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.
This virtual short talk, led by Karteek Clarke, 11-times English Channel swimmer and ultra distance runner, explores some of the boundless benefits to be gained from introducing simple and practical meditation techniques into ultra training.
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.
From September 13 to November 3, the 24rd Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race took place in a new location, in Salzburg, Austria. We made a number of modifications to strictly adhere to local health standards. This is the longest certified footrace in the world. It attracts athletes from around the world who want to test themselves against this daunting distance, transcend their own previous capacity, and participate in a great adventure. Along the way, they may also set new world records and gain spiritual insights.
Athletes are able to test themselves in a format, unlike any other ultra-marathon event. In order to meet their goal of 3100 miles in 52 days, they must log an average of 59.6 miles per day. The runners begin at 6 a.m. and run for extended periods throughout the day, taking breaks as needed. If they want to, they can continue as late as 12 midnight when the course closes for the night.
This run combines the exhilarating immersion in Nature of a genuine trail race, with the convenience, safety and proximity to city services of an urban environment. The journey wends through the hills, nature parks and open spaces of central, south and north Canberra, describing a wide loop starting and finishing at Rond Terrace, at the foot of Anzac Parade on Lake Burley Griffin in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Runners can challenge themselves to attain the glory of completing the entire 100 km solo; or else join with friends or colleagues to cover the distance in a relay team of 2 – 4 members.