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Episode 56: Understanding Eating Disorders with Savannah Buik

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If you've been around climbing long enough, you know someone who has or has had an eating disorder. While it's not a secret, it's certainly a topic that is generally shamed and then ignored. As a coach, friend, and partner, I wanted to know more about it, how to recognize it, and what to do when confronted with it. 

Savannah Buik reached out to me a little over a year ago to tell me that she had started a blog, partly inspired by my willingness to call people out, that focused on her own struggles with eating disorders. Since then, she's had more struggles, and in this episode we talk more about those tough times.

Savannah offers us an easy way to understand these disorders, a way to recognize when it's a problem, and a way to think about it while approaching a friend in need.  This is a conversation I'm so glad that I sat down for, no matter how uncomfortable the subject is.

You can find Savannahs blog, Crimpin and Biscuits, at www.savannahbuik.com

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Episode 55: Mental Toughness with Emily Tilden

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Here in Lander there is a very strong contingent of powerful women. I'm lucky to have become friends with many of them, and I'm extremely fortunate to be able to count Emily Tilden among those friends.

She is a no bullshit straight shooter, which I value and appreciate, and like many great athletes, she has a mental tenacity that is sometimes difficult to comprehend. I've watched her handily win the pullup comp at the Climbers Festival several times, and I've watched her cruise to an easy win, with a smile on her face, after running 20K at over 9,000 feet.

Emily likes to run long distances. In the mountains. Likes to. What? That just doesn't compute with me. She's a mom that was right back to the gym, with son Wyatt in tow, shortly after giving birth. She also has the often rare ability to vocalize why and how she is able to push through the wall that stops me at about mile #1.

Perhaps even more interesting is that when climbing, she doesn't have the same drive. It occupies a different space for her. Why is that? Why can I go a muerte on a climb, but want to call for a ride home after running a few blocks? What's the difference?

We may actually have a few answers.

Emily is a trainer here in Lander at Elemental Performance and Fitness. She's an NSCA-CPT, and if you're interested in working with her, you can reach her at emily@elementalgym.com 

I promise, she won't bullshit you.

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

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Our new Process Journal can be found at http://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/process-journal/

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Episode 54: Feminism in Climbing with Shelma Jun

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Shelma Jun is an unapologetic force to be reckoned with, and she's put more thought than most of us into this feminist movement that is rocking the climbing world. To be honest, while I've put a ton of thought into it myself, much of it was in the form of denial. When that began to change, and I opened by eyes a little, I knew I had to have a conversation with Shelma. I'm extremely happy that she was willing to sit down with me and struggle through a tough, but important conversation.  

Some of you will agree. Some of you won't. That's ok. What's important is that we start the conversation, on many levels, and keep it going.  

I've fucked up many times. I'll fuck up more. That's about all that I'm sure of.  

That, and that I'll always make an effort to realize that I don't need to have all the answers.  

You can find Shelma at www.flashfoxy.com and at www.nevernotcollective.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Process Journals are out!  Go get one!  http://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/process-journal

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