Just the mention of the word Ironman gives me the shivers.
A 2.4-mile open-water swim.
Followed by a 112-mile bike ride.
And rounded off with a 26.2-mile run.
Imagine the stamina required to complete the total distance of 140.6 miles/225.995km. And all this under 17 hours, which is the mandatory cut-off time.
So, yes, I realise that completing an Ironman is way beyond my capabilities…though having said that, I know I can run the marathon distance…and I could probably train for the swimming…but the bike ride – the mere thought of it completely defeats me. Utterly defeats me.
So, having got that off my chest, may we please salute the PHENOMENAL achievement of young Chris Nikic, a 21 year old from Florida, who has just become the first person with Down’s Syndrome to become an Ironman.
Here is a truly lovely article from the New York Times – it makes for quite emotional reading and these closing lines brought tears to my eyes:
“He crossed the finish line with arms held high in celebration, and a little time to spare — 16 hours 46 minutes 9 seconds.
“I learned that there are no limits,” he said, when we spoke days later. “Do not put a lid on me.”
Take a bow, Chris Nikic, for holding tight to your dreams, for your patience and hopeful perseverance and guts. We could use a little more of that in this world.“
With less than 15 minutes to go, this courageous young man made history 🙂
Such a fabulous achievement & what Chris has done is show how disabilities don’t have to hold you back – and how!!
And here’s to many more dreams coming true!