We watch extreme sport athletes competing in reality TV shows or trying to overcome a feat that they’ve challenged themselves to see through, and immerse ourselves in the gnawing excitement and curiosity to see the outcome. Will they make it? Or will they succumb to their body’s limitations? It doesn’t matter, for it is our fodder for entertainment.
Take for example the world’s biggest triathlon, the Ironman, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike race, and finished off by a 26.2-mile run – all races have to be completed without a break. It’s an exhausting event but athletes are put through a vigorous period of training and diet restrictions, months before the big day. For those who aren’t able to start off with such an event, there’s a second option called the Ironman 70.3with the same line of events but with shorter distances.