Episode 422: Cocodona 250 with Ultrarunner and Mountaineer Dandelion Dilluvio-Scott

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Like many of you, the YogiTriathlete team was glued to this year’s coverage of the Cocodona 250, and today, you get to hear all about it from first-time finisher Dandelion Dilluvio-Scott.

Chris Thornley, the founder of Squirrel’s Nut Butter, introduced hosts Jess and BJ to Dandelion, their fellow SNB Adventure Teammate, after her grueling 105:28:27 journey from Black City Canyon to downtown Flagstaff. This point-to-point foot race, the Cocodona 250, is not for the faint of heart, with over 40,000 feet of vertical gain and 34,000 feet of loss over the 250 miles. It culminates in a challenging climb up Mt. Elden before a final descent into town to the finish line.

From her mountaineering roots, Dandelion stepped into trail racing in 2018 with her first fast-pack event and has accumulated countless miles and finishes over the years, but Cocodona was her first race of the 200-mile flavor.

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In this episode:

  • curiosity in what is possible
  • choosing to go through suffering
  • training in extreme environmental conditions
  • move with the terrain, not against it
  • panic happens
  • relationship to the unknown
  • Cocodona crew
  • breakdown of the race
  • challenges to sticking to the plan
  • sleep deprivation
  • pacer responsibilities
  • feelings coming into the final climb just before the finish
  • emotions coming off a big race
  • mental training from hard sessions and workouts

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Episode 422 Show Notes:

Rhode Island event with BJ – Register Now June 10th, 6 pm at Rhode Island Power Yoga

Patagonia Yoga Adventure – February 15-22, 2025

Rhode Island One-Day Retreat – August 4, 2024

Squirrels Nut Butter

Cocodona 250

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