Grin and Grind It

Ep. 9 | Intrinsic Motivation

An episode of Grin and Grind It

By Jessica McWhirt
A podcast where I chat with fellow WTf (Women/trans/femme) athletes who are kicking ass and smiling through defeat and victory in their sport. My hope is that this podcast will encourage you to stray outside your comfort zone, to think about the world differently, and to accept people for who they are.
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Ep. 11 | All things bike commuting - Interview with Brittney Compton
I had the opportunity to speak with my teammate and friend, Brittney, who's been commuting to work for the past six years. We talk about all (okay, most) things bike commuting like: -tips for commuting for the first time -bike theft -hybrid vs road bikes -commuting in rain and light snow -gear for commuting -Brittney's favorite day of the year: Bike to Work Day -speed limits on the path
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June 26, 2019
Ep. 10 | Cycling is Community - Interview with Dawn Manfredonia
Dawn is a Cat 4 cyclist in Colorado and Team Director of Revolution Women's Cycling. In this episode, we chat about her beginnings in bike racing and where she's at now. We discuss what it's like to put on a bike race as her team hosts the Denver Federal Center Crit in May and the Colorado Classic coming in August. Dawn is an inspiring cyclist and it was great to spend time talking to her about bike racing. 
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June 3, 2019
Ep. 9 | Intrinsic Motivation
 Right now we’re setting our 2019 goals or we’re creating fucket lists.  Motivation is high at the beginning of the new year but where will you be in June? Will you have reached your goals, halfway to it, or gave up?  I give you 5 tips to keep you intrinsically motivated in this week’s podcast: Focus on improving performance  Ask yourself “why you race?” Or why do you do the thing you do?  Stay positive Practice mindfulness Add long-term and short-term, big and small goals I also recommend The Brave Athlete. Find it here. 
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January 26, 2019
Ep. 8 | Don't be afraid to ask - Interview with Meredith Miller
Welcome to episode 8. My guest is Meredith Miller, an ex-road and cyclocross racing "pro." I met Meredith during a Rapha club ride and I had no idea who I had the pleasure of riding with in the brutal Boulder winds. She raced for numerous teams and I learned a lot about professional bike racing during our conversation and I'm not so sure how bad I want that anymore. 
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January 1, 2019
Ep. 7 | Start Small - Interview with Katie Macarelli
There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes. That’s what Katie Macarelli would say. Katie is a local Colorado hero in the cycling world and I spoke to her on today’s podcast episode. She was one of my inspirations to start commuting to work. I remember seeing the pictures she’d post on Instagram of her gear or being positioned on the bike, snow on the driveway, with s big smile on her face and thinking, “if Katie can commute to work, why can’t I?” In this episode Katie and I talk about how she started commuting to work, the gear she uses, and her proudest moment of commuting. If you’ve ever considered commuting by bike or are just curious how much fun it can be, give it a listen.
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November 18, 2018
Ep. 6 | Performance Efficiency with Food - Interview with Heidi Strickler
Heidi loves empowering and educating her clients, and walking with them as they chase and achieve their goals. She believes in, and practices, a whole food approach to nutrition. “Regardless of what eating lifestyle you prescribe to, the majority of your food should be whole, unprocessed, foods. Food is medicine. Each person is different, and there is not a single diet that will work for everyone. Your ‘diet’ shouldn’t stress you out, make you feel restricted or guilty, or prevent you from enjoying food in community; it should make you feel good, feel happy, feel powerful and strong. I recommend balance, variety, and moderation in any eating style. My daily intake mostly consists of nutritious whole foods rich in fiber, probiotics, healthy fats, and lean proteins, but anyone who knows me also knows I love a good donut and wood-fired pizza.” Email Heidi: heidi[at]enrgperformance[dot]com Buy her book "The Plant Based Metabolic Efficiency Recipe Book" here: https://bit.ly/2z9rACu
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October 28, 2018
Ep. 1 | Be Gracious When You Fail - Interview with Angela Pitzer
In this interview, I speak with my teammate, Angela, about her successful virtual racing in the CVR World Cup. She was one of the Top 10 female Zwifters brought to California to compete in the final competition.
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October 6, 2018
Ep. 5 | If You Build It, They Will Come - Interview with Ash Hall
In Episode 5, I interviewed an old teammate, Ash Hall about their favorite kind of bike racing - alley cats. We learn why some people are given tables at checkpoints and how urban races are way more gender inclusive than any other race right now, like incorporating a WTf category. We also chatted about their experience racing under USAC/BRAC, having to choose between two sexes, and the bullying they endured at road races.
39:59
September 25, 2018
Ep. 4 | Learn to Suffer - Interview with Kate Bennett
Dr. Bennett and I discuss how she got into sports psychology and the conversation really focuses on mindfulness and how developing that can help us perform better in athletics.
46:41
August 29, 2018
Ep. 3 | Race to Fail - Interview with Anna Dorovskikh
I sit down with Anna, a Cat 2 cyclist in Boulder, Colorado who's not just a friend, but my competition. She's humble, encouraging, and is a self-coached athlete. We chat about her moving from Russia to Colorado when she was 10, how she got into cycling, what her training consists of, and her favorite failure.
52:59
July 20, 2018
Ep. 2 | Give Yourself Grace - Interview with Stacey Richardson
An honest discussion with Stacey Richardson about her mental health struggles and how she continues to excel as an athlete and individual.
32:35
June 27, 2018
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