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We are joined by two rockstars of the endurance sports community, Jess & BJ Gumkowski
, who are the triathlon & lifestyle coaching team of YogiTriathlete
. Jess & BJ are experts in all types of endurance disciplines (from ultra to Ironman) as well as mindfulness and meditation for athletes. They host the YogiTriathlete podcast
, as well as host monthly retreats for athletes in San Diego, which entail a 3-day immersion into the “awake and ready life,” and are co-creators of the m21 revolution
online mediation and mindfulness community.
Today they join Tawnee on this episode of Endurance Planet to talk about how to ride the high vibe:
- Sharing stories of life on the road:
- Jess & BJ left their “perfect-on-paper” life to enter the unknown, start fresh, and build new roots.
- They lived out of a Honda Fit for 6 months as they traveled from the East Coast and to the West Coast, where they settled in San Diego. They kept their adventure open-ended and didn’t know exactly where they’d end up, and found so many lessons along the way.
- They lived out of their car and mostly slept in a tent every night for months. They also didn’t even have a fridge or cooler, and had to shop daily for food.
- Practicing minimalism: The idea of letting go of “stuff” and leaving things behind, and then realizing that you are ok (and even happier) without most that stuff.
- How to stop acquiring more, even as a triathlete who has lots of gear, and prioritizing what’s important.
- Get hyperfocused with less to perform better.
- That 6 months of travel for them were terrifying and transformative, and when things felt overwhelming, just come back to the breath.
- Following your calling even when no one else believes in it.
- Starting YogiTriathlete from scratch, and holding onto belief even when times were tough.
- The abundance mindset:
- Starts with self-worth.
- Avoid the “lackful mindset,” e.g. I don’t have enough time, I can’t do that,I’m not good enough, I don’t have enough, etc.
- Move forward from feelings of fear by feeling the abundance around you (e.g. nature around you not monetary).
- Abundance is not just a bank account, it’s a vibrational set point.
- That abundance is you.
- Tools to counteract the lackful mindset:
- Don’t try to just squash thoughts.
- Allow what comes up to come up.
- Gain neutrality.
- Focus awareness on breath.
- This can be uncomfortable but it’s needed!
- Be neutral with negativity, don’t judge.
- What we resist persists.
- Moving toward presence is tied into performance
- Feel your intervals, see the pain, and learn how to tolerate it.
- How the lackful mindset can keep us from getting to the races and goals we want.
- It’s ok to fail, see that point at which you fail, don’t fear it — failure is how we then can learn to break through.
- BJ shares his personal story on how he hit a low point in life only to then adopt mindfulness/mediation, and how it literally saved his life.
- How BJ is setting the right mindset for Kona qualification, and getting faster at Ironman into his 40s.
- Finding our identity, and not being identified by sport.
- Character traits that lead us into needing meditation and “level up.”
- Immersion into the “awake and ready life.”
- Jess shares when meditation clicked for her in 2010 and the baby steps she took into that world, trying a little of everything along the way.
- Meditation 101 for athletes — it starts with the breath.
- Identifying what type of meditation will be a good fit for an athlete.
- Paying attention to your breath while training, and not manipulating it nor the commentary of what’s happening (just the breath)!
- Why swimming is so good for a transition into mindfulness meditation.
- Present moment awareness is key for peak performance.
- But sometimes we just need to let things go to not fuel the fire.
- Stop fueling the fire by understanding: you are not your thoughts!
- Don’t indulge the fears, that is only fueling the fire.
- The art of detaching.
- “I am not my body, I am not my thought, I am not my mind.”
- BJ shares: How do you keep goals but also detach from numbers and results. (Hint: don’t be attached.)
- Why it’s best that athletes practice neutrality.
- Frame your mindset and vocabulary to work for you and manifest the abundance in your life — e.g. “I get to!”
- You are worth it.