Podcast 49: Billy Hafferty, Plant-Based Endurance Athlete on Growing a Pear?

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What does it feel like to truly put it all out there and give it everything you’ve got? Well, for those who have done this, they’d argue that there is no better feeling in the world.

But what does putting it all out there mean? How can we quantify this?

The answer is we can’t, it’s unique to each person and that includes, the coveted elation that putting it all out there promises to deliver. As humans, we have perspective. This is a faculty of our minds that allow us to have our a unique take on everything in life. In other words, it’s the explanation for why multiple people can look at the same object and see completely different things.

Perspective, the way I see it, is also a conduit to conflict. (Enter ego!) In our pursuit to be right, which by the way can only happen by making another wrong, we sometimes fight to the death to uphold our perspective as truth. It’s an interesting dance and one that played out in full expression in the days following the October 5th launch of a blog post entitled, “The Wussification of 140.6” written by today’s guest, Billy Hafferty.

Needless to say, Billy was showered in perspective shortly after publishing this piece. The was response magnified once IronCowboy James shared it to his tens of thousands of Facebook followers. Some people agreed with Billy and validated the content while many argued against him. Some were more polite than others but again, it’s all just in the way you see it. BJ and I watched it all go down from afar and in today’s episode we talk with Billy about his intent in writing the post and what it felt like to be on the receiving end of the commentary. But Billy is more than just a controversial blog post author, he is a free-lance writer and a plant-based endurance athlete who is on the search for his purpose in this life. I love the depth of this conversation and the honesty in which Billy engages despite my constant digging for more.

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Episode 49 Show Notes:

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Billy’s Blog

Bhagavad Gita

The Alchemist

Ironman Cozumel

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The Wussification of 140.6

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  1. K 7 years ago

    I wanted to comment on the recent podcast but when i clicked it linked back to this older one. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

    Follow on question to your recent (june 28 is podcast)- BJ talks about cutting caffeine. What are his thoughts/approach on using it for races? AS caffeine is known to help with performance I was curious if he was could to focus on his health and avoid it in races or if he might consider using it just during races for that extra boost. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer but curious to see what approach he is going to take.

    • Brian 7 years ago

      Great question. Currently my approach to racing does involve caffeine, especially on the run portion of the race. In the recent past, I have cut my coffee consumption on race morning. So now I’ll have an espresso or sometimes nothing at all. I’m just so excited to get out there and race, I don’t feel I need that pick up. My nutrition on the bike includes Skratch Labs hydration mix. I use their Pineapples flavor, as well as their Matcha Green Tea which does have caffeine. I might just stick to all pineapple for the bike. On the run, I’ve had really great success on eating bananas and sucking down coke. Yes, Coke! I know it’s not the healthiest and I don’t drink it at any other time than on the run, but for some reason, at this point in time, I’m running strong and fast and have no stomach issues when sticking to this routine. Of course I’m ready to change if in the moment something speaks to me, but for now, this is working. The biggest point to take from this is to see what works for you in our training that mimics race conditions, and what do you absolutely need in order to get the most out of your body. Good luck with your season and please continue to ask questions. We love to help out the YT community.

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