Sometimes planning an adventure is almost has exciting as actually adventuring, and on some adventures things go sideways and still offer the best memories and a thirst for more. This is the story of Steph Decker who almost spontaneously invited Calvin Kuo and Freddie Most to an attempt of the fabled and rarely travelled R2R2R alt route down into the Grand Canyon and back. And yes, the alt route is the one without the bridge over the river, so as swimming across is the only option.
We’re moving to L.A. where podcasting is essential and McRibs are plentiful. In this potpourri episode of seemingly-random-and-yet-perfectly-on-brand news Doug and Mathias discuss Kilian’s 24hr track run, the McRib locator map, leaf blower’s devastating effect on the environment and this week’s deadly fall by Swiss ultra runner Andrea Huser. A lot is going on and the holidays are almost here.
It is easy to look at a picture and assume we know the story of the scene. Our brains quickly and happily create a narrative, but few know what really happened when the shutter clicked and the image was captured. In this weekly series, I’ll be going behind the scenes of one of my pictures, giving a quick insight into things. I’ll be describing the how, when, what, why and where of the picture and hopefully, it is appreciated.
Cyber Monday is here and Doug decides to immediately derail the conversation. Mathias’ new iPhone is reviewed, before the talk transitions to Kilian running 24 hours around a track. How would Doug and Mathias do a long 24 hour or full day run properly? With shaved ice, of course. Listen and learn about the failed Tour d’Trump that was supposed to run from Albany to Atlantic City. Share, subscribe and review wherever podcasts are found.
In this episode, we once again ask the hard hitting questions: Do you like braids or twists for your bread? How big do you like your turkey? Do your wrap your meat in dough. Once the food talk subsides, Mathias and Doug quickly transition to responsibility of race directors during Covid, diving into a serious discussion about the outrage over the JFK50 continuing on, forgetting JFK’s words. Share, subscribe and review wherever podcasts are found.
History is made on this episode, as the guys somehow start the show on topic and stay there nearly the entire time. Mathias and Doug chat about Ricky Gates’ Transamericana book and movie, look at the new Brooks shoe colors and explore Mathias’ Nike aversion. We know. We can’t believe that this was a serious show either.
We’ve all heard of the Smashing Pumpkins, but have you heard of Smashed potatoes? After a much needed cooking and baking conversation, Mathias and Doug dive deep into the pressing topics of the day. Will Mathias be able to overcome his lack of motivation for fun, will the two survive the political anger on Strava posts and what exactly is the Streisand effect. Keep your eyes and ears open for the Q for race directors forum and let us know if you need any turkey medals.
This week on Singletrack, Abram Dickerson sits down with Mathias and Doug to share the origins of Aspire Adventure Running. The company gives runners who want the challenge of distance running without the congestion and structure of a races, in some of the prettiest spots around. How’d it start? What do they have planned for 2021? All that and more will be answered.
Is it too early to say “gobble gobble?” Doug talks shuttles coming to Yellowstone, while Mathias wants to ask Rick Steves a question. Thanksgiving is discussed, as is the idea of running in the shape of a turkey. Cancel your holiday plans, plan an appetizer, wear a mask and get ready to use those Yaktrax.
Not new: Singletrack loves Tailwind.
New: In this episode of Singletrack Jenny and Jeff Vierling, cofounders of Tailwind Nutrition give your friendly podcast hosts a unique inside view of how the company was started and the product developed and produced. Come along for the ride and hear how this unique business deals not just with the everyday challenges in today’s world, but also how Jeff and Jenny take care of their employees, their immediate community in Durango, Colorado and our outdoor community at large. Must listen audio nutrition!