The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast Episode 22
Welcome to Episode 22 of The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.
My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host.
Each week I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit.
The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between.
The hope is that these conversations might spark something within you that gives you cause for self-reflection, inspires you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery or gives you the courage to take a chance and go after your goals.
Naresh Kumar @iamarunr
This week I am honoured to be joined by Naresh Kumar
Trail runner and cyclist, undertaking long distance human powered adventures fueled by kindness & peanut butter
To some he may be better known by his instagram handle @Iamarunr
His Mantra – Live-small, Adventure-lots
Naresh is an amazing human being. He has run the length of NZ in bed rock sandals, ridden the length of New Zealand on a tandem bike, asking people to join him in order to raise awareness of his mission and the charity work he does…most recently, he has ridden solo from Perth to Sydney as part of this awareness advocacy!
Born and raised in a suburb of Chennai in South India, to a lower middle class family, he had a tough childhood growing. None the less, he dreamed big and learned to rely on hard work, courage and kindness of people. Through all this he learned that No matter what your dreams are, “It’s Possible”.
Naresh spent 11 years working in the United States as a consultant in the I.T industry for some of the biggest companies in the world but the pull of adventure became stronger and stronger that he wanted to explore it on a longer term basis rather than just at the weekends.
Growing up Naresh was a fan of The Lord of The Rings and had made it a goal in life to one day move to New Zealand. So when the opportunity presented itself to go to New Zealand he said, why not, took the big leap of faith, to take a chance and see what’s out there.
He left his job in California and embarked on a 3-month human powered adventure across the length of New Zealand along the Te Araroa trail – a trail that runs the length of NZ (3054km) unsupported in 87 days.
During this adventure he partnered with Tearfund NZ to raise funds for the anti-sex trafficking work that they do. He was awarded the runner-up for the Wilderness Outdoor Hero of the Year for this feat.
In January 2017 Naresh rode the length of New Zealand on a tandem bike, picking up people along the way, strangers and friends, to help him pedal to fight human trafficking.
140 people rode with him
He cycled 3330km
And raised $55000
In March this year he road 5500km from perth to sydney in 24 days. Known as The Indian Pacific Wheel Ride – A solo, unsupported, 5,500km cycle ocean-to-ocean across Australia from Fremantle, Perth to The Sydney Opera House with the aim To raise more awareness of human trafficking and to raise money for IJM Australia.
This week in part 1 we talk about
- His upbringing and background, the contrast from growing up poor in India to working with some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, California
- His forays into ultra running, winning the wall state 500km and finding his why
- The birth of his dreams, Overcoming fear and courage to follow his dreams.
- His experiences in Nepal when he encountered sex-trafficking which led him to go on and do such great advocacy work for organisations that are dedicated to ending these terrible situations from occuring.
- The facts and the figures around slavery that is happening in this day and age affecting millions of people and generating billions of dollars and how your donations can help to counter that in a real and tangible way.
- Freedom seat, his adventure along the length of New Zealand on a tandem bike asking people to join him, add their pedal power and open their heart to the cause, not just their wallet.
One thing that struck me about Naresh is his humbleness and gratitude. Humble in the face of great achievements and gratitude in the face of testing times.
He has an amazing outlook on life and someone we can all learn a lot from.
Connect with Naresh
You can find Carmen on Instagram
Or via his website
The wall state 500km
End of Episode 22
And that brings us to the end of today’s episode.
During this conversation I was really struck by the incredibly heartwarming stories of kindness from the people he encountered on his journeys. It serves as a reminder that ultimately we all here to help and look after one another, by helping someone achieve their goals, we can achieve ours too.
As ever let me know in the comments your thoughts and take aways.
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