It’s been a few weeks of training and living the good and hectic life, and we’re pretty excited for summer and warm weather to be coming so we can keep getting outside. We’ve been biking, running, paddleboarding, and gymming and probably eating way too much chocolate the last few weeks.
We are super excited to be taking on this massive adventure together and smashing our goals together. We’ve been going on epic adventures for a long time, both together and apart and are no strangers to each other’s weirdness and craziness.
We were all brought together through Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club at various ages. Lucy and Andy started in the surf club as little nippers, and Billie and Dani joined the club a little later as teenagers, where they started as qualified lifeguards. Amongst a few moments of teenage rebellion we also spent a lot of our teenage years running up big sand dunes, getting sunburnt, jumping off rocks into the ocean, and driving our coaches a little bit mad as they tried to keep up with us.
This lead us all to eventually pursue surf boat rowing, a sport not for the faint of heart. As rowers we quickly became friends and between the four of us across a couple of seasons, broke 6 oars, 5 teeth, ruptured a few ligaments, got lost in a few towns around the country, aged our coach ten years within two months, and claimed 7 national gold medals.
Through rowing we have spent many long car rides, early mornings, and survived some intense and tough life moments together. These experiences mean that we know we can rely on one another and trust each other with our lives, our sanity, and our success when we’re out there battling the elements. We couldn’t think of better people to spend 12+ hours adventuring through mother nature with, so coming together as a team for this event was almost a no brainer.
What do we hope to achieve over the next 6 months on our journey toward the finish line?
Competitive by nature, we’re hoping to train ourselves to the peak of our fitness, and reap the benefits of that training with a rewarding result on race day. We’re prepared to push ourselves to our limits and get a little weird with it out in the forest. Reaching new heights together we know that we’ll learn new things about one another, and our friendship and mental strength will be challenged.
We all have a huge passion for getting out into mother nature and introducing others to the brilliance and beauty of the outdoors. We hope to include other women in our training and adventures and ignite some motivation in others to get out there and get their sweat on. There’s an incredible satisfaction to getting out there, setting ridiculous goals, and getting full of sunshine, fresh air, and beautiful endorphins and we want the world to know how epic this feeling is. If we can create a space where women feel empowered to use their bodies as a weapon to smash their goals, we’d be pretty stoked.
Over the next few months we’ll be keeping y’all posted with our training, and both our low and high points. You’ll get a little insight into the life of the adventurous, and some delicious recipes, rookie tips, and groovy events where you can come get sweaty and amongst mama nature with us.
It’s going to be a wild ride, yeeeeeeeha!