Alligator Preserves Episode 34: Mike McHargue (my husband) on Sacrifice and Suffering and So Much More!

Laurel interviews her husband, Mike McHargue, a four-time Leadman and two-time titanium man, about racing and sacrifice and suffering and some fun things too. As the Emergency Manager for his county and as a volunteer for Search and Rescue, he has experienced more unusual physical challenges than the average bear. Listen to his philosophy on pushing past self-imposed limits and on the different “types” of fun in the world.

Mike paints a bicycle he probably would not want to ride in any race!

Listen here:

 2006: Waiting at the finish line (after missing Mike at the 50-mile point because of chocolates)!

Show Notes with Links:

  • Why ultra-racing, and how did it start?
  • Bill Block, Frank Sobchek, and adventure racing
  • West Virginia 24-hour race (I cried…another story!)
  • When short races become “too comfortable”

    2006: Nick paced Mike from Twin Lakes to MayQueen!
  • Football “Double Days” in high school
  • Is racing in the DNA of a person?
  • Mike’s piece about why suffering is good, and “How is this fun?”
  • Shackleton’s recruiting advertisement for the crew of the Endurance and the Antarctic expedition: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.” –Ernest Shackleton. 
  • Fruita Fat Tire Festival and “the Edge Loop” experience
  • Type 1 and Type 2 fun, The Fun Scale (which does include Type 3 fun–no fun at all!)
  • The Four Pass Loop experience

    Mike Lamond, Nick, and Mike at the start of the Four Pass Loop…
  • Have we made future generations “soft”?
  • Old Rag experience with children
  • Can one go too far in pushing physical limits?
  • Mike’s hardest 100-mile race, the year the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment lost crew
  • Navy SEAL 40% Rule
  • Introverts vs extroverts and what you cannot predict

    Mike Lamond, Nick, and Mike at the end of the Four Pass Loop!
  • New Year’s resolutions and starting the day with inspirational YouTube podcast . . . Jocko Willink’s “GOOD” episode
  • Mike’s man-crush: Teddy Roosevelt
  • We play the Newlywed Game!
  • Relationships and when there’s an imbalance in physical abilities
  • Episode with David and Jana Zangerle
  • Episode with Ken Chlouber
Mike coming through Twin Lakes, outbound, on August 11, 2018!

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