Martin Dugard is the co-author of the best-selling books Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus along with talk show host Bill O’Reilly. Few people know that Martin is a long-time runner who actually got his start writing for Competitor Magazine. His latest book is called The Explorers, and Martin came on to chat about the traits that make people take huge risks and venture into the unknown.
Kyle Maynard was born missing his arms below the elbow and his legs below the knee. But he has never let anything get in the way of his pursuit of greatness. His book, No Excuses, became a New York Times bestseller. Kyle came on the show to chat about playing high school football, his 36 victories as a high school wrestler his senior year after not winning at all as a freshman and sophomore years, winning the ESPN ESPY Award, the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and his plan to summit Aconcagua next winter.
Jesse Thomas broke a bone in his foot a year ago as he came down the last downhill on his way to winning his third consecutive Wildflower Triathlon. He was excited to win, but he was bummed knowing that he would be laid up for a while. ‘A while’ turned into a full year, and, with his nearly one-year old son, Jude, and his wife, Lauren, there with him, Thomas returned to Wildflower to become the first triathlete to win four Wildflower titles in a row. Jesse came on to chat about the emotions he dealt with over this past year and how he thought numerous times that his career just might be over.
John Maclean was training to do a triathlon 26 years ago when he was hit by a truck while cycling and paralyzed from the waist down. John became, on his third attempt, the first handcycle athlete to finish the Ironman Triathlon World championship under all of the cut off times in 1997. He moved on from the Ironman and swam the English Channel, sailed in the infamous Sydney to Hobart race and competed in the Paralympics in rowing. Due to a new therapy technique, John is now able to walk the beach with his wife and son -check out 60 Minutes Australia for the unbelievable story- and his plan now is to race that same triathlon he was training for when he was paralyzed 26 years ago.