The greatest athletes are those who compete against themselves. They’re their own biggest rivals, and they don’t need to be pushed by others. Instead, these phenomenal competitors are motivated by their own self image, by their own mind, and by their own desire to achieve the seemingly impossible goals they set for themselves.
“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” – Zen proverb. Ryan Hall has never been able to get that ancient proverb out of his head. Ryan’s athleticism has taken him around the world. It has earned him titles and medals; he still holds the U.S. Record for the marathon and the half marathon, and he’s been to the Olympics. He’s started a foundation. He became a husband and a father of four. Ryan’s life is filled to the brim with blessings, stories of huge achievements and disappointing failures side-by-side. But steadily, in the back of his mind, the proverb repeated itself. Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. Read More
by Grant McCartney
Seven ultramarathons in four months. A 75 day, 3,200 mile transcontinental run. As a self-described “plant-based ultra endurance athlete,” Robbie Balenger is no stranger to extreme endurance events. This month, he’ll be adding a legendary FKT to his resume. Read More