I run with a pacemaker.
In fact, since my early twenties, I’ve done everything with a pacemaker.
But not the type of pacemaker who leads top-class athletes to prevent tactical racing or who helps you reach your target marathon time.
Instead, the metal type that’s buried into my upper-left chest and generates electrical impulses through wires attached to my heart.
Just a little different then…
It’s May 2017 and I’m staring at a line of drying seaweed washed up on the shingle beach of a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean. A group of spruce trees huddle together in the centre of the island, only a few metres away, surrounded by a mishmash of driftwood and branches. My brain is whirring as I run through the calculations, tired from a long day of kayaking. I can’t afford to get it wrong.
We sat down with Gregor Matheson, host of the Method in the Madness podcast, to chat about how the outdoors shaped us, helping others realise their potential, making the most of this one life and...endurance hallucinations!
A journey millennia old - deeply rooted in nature and connected with the natural cycles of the seasons. Far above the Arctic Circle, anticipation is building. Struggling to be heard above the sound of rumbling snowmobiles and clanging bells, human voices deliver sharp instructions to one another. During a lunch break, where the animals rest, tactics for the long days ahead are discussed over a crackling fire…
So, the route is planned, excitement levels are high, the weather is well…the weather and you’re all packed and ready to go!
But…wait a minute…are you really?