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YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

YogiTriathlete Podcast Jess & BJ Gumkowski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

    OH Show - Unleashing The Ego On Race Day And Being The Leader Of Your Mind

    OH Show - Unleashing The Ego On Race Day And Being The Leader Of Your Mind

    We hope you enjoy it as much as we did when we recorded it. We feel this community growing stronger every day, and we are grateful that you are a part of it.

    In this episode we discuss:

    - recovery protocol after a race
    - active recovery favorites
    - racing is a mirror for our work
    - ego 101
    - the way out is within
    - meditation is the start of making change
    - using ego to benefit your performance
    - be the leader of your mind
    - in presence, the ego cannot exist
    - toxic relationships
    - transmute anger into love

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz Smackdown with YT Coaches Daniel, BJ & Jess

    Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz Smackdown with YT Coaches Daniel, BJ & Jess

    I was excited to come together with fellow competitors and coaches Daniel and BJ to record this episode. Today, we smackdown our experience at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz and, in doing so, reflect on the power of community.

    Team VPA and Team YT represented the course in droves, and we feel blessed to be the stewards of such notable entities.

    Thank you for tuning in, and please let us know if this episode leaves you with any questions unanswered. Next up and waiting in the smackdown queue - Maui Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Ironman World Championship in Kona, 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah, and Ironman Arizona.

    We hope to see you at the races or on the yoga mat soon!

    In this episode we discuss:

    - Team VPA and Team YogiTriathlete
    - ahimsa - least amount of harm in any situation
    - sharing experiences from the Team YT members
    - navigating race weekend challenges
    - the immersion YT training camp
    - Daniel’s PR swim and race recap
    - finding calm before the swim start
    - concentration and meditation show us our power within
    - Liz’s first triathlon ever in Santa Cruz
    - having expectations without attachment
    - our bike course recaps
    - be your best on the day
    - "for the good, for the good of all" mantra
    - "be the change" mantra from one of our team members
    - importance of training on feel vs data
    - our run experiences at Santa Cruz
    - Jess having too much fun out there
    - moving away from what is not helping you
    - working through moments of doubt

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Connie Riet Mindfulness Guru On Traumatic Brain Injury, Living Simply & Tiny Drops Of Joy

    Connie Riet Mindfulness Guru On Traumatic Brain Injury, Living Simply & Tiny Drops Of Joy

    The waves of life are here to stay but how we learn to surf them is where the difference is made.

    Our guest today, Connie Riet has faced immense waves in her life which have called her to lean deeply into her meditation and mindful practices. It is through her experience as well as deep study that she has become the mindfulness coach, meditation teacher, and professional optimist that she is today.

    Connie has lived a diverse life spanning a 30-year career as a film and television actress to raising children as a single mom, full-time RV living, and surviving a near-fatal car accident which left her with a traumatic brain injury and a massive mountain of healing to climb.

    Connie is dedicated to helping others find peace, health, and happiness. She is a passionate minimalist and shares so many helpful videos on her YouTube channel and writings on her blog.

    In this episode we discuss:

    - the value of the moment
    - self-love
    - embracing surrender and compassion 
    - seeing the gift in her brain injury
    - introduction to meditation and yoga
    - the role of meditation for an actor
    - slowing the breath
    - how she survived an almost fatal car accident 
    - depression and brain injury
    - when gratitude for life was unattainable 
    - little tiny drops of joy
    - don’t fake it till you make it
    - grieving the loss of who you used to be
    - psyching yourself up to lose

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 6 min
    YogiTriathlete Coaches Q & A

    YogiTriathlete Coaches Q & A

    Today we welcome all of the YogiTriathlete coaches to the show. We have come together to answer questions and dive into topics we’ve been working with athletes on as they endeavor to achieve their goals through physical, mental, and nutritional training.

    BJ and I are sharing the mic with Liz McHutcheon or Running On Venti, Daniel Reintjes, otherwise known as the Vegan Burrito, and Lynda Layng or Chef Lynda, as she is known in the Awake Kitchen.

    We hope you enjoy the unique voice of each coach as we deliver a similar message on the topic discussed.

