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Meet the people who have travelled to the very limits of human endurance and discover what it means to be superhuman. Learn from their unbelievable stories with host Rob Pope as he asks what lessons they picked up on their journeys around the globe and how they coped both mentally and physically. From cycling around the world in 78 days, to running barefoot across the UK and overcoming a broken neck to climb mountains and get back on the start line – like and subscribe to hear from 12 of the world’s most incredible athletes with a new episode every Monday.

How to Be Superhuman Red Bull

    • Running
    • 4.8 • 116 Ratings

Meet the people who have travelled to the very limits of human endurance and discover what it means to be superhuman. Learn from their unbelievable stories with host Rob Pope as he asks what lessons they picked up on their journeys around the globe and how they coped both mentally and physically. From cycling around the world in 78 days, to running barefoot across the UK and overcoming a broken neck to climb mountains and get back on the start line – like and subscribe to hear from 12 of the world’s most incredible athletes with a new episode every Monday.

    Bonus: The fastest woman to cycle around the world: Jenny Graham, Series 1 Episode 13

    Bonus: The fastest woman to cycle around the world: Jenny Graham, Series 1 Episode 13

    In this extra special episode, Scottish cyclist Jenny Graham chatted to Rob Pope about how she broke the female world record for cycling around the globe – unsupported – in 2018, smashing Italian Paola Gianotti’s four-year record by an extraordinary 20 days.

    Recorded and streamed live during Red Bull Timelaps – the world’s longest one-day cycling event, which challenges riders to accumulate as much distance as possible within 25 hours – Jenny’s story of cycling 18,000 miles, through 16 countries, completely self-supported, served as much-needed inspiration to event participants – and will to any budding endurance cyclists.

    Averaging more than 156 miles a day for 124 days, Jenny gives a thrilling account of her extraordinary journey. From being greeted by beautiful blinding sunrises after long nights of riding, to experiencing new magical cultures and ways of life, to the many incredible and unforgettable interactions she had with those she met on her journey, Jenny describes the gratitude she felt every day as she made her way around the globe, powered by her own steam. But, as Jenny describes, it wasn’t without its challenges: freezing temperatures, deadly wildlife, illness, and overwhelming exhaustion made for some truly testing days, which saw Jenny pushed to the very edge of her physical and mental limits…

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The woman who climbed El Capitan with a broken back: Karen Darke, Series 1 Episode 12

    The woman who climbed El Capitan with a broken back: Karen Darke, Series 1 Episode 12

    Paralympic hand cyclist Karen Darke was just 21 when she set off on a climbing trip that would change her life forever. Leading a climb on a sea cliff outside Aberdeen, she fell as the last bit of secured protection came away. Three days later, she woke up in intensive care to the news she’d broken her neck and back, paralysing her from the waist down.

    In this episode, Rob Pope chats to Karen about her climbing accident and the achievements that followed it – from hand cycling across the Himalayas on a specially made tandem and spending a month in minus 30°C temperatures crossing Greenland on skies, to the highs and lows of Paralympic training, and a punishing schedule that took her to London and Rio...

    Karen also reveals how she was forced to confront her fears and past trauma head-on when she agreed to climb the revered and unforgiving sheer granite behemoth of El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Twenty metres up and petrified, Karen shares the mental process she used to overcome her fear and take control of her mind, as she physically took on the equivalent of 4,000 pull-ups to scale the kilometre-high sheer granite rock face.

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 29 min
    The woman conquering the world's toughest mountains one by one: Sasha DiGiulian, Series 1 Episode 11

    The woman conquering the world's toughest mountains one by one: Sasha DiGiulian, Series 1 Episode 11

    Boundary-pushing big wall climber, Sasha DiGiulian, holds multiple first ascents and more than 30 female firsts for some of the world’s most revered and difficult big wall climbs. In this episode, Rob Pope chats to Sasha about her journey from six-year-old indoor climber to world-renowned pro and free soloist - touching on her historic ascent of the Rocky Mountains Trilogy as the first woman (and only second person ever) to complete the trio of climbs in one season.

    From unexpectedly having to free solo one of her earliest big wall first-ascents as the holds crumbled away in her hands 1,000ft up without any protection, to experiencing the exhilaration of climbing in a flow state whilst conquering the 5.14-grade Rocky Mountains Trilogy in 2018, Sasha chats about the risks and rewards that come with climbing when the ground is way beneath her feet.

