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Third time not a charm at Savageman

Two weeks ago my husband and I traveled to Deep Creek Lake for what would be our third Savageman 70 triathlon. In 2008 got our feet wet with the Savageman 30, a race that offers up a taste of the 70 without suffering through the full Half Ironman distance. I finished fourth in my division that year and returned in 2009 to claim a third place finish. I remember collecting my hardware, packing up my gear, and marveling in horrified awe over a post-race dinner that many of the 70 racers were still on the course. I was glad I wasn't one of them. But by 2010, we were ready to attempt our first Half Ironman distance race. However, in choosing the Savageman 70, we had unwittingly signed up...