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The 400 Challenge

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The 400 Challenge

It started innocently enough. I told my lovely bride that despite her impressive athletic accomplishments and my recent bilateral hip surgeries, I thought I could outrun her for 100-meters. A few hours later, once her dismissive laughter subsided, we visited the track and confirmed my hypothesis. Always gracious in defeat, she said, “It never even occurred to me that you could beat me”.

Still, I conceded due to her youth, talent and far superior conditioning, she’d leave me in the dust over a longer distance. Later that night, she suggested the challenge: “If you can beat me in a 400 before the end of the summer, I’ll buy you that mountain bike you want”.

Challenge accepted.

Here is a tale of the tape for the 400 Challenge, to be held at high noon on Sunday 9/20 at the Van Cortlandt Park track.

Nicole Sin Quee NAME Jonathan Cane
43 AGE 51
Kingston, Jamaica BIRTHPLACE Bronx, NY, USA
NSQ, Mrs. Coach Cane NICKNAME Coach Cane
2x Duathlon World Championship Medalist, mother ATHLETIC CLAIM TO FAME Fastest Jewish quinquagenarian on his block (pending verification)
Is “invincible” when she channels her inner Mike Tyson ADVANTAGE Considers pain from losing far worse than any physical torture
Mangoes, cherries, grudges FUELED BY Activia, Quaker Oats, Insecurity
“When you put on a race bib, STFU and race” MOTTO “The older I get, the better I was”
6-pack abs OUTSTANDING PHYSICAL ATTTRIBUTE Scars on hips
USA Triathlon AFFILIATIONS AARP
John Zuehlke COACH Sarana Hyatt/Shane Neil

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About the Author:

Coach Cane is the Co-Founder and Head Coach of City Coach Multisport. He has been working with endurance athletes since 1989. He lives in the Bronx with Mrs. Coach Cane (Nicole Sin Quee) and their son Simon.
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