A happy birthday gift from my dad, who passed away 10 months ago.

Athlete On Fire was founded on the idea that we can fight for something both on the field and off and still be a good person the whole time.
 

It was modeled after my dad and after he passed away last October I searched frantically for a file I knew I didn’t want to lose.
 

I recorded the first interview for Athlete On Fire back in December of 2013 with my dad as the guest in his bedroom at his house in Denver, Colorado.
 

He moved out here to be the uber grandpa for all four of his grandkids, including my two boys.  We started “Boys Tuesdays” where my boys, dad, and I would go to lunch and hang out.
 

Ideally, until they went off to college and found glory on the field…haha  Anyway, I didn’t publish because we both thought our energy was blah and so I just kept it.
 

But, I couldn’t find the dang thing.  Until the day before the first birthday I would spend without him to talk to.
 

So, it’s his first of what I hope are many posthumous birthday gifts to yours truly, Scott Jones, the founder of Athlete On Fire which is based on the life of my dad, Scott Jones.

A man’s dad’s voice.

It bonds fathers to sons.

Lets them know they are loved.

It’s sings them to sleep and

tells stories of kings, and brings pride to all things.

It coaches,

it praises,

and sometimes it raises (lets be honest, always raises).

And sometimes it just fades away,

and sometimes on lazy days as I age it,

just comes from above.

 

On the show:

3:00 Early days in West Virginia

9:00 Tony McKenna Story

13:00 Inspirational quotes

“If you are not where you want to be, you are nowhere.”

“Failure is not an option.”

14:30   Why he started coaching.

15:45 Mentors/Coaches that mattered to him

18:15  Failure

20:50 What in his life gave him an advantage.

“I had three months to live.”

“The chemo was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.”

“The tumors had shrunk, the spots were gone.”

“My temp shot up to 107 and they thought I was dead.”

25:20  The conversation with his dad he’ll never forget.

“Do you think I’ll make it?”

“Yeah.”

“why?”

“Because you hate to lose.”

27:30  Weird habits

28:20  Inspiring books and movies

29:30 Why do ya want to wake up tomorrow morning?

29:50 Is Legacy important to you?

30:20 For every kid he has ever coached

“Coach you don’t know what you did for all of us.”

 

NOTE: If there are people in your life you really truly love.  Record their voice.  In secret or on purpose but just do it.  Have  a real conversation with them.  When it all fades away the one thing you’ll want more than anything is their voice.  Their one, unique, voice.

 

 

 

AOF:191 Defining health, bleeding veggie burgers, branding, and healthy plant based food of course.

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You can find her work here at Morgan Tilton

You can follow her adventures HERE.

Photo Credit for featured image:  Dylan Brown  

Credit: Stefania Curto

 

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AOF:187 Great white sharks, sea lice, and big time open water swimming.

Eliza Cummings is a young athlete who is competing in some of the biggest open water swims in the world.  We learned so much from her and enjoyed the passion she brought on a sport we really haven’t covered.

On the show

  • There is repellant for sea lice, larva of jellyfish
  • Painting stripes on your legs can deter big sharks
  • People swim around Manhattan
  • How she stays mentally strong being grateful
  • How she eats and drinks on the long swims

 
Of course, there is much more to the world of open water swimming but these facts jumped out at us.  What does it take to prepare for such events?  What are the rules?  So much to learn about this unique sport on the show today!
 

 

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AOF:186 “Life is either completely daring or nothing at all.”

On the show.  Noah Kaufman of American Ninja Warrior fame and longtime rock climber.

 

Noah Kaufman is no stranger to pressure.

 

Competitively he has excelled as a ninja on the popular American Ninja Warrior in front of millions.

 

He has been scaling rocks as a climber for over twenty years where the risk and the reward is a very real thing.

 

Professionally, he works as an ER doctor in Fort Collins, Colorado.  #ninjadoc

 

He finds a way to mesh everything together to bring you great perspective on the show today.  You are gonna learn so much today!

