The parallels between solo ocean racing and other ultra endurance sports are not immediately obvious. But as I listened to Pip Hare talk about her goal to complete the Vendee Globe - solo around the world race - for the second time, age 50, I heard striking and surprising parallels between this multi-million euro sport and simple ultra running or cycling. At which Pip also excels. She is part of the only team - a pair - to ever complete the running, cycling and sailing stages of the Three Peaks Yacht Race.
So is it the hardest world's endurance event? She'll be racing flat out, constantly looking to maximise speed relative to weather conditions, never truly able to sleep, for almost three months. So it's tough.
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