Happy Monday everyone! For today’s motivation Monday post I am going to be writing about one impressive guy named Colin O’Brady. Colin is a famous endurance athlete who has completed some insane feats all around the world. His example is one of passion, grit, and thinking outside the box that I think we can all learn from. Colin is always chasing bigger and bigger challenges and raising the bar for human accomplishment. In small ways we are doing the same thing in our daily lives. I see you guys setting new PR’s for yourselves all the time and it’s so cool to watch. We all grow together by pushing ourselves to achieve new things every day and surrounding ourselves with a great community of people who want to do the same!
Colin’s career began in a pretty unconventional manner. While on vacation in Thailand he fell into a fire at the beach resort he was staying at and suffered severe burns, especially on his legs and feet. The doctors that treated him were saying that he was never going to walk again (spoiler alert, he does, and does some amazing things). Through sheer willpower and a little help from his mother when he was feeling down Colin went through an incredibly long rehab process and regained full function in his legs. During his recovery he decided that he was going to complete a triathlon which is what propelled him to keep moving forward and achieve his goal. After 18 months not only did Colin compete in that triathlon he ended up winning the Chicago Triathlon and immediately received sponsorships which launched his racing career. He went on to compete internationally for years!
As if this wasn’t enough Colin set an even more ambitious goal. He decided that he was going to try to set the world record for the Explorers Grand Slam. This challenge been completed by less than 50 people in history and it entails summiting the tallest mountains on all seven continents and skiing to both the North and South Poles. Colin completed this challenge in only 139 days, shattering the world record and actually setting another world record for the fastest summit on all seven continents!
Guess what, Colin still wasn’t done! He decided to take on a mind blowing challenge, to cross the entire continent of Antarctica, pulling a sled, by himself, completely unsupported! Colin spent 54 days completely alone in Antarctica and traveled over 930 miles! He documented the entire expedition via Instagram and became a global hit. Most recently, he rowed across the Drake Passage which is the body of water between the tip of South America and Antarctica. With one other person in the boat he and his partner rowed for twelve days straight to get across (we could all crush this with how much we row!). Colin appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast to talk about his Antarctica expedition and his training. It is a great listen, I was particularly interested in his training and nutrition which were both pretty crazy, I won’t spoil it on here.
Colin is a great example of what we can achieve when we set a goal for ourselves and work hard to achieve it. I hope this story is inspiring to you guys and helps you push just a little harder today! If this story interests you check out the link and video below! Thanks for reading everyone and let’s have a great week!
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