When Julie Moss first got the idea of running a triathlon into her head, it was 1982 and she was working on her thesis in exercise physiology. Although she hadn't trained for it, she decided to take a stab at a race she'd been studying for so long.
Surprisingly, she found herself in the lead—but toward the end, she realized she was running out of steam. "I realized I couldn't take another step, and in that moment I had to make a decision: And the decision was that I was going to finish," she remembers. "So I started to crawl, and I crawled across the finish line."
It's been 35 years since that first Ironman, and despite nearly passing out, Julie remembers being invigorated by it. And a little afraid, too. "It led to so much attention and so many opportunities, but at the heart of it, I was scared to death," she admits. Still, she's been running triathlons ever since—and she credits the majority of her success as a triathlete to yoga.