79: Rachel Joyce: IRONMAN Champ, Mum, Recovering Attorney

July 5, 2018
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Rachel Joyce is a recovering attorney, wife, mom and amazing professional triathlete! In 2005 Rachel grew bored of following the black line and so decided to give triathlon a go: the natural next step for a 50m specialist in the pool!  An attorney at law by day, Rachel would switch her work suit for spandex during her lunch hours as well as pre and post work to fit in training where she could.  Sometimes this meant closing a deal at midnight and hopping on her bike for the ten mile journey home through the city. Whilst working as a lawyer Rachel achieved some promising age group results:  including winning her age group at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2006 and placing top age grouper at Ironman 70.3 Monaco.  In 2008 Rachel took the plunge and resigned from her job at London city law firm, Taylor Wessing (www.taylorwessing.com) to give her best shot at being a professional triathlete.  Since then Rachel has enjoyed a steady rise in the sport.  She placed fifth in her first Ironman, Ironman Florida in 2008 in a time of 9:37 and less than a year later was crossing the line at the Ironman World Championships in 6th place (her first time racing on the Big Island).  She now has six top ten finishes in Kona to her name (6th:2009, 5th:2010, 4th:2011, 2nd:2013, 3rd:2014, 2nd:2015), a world title and three Iron distance titles (Ironman Lanzarote 2011, Challenge Roth 2012, Ironman Texas 2013 and Ironman Cozumel 2013).  Her finish time in Challenge Roth (8:45:03) also puts her down as the fifth fastest woman over the Iron distance and is one of only 4 women to finish in sub-9hours at the Ironman World Championships (8:57:28).

London was “home” for  10 years but now Rachel has moved Stateside and lives year round in Boulder, Colorado.  She has been coached by Julie Dibens since the end of 2014.  Her ambition in the sport is to win Kona as well as tick off a few “bucket list” races she has on her list….Wildflower, Ironman Lake Placid, St Croix 70.3 and Escape from Alcatraz to name a few.

Outside triathlon Rachel is known to be up for a challenge and this has seen her race in 3 degree C waters in the European Cold Water Swimming Championships, where she took the 25 metres breaststroke title in 2004.  She also volunteered to be a “buddy swimmer” to a friend on her English Channel crossing.  This involved 6 hours of swimming in the 16 degree waters…no wetsuit. In fact, it’s almost the law that she has to jump into any cold body of water that she comes across including Loch Ness, Loch Tay, the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay and the Irish Sea.  When not biking, running and swimming Rachel can usually be found sniffing out new coffee joints, with her nose in a book, baking up a storm in the kitchen or sleeping.  She also writes occasionally for Triathlete and has a monthly column in Triathlete Europe.

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77: Shay Eskew: What the Fire Ignited

June 26, 2018
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Shay is an All American and World ranked triathlete, burn survivor with scars over 65% of his body and is a sought out national motivational speaker. Despite being told he'd never compete in sports again at the age of 8, Shay is living testament to "Anything is Possible": 4x Ironman, 4x member of Team USA, ranked top 2% of Ironmen worldwide and has competed in 8 triathlon world championships, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. His mantra has always been to not merely be a "finisher" but to be a "competitor." Last year, he finished 21st at the International Triathlon Sprint World Championships - all of this despite not being able to sweat on 1/3 of his body due to his scars and suffering from severe dehydration during each race.

Shay's story is a parent's nightmare - an innocent 8 year old set afire with gasoline by a neighbor's child. The severity of his burns resulted in the amputation of his right ear, years of rehab to regain use of his right arm after being permanently melted to his side, learning how to write left handed to resume attending school and the wearing of plastic orthotic braces for 3 years - including 35 surgeries over 30 years. Always the first to make light of his situation, Shay shares how having a detachable prosthetic ear can be quite entertaining, even when it pops off at unpredictable times.

