We first spoke with Laura in December 2017 when she shared more about solo kayaking in Russia, cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and circumnavigating 3 of the Channel Islands in an extreme triathlon!
Laura has gone on to complete, The North Sea Cycle route (Eurovelo 12) which is the world's longest signposted cycle route. Over two and a half months, Laura cycled through 8 countries and covered a distance of over 6,000km. She named this challenge the #GreatNorthRide.
Laura is a full time adventurer and motivational speaker, she has now written and published her first book - Kairos:
“ Kairos: The right or opportune moment (the supreme moment); a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. The perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement.”
During this podcast, I’m super excited to catch up with Laura as she share more about, Kairos, the #GreatNorthRide, the challenges of getting over injury, as well as more info about her day to day life. Laura also answers quick fire questions from what time she gets up in the morning to her favourite piece of kit.
Laura will leave you inspired to take on your own personal challenge! Take a listen now!
Click here if you can't see the link below.
Writing her first book!
The definition of Kairos
Writing the book and going back to 2012
The Great North Ride (which hugs the coasts of the North Sea)
From Scotland to Norway - 8,countries, 3000 miles
Where the idea came from and why she was wanting a bigger challenge
Getting really excited about the challenge!
How does she start planning
Being a big planner and why it is was so important to have a rough route schedule
The spreadsheet life!
Co-ordinating community rides and reaching out to schools
Logistics and why she set the dates and meeting places
Planning to be away for 2.5 months having one rest day a week
Dealing with tough terrain and a heat wave
Needing more rest on longer challenges
Dealing with loneliness in Europe in the final 6 weeks
Her mental habits that helped her
Why the UK was the perfect way to start the challenge
Day to day life on the road
Why routines on the road were so important
Budgeting, money and how much it cost
Starting in the Shetland Islands
Getting to the start line
What the NC500 (warm up ride)
Dealing with injury and failure
Coming back from injury
Frustration and being kind to yourself
What she does before and after cycling
The power of a lacrosse ball
The sites on the way
Being tacked again…
Getting to the end of the trip
How she felt after the challenge
Having nothing to prove anymore
Getting to be ok with failure
Heading back home and coming back to reality
Starting to write her book and needing the story to be right
Having to say no to a lot of things
Perfectionism and why perfect is not the end goal
Day to day life as an adventurer
Enjoying her life and getting to inspire the younger generation
Quick Fire Questions
Final words of advice and top tips
Website - www.lauraexplorer.com
Feeling inspired week after week?
You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!
Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love.
Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!
Want to do more?
Please become a Patron and donate US$5 a month to help fund the runnings costs. Thank you.