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    • I've recently watched a 2016 documentary about James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) who completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states (called 50.50.50). Such a monumental physical achievement is truly inspiring. Even more so were the personal struggles he went through to get there, which included losing everything in 2008 economic crisis.

      I'm not the only one who got inspired by his achievement. The fitness star Ashley Horner is going to try to complete 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days for charity. Even though she hasn't done a single Ironman yet, she is no stranger to epic endurance challenges like running 230 miles in 72 hours or cycling 1,350 miles from Virginia Beach to Tulsa.

      Can she do it and would it be a legitimate effort according to triathlon rules or is it just a publicity stunt?

    • Ok you got me interested so I did a little digging. I think anyone who comes close to doing 50 ironmen in 50 days gets major props, even if they don't adhere to every iron rule. (The documentary dude did some miles on the elliptical, I guess, so people claim his accomplishment wasn't legit.)

      However, I don't think this woman has much of a shot at legitimately completing this goal. She's fit for sure, but there isn't much evidence of specific training for what is certainly a monumental undertaking. I worry that although she may be fundraising for a good cause, it's misleading in the expectation of reasonably accomplishing even a fraction of her goal. :(

    • You are right, @amacbean16! On paper it looks like a big number and a big goal, but in real life it is a logistical nightmare as much as a physical one. James Lawrence has a proven record in Ironman racing. It is the reason he thought he could do it.
      It struck me how much planning and preparation goes behind the scenes to pull off a stunt like that. To complete this challenge he needed an entire team and family to support him 24/7. I am hoping that Ashley Horner has a solid plan on how to deal with this crazy logistical, physical and mental challenge.
      I'm wishing her luck and hope she completes this epic challenge, but I have my doubts. I hope she proves me wrong!

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