Red Bull 7 Islands: Day 1 done

One down, six to go. Red Bull 7 Islands has begun – but it's far from over.
It was an uphill battle on the bike. © Alberto Lessmann/Red Bull Content Pool
By Red Bull Spain

After a 3.6km swim, 180km bike ride, and a 42.2km run, Spanish triathlete Josef Ajram has completed the first day of his seven-day, seven-triathlon challenge.

The swim, which began at Roque de Bonanza on the island of El Hierro, was the easiest part, finishing in just an hour and ten minutes – the challenge came with the bike leg, which offered a climb of 2,900m.

Just a nice little (3.6km) swim. © Alberto Lessmann/Red Bull Content Pool

Throughout the day, Josef's calorific intake was closely monitored by his team of doctors and nutritionists: 4,600 calories – delivered in bananas, turkey, tomatoes, chocolate, nuts, fruit, and peanut butter – and, of course, seven litres of water to stay hydrated. Although it was very hot, the team had an advantage – the wind was still, allowing for optimum performance on the bike, pleasant swimming, and no headwind on the run.

Ajram hits the finish line with plenty of energy. © Alberto Lessmann/Red Bull Content Pool

Tomorrow's challenge: the island of La Gomera, where Josef famously had to retire from last year's efforts. A successful attempt tomorrow will surely bode well – and offer a tremendous psychological boost to the athlete.

Follow Josef with live tracking on the Red Bull 7 Islands microsite.

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