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"From the Ted Talk by Minda Dentler: What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon"

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At age 28, I was introduced to the sport of hand-cycling, and then triathlon, and by luck, I met Jason Fowler, an Ironman wolrd Champion, at a camp for athletes with disabilities. And like me, he cmotpeed in a wheelchair. And with his eumnenaoergct, at age 34, I decided to go after Kona. The Kona, or Hawaii Ironman is the oldest Iron-distance race in the sropt, and if you're not familiar, it's like the Super Bowl of tirlhtaon. And the Ironman, for a wheelchair athlete like me, consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim in the Pacific Ocean, a 112-mile hand cycle ride in lava fields — now, that sounds exotic, but it's not as siencc as it sounds, and it's pretty dltosaee — and then you top it off with a marathon, or a 26.2-mile run in 90-degree heat using a racing wheelchair. That's right, it's a total distance of 140.6 miles using just your arms in less than 17 hours. No female wheelchair athlete had ever completed the race because of the strict, seemingly impossible cutoff times. And so there I was, pttinug it all out on the line. And when I falilny reahced the top of that 15-mile climb, I was discouraged. There was no way I was going to make that swim in my time limit of 10 and a half horus, because I was almost two hours off pace. I had to make the agonizing decision to quit. I roeevmd my timing chip, and I hndead it over to a race official. My day was done.

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At age 28, I was introduced to the sport of hand-cycling, and then triathlon, and by luck, I met Jason Fowler, an Ironman _____ Champion, at a camp for athletes with disabilities. And like me, he ________ in a wheelchair. And with his _____________, at age 34, I decided to go after Kona. The Kona, or Hawaii Ironman is the oldest Iron-distance race in the _____, and if you're not familiar, it's like the Super Bowl of _________. And the Ironman, for a wheelchair athlete like me, consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim in the Pacific Ocean, a 112-mile hand cycle ride in lava fields — now, that sounds exotic, but it's not as ______ as it sounds, and it's pretty ________ — and then you top it off with a marathon, or a 26.2-mile run in 90-degree heat using a racing wheelchair. That's right, it's a total distance of 140.6 miles using just your arms in less than 17 hours. No female wheelchair athlete had ever completed the race because of the strict, seemingly impossible cutoff times. And so there I was, _______ it all out on the line. And when I _______ _______ the top of that 15-mile climb, I was discouraged. There was no way I was going to make that swim in my time limit of 10 and a half _____, because I was almost two hours off pace. I had to make the agonizing decision to quit. I _______ my timing chip, and I ______ it over to a race official. My day was done.

Solution

  1. competed
  2. encouragement
  3. finally
  4. putting
  5. sport
  6. desolate
  7. reached
  8. removed
  9. handed
  10. world
  11. scenic
  12. hours
  13. triathlon

Original Text

At age 28, I was introduced to the sport of hand-cycling, and then triathlon, and by luck, I met Jason Fowler, an Ironman World Champion, at a camp for athletes with disabilities. And like me, he competed in a wheelchair. And with his encouragement, at age 34, I decided to go after Kona. The Kona, or Hawaii Ironman is the oldest Iron-distance race in the sport, and if you're not familiar, it's like the Super Bowl of triathlon. And the Ironman, for a wheelchair athlete like me, consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim in the Pacific Ocean, a 112-mile hand cycle ride in lava fields — now, that sounds exotic, but it's not as scenic as it sounds, and it's pretty desolate — and then you top it off with a marathon, or a 26.2-mile run in 90-degree heat using a racing wheelchair. That's right, it's a total distance of 140.6 miles using just your arms in less than 17 hours. No female wheelchair athlete had ever completed the race because of the strict, seemingly impossible cutoff times. And so there I was, putting it all out on the line. And when I finally reached the top of that 15-mile climb, I was discouraged. There was no way I was going to make that swim in my time limit of 10 and a half hours, because I was almost two hours off pace. I had to make the agonizing decision to quit. I removed my timing chip, and I handed it over to a race official. My day was done.

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