By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

My Number-One Valentine's Day Fantasy

On this Valentine's Day, allow me to share my secret
thoughts with you regarding the number one fantasy of my

I plan to get wet, wear next-to-no clothes, ride hard, and
then run for the hills.

Last year, Jon Reik did it in just over 76 minutes. Of
course, he is only 23-years-old, and has a bit more stamina
than I.

When you pass age 50, it takes a little longer to perform.
Gary Rodebaugh did it in just over 80 minutes, while it took
Maurice Mahoney over 2 hours.

I've just mailed the application in for my first triathlon
event, to be held in Branford, Connecticut. I've never even
run a race, so this should be quite interesting.

It's not the classic "Ironman Triathlon," in which
competitors swim 2.3 miles, bike 110 miles, then finish by
running a 26.2 mile marathon. No, this is a mini-triathlon,
but at this time last year just the concept of swimming one-
half mile, then pedaling 13.5 miles on a bicycle, followed
by a four-mile gallop to the finish would have killed me.

The Connecticut event takes place seven months from now.

I figure that I'll be able to swim the half-mile in about 20
minutes. Add 45 hard minutes for the bike leg. I'll then run
the 4 miles in 35 minutes. How is that for a prediction,
seven months before the fact?

My goal? One hundred minutes or less of intense physical
discomfort. Of course, we produce endorphins, or so I am
told. You know what they say? What doesn't kill you makes
you stronger. Yes, my insurance is paid up. Wish me luck.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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