Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo


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Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo

For this Weekly Fourcast, we sat down with Jaybird Ambassador Helena Bjälkemo, an elite Swedish runner and SwimRun competitor. As a full-time working mother of two toddlers, Helena and her husband George (a SwimRun world champion) often struggle to fit training into their busy lives, but as she says, it’s “oh so worth it.”

SwimRun, a multi-stage outdoor race that involves multiple transitions between swimming and running, originated in Sweden with the ÖtillÖ, a 75km course across 26 islands of the Stockholm archipelago.

“SwimRun is a perfect mix of physical challenge and adventure,” Helena says, “an intense nature experience through magical forests and deep waters, shared with a friend.”

 

Helena’s Recommended Podcasts:

Rich Roll Podcast, Episode 486: Quelling Stress with Rangan Chatterjee, MD

I enjoyed their chat about SwimRun, describing their amazing nature adventures. Dr. Rangan has also done a SwimRun with his son, very inspiring. Also, he talks about how passion can heal people and that exercise in nature is linked with better overall health.

 

Maratonpodden, Episode 161: Helena & George Bjälkemo (in Swedish)

Well, I hope this episode inspires parents to follow their dreams and stop feeling guilty about making time for their own well-being.

 

Wiss & Swärm – On the Run, Episode 30: Life hacks (in Swedish)

I like this podcast because the girls behind it are very open and transparent about their struggles in combining training with their busy lifestyles. In this specific episode they provide us with lots of great life hacks that enables us to be more successful with our time management.

 

Träningspodden, Episode 133: Det stora testavsnittet (in Swedish)

In this episode, nutrition expert Tony Fagerdahl talks about ways to measure the body’s nutritional levels, how diet affects us both mentally and physically and what we should eat every day for the ultimate nutritional intake.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Sheldon Martineau


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Weekly Fourcast: Sheldon Martineau

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with outdoor lifestyle photographer Sheldon Martineau. Sheldon calls Salt Lake City home, and like most who live at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, he loves to use a variety of pursuits to get him outside. From climbing and snowshoeing to a good old-fashioned backpacking trip, Sheldon is fueled by a deep love for nature and travel, and his motivation lies in creating and sharing that passion with others through his photography.

“Whether it’s in the backcountry around a fire, or while pumping up snow covered hills, I love to have my music with me—it creates a cinematic feel and really helps me get my head in the zone.”

 

Sheldon’s Recommended Podcasts:

Visual Revolutionary, Episode 74: Quin Schrock

For me personally, Quin is a photographer I look up to, and he offers a lot of good insight on creating a new level for himself and others.

 

Art of Visuals, @jamieout | Family man on a mission

This episode really shows that you can do it all. If you value your passion, you will always find time for it. And if you don’t have time, it’s not as big of a priority for yourself, clearly.

 

Art of Visuals, @Jordhammond | Citizen of the World

I like this episode because it gave me a lot of insight on getting started as a photographer and really opened my eyes on how to travel while incorporating work.

 

Art of Visuals, @emmett_sparling | Journeys around the world for perspectives never seen before!

This is another favorite, because it shows that age really doesn’t matter in the digital world. As long as you can show up for the occasion, you can make a name for yourself.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Cliford Mervil


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Weekly Fourcast: Cliford Mervil

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with travel and outdoor photographer Cliford Mervil. Cliford was born and raised in Haiti, and moved to the US when he was 11. From soccer and track, to backpacking and climbing, Cliford has been athlete since he can remember, and is always looking for the next challenge.

“Every time you persevere through a challenge, you not only break your own barriers, but you create new limits.”

Check out Cliford’s work on Instagram @cliford.mervil.

 

Cliford’s Recommended Podcasts:

Visual Revolutionary, Episode 50: Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl is a travel and lifestyle photographer, I find he’s work to be inspirational and I always like to know what inspire others and how they got started, especially those I look up to.

 

The Dirtbag Diaries, The Modern Dirtbag

This episode stood out to me because as a climber it’s the dream to just leave everything for a while and go on a climbing tour. It was nice hearing what that’s really like and how to prepare for it.

