Tim Jenkins talks about living into and creating experience with running (S1, E9)

Season 1, Episode 9

Runner | Tim Jenkins

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” - Henry David Thoreau

In this episode, Tim Jenkins shares his story about how he grew into an avid and passionate runner. We discuss his personal experiences and journey, which has enabled him to meet some great friends and mentors along the way. He shares many stories of specific individuals that came into his life and helped him grow as a runner. He also shares how these experiences have fueled his efforts and motivation to help create similar experiences for others in our community. 

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Scott Black shares his love for trail running, Kentucky and proper hydration.

Season 1, Episode 8

TRAIL RUNNER | SCOTT BLACK

A native Kentuckian, Scott has a love for the beauty and outdoor opportunities our state offers. This passion keeps him running longer, finding new trails to traverse and intersects with his professional life. He was a family physician that went on to do a sports medicine fellowship, become team doctor at the University of Kentucky. He also got a degree in exercise physiology along the way and has most recently co-founded a sports energy and hydration company, Sword. Enjoy listening to the stories Scott has to tell (including witnessing a bear on one of his runs!)

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Resources: 

Sword | DrinkSword.com
University of Kentucky's Runner's Clinic

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Kevin Ryan talks about pursuing a life of a pro triathlete in Kentucky

Season 1, Episode 7

TRIATHLETE | Kevin Ryan

What does it mean to pursue a life as a professional triathlete? More importantly, what does that look like for someone who calls Lexington, Kentucky home? In this episode I talk to Kevin Ryan about the journey he is currently on to answer these questions. We talk about his initiation into the sport, including his decision to leave Kentucky for San Diego, California (a paradise of triathlon training). While a wonderful place, Kevin returned home to Lexington to continue his journey. We spend time talking about the benefits of living in Lexington, as it relates to participating in triathlon and being an active person.

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Show Notes:

  • - Introduction 
  • - How Kevin got introduced to triathlon by John Brucato  
  • - Kevin’s background in swimming and how he got started with swim team 
  • - proving to himself that he was a good athlete by making it as a college swimmer, as a walk on at University of Kentucky 
  • - Getting the details about trying to live as a professional triathlete 
  • - Kevin doesn’t race Ironman triathlons (which he often gets asked), he shares the different types of  triathlons
  • - Kevin’s decision to move to San Diego to train in a triathlon paradise and why he moved back to Lexington 
  • - What does a typical day look like as a professional athlete? 
  • - How do you manage relationships, when training volume picks up? 
  • - What are the pressures like to “get a real job”, when you have a degree in chemical engineering? 
  • - Using those analytical skills as a triathlon coach, to help optimize his athletes programming 
  • - The efforts that USA Triathlon is making to help make triathlon an NCAA athlete (Arizona State & East Tennessee State) 
  • - What are the strengths of living in Lexington, when you are trying to train for triathlon? 
  • - What is the piece of equipment you couldn’t do without? Cycling power meter 
  • - In last six months, where was the best place you were training? Claremont, Florida 
  • - When you think of someone who models active living, who do you think of:  Susan Bradley-Cox, Ron Shashy  
  • - Are there professionals or other people in the sport that you follow? Trevor and Heather Wurtele 
  • - If you could have one wish to improve our environment for being athletic, what would it be:  decrease county road speed limits to 45 mph, change “Share the Road” signs to read “Bikes may use full lane" 
  • - What is one thing someone could do today, to get started in triathlon? Go watch a race and understand what you are signing up for.  Understand the demands of the swimming leg of triathlon and make an effort to improve. And, you don’t need to buy an expensive bike to get started with the sport.

Resources: 

Bluegrass Triathlon Club
Susan Bradley-Cox Tri for Sight

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Lessons Learned from our guests on being active

Season 1, Episode 6

Lessons Learned | 4 Lessons we've learned from our guests.

I take a step back from our regular format, to review some common themes that have risen out of the previous interviews. As I have talked to our guests about their history of being active, along with why they continue to be active, I noticed the appearance of some common responses. In this episode, I review four of those commonalities, using examples shared from our guests and how you can observe them in your own life, as you continue to be active.

The Four Lessons Learned from:  Susan Bradley-Cox, Josh Nadzam, Heather Warman, Laura Coombs, Randy Thomas and Pam Thomas include: 

1. Be Adventurous
2. Be willing to change
3. Be willing to play
4. Be connected

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Pam and Randy Thomas share their passion for cycling in the Bluegrass

Season 1, Episode 5

Cycling | Pam and Randy Thomas

When I think of the strengths we have in Central Kentucky, as it relates to getting outdoors, I think about the many miles of amazing scenic views we have throughout horse country. One of the best ways to experience these views is from the seat of a bicycle.  Pam and Randy Thomas are two individuals that not only enjoy the sport of cycling, but work hard as advocates to improve cycling throughout Central Kentucky. 

