The Ironman is considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. It consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run, in that order. It must be completed in 17 hours.
"The work you've done, you're fine, you really are," Zepeda says.
Whether she's mentally prepared, remains to be seen. Zepeda wants Sonya to focus on the "why" -- her reason for doing this in the first place. He says most Ironman competitors are looking for a new challenge. Meeting the challenge, according to Zepeda is "huge." He talks about the "Ironman point" -- the point where the body wants to quit, the mind agrees, but competitors find the will to keep moving.
"At that point, that's the spirit of Ironman. That's what everybody gets chills about. That's when you know you've put it all out there," Zepeda says.
The premise can be applied to more than just the race.
"It does become learning lessons for life," Zepeda says
As in life, problems are bound to come up during the race. Zepeda says solve the problem and then let it go.
"There’s no point in holding on to it, because at some point you’re just holding on to the negative energy from it and what you’re holding on to is wasting more time than to say, 'okay it happened, now make good decisions,'" Zepeda says.
Zepeda says ultimately, it's not about crossing the finish line. It's about the journey.
"It's what you were willing to sacrifice and work for," he says.