In October 2018 Laura Marshall became the FIRST solo Australian woman to complete one of the world’s toughest ultra endurance triathlons - the Enduroman Arch to Arc!
In doing so she also broke the world record for fastest woman, non wetsuit, in a time of 81 hours and 28 minutes. This made her the 35th solo person to ever do the event and the 9th woman. She was also the 4th ever person to do the swim leg of the event without a wetsuit.
This gruelling event involves a 140km run from Marble Arch in London to the coast of Dover, a 33km+ swim across the English Channel and a 292km cycle from Calais, France to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
If completing all 3 legs of the event under your own steam wasn’t enough, Laura has also elected to take the traditional approach to swimming across the English Channel in just a swimsuit and swim cap, something that within the realms of this particular event is relatively rare, as most competitors choose to swim in a full length wetsuit for added warmth and buoyancy.
As part of this event Laura is raising awareness and funds for beyondblue, an Australian organisation that helps people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
Laura is a former Outward Bound Australia staff member (2004 to 2012). Laura lives in Canberra, ACT, where she works as a secondary school teacher.
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Who is Laura
Growing up and getting into the outdoors
Where it all started
Working for Outward Bound in Scotland and then moving to Australia in 2004
The Enduroman Arch to Arc
Applying for it in 2013
Loving the challenge of ultra races
The application process for the race
What’s involved in the race!
Having to postpone for a few years due to uni work
Taking a year to train for the event
Working with a coach and a nutritionist
Joining a local swimming club
Going part time to get the training in and the rest
The benefits of it being a supported race
Why swimming was her weak point
Wanting to be a professional athlete
What a typical day was like
Getting the nutrition right and doing fluids test and how that helped figure out her specific needs
The mental side of the challenge, the high points and the low points
Is it selfish to do challenges?
Deciding to raise money for charity
Sharing more about mental health
Suffering from bi-polar
The build up to the race
Having a 10 day slot for the race
Power naps and coffee!
The sleeping arrangements
Waiting for 12 hrs in Dover
Why the swim was the big worry
Dealing with the tides and currents of the English Channel
Deciding to just swim in a costume and not a wetsuit
Starting the bike ride in France
Being good at day dreaming
Being able to zone out while running or swimming
Seeing the Arc de Triumph
Achieving her dream and celebrating!!
What she learned from the whole experience
Being persistent and consistent
Adventure blues and getting past the challenge
Why it’s ok to do adventures
Quitting her job!
Plans for 2020 - a triathlon of New Zealand
Self funding her challenges
Living a simple life
Quick Fire Questions.
Final words of advice for women and girls who want to live a more adventurous life
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