Ramsay competed in his first triathlon (a combination of a 9-mile run, a 1.2-mile swim and a 25-mile bike ride) five years ago. jogging 9-minute miles and taking 44 minutes to swim the mile. At a recent triathlon in Chicago, he ran 8�-minute miles and did the mile swim in 30 minutes. "And that was with 2,000 people in the water," he says.
After last season, during which he coached the Indiana Pacers into the playoffs for the first time since 1981, Ramsay rode a bike nearly 700 miles from Indianapolis to his home in Ocean City, N.J.
"I enjoy the workouts," Ramsay says. "It's not so much work as something I like to do. You've got to get out there and show them, and this helps." Asked what his players think of his training regimen, Ramsay says, "They probably question my sanity, as do many of my friends."