Hi - I'd like to make the case for age-groupers who find that
triathlon is really a sport for life. When one is younger and able to
recover faster, then running marathons, etc makes sense, but as we
age, recovery takes longer. I now find that the mix of swim, bike and
run is near optimal for continuing an active lifestle while avoiding
injury. Maybe this fits into the cross trainer catagory, but it is
more a forced adaptation than voluntary. I'd prefer to run six times
a week, but my bones just aren't up to it.
All this talk of winning and not being able to compete in your native
sport is a load of bunk. I am a winner when I step up to the starting
line. The rest of the race is pure gravey. The key thing is to
understand why we individually train and compete. Personally, I'm in
it for lifetime fitness and well-being. I love the sport and hope that
others get the same enjoyment and satisfaction out of it that I do.
Can't say I understand the motivation of some of the more recent
posters to this newsgroup.
> 1) Runners/Cyclist/Swimmers who have peaked in their native sport. I
> have seen several tri folks who were at one time national level
> competitors. Seems that sdome of these people have peaked and are
> looking for a new challenge.They seem to be willing to trade some of
> their current fitness in their best disipline to compete compentantly
> in triathlons.
> 2) Midpackers - I wouldn't call these people failures by any means as
> most have had a fairly long career in there respective disiplines, but
> for whatever reason, choice, gentics, time etc they never really
> excelled at any individual sport. After some time they've just become
> bored being in the middle of the pack and want to try something new.
> 3) Injury victoms/cross trainers - Currently there is a push towards
> cross training even for those that are concentrating in one disipline.
> Some find they really like the other two and decide to try a tri.
> 4) Tri originals - Some just like the idea and start off doing tri's
> right away.