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Extreme Ultra-Endurance Adventurer, Sean Conway.

Sean Conway has been described as Britain’s answer to Forrest Gump for his love of setting himself seemingly insurmountable endurance challenges: he’s cycled around the world – with a fractured spine;  was the first person to swim from Land’s End, on the UK’s south-west coast, to John O’Groats, in Scotland – via Ireland! And has recently completed a 4200 mile ultra-triathlon around the coast of Great Britain which he described as the ‘toughest 85 days of my life’.  Off the Ropes? You bet!

Topics Discussed:

  • Why Shaun felt despondent & depressed with his career as a photographer.
  • Why he sold his business shares for just £1 & walked away into a future unknown.
  • Material success versus fulfilment & purpose.
  • Sean’s meaning of happiness.
  • How he dreamed up the idea of cycling around the world with no money.
  • Why a fractured spine didn’t deter him from completing his round the world cycle.
  • How he became the first person to swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
  • The story behind the beard!
  • How he uses others’ doubt and his fear of failure to fuel his adventures.
  • Why he chose to cycle, run and swim 4200 miles around Britain in the ‘ultimate triathlon’.
  • What unexpected difficulties occurred.
  • What the challenges taught him about his capabilities.
  • How he found his life purpose.
  • Why we should set ourselves enormous challenges.

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Episode resources:

Sean Conway official website

Discovery Channel UK 

Cycling the Earth: A Life-changing Race Around the World by Sean Conway

Hell and High Water: My Epic 900-Mile Swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats by Sean Conway

Land’s End to John O’Groats: The ride that started it all by Sean Conway

World Cycling Stripped Bare: Anyone can cycle the world. This is how. by Sean Conway

Solar Aid

A definition of phosphorescence!

Follow Sean Conway on Twitter and Facebook

People Mentioned:

Dave Cornthwaite

James Wallman

Vin Cox

Martin Strel

Mimi Anderson

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  1. Lewis Bitten

    Very inspiring and thouroughly enjoyable listen remarkable man, really demonstrated what the body can endure if you push it sensibly. Interesting points raised on stuff and ones comfort zone certainly thought provoking.

    1. Victoria Author

      Aha, it really does make you think what you want & what you need!

  2. Emile Sanders

    Awesome, getting out there and living his dream, I will definitely be watching him on the discovery channel.

    1. Victoria Author

      Snap! Can’t wait. What a chap!

  3. Gavin

    Inspirational. I’m thinking of making my sixth form students listen to the entire thing.

    1. Victoria Author

      Fabulous idea, Gavin! :)

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