Imagine covering 671km (416 miles) in just over 5 days by trekking, biking, rafting, climbing, paddle boarding, swimming, rappelling, and crossing oceans by boat. Exhausted already? Me too. But that is what Team New Zeland did to win the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Today, we are kicking off this series with one half of Team New Zeland, Nathan Fa’avae, and Sophie Hart.
Not only are these two adventure racers tough as nails, but they have been on the top of their game for a long time, all the pressure was on their team to win. It was theirs to lose. We talk about their Eco Challenge Fiji experience, but then so much more. We cover the mom guilt Sophie experienced when she went from going out training whenever she liked, to suddenly needing to be there all the time for her two children. We talked about Nathan’s leadership skills, and why every member of any team is important, you never know who could be lifting another team member up when they need it most. If you enjoy being a part of a team, you love to learn from inspiring people, or you are just interested in hearing from genuine, kind people. This episode will speak to you.
There is a reason Bear Grylls called Nathan the Michael Jordan of adventure racing, and you will see why after hearing these two world champions.
The World’s Toughest Race was an annual event every year from 1995 to 2002, but then stopped (although none of the guests I interviewed are quite sure why). The 2019 Eco Challenge Fiji was the first one in 17 years. The amazon prime series, hosted by Bear Grylls is full of inspiration, heart, and toughness, and it has been a massive hit for good reason.
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