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Hosted by David Clark, a former 320lb alcoholic, drug addict, food junkie turned accomplished endurance athlete, bestselling author, plant based fighter and happiness warrior. Hosted by David Clark, a former 320lb alcoholic, drug addict, food junkie turned accomplished endurance athlete, bestselling author, plant based fighter and happiness warrior. Join world class athletes, actors, musicians, entrepreneurs and everyday heroes for a look into the far side of the universe where anything is possible and all things are eventual.
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I’m excited to welcome Adrian Macdonald to the Hive.  The leaves are now turning in Leadville, but a few weeks ago, Adrian won the Leadville Trail 100.  Some of you might be legitimately asking, “Who is Adrian Macdonald?”  At Winfield, 50 miles into the race, he was dueling for the lead with Hoka athlete Tyler Andrews, who appeared on WASP episode #129 in May, and Tyler said to me, “Who is this guy?  He’s tough.”  Adrian wasn’t yet a household name in Leadville, in fact, he’d never run a 100-mile race before.  In the race preview articles, he didn’t garner the attention of names like Anton Krupicka, making his return to ultramarathoning after a long hiatus, or multiple time Leadville winner Ian Sharman.  Adrian was lumped into the paragraph of “dark horse contenders.”  Although he wasn’t without credentials, having placed second in last year’s Austin Rattler 66K and winning the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50-miler in March in a very respectable time.  Adrian ran a bold race at Leadville, especially for a rookie, and crossed the finish line in 16:18, only just more than a half-hour off of Matt Carpenter’s legendary course record, and with a 41-minute cushion ahead of runner-up Matt Flaherty, and 49 minutes over Krupicka.  Adrian tells the story here that I hope you’ll enjoy about his impressive Leadville win.  For a complete and entertaining rundown of the race, be sure to check out last week’s episode with Cole Chlouber, and also listen next week for our episode with 23-year old women’s winner, Annie Hughes.  Also be sure to catch my recap earlier this week on the power play of the American Heroes Run.Adrian MacdonaldFacebook Adrian MacdonaldInstagram @macdonaldadrianTwitter twitter.com/#!/MacdonaldAdrianBill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
It was truly an honor to host the American Heroes Run.  I was awed by all of the runners and other supporters who came out to honor first responders, our military veterans and servicepeople, the lives lost on 9/11/01, and David Clark, and also endured brutal heat during the races.  I am so inspired by many of the stories of those who ran, as I hope you are as well.  Even if you didn't participate, you will be amazed and inspired listening to the stories of those who did.Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
It’s always a can’t-miss episode when you have Cole Chlouber in the Hive, and I always appreciate Cole making time for me.  Cole and I recount the recent Leadville Trail 100, including his own race on his bike, as well as the entire race series, what the Leadville series has coming up yet this year and beyond.  You’ll hear an update on Ken and Merilee.  And Cole will also get you fired up in Ken-like fashion to Dig Deep and keep discovering that you are better than you think you are and that you can do more than you think you can.  BTW – upcoming episodes will have my recent chats with 100-mile run winners Adrian McDonald and Annie Hughes.  But right now I hope you enjoy this fun and lively chat with the face of the Leadville Race Series.Register for the American Heroes Run!  https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorCole Chlouberwww.colechlouber.comFacebook Cole ChlouberInstagram @ccolego
I have never, ever completed a run, no matter how difficult it was to get out the door, and said afterward, "I wish I hadn't done that."  I guarantee that.  No matter how I felt, how bad the weather was, etc., I have always been glad afterward that I got in that run.  As I explain, there is always a value - or several of them - to every run I've completed, and usually you don't have to look very far to find it. You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
Today I’m bringing into the Hive Rich Greene, someone who went through his own personal transformation when he got the news from his doctor that his unhealthy lifestyle, which included smoking 2½ packs of cigarettes a day, was getting him perilously close to having a major stroke.  That was his wakeup moment to clean out his fridge and replace his food with healthier options.  He also returned to the pool, where he hadn’t been since his teen days, and began the process of transforming his body into that of an athlete.  His coach persuaded him, much to Rich’s astonishment, to begin biking, and then running.  All of this led him to begin training for the triathlon and eventually completing seven Ironman triathlons.  By the way, he began that part of his journey when he was 51 years old, demonstrating that it’s never too late.  