Welcome to the Art of Adventure!This is the home of the Art of Adventure Podcast – All about Global Exploration, Human Performance, and Entrepreneurship! Basically the place to go if you want to travel the world and run a business!I’ve been location independent for the last three years, running multiple businesses including Business Coaching, Podcasting, Speaking, and AdventureQuest Journeys.My goal through all my work is to help remove the barriers of entry for people worldwide. For you that might mean having the knowledge and skills you need to start your first business and go location independent. For others that might mean finding their dream job or a romantic partner.You can learn more about my vision by checking out my I Have A Dream ManifestoTo learn lots of random facts about me, check out this list of 77 things!
A little more about me:
After wrapping up my master’s degree in microbiology at Montana State in May 2014, I set off on a year-long adventure to explore the world and run my business. So far in my life, I have been to 27 countries, all 50 US states, and lived on four continents. I value traveling slowly and really getting to know and participate in a culture.
As someone who has a broad range of interests and multiple career transitions, my goals is to teach others how to learn what they need to know to navigate each new ‘ecosystem’ of life.
Here is the brief summary of my accomplishments:
For my master’s degree, I discovered a new species of virus in the boiling acid hot springs of Yellowstone National Park that may represent one of the most ancient forms of life.
As a former Pro cyclist and NCAA runner I founded Derek Loudermilk Coaching to help cycling and endurance athletes take their sport practice to the next level and navigate endurance sports culture.
In 2010 I founded Derek Loudermilk Coaching, after years of informal cycling and running coaching for friends and teammates. I was an NCAA Cross-Country and Track runner in college, and after graduation, I decided to transition to my favorite sport, which is the beautiful and complex sport of bicycle racing. I found myself competing against many young athletes who had “been through the system”, being coached and developed for over a decade. In order to compete against their superior fitness and experience, I immersed myself in learning the tactics and strategy of the sport. I even moved to southern Spain to build my fitness and learn from the best riders in the world. After returning to the US and racing as a Cat 1 for several years, I started getting more and more questions from cyclists who wanted to improve rapidly, along with requests to be their coach. Currently, I am focused on getting U23, Collegiate, and Junior level racers the mental and tactical skills along with the fitness they need to succeed in bike racing. (Here is the post on how I became a cycling coach). I explain my coaching philosophy here.
In 2013 My team discovered a new archaeal virus in the Yellowstone hot springs and my master’s degree focused on characterizing this new species. I found my way to Montana State University after spending my childhood reading about the great scientist-explorers like Shackelton and Darwin, and visiting my dad’s microbiology lab. I knew I wanted to be like them, but had no idea how. After college I worked as a food microbiologist and R&D scientist at 3M, but found myself wanting to be out in the field where the weird stuff is. After road tripping to Yellowstone with my best friend during college, I decided it was the perfect place to finally be the adventurer and researcher I had hoped to be. My work centered on growing novel organisms from the hot springs and discovering the viruses that infect them.
My passion in science is evolving. Beyond the lab bench, I love to discuss scientific philosophy, the future of research, the economics of science, going on scientific adventures, the collaborations of researchers, failures and lessons. By telling the stories of science, adventure, and discovery, I hope to inspire and make accessible the beauty and curiosity of science as a lifestyle.
In 2013 I completed my lifelong quest to go to all 50 states of the USA. Growing up, my family would travel regularly, and we would keep a map with pins in it for every state each person had visited. In between trips I would sit and memorize the World Book Atlas and imagine what it was like to be in those remote locations. After living abroad in Australia (I studied marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef) and Spain, I wanted to make sure I explored my own back yard so to speak.
I see travel as an investment in my ability to live well – to be comfortable being uncomfortable in new situations, to empathize and think of other cultures, and to appreciate the natural beauty and variety of this planet. I love being able to have crazy stories about late nights in strange places!
I am also a photographer specializing in National Park Photography and Biological and Mathematical Photography. When a non-specialist looks at a flower they see beauty. When I look at a flower I see layers and layers of beauty, from the molecular biological level, to the mathematical arrangement of the petals, to the emitted light spectra enticing various insects to land on it. The depth of understanding in beauty is what I attempt to capture when I take a photograph. There is an infinite story waiting to be told and I want photographs to instigate and exploration of the levels of understanding.
Want to know me more objectively? Here are the results of some common personality tests:
Imperative: The Mobilizer – empowers people to reach their potential by building strong communities
Authentic Happiness Character Strengths (top 5):
1.Appreciation of beauty and excellence, 2. Curiosity and interest in the world, 3. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality, 4. Zest, enthusiasm, and energy, 5. Humor and playfulness
My other interest include, but are not limited to: