When Brian Weintraub decided to enter triathlons, he already knew about the injuries and mishaps that accompany the grueling three-part endurance tests.
He trained hard to avoid the hypothermia that can set in while swimming in freezing oceans; the cuts, scratches and broken bones that result from bicycle crashes; the shin splints, muscle spasms and cramps suffered when running.
He wasn't prepared, however, for the airplanes in Balboa Park--one that buzzed past his ear while on a training run in Encino.
"I was out there moving at a good pace," Weintraub said. "All of a sudden, this remote-control airplane divebombed me."
Weintraub ducked and ran. It wasn't the first time he had to show his speed.
Last weekend, he was flying high himself after winning the Ventura Triathlon. Weintraub completed a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 30K bike ride and a 10K run in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 5 seconds.