Open-water swimmer Gracie Van Der Byl talks candidly about how she lives in the moment when she swims long distances. “Regardless of what comes, just keep going and take it one stroke at a time,” Van Der Byl tells Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race, following a swim from Catalina Island to Swami’s Beach. How did she find the strength to finish — and win! — the 31st Annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the longest annual swim race in the world? Van Der Byl believes the passion she has for the sport gives her all of the drive she needs.
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ABOUT SPARTAN UP! THE PODCAST:
Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and a New York Times bestselling author, inspires millions of people all over the world to get off the couch and take on any obstacle, on an off the course. In Spartan Up! The Podcast, Joe travels the globe to explore what it means to Spartan Up! in all aspects of life.
In each episode, Joe interviews different experts—authors, academics, members of the military, athletes, adventurers, CEOs, and thought leaders—about achievement, leadership, grit, goals, and total mind-body wellbeing. Then, with a panel of colleagues, Joe breaks down the lessons to provide the ultimate blueprint for success.
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Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life by Joe De Sena (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)
Get it done. That’s the underlying message in De Sena’s Spartan Up! book, which prompts the languishing to get off the couch and move. The Spartan Race is tough but life is even tougher, and here’s where De Sena’s advice shines through. It’s all about simply making a goal and tackling it with every ounce of energy and ambition you can muster. Chances are, good things will happen.