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.

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.

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.