Vegan Athlete: My 24 Hours of Plant-Powered Sport
Best known for his extreme fitness challenges, Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer (very new to veganism) who dedicates his life to pushing the boundaries of the human body. Whether it’s running a marathon (26.2 miles) pulling a 1.4 tonne car, running 1,000 miles barefoot for animal charities or climbing a 20m rope (repeatedly) until he climbed the height of Everest (8,848m) he wants to show the human body is far more powerful than we are often led to believe.
But as well as changing people’s perceptions of fitness, he also wants to change people’s perception of food too. Talking to GQ Magazine at the Men of the Year Awards he famously said he, “competes vegan”, forgoing meat and dairy for, “powerful, plant-based, nutrient-dense, carb-rich foods”. He even used his company’s state-of-the-art facility to create a collection of vegan nut butters and vegan protein for all vegan athletes after his events.
Now planning the rest of the year, Ross wants to complete the world’s first tree-athlon. An Olympic Distance Triathlon (swim 1.5km, bike 40km and run 10km) carrying 100-pound tree for vegan and animal charities. He will also be using Veganuary as his online resource to make sure the entire event is fuelled solely on plant-based foods – all to explore the possibilities of a performance-based vegan diet and challenge people’s perceptions of vegan athletes.
Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer, chief sports scientist at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ and considered one of the world’s most travelled fitness experts. He specialises in pushing the boundaries of human physical potential and exploring uncharted territory in the world of sports science, fitness and nutrition. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.