All posts in “Endurance”

Podcast: Professional Triathlete, Business Owner & The Best Buddy Program

In our latest Podcast we we feature an interview with Mr. Timothy Bolen. He is a decorated endurance athlete, professional triathlete and business owner. He coaches and trains some of the worlds best endurance competitors and triathletes. Tim is also the Arizona State Executive Director / Team Best Buddies.

In this episode we discuss his journey to becoming a professional triathlete, his time at Berkshire Hathaway, starting a successful business and how a special family member with cerebral palsy lead him to drive a movement that has a global impact on those with disabilities.

“Are you doing something you love every day that brings you joy?”

At the end of the show we are running a contest to help drive more awareness towards the Best Buddies program, so be sure to follow along. Click the Podcast Link in the header or you stream above.



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A NY Times Best Selling Author, Professional Triathlete, World Class Chef, Olympic Coach and a Top MMA Practitioner walk into a bar

Podcast – Interview Updates:

Our podcast series feature conversations with world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, business owners, healthcare professionals and industry leaders. We discuss the tactics, actions and stories that have shaped both their failures and success. In these conversations the goal is to inspire, educate and motivate you into thinking about things in a way you may not be traditionally accustom to.

There are some amazing people, stories and action coming your way over the next 6 weeks. Our podcast series is proud to feature interviews with the following people.

Tim Bolen: Professional Triathlete, Collegiate Runner, Endurance Athlete & Executive Director for Best Buddies Charity, an International Non Profit to bring awareness to the those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brian Mackenzie: Owner of CrossFit Endurance, NY Times Best Selling Author, Industry Expert in Functional Fitness, Competed in 30+ ultra marathons, Thought leader in altitude training, coaching and kick ass athlete in his own right.

Chef Gio Osso: World Class Chef, Owner of Virtu in Scottsdale AZ with Accolades from Esquire Magazine to the Food Network.

Also being named 2015 Chef of the Year by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. Restaurant nominated for a coveted James Beard Award

Coach John Crouch: World Class Jui Jitsu Coach & Professor. Mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community, ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Coaches over 40 professional fighters across the top MMA Promotions, UFC, Bellator  Etc.

Coach Jimmy Pedro: Judo World Champion, Olympic Medalist and current Judo Coach for the United States Olympic Team. Highly regarded as one of the best Judo competitors of all times.Cheers!

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Elevation Training: My Journey w/ Training Mask PT1.

We had the chance recently to interview Coach Brian Mackenzie, founder of Crossfit Endurance. In our discussion he broke down the key components to breathing and exercise and why it is so important. One of the tools he represents and endorses is his partnership with Training Mask.

As I am personally training for an endurance event in December, we had to put this to the test. I have dealt with Asthma for over 20 years, and have to say I am excited to work on new technics and ways to improve my breathing and response times.

What is Training Mask:

The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, the intensity of the workout, or the determination to push one’s body to the limits. No, world-class athletes are beating their competition thanks to the effects of high-altitude training.
When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.

It used to be that most athletes who wanted that edge were out of luck. Unless they lived near very high mountains, or had an enormous amount of money to travel to training facilities there, they had to settle for the benefits of a hard workout at sea level.
That was then. Now there’s a way to get the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to the mountaintop.

Credits: Brian Mackenzie

Coach Mackenzie is the creator of CrossFit Endurance, & 3Fu3l, and Author of Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training & NYT Best Seller Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong.

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Twitter: @iamunscared
CrossFit Endurance:
3 Fuel:
A Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation

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The World Famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run: The Movie

For the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of running in the World Famous Mud Run at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. This is the 22nd year that the race has taken place. Every year the Marines do a fantastic job in making this a world class event.

My training started over 5 months ago. My goal was to beat my best time which was in 2008, 1HR & 15 minutes. Here is the kicker, this is really not a timed race that you can compare year over year based on the ever changing landscape of the course. Yet it gives me a good baseline and goal to aim for. The past 3 years have been really hard physically and mentally. My training was really soft and my mid section was softer. Last year I weighed in at 223LBS and completed the race, barely. The time was a record low for me, crossing the finish line at 2HR & 01 minute. 

