@IRONMANtri His unstoppable will made John Young the first person with dwarfism to finish an Ironman Triathlon. He wasn’t the first to try, and some have died from this exhaustive trial.
According to CNN , “Swim, bike and run. In that order. And that’s basically it. The deceptively simple idea for the popular sport of triathlon is built upon a triple challenge that pushes one’s body and mental perseverance to reach beyond a single discipline.”
If you knew the immense pain, and battering to bones and muscle this man put his body through, you would understand why I admire him so. For an average athlete, this is an extreme challenge; for a person with dwarfism, this is a labor that inflicts great pain and danger to his body. He didn’t stop. He made it to the end and he may pay for it.
A person with Achondroplasia, the condition that causes John’s dwarfism, has a body built in so many ways that are different than the average stature person there are too many to list. Just one example: Spinal Claudication is different than the average type; in dwarfs I can describe it as the amount of blood vessels is the same amount of blood vessels in an average stature only in a smaller space. When one exercises the vessels enlarge and there is not enough room. They get squished and pain, weakness and numbness to the liwer limbs is the result until the exertion stops and they return to normal size.
The constant pain during and even after the competition must have been unbelievable, I can only imagine. Possible permanent damage to joints, nerves, ligaments, etc. could mean a life time of pain, worsening arthritis, perminent spinal cord damage any of which could render him immobile for life.
Why do people lay their blood and bones out on the track, or risk their heart in the water for this? Each athlete has their own reason. John said he wanted the world to know that people who are different can do anything.
People who are different are capable of feats beyond the average person. That puts that term, “average person” in a different light doesn’t it?