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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:

  • 2.4 mile swim
  • 112 mile bike
  • 26.2 mile run

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.