We’re going deeper than ever before and exploring what it means to be an athlete. Our guests range from pro cyclist Laurens ten Dam, who speaks about his struggles in the pro peloton and the time when his career almost ended, to Mirna Valerio, author of the blog “Fat Girl Running” who is trying to change people’s perceptions about what it means to be fit. We’ll speak with Ricky Gates about what he found when he was running every single street in San Francisco – all 1,300 miles of them. And we’ll hear from Brian Williams about what it was like to run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa with his son Tom after he had been exiled from his home country for 15 years for protesting apartheid. These are just a handful of the guests featured on Athletes Unfiltered – subscribe now so you don’t miss any of our second season!
Over 52,000 people ran the 2019 New York City Marathon. Some were fast, some were less fast, but they all ran the same course, and the same distance, and according to our panel of experts, they were mostly all still nervous, and hoping that they didn’t have a problem with a bowel movement.
This episode features the best tips and tricks from a pre-race panel with marathon coach Jon Honerkamp, ultrarunner and filmmaker Billy Yang, 85-time marathon/ultramarathon finisher Mary Arnold, and Scott Fauble, who finished seventh in the 2018 NYC Marathon. It was moderated by Runner’s World editor Jeff Dengate, at the New York Roadrunners building, not far from the marathon’s finish line.
Before Brian Williams and his son Tom set off to run the Comrades Marathon – an 86.8-kilometer race in South Africa, Brian’s mind was already at the finish. He said, “If we succeed, it'll just be to be the fulfillment of a dream. It'll put to rest many of the ghosts of my past. It's hard to put into words what it means, but it means a lot.”
Rachel McKinnon is a transgender athlete, one of the first to win a world championship. She’s competed in sports her whole life, but now she faces harassment just for pinning on a number. Hear her story in the newest episode of the Strava Podcast.
“I only won two races in my career and I had a 16-year career, so that would be a shit career if it was about winning for me.” Laurens ten Dam led a team at the Tour de France and he carried bottles, he stood on podiums and he got hit by cars. In the newest episode of Athletes Unfiltered, he tells us the secret to his longevity.
The Sahara Desert, the jungles of Chile and a battle with cancer couldn’t stop Susie Chan, but when an injury threatened the possibility that she may never be able to run again, she was forced to ask why she was running in the first place. And the answer she finds might be one any runner who is struggling with injury needs to hear.
On this episode of Athletes Unfiltered, we’ll speak to three athletes who asked themselves, “How did I get here?” We’ll introduce you to Mimi Anderson, who was a normal British housewife – until she ran across the Sahara Desert. We’ll speak to Greg Erwin, who was touring the world as a rock drummer, but realized what he really wanted to do was ride his bike. And we’ll introduce you to Ayesha McGowan, who went from chasing cars on her fixie, to chasing a dream of becoming the first ever African-American pro female road racer.
In this episode, we show how sport can help us overcome self-doubt, help us make new friends and face up to problems we could never overcome alone. We’ll introduce you to Ernest Gagnon, who struggled with his weight, until the cycling community helped him break away from his anxiety. You’ll hear from Maggie, a runner in LA who wouldn’t let a broken foot keep her from running a half marathon with her friends. And you’ll meet Giuseppe Adeola Richard, who, with the help of a London cycling club, decided to fight back against addiction.
In this episode, we speak with three athletes who are getting better with age. Gene has run 200-milers and has a marathon PR of 2:54:23 - the fastest ever run by a man in his 70’s. Patricia Berthelier learned to ride a bike at 38 and now, in her 60’s, has discovered a community of ultra-endurance mountain bikers and a sense of freedom she’s never felt before. Brad Huff was the oldest professional cyclist in the US men’s peloton, and now that he’s announced his retirement he has to face a whole new set of challenges. So what are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger! Listen now.
Three stories of people who were faced with overwhelming adversity and how they persevered. We’ll introduce you to a mountain biker who’s rebuilding trails after the California wildfires, an army veteran who battled cancer and a broken femur to get back on the bike, and a runner who turned to her community to find the courage to speak about her sexual assault.
Imagine being a world-class trail runner one moment, and then the next thing you remember is waking up in a hospital bed, surrounded by unfamiliar faces telling you that you may never run again. That’s Hillary Allen’s story, which kicks off our first episode of Athletes Unfiltered – a new podcast of inspiring stories from the Strava community, told by the runners and cyclists who lived them.
In the first season of our new podcast, Athletes Unfiltered, we’re exploring athlete motivations. We’ll introduce you to a rock drummer who tours the world, but passes up the party so he can get up to ride his bike. We talk with a mountain biker who watched the trails he loved burst into flames and then created an app to help rally his community around rebuilding them. And we try to keep up with a 70-year-old runner who is still racing (and breaking a few World Records).
This teaser is just a little taste of what’s to come – subscribe now and stay tuned for more.