I could think of a million reasons why we shouldn’t have taken the trip to Pennsylvania to catch up with the Iron Cowboy.
But then again, I’m sure the Iron Cowboy could think of a million more reasons why he shouldn’t be doing 50 Ironmans in 50 days in 50 states–but he is.
Yeah, you read that right. James Lawrence, AKA the Iron Cowboy, set out to do something epic and raise money and awareness for childhood obesity at the same time. He is teaming up with the Jamie Oliver Foundation to help promote healthy foods for children.
“My goal is simply to inspire others to challenge themselves and to be more active.
Together with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation we can all be part of the movement to fight obesity.”
– James Lawrence
We’ve been following him on social media for a good part of his journey now, so when he arrived in our area, we toyed with the idea of going. How many chances do you get in life to be part of something big? Each day there is an official, family friendly Iron Cowboy 5k as part of his 26.2. Of course people are welcome to swim, bike, and run with him at anytime–some people have done the entire 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run with him. We know what one Ironman entails and cannot even fathom doing one everyday for 50 days–the least we can do is run a 5k with him.
So we packed up the kids and drove from Long Island to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
We also met people who came from all over to take part in day 37, but I also want to mention his strong support crew that consists of his family and friends. A feat like this does not get accomplished without a truly supportive and dedicated crew.
We are, and have always been strong believers in the fact that our journey inspires us, so that we can inspire others. And that is what the Iron Cowboy is doing with his journey. It’s not about doing something physically unthinkable, it’s about having the mental tenacity and fortitude to just keep going.
On a much smaller scale, last August Lance ran our group’s Selden Hills 10k course 31 straight days. Not for accolades or for an over the top training plan, but to serve as an example that anything can be done if you put your mind to it.
We were definitely glad we made the trip to be a part of this in person. Seeing him actually embarking on this reminds you that anything is possible if you are committed to a plan and put your mind to it.
Can you even imagine doing this??
Have you ever committed to some sort of streak to raise awareness for a cause?
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