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July 2015 - Mickey Syrop

Category: 200 Triathlons
What is your occupation?
Physical Therapist
When did you begin your Multisport Career and what made you decide to start racing multisport Events?
First triathlon was in 1993. My 3rd Tri was an Ironman distance. I have had 12 surgeries on my left knee. Doctors say I shouldn't run, thus I needed to do what they say I can't.
What have you learned from your participation in Multisport Events?
People are amazing. You never have to get old, you just age up. It is the fountain of youth. And more importantly, you don't make it without injuries. You make a choice to compete, even when things hurt. That's what sets us apart.
Has your participation in Multisport Events help you overcome and Challenges? If so, what?
Yes. Total 15 surgeries. Twelve on my left knee and a 3 other injury areas.  Gives one a feeling of worth and self-esteem. But most importantly it , helped when my mom was sick.  I learned it was a great time to reflect, but also that spending time with my mom was important than racing that year.
What is Something you can't race without?
My Heart. Not the one in my chest. The one in my brain. The one that lets us fight the pain.
Do you have a "Bucket List" race? If so, what race?
Not really. It's all about the people, not the place.  Have been fortunate to race around the world, China, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain and more. The more I think about, it is definitely about the friends I have made.
What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
When I turned 50, I raced alongside my three nephews who were doing it as a relay. My brother and father were there to watch.
What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
Be an All American in the Tri