 

The Adventure Photography Podcast

I don’t believe this podcast is still running, but I did enjoy their episode about life without social media, which pretty much covers how amazing it is not worrying about social media when you’re out exploring or on an expedition, which is something I can relate to. There’s no better way to relax and recharge your mental batteries than exploring and being in the moment.

 

The Enormocast, Jim Donini – Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends

I like how that even being in his 70’s, Jim still enjoys climbing and facing the risk head on, not letting his age stopping him.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Stephanie Howe


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Weekly Fourcast: Stephanie Howe

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with champion ultra runner, sports nutritionist, and Jaybird Ambassador Stephanie Howe. Stephanie’s passion for nourishing the body through movement and real food is the common thread running through the different facets of her life.

Formerly a collegiate All-American Nordic skier and cross-country runner, Stephanie discovered her passion for trail running while attended Montana State University in Bozeman.

Since then, she’s claimed several course records and podiumed at some of the world’s most iconic ultra races, including the Speedgoat 50k, the UTMB and the Western States 100, which she won the first year she ran it, in 2014. Did we mention she was also pursuing a doctorate in Nutrition and Exercise Science at the time?

“On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve had my fair share of injuries and set backs,” she says. “Each time I have accepted the reality of the injury and worked to get my health back. It’s not a super sexy story, but it makes me appreciate the ability to run and push my body.”

Now based in Bend, OR, Stephanie works as a coach and sports nutritionist, helping other athletes when she isn’t out running in the mountains herself.

 

Stephanie’s Recommended Playlists:

The Tim Ferriss Show, #378 Nick Norris- Navy SEAL and Athlete on Training, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Healing

Talking about grief and how it’s unlocked happiness. This was a really fantastic listen and with good perspective on tough life situations.

 

The Joe Rogan Experience, #1121: Michael Pollan

Psychedelics are an up and coming field. Micheal Pollan discusses his experience along with his book How to Change Your Mind.

 

Clean Sport Collective, Episode #20 Mary Cain Tells Us Her Story

This is somewhat heartbreaking, but such a good listen for everyone. The shame we cause women to feel about their bodies is unacceptable. Mary bravely speaks out about her experience at Nike Oregon Project.

 

In the Dark, Season 1 (Jacob Wetterling)

I grew up in Minnesota and I remember when Jacob disappeared. His body was found just recently and this is the story of how the law enforcement failed and ended up with an unsolved mystery. It’s a really well done series and it gives you the shivers. I couldn’t stop listening. Like drive-my-car-to-get-a-car-wash-so-I-could-keep-listening, type of story.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Sonya Looney


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Weekly Fourcast: Sonya Looney

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with championship mountain biker and Jaybird Ambassador Sonya Looney. Reading Sonya’s resume, it’s hard to believe one person would have time to accomplish everything she has. On her mountain bike, she’s a 24-Hour World Champion and four-time US National Champion, and has won more than 15 other multi-stage races around the world. She has a Masters in Electrical Engineering, her own apparel brand (@moxyandgrit), a top-rated podcast, is a plant-based living advocate and a freelance writer who has been published in numerous magazines and is currently working on a book.

On the Sonya Looney Show, she interviews inspiring leaders about plant-based nutrition, cycling and endurance training, mountain biking, sports psychology, and a range of other topics to inspire and help people unlock the best versions of themselves. Sonya also created a plant-based community—Plant Powered Tribe (@plantpoweredtribe)—to share vegan tips and plant-based recipes for athletes.

“The hard moments are the magic ones, where you get to decide what type of person you want to be and where you learn the most about yourself. The times where you pushed your limits are the bookmarks and highlights when you look back at your life, and usually you realize that those limits mostly live in your mind!”

 

Sonya’s Recommended Playlists:

Harder to Kill Radio, Cultivating a Winning Mindset w/ Jake Thompson

I found Jake to be so inspiring that I listened to this episode twice!

