In a previous interview, Talia talks about her 2012 M2O race and says,
“To find the endurance – you have to train. You have to log your hours in the ocean. But really, when it comes down to it, out in the channel at Mile 22, that’s when you really start learning things about yourself.
It’s all about having a super strong mental game.
My advantage is I had a really strong mental game.
In that race, I was way behind and it took me to Mile 20 to actually catch the leader in front of me. She had won the year before. This was a 32-mile race, and that’s when the race starts – the race actually starts at Mile 20. That’s when people will shut down mentally.
I started to go through that …
My boyfriend, Nakoa, who is now my husband, hopped out of the boat, gave me a bag of poi to eat – and said, “Jesus gave it all – YOU give it everything you got! Go, Go, Go!” Something clicked in me right then, and I started catching bumps and this flow started happening.
There’s a spot in the race when the currents are crossed chopped – you feel like you’re not moving and you’re not moving that fast – I was able to get through that.
I never felt that I went faster in my life.
Once you get to the island, you still have to paddle two miles up wind… and I remember paddling, and Lauren Spaulding, my mentor, she was on my boat and she yelled, “Talia, you’re in first place – now go make a world record!
What?! First place?! I couldn’t believe it…”
Talia gives advice about being an endurance athlete and something we all do every day and don’t think much about, our breath,
“It’s really important how we need our breath – for me when I’m paddling long distance my breathing patterns are super important.
You have to relax and breathe and focus on reading the ocean and not trying to manipulate it. It will do what it will want to do. And you can’t change it.
When you’re focusing on centering your core and making sure that you have that focus – you’re going to be a stronger paddler. You’ll be better in whatever you’re doing in life…
I am also a jewelry designer. If I’m tense and stressed, my pieces just don’t come out right. But if I take a few breaths and relax and get into that mode where I can think and create, it just starts to flow…
It’s the same in surfing paddling or anything you do in life – if you’re tense you’re not going to be performing well.”
One of my favorite lines of Talia’s is,
“Its not about winning, its about the blessings and the journey along the way.”