Ever think about what kinds of animals we admire the most? Put it this way: When was the last time you heard of a high school calling its football team the jackals, hyenas, cows, sheep or tuna?
They call them eagles, sharks, tigers, lions, or falcons.
Otherwise known as predators. Peace, love, whatever: Everyone loves a fighter.
What separates us from the animals is that, at least when we’re not fighting wars or living in the inner city, we’re capable of ferocious competition in which nobody gets hurt and the losers survive to fight again. (When I say “nobody gets hurt,” it doesn’t mean that someone isn’t going to get his hair mussed up a little – I’m a boxing fan, after all — but you get the idea.)
Among the warriors I admire most are Ironman competitors. These pictures will show you why:
All photos © 2015 by Lee Gruenfeld