I learnt a long time ago that in order to grow it’s necessary to step outside one’s comfort zone. As a person who craves growth and change this has led me to continually seek out opportunities to make myself uncomfortable, whether physically, emotionally or psychologically.

I am now at an age at which I can look back on a series of events and adventures that tap into this theme. They have included:

  • Moving to San Jose, CA for 12 months as an exchange student at the age of 15
  • Quitting basketball (age 26), much to the surprise of teammates, to take up the sport of rowing. Four years later and 20 kgs lighter I was fortunate enough to be Victorian State Champion in the Lightweight Single Scull
  • Myriad travel experiences that include time spent in India, Russia, Tibet, Africa, Brazil and Turkey
  • Cycling over the Himalayas from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 2010
  • Completing the Maratona des Dolomites in Italy in 2011 (135 km bicycle race)
  • Crossing the Zambezi River from Botswana into Zambia via the ferry at Kazangula (2012) – not many white people take that route
  • Taking up trail running with the desire to convert to an ultra-runner (there is a 100-miler somewhere in my future)
  • Thru hiking the Goldfields Track between Ballarat and Bendigo (200 km) in 2018, my first thru hike
  • Walking 837 km in 31 days along the Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo, from Irun to Santiago de Compostella (Spain)

This blog is a vehicle for cataloging those experiences.

Steven Macek

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