I was outrun by an 80 year old nun!
A few years ago I was asked to be part of a documentary. I was to be the coach for a potential Ironman triathlete. If you don’t know what an Ironman is, it’s a triathlon that is 140.6 miles long!
The Ironman course is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 (yes a marathon) run at the end. You are given 17 hours to complete the race and if you don’t make it to the finish line in those 17 hours they pull you from the race course and send you home.
In this documentary I was involved in I was coaching a 50 year old man and I know you’re probably wondering what is so special about this guy that someone would make a film about him. Well my athlete was blind. After a car accident a few years back he woke up completely blind and as if that wasn’t bad enough he had also severed his left arm and was left with only about 25% mobility in that arm. So, to say the least, we had our work cut out for us.
On one of our training runs through Central Park I tripped and in the process tore several tendons in my right foot. The pain was excruciating and my foot immediately tripled in size. It was quite cartoonish looking and put me out of commission for several months.
I used this injury as my excuse to sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself until I saw Sister Madonna Buder. Sister Madonna, at the time, was 80 and crossed the finish line of the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii.
I immediately felt like a chump. Here I was sitting on the couch nursing an injury that had healed weeks earlier and using it as an excuse to not compete. The truth was that I was afraid. I was afraid that I wouldn’t make it across the finish line and by not even trying I realized my fear and it hit me like an 800-pound gorilla.
So, today, on my 2nd day of my “Kick Ass 30 day challenge" I got on the treadmill, I thought about that foot injury, I felt my lungs burning (that’s always the case because they have both collapsed) and then I only thought about Sister Madonna and how she must have felt at 80 to cross the finish line.
(Check out Sister Madonna’s story here where she was named the Ironman All World Athlete.) READ ABOUT SISTER MADONNA HERE
So ask yourself what it is that you really want. What is it that you let slip by because you would rather sit on the couch?
Because in the end those are the things that we will regret.
P.S. If you want some help starting your own “Kick Ass Challenge” just send me a message on LinkedIn and I’ll be happy to help you get moving (no charge of course!)