Keep on swimming

Investing for the long term is as much about staying motivated as it is about the strategy itself.

Keeping your expenses low and savings rate high consistently are sure to be a big challenge of your dedication, perhaps more of a challenge than holding to your strategy during turbulent times for some.

If you were after a lesson in dedication and motivation check out the Iron Cowboy.  James is partway through attempting to do 50 ironmans in 50 days in 50 different states.  An ironman, if you don’t know, is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishing with a marathon (26.2 miles).

I love challenges like this but this one is incredible.  He is up to Day 40 and still going strong on 5 hours sleep a night.  What is also amazing is some of his times have been around the 12 hour mark, which plenty of people would be happy with for their first ironman.

I’d encourage you to check out his blog (written by his coach) and the social media page (a nice picture of his manky feet on there).   Or follow him on twitter and give him a bit of support @ironcowboyjames


You could even donate if you were inclined to (admittedly this link makes it look like he is raising money for Jamie Oliver, but it’s for obesity awareness, honest).

If this guy can push himself through 50 ironmans in 50 days then I am pretty sure I can forego the daily latte and cinnamon whirl.

Once Financial Independence is reached I would love to spend my time doing challenges like this (only much smaller).

Mr Z (Iron Zombie)

12 thoughts on “Keep on swimming

  1. Dividend Drive

    Wow, that sounds absolutely incredible. I can't imagine how over the moon he will be feeling once he has completed this challenge.

    I see what you mean about the donation page. Come across a little odd at first glance!

  2. Neverland

    Investing over a long time period is nothing like doing 50 iron men races in 50 days

    Its just doing something really really boring for like decades…

    …which is why it works

  3. Mr Zombie

    Onto number 48 now, he's gonna make it!

    I'd love to, but my knee won't hold up for the run. Going to have to be the 24 hour Le Mans cycle race next year for me 🙂


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