Watching the coverage of the Ironman World Championships is inspirational… but most people don’t have 17 hours to spare, so this highlights video that focuses on ‘ordinary people’ may provide motivation for you within 10 minutes.
The island may not care who they are or why they came. Its currents can wash away resolve. Its winds are known to blow away hope. Heat and humidity – they can be a cruel and unforgiving combination. Yet the island provides strength. It is a mystical place where incredible things happen. Where a movement began and the spirit of Ironman was born. It is in this ocean, among these lava fields and along Ali’i Drive that what began as unimaginable has become so much more.
Swim 2.4 miles; bike 112 miles; run 26.2 miles; brag for the rest of your life.
It began with some words. An idea on the back of a napkin. For thousands, it is now a calling.
“The waves may crash upon us, but we will push through.”
“The winds may howl on race day, but so too will we.”
“The sun will beat down upon us, but we will rise up.”
With the spirit of Aloha, they are unified in their belief that anything is possible.
Music: “Be brave. Go face-to-face. What will become of you? Is everything you need beneath the armour and the rivalry inside, I’ll stare it straight in the eye. I’ll rise up above the fight; up above the fight, cause I believe in making dreams come alive. I’ll put up a fight.”
“Go Ironman! Wooo!”
“Awesome! Fantastic swim!”
“Just a little bit left to go!”
180 km/112 miles: this Ironman World Championships bike course can be cruel, especially on the long climb to Hawi, where the heat and potent combination of unforgiving winds test your commitment.
“I’m on my honeymoon, so it’s a great place to be!”
“I ride for a charity called Imerman Angels – we match cancer survivors with somebody who was just diagnosed with cancer.”
“I’m riding to find the limits – I think I’m gonna find them!”
“We’re so fortunate and lucky to be here. You just have to be into it and smile the whole day.”
Music by Pinkzebra: “See the light of a new day dawning. Feel the love from a beating heart. You catch a ride to the top of the world. This is where we start. No, we can’t make it last forever. We got to use all the time we have. And you know that we’ll never say never, if we ever get the chance and it’s good to be alive. It’s good to be alive. This feeling’s running high. Life is calling and the world is beautiful. There’s a winding road we’re choosing. Looking for a brand new day. And up ahead there’s an open door. Now we’ll find our way… and it’s good to be alive. It’s good to be alive. This feeling’s running high, life is calling and the world is beautiful.”
Music: “City of Heroes”
There is just one discipline standing in the way: 26.2 miles/42.2 km. Not all will make it, but all will give it everything they have and that is a victory in itself. As always, this is when it becomes mind over matter.
For those who care to dream, anything is possible. For those still on the course, their finishing time is secondary. It is midnight, 17 hours after their race began, that is now their focus.
“You are an Ironman!”