UnTapped Gravel Guide 2.0

Welcome to part 2 of the Gravel Guide. UnTapped athlete and cross-country skiing Olympic Gold Medalist, Kikkan Randall is trying out gravel cycling this summer and reached out to Ted King to pick his brain on some core questions.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series. For Part 2 read here.   To jump back to part 1, read here.

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“Want to train like an Olympian? PODCAST” Interview with Christian Bosse

Christian Bosse
Strength and Conditioning Coach ★ World Champions & Olympic Medalists Trainer ► Want to train like an Olympian?

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Kikkan Randall, OLY Olympic champion 2018 shares her story from being on the highs of all highs, becoming Olympic champion, to the lows of all lows, being diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after. Kikkan outlines how she made a 10-year plan to become an Olympic medalist, where she got her grit from, and how to approach difficult situations.

Check out the podcast and video here: https://youtu.be/FnWCaF1pdQk

Cause Baby, you’re a firework!

Hey friends!

With the 4th of July coming up and the new month getting underway, I wanted to reach out again — to talk about what Independence Day means to me, the upcoming Olympics, and how we can use both events to bring some extra joy and inspiration to July 🙂

To start, the history: I grew up celebrating July 4th in the most Alaskan, outdoorsy way possible — a grueling 5k up and down a mountain’s steep, rocky slope. Named Mount Marathon for the peak, locals of Seward, AK grant this event the same energy and passion that they might the Olympics or World Championships. Covered in dust and mud, there is nothing like running down to hundreds of cheering supports lining Main Street. It’s also a longstanding family tradition; my Mom and Aunt Betsy are former champions.


En route to the cheering Main Street crowds

Independence Day, therefore, was marked not by the fireworks and cookouts (though I had my fair share) but by the feeling of my burning legs, racing heart (and perhaps too many scrapes and near-crashes). The last fourth — which I spent with Breck making backyard burgers decked in Team USA garb — and this upcoming one won’t be the same.


In Canada, but still showing team spirit!

Sunday, instead of lacing up my sneakers to scale a slope, I’m running twice the distance for a virtual 10k with L.L. Bean. Yes, another virtual race, but even just pulling on a “virtual” bib somehow formalizes my commitment, getting me to go harder and faster. I’ll be the first to admit that whatever 6.2 miles I choose to run, they’re unlikely to match the raw excitement of running Mount Marathon. And yet, no matter which hills I run, each Independence Day has been united by flying legs and adrenaline, reminding me of how lucky I am to be able to get out and push myself!

No longer is the thrill of the event and everyday grind of sweat and smiles my profession — but it’s still what makes me feel whole. It’s hard to believe this summer is the first time in five Winter Olympic cycles that I’m not in the final months of preparation for the Games (which feels bittersweet). Yet my Athlete Mentality has never left.

In a way, these virtual races­­ — purposefully subjecting myself to physical agony just for the heck of it — are good metaphors for life. I like to joke that life is like a cross-country race: one-third up, one-third flat, and one-third down. Simple. But powerful because “climbing the big hill” and pushing through the discomfort means that at some point, you get to the top. The reward is a beautiful view and the exhilaration down the other side, and it’s always worth the work.


And don’t forget, you can enjoy the way up too…

All of us, even Olympic champions, have our mountains to climb. The fight against breast cancer was the biggest one I’ve ever faced, and it was tough! I believe we all possess that gritty part of ourselves that says, “it’s going to be ok” when we’ve just turned the corner, and the hill keeps going when we wonder if we will ever reach the top.

As the Tokyo Olympics draw near, like many of you, I can’t wait to watch and cheer the best of the best in nearly forty sports from over 206 countries compete for their own Olympic and Paralympic glory (especially Track and Field!). The stories of many of these Olympic champions — who trained through adversity, overcame the frustration of the pandemic and the year-long delay, and now strive to support their nation at the highest level — are truly incredible. Like Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikado who, two years after being diagnosed with leukemia and only seven months after returning to competition, qualified to race in the Olympic Games in her hometown.

Therefore, as we head off into the holiday weekend, I hope you will join me in making this month one to invite in a challenge. Guided by the gritty game face of our heroic athletes, empowered by their steady stride and triumph, let’s set an intention to tackle that far-fetched goal or to finish off the overwhelming task you’ve pushed off for years. We can use those 4th of July fireworks to spark a zip in our step and get energized by our heroic athletes this month!

I would love if you shared your stories of what moved you this month, whether it’s a Games moment or just something you come across in your day. On that note, thanks a bunch to everyone who wrote after the first release, it’s so great to hear from my community again. I hope to make this newsletter a regular check-in, so I would welcome ideas on what you would like to learn or topics I should discuss.

I’m here for you. Stay strong, stay tuned, and let’s get after it 🙂

All the best,

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Newsletter launch! “Hello from Kikkan” ed.1

Hello from Kikkan!