His message underscores we all face adversity, some physical, some mental, but "everyone has a story" and it is how we embrace adversity that defines who we are. Shay truly believes getting severely burned as a child was a blessing and served as a motivator to excel in athletics and become a top 1% income producer. It's hard to imagine a kid who cried himself to sleep at night for years due to being compared to Freddy Krueger would one day be an extremely successful sales executive. "It's all about being memorable" Shay tells his audiences.

Shay is well-known in the national triathlon community. He was selected as 1 of 6 nationally most inspiriting stories in the 2012 Ironman Kona Inspired contest and featured during the NBC Broadcast of the 2012 Ironman World Championships. He was also featured as the amateur male athlete in the 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championships and as a feature cover story "Forged by Fire" in the 2012 USA Triathlon Olympic Preview issue. Shay is also a sponsored triathlete and a member of the Ironman Foundation/Newton Running Triathlon Ambassador team.

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70: Brad Cooper: Godspeed - The Race Across America

April 26, 2018
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"Let's ride our bikes across America!" Many of us would say, "Huh?!?" if someone called us and made a statement like that -but not Brad Cooper when his acquaintance, Jerry Schemmel asked him.

This conversation is with Brad - and it was such a fun time learning about this bicycle race stretching over a week and from Oceanside, California all the way to Maryland.

The documentary film, Godspeed: The Race Across America hits theaters on May 22 for a showing - don't miss out!

The Team:

Brad Cooper:

Brad is the co-founder and currently serves as the CEO of US Corporate Wellness, an organization that partners with corporations to bring specific, sustainable engagement to the management of individuals’ health and wellness. He also co-founded the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker and has authored several books. Brad is an 11- time Ironman finisher (4 times at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship).

Jerry Schemmel:

Jerry is a local Denver radio personality currently serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise. He has previously served as the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Jerry is a seasoned triathlete and ultra- distance-cycler. Jerry is also a highly sought after motivational speaker and the author of “Chosen to Live” and “The Extravagant Gift”.

About Race Across America

 

Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well.

There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it - racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.

About the Movie:

GODSPEED is a riveting documentary with Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper and their quest to win the 2015 Race Across America ultra cycling competition.

Watch the Trailer:

https://youtu.be/N23VKLZLShY 

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67: Nicole DeBoom: Running this World and Skirt Sports and Stuff

March 30, 2018
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Can I say how much I LOVE NICOLE DEBOOM? Thiiiiiiis much!

Nicole is the founder of Skirt Sports - she started with the goal of helping women find strength, power and happiness through running. Today Skirt Sports has expanded from its initial running skirt to a full line of inspirational women’s fitness apparel sold in hundreds of stores across the US and throughout the world as well as a huge focus on events as the main driving force for women to move their lives forward.

Shes continue to lead the company as the Founder & CEO, now balancing the challenge of staying fit, running a business and chasing around a young daughter!
 
She also has an amazing podcast "Run this World" where we first "met" officially!
 
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66: John Young: The Hammer

March 20, 2018
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Why do they call John Young "The Hammer"?  Well, you'll have to listen and find out.  In this episode, Meredith and John talk about everything from racing to bullying to parenting.  John is the first person with dwarfism to complete an IRONMAN triathlon. He's also an avid athlete - running several marathons, including Boston, and is tackling a really cool goal this year. 

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60: Chrissie Wellington: To The Finish Line with a 4-Time IRONMAN World Champion

February 2, 2018
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For me, Chrissie Wellington is the epitome of heart, grace, athletic prowess, mental toughness and kindness. I was inspired by Chrissie from the second I entered the sport of triathlon--and I continue to be inspired by her to this day. 

Her new book, To the Finish Line : A World Champion Triathlete's Guide to Your Perfect Race, is available now. 

Another favorite episode. 

