EFM18 – Jen Segger – The globetrotting life of a badass adventurer

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Introduction to Jen Segger

Jen Segger is a Performance Coach & Endurance Athlete whose competitive accomplishments  include everthing from being the youngest female to complete the Badwater ultramarathon to the first mountain bike crossing of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

She started in her early 20’s and is now 36…..tackling all sorts of endurance goals along the way. Her next target is Ironman Whistler, the build up to which we discuss in the show. (This is a lady who’s first experience of riding aero bars was actually during a race! That’s the spirit of adventure for you folks!)

Her entrepreneurial projects include being an endurance sports coach, owning and running a dedicated indoor cycling facility and a race director… and being a full time Mom…. She’s also  just back from an emotional 100 miles across Chile where she said farewall to an endurance sports friend who passed away while racing.

For the past 12 years she has been competing professionally in adventure racing, ultra running and mountain biking. Throw in copious amounts of time spent on stand up paddle boarding expeditions, skiing and road cycling and there has been little time for sitting still.

Segger’s racing days began after seeing the Eco-Challenge Race on television in university. It featured teams of four competing in a multi-day expedition length adventure race. She decided then that she wanted to be one of the top women in the sport.

“Adventure racing is very much about being able to suffer. I have been blessed with this ability to be uncomfortable day after day and I just love the challenge,” she says.

Here are some of her results from the last season of racing:

-1st Winter Fat Bike Crossing on Baffin Island (5 days, -50C)

-1st Mountain Bike Crossing of the Atacama Desert in Chile  (12 days, +50C)

-2nd (women)  Nimble Bear 50km (Kelowna, BC)

-2nd (women overall, 1st AG) Oliver 70.3 Triathlon (Oliver, BC)

-Fastest Known Time – West Coast Trail (75km, Vancouver Island) (women’s record 13hrs 44mins)

-Fastest Known Time – The Golden Hinde (Vancouver Island) (19hrs 32mins)

-1st (women) Grand Traverse Double (Crested Butte, CO)

Jen was the youngest female to compete in the Badwater 135, was the winner of the Ultraman Canada (and didn’t have an tri experience prior to the race) finished the Vancouver Island Questi (a 750 km run and biking expedition), and placed 5th at the AR world Championships in Brazil with her adventure racing team.

In November, she and her family flew to Australia to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championships, a 600 km unsupported journey involving trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and navigation.

Jen also completed the #Arctic2Atacma which is a 100 degree temperature span project, beginning with a first ever crossing via fat bike from Kikatarjuak to Pangritung via the ice fields and Akshayuk Pass in Canada’s Arctic. Minus 50C and 250km on bikes unsupported all the way down to the Atacama Desert in Chile. 1200km with temperatures of 50C!

Jen spends a lot of her time adventuring in a newly renovated Sprinter van with  her partner Norm Hann, and three year old Kiel.  Norm is also an endurance athlete and guide. Kiel is also an adventurous little boy who has already traveled the globe with mom. The family spend most of the year ahead on the road exploring, racing and tackling various endurance projects before coming back to Squamish in the winter to run their indoor cycling studio (RIM Cycling Studio, Squamish’s first dedicated indoor spin facility.)

Most of her coaching takes place online, allowing Segger to connect with clients who live anywhere in the world and also allowing her to work remotely and travel the world herself. “I can be anywhere for it, preparing people for their races,” she explains.

If that ’s not enough, Jen is also  a race director. After directing the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (lovingly known as MOMAR) for four years, she took over the Loop the Lakes race. She recognizes the effort it takes to put on a great event. “It’s not just about that one day. It is a full year of coordinating and preparation.”

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