Burns survivor Turia Pitt shares her one remarkable trick that gets her through every day.

Training and completing an Ironman World Championship takes a remarkable kind of human.

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.

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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.


It always seems impossible until it’s done. Reminding myself of this today. #IMKona

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So it’s this simple mental trick that is at the bedrock of Pitt’s no-nonsense, no-excuses attitude. And one she learned from some of the darkest times in her recovery.

“It’s a technique I learnt in hospital during my recovery — by doing the hardest thing first, I’d get an energy boost for the rest of the day.

“In hospital, having my dressings changed every day was painful and took hours. I’d lie awake at night dreading it, and in the morning, while I waited for my turn, I’d have to listen to everyone else in pain while they had their dressings changed.

“To take back some control, I asked if I could go first. By getting the hardest thing over and done with early in the day, it helped give me a boost.”

It’s a simple trick: be strong enough to do what you dread first.

But it speaks volumes for how Pitt has been able to defy prognosis and expectations, competing with the best of the best in the world to try and tackle her very first World Championship in the Ironman after completing her first Ironman competition in May.

For Pitt, this latest challenge has nothing on what she’s been through before.

“Well, girl, the pain you’re feeling right now is nothing compared to what you’ve gone through before,” she wrote.