- February 03, 2020
For this Weekly Fourcast we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Susan Oyler—a mom, military wife, civil engineer, and tri-athlete. Susan found triathalons in her early 30’s—for years Susan struggled with self-esteem and body image issues, and limited herself and the activities she would do because of it.
“But, after becoming a mother, I wanted to change,” she says. “I didn’t want my daughter to learn a life of fear and limitations. So, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and do something I had always been interested in, but too scared to try—triathlon! I found the sport and the community to be, literally, life-changing.”
Since then, Susan has gone on to compete in three Ironman events, and will compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships this year.
“The confidence you gain from testing your limits in sports will transcend all aspects of your life.”
Learn more about Susan at her website, www.essentialoyl.com.
Susan’s Recommended Podcasts:
Sparta Chicks, Episode: 99 – Dr. Stacy Sims on How to Work With Your Body, Not Fight Against It
Dr. Stacy Sims is the pioneer in the research of female physiology and educating female athletes (and coaches!) that women are not just small men, which means our training strategies and fueling needs are different.
Fresh Air, Howard Stern/Joan Rivers
This episode is a condensed version of the two-part interview that Terri Gross did in early 2019. I am a huge Howard Stern fan. What I really love about him is his willingness to talk about psychotherapy and how he has benefited from it. He has really done so much to remove the stigma regarding mental health and seeking help. Also, I think he shows how a person can evolve over a lifetime and use personal setback as a springboard to growth and improvement.
30 for 30, Six Who Sat
As a female athlete, I am the beneficiary of so many brave women before me who blazed the trail for acceptance and equality in sports. This story is about six female competitors who protested at the 1972 NYC Marathon.
How I Built This, Spanx: Sara Blakely
I love learning about the people and the inspiration behind huge brands we all know. I loved this episode because I respect how persistent Sara was in making her vision a reality and how she kept pushing in the face of rejection.
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.