Next Sunday, July 18, more than 3,000 athletes will take the plunge into the Hudson River to kick off the 10th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon; the only Olympic-distance Triathlon in New York City. Participants will swim 1.5 kilometers (.9321 miles) in the Hudson, bike 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway, and run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in Central Park.
If you want to participate, well, too bad. The 2010 race sold out in under six minutes, making the Nautica New York City Triathlon the most in-demand Triathlon in America. Athletes that decided to take the challenge represent 45 states and 18 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Panama, South America and Sweden.
To most, a triathlon seems insane, but for those 3,000 athletes, and the ones that missed the cut, it’s their dream.Â An Olympic length triathlon isn’t for everyone, but it’s not impossible for anyone.Â It takes training, dedication and heart, and nothing beats the feeling of pushing your body as far as you think it can go, and then some.Â Once the athletes cross the finish line, the pain, tears and sacrifice makes it all worth it.
So, I’m curious, what’s worth it to you? What are your goals?Â What are you currently working your hardestÂ for that when you achieve it, it will all worth while?
Share your goals, big or small, in the comments section below.