I HAD to interview them… I just HAD to!
You see, they completed the IronMan 70.3 triathlon in Singapore last month! It is a grueling triathlon with a 1.5km swim, 90km bike ride, and a 21km run! It took them over 6 hours to complete; most of us can’t even stay seated for that long, let alone do what they did!
Two young Bahraini men: Tariq Algosaibi (left in photo) and Sager Al-Khalifa (right). It makes me so proud!
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It’s such a big deal!
Seeing the two guys, you would immediately think “sure, they are muscular and young, why wouldn’t they be able to do it?”
But for me the news of their completion had a bigger effect. Having been a runner myself, I know how much it takes to complete a race of this sort. When I ran the 2001 London Marathon (9 years ago to the day almost – gasp!) I didn’t think anyone understood the hard work and training that goes behind an event of this sort.
IronMan triathletes have to have stamina in 3 different sports AND be able to conquer the ‘mind over matter’ obstacle that so many athletes fall short on.
Why the interview?
I have a lot of respect for those guys. Respect for what they have achieved and for what they stand for. They inspire me because when I see them I see passion for the sport and I see how perseverance can make you achieve anything you want. Wouldn’t you like your kids to hang around people like that more often?
So, I thought I had to write about them…
Then, I realised that just writing a few paragraphs about them would not do them justice and would not make you see the ‘spark’ that I saw. I wanted to get into their brains and find out how they think, how they got there, and where they want to go next. I wanted them to have a voice to tell us about the experience and maybe even to inspire others who might still be in the dream stages.
What came up in the interview exceeded all my expectations! You have to listen to it to believe me!
When I first planned the interview I thought we’d talk for a few minutes about the experience and that’s it. BUT NO! I couldn’t stop asking questions because their answers were so fascinating! We ended up with ONE HOUR of fantastic material and insights.
Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a triathlete while he’s swimming?
Wanna know how triathletes shave off precious seconds at transitions?
Would you like to know what it feels like to ‘hit the wall’ and choose between a stinging pain in the heart or finishing the last leg of the race?
Wanna know what these muscular guys eat?
I will say no more. You listen for yourself and let me know what you think. And please feel free to leave your comments for Tariq and Sager below, they’ll be reading them!
Listen to the interview here
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