CLEARWATER - Every Saturday, Ellen McNamara features an amateur athlete from The Bay Area.
This weekend, she introduces you to a man who just completed the St. Anthony's Triathlon and he inspires everyone he meets.
Rajesh Durbal is a swimmer, a cyclist, and a runner. He is also an Ironman.
The Floridian is determined, and it is a trait he has had all his life.
He was born missing bones in both legs, and his right arm never fully developed. Eventually, doctors amputated his legs.
Despite the difficulties, his parents pushed him.
"They put me into everything, and helped me learn and realize that I can get into everything," Durbal said.
He has competed in just about everything, last weekend he tackled the St. Anthony's Triathlon.
At first, competing in a triathlon sounded like a tough task, but it was a challenge he wanted to take on.
"That came about with my faith and trying to take a leap of faith and do something different," Durbal said.
When spectators watch him compete, many think swimming would be the most difficult, however, Durbal says the bike is the hardest.
"I trained so hard to swim, and to be fast and swim effectively," Durbal said. "It was hard at the beginning, but it's now one of my strongest points."
Besides competing, the full time engineer is also a life coach, and he started a non-profit called Live Free that helps physically challenged people.
Durbal does not like to rest, and tomorrow he will be competing in another Ironman.
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