The diagnosis: During a competition, a triathlete suddenly couldn't breathe. What takes your breath away?

The competition had just started.

The diagnosis: During a competition, a triathlete suddenly couldn't breathe. What takes your breath away?

The competition had just started. The athlete, 45, stepped into the cool water near the Chesapeake Bay, a huge estuary on the east coast of the United States. For an hour or so she would swim, then bike, then run. She had been competing in triathlons for a decade, but this time everything would be different.

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