In this episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast, I’m pleased to welcome adventure athlete Brendan Walsh, also known as Bicycle Brendan. Among other topics, we discuss the concept of adventure and its significance in human culture and storytelling, particularly highlighting the hero’s journey and the idea of arrival.
Brendan shares his journey from being in a bad motorcycle accident to becoming an endurance athlete. His first major adventure was a cross-country bike ride from Boston to Seattle, which he undertook without prior experience in long-distance cycling. This ride was a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and marked the beginning of his journey into endurance sports and fundraising.
Brendan explains that his transition to a plant-based diet began during his cross-country ride. He shares a pivotal moment with a baby deer that deeply affected him and led him to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Since then, all his athletic accomplishments have been achieved on a plant-based diet.
I ask Brendan about several of his notable adventures, including setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to cycle across the United States from north to south. He also talks about his “NE6” adventure, in which he ran to the highest point in each New England state and cycled between them, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Brendan emphasizes the importance of not quitting and learning from mistakes. He believes that everyone has the potential to achieve remarkable feats if they believe in themselves and work toward their goals. His book, For Those Who Can’t, details his journey and the lessons he learned along the way.
To learn more about Brendan Walsh, you can visit his website here.