016: Life's Greatest Lesson with Leith Mchugh

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016: Life's Greatest Lesson with Leith Mchugh

Leith McHugh loves beautiful, messy stories: the real-life mix of joy and playfulness. She is the creator of Brave Beauty & B2Teen, a community of hope geared towards celebrating joy in the midst of life’s pain. She is a connector, inviter & truth teller.  She authentically shares her story as a public speaker.  Most of all she’s crazy about her husband and three kids.

Between the tears and laughter, Bryan and Leith explore some of life’s greatest lessons on this episode. Leith shares her story of overcoming the greatest heartbreak possible and how she’s turned pain and sadness into joy and gratitude. This episode of the SMOGCAST is truly for everyone and will give you greater appreciation for all of the good in your life. 

LINKS

Brave Beauty bravebeautyb2.weebly.com

Leith on Facebook

Leith and Aaron’s Podcast www.aaronmchugh.com

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015: The Swim Mechanic on Open Water Sighting

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015: The Swim Mechanic on Open Water Sighting

Want to know the most valuable skill for swimming in the open water? The Swim Mechanic reveals his three top tips on how to properly sight in open water and create the shortest swim course possible during your race.

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014: Sally McRae on Mountains, Marathons, and Motherhood

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014: Sally McRae on Mountains, Marathons, and Motherhood

Sally McRae competes in the worlds hardest ultra endurance races, including UTMB, Western States and Badwater - a brutal 135mi race in Death Valley, CA. Sally strikes a beautiful balance between being a professional runner, mother of two, wife and mentor/coach to other’s pursuing BIG GOALS.

Today we talk less about her race stories, but more about how she got to be where she is today, the fears she’s overcome and how she maintains a life full of purpose and grace.

LINKS

Sally McRae www.sallymcrae.com

Sally on Instagram www.instagram.com/yellowrunner

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013: The Swim Mechanic is All About Core!

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013: The Swim Mechanic is All About Core!

Our core is the often-overlooked element of freestyle that literally holds everything together. The Swim Mechanic details how to properly engage the core throughout the entire stroke cycle and the speed takeaways from doing so. 

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Episode 012: Lars Finanger SwimRuns the USA

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Episode 012: Lars Finanger SwimRuns the USA

Lars Finanger, a Houston Texan, by way of Sweden and Saudi Arabia, has worn nearly every hat in the endurance world, from writer to race director. What Lars is most known for today is for being a trailblazer in bringing a brand new sport to North America; SwimRun. Lars is the creator of the first SwimRun races in the US and has started an explosive trend.

Bryan and Lars openly discuss the fear behind taking a massive leap of faith into the unknown of entrepreneurship, the pride that comes with being behind a revolution, and passing on lessons in sport to your kids. Lars brings a playfulness with him always and this episode highlights the happiness and charm that is so infectious.

LINKS

SwimRunUSA www.swimrunusa.com

Lars on Instagram www.instagram.com/larsfinanger

Valhalla Sports Group www.valhallasportsgroup.com

Otillo http://otilloswimrun.com

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Episode 011: The Swim Mechanic asks to kick or not to kick?

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Episode 011: The Swim Mechanic asks to kick or not to kick?

Perhaps the most widely debated element of freestyle amongst triathletes; the kick can be tricky to dial in. In this episode, the Swim Mechanic details the function of the kick, the mechanics of the leg and how to create efficiency from it.

Got swimming questions? We have answers! Send ‘em in and we will include solutions in upcoming episodes. :)

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Episode 010: Steve Robles isn't afraid of sharks

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Episode 010: Steve Robles isn't afraid of sharks

Growing up in the South Bay of LA, Steve fell in love with the ocean at an early age. From Junior Lifeguards to successfully swimming the Catalina Channel, he’s come a long way in his aquatic journey. July 5, 2014 was a day that will forever change who he is, the day he was attacked by a great white shark. 

In today’s episode, Steve recalls the terrifying details of his near death experience while he was out swimming with friends. Steve has remarkably found a way to overcome this fear and shares with the listeners how to do the same. Steve firmly believes sharks are misunderstood by most and should not be feared. 

LINKS

Video of attack (please note it is disturbing and not for the faint of heart) YouTube

Steve on Instagram www.instagram.com/steven.c.robles

Steve’s business www.roblespropertymanagement.com

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Episode 008: Hillary Biscay ultra loves all of her kids

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Episode 008: Hillary Biscay ultra loves all of her kids

Hillary Biscay is both an Ironman and Ultraman champion and all around incredible human being. She has a background in swimming; she swam in college at USC. Hillary completed 66 Ironman races and is known for setting a new standard by being the first person to record six top-five ironman finishes in one season. She currently coaches age group and professional athletes, runs Smashfest Queen (team community and apparel), wife, mom of two, and dog mom to three.

If you know Hillary, you know her positive attitude and determination are both relentless and inspirational. Her prolific career in endurance sports has perfectly prepped her for motherhood. Our chat today reveals the humbling truth of what it takes to juggle work and family life. Hillary opens up about what her day to day looks like now, with plenty of laughs along the way! 

LINKS

Hillary Biscay hillarybiscay.com www.instagram.com/hillarybiscay

Smashfest Queen www.smashfestqueen.com

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Episode 007: The Swim Mechanic on Breathing

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Episode 007: The Swim Mechanic on Breathing

Today’s episode is a shorty! Bryan explains some tips and tricks on how to optimize breathing for maximum performance. Enjoy!

