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Obsession: The fragrance of the Ironman

Originally Published: October 12, 2004
By Robert Alfert | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Robert Alfert will be sharing his experience of preparing and running in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships with ESPN.com this week.

Now in its 26th year, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship on the big island of Hawaii is just old enough to have legends worthy of consideration. Chief among those is Madame Pele, the ill-tempered Goddess of Volcanoes, who over the decades has earned a reputation for heaping all sorts of elemental abuse on the elite athletes who dare ...

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