    In this episode we discuss:

    - starting from right here
    - pay attention to what you’re doing while you’re doing it
    - nutrition practices and/or diets
    - what’s the next best thing I can do?
    - tiny changes are the profound changes
    - does goal setting hurt or help you?
    - releasing the timeline 
    - how to come back to the moment
    - letting go of rules
    - nutrition hacks
    - detachment vs not caring
    - healthy meal prep hacks for athletes
    - go-to sauces
    - how to fill your cup before serving others
    - transition wisely

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 2 min
    OH Show On Visiting Family, Big Bear Trail Race & Consistency As The Cornerstone Of Success

    OH Show On Visiting Family, Big Bear Trail Race & Consistency As The Cornerstone Of Success

    Welcome back to the Open and Honest Show, where BJ and I dive into life, racing, training, and coaching every month. Sometimes we turn off the microphones and feel uneasy because with honesty comes vulnerability. But time and again, as we breathe through the discomfort and hold steady to our promise, to be honest, we find that vulnerability has an important place in our roles as coaches and athletes. Without it, it's hard to be fully open and honest.

    We hope you enjoy this month's episode of the OH Show and please let us know your questions or topics of delight so we can dive in next month.

    In this episode we discuss:

    - watering seeds of potential
    - easeful efforting
    - a new way of training the mind
    - love over ego-driven need to be right
    - selfless service
    - east coast visit
    - one-day yoga retreat recap
    - thank you Patreon community
    - training camp January 12-16, 2023
    - Big Bear Lake race recap
    - racing at elevation
    - tiny house living
    - consistency is the cornerstone of success
    - the "all or nothing" mindset

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Leanda Cave On Going For A Fifth World Title In Triathlon

    Leanda Cave On Going For A Fifth World Title In Triathlon

    We are super pumped to have former professional triathlete Leanda Cave with us today.

    Leanda is a multi-time world champion, coach, an absolute legend in the sport of triathlon, and most recently, an Ultraman athlete. Leanda placed 2nd overall at Ultraman Canada, beating the first male overall by 11-minutes which means that women claimed the first two podium spots. So very, very cool.

    Leanda started competing in triathlon in 1993 at the age of 14, eventually leading her to become a Junior Elite in Australia. At age 21, she returned to her home country of Great Britain, where she pursued a professional career in multisport.

    In the early days of her professional career, she focused on Olympic distance draft-legal racing and, in 2001, became the European Under-23 Olympic Distance Champ. In 2002 she won a silver at the commonwealth games, silver at the European championships, and her first world title in Cancun.

    Five years later, she moved into long-distance triathlon, winning her second world title at the ITU long-distance world championship. And then, in 2012 became the first woman in history to complete the double when she won the Ironman 70.3 and 140.6 World Championships just five weeks apart.

    She is one of the greatest athletes to ever compete in the triathlon and BJ, and I have followed her career for a long time. So we are honored that she is sharing the mic with us, and we hope you enjoy the show.

    In this episode we discuss:

    - not scared of figuring things out
    - seeking the path with the most obstacles
    - singular focus vs having fun & enjoying life
    - the mental side of Ultraman
    - tricks to bring the mind back into focus
    - why pursue Ultraman?
    - racing for something bigger than yourself
    - injury is part of the job description as an athlete
    - cross training for Ultraman
    - how to train an athlete through injury
    - being intuitive vs fixated on data
    - race day is a dance floor
    - taking life too seriously
    - passions of being a coach
    - using training to dial in nutrition to fuel performance
    - mobility, stability, and strength training
    - focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t do
    - the approach going into Ultraman World Championships
    - fueling advice for entering into long-distance triathlons

    Thank you to all patrons on Patreon for keeping this podcast commercial-free, we are grateful for you.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

David Richman Author ,

Incredible hosts and show!

Loved being on YogiTriathlete Show! Hosts Jess and BJ are extraordinary. They’re interesting, curious, insightful, and energetic as could be! Great guests and interesting conversations await. Subscribe to this show. Jess and BJ, continue to be a blessing to everyone!

Hskodis ,

The perfect podcast for the mindful athlete!

Jess & BJ do such a wonderful job with their interviews. Whether you are a long time athlete or someone who just wants to get started, you’ll learn something valuable.

RMAP8 ,

Heart openers!!

I’m constantly learning something new from Jess, BJ and their guests. So many gems to take away from every episode, and never short of giggles. I’m so grateful for them, and their openness and vulnerability!

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