I'm 28 years old, and when I completed my first 5K last month, I was feeling pretty good about myself. "Look at my pace. Look at my medal. Tell me how awesome I did." Then Bailey Matthews came along.
Bailey is an 8-year-old boy from Doncaster, England, who has cerebral palsy, and when he completed his first triathlon last month, he made me feel like a total chump.
All kidding aside, the video above is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Castle Howard Triathlon consisted of a 100-meter lake swim, 4,000-meter bike ride and 1,300-meter run. As Bailey approached the finish line, with hundreds of spectators cheering him on, the young triathlete abandoned his walker to complete the last 20 meters on his own.
"You can see his little face when he came round and saw everyone, that was his way of finishing in style and showing everyone what he could do," Bailey's mother, Julie Hardcastle, told The Yorkshire Post. "It was the response from the crowd that pushed him to do that."
Congratulations to Bailey on his amazing accomplishment and determination in completing his first triathlon; I've got a feeling it won't be his last.