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Health Episode #12: Michael Mark on Overcoming His Season Ending Injury

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Back in episode #147 Alix and I discussed how you can train through an injury by focusing on what you CAN do vs. what you can’t do.  In this episode our guest, and one of the top Elite Masters OCR athletes on the planet Michael Mark talks about how he is overcoming a devastating, season ending achilles tendon rupture last month during a warm-up run before the TMX World Championship. Michael was arguably in the best shape of his life when his season ended in a split second.

We talk about the injury, what could have lead to the rupture, and how Michael uses his positive mindset to make a 180 degree shift in focus and continue moving forward during bad days, sad days, angry days and happy days. This show will hopefully give you a great perspective on life and how you can always stay focused on becoming the best version of yourself possible.


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Follow Mike on IG @michael_mark_ocr  or @selfmasterynow

Episode 160: Interview with Dylan Miraglia

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In this episode we chat with the best handle bar mustached muscle pants elite OCR athlete on the scene Mr. Dylan Miraglia (the “G” is silent people).

Dylan talks with us about:

  • His life as a youngster and how he discovered OCR
  • How his brother is his greatest motivation on many levels
  • What made him choose the short course, stadium sprint & TMX, format
  • His program design for short course OCR
  • The importance of a strong aerobic run base
  • His mustaches’s favorite beer
  • and the always important question, could he beat a bear in a fight??

***This podcast is brought to you by the word Specificity….. not Specisifity (insert hand to face emoji) :-)****

Outro song: “juice” by Yo Gotti

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The Health Episodes #11: How to take Ownership of Your Performance, Nutrition, & Life

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Take Ownership of your training, nutrition, & life.  In this episode Alix and Mo help you understand how you can stop letting outside forces/people/situations dictate your day/life.

  • Do you go through workouts with your trainer, buddy, or alone blind?
  • Do you just eat food without paying attention or putting in effort to fuel properly?
  • Is everything someone else’s fault, do you let other people, situations dictate your attitude daily?

Ownership of your training:

  • learn a new movement or learn understand the movements that you are doing
    • whats the “why” behind the session/particular exercise
    • ask your coach trainer to help you learn
    • start with ONE movement
  • Taking ownership in this realm can give you confidence to take on other tasks you may have been intimidated by

 Ownership of your nutrition:

  • you don’t need to become a food scientist
  • learn the health benefits of one food each day or each week, then incorporate into your nutrition
  • Learn how the foods/supplements you eat affect your body, performance, recovery, etc
  • Learn how to prepare a meal for yourself
  • Learn how to order healthy at a restaurant and/or stick to healthier options when eating for business
  • ENJOY yourself when eating out and own it!

Ownership of your life:

  • Do you wake up and watch the news or check social media and realize how that dictates your attitude, response/reaction to others for the day?
  • Do you allow situations at work or home “put you in a mood” for the day?
  • Wake up each morning and start by owning the first 10-15 minutes 
    • box breathe, meditate, smile
    • repeat this mantra “today I take ownership of my thoughts and emotions. Today I take ownership of my body and food”
  • If you make a mistake OWN IT, don’t dwell on it, learn from it and make it a positive 
    • “I realize I could have done xxx better”  or  “In looking back I see where I could have done/said xxx for a better outcome/response/etc”
  • At the end of each day write in a journal what you took ownership of that day.  Whether its one thing or 10 things, write it down.  Review it the next morning after breathing, meditation, and while saying your mantra to start your day/mind off on the right track  Review your wins.. 
  • At the end of each week/month/year you can go back and look at all of your ownership WINS and see how you have progressed

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Episode 159: Interview with Ryan Kent

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In this episode Mo, Miles, & Vic talk with Spartan Pro Ryan Kent and recap the recent Spartan AT&T Stadium Sprint. Along with Ryan’s race recap we discuss:

  • What it is going to take for him to win the series
  • How incorporating heavy strength training has helped his performance
  • How he will alter/change training in prep for Spartan Championship series
  • How/when he draws mental strength from his time on The Selection
  • What will it take to win TMX
  • and more!

