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Venetian and Palazzo F&B exec Sebastien Silvestri completes Iron Man 70 in N.C.

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Sebastien Silvestri takes part in an Iron Man 70 race Sunday, June 5, 2016, near Raleigh, N.C.

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Sebastien Silvestri takes part in an Iron Man 70 race Sunday, June 5, 2016, near Raleigh, N.C. Launch slideshow »

The Venetian and Palazzo food-and-beverage kingpin Sebastien Silvestri is normally in a very smart business suit and tie for his Las Vegas Strip duties.

But after work for the last five months, he’s shed the corporate image to train for the Iron Man 70 race, which meant a wetsuit for his open-water ocean swim of the arduous swim, bike and run challenge.

Sebastien decided to mark his 40th birthday by competing in the race near Raleigh, N.C., last Sunday. He faced a 1.2-mile ocean swim, 57-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run and accomplished it in 7 hours and 2 minutes!

“There were tears in my eyes as I crossed the finish line. Nothing ever looked so appetizing! I trained hard, pushed myself past the limit,” Sebastien told me. “It was an amazing experience, quite unbelievable, the experience of a lifetime.

“Three thousand people were there to take part and watch. It was 90 percent humidity in 90-degree heat, and now I’m back in Las Vegas. I can still feel every mile in my legs.”

Sebastien’s swim training began in local pools, then progressed to 5:30 a.m. swims in the cold of February in Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas. In Carmel, Calif., for weekend training, the water temperature was down in the low 60s.

He’d rise at 4 a.m. to eat breakfast before his two swims, two runs, two bike rides and two strength-training sessions each week. “One session each time was interval training. I had to learn to eat while on the bike. I had to be very disciplined.

“I had no alcohol for five months and was in bed at 8:30 every night. I was barely a swimmer when I started this, but every Sunday I had to do a one-hour swim, followed by four hours of bike riding. It was a big commitment but very rewarding.”

Sebastien’s Iron Man 70 is called “The Half Iron Man” because Iron Man 140 doubles everything he’s already achieved. He plans two more halfs before the end of the year, plus the Las Vegas Strip Marathon. He plans to do the 140 by the end of next year.

“The training continues,” he added. “I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I was inspired by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who even as the busiest guy on the planet still found time to do Iron Man 140. If he can do it, I can do it.

“There’s a whole new generation of chefs who are all physically fit. I hope Gordon and I can run the big one together next year. I have to continue to be very disciplined until then.”

So how does a leading Las Vegas F&B exec perform his duties while staying so fit? “I drink less, but I drink better!” he laughed. “Now it’s just three ounces of the best Barolo’s.”

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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