David Goggins, often referred to as the toughest athlete on the planet, is an American retired Navy SEAL who is best known for being a triathlete, cyclist, and ultramarathon runner.
Goggins has competed in over 60 endurance races and has placed third at the Badwater Ultramarathonas – “the world’s toughest foot race.”
He frequently works as a motivational speaker, discussing mental power and how to overcome obstacles.
Cameron Hanes, a fellow-ultrarunner, described Goggins:
“For most humans, this wouldn’t be wise. But Goggins isn’t most humans.”
He was born on February 17, 1975, in the US. His father, Trunnis Goggins, was the owner of Skateland roller rink.
David, his older brother, and mother were victims of his abusive father.
At 24, Goggins was earning $1,000 a month, “popping doughnuts like tic-tacs” and weighed 21 stone.
Then one day, David decided that he wanted to become a SEAL himself. However, he weighed almost 300 pounds and was told that he was too heavy to make it through SEAL training. He lost 106 pounds in less than 3 months. Later, he was accepted into SEAL training.
In 2004, David graduated from Army Ranger School with the distinction of enlisted “Top Honor Man.”
First Ultramarathon Race
In 2005, after several of his friends died (after the Navy SEALs suffered the worst tragedy in a mission that went horribly wrong) in Afghanistan, David began long-distance running to raise money.
During an interview, David said:
“It touched me. I was trying to find a way to help after that, and I thought about how the cost of a college education is huge now.”
Goggins went on to say:
”Most of the guys who died over there had kids.”
About 70-miles in his first 100 miles race, David was peeing blood down his leg since he couldn’t make it to a toilet 20 feet from him. Also, all the metatarsal bones in his feet were broken. There were muscles tearing, shin splints, and stress fractures.
Later, Goggins said:
“Everyone asks me, were you thinking about the guys that died at that time? I’m not gonna lie; I wasn’t.”
”This became a personal thing, this became me against this race; me against the kids that called me nigger; me against me. It just became something I took so violently personal.”
Goggins went on slowly to finish the race, finishing the 100 miles in 19 hours.
In 2006, he participated in Badwater-135, where he finished fifth overall.
In 2007, David again participated at the Badwater-135. He achieved his best finish by placing third overall.
In 2008, Goggins was named a “Hero of Running” by Runner’s World.
In the follow-up year, David participated in the Furnace Creek-508, an ultramarathon bicycle race that is named after the total length of its course – 508 miles.
On January 20, 2013, he broke the world record for the most pull-ups (4,030) done in 17 hours.
The main aim of his challenges was to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Competing in endurance challenges has enabled David to raise over $2 million for the foundation.
David married Aleeza Goggins in 2005.
His wife once said about David:
“He realized that in order to gain the attention to raise money, he was going to have to suffer.”
Aleeza later added:
“He hates running. He hates riding the bike. I’m here to tell you he’s angry every morning he has to do it.”
According to reports, they are currently separated.
On November 15, 2018, Goggins released the book- ”Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds.”
In his book, David shares his amazing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40 percent of our capabilities.
Some of his most important races are:
- ran 100 miles in under 24 hours on no training – 2005;
- San Diego 100 Mi – 2006;
- Badwater Ultra Marathon – 2006;
- Ultraman World Championships – 2006;
- Ultraman World Championships – 2007;
- Badwater Ultra – 2007;
- Leadville 100 – 2007;
- MiWok 100k Race – 2007;
- Kona Ironman World Championship – 2008;
- Furnace Creek-508 – 2009;
- The world record for the most pull-ups done in 17 hours – 2013.
“I didn’t run, I endured.”
”The pain that you are willing to endure is measured by how bad you want it.”
”People want to see you throw up, cry and go through tremendous suffering.”
”A lot of people call me obsessed. That’s fine. I probably am obsessed.”
“The best conversation you’re going to have in your entire life is the one you have with your self.”
“You can hate me, but there’s one thing you can’t say about me – that I didn’t attack it.”
“As a human being, you always go back to wanting to feel sorry for yourself.”
“When you think you’re done, you’re only at 40% of your total potential.”
“You have to find out what you truly want in life. You have to believe in something.”
On February 19, 2018, Joe Rogan interviewed David Goggins. The interview was uploaded on YouTube. After two weeks, the video had over 1.4 million views. Currently, it has over 2.9 million views.
David had to go through three Hell Week’s in a year.
During a routine medical checkup in 2010, it was discovered that Goggins had a hole between the atrial chambers of his heart.
The condition (called – atrial septal defect) prevents people from doing activities at high altitudes. A few days after learning of the atrial septal defect, David had surgery to repair his heart.
He also has asthma.
David is the only person to have completed:
- Air Force Tactical Air Controller training;
- Army Ranger School;
- Navy SEAL training.
In 2012, Goggins completed 3,207 pull-ups in 12 hours, however, he had to stop due to an injury in his right palm.
David Goggins – Net Worth
Goggins earned most of his wealth from his service in United States Navy SEALs (currently he is retired), sells from his book – Can’t Hurt Me, tickets sold to his motivational speeches, and prize money from the races he participated in. Therefore, David Goggins has an estimated net worth of $0.5 million.