Josef Ajram is dedicated to the ultra-fund with such commitment that has ended up making it his main activity.
A Red Bull athlete for a few months, he now faces a mythical test that is accessed by rigorous invitation: the Epic 5. It is a race divided into five stages, through five islands in Hawaii and in which only five scrupulously selected athletes from all over the world participate. Josef is the first Spaniard to access the challenge.
The challenge is colossal. Ajram and his teammates will have to cover the distance of an Ironman every day: 3,8 kms. swimming, 180 kms. by bicycle and the 42 kms. of the marathon. No rest stage in between and with transfer included at the end of each section.
To the distance we must add other figures that increase the hardness of the test because in Hawaii the temperatures will not drop below 35 degrees, with a humidity of 85%. The accumulated unevenness on the bicycle will be 8.000 meters and the estimated energy expenditure for the human body is about 40.000 kcal.
Josef Ajram refines his preparation these days before the date of May 5, when will Epic 5 begin: «How do you train a race like this? It is not possible to speak of a specific preparation. Mine is a preparation of years. You are covering stages. You start with an ironman, you go through the Saber Marathon, the Ultraman and you end up getting into Epic 5, which for me is something like Everest ».
Beyond the physical challenge, Ajram explains that the fundamental is in the head: «Mental strength will be key. You cannot go thinking that you have five ironman left to do. You have to divide the race. I, for example, do not look beyond the next fifteen minutes. And at the end of each stage, I give myself a prize. It can be a piece of energy bar, a drink… And I focus on the next fifteen minutes. If you think about it, anyone can run for a quarter of an hour.