Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Vicki Anstey - How to Never Reach Your Limits and What It Took to Row Across the Pacific Ocean

July 30, 2022 Mo Gawdat and Vicki Anstey Episode 204
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Vicki Anstey - How to Never Reach Your Limits and What It Took to Row Across the Pacific Ocean
Show Notes

For the next few weeks, we'll be coming to you with conversations I had at one of my favorite cafes, Farm Girl in South Kensington, London.

This week's guest is Vicki Anstey, an almost overwhelmingly inspiring woman. Vicki is a world record holder, adventurer, award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and athlete. After 20 years in a relationship that limited and stifled her and a successful career as an advertising professional, Vicki became a fitness pioneer and later one of the first ever women to participate (at age 41) in Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins, reaching the final stages after 11 days in extreme conditions at an altitude of 3,000ft in Chile. 

In 2021, exactly a year before this episode was published,  she and 2 other women, the Girls Who Dare, set a new World Record for rowing unaided across the Pacific Ocean, confronting her fear of deep, open water to do so. It took 60 days, 17 hours and 6 minutes. Her latest endeavor was a 5 day race in the Arctic, covering a distance of over 230km in temperatures of -35 degrees, carrying everything she needed to survive In 2023, she plans to participate in the World’s Toughest Bike Race, the Race Across America (RAAM), covering 3,000 miles across 17 states in just 7 days. 

Listen as we discuss:

  • How Vicki realized her extraordinary potential at age 40.
  • Her memories from SAS Who Dares Wins (video here) and surviving interrogation.
  • Pushing your limits and learning how to get through them is the only way to evolve.
  • Why Women adapt better to calorie and sleep deprivation.
  • How her ongoing divorce became a useful comparison for tolerating present suffering.
  • Rowing the Pacific Ocean dealing with fear, storms, and talking to the moon.
  • When you're already in the arena, fear becomes less of a concern.
  • Vicki was in her past life.
  • What should you do if you're not reaching your potential? Start in 5, 4, 3...
  • Some of her techniques for moving toward your potential.
  • Her next journey racing across America.
  • Vicky's top secret for happiness? Discover your capabilities.

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