Weekend Warrior: Barry Cook ~ triathlete

AGE: 56

BIRTHPLACE: Ripley, Mississippi

OCCUPATION: Realtor, row-crop and timber producer.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: 40 triathlons in five states in less than four years beginning at age 51. Everything from sprint distances, to five Olympic distance races, to three 70.3 mile half iron races.

MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT: That would be my first Memphis in May Triathlon in 2012 at Tunica and my first 70.3 in Columbus, GA the following year. Also qualified for the USAT age group nationals in 2013 for the Olympic Distance event.

I TRIATHLONS: I’m always amazed at the level of support and encouragement that fellow triathletes and officials provide everywhere you go. Great bunch of people.

“I’m always amazed at the level of support and encouragement that fellow triathletes and officials provide everywhere you go.”

BUCKET LIST: To complete at least 10 more triathlons that would give me 50 total. And maybe, just maybe, sign up for a 140.6.

BEST EATS: Almost anything at City Grocery in Oxford or Como Steakhouse.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes.

BINGEWATCH: Roger Moore era James Bond movies.

VICE: A cold Michelob Ultra occasionally.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Tindall Stephens.

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