Motivation, Mental Strength & Life Lessons from Ultra Racing with Mel Urie


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Conversation with Mel Urie

This episode is PURE MOTIVATION! If you're in a lull or struggling to get your lovely butt off the couch: tune in. On today's show I'm talking to Melissa Urie: ultra endurance athlete, Ironman + Uberman woman and an embodiment of will power & mental strength. I was frankly mind-blown when I heard her talking about her 33 km (21 mile) swim in the open Pacific ocean. Sounds insane? Yes. Impossible? No. It's a good one, this episode! And it was so much fun recording! Thank you, Mel! You rock.

Race distances so you get a feel for what we’re talking about: Sprint/Beginner’s triathlon: 750 m swim - 20 km bike - 5 km run Long-distance/Ironman: 3.8 km swim - 180 km bike - 42.2 km run Uberman = the world's most challenging Ultra Triathlon: 33 km (21 mile) swim - 644 km (400 mile) bike - 217 km (135 mile) run Swim in Catalina Channel then ride from LA to Furnace Creek and run Furnace Creek to Death Valley (top of Mt. Whitney).

We talk about:

  • Mel’s own story & how she got to ultra racing
  • The Uberman Race: Doing the impossible.
  • 15 years of training: Why commitment & pursuing things long-term is key
  • How to navigate sharks
  • Mental strentgh & motivation
  • “Your mind’s a muscle that needs to be trained.”
  • Mental strategies she used to get through intense training + events like Uberman
  • Daily motivation tips for listeners
  • Problem solving & positive thinking
  • “In a race it’s all about constantly problem solving, things will turn around eventually.”
  • What all of us can learn from ultra-distance races
  • “I feel like I belong”: overcoming imposter syndrome + stepping into confidence & ease.
  • Comparison: Why Mel doesn’t compare anymore + what we can learn from her
  • Mel’s personal milestones: 3 main lessons for life she got out of her ultra races

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