Often when I am in need of some motivation to get me training I will turn to some publications of a genre that is quickly overpowering the school driven pharmacy collection. These are the books that I read in my down time and draw inspiration from the stories they tell. Some are fact, like Macca’s I’m Here to Win, and the latest Iron War, the true story about two great triathletes that battled it out on the lava fields of Kona. Other books are less factual and more entertaining, Once a Runner and the sequel, Again to Carthage, is an excellent read that I would recommend to any athlete, or avid reader for that matter.
However my latest spark of motivation came from an article in the January edition of Outside Magazine. In an article titled “Heavy Mettle” the author, Elizabeth Weil, dives into the lives of some of the most prolific Ironman athletes that competed at the 2011 Ironman World Championships. In her first paragraph she introduces the topic talking about the event, the typical ‘hard bodies’ you would find there, and why some athletes choose to compete in such a demanding event. And, to me, this is where she hit the nail on the head…
“Because marathons have been ruined by people who think it’s fine to walk. Because life is too easy and Everest is too far away”
This is what it’s all about, triathletes are people who are willing to push their body to the limit and see how far it can really go. Hopefully you can take away form this what I did and push yourself during your next training session, maybe you haven’t even begun to push your limits yet, lets see.