It takes a special type of person to bike from Madrid to Lisbon under 55 hours. It also takes a special type of person to participate in a 3-day triathlon event.
Valentí Sanjuan seems to be that special type of person.
This YouTuber completes seemingly impossible races and events, and records his story and the stories of the inspiring people he meets along the way. Below are some of his most viewed videos:
In just four years, Sanjuan has finished 5 ironmans in 5 days a day after finishing the Titan Desert, Marathon des Sables, Ultramans in Wales and Hawaii in the World Championship, 2 Titan Tropics, 2 Titan Deserts, Ultra Pirineu, 770km (~478 miles) nonstop from Madrid to Lisbon, and many others.
Con lo duras que son, una de las cosas más importantes en estas carreras de larga distancia es REÍR. Disfrutar. Como un niño, si se puede! — El año pasado, por temas personales, la Titan Desert fue un calvario y aún así, supimos arrancar alguna sonrisa a media asta. — Este año, corriéndola junto a mi hermanita @merceyellow, lo de reírse va a ser más fácil! Aunque sufrir, sufriremos como perros 😁🐗🤘🚴🏻💨
While Sanjuan has completed all these amazing, and seemingly impossible races, what he cares more about is the people he meets along the way.
“Pero esto que suena tan épico no son más que nombres y números en una estantería, pero no en el corazón. Si con algo me quedo es con las personas que conocí en todos estos desafíos.” -Valentí Sanjuan
This roughly translate to: “But what sounds so epic are just names and numbers on a shelf, but not in the heart. If I stay with something, it is with the people I met in all these challenges.”
Sanjuan has his logo which says: Menos cabeza, Más Corazon which translate to less head, more heart.
In his videos, Sanjuan will interview and talk about the lives of the people he meets along the way who inspire him. Although he may be an inspiration to us, there are people who have to train harder due to physical limitations he does not have, that he finds to be even more inspiring.
In addition to his daily vlogs, Sanjuan also creates longer length documentaries which document his trips.
Although you don’t have to get up right now and start training for a 3 day marathon, Sanjuan teaches us the valuable lesson that telling our stories and the stories of other people is what makes social media so useful.
No one would know of the inspiring stories of Sanjuan’s and the people he meets if it wasn’t for how widespread and accessible the internet has become. Tweets, Instagrams, YouTube, his website, all make it possible for us to not only follow his story but become inspired as well.
While Sanjuan pushes himself both physically and mentally, he serves as a reminder that as people we can do what we want as long as we want it enough, and stay inspired. Sanjuan has a pretty large following (200,00 followers Facebook, 122k followers on his Twitter, 231k on his Instagram, and around 200k subscribers on his Youtube), which only exemplifies the idea that he is inspiring people on a day to day basis.