Viridiana Álvarez Chávez didn’t get into exercising until she was 28, but once she did, she’s been going full speed ever since. The woman, who hails from Mexico, started with running, finishing a 10k before moving on to a half marathon and then a full marathon. After completing the half Ironman, which is 70.3-miles of swimming, biking and running, and then she started climbing mountains, first up was Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s highest peak.
It was love at first climb and from there, Chávez set her sights higher – literally! She has now climbed to the top of all three of the highest mountains on the planet: Kangchenjunga [[kahn-chuhn-JOONG-guh]], K2, and the tallest, Mount Everest. Not only did she achieve this impressive accomplishment, at 36 she’s broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest female ascent to the top of these peaks with supplementary oxygen in just one year and 364 days.
These incredibly challenging mountain climbs take an extreme amount of physical conditioning, but Chávez also gives her mind and emotional intelligence credit for her success. “It’s not about not having fear,” she explains, “it’s about having fear and confronting the fear.”