One Man Army

Woods Participates in Triathlon

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One Man Army

Daniel with his parents Julie and Dan Woods.

Daniel with his parents Julie and Dan Woods.

Daniel with his parents Julie and Dan Woods.

Daniel with his parents Julie and Dan Woods.

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One hour, 33 minutes and 53 seconds–that’s how long it took junior Daniel Woods to complete the Hero Hustle Triathlon.

In the male 19 and under division, Woods placed third, and overall, he placed 53rd.

During the triathlon, Woods swam 400 meters in 9:28, biked 16 miles in 54:47 and ran 3.1 miles, which is equal to the distance of a cross country race, in 26:08.

Jason Guyer, race director, said, “One thing that impressed me was that his run time was faster than his first cross country race, even after he swam and biked.”

Many people participated in teams, but Woods completed the triathlon by himself

“I called myself a one man army,” Woods said. “I even wrote it on my swim cap.”

Woods started training a month before the triathlon. His training included swimming across Schram Pond, running around town, or biking the triathlon route.

“I practiced for at least an hour a day,” Woods said. “It was nice because I could practice where the triathlon was taking place.”

From competing in the triathlon, Woods learned that he can do anything he sets his mind to.

“In the future I would like to do more triathlons,’’ Woods said. “I want to see if I can improve my times and get better.”

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