I chat with Marley Blonsky, Seattle-based bike advocate, bike adventurer and fat cyclist advocate.
We talk about how dealing with retailers assuming she's a beginner, cycling through a crumbling marriage, speaking up for fat cyclists and how this journey ultimately led to being featured in the Shimano documentary All Bodies on Bikes with friend Kailey Kornhauser.
Give them a follow at All Bodies on Bikes.
Steve Thompson takes us through how empathy, and progress vs. perfection has lasting results on fitness.
I always knew this cat was deep and thoughtful, and this conversation absolutely reinforced that.
Starting with Steve's Facebook post on changing how he felt rather than how he looked - we dive into being empathetic with himself, and how he takes care of his clients, to better people outside the gym.
Steve takes me through how to build a personal castle, not demonizing anything - especially food and drink - changing habits with baby steps, removing opportunities, and the myth of motivation.
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From facebook, december 2020
I am here to be real, honest and open. Fact number one is that I am human, I have many flaws and contrary to the belief of many... I do not walk around 24/7/365 looking like image #two. The fact of the matter is that I'd rather have beer's than pizza, chips and salsa will be my last meal and I often live on the edge of dangerous extremes. This picture is time stamped Monday, February 20. 2017 and I vividly remember this time, I was as very unhappy as my gross and bloated body and face indicate, and at this time I decided to take back control of my future.
I am human, I know what it feels like to be on both sides of life's pendulum, and that's why after 20 years of living in, and coaching 1000's of unique human's through the highs and lows of life's successes and failures, alongside the thriving relationships and with a open heart during the breakups/divorces that are filled with malice, through the chapters of exuberance and through the periods of tragedy.
And because I am human, and because I have feelings, and because I have been at both the top and very bottom... I can relate to and coach those people who are willing to listen to the logic, and accept that consistency is the key to an higher overall quality of life, the individuals who understand that the ebb and flow is normal, and the ones that can accept that baby steps are positive and progressive will thrive in the long run with me.
Perfection is a myth but with my coaching philosophy, you build on what I call your personal castle (mental health, physical well being, spiritual flow & financial/future prosperity) -- day by day, brick by brick, with positive momentum, which simply means over time you bank more good days than bad. It means enjoying all the special foods that the holidays present, it means enjoying in and indulging in every special occasion, and it means ignoring societies stupid expectations and the fake/fabricated Hollywood images that are shoved down your throat.
I sit down with Beth Morford of Frontier Bikes in Eudora Kansas - she takes us through growing up as one of 6 kids, attending Virginia Tech and working with coach Frank Beemer, ultimately traveling to Rio with Team USA as a sports massage therapist. From there, a drive and spirit of "How do I do this" led her to an apprenticeship in the bicycle framebuilding business, and opening an amazing shop.
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I sit down with Rachel Alena - voiceover talent, talent agent and voice acting coach, to discuss her path from singing and stage acting to becoming a voiceover talent and coach. I connected with Rachel after searching for a voice coach in an effort to improve my voice for podcasting, improv acting and public speaking, and she is now my voice coach. I have since learned how skillful a professional voice actor is, how unbelievable hard the job is - especially around tone, emotion, character, timing. Be sure to listen at the end when Rachel reads a script normally and then reads it dark and edgy. The nuance in her voice is amazing. #podcast #voiceactor #publicspeaking
If you'd like to connect with her: https://lnkd.in/gVAVQQ2
In this conversation with JK Sparks, we talk about the seismic shift in marketing that happened on June 24, 2009.
This is when consumers - private individuals - started marketing and making more noise and content than brands.
We cover sales / marketing alignment, Ideal Customer Profiles, contextual marketing, how company culture affects marketing, Tyler Sparks and his speedreading, and how sales and marketing professionals are some of the least trusted people, but at least the 2 of us are not bad guys.
The context marketing revolution
let's get real or let's not play
On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Quinn Brett and Joshua Stevens will be taking part in the Red Bull Wings For Life global event - but with a twist.
For 24 hours straight, starting at 9am MDT, Joshua will be running and Quinn will be handcycling around Lake Estes here in Colorado.
Dr. Kendra Ryan from Estes Park Yoga is serving as their team support captain. You can follow their progress and donate if you are so compelled here.
I would suggest reading this articles before for context and backstory.
Quinn was paralyzed in a climbing accident in 2017, and Joshua suffered spinal cord injuries from combat.
We talk about their mission for this event, their recovery from both injuries and substance abuse, depression, people that have stayed and left their new lives, just being sad today, and the very difficult task of looking forward and accepting.
I'm also amazed that had Joshua's car not broken down on 36, and my friend Viktor not stopped to help, this episode wouldn't have happened.
I sit down with longtime friend Rolf Kramer, Director of Business Development from Techtonic, Inc.. We talk about lessons learned during competitive mogul skiing, his Udemy course "The Art of Being Found", being a mentor, being a fat pig with a small mouth, and the lesson learned from his mom about how big can you make your funeral.
Listen Here:Rolf's course on Udemy - the lessons transformed my LinkedIn and professional profile:
#mentorship #philanthropy #socialgood
I sit down with longtime friend Piep Van Heuven, policy director for Bicycle Colorado. We talk about the mission of the organization, Denver Streets Partnership, the Green Wave in Denver, Idaho Stops, Vulnerable User Law, bike advocacy and how it's not anti-car, and the work to make streets safer for everyone - while balancing different interests. And of course, chocolate.
Longtime friend Deahna takes me through the story of her son Grant, being born needing open heart surgery, surviving that, and tragically dying from a feeding tube accident at 11 days old. We talk about his death, and becoming a patient safety advocate, taking a Griefcation, and how she forgave the nurse that killed him.
Deahna also walks me through using medical malpractice not for financial compensation, but to direct positive procedural change to save lives - and experiencing the results and impact of her work firsthand.
We are releasing this episode on April 8, Grant's birthday.
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I can't write a summary of this episode and Mike's story.
Mike has ridden across the country on his bike twice. The first time after beating cancer. The second time, after a heart transplant, to meet his donor's family.
I won't do it justice. Mike's words, and the writing of A.C. Shilton is perfect.
Please, before you listen to this episode, read this article on Bicycling.com.
Click here to listen, and follow Mike on Instagram.