Sean Conway (@Conway_Sean) is an endurance adventurer who, among other things, has cycled, swum and run the length of Great Britain in a triathlon of incredible feats. His books, Lands End to John O’Groats, Hell and High Water, and Running Britain, each tell the tale of these three journeys. Sean previously attempted to cycle around the world but was knocked off his bike.
I managed to record this episode in a short few days between the publication of his latest book, Running Britain, and his departure to set a new record for cycling 8000 miles across Europe. You can follow this latest adventure at www.yellowjersey.co.uk.
Sean is a truly inspirational human being who has helped me to push past some of my own self-imposed boundaries in my walking and particularly my running. As well as this, his books are infused with a genuine connection to the landscape and wildlife that make up the British countryside. He grew up in Zimbabwe where his father was a game ranger and experienced a childhood full of wildlife like rhinos. This appreciation for wilderness and wildlife has clearly stayed with him to this day, not just in his adventuring but also in his descriptions of encounters with pods of dolphins or being awoken in his tent by birdsong.
In this conversation we discuss Sean’s appreciation for Britain’s countryside and landscapes, his refined skill for growing an amazing beard, and where he finds the strength to push through the most challenging parts of his adventures. And he shares his perspective on how anyone can make their life more adventurous through day to day decisions.
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