Jose Antonio

Jose Antonio's challenge is to climb the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula

- join him!
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Meet Jose Antonio
Age: 43
Country:  Spain
Haemophilia A
Challenge: Climb the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula

 

 

Meet Núria
Age: 42
Country:  Spain
Role in journey: Ultra Trail World Champion

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My name is José Antonio, I was born in the city of Alicante (Spain). At 7 months of age, my family moved to Madrid due to my illness, haemophilia, so that I could be closer to my hospital, where they have been treating my illness since.

When I was little, I was a very happy child, I played and ran like the other children. It was perhaps at my own risk, but what I learned in my childhood undoubtedly helped me succeed in life.

My life motto that has always helped me achieve impossible things has been “my fear is my partner and my bravery is my power”.

Nowadays, I lead a complicated life, but based on my attitude and perseverance, I have achieved my dream, to write a book about my life.

My great challenge is to reach the highest point of the Iberian Peninsula (3,478 meters or 11,410 ft.) and, while looking at the sky, offer my father a copy of my book, since he protects me from up there.

An impossible dream

Taking back my forgotten dreams

That’s how my second chance in life began; by returning to my sporting life after an ankle injury due to arthritis. 48 hours after the operation and, once all my fears were overcome, I was able to walk without crutches.  I was grateful for the important work my traumatologists had done.  I had achieved another challenge in my life, along with my friend haemophilia, which at times put my life in danger, either from bleeding or falling.

Working to overcome the challenges in my life.

I consider myself the same as everyone but at the same time I am different.  From a very young age I learned that my life would not be easy and that I would have to work through things in my own way.

Even with an injured ankle, I was already reaching heights of more than 2,000 meters, but the pain made me less willing to climb the mountain, and again after my operation, the doctors gave me another chance to be happier and resume my sporting life.   I always turn to my experience and lessons in life, to achieve incredible things.   Basic training from the beginning in order to reach a very high level.

My training progress (see table)

 

YEAR/ROUTE

ACTIVITY

KM

ALTITUDE

ASSESSMENT

PREPARATION

 

2015

Globe

Trekking

 

 

 

2,265 masl, 7.5km

Easy route, stable terrain in 6 hours with many stops

The inactivity took a toll on me, my basic training was not enough, we kept up regular training of two weeks of walking 7 km and stretching.

I start working my upper body by weightlifting 15 minutes every other day. Healthy diet including all foods.

2015

Las Machotas (Madrid)

Trekking

 

 

1,466 masl, 10km

Easy route, stable terrain in 7 hours with many stops

The important result of my training started taking effect, so I carried on with two days of walking and two 15-minute weightlifting sessions. And started working on a vibrating platform for five minutes every three days

2015

Peñalara (Madrid)

Trekking

 

2,428 masl, 12km

Moderate route over loose and stony terrain. 8.5 hours intermittent stops

 

I touched the sky above Madrid for the second time in my life, and I started to dream again about scaling all the highest mountains in Madrid.

Increasing my training by engaging in supplementary bike exercise for 10 minutes each day and starting to limit the fat content of my meals.

 

A year of amazing rediscovery where I started basic training and by increasing it little by little, I managed to scale the highest mountain in Madrid. My mindset was getting stronger.

Never give up and physical and mental preparation

In 2016 I began to work on the connection between my body and my mind, relying on my father’s advice to never give up.

To achieve my biggest and final dream, I must take care of myself to the fullest and allow myself to recover after a difficult workout session.  After practicing sports, I revisit the tips my traumatologists have been giving me since childhood: relaxing my body using cold water and ice, taking adequate breaks and lightly working my joints after they relax so that they remain active. This method gives me resistance and much less ache in my muscles. My high-risk choice of sport also makes me constantly alert and I know how to protect myself using warmers, anklets if necessary, wearing appropriate clothing and sturdy boots to protect my ankle, and of course a dose of my factor in case it is something very serious.