In this episode, we discuss how Pam and Randy transitioned from being runners to cyclists. We also spend time discussing their work with the Bluegrass Cycling Club, the Horsey Hundred, Bluegrass Bike Partners, along with many other ways they are involved in creating an environment that supports new and experienced cyclists.

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Resources: 

Bluegrass Cycling Club
Horsey Hundred
Bluegrass Bike Partners
Pedaling for a Purpose
Kentucky Department of Transportation, Bike / Walk
Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission
 

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Laura Coombs discusses the value of lifestyle design when becoming an active person

Season 1, Episode 4

Lifestyle Design | Laura Coombs

To become an active person is as much about creating a lifestyle that includes activity, as it is about reaching some athletic goal or achievement. In this podcast, Laura and I discuss how the goal of living an active, healthy and adventurous life is a great goal for many individuals.

Laura shares the 7 Pillars of health that she uses as the framework for helping her personal training clients at Fitness Plus and coaching clients through MoveItBuddy. 

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Show Notes: 

(coming soon)

Resources: 

Fitness Plus - Personal Training Studio
MoveItBuddy

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Heather Warman talks about bringing stand up paddle boarding experiences to Kentucky

Season 1, Episode 3

SUP | Heather Warman

Starting a new adventure is part of the enjoyment for living an active lifestyle. When you get to experience something for the first time, it can make you feel like a kid again. That is one of the wonderful things about the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) for many Kentuckians, as it's a new and growing sport locally. Heather shares a lot of knowledge about stand up paddling and how she and her partner Aaron are working to provide people new experiences. 

Their goal is to introduce SUP to more people in our state, but also bring awareness to the abundant natural resources we have here in Kentucky.  Those two goals are so closely aligned with Active Lexington, I couldn't wait to share her stories.

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Show Notes: 

  • Heather and partner Aaron started SUP Kentucky in March
  • Heather getting started kayaking with the Bluegrass Wild Water Association by going to the beginner clinic to get started
  • Started SUP in 2010 as a way to be on the water when whitewater kayaking wasn’t possible
  • Kentucky only has 1 dam released river, Russell Folk in Elkhart City
  • Northwest River Supply
  • How to SUP on the Elkhorn River, the Upper and Lower sections. 
  • How Heather got the bug to start kayaking and SUP.
  • Gary’s reaction to seeing stand up paddle boards on cars in Lexington
  • The beginning of stand up paddling and how it started to grow in popularity, which is just now started to become more popular in Kentucky. 
  • Kentucky is only second to Alaska for amount of water in the state. 
  • What the SUP Kentucky three step process includes, to participate in stand up paddling.  Introduction, Experiences and Fitness.
  • Two goals of SUP Kentucky: 1. get people on the water, stand up paddling.  2. To get people out in Kentucky to experience the beautiful natural resources we have in our state
  • How knowing the dynamics and movement of water is a valuable skill to know and learn when becoming a stand up paddling. 
  • Some of the physical challenges associated with stand up paddling
  • What the experience of falling off the paddle board is like in normal water and in rapid  moving water
  • Understanding the five classes of water
  • Discussion on a few of the different locations to go stand up paddle in Kentucky
  • What equipment do you need to participate in stand up paddling?
  • How to evaluate different types of stand up paddle boards.
  • What are the costs associated with buying a stand up paddle board and the paddles?
  • What is being done, in addition to SUP Kentucky, to bring SUP to Kentucky?
  • What will the fitness experiences be like with SUP Kentucky?
  • Training gear you couldn’t live without:  Bosu Ball
  • Best experience SUP in last 6 months: Cumberland Falls
  • Who models active living? Aaron (her partner)
  • What wish would you want to improve activity in KY? Some political change to help promote adventure tourism, for economic benefit in our state. 

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Josh Nadzam discusses how running helped provide an opportunity for a new life.

Season 1, Episode 2

Runner: Josh Nadzam

There are those people you meet in life, that seem to be too nice to be real. That was the first impression I had when I met Josh. He is a talented runner, but it was all the community and social advocacy he was involved with that left the lasting impression. On a group run from John's Run/Walk Shop, most of us would be discussing run workouts or races, while Josh would be thinking about raising money for a charity in need. 

In this episode, we start with his story related to growing up in an unstable environment and how it impacted him.  How running provided a way for him to start a new life at the University of Kentucky.  We also talk about Josh's motivation to serve others and what role running has in those efforts.

