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First Triathlon Story - Losing Weight and Gaining Health

About 2 years ago someone snapped a photo of me while I was coaching University football here in Canada. I looked at the photo and realized I needed to make some changes.

At 355lbs and 6'7" I was huge and at 51 not a good idea to be that big. Having been a football player and avid weight lifter, I decided it was time for a change in my training regime. Gone were the heavy weights and hello to the world of endurance sports, such as running.

When I began I could hardly complete 2 minutes of running, but with dogged determination I proceeded to hit milestone after milestone, competing in 5K races then 10K then 1/2 marathons to 30K races and finally marathons. After ticking those off of the "bucket list" next up was the transition into the tri world.

WOW what an exhilarating experience this was, I have now completed 2 this summer, mini tris and have thoroughly enjoyed the events, the camaraderie and enhanced vision of myself as a triathlete. Along with this comes the flavour of more, can I do more, will I do more and am I prepared to do more.

With 2 more mini triathlons slated on Sept 3 and Sept 10th. I have begun to focus on next year and moving into Sprint distances and by late next year I hope to have done and Olympic tri, and by 2013 my goal is to accomplish a 1/2 Ironman, from there who knows ALOHA baby!

Anything is possible I have transformed myself from 355lbs to 240lbs and from a 46" waist to a 36" waist over the course of the past 2 years, by training hard and eating right. Love life and love TRI life.

Barry from Ontario

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