Beyond Finisher Medals, Ironman Visors, and M-Dot Tattoos: Why Do We Do What We Do?

“So let me get this straight – you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and then run a marathon?! All in one day? Why would you EVER do something like that?” As an ironman athlete or an endurance athlete of any sort, I’m sure you field questions such as these from non-endurance athletes on a regular basis. Most probably respond with a chuckle, a smile, or simply a nod of the head. After shrugging off this question from a “casual Joe”, you stand around awkwardly, not quite knowing how to move past this moment of division in understanding. Do you shrug off the question because you think the “casual Joe” just wouldn’t understand? Or do you shrug it off because you actually don’t truly know the answer to his question?

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