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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 • 76 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.

    Rolling Out With Jennifer Vollmann and Dan Casey On The Pura Vida Cycling Challenge

    Rolling Out With Jennifer Vollmann and Dan Casey On The Pura Vida Cycling Challenge

    If you don’t know already, we are all about following signals from the universe to go after big things in this life. Things that no doubt invite fear along for the ride since giant leaps take us into the unknown, you know, that place where all our possibilities live.

    BJ and I were in that place right at the time of this interview as we were preparing to join our guests in Costa Rica for a multi-day cycling camp. Dan Casey and Jennifer Vollman are co-founders of the Pura Vida Cycling Challenge, the place where grit meets paradise.

    Jennifer is an endurance coach, avid triathlete, and an Ironman world championship qualifier in recent years at the 70.3 and 140.6 distances. Dan is a former pro-triathlete and NCAA swimmer with many podiums and victories under his belt.
    When BJ and I decided to join these guys for what we feel a bit more comfortable calling a cycling tour, we knew we wanted to get them on the show and share their beautiful souls with the community.

    We hope you feel the gratitude, love, and joy shared in this conversation.

    In this episode, we discuss.
    * Dan’s backstory as a triathlete/cyclist/swimmer
    * Through loss you gain perspective
    * Things that just don’t matter
    * Sharing fulfilling experiences
    * Importance of giving back to the community
    * Culture & community of Costa Rica
    * Jennifer’s journey to who she is today
    * Bringing mindfulness into sport
    * Keep going to find your thing
    * Living it to build out the cycling challenge
    * Artisans hand-painted gems as you ride through small towns
    * Sugar cane juice and the jungle lodge
    * Charity component of Pure Vida Cycling
    * Importance of cycling in the Costa Rica way of life
    * Day by day breakdown of challenge
    * Cycling in Costa Rica compared to Europe
    * Living in the possibilities of life
    * Cost to waiting
    * Facing fear to draw the power from within
    * Celebration of the experience on the last day

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ultra Smackdown With The Coaches

    Ultra Smackdown With The Coaches

    Exhausted and caffeinated, here we are! Fresh off the Mendocino 50k, the coaches of YT came together to record this ultra smackdown for you. We begin with Coach Liz's recent experience at Lake Sonoma 50 and then move on to the stellar performances of Coach Daniel and BJ at the Mendocino 50k. I take up the rear with a few moments on my experience which was my 4th running of this breathtaking course.

    We had a blast pulling this episode together and hope you take away many nuggets of gold for your journey ahead.

    In this episode, we discuss.

    - Liz’s recap of her Sonoma 50 race
    - Doing what you can to maintain momentum
    - Favorite moment from the trails
    - Training your mind
    - No effort is a waste
    - Are they lessons or hardships?
    - Taking life too seriously
    - What it takes to put yourself out there into the unknown
    - Difference between participating and racing a race
    - Building confidence through experience
    - Nutrition to fuel an ultra as a vegan athlete
    - Mantras
    - Being willing to explode
    - Using caffeine to propel you swiftly forward
    - Reminders that we are alive
    - Lazy boy recliners, what?
    - Ebbing and flowing


    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Jackson Laundry On The Momentum That Lead To His Oceanside Victory

    Jackson Laundry On The Momentum That Lead To His Oceanside Victory

    Jackson Laundry is a professional triathlete and podcast host who saw victory in what many are calling the biggest upset in the history of Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. Amongst a stacked professional field, this 28-year-old from Canada gave us all a beautiful show as he executed a race performance that granted him the "W" on the day.

    Jackson has been on our radar, but after taking the tape in Oside, we knew it was time to dive into his story and get to know this professional who is someone to watch as he continues to make his way up the line, currently ranked 8th in the world by the PTO.

    We had a great time smacking down his victory in Oceanside and everything else we traversed along the way.

    We hope you enjoy the show!

    In this episode, we discuss.

    - takeaways from winning Oceanside 70.3
    - doing the best you can always is a win
    - story of where it all started
    - introduction of ‘easy’ workouts
    - training with his dad for triathlon
    - experiencing the pro-level
    - racing often helps to learn from mistakes
    - his first Ironman
    - staying focused amongst media chatter
    - overestimate what we can achieve in the short term
    - underestimate what we can achieve in the long term
    - taking the long approach
    - mindset training & visualization
    - how to know how hard to go in a race

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 2 min
    OH Show On Living Now And Not Deferring Your Dreams

    OH Show On Living Now And Not Deferring Your Dreams

    In the episode, we catch you up on where we are in life, currently a flow although admittedly sometimes it's an ebb. And this is the truth of our existence, the waves will continue to come but through training our minds we can be the masters of our response.

    We dive into the grow of the sports we love and how important it is to release our attachment to how change unfolds. BJ and I love coming together each month for the OH Show and encourage you all to have dedicated time to converse with the ones you love.

    We hope you enjoy the show!

    In this episode, we discuss.

    - ebb or flow
    - Costa Rica
    - walk the talk
    - holding a vision without attachment
    - letting logistics dictate your life
    - chasing training numbers
    - is Ironman getting soft
    - drama around getting to the pool
    - unrealistic desire
    - paying for doubt
    - release the resistance and move forward
    - the one thing we have control over
    - old every thought captive
    - taper mindset

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr
    Dr. Amy Zacharias On Prevention Before Prescription And Plants For Athletes

    Dr. Amy Zacharias On Prevention Before Prescription And Plants For Athletes

    One of our earliest missions with YogiTriathlete was to spread awareness that living a more vibrant life is within reach for all. I think we can all agree that our general nutrition has a large stake in the vibrancy of our life. After all, what we put in us, becomes us. 

    So needless to say, we’re super excited to be having a conversation with yet another, spectacular physician from Plant-Based TeleHealth.

    Dr. Amy Zacharias is a board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician who realized that the most important aspect of her job was to assist her patients in preventing disease. 

    As she opened to this mindset, she realized that it was not just food but other lifestyle components that equal a healthy life. Today, she finds great interest when working with patients to reach their ideal weight and athletes to reach peak performance by following a whole-food plant-based diet. 

    We hope you enjoy the show!

    In this episode, we discuss.

    - Amy’s journey to a plant-based diet
    - slowing down and be mindful to make lasting change
    - gratitude practice
    - benefits of a plant-based diet for athletes
    - removing oil from your diet
    - happiness factor
    - permission to not be perfect
    - not eating enough calories
    - milk doesn’t do the body good
    - misinformation from coaches
    - future of medicine and nutrition
    - patients have the power to help themselves
    - "I wish I had done this sooner"

    We hope you enjoy the show.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ironman 70.3 Oceanside And Texas Smackdown With Coaches BJ and Daniel

    Ironman 70.3 Oceanside And Texas Smackdown With Coaches BJ and Daniel

    It's been a minute since we've recorded a race smackdown, but the 2022 race season is upon us, so buckle up! Today we are smacking down not one but two 70.3 performances by YT coaches Daniel and BJ. If there is anything you want us to dig a little deeper on, please leave a comment.

    In this episode, we discuss.

    - getting derailed by "possible" race conditions
    - race to give your best
    - results of training the mind daily
    - running your own race
    - taking back your power to find calm
    - "am I going hard enough?"
    - be willing to learn (fail)
    - transitions are free speed
    - race day nutrition
    - what recovery looks like
    - what’s next?

    We hope you enjoy the show.

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 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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