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Ep. 141 – The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast with Guest Vanessa Faye Foerster

The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. This week I’m joined by an old friend, Vanessa Faye Foerster. She quit her job as a CPA and launched a new career as a Life & Mental Endurance Coach and unlocking her potential as an athlete. She shares what she learned so you can do the same.

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Hey Friends!

Vanessa Faye Foerster

I think this has been my favorite episode to date! Vanessa gave me a different perspective to look at when it comes to mental endurance, plus I learned so much (pay attention to the part about “micro quitting”) that I’ve already applied to my own training. She also challenged me to not wait to experience a sense of accomplishment and pride that I have reserved for the finish. It’s okay to feel that during the training too! If you’ve listened to the episode, you know I’m a big fan of Vanessa. 10 years ago we met as we learned the ins and outs of triathlon. While starting out as a CPA, she took a risk by quitting her career, moving out west to find her passion, and starting a new career as a Life Coach and Mental Endurance Coach. If that in itself wasn’t inspiring or motivating, she believed in herself to earn an age group podium and qualify for the Ironman World Championships & 70.3 World Championships.

If you need help unlocking your potential as an endurance athlete and want to learn more about how Vanessa can help you, visit her website. We touched a bit on a term I learned during our conversation, “micro quitting”, and I’ve kept it top of mind during my training sessions. If you want to dive down a bit more into this specific topic, check out Episode 24 of her podcast, Train Your Mind with Vanessa Faye Foerster.

Show Notes:

I mentioned a few of the races I’ve signed up to get me ready for the Leadville Trail Marathon. If you’re interested in joining me or trying something new, join me at the Coyote Ugly 30k/50k or the Helenback Trail Marathon.

For cross-training, I’m doing a variety of cycling events to build up my endurance without beating up my legs. If you’re a cyclist, you should consider doing the Tony Serrano Century Ride, Move For Grady, & 6 Gap Gravel (6G2).

If you want to learn more about mountain biking and gravel riding, check out the 6-part docuseries around the Life Time Grand Prix. While the focus is on professional racers, it does a pretty good job showing the festival atmosphere that the non-pros are a part of. It’s inspired me to get my first gravel bike, sign up for my first gravel event, and I’m considering signing up for one of the Life Time gravel events in the fall.

I also mentioned a few new announcements from Garmin recently and if you want more details on the ECG announcement and Garmin’s first wireless charging watch, check out the DCRainmaker website. It’s my resource for all fitness electronics.

I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did. Until next time, keep running, keep riding, and keep believing in yourself. – D2