Rich had also spent several decades in the dog-eat-dog world of sales, where he gained many unique insights into what it takes to succeed in that world.  His desire to transfer this knowledge to others spawned his coaching business, where he advises business executives, small business owners, aspiring authors, and anyone looking to make a bold change.  Rich shares a lot of great personal-action ideas here that you can apply to help move you forward to achieve your goals and increase your level of satisfaction and happiness in your life.  In Rich’s business, he provides one-on-one coaching and what is really cool, he is generously offering WASP listeners on his Ironcode Success Web site several no-charge, no-obligation personal success tools that he has developed.  The link to those tools is below.  Seriously, don’t miss out on these, they are very likely to spur you to think differently about how you are going to achieve whatever goals you have been pursuing but haven’t quite achieved.Register for the American Heroes Run!  https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorRich Greenewww.ironmindsuccess.comInstagram @ironmindcodeThe freebie, Winning in Life and Business can be found here: https://ironmindsuccess.com/winning
Why not do something epic in your life?  Whether it is taking on a new challenge in your life, something you might have thought was unattainable, starting a new business, or even a whole new athletic endeavor, why not try something new and exciting, and... EPIC?You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
I thought it would be fun hearing from Simone about her adventures this summer running the Salomon Golden Trail series in Europe, as well as the travails of spending two weeks quarantined upon her return with no human contact in a small hotel room in Melbourne - at her own $3000 expense!Simone appeared with David back in episode #93 in September, 2019 she has a quite remarkable story.  Once a depressed, traumatized, overweight teen, Simone set a deadline for herself to either change or commit suicide!  In the meantime, she spent long stretches institutionalized while battling mental health issues.  The woman she is today is nearly unrecognizable from that.  She has won both the Australian and New Zealand mountain running championships, and is a bundle of energy with endless optimism.  Definitely listen to that episode with David if you have not already, or listen to it again.  It’s quite jaw-dropping.  Simone chatted again with David and me in episode #104 in April, 2020, and with me in episode #136 in May, 2021.  I always love chatting with Simone.  I hope her energy will fire up your own training and daily lives.
Recapping the always intriguing, always eventful Leadville Trail 100 run.  I volunteered at the Winfield (50-mile) aid station and got to see and co-mingle with many of the runners, staff, and volunteers of this iconic race.You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
Gary had gotten lost in the wilderness, so to speak, following his last Leadville Trail 100 run finish, not having the passion to followup with further ultramarathons.  But getting on a mountain bike and completing the Leadville Stage Race, and then winning a coin for the actual 100-mile mountain bike trail race set the stage for him to Dig Deeper, as they say in Leadville, and find satisfaction in pushing through and earning a finisher's belt buckle.  It's a great story with lots of useable life lessons, so please enjoy this conversation.Register for the American Heroes Run!  https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorGary Stotlergarystotler.comFacebook Gary StotlerInstagram @coachgarystotlerFind his latest book, "Success is Spelled Action" on Amazon
David often talked with me about rising from the ashes while running ultramarathons.  He called this The Switch.  I read from his book Broken Open about his finding The Switch while running the Leadville Trail 100 where he was perilously-close to getting cutoff at mile 60 to making a miraculous turnaround and finishing.  An inspiring and worthwhile lesson for us all in every aspect of our lives.Find David's books "Out There," "Broken Open," and "Eat Sh*t and Die" on Amazon.You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
I had actually been trying to get Colin Lyons on for some time to talk about athlete’s mental performance training, so it’s fortuitous to get him right at the time that they’re calling these the Mental Health Olympics following Simone Biles’ well-documented travails with the so-called twisties.  Colin was a middling high school and collegiate runner but has found his niche in helping athletes develop their mental focus, find personal excellence, and  achieve their goals.  He breaks it down to TAPE, an acronym for the four controllables: trust, attitude, preparation, and effort. Colin is also a high school track and cross country coach at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO.  You will find this conversation interesting and useful whether or not you are an athlete trying to elevate your game on the race course, the court or fields, or in the office. Register for the American Heroes Run!  https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorColin Lyonscolin@omptraining.comomptraining.com
