Wendy is setting out on a journey to the South Pole, her aim is to break the women’s speed record. This involves covering a total distance of 700 miles, approx. 17 miles each day, pulling kit and equipment in a pulk behind her, through the ice and snow, while avoiding crevasses and dealing with the challenging katabatic winds.
Antarctica is twice the size of Australia, and is officially a desert, it is the only continent with no permanent human inhabitants. Wendy will be solo, unsupported and unassisted.
During this podcast, we learn more about Wendy her background, growing up, being a mum to 4 children and working a full time job. She shares more about where the idea came from, what’s going to be involved as well as sharing more of the detail behind the planning and preparation and what she has sacrificed in order to turn this dream into a reality.
We will be speaking to Wendy again in 2020 after her challenge, make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!
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41, doing a big polar expedition in November
Heading off to South America in the next few weeks
Being inspired by polar history
Having a full time job and having 4 kids
Not being a professional athlete
Planning for over 5 years
How she turned her dream into a goal
What she has learned along the way
Wanting to inspire other women along the way
How she got into sports
Her background in Adventures
Working backwards from her end goal…
Starting her Polar training
Maintaining her motivation over the 5 year period
Being driven as a person
How this challenge has taken over her whole life
Dealing with the logistics
How her family have stepped up and supported her
Breaking down the challenge into manageable chunks
Making marginal gains
How it occupies her mind all of the time
Let’s talk about the money (& how Brexit may impact on it)
The hard graft of getting the money together
How/why everyone has focused on her being a mum (of 4)
The mental preparation
Being on her own for 38 + days
Starting everything on Christmas Eve and throwing herself into it
Her focus on mindfulness, and staying present in the moment
Dealing with tiredness
The physical training and how she’s been avoiding injury
Building up her strength and being the strongest she’s ever been
Example of her daily routine
Working with a nutritionist
Her first expedition/training trip in Norway
How she’s feeling about heading off in November
Flying into Antarctica on the 18th November 2019
Aiming to be the 7th woman to do this journey
Advice and tips for other women who want to step outside their comfort zone
Website - https://southpole2020.com
Twitter - @betweensnowsky
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