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From marine to addict to Ironman: how one man did it

From marine to addict to Ironman: how one man did it

When he returned home to Walnut Creek, California, he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with all he’d gone through. “I really don’t know how I survived, and I felt tremendous guilt about that,” he told People . “How did I escape with just a small piece of shrapnel in my neck, while so many died?” Ergo spent the next 10 years numbing his pain in the hopes that he could just forget. But a wakeup call came in 2012 when his wife told him she would leave him if he didn’t get clean. Ergo entered and completed treatment, and two years later, he had a new, healthier, fixation: Ironmans. (Want to sign up for a triathlon? Get the training plan that is right for you .) Photograph courtesy of Mike Ergo Ergo had a running background from his time in the Marines, but cycling and swimming were new to him, he told Men’s Health . He learned to swim in the San Francisco Bay , and a friend...

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