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Photo Credit: Ayna Lorenzo,  http://www.mothwingphoto.com/

Show Notes: 

  • How Josh started running track & field in a little bit of a round about way.
  • What it was like to run a state cross country meet, the morning after playing in a playoff football game (playing both offense and defense)
  • How Josh's high school basketball coach and his uncle Brad stepped forward to be a male role model in Josh's life.
  • How sports provided stability in an unstable environment.
  • Pat Tyson at University of Kentucky, was the coach that responded to Josh’s inquiry and gave him a shot at UK
  • What it was like growing up in a rough neighborhood, without a lot of support from family. Then getting mentorship from his high school basketball coach. 
  • How important it was for this coach to ask Josh, “Why?” The life changing impact this coach and one uncle had, which allowed him to grow as a person.
  • What is it like to be forced to become an adult, when just in the 5th grade.
  • Getting the opportunity to come to Lexington, Kentucky and have the opportunity to start a new life, including joining the Track and Field Team.
  • Coach Weber at University of Kentucky, giving attention to Josh, when he probably did not have to because Josh was struggling to hang in many practices.
  • How he used his background as motivation to positively impact his experience in Track and Field. 
  • What keeps Josh running, now that he’s well beyond his collegiate running days.
  • Running is a large part of Josh’s identity, but it also allows him to raise awareness  and bring attention to causes he cares about.
  • Josh describes the non profit, On The Move Art Studio, which he is one of the co-founders
  • The Lexington running community has come forward to volunteer and donate money to On The Move Art Studio.
  • Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon and Horse Capital Marathon are a couple examples of events that have provided ways for On The Move Art Studio to raise money.
  • What the renovation project was like, to renovate the On The Move Art Studio vintage trailer.
  • How stressful raising money on Kickstarter can be, especially when it does not look like you will make your goal.
  • Partnering with Crank N Book Ice Cream and Nourish your Neighborhood to provide a unique event for kids.
  • How Josh used running to raise awareness of a dating violence bill and raise money for Greenhouse 17.
  • Coach Weber’s advice, “It’s just a foot race” 
  • Piece of equipment Josh couldn’t live without:  running shoes
  • In last six months, where is the most inspirational place you have run:  Boston Marathon
  • Where in Lexington do you run if you can find a place: Legacy Trail, Arboretum, Jacobson Park
  • Who is someone that models ‘Active Living’ that inspires you: Jonathan Feddock 
  • What would be your single wish, to improve running in Lexington: keep growing the awareness that running is accessible, possible and has low barriers to entry.
  • What could someone do today, to get started running? Just take the first step.

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Susan Bradley-Cox shares stories of triathlon's early days

Season 1, Episode 1: 

Triathlete: Susan Bradley-Cox

I have been wanting to share this interview with everyone since the moment we recorded it. Susan has been an inspiration, support system, coach and role model for many triathletes in Lexington for the past three decades. Attending 23 straight Age-Group World Championships is an accomplishment that is hard to believe, yet she did just that. As a lifetime Kentuckian (well.. other than a brief stop in Florida, which we discuss), she also has many stories of our community and how triathlon has developed over the years here in Lexington. 

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Show Notes:  (Times are approximate)

1:25 - growing up in a time when females were not encouraged to be active, why Susan learned to swim. How she continued to be be active and find activity through those years. 

4:30 - why Susan started out at Floridian Southern University and what happened when she told her father she was going to be in the circus that summer. 

7:00 - what drove Susan to become a guidance counselor opposed to pursuing a physical therapy occupation. 

8:45 - discussion about the love of the water, along with her introduction to Masters Swimming

9:45 - Susan getting introduced triathlon, completing her first triathlon at 42 years old (in 1982)

11:45 - qualifying for Ironman Hawaii, which was the only Ironman at the time (1986)

13:15 - How Susan was able to go to Hawaii, with support from the Lexington Community. 

15:40 - Qualifying for Team USA in 1989. How a call from Tim Yount opened the door for a sponsorship and ultimately her attendance to the first World Championships in France.  Two other Lexington residents, Don Livingston and Jeff Smith also attended. They got to witness Mark Allen win that first Championship. 

19:00 - How the Lexington community encouraged Susan to compete and train. 

20:00 - Starting triathlon at 42 years old. How that was especially encouraging for female triathletes. 

21:45 - Being at the World Championships for 23 straight years. What it was like traveling the world as a part of Team USA. 

24:45 - Getting started with Team in Training, as a triathlon coach. 

30:00 - Training for Ironman Hawaii and how she needed to figure out training, with only 3 months to train. How it is different today, with all the services available. 

32:30 - Training for the swim in triathlon, when someone is a non-swimmer

33:30 - What is unique about our region / community, that makes it special to be a triathlete. 

36:45 - Being from “Kentucky” not just another city

38:00 - Starting new adventures, such as hiking and kayaking

42:00 - Where to go if you are starting and need to learn to swim in Lexington. 

45:00 - Finding places to open water swim around Lexington.

48:00 - Additional resources that triathletes have available to them

52:00 - How some great athletes go unnoticed at times, include Mark Nenow

53:30 - How does someone have the longevity in sport that Susan has maintained? 

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