 

The Sonya Looney Show, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics w/ Jeff Warren

Shamelessly promoting my podcast, but I am always so incredibly inspired by my guests and I really want to make sure others know about them too! I learn so much from these conversations about high performance living.

 

Noah Kagan Presents, Money Strategies from Ramit Sethi

So much value in this episode about what bank accounts and credit cards to give you bang for your buck, how to automate saving and investing, and a basic general education of the financial world.

 

School of Greatness, Bethany Hamilton on Embracing Challenges and Becoming a Champion

Bethany had such a powerful perspective and I’m so inspired to see how she is thriving after a shark attack!

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Jeremiah Watt


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Weekly Fourcast: Jeremiah Watt

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Salt Lake City-based photographer Jeremiah Watt. Jeremiah is an experiential photographer who focuses on capturing the beauty of human experience through climbing, skiing, fly-fishing, and beyond. Originally hailing from the mountains of Wyoming, Jeremiah spent years living in his van, chasing hard rock climbs and deep snow before realizing he wanted to take photos. He went back to school to pursue an MFA in photography, but he was nearly kicked out of the program for “a difference of opinion around fine art, and academia in general.”

“An in-depth internal conversation concerning my personal involvement with photography, a shift in my mental approach to politics, and restructuring my expectations allowed me to both stay in the program and up my photographic game,” he says.

“The chaos of that experience and my ability to move through it has been a solid foundation in everything from projecting on the rock to staying motivated behind the lens.”

Though he now has a full-time homebase in Utah, Jeremiah spends much of the year traveling the world, often with his family, focused on capturing authentic experiences through the lens of life outdoors.

 

Jeremiah’s Recommended Podcasts:

Reply All

It’s an interesting, informative, and humorous take on technology.

 

TED Radio Hour

It’s an easy way to expand your mental and physical horizons.

 

The Daily

An easily digestible in-depth take on current events.

 

All Songs Considered

Great storytelling, from the hilarious to the gut wrenching.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Dan Patitucci


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Weekly Fourcast: Dan Patitucci

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with mountain sports athlete and professional photographer Dan Patitucci. Originally from the States but now living in Interlaken, Switzerland, Dan, along with his wife Janine, runs Patitucci Photo, shooting commercial and editorial work for dozens of global brands and publications. Dan and Janine are outside in the elements all-year round—training, scouting, and combining their passionate enthusiasm with sharp technical skills to create incredible images. Primarily a climber for the last 30 years, Dan is also passionate about trail running, and his most recent work has focused on combining elements of trail running and climbing peaks.

In 2016, Dan and Janine also created ALPSinsight, a site dedicated to communicating the Alps’ mountain sport lifestyle through inspiring experiences, photography, stories, and tips.

 

Dan’s Recommended Podcasts:

The Enormocast, Jim Donini – Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends

As a climber, I enjoy hearing other’s thoughts and experiences.

 

TED Radio Hour

This is my go to podcast for big, long climbs in the Alps when I want to think about what I’m listening to.

 

This American Life, Break-Up

As an American living in Europe, I enjoy hearing what is so unique and fun from my own culture.

 

The Moth

Great storytelling, from the hilarious to the gut wrenching.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Adam Clark


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Weekly Fourcast: Adam Clark

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Salt Lake City-based adventure photographer and Jaybird Ambassador Adam Clark. From Alaska to Patagonia, from desolate deserts to huge snowy peaks, and from the furthest reaches of the globe to his home Wasatch Mountains, Adam has shot adventure and authentic lifestyle photography for hundreds of magazines and commercial clients around the world. He calls “almost keeping up with a lot of other really great athletes and managing to convince them to get a few great photos” his greatest physical accomplishment, but getting after it and staying motivated often comes down to routine.

“It’s so easy to come up with excuses to not go,” he says. “As soon as I committed to getting out to do something every day, everything else started to fall into place.”

Whenever he needs a little push to get out the door, Adam looks to the same place we do—music.

