Beth French and I chat about her swim across the English Channel in July 2012.
Growing up in England she says she's known about swimmers crossing the English Channel.
Swimming across large bodies of water isn't a foregone conclusion for Beth - as a child she had glandular fever. In the states we call this Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Beth calls the English Channel the Everest of Open Water Swims.
We talk a lot about the logistics of how you even schedule an English Channel Swim.
We talk about swimming in cold water. (brrr).
We talk about the challenge of dealing with the tidal pattern and the fickle English weather.
You can find general information and tips at http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com/
We talk about training for this long swim. She calls her training "random sporadic torture."
Beth explains to me how the route for the swim is arranged and how the tides affect the route.
I learned that Channel swims sometimes start in the middle of the night. She shares a good tip of the Varne Ridge Holiday park which is a great place for Channel swimmers to stay. http://www.varne-ridge.co.uk/
We talk about swimming at night and how you navigate the swim in the dark?
Beth swam for 15 hours and 6 minutes. We talk about nutrition for a swim that long. We also talk about weight gain before the swim.
Beth explains how her emotions affect how she feels about time during the race.
We talk about landing in France and how you get back to England when you're done.
The distance is 22 miles if you swim it in a straight line but Beth says the average swimmer will add about 1/3 of the distance to that.
I asked Beth what were some good resources for swimmers who want to swim the English Channel. She recommended the Channel Swimming Pilot Federation www.cspf.co.uk and also the Channel Swimmers Facebook Group.
Lastly we chat about her next challenge which is called the Oceans 7 Challenge. She wants to complete all 7 of these in one year.
You can follow at www.bethfrench.co.uk She is on Facebook as Beth French on twitter @bethsbigswim crowdfunder.co.uk/oceans7
Thank you to Lucy for introducing me to Beth French.
Be sure to follow my adventures at www.amysaysso.com
This week on the podcast I chat with Brad Brown about his most recent Ironman Finish. He just finished Ironman South Africa which was his 5th Ironman finish.
Brad Brown like myself is a host of a podcast. His podcast is called The Kona Edge. He is a sports journalist in the beautiful country of South Africa.
He started his journey to endurance sports with an attempt at the very famous Comrades Marathon in 2010. But before he could give that a go he had to lose some weight. He tells the story of his journey losing 1/3 of his body weight and the trip to the start and the finish of Comrades Marathon and then also Ironman South Africa.
Brad talks about how he found his way to triathlon by adding cross training to his run training.
We chat about how he got from racing Ironman and running to podcasting. The only way to get onto the Kona Edge is to make it to the world championships in Kona. Which has got to be one of the most stringent criteria for being a podcast guest out there.
This is Brad's 5th Ironman but like many people he battled an injury during training and he did not have the training build up he had hoped for.
We talk all about the Ironman South Africa course and the weather conditions in Port Elizabeth.
Brad tells the story of his race at Ironman South Africa 2016.
We talk about walking an Ironman marathon.
We talk about racing with family. He's raced with both his brother and his father.
I learned that in South Africa they call jelly fish blue bottles which is a much prettier name than Portuguese Man o' War like we call them in the States.
We talk about battling through dark spots during the race and the amazing energy of an Ironman Finish Line.
We talk about his favorite part of the Ironman South Africa course.
We talk about the event that may or may not have happened with pro Triathlete Jodi Swallow and a television helicopter that may have knocked her off her bike.
Brad and I speak about how to stay motivated when training for Ironman year after year. He gives some good advice and it's worth a listen.
We do some chatting about the dream of going to the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Brad is going to be running the Cape Town Marathon. And the Ultra Trail Cape Town. He's also got 2 Oceans and Ironman South Africa, JoBerg to Sea and Comrades marathon again.
He is also putting together an online summit about all things Ironman. Check it out at www.theimsummit.com ( I've already signed up).
Jose Sotolongo works with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for Miami.
Jose is a passionate Miami runner who has run the Miami Marathon or the Miami Half Marathon every year since it started in 2003. www.themiamimarathon.com
His story is similar to many people that as an adult he came to running as a way to lose weight and quit smoking. His first run of a mile ended with his neighbor thinking he was having a heart attack.
