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I really enjoyed this one.
I am a huge T.C. Boyle fan and I love this story. However, I had a question about the triathlon distance of 1 mile swim, 34 bike, 10 mile run. I have raced triathlon for about ten years and have never come across a race of that distance. Triathlon races are in Sprint, Olympic, Half-Iron and Ironman distances. The HIM is 1.2 mile swim, 56 bike and 13.1 run. Olympic is a mile swim, 24-26 bike and 6.2 run. Races are pretty standardized so I was not sure which distance Mr. Boyle was referring to.
An amazing tale, from a master.