Episode 167: Colin O'Brady | What's Your Everest?

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 167 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Colin O'Brady.

“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” 

At 22, Colin thought his life was over when what seemed like harmless fun in a remote village in Thailand turned into a nightmare. He was participating in a fire dance with a jumprope; the next thing he knew, his feet was entangled in the rope and he was burning up to the neck. 

Doctors told him that he would not be able to work properly again.

Yet here we are with Colin, speaking to us about stories from completing a triathlon and Snapchatting from the peak of Mt. Everest.

“Us humans have these reservoirs of untapped potential inside of us and we can achieve incredible things, particularly when we focus our mind and we commit to the process, and more importantly, when we believe they are possible.”

Colin tells us that all things you really want to enjoy in life require some sort of challenge. Not being one to back down, Colin - with the encouragement of his very supportive mother - got up and began breaking ceilings. Since the accident and since getting back in shape, Colin has conquered The Explorers Grand Slam and went on to break two world records.

“We aren’t experts, but we are curious enough to wake up every day and keep taking a few more steps.”

He's not stopping at all of his achievements. Colin wants others to take a challenge and break records too. So he started a non-profit called Beyond 7/2, which aims to raise awareness and funds to inspire kids and their communities to lead active, healthy kids and pursue their biggest dreams.

Join Colin and Nik on this very inspirational episode today.