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Episode 018 with Darien Edwards

On this week’s episode of The PTM Podcast, we sat down with ultra FAST runner, and Active Duty Marine, Darien Edwards to wrap up Veteran’s Day. During this episode, we got to learn more about the journey from Darien's upbringing in a small New Jersey town, to Baltimore, Miami, and eventually into the Marines in 2018. Now stationed in Quantico looking to transition off of active duty, Dairen shares his love for the DMV community, and his excitement to stay in the area once his enlistment comes to an end. You don’t want to miss this episode from this PTM OG!

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Episode 017 with Colonel Yvonne Spencer

As we return to our regular schedule post elections, we want to celebrate veterans in the multisport community. On this week’s episode of the PTM Podcast, we talked to Colonel Yvonne Spencer, founder FastChix. Born in Pittsburg and raised in Columbia, Maryland Col. Spencer is finally back where she was raised after 19 moves. To calm your wonder, yes, Col. Spencer is Steelers fan and interviewed for this podcast in our home studio which also happens to be an Eagles household! Col. Spencer, shares with us her experience in the Air Force Academy, her perseverance as a leader in the Air Force and her story as an athlete that leads her to build FastChix.

You can also check out that new, new, off the press in Triathlete Mag: “Why aren't there more Black triathletes” by Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold, Col. Yvonne Spencer and Heather Toney - web version of the article is forthcoming.

Colonel Spencer can be found on the gram at @withlipgloss and fastchix1_.

You can watch the recorded interview with Von on YouTube.

Episode 016 with Chickaro Martin

On this week’s episode of the PTM podcast we talked to Chickaro Martin, who shared with us how they’ve brought sports and civic duty together. Chickaro, a social entrepreneur and former Division 1 athlete, known as the “Health Architect” shares with us his latest initiative called Run the Polls centered around voting education and getting out the vote.

For Chickaro, accessibility to fitness and community impact is where it’s at. To learn more about him head to thehealtharchitectdc.com.

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Episode 015 with Innkeeper Freddie

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Fred Irby and introduced him as the newest member of PTM. We could not be more excited to bring on the powerhouse of knowledge and skill that Fred holds to the team. Fred will be the PTM Events Manager so prep yourselves for some dope PTM Events like the upcoming Halloween Shenandoah Hike and Bike on Oct. 31.

Freddie organized the Juneteenth Marathon of which you’ll hear some of the story here but for a full recap of the event and how it came together go to the Guestbook Podcast for episode 079 to hear of the Inaugural Juneteenth Marathon.

Freddie can be found on the gram at @innkeeperfreddie

Welcome to the team Freddie! And to the rest of you, go get your vote on (if you’re eligible to vote)!

You can watch the recorded interview with Freddie on YouTube.

For more information on the Amputee Cycling Clinic that Katie is organizing on Sunday, October 4th at 9AM please reach out at amputeecyclingdc@gmail.com!

Episode 014 with Tazer Tay

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Montavius “Tazer Tay” Carson. During the episode not only did we learn of Tay’s HBCU family legacy, but also of the athletic legacy that has molded how active and diverse of an athlete he is today. We also got insight into how social sports and greek life molded him into a leader, and how athletic discipline translates into other sectors of his life. Last, we discussed the upcoming 2020 District 19 Miler and 19K Race, an event organized by District Running Collective on October 18th.

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Episode 013 with Katie

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to a very special guest Katie. Katie has been an amputee for 20 years. On this episode we get to learn about her love for cycling -which has transformed her life.. Brace yourselves folks, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. Katie is a powerhouse and we are honored that she’s shared her story with us.

Katie can be found on the gram at @KatieeCycles

You can watch the recorded interview with Katie on YouTube.

For more information on the Amputee Cycling Clinic that Katie is organizing on Sunday, October 4th at 9AM please reach out at amputeecyclingdc@gmail.com!

Episode 012 with Dr. Brianna Hurt

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Dr. Brianna Hurt. Dr. Hurt shares with us about her career shift from accounting to physical therapy, yep… that’s a transition alright! Brianna also shares with us details of that professional transition, and her new found relationship with her bike and athletics in the times of COVID.

Brianna can be found on the gram at @doctorbriannahurt and @blacknmilescycling.

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Episode 011 with Skylar & Noah

On this week’s episode we talked to Skylar and Noah, two Howard University Swim and Dive Team Captains, and swimmers of The Gorée Project, a project of Black Kid's Swim, Inc. Noah and Skylar will be swimming from the coast of Dakar to the Island of Gorée in Senegal. The swim from the coast of Dakar to the Island of Gorée is a historic 3.5 mile open water swim where hundreds of Senegalese and African swimmers retrace the same path enslaved Africans traveled over 400 years ago to flee Gorée before being shipped in the cross Atlantic slave trade. The Gorée Project will follow two young Black swimmers in their journey as they prepare for not only their first trip to Senegal, but their first trip to the Motherland for this momentous occasion.

A special PTM Podcast Episode release, on the weekend of a major march for Black Lives in D.C. Because we are not in DC to stand along those marching, we are hoping to be present virtually through this powerful episode.

Noah can be found on Insta at @Noah.Nichloas97. Skylar can be found on insta @Skylar_Due. Black Kid's Swim can be found on insta at @BlackKidsSwim, and their project can be found in @goreeproject.

Watch the recording of our episode with Skylar and Noah on YouTube.

