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Man loses 160 pounds, trains for Ironman

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Rich Reilly has come a long way. Three years ago he tipped the scale at 340 pounds.

"I was embarrassed. I wouldn't say anything to people at work. I always told people, they would ask, 'Do you exercise?' and I would say, 'No, its against my religion,'" he said.

While Rich experienced his obesity, he didn't see it.

"What are we seeing when we look in the mirror, I never saw that," he said.

His wife Lisa saw it, and stood by him through thick and thin.

"There's a bit of crazy in there, but we're very proud of him for everything he's accomplished. The last couple years have been amazing," Lisa said.

When they married 18 years ago, Richard weighed 185 pounds. As he ballooned to 340, she would choose her words wisely.

"It was hard. You try to be encouraging and supportive. I don't want to be a nag or a pill about it. Do the best you can to encourage. Only thing I could do was when I was walking for the triathlon was to say, 'Come walk with me. I'm tired of being alone,'" she said.

The invitation got him off the couch, along with a doctor's mistake.

"All of a sudden I started to receive the diabetic newsletter. They had enrolled me in the program. I wasn't diabetic. It pissed me off really made me think, I got to do something," Rich said.

And so he did. One jog at a time, one ride at a time, eventually entering short triathlons, then long-distance events. Now he trains for the grueling Ironman in Arizona.

"Looking at a 14- to 17-hour event, my goal is to just finish," he said.

He has done the 2.4-mile swim, the 112-mile ride and the 26.2-mile marathon separately, but never together on the same day. During these events, he says his competitive nature sometimes gets the best of him, and then he reminds himself of the big picture.

"I forget sometimes, I'm not out here to podium. I'm here to do something I didn't do before. If someone passes me I just let them go and realize I'm here on my own pace. We're all competitive. I'm not out here to win anything. I've won already," he said.

It's a great perspective from a man who has come a long way.

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