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Meet Mark Barr

Sept. 02, 2016, 6 a.m. (ET)

Mark Barr

Age: 29 
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Sport class: PT2
Current ranking: 3

Career highlights: 1st, 2016 Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champs, 2015 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event, Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Champs; 4th, 2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, 2014 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships; two-time Paralympian, swimming

Barr has been a swimmer all his life. At the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, he collected two fourth-place finishes. He also raced in Beijing in 2008 and was a member of California Polytechnic State University men’s swim team. After his collegiate career ended, he didn’t want to give up swimming completely so he made the switch to triathlon. While he’s had his fair share of accomplishments, Barr has a busy life outside of triathlon as well. As a registered nurse in the trauma surgical ICU, Barr spends three days a week working 12-hour shifts straight on top of a swim, bike, run or strength session. His “days off” are utilized to squeeze in more training with all three disciplines for up to five hours. So how does he do it all? “The best way to get better is to set goals for yourself and then figure out how to accomplish your goals,” he says. But most importantly, Barr tries to live by one simple saying. And it seems to be working for him so far. “Yesterday’s history, today’s a mystery and tomorrow’s a gift.”

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Mark Barr

Mark Barr