The human body is an underrated thing, many people have no idea what they can do until they try it for themselves.
The saddest part is, some give up before even trying—U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Sam Tickle is not one of them.
The former officer took part in the EAS Ultimate Challenge that required him to complete 30 sports in 30 days throughout 30 cities. Among the activities Sam was required to complete, included rock climbing, swimming, fencing, boxing and rugby—just to name a few.
On Wednesday I got a glimpse into the tour, running through a gauntlet of activities that tested my body in ways it had never experienced before.
Needless to say, it was nowhere near the actual challenge.
Sam was pushed to the limits both mentally and physically for 30 straight days, and while the the exit door was open, Tickle never considered using it.
"I never thought about quitting," he said. "Having to get up and go everyday with such a short turnaround was difficult at times, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would finish."
While Tickle trained very hard for the challenge, he admitted that preparation and hard work alone were not enough to get him through the days that commanded him to be at his best at all times.
"It's essential to have the EAS products and a balanced nutrition plan for not only this, but to accomplish any fitness goal," Tickle said. "It's going to optimize your performance and help with your recovery."
Recovery was one of the most important aspects of all of this, since Tickle was required to participate in some sort of athletic competition every day.
He admitted the EAS products "definitely aided" him in his pursuit to conquering the challenge, as Sam took in an amazing 4,000 calories a day to keep his body fueled throughout the process.
"I'd put the EAS banana flavored myoplex in my oatmeal in the morning to get myself ready for the day," he said.
An interesting choice for a breakfast meal, one any should consider if they choose to embark on a quest similar to this.
They say the mind is a terrible thing to waste.
After seeing what Tickle accomplished, I've begun to substitute the word "body" into the phrase.
If it's one thing Tickle has taught us, it's to go out everyday no matter what the task is, and be unstoppable.