about Michelle Lee, core values, goals, accolades, achievements

Michelle Lee encompasses the spirit of adventure and values her freedom – above all else.

Twelve years in corporate banking and an end to a long-term relationship were the impetus to Michelle giving up her career, along with society’s expectations, and turn to a life of adventure.

Trekking 100km Kokoda trail in 2012 – where she turned 40 on day 2 – sparked Michelle’s love for extreme adventures requiring uttermost physical fitness, mental resilience, and self-discipline.

Since then, Michelle has completed triathlons, fun runs and has participated in events including the Bloody Long Walk, 65km Coast Trek, Spartan, and numerous short course triathlons. And that’s just for fun!

Today, Michelle holds the world record for the fastest woman to row one million metres on a Concept 2 rowing machine and is Australia’s first woman to row any ocean solo. She was awarded The Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the year in 2019 for her 68-day solo, unassisted row across the Atlantic Ocean, and is regularly invited to share her story to inspire others to challenge their purpose and untapped potential.

Michelle continues to push her boundaries, setting ever greater new challenges to satisfy her curiosity to her full potential. With the desire to not die wondering, Michelle is now preparing to row the world’s biggest ocean. The Pacific.

With influencers in her life including Bob Proctor who preaches that “being dissatisfied is the most creative state you can find yourself in” and Dr. Joe Dispenza with rewiring your brain methods, Michelle continues to learn and grow daily in areas of mindset and personal development.

It is this mindset and unwavering self-disciple that has led Michelle to perform at the highest level, confirming to her that as humans we are capable of so much more than we think. This was proven when crossing the Atlantic Ocean, she noted in her diary: “Day 46 – worse day ever!!!” and then continued to row for another 22 days to reach the finish line.

Start thinking you can and you will, is the motto that has become her mantra.


Don’t die wondering. Start thinking you can and you will.

Michelle Lee,

Solo Ocean Rower