Richard Ratay is a fellow triathlete that I met through www.beginnertriathlete.com. I have not had the pleasure of meeting him in person. Hopefully one day, our paths will cross at an Ironman event.
Richard created a documentary title “The Distance – a Triathletes Journey”, which features the story of 3 hopeful Ironman athletes and their journey balancing day to day lives with the demands of training for your first Ironman distance triathlon.
For 9 months, Richard followed the lives of:
- David Jesse – who is newly married and while training learns his first child is due just 2 weeks before race day.
- Tammy Wueben – a mother of triplets that has to balance family demands with training demands
- Josh Cowdy – a student who balances the stress of college and living in a “frat” house, with training.
During this documentary, you can’t help but come to know these three athletes and feel as though they are your friends. It is impossible to watch this documentary without rooting for them on race day and I found myself full of anxiety by the time race day arrives. I had anxiety about whether or not all three of these athletes would finish their first Ironman. I can’t imagine training for something for 9 months, and not completing it.
I strongly recommend this movie to anyone considering training for an Ironman, and those that want to find out if Dave, Tammy, and Josh were successful in their attempts.