I signed up for the 2013 Chicago Triathlon as the only sensible thing to do because running hurts my back and I’d never swum more than sixty three consecutive feet in my life. So why not sandwich a 14 mile bike ride in between two athletic events for which I had demonstrated zero competence. T he event was just too exciting to pass up! My yearlong path to the event was illustrative to say the least and life changing to say it all. Here are nine lessons I learn on the way: Lesson 1: The All-American Diet does NOT work.