My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast.  My mission is to help people live better by highlighting the elements that have created happiness and success for me.   I strongly believe that self-awareness, a growth mindset, curiosity, tenacity, having a healthy body, and work ethic are the keys to a fulfilled life.    This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself. Thanks for listening and welcome to the show! 

Podcast Episodes

Risk vs. Reward: Taming the Backcountry with Ski Mountaineer Caroline Gleich

Caroline Gleich is a magnet for adventure.  She is one of the ski mountaineering world’s most prolific skiers.  She has been on the cover of many skiing magazines, premiered in Warren Miller films, and skied some of the most challenging lines around the world. Most notable and recent was that she was the 4th person […]

How to Be a More Confident Athlete with Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall

Do you ever have thoughts and feelings that you don’t want? What does mental toughness mean?  Do you ever worry about what people think about you or wish that you were more confident? These are all questions that 3x X-Terra World Champion Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall, PhD have addressed in their book, “Brave Athlete: […]

Battling in Brasil with Power Team Sonya Looney and Gordon Wadsworth

Brasil Ride is a 7 day mountain bike stage race in Bahia, Brazil.  This was my 3rd Brasil Ride and I raced it the Mixed Category with Gordon Wadsworth. My husband, Matt Ewonus took the helm and hosted this episode.  This podcast episode is how it all went down!  Boiling sun, technical terrain, heat stroke, 4-6 […]

Spray Paint, Cyclocross, China and Squid with Emily Kachorek

Would you spray paint your bike?  Emily Kachorek does.  Maybe you’ve seen a blur of color, stoke, and little orange creamsicles fly by you on the road or in a Cyclocross Race.  This month, I’ve been focusing on entrepreneurs, and I was intrigued by Emily because she thinks outside the box.  Not only is she […]

Unleashing the FreakShow: Beyond the Wine with Michael David Winery

Rage, Rapture, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed…what does this have to do with running a business, philanthropy, and backcountry skiing?  It all ties under Lodi’s premier winery; Michael David Winery.  David Phillips is a co-owner of the winery with his brother Michael and their family has been farming the fertile soil in Lodi, California for 5 […]

Pioneering the New Age of Cycling Socks with DeFeet Founder Shane Cooper

What do British born rock stars, the hosiery capital of the world, cycling, and dyslexics have in common?  One man: Shane Cooper. After traveling with his band and playing music/bass professionally, Shane got really into cycling and consequently, socks. “It kind of started by mistake” Shane said when I asked him how he started one […]

Reggie MIller’s Path from NBA Hall of Fame to the Mountain Bike

When an NBA Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist says “Mountain biking is my new basketball,” you know he means business.  Reggie Miller, the Knick Killer, is also killing it on the trails. If you’ve been watching the Legend’s Instagram, you’ve noticed that the majority of his photos are of him on a mountain […]

Secrets of Power Couples with Gordon Wadsworth and Emily Hairfield

You know those couples that seem to always be happy?  Those people who always seem to be having cool adventures?  Gordon Wadsworth and Emily Hairfield are those people.  This show is about secrets of being a biking couple, singlespeeding, and some awesome adventure stories from our trip to New Zealand earlier this year.  . Matt […]

My Journey as a Plant-Based Athlete and Creating Positive Change: My Speech at VegFest

This week’s episode is a speech I gave about my journey as a plant-based athlete at the San Francisco Veg Fest (called the World Veg Fest). It was my first time to a VegFest and first time speaking outside the bike world about my diet. I wanted to share it with you on my podcast. […]

America’s Rising Star Kate Courtney: Mountain Bike National Champion

Kate Courtney found her love for cycling with tandem bike rides with her father in middle school and enjoying blueberry pancakes after the ride. “It was really just a vehicle for pancakes,” she laughed. This was the beginning of 10x National Champion Kate Courtney’s career on a bike.  Who knew that the little girl pedalling behind […]