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.

SHOW LINKS:

https://www.instagram.com/abhejali/

https://www.facebook.com/AbhejaliB

https://twitter.com/abhejali?lang=en-GB

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

 

SHOW NOTES:

*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.

PHOTOS OF ABHEJALI:

Abhejali in 2018

Abhejali in 2014

Abhejali in 2015

Abhejali in 2013 (Peace Run)

PHOTOS OF IAIN – THIS WEEK’S LISTENER HEADRIGHTOUT MOMENT:

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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