Samir Becic, HFR Founder and extreme challenge do-er (you can see his impressive list of completions here) is celebrating his twenty-year anniversary of coming to America by training in Aspen, at altitude.

Originally, he aimed to do 150 miles of hiking with an extra 50 lbs of weight (minimum), and attain a resting heart rate of 44 BPM or below over the course of 10 days. This was as part of his training regimen for his upcoming extreme fitness challenges.

The fitness challenges he has slated have never been done before, anywhere in the world. Keep reading to see how it turned out…

At the end of the 10 days, he didn’t accomplish his original goal. The altitude was more difficult to acclimate to than he had anticipated- he completed 105 miles and a resting heart rate of 52 bpm.

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Today marks my 10th day of training in #aspen as preparation for the 3 extreme fitness challenges I have slated for 2020. The original goal of this trip was to complete 150 miles (241 km) of hiking (while carrying at least 50 lbs weight) and to bring my resting heart to under 44 beats per minute. I have failed at both, drastically! I’ve only accomplished 105 miles (169 km) and my resting heart rate is currently 52 bpm. I’m repeating this challenge again over the next 10 days in #colorado – I will hike an additional 150 miles (241 km) and get my resting heart rate down to 44 bpm. To summarize: 20 days, 255 miles (410 km) while carrying a minimum of 50 lbs additional weight, and a resting heart rate 44 bpm or below. DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION!

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So he decided to attempt the challenge again- another 10 days, another 150 miles (wearing at least an extra 50 lbs), and a resting heart rate of 44 bpm or lower. This will bring his Colorado training total to 20 days: 155 miles (wearing and extra 50 lbs minimum) and a resting heart rate of 44.

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