Athletics roundtable : Can we beat time?
In 2010, Marie Tabarly managed to combine her two passions, horse riding and travelling, through sailing. During a regatta in Monaco she met the explorer Mike Horn who offered her a job managing the equestrian part of his Pangaea expedition in Mongolia, enabling her to share her equestrian knowledge with young explorers from around the world. She will always remember the Pangea Project, which inspired her a few years later to initiate her own around- the- world project. In addition to her role as skipper onboard Pen-Duick VI, she will accompany the riders on most of the sport sections. She practise freeride skiing, highlining, rock-climbing, snow kiting, paragliding, surfing, kite surfing and freediving.
Athletes are always looking to push their limits, to surpass themselves and beat out the competition. Most of them also try to be as far ahead as possible, even trying to beat the stopwatch. The purpose is to train to the point where they have total control over their body allowing them to excel in their specialty. Like a conductor, the top athlete is a coordinator. The athlete keeps their breathing and the rhythm of their movements in harmony, creating precise actions to gain efficiency, whilst sparing their energy for the final burst of adrenaline. They gradually refine their metabolism to deal with the intensity of their expended effort, sometimes to the point of suffering. They learn to focus under any circumstance, to give their best when the time comes. Each performance is a creation. Sometimes a record can be broke. But in our eternal race against the clock, can we really beat time?