About the author:

Nirbhasa is originally from Ireland but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an enthusiastic multi-day runner, having twice completed both the Ten Day Race and the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the longest race in the world.

Abhejali Bernardova, who swum the channel in 2011 and is currently pursuing the 'Oceans Seven' list of the world's seven most challenging swims, talks about what she gets out of challenges such as swimming the English Channel, how she started doing it in the first place, and how the inner peace she gets from her meditation practise helps her through the hard times. As she says: "its a great achievement on the outer plane, but for me, its about getting to know myself better. When you are in your comfort zone, you don't need to bring forward your best capacities. So the self-transcendence on the physical plane brings a transcendence on the inner plane, in that you are trying to be the best person you can be."