If all goes as planned on July 14, John Barker will cross the finish line at Lake Nokomis. He’s finished triathlons before, a sprint triathlon in 2007 and the longer and more challenging Olympic triathlon in 2008 and 2009.
Barker was hooked on the training after his doctor encourage him to get in shape.
“When you get into a routine like that, it becomes a part of your life. It becomes a part of you,” Barker said.
When Barker decided to put his training on hold for two years, he had a compelling reason. He would donate one of his kidneys to someone he’d just met.
“We only spoke 15 minutes,” he says about meeting the transplant recipient Lee for the first time. “He said he was having difficulties getting around like he used to and told me his kidneys were failing.”
Read more and view telecast: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/04/04/fresh-off-kidney-donation-man-sets-sights-on-triathlon/