Jonathan Hiipakka, an age-grouper from Michigan, has had two open-heart surgeries to replace his aortic valve with a pig valve, a fix that should last between 10 and 15 years. Due to Hiipakka’s triathlon training and racing, however, his first valve needed to be replaced after only eight years.
Making triathlon classes a part of curriculum for students is a growing trend on college campuses around the country. Auburn University is the latest institution to make training for triathlons a part of students' educations.
The two 2010 Ironman World Champions, Chris McCormack and Mirinda Carfrae, were also two of the athletes featured on "Training Day" last year.
The Chiefs Super 14 Rugby Team, a professional rugby team based out of New Zealand, used a mini triathlon as part of its preparations for the upcoming season.