An Ironman triathlon is a monument to what humans can accomplish by gradually increasing their training. That old, young, and disabled can swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles is a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit.
I’ve seen young, fit triathletes collapse on the road unable to finish and I’ve seen men and women in their seventies sail across the finish line with a smile.
Here are some life-lessons Ironman taught me:
1. The only person you’re competing against is you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Run your own race.
2. The only thing you can control is your attitude. You can’t control the weather, flat tires, or other people. If you can keep smiling, nothing can stop you.
3. Take care of your body because you’re in it for the long haul. You might be able to sprint past the aid stations in a 5K, but not in an Ironman. And not in life, either.
If you can avoid comparison, always keep a positive attitude, and take time each day to replenish your body and mind, then you have what it takes to succeed. This is true for triathlons and true for life.
Me and my buddy Lance after the Louisville Ironman.