Continuing this series of talks on Meditation and Ultras, Karteek Clarke will outline five practical techniques that can really help with managing the pressures of time and distance that we all encounter on these events. These are simple techniques that anyone can add into their training regardless of experience with meditation.
An interview with the remarkable Abhejali Bernardova recorded on 18th March 2021.
Abhejali is a Record Holder, Champion Athlete and the 4th Woman in history to complete the Oceans Seven Abhejali Bernardová, an athlete from the Czech Republic, has competed at the highest level in Ultra Running and Long Distance Swimming both with resounding success. In her early twenties she started competing in ultra races and in the year 2000 she beame the Czech Champion for the 100km and the 24 Hour Race. She also competed in the Self-Transcendence 6-Day Race in New York, achieving second place.
In the following years she took up long-distance swimming. She first conquered the English Channel, then completed the Triple Crown, the English channel Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and then went on to do what only three other women before her have ever done. She conquered the Oceans Seven.
In this interview Abhejali shares her personal experience of facing one daunting challenge after the next; what drives her to continue and what it takes to achieve something that so few women in history have ever achieved.
Being a positive, highly motivated, mentally focused athlete, Abhejali has learnt several techniques that challenge her own limitations. Whether they come from the mind or the body she continues to strive ahead, pushing her boundaries with a ‘never give up’ spirit. Sharing her different experiences with both training and racing and how she coped with the ups and downs, this interview offers real inspiration to anyone who is taking on a challenge.
The Sri Chinmoy La Jolla Swim & Run begins with a 1-mile ocean swim from La Jolla Shores Beach followed by either a 5K or a 10K on the flat-packed sand at water’s edge. Participate as either an individual or relay team. Chip timing, finisher’s medals and great refreshments for all. Age-group awards for individuals as well as awards to top relay teams. Sponsored by Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. Swim course monitored by San Diego City Lifeguards. A fun event in the beautiful San Diego surf and sand!
Joana Schenker is a professional bodyboarder. Dominating the Portuguese National and European Tour since 2014, she won both titles for 4 years in a row. In her second season competing on the APB world tour, Joana wins the World Title, and makes history by becoming Portugal´s first professional World Champion in wave riding sports. 2017 was the perfect year, National, European and World Bodyboard Champion. The media made Joana not only the new Queen of bodyboarding but also a star in the Portuguese sports scene.
On Aug 15, 2017, Abhejali Bernardova, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Zlin, Czech Republic, completed her 6th Oceans Seven challenge by conquering the North Channel from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland (35km – about the same distance as the English channel) in an excellent time of 10 hours 23:48, assisted by her experienced crew (Catalina, EC, Tsugaru): her sister Jana from London, Scottish team member Dhavala Stott and Jayalata from N.Y. According to the ILDSA (link is external) (Irish Long Distance Swimming Association) it was the fastest crossing of the six solo swims so far of 2017.
The North Channel (link is external) is widely regarded as one of the hardest sea swims in the world, due to low water temperatures (10-14°C, warmest in August), ubiquitous Lion mane jellyfish that surface with the sun, strong currents and very unpredictable and changeable weather. Abhejali is the first Czech swimmer – male or female – to swim the North Channel, the 17th woman overall and only the 49th person in the world to successfully complete the swim.
The Sri Chinmoy 1K Sprint Swim is one event that is part of the larger Sri Chinmoy Swim/Run Trio. This short swim takes place in Lake Welch at Harriman State Park.
The Sri Chinmoy Swim/Run Trio at Harriman State Park in upstate New York consists of three races staged simultaneously on Sunday, September 10th 2017:
Swim-Run Aquathlon: 1km swim and 10 km run. Participants can race as individuals, or as part of a relay team
10K road race
1K open-water swim race
The 10 km run and 1 km swim are staged on the same course as the Swim-Run Aquathlon. The swim takes place in beautiful Lake Welch; the run is through the forest and follows the shores of Lake Welch.
Stutisheel Lebedev became first Ukrainian to swim challenging Zurich lake – 26.4K. His result 9:53:27 was third in his category.
During his 7-month swimming training, Stutisheel made several breakthroughs in technique, endurance and sport nutrition. Feel free to be inspired from his detailed report and video. www.stutisheel.org/conquering-the-zurich-lake-26k-swim/
On August 6, 2017, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team held its 30th Marathon Swim on Lake Zurich, covering a distance of 26 k. The winner in the main solo category among the men was Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu of Romania with a time of 7:11:37 h; the fastest woman in the main solo category was Jenny Zwijnen (GB) with 7:44:52 h.