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Beat the heat

Originally Published: May 21, 2011
By Amanda MacMillan

The course for Lavaman Triathlon on Hawaii's Big Island winds over sandy beaches, down a treeless highway, and -- you guessed it -- lava rock in 90-degree temps. It was my first race of the year, and I knew I was in for quite a rude awakening. For the past six months, I'd trained for the Olympic-distance event in near-freezing New York conditions. Besides hitting the sauna at the gym, I'd done little to prepare myself for the sweltering weather ahead of me.

Worried about burning ...

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