I have read Avenger comics for years. I liked the Triathlon, Delroy Garrett Jr, storyline. It was a story arc that match my way of thought. They idea of finding Balance (PSE) in a hectic world is important to me. When things are out of Balance (PSE) I become unclear and unfocused. It is important, for me, to always to begin my day seeking Balance (PSE).
“I’m not anyone special – I’m just a guy who got another chance – a chance to turn his life around." - Triathlon (Delroy Garrett Jr.)*
Delroy Garrett II was an Olympic Gold Medalist until they found out he cheated. He lost all his gold medals and sponsorships. Delroy’s life fell apart. Eventually he found Jonathan Tremont and the “Triune Understanding”, a spiritual group based on the balance of three. All balance is based on threes. Unbeknownst to Delroy, Tremont opened up in Delroy his hidden powers using the stolen powers of the 3-D Man. Delroy took on the name “Triathlon” and he has triple of power of the highest human perfection. He has triple the speed, strength and agility. After, Triathlon found out the truth about his powers, and where they came from he left the Triune Understanding. Triathlon shows up wherever he can to help those in need. He has turned his life around.
Let’s look at this a little more closely. We have a guy that failed and hit bottom. He was given a second and a third chance. He has been given many chances to change. He did change – for the better. How many recovering Alcoholics or Drug Addicts are there? How many people have been given a chance to heal from horrible diseases? How many broken relationships have been given second chances? We are always given an opportunity to change. We have been given second chances before and we have taken. We will definitely be given more chances. If we are seeking a life of Balance – Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional – we will be given chances to balance ourselves when things are out of balance. The key is to look for when things are out of balance and then the opportunities to put things back into balance.
First Appearance: "Turbulence!" Avengers (vol. 3) #8 (September 1998)
Creators: Kurt Busiek (writer) and George Perez (art)
*The Avengers, Volume 3 #15 April, 1999