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What it Takes – Triathlon Documentary

Another endurance sports video! I recently watch a triathlon documentary/film – What it Takes. The film follows four top professional Ironman triathletes (Peter Reid, Lori Bowden, Heather Fuhr, and Luke Bell) for a complete season as they work their way towards the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It is more a behind the scenes type of film versus a bundle of race highlights. You can watch the Ironman videos if you are looking race coverage/highlights.

The film follows three time Ironman World Champion Peter Reid the most and you get some pretty intimate insight as to the make-up of this champion. This was probably one of the most interesting parts of the film.

How many of us would only buy enough food for each individual meal in order to cut weight in the lead up before a major event? No snacking allowed apparently! Sounds just a bit extreme but this is just one of the things Peter did for himself to be at the top of this sport. You can’t argue with his resume, so it must have worked for him.

Many of the greats in sport seem to do something that the average person would consider crazy, insane, too hard, or just plain stupid. Well just maybe, that is part of what makes them great? Being average has never led to greatness, I am pretty sure about that.

Here is the trailer for the film as an appetizer to the main course.

My wife and I both enjoyed the film. I always wish there was more insight or more of everything. Such is the life of a type-A age-group athlete I guess.

Happy Training!

Now where are those potato chips?…

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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