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Season 1, Episode 8: Zane Grey Report

We FINALLY got ourselves together enough to catch up on Gary and Joey’s experiences at the Zane Grey 50!

With Gary in a new job, and Karl in a new role, and with Joey’s usually busy life, it’s been tough to record! But, we finally sat down to discuss the goings on at the 2019 Zane Grey 50. Enjoy!!

Links!

The Zane Grey 50 Race Web Site

Easy early miles!
Joey half way!
Gary fixing himself with 12 miles to go
Joey rolling into the finish!
Gary getting it done!
Happy finishers!

Season 1, Supplemental 3: Gary on the West Highland Way

This “supplemental” is a fun one! I was recently a guest on the West Highland Way Race podcast, and they’ve agreed to let us repost that interview here!

The West Highland Way is a 95 mile footpath in Scotland, with about 13,000’ of vert, that runs from just outside of Glasgow, north and west to Fort William. Typically, hikers take a week or so to make the trek, but, a race run on this path for the 30-ish years. I had the privilege of participating in this race last year, and my experience was an intense one! 

Long-time West Highland Way race participant and volunteer, and fixture in the Scottish ultra scene, John Kynaston, has hosted a podcast about the race for years, and he does a great job of walking me through the race. So, sit back, relax and enjoy John’s Scottish brogue and stories of an adventure in the highlands!

Links!

Waterfalls are EVERYWHERE!
My intrepid crew!
Getting aid at Balmaha
Rocks and roots along Loch Lomond
Auchtertyre, about half way
Leaving Glencoe ski area
I’ve NEVER been so glad to finish an ultra…
Magical toast and jam
At Climber’s Inn, Glencar after the race

Season 1, Episode 7: Sabrina Little

“Normal people don’t eat breakfast at 7:00am!”

When our guest, Sabrina Little, said this with a fierce tone in her voice, she was revealing her “largely spartan” lifestyle.  For Sabrina, most of her miles come before the sun rises and if you haven’t worked out, ate breakfast, and left for a day of work before 7am, you aren’t a “normal” person. And furthermore, with wit and wisdom, she fully recognizes the “not normalcy” of that assessment!

We know you’re going to LOVE our conversation with the all out winner of last year’s Dallas BMW Ultra 50k, and Waco TNT 50k, as well as the second place overall finisher at the 2018 Rocky Raccoon 100 miler.  We talk training, transference, running as character development, and Sabrina opens up about some deep losses she has suffered in life and how they now form and fuel her life as a runner. Oh, and along with her fascination with teeth, she shares the best “bang for the buck” toothpaste on the market.

Here are a few links to topics discussed in our conversation:

Sabrina and her mother
Sabrina and Gary on a panel together
Winning the 2018 Rocky Raccoon!

Season 1, Episode 6: D-Bo Only

NOTE: While this episode can definitely stand alone, it is in many ways a “part 2” to Episode 5. In that previous episode, Dylan and Harmony Bowman share insights into their lives, their relationship, their running, and also their struggles with health issues…both mental and physical. That episode marks Harmony’s first time on a podcast, too!

In this episode, after Harmony went back to work, Dylan and Gary go deep into all manner of ultra-marathon nerdiness, exploring Dylan’s early days and subsequent growth with the sport. D-Bo’s career, in many ways, mirrors the astronomical growth of ultra trail running, and they explore all kinds of topics, from specific races, to ultra-fueling, to how Dylan’s father-in-law’s piano playing parallels training, to D-Bo’s pacing mistakes with Joe Grant at Hardrock. It’s a deep, long, and rich conversation!

Here are a few links to topics discussed in our conversation:

Videos:

Dylan’s win at Ultra Trail Mount Fuji 2018
Highlights from TDS 2018
Karl Meltzer after Run Rabbit Run 2012, where he beat Dylan
Dylan after Run Rabbit Run 2012

Season 1, Episode 5: D-Bo and Harm-O

Where do you go when your training falls apart?  We’re not talking about physically going somewhere.  Where do you go in your heart or your head or your relationships when injury or illness or the unexpected sets you back?  That’s the question we are exploring in this conversation with Dylan Bowman, aka D-Bo, and Harm-O, which is what D-Bo calls his wife, Harmony. Adorkable, right?!

While D-Bo is a seasoned podcast veteran, this episode marks Harmony’s first time in an interview, and we were thrilled to have her join in!

Also, this is essentially part one of a two-parter. Come back next week as Gary and Dylan go deep on his running, training and growth with the sport of ultra-running!

Here are a few links to things discussed in our conversation:

Tall men unite!
In the Bowman’s kitchen
Co-host Joey and previous guest Ben with D-Bo before Leadville 2018
Joey and Ben with “our” coach Jason Koop

Season 1, Episode 4: 37 Seconds of Good, Part 2

This is part 2 of our conversation with dear friend, Ben Dicke. Below are all of the same notes from Episode 1, because, well, they still apply! There are new pics, though!


Hello, Dear Listener, I (Gary) have a confession...on most podcasts, if I don’t recognize the guest name, I skip that episode. So, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to skip these next two episodes because you probably do not recognize the name “Ben Dicke.”

But, please don’t skip these episodes! Ben is a very dear friend of the show, and we’re thrilled to share his story.

This story, of his attempt to go sub 25 hours at the Leadville Trail 100 last year, is absolutely incredible. After the race, he wrote a profound reflection of his experience that was widely shared across social media, and then picked up by Ultrarunning Magazine in their November 2018 edition.

