They shared stories about the athletes so it wasn't just watching them swim/bike/run. Hines Ward and Gordon Ramsey were competing in it. A dad who lost his daughter in Sandy Hook was competing. A 78 year old woman broke the record again for the oldest woman to finish (BTW in 2009 a biker cut her off and she crashed breaking her collarbone. She finished the bike ride and the marathon with 8 minutes to spare, WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE AND AT 77 YEARS OLD!!!)
Over 2,000 athletes with stories for why they were taking on this arduous challenge. I wish I could read them all.
I sat there watching and just kept wondering how the heck they do it and how I couldn't. Why? Because it sounds hard. What a legitimate reason right? It got me thinking that there are things we "think" we can't do and 9 times out of 10, that's not true. The only road block is ourself.
So here's a list of things I don't "think" I can do but hope to one day prove myself wrong:
+ Run a marathon in under 4 hours. 9 minute mile pace for 26.2 miles…I haven't even been able to do that in a half marathon yet.
+ Complete a triathlon. 1.5K swim, 25 mile bike run and 6.2 mile run. I get tired just thinking about doing those 3 activities back to back.
+ Go skydiving. It sounds exhilarating to fly through the air and then have a safe landing but I'm pretty sure I would pee myself when I made that jump out of the plane.
+ Become Fluent In a New Language. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and one semester of German during college…best things I remember is "no tengo pantalones" and "auf wiedersehen".
+ Snowboard. When I was about 13, I tried it out with my ex step-sister. On the trail level above the bunny trail. It took me 2 hours to get down the mountain because I couldn't figure out how to do the back and forth and went down like this. Quads were sore for days...