Ben Hooper Atlantic Swimmer

I caught wind of Ben Hooper’s incredible challenge a month or so ago. As part of his preparation to swim the Atlantic Ocean, he was taking part in a study to find out how much of an effect music had on your perception of exertion. Mindset is an area I’m incredibly interested in, and so I asked him if he’d record a little interview with me. Of course, I wanted to find out more about the logistics of this 4 month monster swim, and how on earth he was planning on getting down 10,000 Calories whilst swimming 12 hours a DAY, so I was thrilled when he agreed.

The pressure to ‘know your purpose’

Setting goals isn’t an easy thing to do. At least not the big, meaningful ones. We’re ok at setting the weight loss or performance goals, but sometimes it can feel like we’re under a lot of pressure to be crystal clear on our greater aspirations. To articulate precisely what it is that we want to achieve. But it isn’t an easy thing to do. Lurching from one short term goal to the next doesn’t quite hit the mark. Lose 10lb. Run a marathon. Learn to swim. All great big goals, and all of them just a part of something bigger that’s a hell of a lot harder to define. This… Read the full article »

Have you ever been a complete beginner

I’m having an interesting experience at the moment as I learn how to swim. Both of my last 2 big goals – running 10 back to back marathons and running 100 miles in 24 hours – although challenging, were extensions of what I could already do. I was on familiar ground; some way along a sliding scale and all I had to do was move along a few more notches. Swimming is different. Because I have to get ON the scale before I can begin to move along it. I’m a complete beginner, and I’m loving it. It’s turning out to be such a powerful experience, that I want to… Read the full article »

This nearly killed me

It was 5 full minutes before I could pick myself up off the floor and even then my legs weren’t fully operational. I’d just rolled off the rowing machine, having rowed 2000m as fast as I could thanks to a client ‘challenge’. I squirmed around trying to find a position I could recover in where my thighs weren’t burning through my shorts or my heart jumping out of my chest. Not an easy position to find, and as the minutes ticked by without any noticeable decline in heart rate or level of pain, all I could think about what how glad I was that it was over. Any notion I… Read the full article »

Overestimating Ability (bar hanging)

It was one of the highlights of the local calendar last weekend as the Thame fair rolled into town. As I was walking through the usual array of dubiously constructed and over priced rides on my way home, I noticed there was a stall offering to pay out 10x the value of your stake if you could do one simple thing: Hang on a bar for 2 minutes. Cough up a fiver, hang there for 2 minutes and walk away with 50 quid. Now, I’m not amazing at pull ups and grip strength, but I was more than confident that I could easily complete the ‘Tarzan Challenge’ and hang on… Read the full article »

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