Superhuman in their mental and physical strength, it’s not the average goal of average Australian.
Of course, 29-year-old burns survivor Turia Pitt is not an average Australian, nor has she ever harboured average goals.
Pitt first made headlines after she became trapped in a bushfire while competing in an ultramarathon in WA five years ago.
Now, in an interview this weekend with News Corp’s Weekend magazine, Pitt revealed the extent of her Ironman training that will catapult her onto the world sporting stage when she kicks off in Hawaii tomorrow.
More than that, though, Pitt outlines the mental tricks she uses to get herself out of bed and onto the track to train for one of the most gruelling sporting events on our planet, a 226.2km journey through a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run.
“I meet my mate John at the pool at 6am for a 3.2km swim set,” she wrote as she outlined her daily activities in preparation for the event.
“To be honest, I don’t relish swimming; that’s why I get it out of the way first thing in the morning.”
Although she is now well-known for her physical capabilties: the ability to run faster, swim harder and jump higher than most of us do without burns to 65 per cent of our bodies, it’s Pitt’s mental strength that has floored Australians since her horrific ordeal back in 2011.