Triathlon - A New Sport For the Middle Ages


More and more middle-aged men are trying to stay healthy through triathlons. They are events that  combine swimming, running and cycling. Triathlons have grown very popular in the last five years,  especially with men who are over 40.  According to a sporting goods association  there are 1.2 million triathletes around the world.

The triathlon mania probably started around fifteen years ago when the sport became an event in the Atlanta Olympics. Before that triathlon was only for “Ironmen” , those who could swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike for 112 miles and run a classical 26.2 mile marathon. In the Olympics the distances became shorter and those athletes who did not want to struggle for 12 hours could also take part. A sprint triathlon can be finished in three hours.

More and older marathon runners have switched  to the triathlon because they do not want to risk   further injuries. Your knees get worse in long distance races and swimming and cycling takes a lot of  pressure off them.

Triathlon is a booming sport in sportswear stores as well. They sell everything from special triathlon sunglasses to running shoes. Magazines are full of articles about triathlon, training tips and previews  of events from all over the world.

Triathlon is not a cheap sport and many young men cannot afford  it. An ambitious athlete preparing for an “Ironman” can spend up to $20,000 a year, including training, fitness articles, wet suits, helmets and other things. A bike alone can cost up to $10,000 .



Many who have started the sport do so mainly because they want to keep fit and be able to look at themselves in a mirror. Most of them just don’t want to sit around and wait till they get old. They want to do something about it.



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