The Discomfort Zone Podcast

Ep#25 Brenna Kelleher on performance coaching and shifting discomfort zones

In this episode of The Discomfort Zone Podcast, Brenna Keller, a top PSIA ski instructor and guide, dives into the interplay between fear and excitement, highlighting how mindset can help achieve a flow state. .She explains how fear, when managed properly, can enhance performance. The conversation also examines the discomfort zone beyond skiing, particularly in […]

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Ep#24 Holley Gardel on adjusting your attitude and altitude in flying and in life

In this episode, helicopter air ambulance pilot, Holley Gardel, shares strategies for transforming negative feelings into powerful cues that propel you to perform at your best.  We talk about the power of mental performance training, how it unlocks potential in every aspect of life, and how it’s not just for elite athletes. Holley champions thorough

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EP #23 Abby Holcombe on facing fear and staying true to yourself

Abby Holcombe, a world champion kayaker who started paddling while traveling the world with her parents in their Winnebago van, shares her strategies for overcoming fear and building confidence while pushing her limits. Abby tells the story of running the Grand Canyon at the age of 12, and how that trip taught her the value

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EP #22 Shaun Eggie on helping veterans heal through whitewater kayaking

In this episode of The Discomfort Zone Podcast, Shaun Eggie, a military veteran who has found healing through whitewater kayaking, shares his experiences and strategies for navigating discomfort and post-military life.  Passionate about supporting veterans in re-integrating into civilian life, and healing mental injuries, Shaun talks about strategies for grounding, the importance of separating fact

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EP #21: Sage Donnelly on cultivating a strong competition and Class V mindset

What does it take to get to become World Champion, and run some of the most challenging rapids in the world? In this episode of The Discomfort Zone Podcast, Freestyle World Champion and top extreme paddler, Sage Donnelly shares the strategies she uses in competition, and when taking on big whitewater, to calm her mind,

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Ep # 20: Chris Gragtmans on setting boundaries in pursuit of your passions

In this episode Chris Gragtmans, a former professional kayaker, life-long adventurer who now works in commercial real estate, talks about setting boundaries and finding balance between family, work and adventure. Chris shares his philosophy on working smarter, not harder, and why learning how to say no is key to his success in following your passion,

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Ep #19 Emily Jackson on making your own way and turning challenges into opportunities

Emily Jackson, a three-time world freestyle champion and marketing director at Jackson Kayak, shares what it was like growing up in a famous paddling family and how her unconventional childhood has shaped her approach to discomfort and goal setting. She describes her journey of overcoming the fear of disappointing others, particularly her father, and the

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Ep #18 Cindy Frost on firefighting, hiking the AT and how to make powerful choices

Handling discomfort in high pressure situations can be challenging, and in this episode of The Discomfort Zone Podcast, Cindy Frost, a lieutenant in the Austin Fire Department and avid adventurer, shares insights on how to respond powerfully.  We talk about parallels between firefighting and whitewater kayaking, her experience solo thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, and

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Ep #17 Michael Johnson on how to defeat your fear and develop self-control through yoga

If you want to grow your confidence, defeat your imposter syndrome and stop your fear from controlling you, this episode of The Discomfort Zone Podcast is a must listen. My guest, yoga teacher Michael Johnson, has the exceptional ability to make the practice of yoga and the understanding of yoga philosophy relatable, light hearted, and

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Ep #16 Rush Sturges on how perspectives about the river and anxiety change with age

In this conversation, Rush Sturges, renowned kayaker, filmmaker, and musician, shares stories of facing fear and uncertainty in kayaking and filmmaking, and the risks he takes to pursue his passions.  Rush opens up about turning to tools such as meditation and breathwork to manage a recent uptick in anxiety he’s been experiencing, and we talk

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