 

Adam’s Recommended Podcasts:

Outside Podcast, What Awe in Nature Does for Us

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Its easy to get caught up in: getting to the top, getting the shot, how many miles or how much vert. But being in awe is one of the most important parts of getting outside. Sometimes you have to stop and feel that.

 

The Firn Line, Uphill Athlete: Steve House

I enjoy living my fantasies through the stories of others. Steve House is one of the most badass mountaineers of our time. I’m never going to do what he has done, but it sure is inspiring to hear about it. And this one is fun to hear about how to get ready physically and emotionally for big adventures.

 

Dirtbag Diaries, The Modern Dirtbag

We all need a little dirtbag in our life. Camp 4 is the Mecca of dirtbags—I’ve never been and it was fun to live there virtually for 24 minutes.

 

Ear Hustle, The SHU

I’m not totally sure why, but I couldn’t stop listening to this. One of those episodes where I got home before it was done, and I sat in the driveway until it was over.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Becca Skinner


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Weekly Fourcast: Becca Skinner

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with one of our newest Jaybird ambassadors, Becca Skinner. Becca is a Bozeman, Montana-based adventure photographer and writer whose work often focuses on conservation issues. Becca was a competitive rock climber when she was young, but now considers herself an athletic generalist—climbing, hiking, and managing her and her husband’s permaculture farm keep her plenty active when she’s not behind the lens. Recently, she’s also started to fall in love with running. Shortly after they were married, Becca and her husband ran a half-marathon at 9,000 feet in Montana.

“We had been so wrapped up in the planning of the wedding that the training fell to the bottom of the list and my anxiety was out of control about being able to even finish the race,” she says. “I knew I could hike that distance, but I had never run that far.”

With her husband’s reminder that they weren’t trying to win anything, when race day came, Becca made it to the finish line in what she calls one of the best experiences of her life.

“Instead of listening to my anxiety that I was going to fail, I tried to thank my feet, my legs, and my lungs every few minutes. It was an awesome way to celebrate movement, and I was hooked on long distance running from there on out!”

 

Becca’s Recommended Podcasts:

RadioLab, Alpha Gal

This episode is about a gal who develops a sudden meat allergy from getting bit by a tick! Fascinating and such a well-produced episode.

 

Ologies, Matrimonology

Every episode, the host Alie Ward interviews a different “ologist.” It’s funny, it talks about stories and science and history and is all-around entertaining.

 

Mountain and Prairie

I can’t choose just one! If you love the West, conservation and expanding your knowledge on some of the biggest issues facing us today, this is your podcast. Ed is a great host and asks great, thought-provoking questions.

 

Rough Translation, The Refugee’s Dating Couch

The premise of this NPR podcast is to focus on conversations we have here in the US, but show somewhere else in the world where they are talking about similar things.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Jaybird Halloween


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Weekly Fourcast: Jaybird Halloween

For this special Halloween edition of the Weekly Fourcast, we asked the crew at Jaybird headquarters for their favorite hair-raising podcasts. From ghost stories to dark mysteries and true crime tales, check out our spooky, suspenseful, and supernatural podcast picks.

 

Spooked!, A Friend in the Forest

I love that this podcast features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe these things have happened themselves. As soon as I heard this episode, I had to digest it with the entire Jaybird Team. A few of us gathered around to chat about how we had chills the entire time we were listening.
– Chelsea Kimball

 

Rabbits

Rabbits, Season 1 is the podcast that got me hooked on podcasts. If you like mysterious disappearances, ancient games and old school gaming culture, this is the podcast for you! It’s really well written and produced. One episode and you’re down the rabbit hole. R U Playing?
– Lynda Maldonado

 

Limetown, What We Know

After bingeing through Serial, I realized podcasts were more than just news and sports. I found Limetown after browsing the top charts on iTunes and it’s another good example of a well-produced multi-part podcast. It’s like an audio book short story. Full of suspense and a nod to the supernatural, it plays out like a fictional documentary—I actually Googled it to ensure it wasn’t real!
– Rakesh Patel

 

Lore

Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
– Lauren Kwasniewski

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.