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Fifty Miles on Acid | Interview with Lucas Simon Drake
Lucas Simon Drake joins me to share his experience of running a 50 mile trail ultramarathon tripping on acid. Why did he do it? How did it go? Does he see it as a PED or did in hinder his performance?
Please, listen to this interview with an open mind. It’s pretty damn interesting.
If you’re going to try something like this, please do it on your own and don’t put the RDs at risk of liability and/or losing their permits.
The look of pure bliss: 150 micrograms of LSD during a 10k.
Lucas Simon Drake Episode Notes
Here’s his book on Amazon: Runner’s High or: Can LSD Make You Gay? How I Ran an Ultramarathon Tripping on a Psychedelic Drug: The Easy Guide to Doing What You Should Not
Here’s the reddit thread that caught my attention.
Intro and outro music by David Rosales.
Lucas Simon Drake on the Tongariro Alpine crossing in New Zealand. “Just like Norway but with better weather!”
Gear Review with Lydia
Tracksmith Offroad Packable Jacket and Shorts
rabbit Waffle line
Nicole Monette Interview
Nicole Monette started running competitively in high school and moved to ultramarathons a few years ago. She won Yeti 100 in 2020 and then last month participated in the Hoka Carbon X2 event in Arizona. During that event, Nicole finished second.
She doesn’t race a lot, but instead Nicole focuses on and enjoys the rigors and structure of training. In this chat, we talk about her childhood, kids, her fierce competitiveness, and how she got wound up racing 100k in Arizona last month. How will that event be different than her next trail ultramarathon? In about every way possible.
We also talk about parenting active kids, keeping them motivated and engaged, and what it’s like having little kids with glasses. Lots to cover here!
Nicole Monette Episode Notes
Nicole’s next race is Canyons 100k.
Follow Nicole Monette on Instagram.
I talked about using Zenni Optical for my son’s and wife’s glasses.
Intro and outro music used with permission from David Rosales.
Austin Bogina Interview | Fast legs and sports management
Austin Bogina is an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon, a member of the USA 50k team, and a Ph.D candidate in the field of sports management.
In this interview, we talk about growing up in small town Kansas, finding his legs in Colorado, and working his butt off to get where he is now.
(Austin is) just a farm boy from Kansas who made his dreams happen.Matt Daniels
Austin and I could have spoken for hours about his academic focus and how small groups of runners affect the overall running scene and about how money affects the sport. I’ll likely ask Austin to be on the show again to dig even deeper about how our sport is growing and how that growth will affect athletes from casual ultramarathon runners to sponsored athletes.
Austin Bogina (r), Matt Daniels (shirt) and Matt’s wedding.
Austin Bogina Episode Notes
Here’s our interview with Austin’s good friend Matt Daniels.
Follow Austin Bogina on Instagram or his (mothballed) blog.
Intro/Outro Music used with permission from David Rosales
Austin Bogina and family at Olympic Trials
Gear Chat with Ben
Two products Ben reviewed were the North Face Vectiv and the Naked Running Vest and we raved about the new waffle line from rabbit.
Austin Bogina on the slopes.
Sarah Biehl Interview
Sarah Biehl ran track and XC in both high school and college, ran an Olympics Trials Qualifying marathon, then set her eyes on her first ultramarathon. With guidance from friends in the ultra world, she ran an impressive 5th place, but most importantly, had a great time and smiled the entire time.
Sarah Biehl enjoying the cold water!
In this interview we talk about the importance of collegiate running and friends, the MUT atmosphere and scene, dogs, IPAs, and why in the hell she eats noodles for Thanksgiving. Sarah’s got a great attitude and outlook on the sport and her career and I’m anxious to see what she does next.
Sarah Biehl Episode Notes
Here’s an interview with Sarah Biehl and friend Michael Owen.
I mentioned the Escape From Tennessee race. Here’s the link. Hope to see some of you there!
Sarah is sponsored by the Columbus Running Company. Brick and mortar, check em out!
Full results from JFK50.
Intro music | David RosalesOutro music | AJ LeGrand
Follow Sarah Biehl on Social Media
Gear Chat with Ben Zuehlsdorf
Topo Ultraventure Pro . ($145 available on Amazon affiliate link.)
HOKA Mach 4 ($130) Spring 2021 release
Tracksmith Brighton Baselayer ($88)
Gore R5 GORE-TEX Infinium tights
Clint Welch Interview | From Rodeos to Running
Clint Welch grew up playing football and riding bareback rodeo in California’s Central Valley and Texas. He also ran with his mom occasionally through childhood, but that bug ultimately caught up with him and now he’s an accomplished ultramarathon runner with numerous hundred milers under his belt.
So how’d that transition happen? And what inspired him to start coaching a kids XC team? In this interview we talk about the vibe of the MUT scene, the importance of a supportive partner, the fun times at Born to Run events, and the heartbreak of DNFing at the biggest race of his life.
Clint Welch Episode Notes
Sac Valley Endurance
That skate rock in Tahoe – Gotta keep it on the DL, sorry.
Folsom Lake Ultra Trail
The Born to Run Ultra is organized by Luis Escobar/AllWeDoIsRun.
Music (intro and outro) used with permission from David Rosales
Sebastian Salsbury Livin’ the Dream at Fourteen
Sebastian Salsbury is only fourteen years old–he’s a freshman in high school–but has already run 20 ultramarathons and 30 trail races. He’s qualified for Western States, considers Max King and Luis Escobar his friends, and recently went on an epic run in the Grand Canyon.
Sebastian Salsbury running trails in the Grand Canyon. There’s no doubt that I’d swallow my teeth on that terrain.All pics courtesy of Sebastian and Michael Salsbury
I’ve been following Sebastian for awhile, both from an interested media perspective, and from the eye of a parent and a kids running coach. Up until this point, I’d been hesitant to have him on the show because I didn’t want to risk exploiting him. I’ve seen too much attention given to kids by overzealous parents or teenagers driven to be influencers. Luckily, those concerns were alleviated after our talk this week. This kid loves pushing himself, is passionate about the trail/ultra community, and understands what it takes to succeed more than most people twice his age.
In this interview, we talk about:
* How he got into running.* How does he respond to people who question whether he’s pushed by his parents?* Is he planning on running XC in high school?* How does he balance being a normal HS kid and have a life as a trail runner?* The impact trail running camps had on his life.* And how in the world he ended up in the Grand Canyon with Max, Jim, and Jim’s girlfriend Jess this past weekend.* Beer? Nope, halloween candy.
Jessica Brazeau, Sebastian Salsbury, and Max King at Bright Angel Trailhead. 6:30am.
Sebastian Salsbury Episode Notes
Here’s more info on Max King’s Running Camp (no financial interest) and here’s a video that shows the incredible opportunities afforded to these kids.
Follow Seb on Instagram right here and check out some of the videos of his Grand Canyon adventure.
My favorite Mt. Marathon video.
2015 interview with two other teenagers, Ashley Erba and Jared Hazen.
Intro music | David RosalesOutro music | AJ LeGrand
Sebastian Salsbury and Jim Walmsley after Santa Barbara Nine Trails, 2019.
Gear Chat with Ben
Follow along on our Instagram to see all the new products Ben is checking out, including the new TOPO shoe he mentioned.)
Gore Wear R5 Infinium Insulated Jacket