Eleanor Carey is the first Australian woman to row across the mid-Pacific Ocean. Rowing 2,400 miles from California to Hawaii. Spending 62 days at sea in a 7.5m ocean rowing boat with two other women, as she battled extreme seasickness, sleep deprivation, multiple hurricanes and forty foot waves to set two Guinness World Records as part of a trio.
A true adventurer at heart, Eleanor has also cycled solo across Europe, conquered a 100km ultra-marathon and completed many more multi-day human powered journeys worldwide.
Through these extreme journeys, Eleanor has learned the power of adventure therapy and nature’s ability to assist in healing, overcoming trauma and to fuel personal growth.
Eleanor is driven to help others experience the power of adventure for themselves, improve wellbeing and nurture the ability to step into the unknown.
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Being based in Australia on the gold coast
Using adventure to help people build grit and resilience
Her adventure story
What her childhood was like
Moving over the UK and not knowing anyone
Being inspired by - Cycling home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall
Taking a year before taking action
Not knowing many women doing these types of challenges
Taking action - the HOW
Thinking about taking on a cycle journey
How her Europe cycle trip came about
Booking a one way flight to Norway…
The fears and concerns before the trip
Having 3 months to get sorted
Wanting to try
The reality of cycling day after day
Why it was one of the best things she’s ever done
The challenges while out on the road
The internal dialogue and dealing with it
Using adventure as a building block
Looking for a career change
Being a planner and a goal setter?
Being willing to try anything once
Making a career change
Moving back to Australia and setting up an innovation hub
The path to ocean rowing and being inspired by Losing site of Shore
Connecting with Pacific Terrific
Saying yes to the opportunity with 6 weeks to go
Would it be possible to get the qualifications in time
The mental side of preparation
Team dynamics…. in a trio
Having open conversations
Expectations versus reality of the row
Learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Tips for getting through the day
Managing her mental health while out on the ocean
Being better while on the ocean
The simple way of living while rowing
Magical moment from rowing across the Pacific Ocean
Feeling safe while out on the water and being at peace
How the row changed her
Writing a book about her experience
Crossing the finish line
Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
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