I'm not a triathlon fan unlike some other GNOMErs, but you have to admire the dedication and athleticism (and stubbornness) of people who swim 5km, cycle 180km and run 42km (a full marathon) in the Iron Man triathlon every year.
One of the competitors in this year's triathlon will be Frenchman Xavier Le Floch, who finished last year's race in 14th position, 25 minutes behind the winner. What is extraordinary about this is that 4 months prior to the race, Xavier was involved in a plane accident, and had 2 vertebrae in his neck broken. Normally, such an injury requires 6 months of heavy physiotherapy. Xavier was back training for the Iron Man after 6 weeks.
This year, he's back, and in the best form of his life. And he expects to win, even if he is not the favourite. Yet another inspirational example of Living Strong.