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Kílian Jornet: Summiting The Mind Of The World’s Greatest Mountain Runner
“Conquering mountains is an ironic phrase. We are not conquering them. We can never pretend to be fighting nature because we are part of it.” Kílian Jornet Never meet your heroes, they say. Fortunately, this entire podcast is based on ignoring thatadvice. And today, that’s a good thing. First,Kílian Jornet — one of the most humble, accomplished and inspiring athletes in the world —rarely sits for long form press. Second, this hero lives up to the hype. And this conversation is everything I hoped it would be. For the uninitiated,Kílian Jornet is inarguablythemost prolific and dominantmountain runner of all time and amongst the world’s greatest athletes, period. Born and raised at 6,000 feet above sea level in the Spanish Pyrenees, at age 5 he climbed an 11,000 foot mountain — the highest mountain in the region. Now Jornet adores the mountains with the same ferocity with which he runs them. Racking upwins in most of the world’s premier ultramarathons, his many accomplishmentsinclude: * 4x champion of Europe’s Skyrunner World Series; * 3xchampion of the grueling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc; * 2011 winner, Western States 100; and * 4x consecutive winner, Hardrock 100; and * 2017 winner at Hardrock 100 despite dislocating his shoulder at mile 14 In search of inspiration outside formal competition, Kílian embarked on a self-styled adventure project dubbedSummits of My Life — establishing thefastest known recorded times (“FKT”) to ascend and descend the world’s most challenging peaks, including the Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Denali and even the planet’s tallest summit. Not only did Kílian set the Mt. Everest FKT at 26 hours from base camp, he did it without supplemental oxygen or ropes. A mere six days later, he repeated the performance — an accomplishment thatinspiredAdventurer of the Year accolades from National Geographic. Kílian’s feats of poetic athletic prowess are beautifully depicted in his gripping memoir Run Or Die,the new documentary Path To Everest,and his latest book Summits of My Life— all of which I urge you to check out. Today he shares his remarkable story. This is a conversation about what drives one of the planet’s most uniquely gifted fleet of foot — a man devoted to redefining what is possible, continually pushing the limits of human ability, and never failing to astonish competitors with his near-superhuman fitness and ability. So what lies behind the success? Kílian’smotivation isn’t what you might imagine. It has nothing to do with race results. And his happiness derives not from victory. Instead, it’s adventure that sparks Kílian’s joy. Immersion in nature. Living outside the comfort zone. And always, always exploring. A truly amazing human, what strikes me most about this other-worldly athlete is his profound humility. Kiílian’s passion and respect for nature’s prowess is earned. Refreshingly grounded, he lives simply, an ethic and aesthetic reflected in the minimalistic purity of his athletic pursuits. Today I’m glad I met a hero. I think you will be too. For the visually inclined, you can watch our entire conversation on YouTube at bit.ly/kilianjornet417and the podcast is now available on Spotify. Peace + Plants, Photo Credits:Pep Cuberes / Lymbus,
Addiction & Depression: Johann Hari On Lost Connections
“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection.” Johann Hari Why are we seeing unprecedented rates of depressions? What’s behind our current opioid epidemic? And what can be done about it? Journalist and authorJohann Harisuggests that everything we think we know about addiction and depression is wrong. Johannhas written forThe New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. He was named ‘Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International UK and his TED Talk, aptly titled“Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong”, was viral hit, with over 25 million views. Pertinent to today’s discussion, Johann is the author of Chasing The Scream,which chronicles his 3-year investigation and research into the war on drugs and the nature of addiction. And his more recent book,Lost Connectionsis a compelling deep dive into the nature of depression, it’s underlying causes and unexpected solutions. As many of you know, addiction and mental health are subjects of great personal importance. Better understanding that nature of these conditions is the motivating force behind this conversation, which is is everything I hoped it would be. This is an incredibly powerful, educational — and at times controversial — exploration into what drives these malignancies, why they are so difficult to overcome, and how a new approach can plot a more hopeful and solution-based course forward. Many see Johann’s ideas as radical. And although I don’t entirely agree with everything Johann prescribes, there is great wisdom in much of his findings. If you suffer from addiction or depression, this is a must listen. If you don’t, chances are someone you care for does. This conversation can provide the insight and tools for better understanding the struggle — because mental health truly impacts everyone. For the visually inclined, you can watch our entire conversation on YouTube at bit.ly/johannhari416and the podcast is now available on Spotify. Peace + Plants, Portrait of Johann courtesy of Simon Emmett Listen, Watch & Subscribe Apple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google Podcasts Thanks to this week’s sponsors Postmates:Food, drinks, groceries & more available for delivery or pickup, anytime and anywhere. Get $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days.
Winter Fitness & The Canon Of Consistency With Chris Hauth
“We’re able to give so much more when we take care of ourselves on a daily basis.” Chris Hauth Making his latest appearance in our ongoing Coach’s Cornerseries is none other thanChris Hauth, one of the world’s most respected endurance and ultra-endurance coaches. A sub-9 hour Ironman, Chris (@AIMPCoach) is a former professional triathlete, Age Group Ironman World Champion, and 2-time Olympic Swimmer.In 2006, Chris won the Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. When he’s not training and racing, Chris hosts the Weekly Word Podcastand runs AIMP Coaching,mentoring a wide spectrum of athletes ranging from elite professionals — including Ironman and Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and Olympic Trials qualifiers — to first time half-marathoners. Whether you are an elite athlete or just starting out, Chris knows how to get the best out of athletes the right way. A long-time friend and mentor as much as a coach, I have been under Chris’ tutelage since 2008, during which time he deftly guided methrough three Ultraman World Championships (’08, ’09 & ’11),EPIC5 in 2010 and theÖtillö Swimrun World Championships in 2017, an event we raced together as a team. I could have never achieved the level of athletic success I have enjoyed without Chris’ deft counsel,so it is with pleasure that I share more of his wisdomwith you today. Today’s discussion centers around maintaining fitness engagement during the cold winter months, when the halo effect of your New Year’s resolutions have faded and inspiration tends to wane. We cover a wide variety of topics, including: * setting proper goals; * creating enthusiasm for your yearly resolutions; * maintaining connection with your fitness when motivation fails; * how self-care can provide clarity, reflection and intention; * why this is the season for functional strength work; and * the importance of connecting with self and nature through physical activity 2019 is now. Who you want to be come summer begins today. So let’s get after it. I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange. If so (and you’re new to the show), check out Chris’ previous appearances in episodes21, 256, 297, 309, 313, 329 and 377. For the visually inclined, you can watch our entire conversation on YouTube here:bit.ly/chrishauth415and the podcast is now available on Spotify. Final Final Note:Together let’s help my friend and team member David Kahn “DK” set some health goals for 2019. Tweet @richroll and @daviddarrenkahn with your suggestions and feedback...
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