Whether they completed these challenges for shock and awe, or to raise money for an admirable charity, everyone on this list deserves some respect. Each of these feats are crazy challenging in their own, sometimes weird, way — and a lot of us probably won't come close to doing anything similar — ever. Prepare to be inspired by these athletes' accomplishments:
1. Completing 50 Full Ironmans, In 50 States, In 50 Days
James Lawrence, better known as the “Iron Cowboy,” is an endurance athlete who is currently attempting to complete an Ironman, 140.6-mile race, every day for 50 days — in a different state each day. An Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order, without a break. He is attempting to raise awareness around child obesity, and all donations will go to the Jamie Oliver US Food Foundation.
2. Holding A Plank For One Hour And 20 Minutes
Yes, you read that right — 16-year-old Gabi Ury broke the world record last May by holding a plank for one hour, 20 minutes and five seconds — exactly double what the world record had been. What makes this feat so particularly remarkable is that Ury was born with VATER syndrome, which means that her spine was severely impaired and muscle groups were underdeveloped. As a child, she underwent 14 surgeries, most of them at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She raised over $50,000 and challenged her core to its limit, to benefit the hospital. Watch the video below and prepare to be amazed: