Author name: Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Ep# 12: Be willing to fail and never give up with Nick Troutman

In this conversation, Nick Troutman, accomplished paddler and content creator, explores the distinction between fear and danger when assessing risk versus rewards on and off the water.    Anna and Nick also explore how failing and making mistakes are key to experiencing growth and overcoming self-doubt at the highest levels of achievement and performance. Nick is […]

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Ep #11: The power of facing reality and focusing on fundamentals with Reg Levesque (Dad)

In this heartfelt conversation, Anna and her Dad discuss how losing his mother at the age of 10 shaped his view of problem solving, and how that was passed down to Anna as strategy for facing discomfort.  They talk about the importance of focusing on fundamentals when breaking down problems, what it’s like to feel

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Ep# 10: Staying Grounded and Thriving through Chaos with Adriene Levknecht

In this episode, 14X Green Race Champion, Adriene Levknecht shares her strategies for thriving through chaos on and off the water, and how routines are key for her staying grounded. She shares how she preps for and overcomes fear in her paddling and racing, including her pre-Green Race rituals.  Learn how stepping into her discomfort

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Ep#9 How to Grow your Zone of Stress Resilience with Sommerville Johnston

If you want want courage, confidence and resilience, you don’t want to miss this conversation with Sommerville Johnston, a licensed professional counselor and somatic experiencing practitioner. This episode is all about growing your zone of stress resilience and stepping into your authentic self. Learn how your nervous system works, and strategies you can learn and

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Ep #8 How to gamify your paddling for performance and longevity with Clay Wright

Clay Wright, a legend of the whitewater kayaking world who recently won Kayak Session Magazine’s Paddling Legend Award in 2023, shares strategies for keeping your passion for whitewater fresh, and your performance top-notch.  You’ll also learn Clay’s journey growing up in a paddling family, and how being left behind on trips has shaped how he

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Ep# 7: The power of mtn biking, representation and being prepared with Laura Blythe

In this episode of the Discomfort Zone Podcast, Laura Blythe, a passionate mountain biker and proud member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians shares her wisdom on stepping into your discomfort zone to build confidence, healing and resilience. She shares her experience running up against barriers to entry into mountain biking, why representation matters,

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