Mert Salur is the son of Nazim Salur, the founder of Bitaksi, where we’re investors, and Getir.

I still remember when I first met Mert. At the time, he was training for the half Ironman. That’s a 1.9 KM swim followed by a 90 KM bike ride followed by a 21.1 KM run. It’s daunting to say the least, but Mert successfully completed it about 2 years ago.

Fast forward 2 years and Mert is now a full Ironman. That’s a 3.8 KM swim followed by a 180 KM bike ride followed by a 42.2 KM run.

It took Mert 11 hours, 12 minutes, and 55 seconds of non-stop physical extertion to complete the journey. Even people who exercise on a regular basis like myself find it difficult to exercise at that level of exertion for over an hour or two.

Here’s a blog post in which Mert shares his learnings from the arduous process of becoming an Ironman. The learnings are:

  1. Achievement necessitates preparation
  2. Listen
  3. Be patient
  4. Accept that you may not succeed this time, and that that is OK

As Mert shares, “now that I am an Ironman, I can set more difficult, distant, and unclear [mental] goals.” And that’s a goal worth striving for.

Congratulations Mert.

Originally published at Thoughts of a VC.