    She describes the moment she thought she was paralysed, and reveals the method she sometimes uses when she’s feeling scared of falling mid-climb by discussing her relationship with fear.

    “Even after 20 years of climbing, I don’t think fear ever goes away.”

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 28 min
    The man who rolled across America: Gabriel Cordell, Series 1 Episode 10

    The man who rolled across America: Gabriel Cordell, Series 1 Episode 10

    Gabriel Cordell became the first person to roll across the United States in a standard wheelchair - giving Rob Pope a lot to chat about with him as they shared tales of their incredible journeys travelling the width of North America.

    Supported by a team of volunteers, the 3,100-mile journey from California to New York took 100 days to complete, and saw Gabriel pushing his chair for an average of 30 miles a day.

    In the episode, Gabriel lays bare just how torturous this journey this really was, describing everything from the savage terrain he faced in Pennsylvania, as he rolled for 450 miles across the Appalachian Mountains (losing 15 pounds along the way), to the agonising shoulder pain he experienced as he reached mile 650, leaving him temporarily unable to roll his chair another metre.

    But, as he reveals to Rob in the episode, it was such a willingness to withstand pain that saw him reach the finish line in his hometown of West Hempstead – and something, he says, we are all capable of. The difference, he says, in somebody accomplishing something extraordinary or not, is simply about overcoming the 'threshold...'

    Gabriel also reveals the series of life events that later culminated in him seeking redemption through this Herculean physical and mental challenge – a journey that began 20 years previous when a car accident changed the course of his life forever.

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 36 min
    The woman who ran barefoot across Britain: Anna McNuff, Series 1 Episode 9

    The woman who ran barefoot across Britain: Anna McNuff, Series 1 Episode 9

    Rob Pope catches up with British adventurer Anna McNuff, who ran 2,352 miles completely barefoot across Great Britain. That's the equivalent of 90 marathons over everything from gritty tarmac to muddy moorland.

    "By the end, the last two weeks, I was just a shell of a woman. I just wasn’t even there. I was going through all the motions but mentally I was gone..." reveals Anna, as she explains to Rob the mental toil she was feeling as she approached the London finish line -- having travelled all the way from the Shetland Islands.

    From how she coped mentally with such a long (and often painful) journey, to how her body also learned to adapt to the relentless stress and exposure, Anna gives an epic insight into the workings of her mind and body as she pushed them to their limits.

    Anna also reveals what went into preparing for the challenge – namely, the one-and-a-half years she spent learning to run barefoot – as well as her motivations for doing it. And she reveals some of the unforgettable moments and encounters she had along the way that made all the hard graft worthwhile -- including one particular 24-mile run that she enjoyed with one giant, and very inspirational, lobster...

    Read more about Anna and her adventure at https://win.gs/BarefootBritain

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 36 min
    The Ironman with a broken neck: Tim Don, Series 1 Episode 8

    The Ironman with a broken neck: Tim Don, Series 1 Episode 8

    Tim Don was out for routine training ahead of the Kona IRONMAN World Championship when he had an accident with a truck - breaking his neck and leaving him with carbon fibre ring drilled into his skull (known as a 'halo') to help the fracture heal.

    Just six months and five days later he completed the Boston Marathon in less than two hours and 50 minutes.

    Rob Pope asks this extraordinary Superhuman about his brilliant career leading up to that horrific incident in Hawaii which led him to becoming a world record holder; what he remembers of the incident and how he recovered from the 'hangman's fracture' and not being able to move from his belly button up.

    From having to sleep bolt upright in a chair, to having the screws in his skull regularly tightened to keep the halo place, Tim lays bare the torture he went through in what he describes as "the toughest two months of my life".

    But through sheer dogged perseverance, Tim explains to Rob how he refused to let the accident – or his agonising brace – put his hopes of competing again on hold: continuing to train in the gym, and later on the turbo trainer, to gradually build up his strength and fitness. And as he reveals in the episode, his training and tenacity didn't just pay off. It led to a comeback of epic proportions...

    Also watch the Red Bull TV documentary on Tim 'The Man with the Halo' http://win.gs/ManWithTheHalo

    Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman

    • 34 min

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