The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. This week we are joined by Josh Wigley, a recent finisher of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Josh shares how he changed his mindset and took responsibility to overcome his addiction to alcohol and turn his life around.
In this episode, I catch up with Josh Wigley, someone I’ve known in passing through the local triathlon community. I’ve followed his journey through social media since he moved to Colorado several years ago. It was through social media that I got to learn a little about what he was going through and his journey. He was willing to share it publicly so I reached out to him and invited him on the podcast. The last time I saw Josh was at Ironman Chattanooga in 2014. I did not realize at the time that he did the race hung over and during our conversation, he also shared that he pretty much drank during his hike on the Appalachian Trail. It’s a pretty remarkable story and I’m happy to hear from him that he’s doing much better and continues to work on himself.
Here are the show notes:
Check out the Leadville 100 MTB Race page to learn more about this race. Would you consider doing this?
I also covered some cycling news and mentioned some videos worth watching if you want to learn more about the Paris-Roubaix Femmes documentary called, Grit & Grace – The Story of the 1st Women’s Paris-Roubaix. I’ve embedded it below if you prefer to watch it right now.
The second video worth watching to learn more about the Tour de France avec Zwift is Tour de Force. The video is below for convenience.
Atlanta Winter Bike League starts November 19th at 9:30 am at 1010 White Street in Atlanta (Lee + White Complex). If you know where Wild Heaven Brewery at West End is, that’s the meeting and start location. The coffee shop Finca to Filter is open (inside Wild Heaven) so you can get your pre-ride caffeine fix. With plenty of free parking and bathrooms available, this is a great location for a group ride. All ride paces are welcome (less than 12 mph – 17 mph pace groups available). The first ride is 1 hr 40 mins. and increases by 20 minutes every two weeks. The final ride is 4 hrs 40 mins. These are training rides with ride group leaders so no one gets dropped. All groups start and finish at the same time. I’ll be one of the group ride leaders and Colby Bryan, our Bike Sales and Service Manager will also be there as a group ride leader. The Atlanta Winter Bike League is in its 10th year and is organized by Robert Wilhite of MyCycleCoach.com. There is no cost to participate. This is Robert’s way of giving back to the community and improving the cycling experience for all riders.
Lastly, I mentioned a great alternative to cycling in the Winter using Zwift. It’s a fun and interactive way to train indoors and it’s one of the most popular platforms available. You are going to need a Smart Trainer that can connect to a computer/laptop/tablet or AppleTV. The one I use is the Wahoo Kickr (a less expensive Kickr Core is also an option). The Kickr models are available at our Big Peach Ride + Run locations. If you have questions about setup, our team at those locations will be able to help, or simply reach out to me at email@example.com. I’m still a newbie at Zwift but I’ve learned a bit about getting started.
Keep running, keep riding, and keep believing in yourself.