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Tri Challenge journey still going, still working
December 9th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Tri Challenge journey still going, still working

Kendrick Henley was one of six CNN viewers chosen to be a part of the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. He trained with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and raced the New York City Triathlon on August 7. Since then Henley has kept up his new healthy lifestyle and recently raced his second 5K since the triathlon. CNN is looking for viewers like Henley to join our 2012 Challenge. Click "Add Your Story" to apply.

The year 2011 might be coming to an end, but Kendrick’s journey and Team Henley’s celebrations continue...

When Kendrick, Coach Keith and I (Coach Mary Ann) became “Team Henley” in January 2011, none of us knew what to expect from the coming year. Kendrick had just been selected for the 2011 Fit Nation Challenge and Coach Keith and I were excited to have the opportunity to coach a new athlete from our hometown of Chicago.

That was pretty much all that we knew, and out of the three of us, Kendrick was taking the biggest risk. He was literally letting the world know that he wanted to change the way he was living, lose weight and take on a healthier lifestyle.
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Tri Challenge: Kendrick takes on open water
July 20th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Tri Challenge: Kendrick takes on open water

Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon.

There comes a time in every triathlete's life when he  dips his  toe into open water. For the triathletes that train in the Chicagoland area, we are blessed with “Ohio Street Beach,” a sandy stretch of shoreline and marked swim along a breakwall on Lake Michigan. In the summer months, when the water temperature finally begins to rise to about 60, Ohio Street Beach becomes a mecca for triathletes.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, you will find people squirming in and out of wetsuits and training at this site. It is a great place to practice swimming in the open water. There is a solid breakwall on one side, buoys to mark the ¼, ½, and ¾ mile swim and on a good day you can see the bottom of the lake below you.

For Kendrick, this was his first place to try open water swimming. It was yet another big step along his already epic journey. Not only was it the site of his first long swim, it was also the start location for his first three-hour training session.

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