Today at the press conference of professional athletes of the Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote the Mexican has been present Luis Alvarez, a 57-year-old amateur triathlete, who will start tomorrow at the XXVIII edition of the test, with the intention of getting their 165th participation in an IRONMAN distance test.
Luis' feat, does not remain alone in this fact, which already has great merit, but comes from having been blind 2 years ago, on the descent of Everest to a height of 8.300 meters, due to a freezing of the corneas.
When I was 23 years old I smoked and weighed 96 kilos
"When I was 23 years old I smoked and weighed 96 kilos, it was at the moment that I decided that I should start doing sports and today I am here to try to complete my 165 Ironman”He tells us at the press conference.
From manager of 3 companies to lecturer
Luis Alvarez was a recognized businessman until two years ago, since when he returned to recover his vision after the descent from Everest, he decided to change his life by becoming an amateur athlete, lecturer and sports coaching.
"Two years ago my life took a radical turn, I managed 3 companies, but after losing all sight on the descent from Everest to C2, due to corneal freezing, I decided to make a change in my life."
Now he is dedicated to giving conferences all over the world talking about his history and offering others an experience of improvement. But this is not all since it also helps blind athletes to run marathons, IRONMAN and cycling tests, demonstrating that blindness is not a limitation to enjoy the sport.
Going down to Everest his corneas froze
He also told us at the wheel how the event of losing his vision occurred “Arriving at Camp 3 (8.300 meters), he found two companions, Jorge Salazar and Jorge Hermosillo, and when he descended to 7.100 meters he realized that his corneas were frozen and he had lost 100% of his sight. From they helped him down.
His teammates did not let him rest in Camp 2, since it was important to get off as soon as possible and although he had several incidents on the descent, falling into holes where his knee was damaged, they managed to lower him in time.
The moment he reached base camp he began to see shadows again and felt that he could regain his sight, beginning his life change at that moment.
A whole story of improvement that will continue tomorrow when the IM Lanzarote begins.
Carlos Ramirez. The Spanish Iron Man
With 88 Ironman finished, last May Carlos Ramirez completed his last test at the Ironcat. Carlos was a finisher in Lanzarote in the years 2001,2002 and 2006.
Carlos, after participating in Ironcat commented the following on his social networks:
«On Saturday, May 18, I was able to complete my Ironman number 88, wearing number 88 and finishing in position 88. And with this I have finished all editions of the Ironcat that as always receives us with incredible hospitality, as well as a strong wind. Congratulations to all who finished because it was a very difficult day.
On a personal level, this test has been a real challenge due to how difficult it has been this year. ”