If you don't know who James Lawrence is he might just become your new hero. It saddens me he's not an international sensation and the fact he isn't is indicative of our current collective values.
If you haven't heard of James he completed a feat that's beyond unimaginable. In 2012, he got himself in the Guinness Book of World Records for completing 30 full Ironman triathlons in a single year. An Ironman consists of a 2.4mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and ending with a full marathon, which is 26.2 miles. Completing one in of itself is a huge accomplishment as some individuals train for half a year to complete one. He did 30.
If that's hard enough to understand, this past summer James put himself in the record book that makes his 2012 accomplishments look small. His achievement is a quintessential human potential story as he pushed the mind/body connection to limits where it seems no human has gone before. He completed what he called the 50/50/50. That's 50 Ironmans, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. I'll write that once more. 50 Ironmans, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days.
The neatest part of watching the interviews with James is how down to earth he seems and that he wanted to inspire and motivate people in the world to get off their ass. He was raising money to bring awareness around the epidemic of childhood obesity.
I want to thank James for being an inspiration to me. I hope that world will continue to know your story as we could use more heroes like you in the world.
Check out his story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Eqp_szO_bM