It’s a story of digging deep and going after something that is right on the edge of one’s ability…of trying to dance on that razor’s edge between the possible and the impossible. 

And, as always thanks so much for joining us! We’d love to have you as an ongoing conversation partner. Please subscribe and review and do all the things. It makes a massive difference for us!

Here are a few links to things discussed in our conversation:

The song used at the end of this episode is Ára Bátur by the band Sigur Rós
From Ultrarunning Magazine
Ben and Gary heading out of Winfield, carrying a LOT of noodles.
Very near the top of Hope Pass, where Ben had a “moment.”
Joey steadily climbing the back side of Hope
At the finish line
Joey’s finish was celebrated on Leadville’s Insta feed

Season 1, Episode 3: 37 Seconds of Good, Part 1

Hello, Dear Listener, I (Gary) have a confession...on most podcasts, if I don’t recognize the guest name, I skip that episode. So, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to skip these next two episodes because you probably do not recognize the name “Ben Dicke.”

But, please don’t skip these episodes! Ben is a very dear friend of the show, and we’re thrilled to share his story.

This story, of his attempt to go sub 25 hours at the Leadville Trail 100 last year, is absolutely incredible. After the race, he wrote a profound reflection of his experience that was widely shared across social media, and then picked up by Ultrarunning Magazine in their November 2018 edition.

It’s a story of digging deep and going after something that is right on the edge of one’s ability…of trying to dance on that razor’s edge between the possible and the impossible. 

Here in part 1, we get to know Ben and his running background and why we all love Leadville (the town and the race) so much. Enjoy. (Part 2 will contain the 2018 story itself.)

And, as always thanks so much for joining us! We’d love to have you as an ongoing conversation partner. Please subscribe and review and do all the things. It makes a massive difference for us!

Here are a few links to things discussed in the show:

Salomon’s Video of Leadville and Ryan Sandes’ 2011 Race

Salomon’s Story of Leadville 2011
Ben and Marshall Ulrich, near Twin Lakes, 2012
Ben and Gary nearing the finish, Leadville 2012
Joey, Ben and Gary
Ben, far right, Heartland 100, 2011
The Heartland 100 Course…#NotFlat
The #WCE

Season 1, Supplemental 2: A Mindfulness Practice

What’s a “Supplemental”?
For us, Supplementals are going to be those things that don’t quite fit the (admittedly loose) definition of a full “Episode,” where all hosts are present, riffing on a topic or participating in a conversation or interview. Today’s supplemental is, quite simply, a mindfulness practice, brought to you by host Karl Helvig! and here’s what he has to say… Mindfulness. I used to think of this as a strange word. It was foreign to the world of religion and spirituality where I grew up.  However, as my journey of running as spiritual practice has grown I’ve come to see the work of mindfulness as crucial to any of spiritual endeavor. Mindfulness is simply our ability to keep our whole self in the present. It is a work against distraction and for integration. I hope this simple mindfulness practice opens up new realms of growth in our lives.”

Thanks for joining us and we’d love to have you as an ongoing conversation partner. Please like and subscribe and follow and review and do all of the things!

Season 1, Episode 2: “Getting to Know You” and 2019 Plans

Understanding that we’re all just beginning this journey together, our second ever episode of the BidMe.Run podcast is a relatively simple “getting to know you” kind of time with your hosts, Joe Bearss, Gary Aronhalt, and Karl Helvig. We talk about our 2019 plans and dig into what’s driving us, what’s motivating us, these days in our running.

Thanks so much for joining us! We’d love to have you as an ongoing conversation partner. Please subscribe and review and do all the things. It makes a massive difference for us!

Here are a few links to topics discussed in the show:

Post-Recording Running Shenanigans:

Season 1, Supplemental 1: Unabridged Zach Miller Conversation

What’s a “Supplemental”?
For us, Supplementals are going to be those things that don’t quite fit the (admittedly loose) definition of a full “Episode,” where all hosts are present, riffing on a topic or participating in a conversation or interview. Supplementals could be one of us sharing a story, reading a race report, providing some insight into a spiritual practice, or like today, the full, unabridged audio of a conversation.

In today’s first ever Supplemental, we’re releasing our full conversation with ultrarunner Zach Miller. Episode 1 featured essentially the second half of our conversation with Zach, and that’s due to the fact that when we arrived at Barr Camp, there was another hiker present, named Matt…so, when we started our conversation, it was mostly catching Matt up to speed on who Zach is and why we were there. And, incidentally we talk about some of Zach’s races, his interest in the Leadville 100 and the Run Rabbit Run 100, his passion for UTMB and more. If you’re an ultramarathon nerd like we are, you’ll love the deeper insight!

Thanks for joining us and we’d love to have you as an ongoing conversation partner. Please like and subscribe and follow and review and do all of the things!

If you liked what you heard and want more, here are some links to other articles, authors, and references from the show:

Karl’s “behind the scenes” video:

Zach Miller’s Column on iRunFar: https://www.irunfar.com/author/zmiller

Zach Miller’s Epic Battle with Hayden Hawks at The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 in 2016:

Note: That youtube video is posted on the channel, Run Steep, Get High, lots of great running videos there, check out their channel here!  

Wendell Berry, The Mad Farmer Poems.Berry’s writing is powerful across his many genres.