How to Be Superhuman

How to Be Superhuman

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.

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June 28, 2021 32 min
Cross-country skier Veronika Mayerhofer is a Mental Performance Specialist at the Red Bull Athlete Performance Centre in Austria. In this episode, she analyses the responses from this season’s superhuman guests.

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When endurance athlete Aron Anderson won 2017’s Wings for Life World Run, he raced an incredible 90km. The Swede talks Rob through his amazing sporting CV: he’s competed in four Paralympic Games in three different sports, swum from Sweden to Finland, climbed Kilimanjaro and skied to the South Pole.

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In 2020, American ultra-runner John Kelly ran England's 268-mile Pennine Way in record time, breaking a 30-year-old record in the process. A week later, he lost it. He tells Rob what it took to win it back…

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Mountaineer and explorer Saray Khumalo became the first Black African woman to summit Everest - but it was far from a simple trip. Three previous attempts had been thwarted by lethal landslides, earthquakes, bad weather and, sadly, numerous deaths. However, this didn't stop Saray's drive and determination to push towards her dream.

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In 2019, Emily Harrington fell 150ft while free-climbing Yosemite National Park’s famous El Capitan. In 2020, she returned and became the first person to free-climb the Golden Gate route in 24 hours.

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In early 2021, 21-year-old teacher Jasmine Harrison set a world record by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in just 70 days. She talks to Rob about her achievement.

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Camille Herron is an icon of ultra running, and the first person to hold the 50k, 100k and 24-hour world records simultaneously. She tells Rob about how she ran 270km in a single day.

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In 2012, Erden Eruç successfully completed a unique circumnavigation of the globe – his journey had been entirely human-powered. The Turkish adventurer had travelled alone; on foot and by rowboat, kayak, canoe and bicycle.

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When Lael Wilcox won the 2016 Trans Am Bike Race, she cemented her position as the world’s greatest long-distance cyclist. Even more amazingly, she had conquered the 4,200-mile course while still a relative novice.

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Welshman Ash Dykes became the first person to walk the 4,000-mile length of China’s Yangtze River in 2019. He tells Rob how he overcame extreme terrain and temperatures – and the threat of bear attacks – to do it.

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Marathon swimmer Sarah Thomas tells Rob about her incredible journey, from beating breast cancer to becoming the first person ever to swim four consecutive crossings of the English Channel.

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Spanish endurance athlete Kílian Jornet is a legendary mountain runner and ski mountaineer. Without a doubt, he's one of the greatest of his generation.

But in 2017, he achieved something that – even by his own mind-boggling standards – was incredible: he travelled up Everest twice, without oxygen, in the space of a week.

In this episode, Kílian tells Rob about how his upbringing has shaped his love of nature, and what motivated...
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April 5, 2021 2 min
Ultrarunning legend Rob Pope returns with more stories from the limits of human endurance.
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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 ho...
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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 achi...
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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 complet...
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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.

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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 wa...
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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.

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Rob Pope speaks to trials bike legend and Red Bull athlete Dougie Lampkin about his record-breaking 37-mile wheelie around the Island of Man's TT course. The feat, which Dougie took months of painstaking preparation and saw Dougie pushed to the very limits of his physical and mental capacity.

Chatting to Rob about what exactly went into making it happen, Dougie opens up about the many setbacks he endured on his journey to the st...
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