YOU CAN MAGAZINE Vol 5 - Page 24

I f you asked the average person how they celebrated their last birthday, dinner and drinks or a fun party are among responses you’d come to expect. In fact, one of the last answers you’d expect is running, at least not for fun, and certainly not six hours of it. Josh Hageman is far from your average person. Fancy dinners, lavish parties, and alcohol are far removed from the endurance coach’s wish list. For his latest birthday, Josh asked his friends and family to join him at the local track as he ran 40 miles straight—a mile for each year of his life. Oddly enough, a 40-mile run is nothing out of the norm for the Triple Anvil finisher. And what is a Triple Anvil you ask? It’s a triathlon 3 times the length of your typical Ironman, or 7.2 miles of swimming, 336 miles of biking, and 78.6 miles of running. To put that in perspective, that would be like swimming across Chesapeake Bay, riding your bike across the state of Virginia, then running a marathon, 3 times in a row, non-stop. Not only can the lululemon ambassador claim the completion of a Triple Anvil amongst a long list of accomplishments on his resume, but he helps others do the same, each and every day. It’s at the heart of who he is. It’s also his job. “There’s a fear of the unknown. You don’t know what’s on the other side. Could I fail? Is this it?” It’s a mentality that plagues many from ever reaching their goals, both in their career and personal life; one that Josh understands all too well.