The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

Tired of feeling stuck in a rut? Discover how taking on new challenges can make you feel alive again at any age.
In this empowering episode, Gwendolyn Bounds shares how she conquered self-doubt and found her inner athlete later in life. She discusses her transformation from a sedentary to a competitive obstacle course racer through grit and community support.

Gwendolyn Bounds is an award-winning journalist and author whose career spans media brands including The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Consumer Reports, CNBC, SmartNews, and more.

Her latest book “NOT TOO LATE: The Power of Pushing Limits at Any Age” captures the mental and physical benefits of pursuing something hard that you love – a starkly different prescription for wellbeing in a world filled with hacks and shortcuts to find happiness and good health. 

Anchoring Gwendolyn’s book is the story of her own midlife evolution from an unathletic desk-bound news executive glued to her screens into an age-group medalist and world championship competitor in the daunting sport of obstacle course racing. 

In NOT TOO LATE, Gwendolyn offers a roadmap for action and realistic change that anyone can use to tap inner reserves, face fear, and push boundaries. You can find Gwendolyn on social media and sign up for her newsletter at


00:00 Intro
01:02 The power of pushing limits at any age
02:46 It’s never too late for sports or Spartan race
07:01 Lessons from the obstacle course racing
10:40 Helping people to get moving after the pandemic
17:12 The Death Race in Vermont
18:15 How can people find Gwendolyn
20:09 How to get started and Not Yet mentality
24:16 The joy of pushing yourself beyond your limits
28:39 Life is about small choices

Direct download: THW_Full_Episode_-_Gwendolyn_Bounds.mp3
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