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ROO #159: Jessica and Brian Gumkowski on Practicing Presence in Partnership

In this episode, Jessica and Brian Gumkowski, creators of Yogi Triathlete and plant based advocates explore what it means to practice presence in partnership. Jessica and Brian recount the sacred story of how they met. They explain how their individual, yet connected journeys into triathlon and the significance of their upcoming Ironman race and wedding anniversary in Cozumel Mexico.

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ROO #138: Karen Smyers on How Passion Beat Cancer and Ironman

“I believe that you can fit everything in your life the way you want and still get better. It’s just how you structure your training to get better.” * In this episode, Karen Smyers, world class triathlete, coach, mother, race director, and cancer survivor, tells the story of how passion allowed her to persevere through cancer, injury, and setbacks to have one of the most historic triathlon careers. Karen is the only woman ever to win the 1995 Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the short course World Championship in the same year. Karen discusses her athletic background as a competitive swimmer and her introduction to running at Princeton University. She explains how she unexpectedly made the transition to professional triathlon. Karen provides insight on how the power of passionate positivity allowed her to overcome numerous setbacks, including a freak accident that sliced her hamstring, being struck by an 18-wheel truck on her bike, another bike accident during an important race, and her battle with thyroid cancer. She reveals her relationship with triathlon now, from the challenges she faces during a race to her experience as a triathlon coach. Karen reflects on the growth of triathlon in the USA and shares her upcoming athletic goals.

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ROO #25: Jessica Gumkowski on Triathlon, Yoga, and Meditation

In this episode we discuss Jessica Gumkowski, triathlete, yoga teacher, and massage therapist’s backgrounds, exploring the challenges she faced when encountering these disciplines. She shares her experiences on the power of meditating while racing triathlons. Jessica reveals how she balances her schedule by slowing down. Lastly, Jessica gives listeners the inside scoop on her plant-based nutrition, recovery regimen, and what races are ahead for her in 2014.

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