AOF:220 Jesse Itzler on raising adventurous kids, an Everest challenge, and his journey.

Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur, ultra runner, and general seeker of adventure.

On the show we talk about:

  • Adventurous parenting
  • Addiction to newness,
  • Mental toughness.
  • Business and entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • The Cryathlon- an event he is organizing that sound BRUTAL!
  • 29zero29– His event that pushes you to gain the height of Everest in a weekend in Vermont.

There is a lot more. Enjoy the show!

 

AOF:219 Grizzly bears, biking adventure, and a calling found in the mountains.

Our guest is as passionate about the outdoors as anyone we have had on the show. We talk about his calling and many of the adventures that have come along with it.

Of his personal achievements, he completed an 1800 mile bikepack from Banff, Canada to his home in Colorado.

From day to day, you can find Jalen on his bike exploring obscure regions of wilderness and sharing his travel stories to Colorado’s Afro communities.

IG: @brothajalen

Sponsors: Backpacker’s Pantry, Boulder

CO Special Cause: Outdoor Afro

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AOF:218 From Mobility WOD HQ, functional training for adaptive athletes.

Max Conserva is back on the show to share a new training protocol he helped develop for coaches and trainers to work better with adaptive athletes.  Before reading anymore be sure to check out the program here.

So many trainers simply pass off the opportunity to work with athletes with prosthetics or other obstacles when it could be a rewarding and inspiring experience for both.

Today, we talk about the road Max went down to make sure he could reach more athletes like himself.  He lost most of a leg to an accident when he was a youngster.  Hear about it here from his first time on the show.  We hope you will love the show and share with a trainer or coach you know!

 

Note from the host:  Max is a great inspiration.  Showing athletes and trainers that there can be so m uch more to training when it comes to adaptive athletes.  I have personally worked with just about every type of athlete you can imagine.  The challenge and reward to get someone who was told they couldn’t do something for a lifetime is why I will always work with anyone willing to just try their best.  It’s made all the difference in the world in my career.  Here is one of my favorite clients tackling a mountain.

 

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AOF:217 Former Olympian finding better ways to deal with injuries with technology.

Ian Warner is a serial entrepreneur, former collegiate and Olympic athlete, and now, a father and husband.  We talk about the idea he has had for year that he finally made happen and the friend he lost that inspires him everyday to keep going.

 

We talk about failures along the way that give us the patience we really need to make something happen and the mindset that quitting just isn’t an option as a catalyst for success.  This show is where being an athlete and overall good person intersect. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more. If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

AOF: 216 Nike trail runner Chris Mocko.

Chris Mocko is a Boulder, Colorado based runner. We talk about his transition to Colorado from the Bay Area, his favorite trails, his training, and lots about real life stuff.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

AOF:214 Clare Gallagher on coral reefs, travel, running, and her true passions.

Clare Gallagher is an ultrarunner for The North Face. She studied coral ecology and ran cross country and track at Princeton. After graduation, she discovered ultra running while teaching English in Northern Thailand. Clare lives in her home state of Colorado when she’s not on the road.

 

Our conversation went all over into her running and the things she is most passionate about.  Enjoy the show.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

 

Knights:06 Meet the point guard.

Coach Gruse and his Cave Spring High School basketball team are a few games into their season and illness has spread through the team.

 

The teams’ leader and point guard, Devon “Mookie” Beckner joins us on the show to talk about leadership, his first impressions of his coach, and what his short and long term goals are.

 

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Enjoy the show!

AOF:213 The founder of Run Repeat on what you don’t know about buying running shoes.

The founder of non-biased, running shoe review site Runrepeat.com joins us to talk all things running shoes.  How to choose them? Which do best on his site? How the site stays free of bias?

We delve into his running career and how he was discovered on  a track one night.  The belief that anyone could train to a 15 minute 5k and more.

Enjoy the show!

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AOF:211 The founder of JoJe Bars on cycling in southern California and entrepreneurship.

John Abate is a cyclist who partnered with, yep, another cyclist to make some of the most unique bars on the market for athletes. We had a chance to dive into his town of Encinitas, CA to get an idea of the cycling and laid back culture as well as how they came up with this product in the first place.

Diving in to the entrepreneurial aspects of starting a food based company was interesting and the process to launch a successful Kickstarter (support here) , which is underway as we release this show!
There is a little something for everyone here. Enjoy the show!

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 wrote this after he passed if you want to check it out.  Probably the toughest writing I’ve done.
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.