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***Outro song “Posse on Broadway” by Sir Mix-A-Lot…. Because it’s fun :-)***

Episode 158: Interview with Spartan Elite Kevin Gillotti

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In this episode Miles and I sit down with one of the Spartan OG’s and a true master of endurance sports Kevin Gillotti.  Kevin has been heavily involved in triathlon and duathlon for over 28 years before diving deep into Spartan racing. Not does Kevin has decades of experience, he is fast as hell and at 48 shows no signs of slowing down ANY time soon.

This is a wild episode and Kevin give us lots of great insight, wisdom and tips including:

  • How he overcame a devastating injuring early in his career, told he would never run again, and came back even stronger
  • How he continues to be a dominant force in endurance sports regardless of age
  • How he helped Spartan Race run on the back, programming, end in the early days
  • Why he doesn’t really care about lifting form
  • Why Hunter McCintyre needs to shut the hell up 🙂
  • Why mindset is so important
  • Why he doesn’t overtrain
  • Why you don’t have to run on trails to be a bad ass
  • And SO MUCH MORE!!

SERIOUSLY this episode is loaded with great information and inspiration!


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Check out Kevin’s website at www.kevingillotti.com


The Health Episodes #10: Review of “The Magic Pill” Documentary

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In this episode Alix and Mo review the popular Netflix documentary “The Magic Pill”. Among some of the moments they highlight and discuss are:

  • Is a high fat low carb, or ketogenic diet right for you
  • Is the Heart Health Hypothesis wrong
  • How eliminating processed foods and sugars has the power to reverse disease states
  • How your children WILL eat what you feed them, although it may not be easy at first
  • and more

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Check out Nina Teicholz’s New York Times Best Seller “The Big Fat Surprise” 

For more information about the aboriginal diet and health camp “Hope for Health” visit www.hopeforhealth.com.au

Episode 157: Interview with super mom & elite OCR athlete Julie Hartjes

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First of all this episode was a BLAST to record!! We had a lot of fun with our guest Julie Hartjes, and answered some series and funny questions from her teammates.

Before we jumped into the fun questions we got to know Julie and learned how this mother of 3, that home schools 2 of her children finds time to train and be a podium contender at every race. We discuss:

  • How she uses the entire day to train in spurts when she’s busy with kids/life
  • The importance for parents, especially mothers, to take time away from the family for themselves “Don’t forget about yourself”

And then…. 🙂

  • Want to improve your grip?? Milk a bunch of cows
  • How she became so awesome at taking selfies
  • How her and her teammate tried to smother Jay Flores in a hug
  • How Woodchucks are extremely efficient.. at chucking wood..
  • And a lot more fun and some serious questions smattered in

***Bonus… Can you spot Jay Flores in the photo***

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Health Episode #9: How to Manage “Bad Days”

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Every human has a bad day occasionally. A bad day training,racing, a bad day at work, with a friend, family member, spouse, etc. Bad days hit us all, but the question is how do you handle that bad day?

In this episode Alix and Mo talk about this and give you tips on how to turn your bad day around by incorporating:

  • breath work
  • hard workouts
  • restorative workouts
  • laughter and smiling
  • DECIDING on your day
  • grabbing a hug
  • and more

Take a listen and share with a friend or anyone you know that could benefit from hearing.

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Episode 156: Interview with Austin Spartan Super Champ Jordon Buscemi

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What out OCR Elite men!! This dude is on fire and on a mission!!!

In this episode OCR rising star Jordon Buscemi sits down with us to discuss:

  • His love for being outside and “playing”
  • His motivation behind racing
  • One of the best race mantras I have heard, provided by his 6yr old boy
  • His review of the weekend Spartan Super and Sprint Races
  • Why he doesn’t race with a watch or heart rate
  • His hybrid “unorthodox” training
  • Co-founding Wisconsin OCR Team
  • and more!!

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