Will Dugan — From Professional Cyclist to Vegan Waffle Extraordinaire

This week’s show is a good one. Obviously cycling is a huge part of my life and something that has brought me so much pleasure and meaning, and also so much struggle and negativity. Such is the case for so many athletes, amateur and professional alike. If you’ve been a listener of the show for a while, you’ve most likely heard my story of exercise addiction and struggle with restriction and burnout in the sport of competitive cycling many times, which eventually catalyzed my shift to a vegan lifestyle.

Will Dugan shares a very similar story. After growing up riding and racing bikes, Will turned professional with Team Type 1 and immediately began racing all over the world, including Korea and Belgium. He had some really solid results, such as a 2nd place on a stage and 3rd overall at the Tour of Korea. However, he began to fall prey to the pressures of professional cycling, such as insane training regimens and restrictive diets and soon found himself resenting the sport he fell in love with at a young age. This evolved into suddenly quitting the sport and developing a severe binge eating disorder which sucked him into a dark place of depression and anxiety.

Fast forward a few years, and he has transitioned to a vegan diet and launched a vegan Belgian waffle company, known as Vafels, and leads a charity group ride every month called Project Supertraining and has found a new love of the bicycle.

We talk about all of this and more in this epic conversation, in which Will shares some personal stuff (like his battle with binge eating disorder) for the first time publicly. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the conversation, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Be sure to check out my TEDx talk which was just released, and please feel free to share far and wide so we can spread the epic dumps revolution to all corners of the globe: http://bit.ly/epicdumps.

-Jackson

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Show Notes

Connect with Will/Vafels/Project Supertraining:

Vafels: http://vafels.com

Project Supertraining: https://projectsupertraining.com/

Vafels on social media:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/vafelsinc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vafelsvafelsvafels/

Project Supertraining on social media:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/project.supertraining

Related episodes:

Our experience with exercise addiction part 1

Our experience with exercise addiction part 2

Lachlan & Gus Morton

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