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My Take on Turning 50: Anything Is Possible!


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To celebrate his 50th birthday, GSNETX Board Member Peter Balyta will attempt his first full Ironman. He is dedicating his race to his dad and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

By Peter Balyta, Ph.D.

On Oct. 26, I turned 50 years old. While many argue that 50 is the new 40, I think it is still fairly normal to feel a bit apprehensive about reaching the half-century mark. For me, it’s a deeply personal milestone: My dad died when he was 50 years old of a massive heart attack, his second in two years. I was a 20-year-old kid at the time and forced to learn an excruciatingly painful lesson on how short and fragile life can be.

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