The Hardest Part Of Finishing Is Starting
Sometimes the best way to find inspiration isn’t from looking within but by looking outwards to what’s going on in the greater sport community. When we set big goals to conquer a half marathon, full marathon, Ironman triathlon, or any big event it can seem like an unsurmountable challenge. I personally think that’s some of the draw of these events, the fear of not finishing, the fear of the disappointment, and also the feeling of conquering your own self doubt when you cross the finish line after race day. If you’re looking for some extra inspiration this race season, here’s a few stories from recent years I think you should give listen/read to.
Finding My Voice (Mike Reilly), THE Voice Of Ironman Racing
This might be one of the best sports books ever written. Mike tells the story of the history of his involvement as the voice of Ironman, through the tales of the athletes he’s met along the way. He also goes through how he coined the term, “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN,” and what it came to mean to the triathlon community.
He included stories about some of my favorite athletes to ever complete and overcome adversity in the event including:
- Dick and Rick Hoyt the legendary push assist team
- John Blazeman who raced with ALS
- Rudy Garcia-Tolson the first double above the knee amputee finisher of an Ironman
One of my favorite takeaways though and something I personally know to be true is how great and supportive all the athletes are of each other in ironman racing. There’s not many sports where the top pro in the field hands out burgers to finishers and volunteers like Ironman Champion Jordan Rapp after you cross the finish line.
Roderick Sewell – Inspirational Ironman Finisher
One of my recent favorite stories I saw when re-watching the 2019 Kona Ironman broadcast was about Roderick Sewell the first ever double above the knee amputee finisher of the event. Roderick was born with missing Tibias in both legs and needed to have his legs amputated. Roderick prepared with Rudy Garcia-Thompson for the event, to overcome not having quads or hamstrings and still finish Ironman Kona.
Help the Challenged Athletes Foundation
You can help other challenged athletes like Roderick achieve their dreams and inspire yours by donating to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). This year TTR coaching will be donating 5% of all proceeds to support their mission to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
Good Luck Out There!
-Coach Dan, Training To Race