Buckle Up with Simon and Brian

Buckle Up with Simon and Brian

Buckle Up: Exploring the World of Ultrarunning Strap on your virtual shoes and join us on a journey beyond the trail. This is Buckle Up, your one-stop shop for everything ultrarunning. Whether you're a seasoned veteran crushing 100-milers or a curious beginner eyeing your first 50k, we've got something for you.

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May 21, 2024 66 mins

Bryce Thatcher, the president of UltrAspire, shares his journey of how he started the company and his passion for creating gear for ultra athletes. UltrAspire is known for its running vests, waist bags, and lighting systems. Bryce's love for mountain running and the need to carry essentials led him to create his own backpacks. He started the company in 2012 and has since focused on providing high-quality gear for athletes of a...

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Cocodona 250: A Not-So-Serious Debrief

Strap on your virtual running shoes because we're diving headfirst into the Cocodona 250! This episode is all about our epic adventure across Arizona's stunning landscapes, complete with the highs, the lows, and maybe a few hallucinations (we're looking at you, Chad!).

We'll chat about our original goals, the crazy course that threw a few detours our way (thanks, bad navigatio...

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May 6, 2024 64 mins

Buckle Up with Simon and Brian: An Ultrarunning Conversation.

This week we have the honor of talking with Wes Plate. Wes shares his journey into ultra running, starting from his unhealthy lifestyle and weight gain to rediscovering running and eventually falling in love with the idea of running ultras. He talks about his progression from 50Ks to longer distances and his decision to challenge himself by running 200-plus milers. Wes...

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Leanne and Nora engage in a conversation about crewing and pacing in ultra running events. They discuss their backgrounds in the sport and recent achievements. The conversation moves on to explore crewing and pacing, with the hosts questioning Leanne and Nora about the optimal crew size, potential logistical challenges, and strategies to minimize issues. They also touch on the crew's roles and the runner's responsibility ...

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April 23, 2024 78 mins

Cocodona 250 Pre-Race Jitters: A Conversation with Brian, Simon, and Fanny

Three runners, Brian, Simon, and Fanny, gear up for the grueling Cocodona 250. This podcast episode dives into their training plans, crew logistics, and the mental game needed for this ultramarathon.

  • Training and Tactics: They discuss their training schedule, pacer strategies, and how they'll tackle the revamped Cocodona course (don't forget t...
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April 16, 2024 53 mins

This week on Buckle Up with Simon and Brian: An Ultrarunning Conversation, the spotlight shifts to Coach Brian. Joined by long-time friend and guest host Leanne Evans Bauer, we delve into Coach Brian's personal journey. He opens up about his path to sobriety and the challenges he faced along the way. While this conversation may be different from our usual content, we believe it is an important one to share. If you or someone ...

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April 9, 2024 71 mins

Rick Prince, the creator of UESCA (United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy), joins Simon and Brian to delve into the beginnings of UESCA, the selection process for course content creators, and the ideal endurance coaching candidates. The conversation also explores the potential role of AI in the realm of online coaching. Wrapping up, they address ultra-athlete queries in the Coach’s Corner. Thanks for tuning in!

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In episode 9 of Buckle Up with Simon and Brian: An Ultrarunning Conversation, we have a chat with Hector Rodriguez. Hector encourages everyone to tackle life's challenges with ambition and determination, aiming to fill all their buckets.

Hector discusses his journey into the sport, highlighting how his passion extends beyond ultra marathon training. With numerous ultra events and four two-hundred-mile challenges under his bel...

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In this episode of Buckle Up with Simon and Brian: An Ultrarunning Conversation, our guest is Jen Sommer-Dirks, the owner of Active Fueling Nutrition Coaching. Jen shares her journey of discovering her love for nutrition and explains how she organizes her work with athletes. She delves into the reasons behind common GI issues during ultra-marathons and provides strategies to prevent them. In this segment of the Coaches Corner, we e...

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March 22, 2024 52 mins

Mason Boswell is our special guest on Buckle Up with Simon and Brian: An Ultrarunning Conversation. In this episode, he unveils his creative process behind the website UltraCrewHub.com. Mason discusses the inception of the site and how it fulfills a need within the Ultra community. Are you heading to a new town for an ultramarathon without any knowledge of local resources? That's where UltraCrewHub steps in. This platform is ...

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Thanks for tuning in for this Bonus episode. Collin Morris and I recently had a sit-down discussion about the coaching process, insights on locating a coach, training ideas, using trekking poles, and everything related to the Leadville 100. We first met at the Leadville 100 in 2021, and we have stayed in touch since. Collin is aiming for another successful finish this year in Leadville and has hired me as his coach.

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March 5, 2024 81 mins

In the fifth episode, we have a conversation with Chad Higgins, known for his channel @SeeChadRun, where he showcases trail views and gear reviews. Our discussion covers Chad's training philosophies as he prepares for his first 100-mile event, how he manages family and work commitments within just 24 hours, and the motivation behind his journey as a "runtuber." We address audience questions in the coaches' corne...

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February 29, 2024 88 mins

Kevin Hadfield, a highly skilled ultra runner, has an impressive list of achievements, including completing Tour Des Geants three times, Run Rabbit Run, High 5 100, Pinhoti 100, Rio Del Lago 100, Coldwater Rumble 100, Javelina 100, securing overall victories at the Grand Mesa 100 and 50-milers, and many more. Recently, Kevin finished the Cocodona 250 and his third Run Rabbit Run race in 2023. He resides with his wife, Liesel, in ...

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February 26, 2024 81 mins

Welcome to episode three of the Buckle Up Podcast, An Ultrarunning Conversation. In this episode, our guest is Melissa Perez.

Melissa Perez, a dedicated ultramarathoner hailing from central California, has been participating in ultramarathons since 2019. She has achieved notable finishes at events such as Sean O’Brien 50m, Leonna Divide 100k, Born to Run ultras, and Kodiak 100m. In 2023, Melissa accomplished the Leadville 100 an...

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February 17, 2024 74 mins

Welcome back to the second episode of BUCKLE UP: An Ultrarunning Conversation. This week, Simon and I chatted with our friend Mark Bauer. Mark has been an Ultra enthusiast and participant for more than 15 years, completing notable races like Leadville Bike and Run 100's, Tushers 100k, SilverRush 50, and Grand Mesa 50 where he achieved 5th place overall in 2022. Recently, Mark conquered the Tahoe 200 and the Javelina Hundred.

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February 5, 2024 64 mins

Simon and I kick things off with how we connected in 2021 at Leadville, our 2024 event calendars, UTMB and how we can fix it, Olympic marathon trials, and our hopes for this new platform. Enjoy!

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