Meet the World’s First Ironman With Cerebral Palsy

Swim, Bike, Run

When the documentary of the climb, Beyond Limits, was released, Paddock saw what his awkward, stiff gait looks like to other people. Watching himself go through episodes of despair and self-pity, he was forced to confront the fact that he still had not accepted his own disability. While he had become a role model for many others, he was more embarrassed by his mental shortcomings than his physical ones.

“It’s one of those things in life where you think you’ve accomplished something great, but if you don’t go deep into the darkness to figure out why you’re really doing it, you missed the point,” Paddock says. “I thought that if I had gotten to the peak I’d confront my limitations, but I needed something more.”

That “something more” was the 2012 Ironman Triathlon in Kona. He trained for two years with legendary athlete and former Ironman Greg Welch.

“The progressive training experience was difficult, paling in comparison to Kilimanjaro,” Paddock says. “Not only did I have to focus more on my core, I had to monitor my nutrition to make sure I was fueling my body the right way.”

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