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By John L. Pendergrass

Completing a triathlon at any age is an important success; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ most unlikely aim of finishing six IRONMAN Triathlons on six continents, all whereas in his sixties, opposed to the percentages will shatter your preconceptions of what a guy in his golden years can accomplish.

For most folks, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and give some thought to a existence 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 anything that few humans had ever performed before.

Pendergrass discovered his solution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s so much tough patience occasion: an intimidating 2.4 mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorcycle trip, and an hard 26.2 mile run—all within the related day. a complete of 140.6 miles, nonstop... a huge job for males part his age.

Against the chances follows Pendergrass via every one hard step as he struggles opposed to time, doubt, and his personal actual boundaries to reach drained, yet triumphant on the end line. From the deserts of Arizona to the bush of South Africa, from the seashores of Brazil to the coasts of recent 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 marvelous braveness that may motivate you to new heights many may well purely dream of reaching

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Sometimes you don’t even know who you are anymore. ’’ Lizzie wouldn’t have to wonder about the consequences; she’d experience them first hand. 29 ................. ’’ —Elizabeth to Ronald Haver, 1991 Elizabeth’s young life was divided between her parents’ massive estate in Patterson, New York, and their elegant home in Beverly Hills. It was there they hosted various dinner parties and Sunday brunches that were attended by the conservative likes of James Cagney, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, Irene Dunne, Frank Morgan, and George Arliss.

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