It’s easy to say, “I can’t,” and rest on your assumptions that you’re “not a runner,” or swimmer, or cyclist. But you’re often, if not always, wrong. Take Matt Lieto, for example. Prior to becoming a professional triathlete, he was a 250 lb boy who was relieved of his volunteering duties during an Ironman event because he couldn’t keep up.

Needless to say, it was a turning point in my life. I was dying, just walking 1.5 miles to the expo to get free candy bars. Around me people were smiling (like the year’s champion Natascha Badmann) through 140.6 miles. Seriously? I volunteered at mile 20 of the run and was soon relieved from water duty because I just couldn’t keep up with the leaders as they went by…“Water, water!“ they yelled. Sorry fellas.

Matt is a testament to the fact that you can do anything you set your mind to. (You can, and should, read his full story here.) Are ready to sign up for your first race?

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