In this tenth episode of the season of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to Endurance athlete, blogger and speaker Sophie Radcliffe.
She is the only person in history to have climbed the highest mountains in the eight Alpine countries and cycled between them, climbing five times the height of Mount Everest in 32 days. She has cycled 300km from London to Paris in 24 hours on nine occasions, completed multi-sport adventure races around the world, raced her bike coast to coast across the USA, completed 100km ultra-marathons, and she is a two-time Ironman finisher.
In January 2013 she gave it all up to create a new story. She was 27 and running the commercial division at one the UK's fastest growing technology startup. She had everything society told her she should need to feel happy, but she was restless.
The night before she decided to quit her job, a friend said to her:
"A ship in a harbour is safe, but that's not what the ship was built for. Go Sailing."
Making the decision to forge a new trail where there was no set path, was one of her toughest decisions, but it led to her being who she is today.
She believes that through challenging ourselves that we stretch our limits, break down barriers and realise we can achieve far more than we think.
Her mission is to empower you to feel invincible and as though you can do the most badass, inspiring and challenging things that scare and excite you in equal measure. To explore what your body and mind can do through the world of adventure and endurance sport.
Sophie believes that fitness is about what your body can do, not what it looks like. She focuses on functionality rather than aesthetics, on developing a strong mind instead of focusing on negatives.