proof life.  He's a legend in the plant-based world, and we're so honored to share this conversation with the YT community. In this episode, we discuss: - why a plant-strong life checks all the boxes - our genetic makeup is not necessarily our destiny - fiber and the microbiome connection - salt, sugar, fat addiction - why people can't get rid of their dairy crack - pulling on the thread of oil - triumph of marketing over science - label reading ninja warriors - the real trouble of an underperforming penis - Rip's rubber leg  - Galileo Moments We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Feb 1

1 hr 6 min

Skye Moench left her full-time job to follow a belief that she could be good at triathlon. It has proven to be one of her best decisions yet. Her first year as a professional was 2016, but it wasn't until 2018 that she started to feel that she was beginning to tap into her potential. Over the past few years, she gained much familiarity around the podium and put her name on the map in lights when she took the win in Frankfurt and was named the 2019 European Ironman Champion. She followed up that memorable day with a win at Boulder 70.3 some five weeks later. 2019 was no doubt a dazzling year for Skye, and it set her up to land a 2020 PTO ranking of 10th in the world amongst her peers. Her resume is impressive, but for us, it was her energy that captured our attention. We followed her race at the Bear Lake Brawl last year and listened to her share her story with Bob Babbitt just days before claiming a 6th place finish at Challenge Daytona, which was arguably the most competitive field we've ever seen in the sport.  We hope you enjoy this episode and give Skye a follow if you are not already; her energy is contagious. In this episode, we discuss: - using willpower to get out of a funk - racing the Oscars of triathlon - living the best you can with what you have - rough conditions at Bear Lake Brawl - how PTO has impacted professional triathlon - remembering your "why" in the face of rejection - the need for wake-up calls in life - training based on "feel" - the value of training in community - the importance of nutrition for attaining big goals - the power of being well-fueled and in a good mental state - being your own biggest cheerleader We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Jan 25

1 hr 2 min

We are kicking the year off with some tasty topics! 2021 brings massive opportunity to make changes that we've desired for a long time, although a light will be shined on our weaknesses in the process. We say, keep going! Never give up on your most remarkable expression in this life. You matter; we believe in you and cannot wait to see what manifests from here.  Thank you for tuning in; we hope you love this show as much as we loved letting it move through us. In this episode, we discuss: - virtual training camp - injury update from Jess   - allow things to be as they are to allow for more joy, smiles, and happy feet - a good enough life is like weak coffee - late-season racing = consistency now - earning the tasty workouts - crack for athletes - sifting and sorting of what is real and what is not - everything goes through the filter of our mind We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Jan 18

51 min 57 sec

The YogiTriathlete podcast exists to shine the light on people looking, finding, and living their purpose. Peeps taking risks, going big, doing things that they never thought possible, and learning about themselves through the process. We love to dive in, we love to laugh, and we love to find meaning between the words. We are excited to have two amazing ladies with us today who embarked on an epic adventure, believed in themselves, experienced the feels, and went for it. Kara Wilson and Jen McMahon are the stars of the documentary Road To 50 Miles, which chronicles the journey as they train for and run their first 50-mile ultramarathon.  We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it with Jen and Kara.  In this episode, we discuss: - cross-training with the elderly - playing the long game - professional support crew   - insider stories that did not make the movie - how to pack when the start line is underwater  - biggest obstacles to overcome - navigating the naysayers - removing the word "can't" from your vocabulary We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Jan 11

59 min 50 sec

It's time to dive under the surface with YT coaches BJ and Liz. These accomplished athletes share their expanse of experience with our community today, and there is much gold in their answers. They had no preview of the questions, so everything you hear comes from their awareness in the present moment.  In this episode, we discuss: - how a small portion of the YT community is making a positive impact on our global mission - doing the scary things to feel joy - what is a coach's job?   - how awful it feels to let go and the confidence that results - the important skill of self-regulation  - responding to athletes when coaches are triggered - learning to fall with ease - going in to find out what is right for you - what YT looks for when signing on an athlete - future of Team YogiTriathlete We recognize our Patreon community for the support they are lending to YogiTriathlete. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support. Namaste- Jess

Jan 4

1 hr

Today we are grateful to welcome back to the show one of our favorite power couples, Eric Lagerstrom and Paula Findlay. We hosted these guys individually on the YTP back in 2017 and 2018, and they joined us for a mini-podcast in January of this year, which is available on our youtube channel.  When we interviewed Eric in 2017, he told us that his mission was to leave the triathlon sport better than he found it. Unbeknownst to Eric at the time, he had already planted the seeds for That Triathlon Life. Their TTL weekly videos have been a light for so many Sunday mornings this year, and no surprise to us, Eric continues to raise the bar for what so many triathletes are just now catching onto, that triathlon life is more than swim, bike, and run. They also welcomed a beautiful 4-legged baby boy into their lives this year. As most of us recently witnessed, they are closing off 2020 on a celebratory note with Paula’s historic performance at Challenge Daytona. In this episode, we discuss: - the initial intent for That Triathlon Life - becoming open to receiving from others - being nobodies in Portland and superstars in Tucson - the turnover cycle of getting better - Challenge Daytona - biggest gifts of 2020 - shoutouts of gratitude - Flynn! Thank you to our growing our Patreon community. You are single-handedly keeping the YTP and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. If you are enjoying this commercial-free format, consider making a monthly pledge to support the uninterrupted stream.  Namaste- Jess

Dec 2020

58 min 2 sec

And we're back this month with the ever enlightening topics of death and injury.  As you listen, we hope that you see how necessary it was to record this episode. We are so grateful for you all - thank you for your constant words of encouragement to keep going. Just for the record, we have no plans of taking our foot off the gas! In this episode, we discuss: - the perfect series of events that followed the recording of November's Ask YT - cranking up the dial on love - time is death - what happened when Jess fought for her limitations - the true meaning of LOL? - evolution of Jess's relationship with injury We give a big shout-out to our growing our Patreon community, helping us keep the YTP and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. If you are enjoying the commercial-free format, consider making a monthly pledge to support your uninterrupted stream.  Namaste- Jess

Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

For as long as we have known Craig Howie, we have known him to take risks and follow his heart. He is someone who is living his purpose, which has come with incredible challenge and risk. In this episode, we share his story. Craig came into our lives during our early days in Boulder, Colorado, where he pursued his triathlon dreams through racing and coaching. Craig became our first triathlon coach, one of my first massage therapy clients, and a lifelong friend who was always there to support our goals and visions of the future. Craig went on to become a professional triathlete and ultra runner while keeping his love for music alive. He and his wife Jen were in a band for many years. Their most recent reality creation is their guitar company, Howie Guitars, where Craig hand makes every guitar—having zero ideas of starting a guitar company or making a guitar did not stop him. Craig's ventures are always fueled by what he calls the Beginner's Brain, and coupled with his wife's philosophy to "fail fast," Craig has allowed himself space to go for it in life. In this episode, we discuss: - our roots in triathlon - VO2 workouts on O2 at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine - six-year run streak - feeling lost in life and hitting a low point - beginners brain - the journey from professional triathlete to ultrarunner to guitar creator - the Golden Ratio - let excitement be your guide - the best port-a-john story ever We give a big shout-out to our growing our Patreon community, helping us keep the YTP and Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. If you are enjoying the commercial-free format, consider making a monthly pledge to support your uninterrupted stream.  Namaste- Jess

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min