Continuing the dream: believing is power

Let’s continue with my second table of successes, increasingly intense workouts, and personal meditation to achieve my dream. Believing is power! That is the attitude I constantly employ to achieve my goals.

It is necessary to have a winning and resistant mentality by working on it day by day.  Before starting each scheduled mountain climb, I study it carefully and analyze all the dangers to gain mental confidence.

Alternating with other sports

To make progress on my performance, I started working on my personal preparation, including new sports so that my workouts were not too heavy, and I began to alternate mountain biking and canoeing to make sure I had an active and varied range of exercise.  However, I was missing something fundamental, including good nutrition.

YEAR/ROUTE

ACTIVITY

KM

ALTITUDE

ASSESSMENT

PREPARATION

2016

Faldas pico lobo

(Guadalajara)

Trekking

 

 

 

2120 masl, 11km

Moderate and complicated route through stony terrain that was not very stable, suffocating heat for 7 hours

This was a great psychological test and I chose it for its difficulty due to the ski lifts. The training was twice weekly and involved more weights, biking and increasing the average intensity on the platform.

2016

Lagoons and Bird's Nest

(Madrid)

Trekking

 

 

2334 masl, 5 km

Difficult route in thawed conditioned, slippery and dangerous terrain for 8 hours

Take risks and win! That's my attitude!  Through prolonged and varied training, I managed to complete the Bird’s Nest for the third time

2016

Honey Beak

(Madrid)

Trekking/climbing

 

 

1564 masl, 5 km

Easy route focus on the finish 3.5 hours

You start walking but end up half climbing.

I managed to climb this legendary climbers’ summit without ropes or harnesses.

 

 

 

2016

2017 masl Difficulty difficult Bird's Nest with snow and ice at 2334 meters above sea level,

16 km and 8 hours and constant stops due to the danger of the terrain

Not knowing that side of the mountain and having limited equipment meant that we had to turn back 100 meters from the top.

 

You have to put in the effort if you want to win.

We reached the final stretch of my preparation to try to achieve my dream and there were still things I could not reach on a psychological level to help me overcome my challenges day by day.    And Nuria Picas, my coach, arrived with an amazing cv with enormous mountaineering experience, to help me along with obtaining what was missing. I talked to her about my training and accomplishments and her psychological advice helped me a lot to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle and taking on the risk level I needed to win!

I had already managed to scale several 2,000 m mountains in Madrid, on more than one occasion, but to realize my life's dream of touching the sky of the Iberian Peninsula, I needed even more mental effort. This time however, I had the help and advice of my coach.

My Challenge

In 2019 I managed to reach very dangerous and very difficult heights of more than 2,000 meters.  I managed to scale 8 peaks of legendary mountains, including "Reventón" and "Siete Picos"; the latter in a single day.   Very rocky mountains (an unfavorable terrain for my ankle), which I was nervous about, but I gradually managed to overcome the mental challenges by visualizing what I would find at the top, the goal that I hadn’t yet achieved.

My performance was good, but I needed even more to achieve my goals and I knew that I just had to try harder. In 2019 I increased my training to the max, regardless of the amount of time I had, I made sure to complete 8 hours a day of training, 10 km a day at a fast pace and running alternately, three days a week on weights, abs, push-ups and stretching, and mountaineering at weekends.

My physical endurance and my winning mentality were my base, but adequate technical information was also necessary, so thank you my coach, Nuria Picas, for the recommendations and advice, which helped me with the great challenges that I would face along the way, such as altitude sickness and coping with the harshness of the terrain, all of which were fundamental. Nuria understood me in my challenges and I took on enough risk to win this adventure.

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Finale

Achieving 93% of my performance. Only 7% of my effort is devoted to luck and the fear that stopped me sometimes.  I trusted myself, and I wanted to conquer the Peninsula in July 2019.

image

Dislcaimer: Before starting your own physical challenge, it is important to discuss it with your treatment team first.

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It is possible to live a life beyond haemophilia. 

Click here to read more about how it is to live with haemophilia at different stages in life.

