In 1988 I competed in the National Championship Sprint Triathlon. I was fit and healthy, I was making really good money at a job that I didn't hate -yet. The water was cold, resulting in one of my fastest swim times ever. I passed one of the super elite runners on the bike leg. The run was flat and fast. I finished in the top half of the field. Not bad for a 30 year old who had been 75 pounds over weight two years before.