In the ProVisions Podcast I aim to unmask the pro-athlete celebrity image to expose the real human being by means of conversation; no hype, just interesting topics explored from a variety of perspectives. Ken Wilber, a big influence on my evolving career said:
|I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody - including me - has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honoured, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace. |
I will aim to integrate these podcast perspectives into the ProVisions article series which will continue this year on Pinkbike. For now, I invite you to check out a few of the featured guests. Whether on a holiday road trip, or while cleaning the dishes, I hope you enjoy as much as I did getting to know these folks just a little more intimately. The podcasts can be found here.Stacy Kohut
|Everyone is a sucker for a crying wolf pup, so I've gotta play the victim in an industry of action sports? Really? Because a few certain corporations decide that they want to present people in wheelchairs as people who "need help" and want to "get better"? I don't want to "get better", I just want to shred. I don't want to walk, I just want to ride my bike. Is it so wrong because I accept my body type and have truly moved on? Ever since 1994, all I have wanted to do is shred. Walking? Who cares? Not this guy! - Stacy Kohut|
Fourcross phenom Stacy Kohut has a personality that is real and it reaches far and wide. I was pumped to drop in to a conversation with Stacy that challenged my perspective in so many healthy ways.
• Is he really a badass, or just a softy inside?
• Dealing with the baggage of being a multiple Paralympian medal winner
• The societal pressure to play the victim when paralyzed
• Spiritual links with the mountain bike experience
• The bike as exoskeleton
• Taking a childlike approach to riding and training
• Honesty with self, dealing with the dark places to grow strongerHans Rey
|But the cool thing is the deeper you take one single subject the more endless it becomes, and that's why it's actually a good thing to do something very intense and deep because you get so much more out of it than doing a lot of things just superficially and really not getting anywhere. - Hans Rey|
It was an honour conversing with Hans Rey, he has been a mentor and a friend since early in my pro career, and I’d have to agree with what Bike Magazine recently stated, “Hans Rey is the Greatest Mountain Biker of All Time
”. There is reason for this title, listen in and enjoy these highly credible thoughts on bike scene:
• The value of Magazine vs Internet exposure as an athlete
• Pioneering a sport, evolving career, reinventing self.
• How the skills learned in trials translate to navigating life challenge
• The physical price of the progression of mountain biking, is it worth it? His own injury history.
• Classic North Shore riding vs the new Flow Country style riding
• The deeper motivations behind his adventure trips to remote places around the world
His website is hansrey.com
where you’ll find info about his worldly bike adventures, career, and wheels4life non-profit.
Join me and the other members of Real Action Athletes
to listen to a special segment I recorded with Hans about how he went about evolving his career. Whether a pro athlete or not, in today's rapidly changing world it requires that we continue to progress and evolve, many of my clients face these questions in their coaching topic, so in this dialogue Hans gets specific about the mindset that helped enable him to progress time and time again:
• Does this decision lead to a ‘win’ for all involved? He uses his trials show as an example. “If everyone is happy I’ll be happy to
• Taking his role as pro-marketer as seriously as role as pro-rider.
• Learning from mistakes, not just his own, but from everyone else’s too. Then asking “How could things be done better?
• The importance of finding ways to clean out the ‘inner’ garage.
• My favourite quote when he referred to his evolution “Who knows, maybe the beard will be the new ponytail
|If you're in a position where you're regarded as the best rider and transitioning in to that being no longer, usually the person that's the most scared about perceptions associated with that is yourself... - Kris Holm|
Kris is a pioneer in the off-road unicycling world. He’s transitioning out of a 15 year pro-riding career with more than a dozen films, a book, a brand line, and hundreds of millions of mainstream media hits. His brilliance is shining stronger than ever now that he balances his time between his unicycle company; a career as a geologist, and being a husband and father.
• Why he took such high consequence risks on his unicycle, driven by internal or external motivations?
• Is it selfish to take risks?
• How mtn biking is still young and dealing with growing pains
• Expectations to be the best, dealing with reputation and image
• Judging what we see by how it looks rather than how it might feel
• How different sports cross pollinate, and why it’s healthy
His website is krisholm.com
where you’ll find his unicycle line and recent book about the sport.Andreas Hestler
|For me what I was able to do while travelling on the road was a lot of reading...got to stimulate my grey matter quite significantly, I found it quite empowering to disabuse those jock cliche's whenever I could. - Dre Hestler|
Andreas (Dre) Hestler is a mountain bike athlete, coach, Olympian, and director of marketing for the BC Bike Race. What influenced such an accomplished and influential personality like Dre? I sat down with him at his home office on the North Shore of Vancouver to explore that question, here are some of the topics that arose:
• Do athletes live longer or die younger.
• Training, athlete burn-out, sleep habits, and observations about how our competitive nature changes as we grow older
• BC Bike Race course design, culture, and camaraderie
• Perspective on life, macro vs micro for projects, passions, and family.
• The athlete in action sport vs institutionalized sport
Join me at the Real Action Athletes
website to gain access to this segment designed to support my coaching clients. Andreas shares his practical and experiential advice on how to deal with the multitude of medial daily tasks that painstakingly contribute to meaningful long term goals. Using BCBR as an example.
• Instant gratification.
• Entertainment culture.
• Living with Chaos.
• Patiently trusting the momentum of seemingly insignificant action steps.
• Working in chunks.
• Skill combining.
• Essentials of risk and failure. James Wilson
|The overwhelming majority of the message coming from the media and industry is that the most important thing for riding success is all the tech details and measurements. So people pursue those things not necessarily because it's what they really want, but rather it's what they're told to pursue. - James Wilson|
James brings a refreshing dose of passion to his work as a functional movement and fitness coach for mountain bikers. It is because he isn’t afraid to weigh in with his opinions that he has such a deep knowledge of what works and what doesn’t for his clients, and this energy created some great discussions in our recent podcast on the topics listed below. Check James out at www.bikejames.com
• Pro riders are far from models of fitness, sport has nothing to do with health
• Training doesn’t take much time
• Movement vs strength training
• What is a real and true mountain biker?
• How capitalism, the bike industry, and media can confuse our priorities as mountain bikers
• Flat vs Clipless pedals
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.Ryan Leech is sponsored by Norco Bicycles, Ryders Eyewear, Kenda, and RockShox. He performs trials shows at select special events and schools. As an Integral Master Coach™ he started Real Action Athletes, an online coaching community where hobby and pro athletes gather to work on and share their personal development goals. Intimate with the benefits of yoga for a thriving pro career, he got certified to teach and released a new Yoga for Cyclists Video and offers yoga and mountain bike workshops around the country. The ProVisions Article Series:ProVisions #1: Are you Crazy?ProVisions #2: On a Crash Course?ProVisions #3: Free Your FreeridingProVisions #4: I Am the TrailProVisions #5: Strava UnboundProVisions #6: Injuries Justified