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.
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