Athletes' mental health has been in the news a lot lately following the competition withdrawals of world number one-ranked tennis player Naomi Osaka and gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles.  Old friend of the WASP Gary Stotler and I discuss the issues and, most importantly, ways to help.Gary Stotlergarystotler.comFacebook Gary StotlerInstagram @coachgarystotlerFind his latest book, "Success is Spelled Action" on AmazonYou can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
Impressive running improvements can come from building mileage.  What are the reasons and the best ways to do so?  A staple of runners seeking to get better and extend their limits is long runs.  Here is my advice for doing these as well as how to get these long enough to meet your goals.You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
I had a great chat with Mandy Podlesny, who is a keto coach.  Mandy suffered a freakish knee injury that sent her life spiraling downward for more than a decade.  She had surgeries, tried all sorts of meds, went through the whole frustrating healthcare system mill that some of us have become all too familiar with.  And none of it worked.  Been there, done that, too.  She was miserable and found herself entering some dark places in her head, too.  She felt like shit, looked like shit.  Until one day she got a wakeup call of sorts from her father of all people, and she finally resolved to take control and find the way to get better and she found out about ketones.  The results were almost immediate and rather astounding.  She focused on eating meat, vegetables, and healthy fats.  Her inflammation drastically diminished and her energy skyrocketed, leading to a complete turnaround in her outlook on life.  You’ll hear her infectious enthusiasm and ebullience in our chat.  Mandy has made sharing her journey her life’s mission so as many others as possible can enjoy the same benefits she does.  It was very interesting, I learned a lot in our really fun chat.  For those of you who are whole-food, plant-based and/or endurance athletes, I also asked her how to fit keto into your worlds.  And you’ll hear she’s not pushing this on anyone or imposing dauntingly strict standards on anyone who wants to experience similar transformations.  She’s all about being, as David Clark always strove to be, a Happiness Warrior.Bill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorMandy Podlesnymandyp.comketoclubwithmandy.comFacebook @MoreMandyP and @himandypInstagram @moremandypodlesnyTo order ketones, go to justdrinkthestuff.com
Consistency is the key to success whether it is sports, overcoming addiction or alcoholism, improving your eating habits, or your quest for self-improvement.  You can plan consistency into your schedule to set yourself up for success, and avoid counterproductive "cheat days" and any other excuses to take you off-track to achieving your goals.You can register for the American Heroes Run at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Sign-up now for the American Heroes Run Challenge to achieve your summer training goals.  For only $76 per month, you’ll receive personal coaching from me, 50% off any of the AHR races, which is worth anywhere from $25 to $87.50, and a copy of your choice of one David Clark book, either Out There, Broken Open, or Eat Shit and Die.  A great value for sure.  But I will take only 10 runners, so reach out to me ASAP to join the challenge.  Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
On the heels of a great sports weekend, I have a challenge for some of you.  We are approximately two months away from the American Heroes Run, races that were begun 12 years ago by David, which I took over directing last year in Longmont CO, just east of Boulder.  We had a great turnout despite Covid, and we’re expecting an even more awesome event this year.  David began the American Heroes Run to honor first responders, military servicepeople and veterans, and those lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.  The splendid motto of the races is “Patriotism without Politics,” something I think we can all embrace.  In true David fashion, there are 9/11 tie-ins with the race distances as well as the start times.  For instance, the half-marathon begins at the time the first tower of the World Trade Center was struck, the 9.11-mile run begins when the second tower was struck, and the 5K begins when one of the hijacked planes plowed into the Pentagon.  Distances include 5K, 9.11-mile, half-marathon, marathon, 9 hour and 11 minutes, 24 hours, and 100 miles.  There is also a virtual option.  Sign-up for any race and get a race shirt, finisher award, and certificate.  You can register for any distance at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175So here’s the challenge.  Let’s get your summer running goals in gear!  I’m looking for 10 runners to do the American Heroes Run Challenge.  There will be two categories.  The first is Couch to American Heroes Run.  You can be starting from ground zero up to being capable of completing a 5K run.  