Team Spirit

Team Spirit. Racing the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge!

What do a World Champion surfer, an Olympic Champion Triathlete and a Vitality Coach all have in common? They want to challenge themselves, show team spirit and inspire others to be their personal best.

7 x World Champ Layne Beachley, Olympic Gold Medalist Emma Snowsill and little old me have teamed up for charity and a new adventure – to race the grueling 5 day Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania in 2013.  350km of insanity coming up in November!

Who says women can’t read maps!

What is the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge?

“The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is an epic multi-sport adventure race that traverses over 350km’s of Tasmania’s stunning and remote terrain, hosted by Australian F1 star Mark Webber. In 2013 competitors will mountain bike, run, trek and paddle their way through the remote West Coast of Tasmania with the elite category competitors battling it out for a share of $30,000 in prize money. Throughout the event competitors will also face “special” disciplines designed to throw them even further out of their comfort zones.  The Challenge is Mark’s major fundraising event for the Mark Webber Foundation in support of selected Australian Charities“.

Read that? Great! Us too and we all realise we may be getting in over our heads but that’s the fun of the whole experience.

Why are we doing it? 

With a shared spirit to give anything a go, plenty of energy and humour, we all decided it was a great chance to get completely out of our comfort zone,  to inspire women to challenge themselves and enjoy the journey along the way.

“We are looking forward to experiencing the beauty of Tasmania and rightly cautious about the rugged conditions that lie ahead. For us it’s a way to join forces, to spend some time together combining a sense of fun and achievement. Watch this space! – Layne Beachley

Reality struck when I read the gear list that included BYO mountain bike and compass…Here’s a few things the race officials provide: double kayak, first aid kit, tracking device, camping equipment and a team host to meet us at each checkpoint…not to mention all the necessary meals and support along the way.


The adventure starts now:

It’s only 24 hours before the start of the race that you know the course and the activities. So Layne, Emma and I all need to have some reasonable experience in kayaking, trail running, mountain biking, potentially abseiling, rock climbing and definitely above all else, in map reading and working with a compass. On top of that I’d like to add the challenge of packing light, wearing the same clothes for 4 days straight and learning to follow coordinates – not the map of “women’s intuition” 🙂

Since Emma is away in Germany running through the forests there, Layne and I did some “map reading trail running training” with Sydney based adventure runner and all round great guy Matty Abel. I’ll be posting about that as week one of our ready to race plan.

Webber ChallengeAs this journey unfolds we will be sharing some of our training, nutrition, trials and tribulations  – including some of the experts we meet along the way that will help introduce us to some new skills.  If you’d like to receive these straight to your inbox sign up for my blog on the home page SIGN IN box and you’ll get the news, updates and any extra info we can share.

Making a difference: All funds for charity: Could you be involved?

In order to race our team must raise $10,000 for the official challenge charity as race entry. We cover our own expenses and the race entry is donated to the Mark Webber Charity selected that year. We are currently talking to our partners, organising fund-raising in our local areas and drumming up support. If you think you would like to be our exclusive team partner or one of 3 key charity sponsors then we’d love to hear from you. Please email for more info.

To get more involved and train in person with Emma, Layne and myself you can have the chance to join their Signature Bodibreak retreats in Noosa as well. Our shared vision is to have as many people getting outside to enjoy nature as their gym and showing how fresh food and healthy living can make a complete difference in looking and feeling your personal best. To join us on these Noosa retreats check out the Bodibreaks website.

Hopefully we can inspire you to try something new, to get outside and enjoy working out with a new sense of energy and adventure

As Layne said, watch this space 🙂

Health & Happiness


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Emma On Twitter  & Instagram 

Layne On Twitter & Instagram

Me on Twitter  & Instagram

Webber Challenge on Twitter 



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  2. Brad Harrison on August 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Nikki I’ll be following your training and race prep with much interest as my goal is to complete this race in 2014 so I’m starting with a few shorter adventure races in the next 12 months to build a good base. Good luck with the training! If you need a partner for a few mountain bike training rides around the Sunny Coast, I’d be happy to show you some great trails!

    • Nikki on August 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Brad! Great stuff, I’m not sure my training is going to be that interesting but certainly it’s going to be a journey 🙂
      Sure hit me up with a message on Life’s a Gym Facebook for some mountain biking when I’m around – always keen to get out on the trails on the Sunshine Coast! Health and Happiness, Nikki

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