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Sparta Chicks Radio: Mindset | Confidence | Sport | Women

Jen Brown - Running and Triathlon Coach, Author and Mindset Coach for Women SpartaChicks Radio brings inspiring stories coupled with practical, tried-and-tested-in-the-real-world advice from successful women in sport, business and life. Jen Brown from Sparta Chicks Radio is a Running and Triathlon Coach and Writer. The goal of Sparta Chicks Radio is to share inspiring stories coupled with practical, tried-and-tested-in-the-real-world advice from successful women in all walks of life about the realities of fear, self-doubt, courage, bravery, success and living life on your terms. From world class athletes, brilliant business minds to everyday women undertaking epic adventures, Sparta Chicks Radio will help you tap into your inner strength, courage, bravery and determination so you can chase your dreams and live a more fulfilling life on your terms. Find out more at www.spartachicks.com
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Oct 28, 2018

Hearing Pip Candrick share her love of trail running, it’s hard to believe she only took up the sport in her late 40s after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

To regain her health after treatment, Pip joined a gym that challenged her to set a goal.

She picked running a Half Marathon which, she says, ‘…was just ridiculous. I don’t know why it came out of my mouth’.

Pip quickly fell in the love with the sport, and discovered a surprising side effect of her long runs.

During a long run one day in preparation for her first Half Marathon, she suddenly had memories (she didn’t realise she’d lost) come flooding back. She credits her long runs with ‘restoring her brain’.

Since then, Pip’s gone onto finish multiple races including the 100km race at Ultra Trail Australia as well as the Husky Long Course triathlon (a Half Ironman/70.3 distance race).

Of course, her recovery and life haven’t been without challenges.

Pip experiences seizures and hasn’t (until only recently) been able to head out the door for a run by herself.

It’s a freedom she desperately misses. And I can’t help but think it’s something the rest of us - myself included - take for granted.

Pip’s story reminds me of the importance of not taking life for granted, of trusting your gut instinct and the power of sports as a vehicle for healing (physically, mentally and emotionally).

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Oct 21, 2018

Elly is a marathon runner and nutritionist who works with Steph Lowe (episode 69) at The Natural Nutritionist.

Elly first explored an LCHF (lower carb, healthy fat) protocol after various health issues caused her to question the traditional approach to nutrition she’d been taught at University (including the (in)famous food pyramid).

After working in the United States, Elly decided to adopt a vegan diet.

But soon found that it wasn’t conducive for her to thrive as a marathon runner.

Now Elly’s the first to admit many athletes thrive using a vegan or vegetarian protocol, but she realised she isn’t one of them.

Elly’s experience is a great example of why it’s important to personalise your approach to training and nutrition, rather than simply adopting what’s popular or what your friends are doing.

In many ways, this episode is an extension of my conversation with Steph Lowe and previous episodes with Katee Pedicini in that we discuss nutrition, fat adaptation, hormones and an LCHF lifestyle.

I should also mention: I am neither vegan nor vegetarian!

But there’s no denying there are massive benefits (for us and for the environment) to be gained when we add more plant-based foods to our diet. So even if you are carnivorous like me, I know you’ll benefit from listening to this episode.

We begin by discussing how Elly’s love of nutrition developed in High School and how she discovered running in her early 20s.

After that, we dive into discuss specific considerations that vegan or vegetarian athletes need to consider.

Then in the second half, we explore broader issues that are relevant to all athletes, regardless of what diet you adopt.

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Oct 14, 2018

An age group mountain biker and mum of 3 in her 40s, Kate was scrolling through Instagram while breastfeeding her youngest daughter in 2017 when she saw a competition by Liv Cycling (an incredible women’s cycling brand) for a spot in their Trail Squad; the prize included a new bike and entry to a mountain bike stage race somewhere around the world.

Needing a goal or something for herself, she decided to enter the competition.

Then one Sunday, months later she opened her email to find out she had won and that she was off to the Cape Epic — one of the hardest mountain bikes races in the world.

Held in South Africa, the Cape Epic is considered the Tour de France of the mountain bike world.

It’s an 8 day stage race with 100km+ days in the saddle, in the heat, dust and dirt of South Africa with around 15,000m of climbing (that’s nearly 2x the height of Everest).

Kate’s first reaction was ‘I was honestly petrified. My first thought was: “there is no way I can do that”.’

Then she took a deep breath and said ‘yes’.

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Oct 7, 2018

Grant Giles is obsessed with understanding what happens between an athlete’s ears.

Grant has 25+ years of experience in triathlons, starting with a 14 year career as an elite athlete. He then turned to coaching and ultimately developed some of Australia’s most successful professional triathletes.

These life experiences - together with his own struggles with anxiety - led him to become obsessed with understanding what happens between an athlete’s ears.

These days, Grant runs Sports Supports, a business that closes the gap between psychology and sport by providing mind-body coaching to athletes.

The core of his philosophy is to develop ‘awakened athletes’ which he describes in his conversation as ‘somebody who is aware that they are more than the content of their thinking and can stand apart from their thinking and can actually enquire into it; ask questions of it, analyse it, or drop it all together.’

Grant’s approach can, I think, be summarised by: “don’t believe everything you think”.

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