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Episode 006: Dan Simonelli

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Episode 006: Dan Simonelli

Local to San Diego, Dan Simonelli is an awarded and experienced ultra marathon swimmer, husband, father, and coach. He swam the English Channel, multiple Catalina Channel crossings, and numerous other marathon swim crossings around the world. His business, The Open Water Swim Academy offers coaching and mentoring for both competitive and non competitive swimmers, all with the joy of open water swimming at the forefront.

Our chat goes deep into the value of finding the “why” when pursuing ultra endurance events, as well as the mental devices he’s utilized to get him through some of the most difficult swims in the world. Dan also shares his personal story, including his most recent journey beating cancer and coaching his daughter through her first big open water swim. Enjoy it, guys!

LINKS

Open Water Swim Academy www.openwaterswimacademy.com

Catalina Channel Association http://swimcatalina.org

Channel Swimming Association www.channelswimmingassociation.com

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Episode 005: Caroline Burckle

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Episode 005: Caroline Burckle

Caroline Burckle is a 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist, Co-Founder, and Mind Mentor for Rise Athletes. Her list of accomplishments includes 2007 Pan American Games Champion, 2005 World Champion, and 23 Time All American at the University of Florida. She sees swimming as a platform for life, which allows her to skillfully mentor young athletes, along with her infectious smile.

Today we talk about Caroline’s inspiration in the water, her mind being both her greatest asset and greatest limiter, and what its like retiring from a career as a professional athlete and having to find a new purpose and identity. Caroline humbly shares all and offers invaluable insight into how creativity can be utilized in sport and life. Caroline lives a super conscious, positive and purposeful life, dedicated to helping others unleash their untapped potential in sport. 

LINKS

Caroline Burckle www.carolineburckle.com and www.instagram.com/caroburckle

Rise Athletes www.rise-athletes.com

Caro Coco www.naturaculina.com/shop/carococo

Brene Brown, “Daring Greatly

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EPISODE 004: Amber Caudle

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EPISODE 004: Amber Caudle

Chef Amber Caudle is the creator and owner of The Source Cafe in Hermosa Beach, which is a unique artisanal cafe focused on fresh, healthy nutrition. Amber’s career began at 14, spinning cotton candy in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After college, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to begin culinary training and fell in love with the simplicity and passion of Southern Italian cuisine. Amber ultimately moved to Hermosa Beach, California to be the executive chef at his new restaurant, Mediterraneo. Amber cooked, studied in Sorrento Italy and cultivated a deep love for travel and an intricate appreciation for local cuisine. In San Sebastian, Spain, she was enchanted again, this time by Basque food and culture. Returning to Mediterraneo, she discovered the deep healing powers of food.

Today’s conversation goes deep into the roots of Amber’s culinary vision, from small town southern girl to LA culinary maven. Amber talks about the humility of facing her fears and how she found the courage to pursue her dreams. Amber’s sweetness is contagious and her story is truly something for everyone.

LINKS:

Chef Amber Caudle website www.chefamber.com

Chef Amber instagram @chefamberla

The Source Cafe www.thesourcecafehb.com

“Healing” by David Elliott (Amazon link)

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EPISODE 003: Patrick Lawrence

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EPISODE 003: Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence is a triathlete in training, an original SMOG SD member, and has dedicated himself to a life of transformation and growth.

We explore Patrick’s journey from addiction at a young age to endurance sports stud in present day. Fear was the catalyst for Patrick to turn his life around and live with a higher purpose. Listen in as Patrick details some of his most personal experiences overcoming lifelong fear and addiction.

LINKS:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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EPISODE 002: Grace Van Der Byl

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EPISODE 002: Grace Van Der Byl

Grace Van Der Byl is a mom, wife, a world class open water swimmer, a national level pool swimmer, and world record holder for Catalina crossing (for both men and women). Her list of open water swimming accomplishments includes many incredible feats such as the 2012 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, winning the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and Arizona SCAR Swim Challenge. She is a race director of the Del Mar Powerhouse Swim and Paddle.

Grace competes in long distance paddling and swim/paddle events and coaches kids at Boys and Girls club in Solana Beach. She gives back to the swimming community and the city of San Diego in huge ways! Ask anyone who knows Grace and they will tell you she is super special.

Today’s conversation dives into Grace’s early start in the water at age 2, and what inspired her to dream bigger and bigger. No stranger to fear, Grace has faced some of the world’s most difficult and treacherous open water swims, and she details what kept her mind in a positive, productive place.

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Connect with Grace on Instagram

8 Bridges Hudson River Swim

Del Mar Powerhouse Swim and Paddle

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EPISODE 001: Intro with Bryan

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EPISODE 001: Intro with Bryan

Welcome to the SMOGCAST! Thank you so much for your support from the start. In short, SMOG is an open water community comprised of all walks of life, from people overcoming fear to Olympic gold medalist. The inception of this podcast was solely inspired by the people of the SMOG community; each with a unique story to tell. The SMOGCAST highlights distinct stories of overcoming fear, personal growth through ocean swimming and the one of a kind SMOG community surrounding it.

Growing up in the Texas heat, Bryan eagerly spent endless hours in the pool. Although competitive swimming was an interest, Bryan was more drawn to the experiential element of being in the water. After humbly realizing he had a significant fear of the open water, Bryan set out to conquer this fear and build a supportive community to help others do the same.

Bryan's first open water group, The Swim Mechanic Ocean Group (SMOG) was launched nearly 10 years ago in Texas. SMOG has since expanded to almost 2,000 members across locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. A true creative, Bryan's passions on land include collecting records, playing drums, and hiking with his Great Dane, Joey. Currently Bryan is having a blast training and racing swimrun races. 

LINKS:

Music provided by Primaveras (website, spotify, instagram)

So grateful for your support via Patreon.

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