Over the last few years Ness Knight has firmly established herself as an Adventure and Endurance athlete of incredible determination, fortitude and international renown.
During this podcast we learn more about Ness, growing up in South Africa, the experiences, both positive and negatives that have shaped who she is today. We learn why she decided to follow this route and we look into detail at the challenges she has undertaken and what she has learnt most from them. Ness also provides advice and tips to help you go after your own adventure and how you can lead the best life possible.
“I believe it is when we challenge ourselves, and step outside our comfort zone, that we grow.”
• First female to stand up paddle board 1000 miles (Missouri river, USA)
• Cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA
• First female in history to swim the length of the Thames River (UK)
• 400 mile run – 15 marathons back-to-back (London to Land’s End, UK)
• Namib Desert solo fatbike expedition (2016)
• Upcoming: Record attempt – first female to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop
Not being a natural adventurer
Coming to exploring later on in life
Being an accidental adventurer
Deciding to change her life
Looking for her passion in life
Losing her best friend at university
Deciding she no longer wanted to be an introvert and what she did to change it
What would you do, if you could not fail?
Her conservative family and growing up in South Africa
Why we need more females in endurance sports getting the spot light
Her list of how to live rather than things to do
Her fear of failure
Losing her best friend at 20 years old
Deciding to live her life her way
Deciding to do SUP - Missouri River - 1,000 miles
Being inspired by Roz Savage - (Listen to Roz on the Tough Girl Podcast)
Enjoying the solo journey
Courage & confidence
Her fears before her first solo cycle
Trusting her gut instincts and how it improved her confidence
How she’s been building her career and what she’s been focusing on
Having her vision of what she wants to do with her life
How she decides on what to do
Swimming the Thames and the challenges she faced; the cold, dealing with Raynaud’s Disease, spending 10 hours in the water, dealing with the isolation and the pressure
What’s going on in her head while she's doing these challenges and why she ends up writing books in her head
What she’s learnt about her mindset and her mental resilience
Why her strength in life is to see everything positively
Why you need to smile!
Watch an Amy Cuddy TED Talk - Your body language shapes who you are
2016 challenges - Joining Laura Bingham in Bolivia for her cycle (with no money) challenge
Heading to Namibia - to be the first person ever to solo cycle across the world’s oldest desert, the Namib.
The worst decision she has ever made while being on an adventure
Being humble and making smart decisions
The Pacific Row and why it’s been 7 years in the making
Planning for the challenge and wanting to build her own boat
Costs of the challenge
Working with a performance coach
The power of visualisation
Final words of advice and top tips for you
Watch TED Talk- The power of vulnerability By Brené Brown
“My expeditions and work have taken me to some amazing corners of the world, but there is still so much more to discover.”
Twitter - @Ness_Knight
Instagram - @Ness_Knight
Facebook - @explorernessknight
Website - http://www.nessknight.com
Next Week! Tuesday 13th June @7am UK time!
Laura Bingham will be coming on the Tough Girl Podcast to share more about her life and cycle with no money throughout South America.
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