 

Also on the show

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  • How he uses the ER for perspective as an athlete
  • His favorite spots to climb in the world
  • What to expect at the inaugural Wolfpack Ninja Tour in Colorado
  • Why speed is important
  • A little info on his favorite climbing surface, quartzite
  • Considerations as a for developing your body as a climber
  • Best place to grab a brew in Ft. Collins
  • Why you should read Johnathon Livingston Seagull

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AOF:185 March Madness without my dad, unpredictable spring, and fallen innovators.

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Legend Lost

The late and great Royal Robbins passes away at age 82.  He was a pioneer in rock climbing as the sport we know it today.  Go watch Valley Uprising.  It’s an amazing and inspiring look at the roots of the sport.  Our host, Scott was born just 30 minutes away in West Virginia.

 

March Sadness

A couple years ago, six friends and the host’s dad migrated to Pittsburgh for the first round of the NCAA tourney.  Now, it’s just a memory.

 

Snow Day Workout

3 sets for it to count
4 sets for mini beast
5 sets for full on beast!

Fine, if you do 1-2 sets you still matter.

Jumping Jacks or Jump Rope: 1 minute
Mountain Climbers: 1 minute
Push-ups: To Failure
Lunges: 50 (25/leg)
Plank: 1 minute
Step Ups(18-24 inches): 1 Minute
Sit Ups:25
Flutter Kicks: 50/ leg

 

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Adventure doesn’t have to be big

Adventure.  Everyone wants more but has no idea where to get it.  We know it’s good for our heart and soul.  And sometimes our legs and lungs.  Yet, it seems, less and less of us are adventuring.

 

Adventure is a huge part of our make up.  We as a human race traveled across mountain ranges just to see what was on the other side.  Risking life and the lives of the ones we love.

 

We hopped on rickety boats and sailed across the world.  We climbed mountains without supplemental oxygen, technical gear, or a stairmaster to train on.

 

So, we know it’s a part of what makes us human.  And yes, people are still going on amazing adventures.  We share their stories on podcasts like the Athlete On Fire show and Instagram feeds are inundated with tons of adventurers sharing their views and their thoughts on their experiences.

 

But, for every modern traveler with 80 thousand followers, how many of us are out there doing our thing?  Finding our adventure?  I don’t know.  But let’s at least make it easier to justify.

 

Adventure doesn’t have to be BIG.  I mean, it can be, but then you may just wait until everything is perfect and that’s just silly.  The best adventures are the ones that are not even close to perfect. A bad day in the woods is a much better memory than an uneventful one.

 

Some ways to think about what an adventure is today:

1. It’s something other people aren’t willing to do.

Going for a run at midnight or 4am in the morning in and of itself is an adventure.  Your senses are heightened. The same route you’d take in the middle of the day is completely different.  Just change one variable of a typical thing and it becomes adventurous.

2. Be willing to go somewhere different (MICRO).

This is a quite literal way of thinking of adventure.

You know what, hundreds of people climb Everest every year.

Thousands visit Machu Picchu.

That little grassy knoll on the side of the road 3 miles from your house though, probably noone has been up there in decades.  Find small ways to go places others aren’t going.

 

A friend and I were up in South Dakota recently.  We didn’t feel like driving to a trail head so we geared up and headed out the lodge and across the street.  We ducked into the woods and started climbing.  Snow fields and brush and downed trees.  We kept hiking and freaking ended up at the top of a ski resort.  Unique, unknown, and adventurous for sure.

3. Be willing to go somewhere different, to you.

So you live in the country, go visit the nearest city and go for a run. Hit up the stairwells of the biggest hotel.  New places are invigorating even if they are a few miles aways.  Same for you city dwellers.  Find dirt, play in it.

4. Get uncomfortable.

Raining out, hit the streets. Snowstorm coming?  Bundle up and get out there.  Being uncomfortable changes the stimulus.  Changed stimulus helps us take the world in in a different way.

 

Now, can you start thinking of adventure differently?  We have hundreds of ideas, and we’ll share more but for now get out there and adventure a little more.

 

Have fun adventure ideas?  Let us know in the comments!


 

The author is the host and founder of Athlete On Fire.  Every once in awhile, he blogs about real stuff and adventures as much as he possibly can in his home state, Colorado.
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