By John L. Pendergrass
Completing a triathlon at any age is an immense success; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ most unlikely objective of finishing six IRONMAN Triathlons on six continents, all whereas in his sixties, opposed to the chances will shatter your preconceptions of what a guy in his golden years can accomplish.
For most folks, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and ponder a existence good lived. now not for Pendergrass. As his 60th birthday loomed, he longed for a problem that will push him to his limits and force him to accomplish anything that few humans had ever performed before.
Pendergrass came across his solution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s such a lot tricky patience occasion: an intimidating 2.4 mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorcycle journey, and an laborious 26.2 mile run—all within the comparable day. a complete of 140.6 miles, nonstop... a enormous job for males part his age.
Against the chances follows Pendergrass via every one hard step as he struggles opposed to time, doubt, and his personal actual boundaries to reach drained, yet effective on the end line. From the deserts of Arizona to the bush of South Africa, from the shorelines of Brazil to the coasts of latest Zealand, this trip chronicles not just the races themselves, but in addition the breathtaking nations that host them. instructed with modesty and humor, opposed to the chances is a narrative of striking force and remarkable braveness that might encourage you to new heights many may in basic terms dream of reaching
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Against the Odds: The Adventures of a Man in His Sixties Competing in Six of the World's Toughest Triathlons across Six Continents by John L. Pendergrass