Jose has run 16 Full and 36 half marathons.
We talk about running the first edition of the Toyota Prius Tropical Marathon in 2003 and how the race has changed in 14 years.
We talk about what perks you get when you run a race every year.
We talk about what his favorite part of the Miami Marathon course is.
We talk about Miami 365 and also where he thinks the best place to run in Miami. Jose told me that Miami is the only city that has downloadable running routes www.miamiandbeaches.com . That is pretty cool.
Jose's favorite other local race is the Turkey Trot and he explains why that is.
He also gives some advice for new runners getting ready for their first marathon.
Because of Jose's position with the convention bureau he has some great information about the impact of the marathon on the city of Miami.
We also chat about how being a little bit competitive can keep you motivated from year to year.
We talk about the famous quote from Dean Karnases which might have actually been said first by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
― Dean Karnazes
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - MLK Jr.
I want to say a special thank you to Frankie Ruiz - unofficial Miami running Mayor of Miami for connecting me with Jose Sotolongo for this interview.
Thank you for listening and be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com for more fun stuff that I'm doing.
Debbie Jo DePuy just recently finished her first Ironman 70.3 at Ironman Haines City, Florida.
Debbie is a wife, a software coordinator and a mom of 2 high-school age boys.
Debbie's background is as a swimmer. She started swimming when she was 5 and swam through college. She is a 7 time all-American swimmer.
We talk about the decision to choose a race close to home in order to make it affordable.
We talk about the resources she used to prepare for the race. Jenkins house of pain triathlon group, You Tube videos, Lightfront Striders and St. Cloud Mom's Run this Town and Women for Tri on Facebook.
Her biggest challenge was time management. We talk about how she got creative to juggle her training and her life.
We chat about being nervous to make the jump to clipless pedals and aerobars.
Debbie shares that she really thought the race briefing was the most beneficial part of her pre-race check in.
We talk about the benefits of being familiar with a race course and how you can never be sure what the weather will be like on race day.
We talk about the actual race of Ironman 70.3 Haines City.
Since Debbie's background is as a swimmer she swam 1.2 miles without a wetsuit in 35 minutes. Zoom zoom!
Debbie shares what it was like to get encouragement from other triathletes on the bike course.
Debbie battled IT Band issues while training and she tells us how she managed the run with that lagging injury.
Debbie says, "No matter how your race goes always finish as hard as you can."
We talk about what she would do differently with her training now that she's completed the race.
Her goal is to complete a full Ironman before she turns 45.
The day that we recorded the interview Debbie raced St. Anthony's triathlon and won her age group! Congratulations Debbie!
Thank you for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast and I look forward to seeing what great things you do coming up.
Be sure to check out Amy's adventures at www.amysaysso.com
Sarah Williams has just completed the 2016 Marathon des Sables.
She is a blogger, author and podcaster of her own with a passion for finding adventures and telling the stories of her adventures.
She decided to do the Marathon des Sables because it was simply the biggest and toughest challenge she could think of. The Discovery Channel calls the Marathon des Sables the toughest footrace on Earth.
Sarah and I talk about the challenges of the race including the fact that you do not have any chance to shower during the race. At all.
Sarah's journey to the Marathon des Sables wasn't a smooth one. We talk about what happened that caused her to defer her 2014 entry and how she got back to race condition for the 2016 of the race.
We talk about how she was coached for the Marathon and the importance of strength and form.
Sarah is from the UK. We talk about how and why she trained in the heat of Australia for the race.
We talk about packing and traveling for the race.
We talk about the diversity in the race. There are over 1000 people who raced this year from more than 40 countries.
Then we go through the details of each of the 6 plus bonus stages of the Marathon des Sables including the double marathon stage where Sarah ran through the night.
We talk about running through the sand dunes and how Sarah avoided getting any blisters. She tells us all about the doc trotters who take care of the runners feet during the race.
We talk about not doing laundry and how you take care of personal hygiene in the desert.