Get the Books

To the Finish Line:  A World Champion Triathlete's Guide to Your Perfect Race

A Life Without Limits:  A World Champion's Journey

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57: James Lawrence: The Iron Cowboy

January 12, 2018
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50 Iron distance races, 50 states, in 50 days. Meredith and James talk about some of the ups and downs of this incredible journey, the TEN YEARS of hard work that happened LONG before the 50-50-50, and Meredith asks him ONE question that he has NEVER been asked before. 

Repeatedly mocked for choosing a goal so big, Lawrence took on the challenge of doing 50 Ironman races, in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 US States. His journey will make you laugh, cry and possibly squirm in your seats in disbelief. James lives with his wife, Sunny, and their five children in Utah. After breaking several Guinness World Records, James wondered if he had truly found his mental and physical limits. He knew there was more. Experience firsthand the remarkable journey of James Lawrence and his family.

James is originally From Calgary, Alberta Canada. He grew up a wrestler and later in life became to love endurance racing to escape the hectic routine of Corporate America. After losing everything in 2008, James turned to his new found passion for triathlon racing and went on to break two world records within three years. In 2015 James accomplished the unthinkable despite everyone saying his end goal was impossible. He completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States -- The 50-50-50.

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48: Diane Berberian: Loss of Sight & Seeing Life

November 15, 2017
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Diane lost her vision, but that didn't stop her--in anything.  One of the most fascinating and inspiring interviews to do.  Diana is a woman who knows no limits. Living with Macular Degeneration (MD), Diane has become one of the most celebrated and successful female Ironman athletes in the sport. Never racing the same long distance course twice, Diane thrives on taming the challenges that the sport of Paratriathlon offers; earning her the nickname of “The Iron Maven”.

With the aid of a sighted guide, Diane has pushed herself to remain competitive in a sport that draws only the strongest of character to it – the Ironman; a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.

Never one to settle, Diane set her sights on a new challenge and qualified for the USA National Paratriathlon Team in 2013. She earned the title of TRI6B National Paratriathlon Champion and the honour to represent her country at ITU Paratriathlon Worlds, where she placed 5th overall.She won the National Championship for Visually Impaired Females at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in Washington, DC in October, 2014 then traveled to Wilmington, NC where she won the Para Division of the Beach 2 Battleship Half Ironman. That victory was the finishing touch on her long course competition career.

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46: Mike Reilly: The Voice of IRONMAN

November 3, 2017
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"You are an IRONMAN!" Anyone who has dreamed of that finish line has also dreamed of those words being shouted at their finish---and if you are very lucky, by the man himself, Mike Reilly.  Mike "called" Meredith into the finish at IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene in 2013, and Lake Placid in 2015 (receiving a smooch on the cheek in 2015 from her!). 

Enjoy this candid and fun interview with @IronmanVoice, THE Mike Reilly, where we get the scoop:

  • Where did "You are an Ironman" start?
  • How long has he been announcing races?
  • What is Mike's most memorable "call in"?
  • How does he stay so positive? 
  • Would he tell someone they "should" do an IRONMAN? 
  • What's a day in the life of an IRONMAN day?
  • What does Mike do outside of triathlon?
  • What does his grandson call him? 
  • How does he (or does he) pick which races he attends?
  • What races for 2018?
  • What's next for Mike
  • How YOU can tell Mike your story...

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44: Kim Stemple: We Finish Together

October 27, 2017
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All those race medals... we hang them on our walls, and then what? Kim Stemple and her organization "We Finish Together" is making these medals really (really) matter.

All medals are donated by a community of runners, swimmers, singers, triathletes all across the US to be given with a handwritten ribbon message and handmade tag to someone who needs to know they have the support and care that they may need to get them through whatever challenges face them. No "need bar", other than keep the medal close, know that we are always holding your hand.

Start a "FLEET"

A Fleet is a “chapter” of We Finish Together. If you are interested in starting your own fleet, we ask that you please reach out to us at one of the emails below or through our Facebook messaging to let us know: http://wefinishtogether.com/fleets.html 

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