Retired Boxer Laila Ali Completes First Triathlon In NYC

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  • Published Jul 10, 2012

Laila Ali is the latest celebrity to catch the triathlon bug.

With a husband and two adorable children at home, Laila Ali is used to handling three things at once. (Not to mention her upcoming TV gigs and a daily online talk show, where she muses on how she juggles it all.) But this past weekend, the retired boxing champ took on a new trifecta of challenges: the New York City triathlon.

For the daughter of a boxing legend with a Super Middleweight Champion title of her own, the 1.5 kilometer swim, 40k bike and 10k run might sound like an easily accomplishable feat, but Ali says that wasn’t entirely the case.

“I have always incorporated running into my workouts, but not swimming and biking,” she told The Huffington Post.

With two-thirds of the competition falling outside of her comfort zone, Ali says she took to the streets near her California home in preparation for Sunday’s grueling event. “I biked and ran on the road and swam at a swimming center,” she said. “Sometimes I focused on distance or time and other times I did interval or brick training.”

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