220 Triathlon Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR... -

The will to com­pete in triathlon comes from lots of places. For many of my age though, ask them why they got started and you’ll of­ten hear ‘be­cause I re­mem­ber watch­ing it on Trans World Sport, as a kid’. Yep, those early-morn­ing broad­casts (of­ten seen in py­ja­mas, with a bowl of Frosties) in­spired a gen­er­a­tion. Iron­man was a world of jaw-drop­ping won­der, pop­u­lated by su­per­hu­man ath­letes in very small pants. So what’s changed, aside from the out­fits? I’d ar­gue not a lot. Any­one who saw the World Champs this year couldn’t fail to be moved by the pro and age-groupers’ per­for­mances - and if you’re feeling newly-mo­ti­vated, then turn to p38 to find the right long-dis­tance race for you. Iron­man in 2018? Go for it!

GB’s Lucy Charles on her way to the podium in her first Kona as a pro. Plac­ing sec­ond woman, she gave a nail-bit­ing and truly in­spir­ing per­for­mance MICHAEL RAUSCHENDORFER

He­len web­ster, edi­tor

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