This year is a big milestone, in less than two months I celebrate a milestone on the sundial. I will be 40 years old.

There was no way I was going to have a similar outcome as in 2014. After 5 months of strength and conditioning, running, cardio and cleaning up my diet. I steeped up to the starting line weighing in at 192lbs – stronger than ever, and ready to kick this race in the ass.


Attached to my chest was a GoPro – attached to my feet were determination and a will to complete this race at my personal best. The video is the race from my point of view. It covers water, hills, mud, tires, hills, water, hills and well mud. You can see if I hit my time goal at the end of the video. 


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Spotify Made Running Easier

Let me clear – I am not a runner, nor have I ever been. As a matter of fact, it is not something that I enjoy doing. That being said we are 2 weeks out from one of my favorite races. It sounds like a joke, but maybe it’s just a bit sadistic. We are competing in the World Famous Mud Run and Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

As part of my training I am in the gym 5-6 days a week working to have the best endurance of the race series yet. This is our 8th year and I want to have a good showing. Part of this training consists of 3-5 miles of running a day on short runs and 10-12 miles on a long run. There are only two things that get me through that time.


2. Podcasts

Spotify has just release a killer new feature that combines music recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists and original running compositions written by some of the world’s foremost DJs and composers – all tuned to your tempo and seamlessly transitioned to ensure you’ll never miss a beat.

Start running and Spotify will detect your tempo, matching the perfect music in time to your step – making you a harder, better, faster, stronger runner.” Source 

It doesn’t make it easier, but it makes things more enjoyable.

Cheers and happy running!

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People Changing the World

What do a Humanitarian, NY Times Best Selling Author & Hall of Fame Chef have in common? Aside from all being kick ass human beings – They are all being featured on The Healthy Primate Podcast series over the next 4 weeks. 

It is always such a motivating and humbling experience to hear peoples story. We all have a story. We all started somewhere. We have all experienced failure, heart break and success in some way. To hear the journeys and how the each are changing the world is one of the most inspiring things I have ever been part of. I hope as you listen to these amazing people you feel the same way.

A ton goes into putting these together and we can’t wait to share them with you! It feels like Christmas when the final edits are in my cue, just waiting to be released.

We want to keep things under wraps until the release to build anticipation. Our guests collectively hold some of the following accolades:

  • Started a global humanitarian program where he has personally provided tools that will generate over 480 million gallons of clean water to indigenous people in some of the harsher climates on the planet
  • Built a crowd fund campaign to raise awareness and generate clean water and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people
  • Has run over 30 ultra marathons including Western States 100 and is a finisher of the Angeles Crest 100-mile endurance run
  • Featured in the some of the worlds leading news outlets. Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body, Men’s Running UK, LA Sport & Fitness, Muscle & Performance Magazine, and Rivera Magazine
  • Trained some of the worlds top Cross Fit competitors
  • Voted Chef of the Year
  • Inducted into the Culinary Hall Fame in one of the most competitive markets in the United States
  • Was in a 90’s hair band
  • Surfs with Laird Hamilton
  • Travels with a pillow case

We are deep into edits – please be patient as the creative trolls sit in the dark and work magic!

Thank you as always for your love, support and motivation in doing this project.


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Swimming 41 Miles in Four Days: How 1 Year of Preparation Lead to a Journey

Last weekend I was invited to help my friend Danny Page “man the boats” for a race known as S.C.A.R. here in Arizona. Going into this my knowledge consisted of one thing, I would be on a boat all day. No idea what kind of boat or what my duties were to include. I did know it had something to do with helping swimmers cross Apache Lake. The name alone had me interested in what I was getting myself into. What I witnessed that day on the lake can only be described as pure amazement by the will power and the type of conditions the human body can endure. Included at the end are pictures, click on them to see full size.

S.C.A.R. what’s in a name? The 4 letters combined form an acronym that spell out the four lakes swimmers will tackle in an open water swimming competition over a 4 day period.