June 4, 2021

Hello Friends! As I’ve been pulling together notes for a book project I’m working on, I’ve begun thinking about how I want to stay connected with you — my fans, supporters, and friends. I’ve been able to do some virtual speaking engagements and connect over video calls, but it really isn’t the same. So as we transition back into this post-covid world, I got inspired to start this newsletter journey to share insights from my life as an athlete, cancer survivor, and mother and update you on my new adventures and pursuits. The theme of life for me coming out of this covid period — and maybe for you too — is we are back. Now let’s get back at it!

With covid border restrictions still in place, Breck and I have been making the most of our corner of British Columbia. We have enjoyed the early spring/summer weather — camping (a 10-minute drive from our house!), spending beach days on nearby lakes (Breck seems undeterred by the chilly water), and hunting for cacti on local hikes. It’s amazing what you can find in your own backyard!


A year ago, I started back at Alaska Pacific University (APU) to finish my Business Administration degree and (pending a final class and senior project) am set to graduate this December! It feels so satisfying to be close to finishing this big goal and I am so grateful for the cheers and encouragement many of you have offered.

Another project that’s been making progress is seeing the inspiring #hellokikkan posts come in through Instagram and knowing that more and more people are wearing the “It’s Going to be OK!” socks to brighten their days (we’ve sold more than 5,000 pairs to date!). Together we’ve raised over $15,000 for cancer charities!


Excited to get back to the athlete grind, I signed up for a few upcoming races. On June 12th, I’m participating in the virtual Alaska Run for Women. Nearly thirty years running, ARW has raised 5.2 million in cash and donated mammograms for the fight against breast cancer. It’s a race I grew up running and which took on personal meaning when I became a breast cancer survivor myself. This year, I have recruited some friends here in BC to run the virtual 5-miler with me next week and have been sharing my “Hibernation to 5-Miler” preparation tips on Facebook with my partner Advanced Oncology Associates.

Celebrating post-run at the 2019 Alaska Run for Women, my first year as a survivor!

Also on the horizon is the Boston Marathon in October and a 78-mile gravel bike called The Last Best Ride in Montana in August. Though they are both pretty ambitious and challenging events, it feels so good to have goals and think about doing races again; it’s something I miss from my time as a professional athlete as these events double to give me purpose and bring to the forefront the social, fun aspects of sport that I’ve always loved.

I want to end this by thanking you (to begin, for sticking with me to the end of this letter), but truly, for supporting me through the personal and athletic ups, downs, and in-betweens; thanks for inspiring me with your stories!

It’s all smiles as I gear up to speak for the American Cancer Society on National Cancer Survivor Day tomorrow (June 6th)… so, until next time, and as the weather warms and we walk this crazy reopening journey, let’s get after it 🙂

Cheers,

Kikkan

 

 

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No Time to Waste Podcast – AKTIV feature with Kikkan

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Alison Hadden’s battling terminal cancer, but she’s focused on living her best life – as her best self – every day. Join her as she chats with resilient adventures, seekers, trailblazers, and exceptionally good humans as they explore what it means to live fully, because there’s “No Time to Waste” – for all of us. | More at www.notimetowasteproject.com

I’m sure you know Matthew McConaughey. He’s an Academy Award-Winning actor, a proud Texan, a Philanthropist, a new owner of Austin’s MLS team and most recently, a NYT bestselling author for his memoir, Greenlights.

What Matthew and I talked about in our conversation hit deep. We talked about my current cancer situation and how I’m doing what I can to make the most of it. We debated over how much fight to bring to life vs how much flow and how to know what’s needed when. And we agreed that the only certainty in life is death so you’d better be out living it.

In this week’s AKTIV Against Cancer Spotlight, host Ethan Zohn interviews XC Ski Star Kikkan Randall who three months after achieving a lifelong goal of winning an Olympic gold medal, got diagnosed with Stage 2 triple positive breast cancer. Learn how this amazing 5-Time Olympian and World Champion’s “dive” or “thrive” attitude and commitment to exercise helped her stay positive throughout her cancer journey.

Learn more about AKTIV Against Cancer and donate to the cause if you can!

More at www.notimetowasteproject.com or follow @notimetowasteproject

Vogue.com – How to Take Your Winter Workout Outdoors

How to Take Your Winter Workout Outdoors

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https://www.vogue.com/article/winter-workout-outdoors-tips-gear

Podcast Interview with OTB – Surviving Breast Cancer

Just two months after winning Olympic gold in cross country skiing, Kikkan Randall was diagnosed with breast cancer. How did she use what she learned from training for five Olympic games to help her on her cancer journey? Listen to her inspiring story and see how being a part of a team was the catalyst for healing. 

https://www.onetoughb.com/2020/10/22/real-women-real-stories-kikkan-randall-episode-69/

 

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