In 2019, Lauren Woodwiss, alongside her friend Jemma Rix, set the World Record for the fastest female pair to row across the Atlantic Ocean. 8 weeks after stepping on to dry land, she then went on to finish 4th female at the infamous Marathon des Sables.
Currently living on the island of Borneo, she's also recently set up Frontier Sapiens; a UK-based film and live events company celebrating human spirit and the untold stories of inspirational people from around the globe.
Although her real passion lies in mountain running and mountain sports, Lauren discusses what led to her rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with zero rowing experience, and how the crossing encouraged her to set-up Frontier Sapiens.
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Who is Lauren and what she does
What her childhood was like
Getting into the mountains
How the mountain running evolved
Doing the Mount Blanc Marathon in 2014
Wanting to row across the Atlantic Ocean….
18 months to plan and prepare for the row
The steps that needed to be taken
Figuring it out as they went
Not thinking big picture
Splitting the responsibility
Both working full time while preparing for the row
Paying for the race and figuring out funding
Taking out a loan on the boat
Sticking to a tight budget
Saving money on food
Dehydrating their own food - activeatfoods.com
Comparing progress with other teams
Handling the stress and pressure before the row
The reasons for doing the row
The strategy for the race
What do you want to achieve
Having 3 goals….
Building up rowing endurance
Making yourself strong and stopping injury
Chafing and salt blisters
The magical moments on the row across the Atlantic
Then mental side of the race
"You before me”
Reaching the finish line and feeling overwhelmed
Beating the record by 1hr 7 mins…
Being signed up for the Marathon des Sables while on the row
Making the transition from rower to runner
Not training massive miles
Having the attitude of ‘what will be, will be’
Running with her husband
Dealing with injury
Running MDS again
Starting Frontier Sapiens
Connect with Lauren online
Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you