New York City Triathletes Battled Both the Weather and Each Other Today

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ROTH, GERMANY - JULY 08: Athletes compete during the Challenge Roth Triathlon on July 8, 2012 in Roth, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for Challenge Roth) Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/2012 Getty Images

Despite temperatures in the mid-nineties, over 3,000 very dedicated crazy people competed in the New York City Triathlon, which requires participants to jump into the Hudson River at 5:50 a.m. for a 1,500-meter swim, followed by a 40-kilometer bike ride up the West Side Highway, followed by a 10-kilometer run in Central Park. Joanna Chitko, who placed fourth among the women, shared her tips for success with DNA Info: "It's all about getting the right balance between electrolytes and salt." This is also true of the trip we just made to the bodega.