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2008-07-29 9:31 AM
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Subject: RE: How old were you when you decided to train to be a triathlete?
did my first tri when i was 27 or 28...now I am 47.  If it wasn't for triathlon I would have NEVER learned to swim!  After getting married and starting a family I took about a 10-year break.  Also put on over 50-pounds.  Shortly after my son was born I decided to try to get fit...I've dropped about 30-pounds.


2008-07-29 9:36 AM
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29 - almost exactly 3 years ago. Got rooked into doing an OLY relay - I swam and it was disastrous but I was hooked. I'd never done any endurance athletics and hated to run. That was many tris (sprint, oly, one HIM that was tabled due to a stupid ankle tweak 2.5 days before the race), a couple half marys and a marathon ago. Seems like ages.
2008-07-29 10:32 AM
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26. No real "athletic" background before that, though I used to dance. I wish I'd started years ago, to be quite honest - but I've made some really good gains (at least with running and swimming) in only a short amount of time, so I am hopeful

You sound like you have a pretty decent background so I imagine with good, smart training, you could do well.

2008-07-29 11:14 AM
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26 - this is my first year!
2008-07-29 11:39 AM
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34 and this is my first season! Really got into it to make working out more interesting. 2 sprints and an oly coming up. At this point, I would say that obsessed is a better way to put.
2008-07-29 11:55 AM
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2008-07-29 2:02 PM
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This is my first year and I'm 37.

I have 2 solid bike seasons under my belt. No problems there, but always room for improvement. I've run, on & off for 15 years so I'm used to that aspect.

Swimming is the true thorn in my side. 

When I signed up (back in Feb) for my first race (last weekend) I joined the local Y to get in some swim time. First swim I did 75 yds and I was toast. I kept working at it 2-3x/wk and can now do 1000 yds. I've still got a ways to go and will be looking at attending some Masters Swim Team sessions and Total Immersion for help.

But the single biggest help in my training was simply: The Internet.

Swim technique videos on YouTube. Great tips from sites such as this. I was amazed at how well prepared I was (except for the OWS)Embarassed.

2008-07-29 3:03 PM
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38.

 I've always been active and tried many different sports like dance, rowing crew, paddling outrigger and playing roller hockey but I really love the personal challenge of triathlons.  Plus, you can raise money for some great causes! 

I am hooked.

2008-07-29 3:05 PM
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Didn't do my first tri until i was 22.  But knew it was coming since I was probably 15.  No other sport like it.
2008-07-29 3:25 PM
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This is a great thread!

i was 24 when I did my first race 7 years ago.

Ironman #2 will be attemped on sept 7th. Its a great lifestyle!

2008-07-29 3:54 PM
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It first crept across my brain at 27, but since I was knee deep in road bike competing, it just kinda kept circling-
Now I'm 38 and this is season 1 in the tri world!


2008-07-29 5:20 PM
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39 here.....I wanted to do it before I hit 40!
2008-07-29 6:22 PM
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2008-07-29 6:41 PM
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I'm 22, straight out of undergrad where I was a competitive distance swimmer.  I got sick of hearing my coach talk about Ironman non-stop and love to race anything, anywhere, so it seemed pretty obvious to me: I'm starting from the start - my first sprint is Aug 10!
2008-07-29 7:45 PM
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Just last year, 38. Helped me lose 25lbs last summer, this tridesdale has 65 more to go and I figure if I need to exercise 6 days a week, then swim/bike/run is just the mix to make it interesting :]
2008-07-29 7:52 PM
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I decided to take the leap and become a triathlete just about a year ago at the age of 18!

I'm working hard and finishing at the front of the pack top 25% most of the time. It's a bit disapointing not doing better than that, but I realize that I have a HUGE advantage of starting young. I've got plenty of years of work/training before I hit my peak.



2008-07-29 8:00 PM
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I started racing when I was about 21 and have been racing every year except one (had an accident and had to rehabilitate from it) ever since. I'm 47 now. I've done a lot of racing in six age categories.

Since I make my living in the industry and am married to a triathlete it is a huge part of my life- and a consistently rewarding one.

This is kind of a synopsis of my experience in triathlons that needs some updating...
http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/features/history.shtml
2008-07-30 2:44 AM
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First three triathlons at 19 in 2005, a sprint, oly, and HIM.
2008-07-30 2:57 AM
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First Sprint at 19, and haven't looked back!
2008-07-30 3:00 AM
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I did my first Oly and HIM when I was 23. I am 26 now and I am signed up for my first IM next Summer.
2008-07-30 3:35 AM
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I was 31, though I wish I had started earlier like in my early twenties.

Probably couldn't have afforded it though!!!!

 

 



2008-07-30 4:18 AM
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I'm 45 (and loving life)

Just my luck to enter into the toughest AG

2008-07-30 7:19 AM
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Subject: RE: How old were you when you decided to train to be a triathlete?
Did my first tri last year at age 45.  Now have four tris completed with two more to go before the end of the year.  Our 11 year old did his first with me last weekend.  He's hooked as well.  Like some of the other BTers mentioned, it is a lifestyle.
2008-07-30 8:28 AM
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I just decided to do a Tri a few weeks ago.  I am 41 and will attempt my first Tri on 9/20.  My goal is to not p*&% off the 'real' racers and to finish!
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