Episode 57 – Rachel Balkovec: Riding the Wave of Strength & Conditioning
For today’s episode we sit down with former Major League Baseball strength & conditioning coach Rachel Balkovec. Rachel had just completed her third season with the Houston Astros this fall before she relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands to pursue her second master’s degree in research and biomechanics. Previous to working with the Astros, she was the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals for 2 seasons after working in various positions with EXOS (Formerly Athletes' Performance), Louisiana State University, The Chicago White Sox, Arizona State University and Los Tigres Del Licey Beisbol. She is a former NCAA Division I softball catcher and has special interest in organizational culture and behavioral psychology in relation to coaching.
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This week's guest represents everything the Like a Bigfoot Podcast strives to showcase. Grit, determination, intelligent training, and pushing through devastating obstacles to ultimately achieve greatness.
I met Miguel Medina last January during a 50k "fatass" training run from Nederland to Boulder. While running together I instantly realized a few things: Miguel is fast....I mean FAST and he is very intentional with his training, mobility, and recovery. I felt so lucky to spend a few hours picking his brain about living life as a pure well-rounded athlete.
I should probably mention he's an elite ultra obstacle course racer who has numerous podium finishers in a wide variety of obstacle course races and in 2014 his team won the World's Toughest Mudder (with Mark Jones, Hunter Mcintyre, and Dennis Wayne Welch). In other words, he's one of the best athletes I've ever had the pleasure of running with.
In this episode Miguel shares his story from "Gamer" with chronic back pain to elite athlete. It's intense, raw and is one of the most inspiring stories we've shared on this podcast. I'm so grateful to hear his story and to be able to share it with you!
We also chat about how awesome it is to live and train in Durango, Colorado, strategies to manage emotions during team events, positivity and gratitude during intense races, and his current experience racing the Toughest Mudder Midwest.
Miguel just placed 5th in the Toughest Mudder Midwest in which he completed 45 miles of obstacles in 7 hours and 50 minutes (which is INSANELY FAST). He is currently running through the San Juans preparing for the Spartan Ultra Beast in October and the Worlds Toughest Mudder in November (with his teammate Mark Jones).
MORE FROM MIGUEL:
Miguel's coaching: www.yancycamp.com
Natural Running Network Podcast Episode: http://www.naturalrunningnetwork.com/ocr-running-tips-with-ultra-beast-miguel-medina/
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"Success is not a stereotype. Success is not an automobile. Its not a house. Its not a plan. Its not money in the bank. That’s not success. Success is the continual unfolding of the design of our life and pulling it off” – Jim Rohn
The power of choice is the determinant factor when it comes to success. You see whatever it is that you plan for your life, once you have it that is your success.
We have become accustomed in life to have other people determine our success for us. We have become accustomed to handing over the reigns of our life to others.
At the end of the day you are in control and it is your choice. I want you to grow to your truest potential but only on your own terms and only as you decide it to be.
Episode 57 is fruitful Friday. Your success is your choice.
ACTION FOR TODAY
Start looking at the aspects of your life that you have let others determine for you.
Start thinking about the success you want to enjoy in those areas.
Now begin to map out a plan of how you want to achieve that success on your own terms.
Slowly but surely you will begin to take back control of your life and determine your own success.
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