Episode 010 with Sarah "Flats"

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Sarah Truitt, a DC Teacher - YES A DC Teacher!! Y’all Sarah, also known as flats, will share with us the origin story of her nickname, and the importance of a fit fam for accountability, and for metal health. Flat’s shares with us the stark difference from her Lake Anna Triathlon to her Atlantic City long course triathlon experience.

Sarah can be found on the gram at @sarahtris70.3

Watch the recording of our episode with Sarah here.

Episode 009 with Meena

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Dr. Meena Aladdin, she shared with us her love for endurance sports and how for her, there’s fluidity within the grit that sports, science, and the life of a refugee requires. Dr. Aladdin embodies grit, strength, and humility in ways we’re deeply honored to share.

Meena can be found on the gram at @maladdin1.

Watch the recording of our episode with Meena on YouTube.

Episode 008 with Dr. Micah Wells

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we talked to Dr. Micah Wells, is a Physical Therapist whose determination has brought him the ability to marry his athletic life to his profession. Originally from Cleveland by way of Tennessee State University Dr. Wells travels the country supporting athletes although his home base is in DC. His candor, energy, a true love for his craft came to life in our exchange. Who’s the GOAT?!?!?!

Micah can be found on the gram at @itsdrwells.

Watch the recording of our episode with Micah here.

Episode 007 with Jules

On this week’s episode of the PTM Podcast, we talked to Julie Sims, a Cali native and DMV cycling LEGEND! Julie shared her approach to setting one big goal after the next, and she demystified bike packing for us via sharing her bike tour through California. We got to hear about her evolving love for cycling as she’s gone from commuter, to roadie, to off-road cycling, to garage racing and cyclocross! Julie doesn’t miss a beat and you don’t want to miss this dope episode as we see her off to California this month.

Julie can be found on the gram at @dmv_jules

Watch the recording of our episode with Jules on YouTube.

Episode 006 with Leslie

On this week’s episode we talked to Leslie Prado, an incredibly accomplished athlete that’s completed marathons, ultra distance triathlons, and is a podium placing bikini competitor. Leslie is a true Chaski; running speed and agility is in her blood. A Chaski, as Leslie shared with us in the episode, is a Quechua word for Incan messengers who ran through the mountains, jungles, at all elevations and temperatures to deliver messages. In this episode, we got to hear how Leslie needed to change her strategy and adapt to run the Boston Marathon.

Leslie can be found on Insta at @lprado223.

Watch the recording of our episode with Leslie here.

Episode 005 with Will Lloyd

On this week’s episode of Perfect Timing Multisport, we talked to Will Loyd, lifelong cyclist of all trades. Founder of The Black Foxes, Will loves to break hierarchical structures, codes and other barriers that we quickly put up as a reason to not do something or that are imposed on us. Will is a visionary that continues to interrupt and inspire in a beautifully symbiotic way. An example of this is this powerful piece published in The Black Foxes, “Let’s re-evaluate how we view and consider womxn.”

Will can be found on Insta at @bossmeem and @the_blackfoxes

Watch the recording of our episode with Will here.

Episode 004 with Sophia

On this week’s episode we talked to Sophia Kaounas of the DC Tri Club Elite Team and District Taco Elite Racing. Sophia discussed everything from her first race at @KineticMultisports #SavagemanTriathlon, best practices to the #NewbieTriathlete, her trajectory into Elite level competitive racing, her mental fortitude, confronting impostor syndrome in athletics, and her experience with recovering from a collarbone injury in 2019. Sophia also shared her work as a guide for blind athletes with Achilles International, and the importance of growing diversity in the multisport community.

Sophia can be found on Insta at @skaounas

Watch the recording of our episode with Sophia on YouTube.

Episode 003 with Keshia

On this week’s episode of PTM Podcast, we interviewed Keshia Roberson, a Philly native and DC Track gem. Keshia is many things but above all, Keshia is an inclusive community leader. During this conversation, we cover part of her story of becoming; becoming a runner, a coach, an advocate, a leader all while also managing depression. Understanding the role of mental health in athletes has led Keshia to grow her programs and approach to community building.

Keshia can be found on Insta @kesha.ro and @_tracktuesdays

Watch the recording of our episode with Keshia on YouTube.

Episode 002 with Fitts

In this episode we interviewed Marcus Fitts, who’s at the forefront of thinking about the triathlon and multisport spaces for black and brown athletes to flourish. His focus lies in narrowing the gap for athletes from competitor, to elite, to professional athletes. Through the episode we get to hear Marcus’ story of resilience in the face of a football injury in high school, and the role swimming held in his recovery.

Marcus can be found at Insta: @Coach_Fitts and @Grit.USA

Watch the recording of our episode with Fitts on YouTube.

Episode 001 with Michanda

In this episode we get to know Michanda, a bold and visionary athlete in the multisport space. We discussed her experiences as an athlete, an announcer and as an organizer. Michanda, with the support of Michael Shipp and Perfect Timing Multisport (PTM), put together the inaugural District Juneteenth Bike Ride. We get to hear about the behind the scenes planning, ride reflections, and visions for the future of diversity in the multisport world.

Michanda can be found at Insta: @michandashines Website: michanda.com

Watch the recording of our episode with Michanda on YouTube.

Episode 000 with James

Check out our conversation with Co-Founders Mike Shipp and Roy James as Roy shares his story, and talk about what he’s hoping to build through the PTM coaching services.

Watch the recording of our episode with James on YouTube, or listen on our podcast.

Roy can be found on Insta at @JukeTri