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If first you don't succeed try tri again: Libby Hurley (left) Besty Noxare triathletes authors book for those who would

If at first you don't succeed, try tri again: Libby Hurley (left) and Besty Noxon are triathletes and authors of a book for those who would like to be triathletes. | Special to the Sun-Times

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Updated: June 26, 2011 5:33PM



If Rahm Emanuel is looking for some triathlon tips, Quick Hits is here to help.

Not with any firsthand suggestions, but by telling him where to go.

The mayor/cycling enthusiast might want to check out Libby Hurley and Betsy Noxon. The two have authored Tri the Journey, a book geared toward women, but it also offers a 12-week guide to preparing for a triathlon.

The authors will be at a book signing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

‘‘My first race was ’97,’’ Hurley told Quick Hits of her triathlon experience. ‘‘After many years of training, I’m now a three-time Ironman.’’

She has not yet competed in Hawaii, where the sport’s elite gather.

‘‘I have three children, so my training is minimal compared to the people who do Hawaii,’’ Hurley said.

‘‘I started triathlon in 2008, when I met Libby at the Glenview Park Center,’’ Noxon said. ‘‘I did her program. It prepared me for my first race. I fell in love with it.’’

And still found time to collaborate on a book.

‘‘It involves inspirational ­stories of women who have done the triathlon, who have been fearful of the water, who didn’t know how to ride a bike, who didn’t know how to run at all,’’ Noxon said. ‘‘Inspirational stories along with the how-to.’’

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