By John L. Pendergrass
Completing a triathlon at any age is an incredible fulfillment; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ very unlikely target 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 folk, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and examine a lifestyles good lived. no longer for Pendergrass. As his 60th birthday loomed, he longed for a problem that might push him to his limits and force him to accomplish whatever that few humans had ever performed before.
Pendergrass chanced on his solution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s such a lot tough persistence occasion: an intimidating 2.4 mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorcycle experience, and an laborious 26.2 mile run—all within the related day. a complete of 140.6 miles, nonstop... a enormous activity for males part his age.
Against the chances follows Pendergrass via each one exhausting step as he struggles opposed to time, doubt, and his personal actual obstacles to reach drained, yet effective on the end line. From the deserts of Arizona to the bush of South Africa, from the shores of Brazil to the coasts of latest Zealand, this trip chronicles not just the races themselves, but additionally the breathtaking nations that host them. instructed with modesty and humor, opposed to the chances is a narrative of awesome force and magnificent braveness that may encourage you to new heights many may in simple 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