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By John L. Pendergrass

Completing a triathlon at any age is a massive fulfillment; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ very unlikely objective 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 folk, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and give some thought to a lifestyles good lived. now not for Pendergrass. As his 60th birthday loomed, he longed for a problem that might push him to his limits and force him to accomplish whatever that few humans had ever performed before.

Pendergrass came upon his solution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s such a lot tricky patience occasion: an intimidating 2.4 mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorbike experience, and an laborious 26.2 mile run—all within the similar day. a complete of 140.6 miles, nonstop... a huge activity for males part his age.

Against the chances follows Pendergrass via each one hard step as he struggles opposed to time, doubt, and his personal actual barriers 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 latest Zealand, this trip chronicles not just the races themselves, but additionally the breathtaking international locations that host them. informed with modesty and humor, opposed to the percentages is a narrative of extraordinary force and extraordinary braveness that might motivate you to new heights many might basically dream of reaching

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I felt growing within me, perhaps for the first time, a nauseating sensation of emptiness: so this is what it meant to be different, this was the price for being the salt of the earth. To carry on your crossbar a girl you desire and be so far from her as not to be able even to fall in love with her: to carry her on the crossbar along Viale Gorizia to help her belong to someone else, and vanish from my life. (Table 124-5) The idea of assimilation — at the cost of discarding age-old cultural tradi tions and particularisms — as universal panacea against all the evils suffered down the centuries, even after the emancipation of the Jews, proved illusory.

Like other friends of the Levis, the Marconis were Christians, and in 1935, only three years before the promulgation of the racial laws by Mussolini, there were no tensions between Christians and Jews. In 1932, as Levi recalls in an essay called "A Long Duel," published in Other People's Trades, Beccali had won the 1,500 metres in Los Angeles, and the club members dreamed of similar triumphs. They organized their own competitions in a stadium that no longer exists, opened in 1915 and already gone to seed by the mid-1930s, its giant scale a prototype of Mussolinian architecture.

As the family was vast, on Seder night no fewer than forty young children would throng around their families while consuming the Passover matzah and meal. Giulia sat next to Primo, because they were the eldest. Primo would recite a few pages of the Haggadah, the story of the Exodus, together with his father, and Giulia's father and grandfather. She says today: "Primo did not really know what he was reading, but he read. It was not exactly a proper Seder. Our fathers came in from the office feeling tired, and they read at high speed.

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