Like most athletes, Michael Miraglia has a levels of competition mantra: “Let upcoming you get worried about it.” Compared with most athletes, while, “future” Michael’s path on this freezing morning in February is paved with agony: a 250-pound tire flip, a 300-pound yoke stroll, and a 70-pound farmer’s carry, every single for a comprehensive mile. That’s mainly because the 29-year-previous health and fitness mentor is tackling the world’s very first Strongman Marathon, a race of his possess sadistic style.
About the course of a grueling nine hrs and 18 minutes on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, the previous rugby player turned rock climber turned elite obstacle course racer turned CrossFitter, would grunt through 14 miles of functioning with a twenty-pound weighted vest, alternating every single mile with a diverse strongman motion. In addition to the tire flip, yoke stroll, and farmer’s carry, there were burpee wide jumps, a “dummy” fireman carry, handstand stroll, 200-pound sled push, 200-pound sled drag, 200-pound sandbag carry, kettlebell toss, and going for walks lunges.
And although the endeavor would result in almost each individual muscle to seize from overuse, it would also pose an huge mental problem. When the surroundings was endless miles of frozen salt, with no crowd of screaming spectators, and the reward for releasing one muscle group from their flood of lactic acid was the possibility to hammer at yet another set, how did he come across the mental toughness to endure?
It was pitch black and nicely beneath freezing at six:00 a.m. when Miraglia stood, looking at his breath dangle in the air, at the start off line. Alongside him for assist were his girlfriend, father, and a digital camera crew from his sponsor, apparel business Ten Thousand. Touring back again and forth involving a few 800-meter markers as he ticked off every single mile, Miraglia subsisted largely on warm rooster broth and eighty-cent ramen packets to manage electrolytes, and loads of banana bread to replenish glycogen retailers (and “because I like banana bread a ton,” Miraglia confesses).