After completing 50 triathlons in 50 days across all 50 US states, James Lawrence knew he could do more.”The 50 wasn’t close enough to know my limits,” Lawrence said. “That is why I am doing the ‘Conquer 100.'”A full-distance or Ironman triathlon involves swimming 2.4 miles (3.8 km), cycling 112 miles (180km), and running 26.2 miles (42.195km).
Do that for 100 consecutive days and your body will have traveled more than 14,000 miles, that’s nearly 23,000 kilometers, or well over half the Earth’s circumference.
Lawrence, known to many as the “Iron Cowboy” is doing those thousands of miles near his home in Lindon City, Utah. He started on March 1 and hopes to complete the feat on June 8.
“People always say chase your dreams, but when you’re chasing something, you never catch it,” says Lawrence’s wife Sunny, explaining the reasoning behind the title “Conquer 100.””With this, I was like, it’s got to be something powerful, you own it, you are the master and you’re conquering it.”
By completing the ‘Conquer 100,’ Lawrence wants to set a new benchmark of human performance and endurance.He’s also fundraising, saying all proceeds generated from his challenge are being donated to Operation Underground Railroad, a not-for-profit organization using former CIA and Navy Seal operatives to eradicate child sex trafficking.
“I do what I do to raise money for charity and to challenge myself to see what the limits are for my mind and body,” says Lawrence, who celebrated his 45th birthday alongside a 38th successive daily triathlon on April 7.