Josef Ajram has today been proclaimed absolute champion of the ultra-distance test par excellence, the Epic 5, an extremely tough challenge that consists of completing 5 ironman in 5 consecutive days on 5 islands of Hawaii. The island of Big Island has seen Josef arrive today in second position, although it remains as first classified in the general, having managed to be the first in the tests of the previous four days.
The numbers speak for themselves: 19 km of swimming, 900 km of cycling and 210 km of marathon and all in 59 hours and 50 minutes, this is the feat achieved by the Catalan, who adds to his record one of the most precious brooches between high endurance tests.
This last stage has been particularly difficult, as the five participating athletes were already experiencing great physical exhaustion. “I slept 3 hours tonight. After each test you have to dismount the bike, get to the hotel, pack your suitcase and the next day is not to get up and go swimming, but you have to go to the airport, go to the starting line by bus ... at 5.45am this morning and I had only two croissants for breakfast at the airport, incredible if you think about what lay ahead of me ”.
It took Josef 13 hours to complete this latest ironman. It began at 11 in the morning (local time) with the part of swimming in the ocean, which "is the most relaxed because it is the first," he said. Then it was time for the bike, which although it is its strong point, is where it has suffered the most due to a discomfort in the knee that it dragged from the previous stage. “I have been in a critical situation since kilometer 12 because my knee hurt a lot when pedaling. I have tried everything from raising and lowering the saddle to changing positions or wearing two shorts. Already at kilometer 60 I found the ideal position and continued without problems ”.
The marathon has once again been tough from a psychological point of view because it has been developed again on a highway and with artificial light because it is at night. "My nails are shattered, but as the doctor who has accompanied us these days said, what can you expect when you hit the asphalt 150.000 times a day".
The participants have found the maximum difficulty throughout these five days in the wind that came against them: "It is much worse than the rain because you have to make twice the effort to move forward," commented the Catalan.
As an impressive figure, Josef has consumed 8.300 calories in this fourth stage, 42.000 in total over the five days. “For me it has been like for a mountaineer to reach the top of Everest. Doing 5 ironman in 5 days is the demonstration that if someone has a solid motivation, they can achieve anything. A friend recently reminded me that seven years ago I said my dream was to complete an ironman, and now I just did this. I am very excited ”. Undoubtedly, now less than ever Josef has an answer to the question of where is the limit.