Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, 70, shared his story of how triathlons saved his life recently on CNN.com. Being a sucker for inspirational stories, I had to share it with you all.
Maroon’s life fell apart 25 years ago. He was barely existing, as he puts it. Then, a friend called and invited him on a run. Afterward, he was totally exhausted, but he returned the next day. Then the next. Then the next.
Then, to ease joint pain, he tried swimming and biking.
Long story short, 25 years later, this septuagenarian has finished more than 70 triathlons and seven Ironman races.
Writes Maroon, “I have discovered it is through adversity (stress) that we grow or die.”
He quotes psychologist and philosopher, Csikszentmihalyi, in his column and I think it’s a new favorite:
“The greatest moment of our lives is when our mind or our body is stretched to its limits in the voluntary pursuit of something both difficult and worthwhile.”
What are your thoughts on the feeling you get when you stretch your mind and body to its limits?