Oceans Seven & 1111km Extreme Ultra-Triathlon; Strength, Meditation and Mindful Music – 013: Abhejali Bernardová

Only the 10th person in history (the 4th woman and first swimmer from the Czech Republic), Abhejali Bernardová has completed the coveted ‘Oceans Seven’ – a physically gruelling and mentally demanding open-water swim across seven channels around the world. Zoe talks with Abhejali about her more recent challenge; an Extreme Ultra-Triathlon, crossing 1111kms from Dover to Prague.

This conversation is definitely not just about swimming, running and cycling, however, as the deep and powerful methods of self-talk and managing the mind during endurance challenges are shared. With such a positive, thought-provoking and calm approach to this episode, it is an ideal opportunity to consider the condition of your own headspace prior to event preparation.





https://abhejali.cz/ (Czech website – English site being built)



*Please note error in the introduction – the date of editing the show is 2nd January 2022, not 2021 as stated.

  • Zoe’s introduction to the guest – Abhejali Bernardová [01:39]
  • Abhejali’s bio: from Czech Republic, 44yrs old, runner, open-water swimmer, extreme ultra-triathlete, member of Sri Chinmoy marathon team. She is the 10th person in history, 4th woman and first swimmer from Czech Republic to complete Oceans Seven. She has completed a 6-day run and is a multiple national champion at 100kms and 24 hours. She was nominated for both 2018 and 2019 world Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. [02:15]
  • Why 1111kms? [04:33]
  • What is the Oceans Seven? [05:55]
  • Self-transcendence and meditation to assist the mental side of physical challenges. [08.31]
  • A choice of choosing challenge in order to learn more about self. [11:05]
  • Meditation techniques used. [12:17]
  • Dealing with the difficult mind stuff with meditation, mantras and music. [14:20]
  • The Oceans Seven criteria. [17:56]
  • The support crew on boat and land. [19:14]
  • Characterising an ocean – describing its personality. [21:41]
  • Witnessing the bioluminescence. [24:42]
  • About the training and commitment. [25:48]
  • Logistics of organising the Extreme Ultra-Triathlon. [30:17]
  • Funding challenges. [32:10]
  • What’s next? [33:03]
  • Abhejali’s HeadRightOut Moment. [35:08]
  • How Abhejali’s life has been changed. [38:17]
  • Wrapping up the conversation and her book (to come). [40:41]
  • Zoe’s reflection on her conversation with Abhejali. [43:56]
  • A HeadRightOut Moment from Iain. [45:12]
  • Gained weight – up to 16st. Lost weight through walking, running and then cycling- specifically, time-trialling.
  • In two years, gained a certificate in the Best British All-Rounder Competition in cycling for averaging 23mph.
  • How this moment has changed Iain’s life.
  • Brief introduction to next week’s guest – Siobhan Daniels. Motorhome living, retired, positive and pro-aging campaigner.
  • Request for listeners to follow, rate and review HeadRightOut. Ratings can also be left on Spotify now.
  • Thanks, good wishes for 2022 and HeadRightOut Hugs.


Abhejali in 2018

Abhejali in 2014

Abhejali in 2015

Abhejali in 2013 (Peace Run)


Iain before his fitness regime

Iain, two years later, 'time-trialling' on his bike

Iain's Best British All-Rounder certificate


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