Conquering Your Fear: Insights from a Six-Time World Champion Wrestler

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Conquering Your Fear: Insights from a Six-Time World Champion Wrestler

Triathlon, a unique combination of endurance sports, requires discipline, hard work, and a fearless spirit to succeed. While the sport may have its differences, it shares similarities with other athletic contests. So, what can we learn from other successful athletes that can help us excel in triathlons? A lot, as it turns out.

Jordon Burrows

In this article, we will delve into the lessons and insights shared by Jordon Burrows, a six-time World Champion wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist, who is considered the greatest wrestler of all time (GOAT). As the triathlon season approaches (don’t forget to register for the Omaha Duathlon!), let’s find out what we can learn from Jordon’s inspiring story and how we can apply it to our triathlon training.

“Living for the Adrenaline Rush”

Walking onto the mat before a competition, Jordon experiences a range of emotions, including fear, confidence, nervousness, and peace. Despite the roar of the crowd, Jordon hears complete silence, and while he has a lot to lose, he has everything to gain. Jordon writes, “there is an adrenaline rush unlike no other when you put it all out on the line.”

Starting his career with a 69-0 record and winning two World Championships and an Olympic gold medal, Jordon could have easily retired, but he continued to compete, embracing the fear and adrenaline rush that came with each competition.

“Conquering Your Fear to Reach Your Dreams”

It takes courage to put it all out on the line in front of thousands of people, and there is honor in that. Lacing up your shoes and stepping onto the line is half the battle, and Jordon encourages us to take the risk and conquer our fear. He says, “Never let your fear of failure outweigh your desire to succeed. Conquer your fear. Become great.”

Jordon reminds us that even the best athletes have nerves and fear, but it’s up to us to overcome them and put our dreams within reach. He asks, “How hard are you willing to go to get what you want?”

“Dream it. Do it.”

An inspiring conversation once went, “What if I fall?” To which the reply was, “Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” Jordon reminds us that we can never lose what we’ve already gained, and encourages us to dream big and take the leap.

In conclusion, Jordon Burrows’ insights and lessons can help us in our triathlon training. By embracing the fear and adrenaline rush, putting it all out on the line, and never letting the fear of failure outweigh our desire to succeed, we can reach our triathlon goals and become great. So, lace up your shoes, put your foot on the line, and let’s see how far we can fly.

Lincoln Murdoch
Lincoln Murdoch
As an accomplished endurance athlete, Lincoln has been competing in running events for 40 years and racing in triathlons for 25 years. He is a 3x USAT National Champion, 14x USAT All-American and 3x ITU World Championships Top-Ten finisher. Lincoln is passionate about helping athletes meet their goals through books, online resources, coaching and motivational speaking. You can learn more at
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