Sarah shares some of the mental tricks that she used during the Marathon des Sables race.
We also talk about the finish.
You can follow Sarah's adventures at her blog www.toughgirlchallenges.com She is also on twitter as @_TOUGH_GIRL and Instagram as @toughgirlchallenge
You can also find Amy's adventures at www.amysaysso.com
Diana is a 32 year old mom in California and on a whim shedecided to do her first triathlon which just happened to be ahalf-iron triathlon.
We talk about why she chose Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. It's a greatstory because when she registered she didn't even have a bike whenshe signed up.
We talk about how she juggled training with her 4 small kids athome. She says, where there is a will there is a way.
She trained on a borrowed bike to start and did most of hertraining on a trainer at home.
She found answers to her triathlon questions on Instagram andSnapchat. She recommends www.runtrimom.com who she actually met inperson in Oceanside before the race.
Her biggest challenges were finding time and the bike. Sheroad with Ed at Rock N Road Cycle which you can find atwww.rocknroadcyclery.net
We talk about traveling to the race. She lives close to the raceso she is brave enough to arrive the day before the race.
She traveled with one daughter to the race and she participatedin the Ironkids run.
Since Oceanside 70.3 was her first triathlon she figured out howto set up her transition on race day.
Diana has a swimming background but she had to conquer her fearof open water swimming for the race. Apparently there were sealswith the swimmers in the Oceanside swim.
Running with a bike in transition was a new experience for herin this triathlon.
The bike was her biggest challenge. Diana and I talk aboutfacing your fears and going down hill and stopping on the bikecourse to go to the bathroom.
We talk about what her nutrition was for race day.
We talk about the great feeling of finishing the 56 mile bikeride.
The13.1 mile run was two loops and we talk about the mental andphysical challenges of the run and then the great feeling of seeingher family and then the glory of the Ironman Finish line.
Diana finished her first Ironman 70.3 in 5:53 which is a greatachievement.
Congratulations to Diana on her Oceanside 70.3!
Thank you to Diana for sharing your story with us her story. Shegives advice to others who want to tackle a race like thisthemselves.
You can find more information about the host Amy at www.amysaysso.com
Last year in 2015 Sonja Wieck completed the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. She finished and received a Norseman Black t-shirt which is a very big deal.
Last year in 2015 Sonja Wieck completed the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. She finished and received a Norseman Black t-shirt which is a very big deal.
If you haven't heard of Norseman go ahead and watch this video. You actually hear Sonja's voice at the start and she is also at the finish shedding a tear from relief, joy and satisfaction.
Sonja and I discuss everything from why she decided to do this race and how she registered to her getting all undressed in front of strangers in the second transition area.
There is a lot of detail in this interview. We discuss how the race works because it's self supported. We discuss her amazing support team. We discuss that she was sick when she did the race and the craziness that was that. Not just a little sick but she found out when she got home that she had pneumonia.
We talk about the good decisions she made and the bad decisions too.
Sonja discusses that the field at Norseman is basically in amazing shape that makes it to Zombie Hill. Yes - a part of this race is called Zombie Hill.
In fact, the tail end of this race is so hard you need a compass and a satellite phone. It's very intense. Sonja and I discuss what it felt like to want to quit at the end of this race and how she worked through it.
At the end I ask Sonja the following question: Harek Stranheim says that he set out to create the toughest triathlon on Earth, do you think he succeeded. Listen to the whole thing to hear her answer.
Congratulations to Sonja for her finish at Norseman XTreme Triathlon. It was a while ago but still it deserves BIG congratulations.
You can find the Norseman XTreme Triathlon information on their website: www.nxtri.com
You can find Sonja at www.risingtidetri.com and on Instagram and Twitter @risingtidetri
Her personal blog is www.goSonja.com and she's on twitter and Instagram @goSonja
You can find the host Amy's thoughts and such at www.amysaysso.com
Courtney Barden Peterson has a blog about her journey to run a marathon in each state of the USA but she says that the running the marathons was easier than maintaining the blog.
