The Rest of Us

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SPORT SPECIALTY -

But what if you have no in­ter­est in be­ing an Olympic medal­list and sim­ply want to take on the chal­lenge of swim­ming, bik­ing and run­ning? If you’re like me, triathlon can pro­vide a great way to con­tinue to train while in­jured – I be­came a triath­lete al­most by ac­ci­dent when a bro­ken bone in my foot forced me to swim and bike to main­tain my fit­ness while pre­par­ing for track sea­son. Of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of people who will par­tic­i­pate in a triathlon in North Amer­ica this year, a huge per­cent­age of that group are there be­cause they’re try­ing to avoid the pound­ing on their joints from a reg­u­lar run­ning rou­tine. Learn to swim pro­grams abound at re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, while masters swim groups are be­com­ing ever more pop­u­lar. In the same way that triathlon has ex­ploded in terms of par­tic­i­pa­tion, cy­cling is en­joy­ing a sim­i­lar surge in pop­u­lar­ity.

When it all started in 1974, triathlon was a sport de­signed to em­brace the all-around ath­lete. That’s still the case to­day. Whether you’re sim­ply try­ing to fin­ish a su­per-sprint race that will take 30 to 60 min­utes, get across an Iron­man fin­ish line in un­der 17 hours or win an Olympic medal, triathlon re­quires an abil­ity in more than one dis­ci­pline. Even if you’re not “run­ning for dough,” get­ting to that fin­ish line is a pretty sat­is­fy­ing re­ward.

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