Kidney donation doesn’t stop Bend triathlete from competing

"BEND, Ore. (AP) — Greg Sabin isn’t afraid to admit it. He’s not exactly the most patient person. So when his doctor told him it’d be at least six weeks after he donated a kidney before he could crank up his workout routine to its usual intensity, he wasn’t thrilled.

"'I want to be good as gold straight out of the gate,” said the 56-year-old Bend resident. “I never really had surgery before, so I didn’t really know what to expect.'

"Sabin didn’t swim for a while. He kept his runs short and not too fast. Then, exactly five months after the surgery, he completed a triathlon in Sunriver: a 1.2-mile swim, 58-mile bike ride and 13-mile run.

“'It was like a holiday for me,' he said of finally getting back into intense exercise."

Read the full article in The Seattle Times.
By Tara Bannow, The Associated Press, November 24, 2017