Dakota Jones Interview – Injuries, Pizza, Stretching, and Staying Relevant as a Sponsored Athlete
Dakota Jones had a tough 2015, battling a persistent injury and yearning to race again. All the stars aligned in ’16 as his training and patience paid off, pushing him to wins against some tough competitors and even tougher terrain.
Then last week, while leading the Run the Rut Skyrace, Dakota twisted an ankle he’d injured the week before and took a DNF. Back to square one. How much time off will this require? What’s his race schedule like? What exactly does a sponsored athlete think about longevity in the sport, and what does he think about staying relevant to an audience?
We talk pizza, piano playing, race directing, and his love and protection of the mountains. This is Dakota’s third time on URP.
Dakota Jones Episode Notes
Episode sponsored by the Vertical Challenge Series. Three races on different peaks around the Bay Area with a cumulative winner at the end. Starts soon, so check it out NOW.
Here’s Sarah’s recent post about running in the Colorado mountains.
Here’s Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild — the book I spoke about at the end.
Here’s the young adult fiction trilogy Dakota referenced: The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set.
Here’s how to get more of Matt Flaherty’s music.
All images (including cover shot) used with permission from Martina Valmassoi.