By JONATHAN S. WALSH, Associated PressMADISON, Wis.
(AP) It’s been more than 30 years since Ironman triathlete Chris Pizarro first walked into a track in Madison.
His dream was to do it all.
It was just five years ago that he set out to take a more serious approach to his training: He had the world’s first marathon, the most expensive race in the world, the world record in the Ironman Series and a world-class team.
He set his sights on winning his first Olympic medal in London, but things didn’t work out.
He was in serious trouble, but he made it to the end.
“I had to do this for myself,” he said.
“I couldn’t let anybody else get in my way.”
It was a message he repeated at Ironman World Cup races, and it has resonated with a lot of runners, too.
For a lot, the message was simple: Train hard, train smart.
It’s a message that is often preached to athletes, coaches and athletes at all levels.
And it’s one that seems to be gaining more traction among some of the top athletes in the sport.
It’s a sentiment that’s being echoed by the likes of Ironman star Michael Phelps, who recently told the New York Times that he doesn’t like to think about a race where someone gets hurt.
“There are no excuses,” Phelps said.
He’s not alone.
Other top athletes have echoed the sentiment in recent months, including a number of professional athletes who have said that athletes should focus on the positives, not the negatives.
“Athletes are always trying to be perfect,” said Mike Cunha, the president of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
“You can always look at it as you’re training, but I don’t want to see them lose sight of the fact that they’re trying to do what’s best for them.”
When you’re in a situation like this, it’s really hard to do anything but be the best you can be.
So, what I’m trying to say is, if you’re going to do whatever it takes to do the best for your body, then you’re the best.
And that means you’re working the best your body can do.
You don’t get to do everything perfectly.
That’s just not your job.
You need to be focused on what’s right for your physical condition.
“Some of the best Ironman athletes also have said they want to encourage people to take their own training seriously, to train like it’s their first time.”
When you start taking the easy way out, you start giving up everything else.””
It’s hard to put it into words, but it’s a tough thing.
When you start taking the easy way out, you start giving up everything else.”
Pizaro and others are right to think of Ironmen as a one-year-only event, and they are right that a year is a long time to spend racing a marathon or a triathlon.
But the message of staying true to yourself, training hard and pushing yourself to the limit has resonating with a new generation of athletes.
And it’s getting to the point where some of them are actually using it to their advantage.
Ironman World Cups are held annually at the Olympic-size venues in Sochi, Russia.
Athletes can race for as many as seven days in a row.
They’re also required to wear protective gear that includes helmets, goggles and a protective suit.
Pizarro, for instance, had to wear a mask in Sochi this year because he didn’t have the proper protective gear.
Pizario said he doesn�t mind having to wear the mask, because it gives him a more professional look.
“That’s why I think it’s so important for people to get out there and have fun and have a good time, to have a sense of humor and be out there to be successful,” Pizaros father said.
“For me, it�s all about getting out there, having fun and being happy.
If I�m not doing those things, then I am not doing my job.”
Puzaros dad also says it�ll help athletes see their achievements through a different lens.
“My dad and I, he`s like a sports fan, so when he sees the accomplishments of the athletes, he sees them through a sports lens,” Puzaras father said, “which is, `I just ran a 10-minute mile and won the Ironmans.
I didn’t run the fastest time, but my heart is in the right place.'”
The same can be said for the other athletes on the Ironmen podium this year.
“You can see, it is just a big team effort,” said Ryan Pudzinski, the third runner on the podium. “We