It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.Edmund Hillary
Day 30 and we have our very first challenger to complete the Everest in May Challenge in its entirety!
JJ Watson was the very first person to complete both sides of the challenge, rucking a total of 115 miles while carrying 45 lbs. of weight in his ruck, and climbing a total of 12,000 steps (stairs) without a ruck. An amazing accomplishment, especially considering that this is a man who works away from home quite a bit, and even had to take a road trip during the middle of the challenge which made his ability to put in miles for those days impossible.
When asked about the toll the challenge had on his body, and how it might compare to the real thing, , he thoughtfully replied:
My feet hurt. But no frostbite. Close, though. I did ice my arches a number of times.JJ Watson
When asked his thoughts on completing the challenge how it felt to accomplish the fete, he gave me the following quote:
Only one person ran away from me while I was rucking.JJ Watson
There you have it folks. A true commentator of our times! Congrats go out to him on being the first to complete the challenge, and a hearty thanks to him for participating and keeping the challenge interesting!
As for the rest of the field, here is how Day 30 stacked up, by the numbers:
Miles Rucked on Day 30: 24.17 miles.
Miles Rucked Through 30 Days: 712.02 miles.
Steps (Stairs) Climbed on Day 30: 4,750 stairs (475.00 flights).
Steps (Stairs) Climbed Through Day 30: 95,243 stairs (9,524.30 flights).
The Daily Rankings, as I mentioned I would start sharing, are as follows:
Miles Through Day 30:
Steps (Stairs) Through Day 30:
Day 30 is complete with our first challenger successfully completing the full challenge! Will Day 31 see more finishers?