Jose Antonio's challenge is to climb the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula

- join him!
image

 

 

Meet Jose Antonio
Age: 43
Country:  Spain
Haemophilia A
Challenge: Climb the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula

 

 

Meet Núria
Age: 42
Country:  Spain
Role in journey: Ultra Trail World Champion

image

My name is José Antonio, I was born in the city of Alicante (Spain). At 7 months of age, my family moved to Madrid due to my illness, haemophilia, so that I could be closer to my hospital, where they have been treating my illness since.

When I was little, I was a very happy child, I played and ran like the other children. It was perhaps at my own risk, but what I learned in my childhood undoubtedly helped me succeed in life.

My life motto that has always helped me achieve impossible things has been “my fear is my partner and my bravery is my power”.

Nowadays, I lead a complicated life, but based on my attitude and perseverance, I have achieved my dream, to write a book about my life.

My great challenge is to reach the highest point of the Iberian Peninsula (3,478 meters or 11,410 ft.) and, while looking at the sky, offer my father a copy of my book, since he protects me from up there.

An impossible dream

Taking back my forgotten dreams

That’s how my second chance in life began; by returning to my sporting life after an ankle injury due to arthritis. 48 hours after the operation and, once all my fears were overcome, I was able to walk without crutches.  I was grateful for the important work my traumatologists had done.  I had achieved another challenge in my life, along with my friend haemophilia, which at times put my life in danger, either from bleeding or falling.

Working to overcome the challenges in my life.

I consider myself the same as everyone but at the same time I am different.  From a very young age I learned that my life would not be easy and that I would have to work through things in my own way.

Even with an injured ankle, I was already reaching heights of more than 2,000 meters, but the pain made me less willing to climb the mountain, and again after my operation, the doctors gave me another chance to be happier and resume my sporting life.   I always turn to my experience and lessons in life, to achieve incredible things.   Basic training from the beginning in order to reach a very high level.

My training progress (see table)

 

YEAR/ROUTE

ACTIVITY

KM

ALTITUDE

ASSESSMENT

PREPARATION

 

2015

Globe

Trekking

 

 

 

2,265 masl, 7.5km

Easy route, stable terrain in 6 hours with many stops

The inactivity took a toll on me, my basic training was not enough, we kept up regular training of two weeks of walking 7 km and stretching.

I start working my upper body by weightlifting 15 minutes every other day. Healthy diet including all foods.

2015

Las Machotas (Madrid)

Trekking

 

 

1,466 masl, 10km

Easy route, stable terrain in 7 hours with many stops

The important result of my training started taking effect, so I carried on with two days of walking and two 15-minute weightlifting sessions. And started working on a vibrating platform for five minutes every three days

2015

Peñalara (Madrid)

Trekking

 

2,428 masl, 12km

Moderate route over loose and stony terrain. 8.5 hours intermittent stops

 

I touched the sky above Madrid for the second time in my life, and I started to dream again about scaling all the highest mountains in Madrid.

Increasing my training by engaging in supplementary bike exercise for 10 minutes each day and starting to limit the fat content of my meals.

 

A year of amazing rediscovery where I started basic training and by increasing it little by little, I managed to scale the highest mountain in Madrid. My mindset was getting stronger.

Never give up and physical and mental preparation

In 2016 I began to work on the connection between my body and my mind, relying on my father’s advice to never give up.

To achieve my biggest and final dream, I must take care of myself to the fullest and allow myself to recover after a difficult workout session.  After practicing sports, I revisit the tips my traumatologists have been giving me since childhood: relaxing my body using cold water and ice, taking adequate breaks and lightly working my joints after they relax so that they remain active. This method gives me resistance and much less ache in my muscles. My high-risk choice of sport also makes me constantly alert and I know how to protect myself using warmers, anklets if necessary, wearing appropriate clothing and sturdy boots to protect my ankle, and of course a dose of my factor in case it is something very serious.

