The Art of Mountain Biking
The Art of Mountain Biking
50. The Mechanics of Not Giving Up w/ Braydon Bringhurst

50. The Mechanics of Not Giving Up w/ Braydon Bringhurst

Using your mind to break boundaries requires skills, and Braydon has so many of them.

Braydon Bringhurst joins the podcast to share his journey from competing in sports like BMX and pole vaulting in college to discovering mountain biking and, ultimately, climbing the Whole Enchilada. He discusses overcoming challenges with self-confidence and academics to graduate college, and how working with a sports psychologist helped develop important mental skills that supported his success in sport and life.

Braydon is a husband, father to 3 little girls, and a professional mountain bike rider. His goal is to share his passion for riding and pushing himself to hopefully inspire people to go after their goals.

CONTENT NOTICE: This conversation includes mentions of suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, you can find help at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Visit their website or call/text 988. Please keep going.

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Themes and topics:

  • Braydon's journey from competing in various sports as a youth to discovering mountain biking later in life.

  • How working with a sports psychologist helped Braydon develop important mental skills to overcome challenges with self-confidence and academics.

  • Braydon's climb of the iconic Whole Enchilada trail in Moab, Utah, which was documented in his film 8600’.

  • The mental process and support system he relied on to complete the challenging climb and not give up.

  • Using one's talents and skills to help and inspire others, which was Braydon's motivation for undertaking and filming his climb.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

8600FT Film

4 intelligences—mental, physical, emotional, spiritual

Dr. Craig Manning at BYU

Corner Canyon trails

Whole Enchilada trail in Moab, UT

The writer Kim Cross

The Law of Occupied Space

Hick’s Law

Danielle mentioned a bunch of different types of research in this one, and paid subscribers will get a deeper dive into this research soon.

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