Eric Carson Explains How He Became An Avid Cyclist Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Eric Carson Explains How He Became An Avid Cyclist Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Eric Carson has been living an active lifestyle since the 90s that most of us would be happy to emulate.

He started cycling just to get to campus and back. A friend of his asked him to do a 25-mile bike ride. He thought it was a long way back then.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought him back to cycling, and it became a good addiction and a lifestyle.Carson says his greatest joy out of cycling is camaraderie. He enjoys having a great time outdoors with his tribe.

Episode Highlights:  

  • How Eric  got into cycling
  • How he moved from solo rides to cycling with groups
  • Getting his motorcycle in 2001
  • How a sports group changes as members change with time
  • Struggling to stay active when Covid hit in 2020
  • Cycling again for the pleasure of meeting friends and having a great time
  • How to get into cycling and find your cycling tribe

Guest Bio:

Eric was  borned and  raised in Stamford Ct. He  has one brother. Played all three major sports in high school (football, baseball, & basketball)

He received my BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. While there, he had my first introduction to casual biking. He commuted  back and forth to campus and work. He did one 25 mile ride at a request of a friend. and thought that was crazy.

He started taking it a little more seriously in the early 90s and did a few multiple sclerosis rides from Richmond to Williamsburg (160 miles over 2 days). That stretch in the 90s culminated in doing one of the Aids Bike Rides in 1997…..a 4 day 365 mile ride from Raleigh NC to Washington DC. He found it very fulfilling.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought him back to cycling, and it became a good addiction and a lifestyle.

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Resources Mentioned

City Bikes in DC Area

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Yolanda Holloway Stevens Explains How She Overcame The Fear of Doing Hard Things

Yolanda Holloway Stevens Explains How She Overcame The Fear of Doing Hard Things

When the doctor told Yolanda Holloway that she needed to turn her life around, it was the beginning of her endurance sports journey. What started as a few steps around the block led the Florida native to one of her greatest running adventures in Antarctica for the White Continent Marathon.

The greatest lesson for her has been building up mental toughness.

 There was a time when she didn’t believe that she could do this, but each race pushed her limits. She believes that anything is possible and we can do hard things. To date, she has completed 70 marathons and 33 half marathons.

You will learn that anything is possible in this episode, Yolanda’s 2-day experience in Antarctica, taking swimming classes for her first triathlon and how running has shaped her.

Episode Highlights:  

  • How she started a 3-mile route around the neighbourhood
  • Running her first 5k and feeling motivated
  • Progressing to her first 10k
  • Racing in her first marathon in Disney
  • Her greatest running adventure, the White Continent Marathon
  • Taking swimming classes for her first triathlon
  • Her bucket list to race in all 7 continents

Guest Bio: 

Yolanda Holloway Stevens began her journey into endurance sports in 2012. What merely started as a desire to get active after two ACL surgeries and subsequent weight gain, turned into attaining goals beyond her wildest dreams.

In April 2012, Yolanda completed her goal of finishing a 5k race. The feeling of accomplishment sparked a fire that led her to register for her first half marathon in December later that year. Since 2012, she has completed 17 marathons and 33 half marathons. Her greatest marathon adventure occurred in January of 2020, where she traveled to Antarctica to run 26.2 miles on the White Continent.

In 2016, Yolanda set out to conquer a new challenge…triathlon! There was just one problem. She didn’t know how to swim. She registered for her first race, then set out to find a coach to teach her how to swim. Yolanda finished her first sprint triathlon in 2017, and has since completed in 3 half Ironman races, 2021 USAT National Championship-Olympic Distance, and crossed the finish line of her first full Ironman race in Cozumel, Mexico in November 2021.

Yolanda is a mother of two, and works as a Senior Director of Human Resources for a multimedia publishing company, and is a 4th year brand ambassador for Betty Designs.

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Failures and How We Can Learn and Grow From Them

Failures and How We Can Learn and Grow From Them

We all in this life have goals, aspirations, things we’re trying to improve on, whether it be relationships, whether it be professionally, whether it be an athletic endeavor, we all have goals.   