Our goal will be to get you to complete the 9.11-mile run or half-marathon, either in-person or virtually.  The second category is Couch to Marathon or more.  Not literally from the couch, but getting you to ramp up to completing either the AHR marathon, 24-hour, or 100-miles.  Since we’re starting this right after Independence Day, the cost is only $76 per month.  You’ll receive personal coaching from me, 50% off any of the AHR races, which is worth anywhere from $25 to $87.50, and a copy of your choice of one David Clark book, either Out There, Broken Open, or Eat Shit and Die.  A great value for sure.  But I will take only 10 runners, so reach out to me ASAP to join the challenge.  Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlorAmerican Heroes Run registration:https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175
In this episode we are going to explore Colorado’s own unique endurance sport, pack burro racing.  I had a great visit with Alicia Shearer on her ranch spread in Lafayette, Colorado, just east of Boulder, where she has her burros, horses, ponies, chickens, and more, some of whom you’ll hear as we recorded.  I had a chance to walk with Alicia and her burros Pepper and Nestor, who are incredibly sweet and intelligent animals.  In races, each burro must carry a miner’s pick, pan, and shovel, a nod to the mining heritage behind this decades-old Colorado tradition.  There is a series of races here, including a Triple Crown in Leadville, Fairplay, and Buena Vista.  There are now burro races in other states as well.  Distances vary I believe from roughly 10K to 15 miles, typically on pretty rugged mountain terrain.  Handlers do not ride, but they must run alongside tethered to their burro.  The races are really a lot of fun to watch.  I won’t go into a lot more detail because Alicia does a great job of explaining the sport, training for it, where the burros come from, and the vital burro conservation programs run by the Bureau of Land Management.  I’m sure this is new to a lot of you and you’ll be entertained, and maybe even want to try it yourself.  I would definitely recommend checking out the Web site of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation, yes, that’s what it’s called, which of course is filled with ass puns, but it has a tremendous amount of interesting facts about the sport.American Heroes Run registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=85175Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation: www.packburroracing.orgAlicia Shearer:FacebookInstagram: @mtnmamma.miersBill Stahl - contact me to join the American Heroes Run Challenge!silly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig, despite having just been diagnosed with ALS, often called Lou Gehrig's Disease, gave one of the most inspiring speeches in sports or almost anywhere else.  The 'Iron Horse' had played in 2130 consecutive games, and led the New York Yankees to six World Series championships, but would die of this terrible disease in less than two years.  However, the Hall of Famer would give a farewell speech that showed amazing gratitude and humility, calling himself, "The luckiest man on the face of the Earth."  I hope you enjoy hearing this inspiring speech.Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
I have witnessed an incredible number of amazing athletic feats in the past week alone.  The eight-hole sudden death playoff in the PGA Traveler's event; Jim Walmsley leading the way in the blistering hot Western States 100 that saw an amazing number of Golden Hour finishers; the U.S. Olympic track and field trials that has seen a large contingent of Colorado-connected qualifiers; the 10 Warriors in Leadville last weekend; and the record-shattering and inspiring individuals and teams I watched this weekend at the Colorado State High School track championships.  How you can use these amazing performances to inspire your day, week, and more!Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
The 10 Warriors, first brought together by David Clark, took on the Leadville Heavy Half and Marathon in a triumphant return to racing for everyone in the Leadville family.  All of the Warriors, may of whom come from near sea level, conquered 13,200' Mosquito Pass, a sizable achievement in its own right, but also reached deep inside themselves to continue their life transformations to Superman-sized endurance powerhouses.  Best of all was the support and camaraderie over the course of the weekend.I personally urge you to look yourself in the eyes in the mirror and ask yourself whether you like the person you see.  If that is a person you want to change, please get in touch with me.  You can also be a Warrior achieving audacious goals like these instead of repeating the same patterns that have made you unhappy, and disappointed your family, friends, co-workers and more.  The supportive 10 Warriors might be the place that can help you transform yourself.Bill Stahlsilly_billy@msn.comFacebook Bill StahlInstagram @stahlor
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Bear Siragusa

awesomeness. this episode inspired me to donate. you're the man.

Jun 6th
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