Listen to hear why she decided to pursue a marathon in each state, how long it took her to accomplish the goal, why hard boiled eggs (with salt) are simply the best, and her story of finishing the project in Hawaii.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Courtney's Blog: www.1310miles.blogspot.com
Races mentioned: Disney Marathon www.rundisney.com
Grandmas Marathon www.grandmasmarathon.com
Thanks to Courtney for joining me on the Mile after Mile Podcast.
Be sure to check the host Amy's blog to see what she's up to www.amysaysso.com
Darren Weissman also goes by his other name of Doctor Dribble. He's a basketball skills specialist and personal trainer here in Miami, Florida.
On a dare he whim he ran the Miami Marathon. The next year on a dare he ran the same marathon but dribbling two basketballs through the entire course.
Listen to his story of how that one run on a dare set a course for a World Record and much more.
Darren chose to use the notoriety that came with this project for a good cause and he's raised money for many charities. He now has Doctor Dribble's Helping Hands.
You can find Doctor Dribble online at www.doctordribble.com and he's also on Instagram @doctordribble
Running a marathon is a pretty common life goal. Running a marathon in all 50 states is a pretty common goal among those of us who love to run marathons. What makes John's story a little different is that he started his journey to run a marathon in all 50 states when he was 60 years old.
In this interview John Horton and I talk about how he got started on this goal. What races he loved (Big Sur Marathon is one)and which was the hardest (Bataan Death Marathon). We talk about family and the joy of traveling around to beautiful places in the USA.
John has a vibrant community of friends that he runs with and he's actively involved in charitable organizations like the Lions Club and Team in Training. We talk about how to avoid injury while running so many marathons.
John Horton's favorite runner is Steve Prefontaine and he planned to complete his 50 state journey in Oregon at Hayward Field. Listen as he tells the story of finishing this marathon - it's a great story.
John Horton challenges himself (and us) to make an adventure every year. Find out what his next challenge is ... it's a big one.
Becca Pizzi set out to not only run but to win the 2016 World Marathon Challenge.
The World Marathon Challenge is an incredible 7 marathons in 7 continents in just 7 days. Yes consecutive days.
She did all she set out to do. She ran. She finished. She won. She even set a new female finishers award.
Listen to the podcast to find out more about the World Marathon Challenge and how she did it.
Links mentioned in this episode:
www.laughterisagreatabworkout.com Becca's Blog
The Western States 100 is the oldest 100 mile race in the US. It's popular enough that you have to both prove you can run 100 miles and enter a lottery to get in.
Alex May tells the story of the year he ran the Western States 100. We talk about how he trained for the event. Some special challenges he had the year he ran and what went right and what went wrong.
If you've ever wondered about running a 100 mile run and perhaps even the Western States 100 then this is a great story for you.
Events and Links mentioned in this episode:
Western States 100 www.wser.org
Alex May's Blog www.pineridgerunner.blogspot.com
Colorado Marathon www.ftcollinsmarathon.com
Boston Marathon www.baa.org
In 2014 Danielle decided she would swim around Key West. Not on her own because for more than 30 years this has been an annual swim.
It's a huge open water swim. 12.5 miles. Listen in as Danielle shares why she wanted to do this event, how she prepared and then what the day was like after all that preparation.
Links discussed in this episode include:
Swim Around Key West www.swimaroundkeywest.com
Follow Danielle's adventures
Danielle is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google +
Nicole Handler is a personal trainer in New York City. She loves running and crossfit. After running her first marathon at Walt Disney World Nicole went full Dopey for the next year.
We chat about what the Run Disney Dopey Challenge is and how she prepared for the event and what the Dopey Challenge was like to complete.
Links discussed in this episode:
Nicole's Blog www.fitfulfocus.com
Follow Nicole on Instagram, twitter and Facebook @fitfulfocus
Hector Picard is an age-group endurance athlete, motivational speaker and founder of Don't Stop Living. Hector is also a bi-lateral arm amputee. In this episode Hector Picard tells the story of when he rode his bicycle for 36 days and over 3000 miles from Miami, Florida to Spokane, Washington.