Teens and long-distance triathlon

Teens and long-distance triathlon

Post by icsia.. » Sat, 10 Sep 1994 01:32:37


I am a college student who will be turning 19 in November.  I am thinking about
competing in the World's Toughest Triathlon next year.  I have heard that you
should not compete in marathons or other ultra-distance events until you are in
your mid-20s.  I am fully grown.  What I was wondering is if anyone has any
medical information or test results that they could post with regards to this.
I have been competing in triathlons for 5 years now and have been a distance
runner for 7.  This makes me believe that I have more than enough of an
endurance base to be able to train for and complete a longer race.  However,
I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Jason Mathisen

 
 
 

Teens and long-distance triathlon

Post by Firstname Lastna » Thu, 15 Sep 1994 03:22:47

   Last year's female overall winner, Shelly Bewick,  at the Great
Floridian Ironman was either 18 or 19 yrs old - she's been in triathlon
for a number of years., though.  I'm 21 and doing my first Ironman this
year - I did 1/2 Ironman at age 19.  I haven't experienced any
problems, but make sure you put in enough training, and REST!     Good
Luck,
                                 Neal Henderson

 
 
 

Teens and long-distance triathlon

Post by Jeff Mitchel » Thu, 15 Sep 1994 19:38:49


Lastname) says:

Quote:
>   Last year's female overall winner, Shelly Bewick,  at the Great
>Floridian Ironman was either 18 or 19 yrs old - she's been in triathlon
>for a number of years., though.  I'm 21 and doing my first Ironman this
>year - I did 1/2 Ironman at age 19.  I haven't experienced any
>problems, but make sure you put in enough training, and REST!     Good
>Luck,
>                                 Neal Henderson

Hi Neal.  You forgot to mention that Shelly came down with mono right after
 the race and, to my knowledge, hasn't trained seriously since.

Jeff Mitchell
Penn State Triathlon club

 
 
 

Teens and long-distance triathlon

Post by David Starr-Tamb » Sat, 17 Sep 1994 11:45:15

I raced the world's toughest triathlon at age 17, and did my first
ironman distance tri at age 16 (sunapee endurance in New Hampshire)  I
am 19 now, at dartmouth college on the swim team.  I still race hard
and love it, no injuries.  I'm headin' back to tahoe in 95...

david

 
 
 

Teens and long-distance triathlon

Post by GILB » Mon, 14 Nov 1994 22:45:16


Too bad. It's not unusual for a young triathlete to burn out so easily.
Especially after a bit of success. Too many are willing (often
unknowingly) to sacrifice their health for a little more speed or
endurance. It's really time we looked at breaking the no pain no gain
tradition. If triathlons are going to succeed as a healthy sport, we can't
follow the path of the running community (or other sports) which have
athletes come on the scene, do well, then vanish.
Just my opinion.
Philip Maffetone