UltraDirt: 06 Heather Anderson on Finding personal limits.

It was the best birthday present ever – we got to talk to the one and only Heather Anderson.
She just got back from her 3rd attempt at Barkley. Enough said. We would call her a bad ass, but that’s an understatement.
We had the opportunity to pick her brain about expectations, fairy tales, mountains, FKTs, primal living, accepting challenges, and trail rompers.
Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100 mi long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mi long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mi long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, completing six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mi events.

She is well known for setting the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous record by four days. In 2015 she once again made FKT history, setting the overall self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes) also breaking that record by four days.

When not on an adventure Heather is an online coach and ACE certified Personal Trainer. She also speaks about her adventures regularly and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record.


Ultra Dirt is the newest contributor to the Athlete On Fire network.  You can follow more of their escapades at Motivus.ca!

AOF:155 From school teacher to the UFC.

Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman was teaching kids how to speak Spanish, then he quit and went for it.

After his collegiate wrestling career, our guest did what millions others do. He got a job.  His job happened to be teaching Spanish and he would quit to go and train to be an MMA fighter.  It was a pretty good decision as you will hear in today’s Athlete On Fire show.  Listen to his physical and mental prep and what he is doing now to empower other athletes and entrepreneurs!

On the show:

  • How he got into wrestling and his early life
  • Why he chose the school he did
  • When he decided to stop teaching and start training for MMA
  • One of the toughest training sets he ever did (you can try)
  • What it is like to fight in front of thousands of people
  • What he is doing now in the way of mentorship and speaking

 

 

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Neely Fortune – The beauty and the Beast (inside)

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Note: Due to a last minute schedule change with pageant commitments, Neely will make her Iron debut in 2017.

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AOF:154 Born without legs, or limits.

Trey Jenifer came in 3rd in his state for wrestling, now he plays for team USA.  His story is for all of us.

Trey Jenifer was born with a rare disease that didn’t allow his lower body to develop. Who cares? This dude is a beast. From one of the best wrestlers in the state of Maryland and on to college and now Team USA’s wheelchair basketball team he is an amazing athlete. On this episode we talk about some of the things everyone wonders but never asks people without legs. What it is like to compete at the highest level? He tells us on this episode!

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  • What growing up was like with his siblings athletically
  • How he uses the stares to teach people
  • Advantages and disadvantages of not having legs athletically
  • How to qualify for team USA
  • How many pull ups he can do
  • The basketball drill you can try
  • What adventure/sport he will try next
 

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SISU:RADIO:20 Ashley Seeger – Fighting back to fitness

Ashley Seeger is well known in OCR and endurance circles as being one of the toughest and grittiest competitors in the community today. Harnessing that determination is what is making her return to fitness prove to be a little easier – or at least a little less difficult – then most.

Last seen supporting the racers at the TPK Endurance event despite nursing her braced leg, she took a moment to talk to Team SISU about how she’s getting along. What drives her? What motivates her? Why does a little thing like a major leg injury not phase her?

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AOF:153 Lisa Smith-Batchen is Running the nation.

Lisa Smith-Batchen is no stranger to big goals and big dreams.  Listen to how and why she goes so big!

Lisa shares her passion for life and all things running with Athlete On Fire. Find out how she ended up in one of the most beautiful places in the United States.  Her philosophy on happiness.  Why following your dream is good parenting and what crazy dream she is embarking upon in 2016.  Her heart is big for charity and helping others and you will come away learning something about her, and yourself after this episode of Athlete On Fire.

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  • How she made it to Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Why she is running across the country
  • Her favorite trail in Jackson
  • The race she Race Directs in Wyoming
  • The charity and amazing band she is working with for her Run The Nation
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UltraDirt:05 Waterfalls, unicorns, and China.

This episode of Ultra Dirt goes over updates on the Zion 100km and 100 miler that was happening as we speak. Also, waterfalls, unicorns, your purpose, and China.

Big shout out to the unicorns on an amazing Gorge Falls 100km race last weekend in Oregon!

James Appleton: The original “Tough Guy”

James Appleton knows what it means to be an endurance winner.

Making Tough Guy UK – one of the single hardest events in the world – his own has proven that. Placing top 10 at the World Championship Spartan race after coming “from nowhere” made people sit up and pay attention to the fact that the UK has athletes that should be taken very seriously. When he’s not competing in endurance and OCR races, his photography job sees him explore unforgiving, but beautiful mountain ranges across the world.

Cookie from Team SISU caught up with his fellow countryman and talked about the USA/UK connections, how OCR and endurance works across the Atlantic and who he would like to go up against again.

(Photo credit: Geoff King)

SISU:RADIO:18 Alec Blenis – Powered by determination, fueled by plants.

Hailing from Roswell, Georgia comes SISU Pro Team member Alec Blenis.

A veteran of not just Spartan Races, but a long, impressive line of ultra marathons and endurance events, Alec knows exactly what it means to push his body to extreme lengths.

Cookie from Team SISU talks to the athlete about his training, his races and his diet and how they all mesh to make him what he is.

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UltraDirt:04 Michelle Ford on PERIODization, humanism, humor, and longevity.

Today we talk to badass Michelle Ford, and once again, get comfortable with some uncomfortable topics. We chat about PERIODization in training, humanism, humour, and longevity in the ultra world.

Michelle Ford is a co-founder of Fraser Street Run Club and a personal trainer who believes in the power of one’s strength, inside and out.

Her first marathon was in in 2013 and has since finished three other marathons, four 50k and a handful of local trail races . When she is not working with clients or organizing communities runs with Fraser Street Run Club, she’s busy training for her next 100m, carrying 60lbs sand bags up mountains prepping for an upcoming obstacle race, or running wild in the forests of the north shore with her two dogs and husband, Jesse.

UltraDirt is a new Athlete On Fire Network member and you can find more of them at Motivus.ca