Ironman World Championship- Kona, Hawaii
How far would YOU travel to “Live Your Dream”?
Across the street? Across your city? Across the country?
For most of us, getting off our a** to get the remote control is something we have to think about for an hour before we actually do it.
How about traveling across half the freakin’ world to “live your dreams”?
Oh yeah, in a wheelchair, too.
Welcome to Kona, Hawaii- Home of the Ironman World Championships.
For most of us, “living our dream” is probably more like not having to work a job we hate, having more money than we can spend, being able to spend more time with family, etc. (By the way, nothing wrong with any of that.)
But for a certain young man in a wheelchair, “Live Your Dream” meant traveling almost 8,000 miles in order to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a Marathon (26.2 miles) in blistering heat.
Seriously, can you even comprehend what it takes to accomplish that, even when you’re NOT in a wheelchair? This is NOT for the weekend warrior. To watch these triathletes finish the race, sometimes up to 17 hours later, is something you’ll never forget. This race will chew you up and spit you out. No mercy whatsoever.
For all but the Top 10-20 men and women triathletes, the IronMan World Championships isn’t about winning.
It’s just about finishing. (…and many of them aren’t able to)
I met this young man briefly this afternoon. My 10-year old had just finished competing in the Jr. Ironman, the “Dip & Dash” with her friends and cousins. It’s a blast to watch these kids!
After the Jr. race, they have the “Parade of Nations”. Kinda like the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. Each country and the triathletes representing them parade down the main street here in Kona, Hawaii. Waving flags, wearing their colors, waving to the crowd. Over 1,900 triathletes competing this year!
The contingent from Switzerland passed by, and I caught a brief glimpse of a sign written in French. I happen to speak fluent French, and out of sheer curiousity, I ran across the street to catch up to them to see what it said.
And then I saw the person holding the sign. She was holding it for someone else. Someone else with a big ol’ smile on his face, wheeling his wheelchair down the street with the other Triathletes.
He was here to “Live His Dream”.
“Vis Ton Reve, Andres!”
(Live Your Dream, Andres!)
Swim 2.4 miles. Bike (or wheelchair yourself) 112 miles. And then run (or wheelchair yourself) a full Marathon, 26.2 miles.
All to “Live Your Dream, Andres!”
Nothing more to say here but this:
Do any of us have a single possible excuse as to why we’re not “Living Our Dream”?
Do any of us have a good reason as to why we’re not living our lives to the absolute fullest?
I didn’t think so.
So let’s get busy.
P.S. Here’s a big way how I’m living mine and making a huge difference in people’s lives.
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