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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Challenging themselves physically and mentally
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Courtesy Cary Epstein
Former Hewlett teacher and coach Cary Epstein competed in first triathlon 13 years ago.

By working to build his speed, endurance and learning the proper nutrition, Gartenstein is able to perform at his best. “It takes several years of training for your body to really adjust to the heavy volume training that the Ironman demands,” he said. “Compared to when I started, I now truly understand what it takes to do this and can achieve my full potential.”

Though all three enjoy the competition aspect of triathlons, they also like to challenge themselves. “I have learned that anything is possible if I just put my mind to it,” Epstein said. “There are two kinds of people in the world; those who say ‘I can’t’ and those who say ‘I can.’”

Raising more than $250,000 for numerous causes and not-for-profit organizations propels Greenbaum. “Over the years, whether it was a triathlon or one of the many marathons I’ve done, I have always used the event as an excuse to support a cause and ask people to support me and the cause,” he said.

Gartenstein said triathlons give him a goal to aim for. “I compete because it’s a great distraction from life’s challenges and it forces you to stay in the moment,” he said. “The long course racing isn’t just a physical challenge but a mental challenge as well and I love being in the moment for the entire day.”

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