Episode 63

Darren Hardy: Dealing with PTSD through ultra endurance

Darren Hardy was in the military for 15 years before being discharged on medical grounds. After being diagnosed with PTSD, Darren has turned to ultra endurance challenges as therapy. In 2020, he took on the 10-10-10 challenge - 10 Ironman, 10 days, 10 locations to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes. Darren talks about mindset, perseverance and why he now embraces failure.

You might find some certain things that Darren says about PTSD and the effects that it had on him distressing.

You'll hear

04:46 Where the idea of the 10x10x10 challenge came from

08:42 Why failing was not an option "Failing it was my biggest fear."

09:37 Darren explains how he undertook the challenge, without having much experience on a bike.

11:30 We are very good at making excuses as a nation. i.e I'm not going to go out running in the ice. Good on differences between a driven and a motivated mindset

14:00 Darren explain how endurance events has helped him to deal with PTSD. "I suffer badly with PTSD and it's my management tool and I have learnt that I need to get out my comfort zone. And I learnt the definition for me of failure that it is a mere stepping stone to success and I believe you have to fail in order to succeed.

15:00 Talks about the process of being medically discharged from the army as being 'horrendous'

25:55 Darren explains why the message "its okay not to be okay doesn't resonate with him

35:35 Without Help for Heroes, I wouldn't be here. They got me to the point of 'I need to change my mindset'

Find out more about this week's guest - Darren Hardy

Darren Hardy Perseverance film from EsTV

Darren Hardy's Justgiving Fundraising page

Darren Hardy Instagram

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Helen has been working in triathlon for a decade as an athlete, coach and broadcaster.

Helen hosts the Inside Tri Show podcast bringing you awesome interviews from triathlon and beyond