At Koichi Takada Architects we not only encourage our team to push boundaries in architecture but also encourage them to challenge themselves both physically and mentally outside the office as well. Over the past couple of months, we have sponsored a few of our team members and have been raising awareness for Oxfam and training for the Sydney Oxfam 100km Trailwalk 2018. Last week Friday, a couple of our bravest architects completed the 100km walk in 37hours and 47 minutes.
We conducted a short interview with Alan and Laura, to understand their motives and experiences behind this journey:
Why did you do the walk?
We saw it as an opportunity to challenge both our physical and mental strength and see how far we could push our body and mind in reaching the 100km finish line.
How did you feel during the walk?
We went through a spectrum of emotions and thoughts throughout the challenge. For the most part, we were in high spirits and ready to prove what we were made of. We’d be lying if we weren’t to admit that there were also times when we questioned our mental and physical abilities and the finish line seemed very far away.
What were the challenges?
- Sleep deprivation
- Not knowing how far it was to the next checkpoint
- Trying to keep your muscles warm and preventing them from cramping when stopped at checkpoints
- Staying mentally strong
What was the best part?
- Team bonding
- The sense of reward from completing the challenge
- Being surrounded by nature and finding inspiration all around
- Pushing our mind and bodies to their limits
What did you learn during?
- You learn a lot about your physical and mental capabilities and your ability to push through the pain, fatigue, and being delirious
- We learned a lot about each other. We each had our own strengths and weaknesses and we learned how to take advantage and compensate these respectively. We learned how to encourage and keep each other motivated. We have become a stronger team because of this.
Would you do it again?
Yes! New Zealand 100km Oxfam Trailwalk March 2019 – who’s in?
We are extremely proud of their commitment and strength they have shown in this journey and congratulate them on their immense efforts.