28 Jun '12, 1pm

Want to TRI something new? Train for a triathlon in just six weeks. Here's how:

Lake Michigan looked greasy and unsettled, as if it had just eaten something that didn't agree with it. I was standing on a concrete pier with 20 other guys my age, all of us wearing yellow swim caps and the lean, hungry look of men deep into costly and time-consuming midlife crises. I was about to literally dive into the Chicago Triathlon, the largest in the world, and it didn't bode well for my chances that I was, at that moment, desperately trying to remember how to swim. The other men and I jumped into the lake and treaded water, waiting for a start signal. The 1500-meter course seemed far longer when seen from inches above the water. Why had I gotten myself into this mess? How was I going to get out of it? It had seemed like a bright idea three months earlier. I'd long felt limited by the two dimensions of running, a single line pounded from start to finish, and I'd o...

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