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Meet Nathan Jacobsen – from giving up on endurance events to cycling 600km!

 

Meet Nathan Jacobsen (yes, he does know he has to sit on the bike rather than overhead press the bike… he’s just excited about his recent achievement!) He joined us back in May 2016 because of the strong technical focus that we have when it comes to training people for life’s adventures. When Nathan first started he had a number of recurring injuries (left shoulder and foot, right knee, neck and lower back). Now, he is experiencing virtually no symptoms, which he says is a wonderful feeling and one that has clearly left him feeling like he can take on anything!

Nathan recently completed an epic 600km bike ride from Christchurch to Queenstown in New Zealand in aid of Smiling for Smiddy. As you can imagine, this included some gnarly hills, but he didn’t shy away from the challenge and has raised $10,000 for cancer research in the process! What an outstanding achievement! “The targeted strength development over many months has completely changed my physical strength and alignment where it matters” says Nathan, “It’s not about big muscles and heavy weights.”

Due to his previous injuries, Nathan had given up on the endurance events that he loved so much during his 30s. “Joe’s Basecamp has proven that I can do these again, and I feel revitalised and strong” he says. It just goes to show that a lot of determination and positive thinking can go a long way! Age and ability are no barrier, and that’s exactly what we keep telling the people who walk through our doors. Adventure isn’t just about ‘living while you’re young’. It’s about living at any age – pushing the boundaries of what you think you are mentally and physically capable of. We think Nathan is a perfect example of this, having gone from believing he could never take part in endurance events again to cycling 600km!

“Give everything a go” he says, “I’m usually willing to give anything a go, even if I’m terrible at it.” For Nathan, this is best characterised using a speech by Theodore Roosevelt (paraphrased): “It is not the critic who counts, it is the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the triumph of great achievement. But if who fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so their place shall never be amongst those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

Elly Gearing

Elly is Joe's Basecamp's member "go-to". With a background in zoology and the study of animal behaviour, Elly has spent many months in remote areas of the world following wild animals - all in the name of science!

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