Can’t see the video below? Click here.
Maybe strong is what you have left when you’ve used up all your weak.
Nice little gymnastics montage pared with a great talk.
Get back and do it again indeed. That’s what I thought when I blew out my knee. My doctors tried to set expectations low but I had already decided my injury wasn’t going to hold me down. While you still draw breath, there are no excuses for not pushing ahead.
(hat tip to Gymnastics Coaching)
Life is tough, that’s a given. When you stand up, you’re gonna be shoved back down. When you’re down you’re gonna be stepped on. My advice to you doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. It’s no secret, you’ll fall down, you’ll stumble, you’ll get pushed, you’ll land square on your face. But every time that happens, you get back on your feet. You get up just as fast as you can. No matter how many times you need to do this.
Can’t see this video? Click here to watch it in the post.
I used to think that long distance sports were boring. I mean running is just putting one foot in front of the other a bazillion times in a row. It’s really unlikely that you have to face the same fears But then I started running. And then racing. While my distances are quite short, I’ve realized just how invigorating it is.
But the Ironman is a whole other beast:
That is a lot of distance to cover. Any one of these activities is challenging – attaching them together is pretty nuts. But people do it. And not just young healthy people. Old people. Disabled people. Fat guys. This race is both monumentally hard and seriously doable for the people who put in the work.
I think the lesson here is that ordinary people can accomplish unimaginably hard things given proper training and dedication. If you have more time, you should watch the video below of Matt Hoover from The Biggest Loser who runs at 8:40 final mile, 17 hours after starting the race. That is no joke. Next time you think you can’t do something, think of this.