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Roll On: Melding Passion With Purpose (+ Arctic Swimmer Lewis Pugh!)

By September 30, 2021October 8th, 2021No Comments
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Episode #631



How do you meld passion with purpose? What makes you committed to your cause? And most importantly, what does your podcast do?

In addition to philosophizing about these questions and more, in today’s edition of ‘Roll On,’ Adam Skolnick and I trade fitness updates, engage in typical ribald banter, indulge you with a cameo from environmental activist, UN Patron of the Oceans, and arctic swimmer, Lewis Pugh.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Aside from being my fortnightly sidekick hype beast and favorite edgelord of words literary, Adam is a waterman, writer, and veteran journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. He writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently recycling the ‘new dad’ excuse to avoid working on his novel.

Specific topics covered in this episode include:

  • RRP Staff  wins + a debrief on Rich’s experience in the Malibu Triathlon;
  • Lewis Pugh’s unique relationship with environmentalism & swimming; 
  • Rich’s reflection on his upcoming 9 year anniversary of podcasting; and
  • thoughts on curiosity, purpose, and why conversation matters.

“Advocacy without action is feckless.”


In addition, we answer the following questions:

  • What advice do you have for those new to multi-sport endurance events?
  • How do you balance your commitment to social justice with your career? 
  • How do you remain hopeful while living through the chaos of the climate crisis?

Thank you to Hadar from San Francisco, Tyler from Florida, and Jason from Pasadena for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.

The visually inclined can watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Peace + Plants,

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