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Eagle River man defies age to excel in triathlonsSubmitted: 08/17/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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Eagle River man defies age to excel in triathlons
EAGLE RIVER - Doctors thought back surgery and age would hold Jack Godding back.  

Just a few months after being told his limits, he out did them and set higher standards. 

"In general I'm racing against myself," said Goding. 

When you think of competitive athletes, someone like Eagle River's Jack Godding probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. 

That mind set will be your disadvantage if you're ever up against Jack in a race.

"It's a personal goal, personal goal," said Gooding. 

Jack's been competing in races most of his life and started kayaking just six years ago. Not even back surgery could slow him down. 

"First [the doctor] said I wouldn't be able to kayak for almost a year," said Godding.

Just a few months later he was cruising through the waters.

"I'd like to see how many younger ones I can out do ," said Godding. 


Jack's training for his third Phelps Twin Triathlon. He's not sweating the younger competition.

"Ignore the age and keep moving that's very important," said Godding.

The younger folks will need to get used to seeing the back of Jack.

"I'm not a sprinter but I able to get down in the front and stay in the front," said Godding. 

As Jack ages so does his determination.

"Keep moving because as the calendar progresses you need to keep more active to maintain," said Godding.
Jack applies the same motto to racing and life.

"If you push hard on the tail end, you're going to make it," said Godding.

Jack's won 14 out of 17 kayak races in the last six years and only lost to a pro. 

The Phelps Twin triathlon is on August 26.


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