S: Saguaro – 9.5 Miles
C: Canyon – 9 Miles
A: Apache – 17 Miles
R: Roosevelt – 6 Miles

Swimming from buoy line dam to dam on the Salt River system which represents 41 miles of open water swimming in what could easily be considered as some of the greatest views and fresh water on earth.

“Oh I can swim 41 miles no problem”

Think again as 47 athletes have trained for over a year to condition and prepare for the length, water and conditions of this event. Only 27 people out of 47 (57%) evidently completed the entire swim across all four lakes from beginning to end.

My volunteer day took place on the Apache Lake, which also happens to be the longest of the four lake challenges. The drive alone was a hair raiser with dirt roads, no side rails and numerous hair pin white knuckle avoidances of a head on collision. When I get to the lake I am greeted by smiling people everywhere. The coordinators, athletes and crew were all happy as hell with smiles ear to ear at 7 AM. They had this demeanor knowing what obstacle was ahead and appeared relaxed and prepared. Event days for me, I am nervous wreck just waiting to start. These people were cool as cucumbers. As we start to load the boats (7 roughly to get everyone to the start) I notice no one is wearing a wet suit. I think to myself, there is no way they are doing this without a suit. The water is easily 63-65-degrees.

I love the water! It is one of my all time favorite past times. Surfing, swimming, wake boarding – anything to get in, and I am in. Yet one thing I hate is cold water! It cramps your muscles, twists your insides and makes you dizzy. Not a fan – not even a little bit.

Our boat arrives to the beach where things are starting. And yep, as I feared these swimmers have no wet suits. Its actually against the rules! They are swimming 4 lakes over 40 miles in freezing water with no wet suit! There are groups of kayakers that follow along the swimmers to provide nourishment. They have a clip board of times when the swimmer indicates needed food or beverage. They support the swimmers on a schedule like clock work. It’s a very calculated swim for both the support and swimmer.

And we’re off!

There are three waves of swimmers that are called out in groups 1, 2 and then 3.
Our job is to provide cover and water support for the teams. We stay next to the swimmer / kayak duos to assure no oncoming boats or traffic interfere or hurt the people in the water. Aside from a few jack asses flying by pulling rafts with drunk college kids at 10AM, all was pretty quite.

The other aspect is to pull swimmers or kayakers that can no longer continue. This can be for various reasons; hypothermia, exhaustion, hunger or they simply can’t physically continue. As we near the 3PM hour in the day something interesting happens.

As swimmers hit one of the channels in the lake, the wind kicked up to over 25MPH. The waves were gaining speed and the pure force of the wind was holding people in place. This continued and worsened by the hour.

We see arms up and a kayaker motion in the distance. Danny and I swing around to see what’s needed.

There sits Natalie, with her husband in his kayak by her side. “I’m done now please, we’re ready to come out”. Danny pulls close as I gather towels and proceed to pull her into the boat. We begin to get her dried off and head to get her dry bag from another boat. She was happy, happy to be on the boat and the process of heading to dock. We send for another boat to pick up Natalie’s husband.

Based on personal obligations in the evening, I departed the boat at the docks when Natalie . After we off loaded gear and our belongings, we parted ways and I headed to my truck. On the drive home I had to question myself – do I have the fortitude both mental and physical to conquer that swim?  I had to laugh. Swim 40 miles – shit I would take 4 miles. I reminisced on the people, the event and pure willpower these athletes had to compete or simply just to finish. It was a special group of people that made me see things a bit different. 

Days after the event was finished an email came from Danny about the event. It’s a blog post from Mark Sheridan. Mark is one of the swimmers, not just a swimmer – but one of the few who completed all 4 lakes. Mark hails from Sevenoaks in Kent, United Kingdom. He is a world class open water long distance competitor and remarkable athlete. Garnering the cherished British Long Distance Swimming Association’s Swimmer of the Year in 2013. His post is a great reflection of his personal journey. From preparation, experience, and recommendations for anyone interested in doing this swim in the future.

To hear this amazing story from someone who spent a year preparing gives you a completely different level of respect for the sport. Learn how Mark prepared and practiced for the event. Also his day by day journal is an amazing look into the eyes of a world class athlete on game day.

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If you have a goal and can get out of your own way – amazing things can happen.