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Podcast: One Outdoor Athlete’s Journey to Self-Acceptance

When it came to coping with stress, Alex Showerman’s default strategy was to run. Literally. One time when she was a kid she crashed while mountain biking, and instead of wallowing in the pain she got up and started running circles. This tactic was only useful for so long. It never helped with coming to terms with her biggest struggle: accepting herself. Alex was assigned male at birth, but as far back as she could remember, always knew she was a woman. In this episode of the Outside podcast, Showerman opens up about her journey to self-love and acceptance. She explains how the outdoors aided in recognizing her true self. On top of that, she's also become a kick-ass splitboarder and mountain biker who loves exploring deep in the backcountry. Her hope is to use gravity sports as a vehicle to make the world more inclusive and tolerant, which especially shines with her work as an outdoor industry marketing specialist and advocate. The podcast goes into all this and more, as well as how we can show up for other trans-individuals in this community.

In the warmer months, you can typically find Alex on her bike. Emily Sierra / Wild Rye photo.

Alex's goal is to use sports like biking and snowboarding to challenge problems like sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Emily Sierra / Wild Rye photo.

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Rachel Pohl on Blending Entrepreneurship and Creativity
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