Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty Inspired Me To Do A Triathlon

Have you seen the movie The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty yet? If so, just sit tight, this will relate to triathlon, I promise.

If not, drop whatever you’re doing and go see it ASAP because it is AWWWWWESOME.

Without giving the whole story away, Walter Mitty is a guy who overcomes his fears, gains confidence and becomes the man he’s always wanted to be as a result of going on a journey that requires him to take a ton of remarkable  risks. And this picture of Sean Penn beckoned Walter Mitty to start his amazing adventure.


The first thing this movie made me want to do is travel. The second thing it made me want to do is a triathlon.

I can 110% relate to Walter Mitty and just like him, I often let my fears and insecurities keep me from taking risks and trying new things.

But, after watching this movie and being incredibly inspired, Davey and I signed up for our 1st half-Ironman. Ahhhhh!!!! And just like the song Ground Control To Major Tom says in this trailer (0:44), we’re going to take our protein pills and put our helmets on and take a risk.

My challenge for you today is to take a risk.

Maybe (hopefully!) you’re inspired to do your first triathlon or to train for a longer distance triathlon. Do it. And if you’re still scared, do it scared.

How Walter Mitty Inspired Me To Do A Triathlon and to take more risks |

The good thing about taking risks is that we become a bit braver as a result.

I hope this inspires you to sign up for your first triathlon and take yourself on. And if it doesn’t, then go see this movie and I’ll leave it up to Walter Mitty to do the inspiring.  You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try/tri…

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Have you seen The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty? What did you think?

What’s your risk?


About Author

Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →