WHY do you do what you do?

Why are you lifting THAT much weight?
Why do you run THAT far?
Why are you eating THAT?
Weightlifters, powerlifters, crossfitters , runners, triathletes, physique competitors (etc.) often get asked these rhetorical questions, as if the answer is self evident (ie, you shouldn’t be doing that).
Can you imagine if we all stopped training at the exact point that allowed us to minimally function in the world?
I know this is a noble goal for some, but many involved in the world of fitness enjoy the competition and perseverance that it takes to achieve a physical goal outside of just functioning in our day to day lives.
The goal of running a marathon, deadlifting 400 pounds, or finishing something that takes dedication and focused hard work is an end in itself. The satisfaction received from setting and then achieving a fitness goal is the “WHY”.
So the answer to those initial questions?
BECAUSE I set a goal and it feels great to reach it.