My New Year’s Resolution

The past few days I’ve spent time thinking about my resolution for 2020, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

My goal is to complete the Boston Sprint Triathlon on August 2, 2020.

It includes a 750m ocean swim, 17.5K bike ride, and 5.5K run. I’ve never attempted a triathlon before, swum in the ocean for a significant distance, or rode in a bike race. I did complete a half-marathon in Rhode Island several years ago (barely), but I haven’t been exercising much since then. My hope is by training for the Sprint Triathlon, I will develop more self discipline, work on my diet, and lose a few pounds. I’m dedicating this race to my friend and mentor, infectious diseases physician Dr. Charlie van der Horst, who died in 2019 during a marathon swim.

If a 70 year old man can complete a marathon in 2:54:23, I should be able to complete this much shorter sprint triathlon.

Will you join me, jumping into the beautiful Atlantic Ocean at Carson Beach, next summer? Yikes, that’s only seven months away!


“I Was Doing It for My Patients”: Dr. Charlie van der Horst on His Life Fighting for Justice, Indy Week, 6/19/2019.

Record-Breaking Performance in a 70-Year-Old Marathoner, New England Journal of Medicine, 4/11/2019. 

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6 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolution

  1. I did my first sprint triathlon in 2018 and loved it. Hope the training and race experience are as good for you as they were for me.

    If you’re not a swimmer – don’t be afraid of the swim! It went from something I dreaded to my favorite workout in a matter of weeks.

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