Iceland Mission Documentary

In these moments I had never felt so much emotion in my life. I had no idea how to deal with the rush. I was so confused... Mostly about how I managed to complete all the miles. I was confused on what pain really meant... emotional vs physical. I was excited to bring this devastating situation to an end. It gave me a sense of closure. I poured my pain into that road, I let all that shit go. It was raw AF. It was terrifying to replay moments, conversations, and memories from the past but I knew I had to in order to move forward. We always do too good a job of suppressing things when we don’t want to deal with them. .


I know Jessica was with me every step of the way, she pushed me past my breaking points. I knew the pain would subside, I knew the injuries would heal. However, I also knew that nothing would bring her back. So then what? How do I move forward with light when all I see is darkness? This journey was my way of dealing with it. .


Everything I do is so public and I had no idea what to do during this earth shattering experience. I could have either crashed and burned or stood up and used my social channel to do something great and raise awareness and funds to make this situation positive. So that’s exactly what I did. It was a pretty odd emotional state to be in since I had never been through anything like this before. I do want to say thank you to YOU all for your support and love during the toughest time of my life. .


Now, the world will be able to see my journey through iFit’s camera lens and perspective. I was fortunate enough to have a film crew document my experience around the Ring Road of Iceland and now you will get to see it too.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the team that rode by my side during the good and the bad times around the Ring Road. My team @pumpfit_paulo @courtyquiiiinn @meghanduncan_ @kingboz23 thank you ❤️ to @ifit Taylor, Spencer, and Jordan xoxo we have memories to last a lifetime. #FindYourReason #FindTheRoad #HannahEdenFitness #SereneSoldier

LAST DAY

And just like that... It was over.


I was able to trick my mind into believing that I could bike and run 828.6 miles around the Ring Road of Iceland and because I truly believed it... I did it. I learned so much on this mission. Here are some of my biggest takeaways.

Firstly, I discovered that everything begins in your mind. If your mind believes, your body will follow... When my mind focused on fatigue or pain I would feel more fatigue and my pain levels would heighten. Then I tried a trick, I kept repeating the opposite to what I was feeling… It became a funny joke amongst the team. “I’m fine, everything is ALL good, today is going to be a GREAT day, my body feels great, I can do this, I got this 100%, I’m PUMPED for today” all of these thoughts were the scrutinizing enemy of the truth but fuck… I had no other option so I had to try. Low and behold, it worked. I focused on the positive and shut out the negative. My body began to cooperate and my mind pushed through the lows and thrived on the highs. So I say again, it all begins in your mind. You must TRULY believe, and then take action.

I also learned that no one is going to do it for you. Only you can make it happen. When I was exhausted or feeling low, I constantly kept trying to find things or people to blame as to why I felt that way. I was always looking for someone or something to pick me up and start again… What I learned is that no-one will ever do it for you. If you want or need to do something you have to get shit done yourself. When the going gets tough, your mind will be the first one to try and quit and then your body and actions will follow. During the toughest times, you must put yourself in the right state of mind to move forward with excellence and unleash your fullest potential. I discovered this on a tough day, when everything was working against me. The winds were coming head on and the weather was so wet and gross. The terrain appeared to only be going up hill and the cars were reckless. I wanted to cry, more than ever. I wanted to quit and “sit the weather out” but a gigantic wave of frustration came over me. Not the kind of frustration that makes you wanna quit but the kind of frustration that makes you want to overcome the adversity that surrounds you. I decided to practice what I preach. I decided to become my own coach. I was alone out there and like I said before, no one is going to do it for you. So I got my shit together and spoke out loud to myself (borderline crazy I know). I told myself EVERYTHING that I tell other people and I was on FIRE. I discovered in that moment that I needed to be my own coach. I know what I need so I told myself exactly what I wanted to hear. I used tough love and I got shit done. I had WAY more in me than my mind would allow me to experience. I overcame all my fears, smiled at the pain, danced in the rain, and then laughed at every hill that I had to face. Things worked out a lot better that way. I feel accomplished. I feel like I left so much shit on that road. I feel alive again. I feel ready to be exactly who I meant to be. I am ready to be unstoppable.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of my sponsors on this insane mission, I wouldn't have accomplished this without you.

Born Primitive: www.bornprimitive.com
Nathan Sports: www.nathansports.com
SweatWellth :www.sweatwellth.com
Love The Pain : www.lovethepain.com
Runner's High : www.RunnersHighHerbals.com
RockTape : www.rocktape.com
Nordic Track : www.nordictrack.com
iFit : www.ifit.com
Pso-Rite : www.pso-rite.com
Rapid Reboot : www.rapidreboot.com
King Kong Apparel : www.kingkongapparel.com
Sobe Promos : www.sobepromos.com
Trail Truffles : www.trailtruffles.com
Gym Wraps : www.thegymwrap.com

 

DAY 8

Day 8. Weather conditions last night/ yesterday went from me running in a sports bra to 3 layers of winter clothing and fog so thick my support team couldn’t even see me. The police pulled my crew over and told them they couldn’t follow me with the hazard lights on because it was unsafe but I was allowed to be on the road alone. It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life, I had to stop or I was certainly going to get hit in those conditions. I finished 103 miles yesterday. Stayed at the most magical camping ground with beautiful fur babies and FINALLY got to use my @rapidreboot boots for the first time since I’ve been here! Ready to take on this day and finish strong. This is bigger than me, this is bigger than this mission. Each mile, every minute, all the pain, all the emotion, all the fears, I set a goal everyday, sometimes hourly and I crush it. I will continue to crush these goals until I finish in loving memory of those you all have sent in to dedicate these miles to and those brave fighters and survivors. I couldn’t do this without you guys. Please help me support something that I am so very passionate about. Serene Soldier, Inc.
 

xo Hannah

DAY FOUR

DAY FOUR

We could say it’s all sunshine and rainbows and magical times but that’s never how reality is and you know our motto, no redos no retakes. We started off the day on time for once but then everything else has been on the rocks for most of the day. Emotions and tensions run high in a small space and with so much at steak.

DAY THREE

Day 3: WE HIT 100 MILES! We started off planning roughly 100-120 miles per day but you know what happens when you make a plan. Got to show my team some beautiful landmarks that I had the pleasure of seeing when I was here last month and it was incredible to experience that together as a squad and watch the expressions on their faces as they took in the scenery. Today I finally got my head in the zone and got in “my place” and just cruised. Feeling good, neck is slightly sore, lower back, legs obviously but overall I feel great. Fought through a little nausea as I ended the evening but ginger pills and an IV of saline did wonders. Keeping my mind in focus by remembering why I’m here. To raise funds for Serene Soldier, Inc., a non-profit foundation in memory of my dear friend Jessica,  to help provide positive Christmas experiences for other families going through terminal cancer around Christmas, which was her birthday. Thinking of you Jess, every mile, every minute, you’re in my mind. Jess and all the other dear angels I’ve received emails about and for you badasses still fighting on. You keep me going, if you can do what you do everyday then I can do this for you. 

DAY ONE: Complete!

Day 1 is complete. @courtyquinn and I got to run by the most beautiful open fields full of lush green grass and random waterfalls. Today has been a long one and our schedule definitely stretched longer than planned! But I am determined to finish this stretch and end Day 1 strong! So on my bike I go again to get to Vik. Thank you to everyone who has been sending us love and support. It’s definitely being felt here! 

- Hannah xo

#HannahEdenFitness#FindTheRoad #SereneSoldier#RedefineFearless #PumpedAF #Iceland#828point6 #TheRingRoad