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Tackling a Triathlon with No Experience & Overcoming a Whirlwind of Obstacles with Josh Muskin

Interviewing Josh Muskin, a man who conquered an Ironman Triathlon with no prior experience. Hustle & Motivate is a podcast presented by, the home of the underdog. Mag Illustration

If you’re someone who’s been told you weren’t good enough, not big enough, not fast enough, not smart enough, or if you’ve ever felt paralyzed by a failure that you just weren’t willing to accept, this is the show for you.

Hustle & Motivate is a blueprint, built by guests who’ve conquered obstacles, silenced critics, and overcome adversity by seeing every failure as an opportunity, realizing the true power of the underdog mentality.

Through insightful and thought-provoking conversations, we uncover the stories behind these impressive individuals.

The aim is to show you what you’re capable of.

Realizing that a simple mindset shift opens up a world of possibilities.  Because in the end, you can do anything you believe you can achieve.

Who Is Josh Muskin?

When Josh Muskin graduated college, he lost a sense of purpose. As a lifelong athlete, he felt as if he had nothing left to train for.

His competitive nature went away.

Then, in the fall of 2017, he came across a Facebook post of a friend crossing the finish line at Ironman Canada. And it lit a fire under Josh.

He decided right then and there that he was going to do a triathlon. For those who don’t know, that’s a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon all done back-to-back in the same day.

Problem was, he had no experience doing any of those things.

And in our conversation you’ll hear a great story of Josh’s encounter with a sales associate when he went to buy his first pair of running shoes.

To the average person, a triathlon sounds crazy. For most, it’s just out of the question.

So how did Josh prepare himself in just 337 days? And how did he handle all the obstacles that popped up along the way?

Find out in our conversation below.

Quote Of The Week

“It can be paralyzing to think about the big mountain that you’re climbing versus the next step that you need to take. But if you’re only thinking about ‘forward is progress’, it’s much easier to make progress.” – Josh Muskin, Ironman

Show Highlights

[4:00] Josh’s spark of inspiration to do an Ironman

[9:10] The intense training process and obstacles that disrupted it

[15:09] His mindset leading up to race day

[19:21] A treacherous bike ride on an open highway

[29:26] Why it’s important to keep setting goals in life

After Listening…

If you’re interested in doing a triathlon yourself, Josh has everything you need to prepare for it. He offers two great resources: a detailed 1-year Ironman training plan and an injury prevention plan.

You can find all that and more on his website, where he covers the keys to physical and mental health and fitness.

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Thanks for listening!


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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.



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