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Jennifer Price - From Army Officer to Extreme Endurance Athlete. 12 challenges in 12 months.


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Jen Price, is a former British Army Officer who spent the entirety of 2022 undertaking an extreme set of adventure and endurance challenges on behalf of the Veteran’s Foundation.

The solo challenge she set herself was to complete 12 challenges in 12 months, in quick succession. The challenges were multi-discipline and included the Devizes to Westminster international canoe race, an ironman, a multistage desert ultra-marathon, summit of Aconcagua, and a 1000 mile self supported Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle. None of the challenges were events she had attempted before and, in total, she covered over 3500km and climbed two of the Seven Summits.

Jen has raised nearly £35,000 for the Veterans’ Foundation and she continues to fundraise in her spare time by speaking about the challenges at schools, universities and business. She also has two outstanding challenges to go this year (replaced due to severe weather) which she will also fundraise for: paddle boarding across the English channel and climbing the famous Matterhorn.

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Show notes

  • Joining the Army in 2012

  • Why she joined the Army

  • Deciding to raise funds for the Veterans’ Foundation

  • Being inspired by the Tough Girl Podcast!

  • Her role in the Army and being physical robust

  • Doing cross country ski racing and competing for the Army

  • Joining the cadets at university

  • Deciding to leave the army after 10 years

  • How the dream was turned into a plan - the practical steps that were taken

  • Starting with the desert marathon and building the rest of the challenges around it

  • Paying for the adventures and challenges

  • Being able to borrow equipment to help keep costs down

  • Being supported by her friends and family

  • Being frugal to keep costs down

  • The stress of planning and doing challenges throughout the year

  • Training for the variety of challenges

  • The challenges of the desert marathon (challenge 10) and feeling broken

  • Self appreciation and not putting so much pressure on herself to achieve

  • Dealing with the feelings of shame

  • Her experience with climbing Aconcagua and the challenges she faced with the cold and the altitude

  • 28% oxygen!!

  • Doing a 1000 mile solo self supported Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle

  • The 2 remaining challenges left for 2023

  • The lessons learned from the challenges

  • Sharing more about experience addiction

  • Taking a step back from adventuring and figuring out the next steps in her life

  • "If you’re not on an adventure, you should be planning your next one"

  • How to connect with Jen

  • Wanting to write a book about the challenges

  • Final words of advice for other women and girls

  • Not caring what other people think and why it can be powerful

 

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Instagram: @jennevolve


 

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