Continuing the dream: believing is power

Let’s continue with my second table of successes, increasingly intense workouts, and personal meditation to achieve my dream. Believing is power! That is the attitude I constantly employ to achieve my goals.

It is necessary to have a winning and resistant mentality by working on it day by day.  Before starting each scheduled mountain climb, I study it carefully and analyze all the dangers to gain mental confidence.

Alternating with other sports

To make progress on my performance, I started working on my personal preparation, including new sports so that my workouts were not too heavy, and I began to alternate mountain biking and canoeing to make sure I had an active and varied range of exercise.  However, I was missing something fundamental, including good nutrition.

YEAR/ROUTE

ACTIVITY

KM

ALTITUDE

ASSESSMENT

PREPARATION

2016

Faldas pico lobo

(Guadalajara)

Trekking

 

 

 

2120 masl, 11km

Moderate and complicated route through stony terrain that was not very stable, suffocating heat for 7 hours

This was a great psychological test and I chose it for its difficulty due to the ski lifts. The training was twice weekly and involved more weights, biking and increasing the average intensity on the platform.

2016

Lagoons and Bird's Nest

(Madrid)

Trekking

 

 

2334 masl, 5 km

Difficult route in thawed conditioned, slippery and dangerous terrain for 8 hours

Take risks and win! That's my attitude!  Through prolonged and varied training, I managed to complete the Bird’s Nest for the third time

2016

Honey Beak

(Madrid)

Trekking/climbing

 

 

1564 masl, 5 km

Easy route focus on the finish 3.5 hours

You start walking but end up half climbing.

I managed to climb this legendary climbers’ summit without ropes or harnesses.

 

 

 

2016

2017 masl Difficulty difficult Bird's Nest with snow and ice at 2334 meters above sea level,

16 km and 8 hours and constant stops due to the danger of the terrain

Not knowing that side of the mountain and having limited equipment meant that we had to turn back 100 meters from the top.

 

You have to put in the effort if you want to win.

We reached the final stretch of my preparation to try to achieve my dream and there were still things I could not reach on a psychological level to help me overcome my challenges day by day.    And Nuria Picas, my coach, arrived with an amazing cv with enormous mountaineering experience, to help me along with obtaining what was missing. I talked to her about my training and accomplishments and her psychological advice helped me a lot to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle and taking on the risk level I needed to win!

I had already managed to scale several 2,000 m mountains in Madrid, on more than one occasion, but to realize my life's dream of touching the sky of the Iberian Peninsula, I needed even more mental effort. This time however, I had the help and advice of my coach.

My Challenge

In 2019 I managed to reach very dangerous and very difficult heights of more than 2,000 meters.  I managed to scale 8 peaks of legendary mountains, including "Reventón" and "Siete Picos"; the latter in a single day.   Very rocky mountains (an unfavorable terrain for my ankle), which I was nervous about, but I gradually managed to overcome the mental challenges by visualizing what I would find at the top, the goal that I hadn’t yet achieved.

My performance was good, but I needed even more to achieve my goals and I knew that I just had to try harder. In 2019 I increased my training to the max, regardless of the amount of time I had, I made sure to complete 8 hours a day of training, 10 km a day at a fast pace and running alternately, three days a week on weights, abs, push-ups and stretching, and mountaineering at weekends.

My physical endurance and my winning mentality were my base, but adequate technical information was also necessary, so thank you my coach, Nuria Picas, for the recommendations and advice, which helped me with the great challenges that I would face along the way, such as altitude sickness and coping with the harshness of the terrain, all of which were fundamental. Nuria understood me in my challenges and I took on enough risk to win this adventure.

image

Finale

Achieving 93% of my performance. Only 7% of my effort is devoted to luck and the fear that stopped me sometimes.  I trusted myself, and I wanted to conquer the Peninsula in July 2019.

image

Dislcaimer: Before starting your own physical challenge, it is important to discuss it with your treatment team first.

Responsive banner

It is possible to live a life beyond haemophilia. 

Click here to read more about how it is to live with haemophilia at different stages in life.