Sam Cairns has completed what seemed to be the impossible – overcoming physical and mental hurdles to stand on top of the world. Cairns, from Aviemore, which is situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland, successfully summited Mount Everest with help from County Antrim based, Leading Diagnostics company, Randox Health.
Ex Team-GB biathlete, Cairns is also the founder of Fitnessat58֯ and the Lunchbox boys. To Cairns climbing Mount Everest represented the pinnacle of all his aspirations, a true test of his physical capabilities.
He successfully reached the summit on Thursday, May 18th, at 4:45 am.
Throughout his journey, Cairns battled tonsillitis during the first two rotations, resulting in a week-long recovery period in Lukla. He also faced elemental dangers on his journey – facing multiple avalanches along the treacherous route. Undeterred by the different physical and mental obstacle he faced along the way Cairns pressed on to complete his self-assigned challenge, defying all the odds stacked against him to accomplish the end goal of reaching the top.
“This was the toughest mental test of my life, and I’m very glad to be home. Mount Everest truly lives up to the hype.”
In preparation for this challenge, Cairns’ training regimen encompassed 3-hour conditioning sessions, 50km ultra runs, and multiple ascents of Ben Nevis within a remarkable time frame.
Cairns worked closely with Randox Health throughout his training, utilising the use of Randox’s health kits and Everyathlete health program to optimize his training and nutrition through data-driven insights.
Sam added, “Randox Health were a key part of my preparation and success on the highest mountain in the world. When I had my first test, I had a couple of months to go before I left for Nepal and was putting my body through extreme physical and mental training every day.
“The Everyathlete test gave me the confidence and assurance that my body was responding well to the training and that almost all the data points tested were positive. My test did highlight a deficiency in B12 – knowing this meant that I was able to adapt my diet to build this up, assisting with my training and preparation. Using the test just gave me the confirmation I needed that my body was in good condition and that I was ready to make my push to stand on top of the world”.
The Everyathlete health program helps optimise training and nutrition for maximum performance. Over 80 data points linked to nutrition, muscle, joint, hormonal health, and body composition are measured to help you keep on track, stay motivated and monitor your health data.
The Everyathlete programme is perfect for anyone who wants to be proactive about their health, establish their health baseline prior to training and track their health data throughout training. It not only helps people reach the peak of the world but also the peak of their fitness.