The Spanish Josef Ajram competed yesterday on the first day of Epic 5, a triathlon sporting challenge that consists of 5 ironman tests in 5 days and on 5 Hawaiian islands. Josef is one of only 5 chosen to take part in this unprecedented challenge and leads the race after a 3,8km swim, 180km bike and 42km marathon.
The Catalan needed twelve and a half hours to complete this very tough first stage, which took place on the island of Kauai. He was the first to arrive, "but that doesn't matter here," declared the ultra-distance runner after the test. The other four participants in this extreme resistance challenge are Jason Lester (USA), Juan A. Craveri (Argentina), Chet Blanton (USA) and Christian Isakson (USA).
With a humidity that reached 37%, a headwind for 90 km, with four mountain passes and under a tremendous tropical rain, Josef is showing himself fit and confident, as he declared hours before starting this very tough test: “ I do not remember a feeling of tranquility so similar to the current one. I imagine that the challenge is so great that, without a doubt, it makes all of us take these five days as an expedition ”.
To the toughness of this challenge never attempted so far in the history of sport, we must add the adverse weather conditions: “The marathon has turned out to be very tough due to continuous ups and downs, in addition to the tropical rain not stopping for a moment "Said Josef after reaching the finish line. "Swimming could not be done in the ocean as planned, since there was a lot of waves, so we had to swim in the pool."
Some interesting data: 145 beats per minute and 8.750 kcal consumed by Josef. In each stage of the Epic 5 a distance of 3,8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42 km marathon is completed each day.
The participants are already on the island of Ohau, ready to start at dawn tomorrow with the next stage.