Abbi is adventurous, fun, loves being outside and can not sit still! She loves being in the open air, and strives for everyday big and small adventures. Abbi encourages others to get outside and to get active she does this as both a hobby and a job; her job as an expedition leader and outdoor instructor, sees her travel a lot taking groups of adults and children on challenge expeditions it also allows her to teach bushcraft and survival skills to all types of people.
In 2017 Abbi set herself a HUGE challenge, to take part in 30 endurance events over 2018 to raise money and awareness for the charity Young Minds. During this podcast we learn more from Abbi about her life the challenges she has faced and overcome and what she has learned on the way
*** Please note during this episode we do talk about eating disorders, mental health and suicide - we do not go into specific but please be aware these subjects are mentioned ***
Loving the outdoors, being outside and being into health and fitness
Not being able to sit still
Loving to learn and studying for her Masters
Growing up in Dartmoor in the South West of the UK
Deciding to be an expedition leader
Meeting her husband and how her path changed
Training to be a teacher
Moving to the Isle of Man
Going to Borneo as an Assistant Leader
Finding out about the adventure industry
Working with charities and helping children who have behavioural expeditions
Getting into sporting challenges…
Why exercise wasn’t always a positive thing
Recovery and having anxiety about food
Being inspired at school to get outdoors
Being in all boy teams
Realising she liked ultra running
Being booked on to the Thames Trot Ultra Marathon
What she loves about ultra marathons
Running a double marathon and managing to stay positive and out of the dark moments
Deciding to do thirty4thirty
Going back to December 2017 and how she was feeling before the start of the challenge
Wanting to raise money for a mental health charity - Young Minds
Sharing her story and sharing her past history
Her first event - January 1st 2018! The Knacker Cracker
What happens as the months went by
Having a coach and working with Mark Kleanthous
69 mile ultra marathon and feeling emotional when no sponsorship came through
Doing a 100 mile race and an ironman!
Starting to feel tired towards the end of the year
Being intimated by the ironman course
How she has recovered between events
Her nutrition while training
The final event and making it up herself
Preparing for 2019 and taking time out to reflect on what she has achieved
Hosting a charity ball in March 2019 for Young Minds
What Abbi has learned from this year
Advice and tips for you
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