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‘Side Dish’ With ‘Explorer Grand Slam’ Athlete Colin O’Brady

April 26, 2016
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Meet Colin O’Brady, a bad ass professional endurance athlete.

He’s attempting to break the World Record for the “Explorers Grand Slam” by becoming the fastest athlete to complete the challenge. This includes nine expeditions in extreme outdoor environments around the globe: Colin will climb the Seven Summits (the tallest peak on each of the seven continents) and he will ski to the North and to the South Poles in record time!

SIDE DISH: Photographer Samantha Acosta

The current record holder is Richard Parks who completed the challenge in six months and 11 days, but Colin plans to accomplish the feat in just over five months by securing the world record by mid-June.

• January – South Pole and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica

• February – Aconcagua in South America

• March – Carstensz Pyramid in Australasia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. Elbrus in Europe

• April – North Pole in Arctic Ocean

• May – Mt. Everest in Asia

• June – Denali in North America

SIDE DISH: Chef Cat Cora

He aims to raise $1 million to promote childhood health and to inspire kids to lead active, healthy lives via his charity, Beyond 7/2.

Colin somehow found time during his travels to chat with Dish Nation for a quick Side Dish. Check out his answers below!

 

Q – Not only are you doing ‘The Explorer’s Grand Slam’ but you’re aiming to break the world record. What’s driving you?
A – After a successful career as a professional triathlete I felt compelled to do a project that not only leverages my endurance athleticism, but also drives impact in the community. As such my goal is to inspire the next generation of kids to live active, healthy lives. We have thousands of school children following my progress. Knowing they are out there cheering me on, keeps me going when the times get rough.

Q – Did you see the movie Everest? What did you think of it?
A – I enjoyed it. Of course there are some parts that are a bit overdramatized perhaps, but it’s Hollywood, and that drama makes for a fun film to watch. A climber friend of mine was a consultant on the film and he shared some funny stories from behind the scenes.

Q – If you had one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
A – I would be able to fly. Seems like these days I’m either flying around the world, or pushing my body hard to make it to the top of mountains. Just think of how much easier that would all be if I could fly. Plus one of the things I love about summiting a big mountain is the view from the top. If I could fly, I could see those kinds of views whenever I wanted.

Q – If you didn’t need to eat or didn’t need to sleep, which would you choose?
A – Tough choice, but I think I would go with no sleep. I would be able to get so much done in a 24 hour period if I didn’t need to sleep. One of the things I love most about traveling around the world is breaking bread with people. Eating is so social. I wouldn’t want to give up that interaction with people.

Q – You’re headed to the North Pole. What’s one question you would ask Santa Clause if you ran into him?
A – How come you never gave me a Nintendo in the early 90’s? Seems a bit unfair as I was a very well behaved child…

Q – Where did you go on your first date and how did it go?
A – I met my fiancée on a remote island in Fiji in 2007. The island was so small you could walk the entire circumference in five minutes. I’m not sure it counts as a first date, but the island was so tiny she had no choice but to talk to me. Nearly ten years later she is still by my side…so I guess you could say our first “date” went well.

Q – If you could be anywhere and with anyone right now, where and who would it be?
A – Right now I am in Svalbard, a remote island off the northern coast of Norway. This is the gateway to the North Pole. It’s 15F outside and snowing…but to be honest there is no place I’d rather be. If Jenna (my fiancée) could accompany me, it would be amazing! But she is busy holding down the fort at home with our charitable efforts.

Q– You’re raising money for charity. Why is childhood health and kids leading active lives important to you? Were you always active and healthy as a child?
A – I was fortunate to have great role models and influences in my life. My mother and step-father founded a chain of natural foods grocery stores and my dad is a farmer in Hawaii. Having that influence in my early life has certainly laid the foundation for a healthy life. It’s helped me become a professional athlete and live my dream. Knowing first hand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle has made me want to pass on that knowledge and inspire kids to dream big.

Q – If ‘The Explorer’s Grand Slam’ were a team effort, what one celebrity would you choose as your teammate?
A – I’d pick Russell Wilson. He knows what it means to fight hard to beat the odds. People have had doubts about my project at times, thinking it can’t be done. He is an amazing athlete, but on top of that he has the right mental fortitude and strength to persevere when times get tough out here. This mountaineering challenge requires the ability to endure and I imagine he’d be great teammate in this pursuit.

 

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