Red Bull 7 Islands: the challenge begins

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After a final weekend of prep, Josef Ajram begins his incredible challenge in the Canary Islands.

It's been almost 1.5 years since Josef Ajram first attempted Red Bull 7 Islands. The first attempt met with complications that couldn't be overcome, and Ajram's dream of doing seven Ironman-distance triathlons on each of the seven Canary Islands would have to wait. 

But at 7:45 Monday morning when the sun rose over the mountains of El Hierro, the challenge began, starting with the swim in Roque de Bonanza. After the swim, Ajram then ran along the Frontera, where the public could join him for a small section.

“The hardest challenge isn't the distance, it's the topography,” says the Catalan athlete. “And there are some islands that are more complicated than others, such as El Hierro, La Gomera, and La Palma.”

Josef Ajram prepares to perform during the Red Bull 7 Islands at Islas Canarias, Spain on May 13th, 2012 His attempt to complete seven iron man events in seven days on seven different Canary Islands came unstuck on day two after an unexpected heat wave with up to 38C led to a severe case of heatstroke. Josef Ajram is still determined to try again and conquer this challenge.
Josef Ajram prepares for a swim segment. © Sebas Romero/Red Bull Content Pool

Ajram arrived in the Canaries on Saturday, and had been resting and acclimatising over the weekend, preparing physically, mentally, and nutritionally, while his team helped finalise the details.

On the team is a nutritionist, a doctor, physical trainer, and bike mechanic – all important to success. Proper intake of food and water is paramount – it will allow Josef to recover as much as possible from each day's massive energy exertion.

Stay tuned for further details of Red Bull 7 Islands as Josef moves from island to island in pursuit of the ultimate triathlon challenge – or check things out in real time on the Red Bull 7 Islands microsite.