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The middleaged fat guy who finished 272nd out of 274 in the triathlon
yesterday


still gets to keep the t-shirt, because he finished.



The great thing about finishing my first triathlon in two hours and
twentyeight minutes is that there's so much room for improvement.

Competing in my first triathlon was one of the most emotionally satisfying experiences of my entire life. Everyone was so incredibly encouraging. Coming out of the lake after the open water swim, there was still a crowd on the dock cheering. Every time somebody passed me on the bike and run, and I got passed a lot, I heard "good job" "keep it up" "stay focused" "you can do it". My wife and older stepson were there at every transition cheering and waving. And the evil friend who talked me into this madness, who had plenty of time after she finished to gather up my bike, my towel, and all my other junk and load it into the truck, she was there too, already talking about the next one.

And there will be a next one. I figure I just need to join a swim club and lose another twentyfive pounds and hit it hard this winter and I can knock most of an hour off my time.

I'm just proud to say I didn't quit.
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