A New Life
Following the amputation, Gary embarked on a new life, that included doing things many of us take for granted, but ones he hadn't been able to do for years.
After not having the ability to bike or run for nearly 4 decades, Gary set out to accomplish his life-long goal of completing a triathlon. Talk about a super-overachiever! Soon after, he hired RTA Triathlon to help prepare and train him properly for his first event. He also joined Team RTA triathlon club in order to surround himself with like-minded individuals who would inspire him and make his journey more fun.
Needless to say, part of Gary's preparation included re-learning how to swim, bike and run with his new prosthetics. Additionally, his training load had to increase slowly and conservatively because he was building himself up from ZERO.
"The hardest part was holding him back," said Elizabeth Kaplanis, co-founder and head coach of RTA Triathlon.
Before long, Gary was up to running 5 miles on his new prothetic blade, a distance he had not covered in 37 years.
Needless to say, Gary is not done. For 2022, he has his sights set on the olympic distance triathlon, and perhaps even a Half-Iron distance / IRONMAN 70.3 or further.
He is beginning his second year with experience and a new perspective: trust the process and slow, but consistent, hard work pays off. The possibilities are limitless.
Gary's triumph is one of many inspirational "success stories" among RTA's athletes and the Tri Club members. Our group comprises of a range of ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience and ability.
The best part, however, is that despite all of our different journeys, we all encourage and support our fellow teammates and athletes in whatever endeavors they choose.