We all are in a process of learning, evolving, trying to be a better version each and every day. In this process of this journey, called life, we all will fail at something.

Though I hate to fail, I learned the most from my failures. I learn the most when I’m down, I learn in the process of failing  how to succeed. I learn to be humble.

In order to succeed, we all need help,  we all learn from those who come before us. We  need to learn from those who paved the way. It is in this process that we grow.

This episode is an appreciation of how failures shape us.

Episode Highlights: 

  • My journey into medical school
  • Tough seasons in medical school and failing tests
  • Getting into Orthopedics 
  • Surviving the loss of my parents
  • Seeking professional help for my depression
  • Lessons you need as you get into endurance sports
  • My biggest lesson as a recovering perfectionist

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Dawn Angelique Roberts: Running Coach Who Learned The Importance of Listening To Her Body and Being An Advocate For Her Own Health

Dawn Angelique Roberts: Running Coach Who Learned The Importance of Listening To Her Body and Being An Advocate For Her Own Health

Listen to your body because your body is always talking to you. The day Dawn paid attention to stubborn chest pain is the day she saved her life. That’s why she is still here today.

80% of heart disease can be prevented. 

Eating right and exercising often is not enough. Dawn advocates for a regular check-up. As an athlete, she was a most unlikely candidate for heart disease. By knowing and understanding her body, she was determined to know the root cause of her chest pain.

Listen to learn more about her running experience, surviving her heart condition, advocating for your body and how to find the right doctor. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Her running experience since middle school
  • Her favorite race
  • How she got into coaching and race management
  • Her health scare in 2019
  • Why her persistence saved her life
  • Knowing your body and advocating for your body

Guest Bio: 

Dawn Angelique Roberts is an energetic detail-oriented team player and an award-winning communication professional with over 25 years of experience in journalism, media relations, sports marketing and event management.

Roberts is the owner of Elite Access Running, a full-service race management and wellness company that specializes in event management, public relations, social media and wellness for athletes, organizations, and premier races.

As a USATF certified coach Roberts provides one-on-one and group coaching for runners, pace team coordination for races and her company Elite Access Travel organizes destination races for athletes and organizations.

A native of Philadelphia, Roberts is passionate about running and traveling, and enjoys encouraging and teaching youth and adults the values of healthy living and active lifestyles.

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Tammy Whyte: A Running Coach with a Wholistic Approach to Training

Tammy Whyte: A Running Coach with a Wholistic Approach to Training

What does it take to be a great coach? What do you need to find a coach? As Tammy Whyte explains, it takes more than just feeding an existing need. Compatibility is different to everyone and the longer you stay in the game, the easier it becomes to identify your ideal client.

After working in education for 12 years, Tammy chose to follow her passion for coaching and fitness and started her own coaching business, TW Training and Wellness. Her business is different from others in that she focuses on running smarter. She focuses on injury prevention, strength training, and building a welcoming community for all runners. While she loves coaching runners of all levels, she has found a particular fondness for coaching runners who consider themselves middle to back of the packers. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Why she stopped teaching to follow her passion for coaching
  • What drives her to coach each day
  • Coach-client compatibility
  • Business lessons from running a coaching business
  • Being a first-generation college student
  • Accepting help as an independent woman

Guest Bio: 

After working in the education field for 12 years, Tammy chose to follow her passion for coaching and fitness in 2017 and start her own run coaching business, TW Training and Wellness. She puts a strong focus on running smarter, injury prevention, strength training, and building a welcoming community for runners. While she loves coaching runners of all levels, she has a particular fondness for coaching runners who consider themselves mid-to-back of the pack runners. In addition to the run coaching and strength training services she provides through TW Training and Wellness, she’s also a Group Fitness Instructor at Equinox in Chicago. Personally, she has a goal of running a half or full marathon in all 50 states, with 27 completed thus far. Tammy is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended University of Michigan for college and had stops in NC and DC before making her way back to the midwest in 2020.

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