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Of Mountains and Minds is a podcast sharing stories from those who have been through a life-changing endurance event, transition or challenge. It shines a light on exeriences that might inspire or help others planning a change or just dealing with the highs and lows of being human. In our British culture, sometimes we struggle to talk openly about the things that matter and connect us to others. This is an experiment to test the appetite for more conversations about everything from finding motivation and the realities of big adventures to mental health, unconventional career changes, parenthood, grief and loss.

Latest Episodes

A conversation with Isla Short

Isla is a pro mountain biker and cyclist with bags of life experience and wisdom beyond her 22 years. She was Scottish champion in both Mountain Bike and Cyclo-Cross for two years running before becoming Elite British Mountain Bike Series champion in 2016 and competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, placing an amazing 5th place. In a career best, she also placed fourth in the Mountain Bike World Cup last year. This girl is 22, people. More than her results, Isla has been through a lot for her age and has a quite impressive understanding that her self-worth is larger than her race results. Her racing career has not just brought highs but painful lows; two traumatic accidents, both involving a broken back and collarbone; struggles with PTSD and depression; and disordered eating and food restriction. Do check out the blog post and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com, and Isla’s own writing. She is an amazing talent, a down to earth, very real athlete who has learnt a lot through her short years and is openly sharing her experiences.

74 MIN1 days ago
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A conversation with Isla Short

A conversation with Lucy Colquhoun

This episode features my good friend Lucy Colquhoun. Many in the UK running community will know Lucy or have seen her name next to course records in ultramarathons. She is still the female record holder on the 95-mile long West Highland Way Race in Scotland, with a time of 17:16 which has stood for well over a decade. Lucy is most certainly not defined by her running though and this was a fascinating opportunity to learn more about her mindset on running and racing, what drives her in life, her mental health struggles, experience with counselling and our views on the tricky and all-consuming dynamics of friendships. We do also talk about what her record-breaking West Highland Way Race felt like and her daily life and training schedule at the peak of her racing. Lucy is an incredible woman and I am grateful for her openness and honesty. Check out the blog post and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com.

89 MIN1 weeks ago
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A conversation with Lucy Colquhoun

A conversation with Sarah Williams

In this episode we meet Sarah Williams. I said when I started the podcast I wanted to feature a whole variety of different life challenges, and unconventional career change was up there. Sarah is well known in the world of female adventuring – you may have heard her Tough Girl Podcast and if you haven’t go give it a listen. A blogger, vlogger, podcaster and motivational speaker who has chalked up a lengthy list of long-distance endurance adventures, from hiking the Appalachian trail in 100 days to finishing the Marathon des Sables and most recently cycling the Pacific Coast Highway and Baja Divide solo. Sarah talks to me about the process of realising her well-paid, secure career in London was not making her happy and how she finally transitioned to a more unconventional life. It was not clean cut and many years later she still struggles to finance a fully independent life. Yet she is making it work and was amazingly open with what this looks like today. We talk about the many sacrifices she has chosen to make; what remain the hardest struggles; how she finances her work and life; and what happened in her most recent adventure along the Pacific Coast and Baja Divide. Sarah is a positive force with bucketloads of passion for shining more light on women and empowering us to seize the day and take on that challenge we’ve been thinking about. Make sure you check out the blog and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com.

68 MIN2 weeks ago
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A conversation with Sarah Williams

Latest Episodes

A conversation with Isla Short

Isla is a pro mountain biker and cyclist with bags of life experience and wisdom beyond her 22 years. She was Scottish champion in both Mountain Bike and Cyclo-Cross for two years running before becoming Elite British Mountain Bike Series champion in 2016 and competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, placing an amazing 5th place. In a career best, she also placed fourth in the Mountain Bike World Cup last year. This girl is 22, people. More than her results, Isla has been through a lot for her age and has a quite impressive understanding that her self-worth is larger than her race results. Her racing career has not just brought highs but painful lows; two traumatic accidents, both involving a broken back and collarbone; struggles with PTSD and depression; and disordered eating and food restriction. Do check out the blog post and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com, and Isla’s own writing. She is an amazing talent, a down to earth, very real athlete who has learnt a lot through her short years and is openly sharing her experiences.

74 MIN1 days ago
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A conversation with Isla Short

A conversation with Lucy Colquhoun

This episode features my good friend Lucy Colquhoun. Many in the UK running community will know Lucy or have seen her name next to course records in ultramarathons. She is still the female record holder on the 95-mile long West Highland Way Race in Scotland, with a time of 17:16 which has stood for well over a decade. Lucy is most certainly not defined by her running though and this was a fascinating opportunity to learn more about her mindset on running and racing, what drives her in life, her mental health struggles, experience with counselling and our views on the tricky and all-consuming dynamics of friendships. We do also talk about what her record-breaking West Highland Way Race felt like and her daily life and training schedule at the peak of her racing. Lucy is an incredible woman and I am grateful for her openness and honesty. Check out the blog post and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com.

89 MIN1 weeks ago
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A conversation with Lucy Colquhoun

A conversation with Sarah Williams

In this episode we meet Sarah Williams. I said when I started the podcast I wanted to feature a whole variety of different life challenges, and unconventional career change was up there. Sarah is well known in the world of female adventuring – you may have heard her Tough Girl Podcast and if you haven’t go give it a listen. A blogger, vlogger, podcaster and motivational speaker who has chalked up a lengthy list of long-distance endurance adventures, from hiking the Appalachian trail in 100 days to finishing the Marathon des Sables and most recently cycling the Pacific Coast Highway and Baja Divide solo. Sarah talks to me about the process of realising her well-paid, secure career in London was not making her happy and how she finally transitioned to a more unconventional life. It was not clean cut and many years later she still struggles to finance a fully independent life. Yet she is making it work and was amazingly open with what this looks like today. We talk about the many sacrifices she has chosen to make; what remain the hardest struggles; how she finances her work and life; and what happened in her most recent adventure along the Pacific Coast and Baja Divide. Sarah is a positive force with bucketloads of passion for shining more light on women and empowering us to seize the day and take on that challenge we’ve been thinking about. Make sure you check out the blog and show notes on ofmountainsandminds.com.

68 MIN2 weeks ago
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A conversation with Sarah Williams

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