Well, I can tell you what “I” think the secret is, but I’m sure there are many people out there who have their own thoughts on this subject.
There are many, many amazing athletes who have crossed the Ironman finish line. They are incredibly fit, toned, and would make fine models for a sculptor in search of the perfect male or female physique.
Is this then the key to becoming an Ironman? Is the title “Ironman” reserved for the super-athletes of the world?
No. A thousand times no.
The secret to becoming an Ironman is not found in a weight-room.
It is not found in the endless lengths of a pool, or on a bike out on some distant highway.
It is not found in the rhythmic cadence of the early morning three hour run as the sun rises over the misty river.
It is not found on the highest shelves of the vitamin store or in your blender as it pulverizes the secret ingredients of your favorite recovery shake.
It is not found among the racks and racks of high-end clothing, eye-catching runners, and super-slick wetsuits.
It is not found in the rows and rows of gleaming three thousand dollar triathlon bikes down at the local bike store.
Yes, all these things may be a part of the Ironman journey, but the true secret to becoming an Ironman is not found here. You can have all of this and the Iron Gods–if they choose–can crush you like a bug on the Ironman highway.
The secret to becoming an Ironman resides in your heart.
It is in the heart of the 240 pound woman who loses 100 pounds and three years later crosses the Ironman finish line.
It is in the heart of the father who tows his disabled son 2.4 miles in the ocean and 138.2 miles overland and together they cross the Ironman finish line.
It is in the heart of the South African triathlete who fails six times to reach the finish line but loved every minute of the Ironman experience and never gave up, and the seventh time reached the finish line.
The secret is in the heart of the accident victim who is told the chances of ever walking again are very slim….and then a few years later, crosses the Ironman finish line.
So…I believe the secret to becoming an Ironman is found in our hearts. It’s that inner spirit that once awakened can do wondrous things. It can make the impossible, possible, the unthinkable, doable, and the unreachable, reachable.
It almost seems there is no finish line too distant or to unattainable for the person who begins to believe in themselves and the power they have within to become more than they ever thought possible.
Article by Guest Writer: Ray Fauteux– Author and creator of Ironstruck