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5 Essential Steps for Women Starting Endurance Racing

Ana Dutra could barely swim across a pool when a friend suggested they sign up for a triathlon. “I had not swam since I was a child,” she says, “but I decided to train anyway.”

Her first event consisted of a 750-yard swim, 12-mile bike race and a 3-mile run. “I finished with a big smile on my face and a feeling of power that was hard to describe. Since then, the 52-year old author and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago has completed more than 20 triathlons — including 6 half Ironmans — and has run the Chicago Marathon for the past six years.

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