The Resilient Triathlete

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by admin


A lot can happen in 24 years of racing triathlons. I know. Been there, done that, still doing it.

But after about my 10th year in the sport, I started hurting a good bit. I figured I was simply getting older, but things just got worse and worse as time went on.

And then I finally blew out my back. I never saw that coming.

If I could do it all over again with the knowledge I’ve gained, I’d have taken a keen interest in core and spinal health. I was not much for doing anything but a few major muscle exercises back in the day.

I’d also have found a good chiropractor and got adjustments – as much as we do, it’s natural that the alignment of our bodies get skewed.

Would I have backed off of the obsessive compulsive behavior I exhibited over the years? Not a chance! But I would have learned more about the importance of taking care of your back and spine and adhered to it, especially if I knew what the future would hold.

I tell people it’s not hard to do a triathlon or even a season of triathlons. What is hard is doing it year after year after year.

In order to endure more than 24 years in this sport, you need to become a resilient triathlete, which means healthy and not simply fit. A lesson I learned a little late.

I hope you are resilient in your careers and are taking all the right approaches to the sport.

Stay healthy my friends.



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