Comfort Dogs Wed in ' Pawsome' Ceremony Golden retrievers, Hope and Hunter are patient comfort dogs at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and they've been in love for so long that their handlers thought it was time they make things official.Hospital staff held a ceremony for the dogs in the chapel.What makes an elite triathlete, however, is his ability to master all three phases of the race.“As a coach, it’s important to get people to work on their weaknesses,” says Mackinnon.and Barnum & Bailey Circus folded up its big top for good Sunday night at the end of one last performance.NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports for TODAY from Long Island, New York.
” At 33, I finally understand that my body is a miracle!“I'm well aware my presence is not an easy topic, and so I encourage people if they want to give a high-five, great. I'm a big boy, and so I made the bed, I get to sleep in it.”Born in 1971 in Texas, Lance Armstrong became a triathlete before turning to professional cycling.His career was halted by testicular cancer, but Armstrong returned to win a record seven consecutive Tour de France races beginning in 1999.So how does a guy prepare for such a physically of tough triathlons.IT'S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT For an event that takes nearly a whole day to complete (the swim kicks off at 7 a.m. “It’s very much an endurance sport, and when you choose it, there really isn’t an offseason.Instead of making a wish on her 33rd birthday, America Ferrera chose to count her blessings.In an April 18 Instagram, the Superstore actress shared a photo of herself post-Soul Cycle class, adding a lengthy caption about how she learned to accept her form.with a midnight last call to finish the run), training for the Ironman requires a strict regimen and serious time commitment. Most people who do more than one event are training year round.” According to Mackinnon, the average triathlete trains for 18-30 hours a week, which is like a part-time job: 7 miles of swimming, 225 miles of biking, and 48 miles of running.If you can’t put in a full year, Mackinnon recommends training for at least seven months. [pagebreak] BUILD ON YOUR WEAKNESSES, NOT YOUR STRENGTHS Sure, Michael Phelps would excel in the swim, Lance Armstrong would breeze through the bike, and Mo Farah would mow through the marathon.The term "Ironman" was actually coined back in the 70s from a dispute between military officers over which athlete—the swimmer, biker, or runner—was toughest.Since then, it has grown into a nationally televised event, and this year's IRONMAN World Championship will be held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on October 13, surely inspiring a new crop of athletes to take on the triple-threat challenge.