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Over our limit and outside the box

IMnadineby IMnadineDec 8th 2009
Are we all endurance athletes born with that spark inside? We begin at modest distances and find ourselves craving for longer challenging events. Call me crazy but now that I have come across ultra racing I just have this need to go for it. My spark is firing up! I am coming alive at the thought of a 100km ultra run. But it doesn´t stop there, I want the mother of ultra running race! Badwater!

Are endurance athletes born with the desire and motivation to see how far the body can be pushed, or do we stumble upon it and build from just a taste? a sip of fitness and end up craving for more. What is it that motivates each of us to go over our limit? Why do I say that we are motivated to go out of our limit? Conventional racing distances have evolved to accomodate athletes who are hungry to expand and break their own limits.

Triathlon offers sprint, olympic, and Ironman distance right? Not! there is the ultraman, double ironman or triple ironman. Cyclists have one day races, one week races, or tour racing. Now you can try out Furnace Creek 508 non stop road race. Running, 5km, 10km, 21km, 26.2km, not enough there is ultra racing 50km , 100km, 100miles, 135miles.

We are finding ways of warriors through our own adventures, our own obstacles and coming out winners. Otherwise there would be no need for more. It is withing ourselves and the tools we find in our journey of life that we are equipped to deal and overcome all that arises. So I dare you, go out there, challenge yourself, come out of your comfort zone and see what you are capable of doing. Outside the box might just be the what we need. Ironman, or 100km may not be your cup of tea. But I am sure there is one distance out there with your name on it.
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