Am I past it.

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Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 15:23

Hi everyone,

 I need your opinions on whether I am past it or not to start doing Tri's. Next season I will hit the big 60.

 At the moment I run between 20-30k per week (5k- 26.35. 10k- 55.11)

average about 35k on the bike ( 1 ride per week)

Swim at the moment twice a week, could only do 25mts fc three months ago without gasping for breath at the end, can now do 400mts in one go and feel ok. (been doing 10x50mts with 30 secs rest )

Did the BUPA 10k in May and Survival of the fittest (12k with obstacles every 1k) this month.

Would like to do a couple of sprints to start with then go on to oly's and halfs.

Look forward to your comments and hopefully next tri season.


26/10/2010 at 15:37
age isn't key in tri - there are loads of older athletes well into their 60's and 70's doing tri (and a whole load of us in our 50's) and some of them are pretty speedy.

there's a local sprint tri I've done the last 2 years and the oldest competitors are both in their 70's and only been doing tri for the last couple of years - they aren't quick but they enjoy it

the nice thing about tri is the 5 year age grouping so you can see how you are doing against your peers and beating the youngsters is always good!

age is a number not a barrier

go for it
M...eldy    pirate
26/10/2010 at 15:39
and if someone said, yes you are .....  would you take notice or feck 'em and do it anyway?   
26/10/2010 at 15:40

Completely second what FB says!

You're certainly doing enough of each discipline anyway for a sprint, so stick 'em all together and give it a bash.

Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 15:40
Cheers FB
Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 15:43

cheers M-eldy &TST

26/10/2010 at 15:59
once you get into tri you'll soon find it a very welcoming scene without a lot of egos being hung out for inspection and us old 'uns will get as much abuse as the youngsters get given by us.......

and distance isn't a barrier either - you'll find quite a few Ironman competitors in their 60's and 70s as well. the oldest at the IM world champs a few weeks ago was Lew Hollander aged 80

if you want some a/g inspiration - check out Sister Madonna Buder
Edited: 26/10/2010 at 16:01
Crash Hamster    pirate
26/10/2010 at 19:28

And of course, there's no need to stop at a sprint

As this thread will reveal, you could always aim for something a little longer...

26/10/2010 at 19:34
Use it or lose it PBed at 1/2 mara and Ironman this year at 50 my mate qualified for Kona a couple of years back at 67 go for it what have you got to lose? (except lots of cash!)  Endurance sport is a real mental game ideal for stubborn old gits i love whacking past people half my age who have blown it half way into an IM marathon
26/10/2010 at 19:53
Ah, looks like time to pop in and tell my story about being lapped in a Half IM by someone who'd had a hip replaced 10 weeks earlier. He wasn't exactly young, but he was having a great time!
Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 20:21

Thanks everyone for your comments. Your right FB, age is just a number, I don't think i'm old enough to be nearly 60.

Ridgeback;    endurance is a mental thing. I ran a few marathons in the late 80s so I know what you mean, just got to get back into the long runs again. I'm up to 20k at present.

Thanks again Razor

Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 21:06
any suggestions as to which events to enter?
Plum    pirate
26/10/2010 at 21:57

just pick a holiday destination you fancy and then find the nearest Ironman


26/10/2010 at 22:43

Razor51 - my uncle stopped walking up 3 munros in a day at age 69 because his feet started to hurt.  At 70 he took up mountain-biking instead and regularly goes away for weekends/weeks and is a demon on the downhills.

Go for it Razor!

Razor51    pirate
26/10/2010 at 23:06

IW......I've seen the pack surrounding the newbies on this site 

Plum....... cheers sounds like a plan.....

Park.........well good for him... so there's years ahead of me yet then...

Kanga M    pirate
27/10/2010 at 00:09

Man up and sign up for something truly stupid before you come to your sense and regret it

Razor51    pirate
28/10/2010 at 14:51

IW    what sort of training hrs do you and your OH put in in a typical week, as I am near your ages it would be interesting to see where I need to up my game.

Kanga.......I can be truly stupid sometimes so who knows???

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