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Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman Triathlon

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman Triathlon

MOVE over Robert Downey Jr, here’s the real Iron Man.

Should Luis Enrique land the Chelsea job, expect the Spanish coach, 52, to demand his team give their all and don’t stop running for 90 minutes.

Luis Enrique competed in the gruelling Marathon des Sables in 2008

Enrique loves to cycle the most testing sections of the Tour de France

The ex-Spain boss has reportedly flown to London for more talks with Chelsea, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.

That follows the preliminary talks Enrique had, along with another target Julian Nagelsmann.

Chelsea are hopeful the former Spain boss will take over immediately with caretaker boss Bruno Saltor potentially unwilling to stay until the end of the season due to his connection to Graham Potter.

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If Enrique is unwilling to take charge now Todd Boehly could appoint Frnak Lampard on an interim basis until the end of the season, SunSport understands.

If he takes the hotseat, the Blues will have an adrenaline junkie who has shown tremendous stamina in the past and has completed the most gruelling race EVER.

In 2008, the LaLiga winner (as both a manager and player) ran the Marathon des Sables, an endurance race that’s the equivalent of six marathons.

And it’s not the mileage that’ll kill, but the extreme conditions.

Des Sables takes place in the uncompromising surroundings of the Sahara desert, where temperatures can exceed 50 degrees centigrade.

Over six days, competitors have to complete 156 miles to finish the ultramarathon.

The longest stage lasts an incredible 57 miles.

And it’s such a hard task, competitors MUST carry all their provisions in a backpack.

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The Marathon des Sables was created by French concert promoter Patrick Bauer in 1986.

Ever since then it’s been an annual event attracting thousands of runners every year.

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonChelsea manager target Enrique was in amazing shape as he trained for the Bilbao marathon in 2012

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonFormer Barcelona coach Enrique, right, finished the Florence marathon in 2007 in under three hours

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonKeen cyclist Enrique loves endurance races both on foot and by bike

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonLuis Enrique, third left, takes a break on a team cycle race

Enrique was renowned for being a hard-working and energetic player during his days at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

So, when he hung up his boots in 2004 it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see him keep up his fitness.

However, his love of pushing himself to the limits seems now more impressive than his football career.

In 2005, he ran the New York Marathon in a time of 3:14:09.

A year later he tried his hand at the Amsterdam Marathon and clocked in at 3:00:19.

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Then at the Florence Marathon in 2007, Luis finished the race in an astonishing 2:58:08.

And if you think that’s great, wait till you hear this.

In the same year, Enrique took part in the 2007 Ironman competition in Germany.

That’s a 140-mile triathlon race that’s been dubbed the hardest endurance race in the world.

The adrenalin junkie isn’t just partial to a spot of running either.

The keen surfer, who loved crashing waves when he lived in Australia, loves cycling too.

He finished the Quebrantahuesos – a 127-mile race through the Pyrenees – which loosely translated means “bone crusher.”

Still, that didn’t deter Enrique, and in an interview with FourFourTwo he spoke about his fitness regime.

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“When I left football I wanted to take up running, but after 45 minutes my feet would swell up because I was used to football,” he revealed.

“In football it’s 50 metres, then stop, 10 metres, then stop.

“I was used to that. I could run for a long time, but in a football way.

“Marathons were at the same pace all the time. That was hard to adapt to, but I did after a lot of training and then I started doing triathlons.

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonEnrique won La Liga twice and the Champions League once as Barcelona boss

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonEnrique celebrates a goal with Fernando Couto in 1997

, Chelsea manager target Luis Enrique is an extreme sports junkie who ran the Marathon des Sables and an Ironman TriathlonHard-working Enrique will be pushing his team to run the extra mile

“Cycling and swimming are totally different from running. The training is far more pleasant.
“When I’m training, for three days I run in the morning and swim in the afternoon.

“Then I go on the bicycle every three or four days.”

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Judging by the high-standards Luis has set himself, his training sessions must be hell on earth.

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