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My Assisted Athlete Triathlon Learning Curve

I will quote the great prophet Clint Eastwood, "A man's got to know his limitations." My first triathlon with my special needs buddy Liam is rapidly approaching on May 6th in San Diego at the Spring Sprint Triathlon and I'm feeling more than a tad unqualified. Put another way, have you ever signed up for something, and said to yourself, "what was I thinking?"

Don't get me wrong, I am totally up for the challenge and no one is more worthy of this than my (IRun4) run buddy Liam who suffers from hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and scoliosis. For a kid who's never walked and is blind, I know one thing. He LOVES racing.

While I've been successful pushing Liam in a Team Hoyt running chair now four times in races, the triathlon is a different beast. There's that whole swimming and cycling thing on top of the run that makes up the "tri" part of triathlon. As I wrote in "My Ugly Valentine," there are a couple things I didn't t…

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