Professional Triathlete!!!

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    Dec 27, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Hey this is my frist post...But does anyone know how or what it takes to become a professional triathlete?
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    Dec 29, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    you have to be clinically insane.

    You just have to be naturally talented, astoundingly dedicated, lucky with trainers and sponsorship/money and generally lucky. In my old club there were a number of pros, ex pros and near pros.
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    Dec 29, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 saidyou have to be clinically insane.


    Not to mention....you need to have lots of discretionary time on your hands, and you need to be independently wealthy (because you won't be able to keep your day job....)
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  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 29, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    It must be a grueling existence. Training, traveling and, for the most part being poor. Quick: name a famous triathlete!
    Nah, most of these guys and gals do it out of pure love for the sport. Do you think you can get up to Olympic level competitiveness? It can also be very hard on your body.
    Lance Armstrong used to be a triathlete, then switched to cycling.
    The money you make as a triathlete comes from sponsorships and purses. You kind of already need a nest egg or support system just to begin to compete on that level. Not impossible by any means. You just have to really love the sport.
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    Dec 29, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 saidyou have to be clinically insane.

    I whole heartedly agree. Most triathletes I know are so stone cold serious. They never smile or rejoice in their accomplishments. Mind you that these are only the ones I know. Swim meets are so full of smiles and a joy to attend.

    I guess that's the reason for the US and THEM categories.
  • Run4Life83

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    Dec 29, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    My best friend is a professional triathlete. He moved to Houston and works out with a group there. They help to fund him, but he also works part time in a running store so that he can have a majority of his day to train.

    He does a lot of "brick" workouts based on our conversations and is pretty much unreachable during the summer and early fall. We text maybe once or twice a week during his season, luckily that's marathon season as well so it's not that big of a deal. His core group of friends are his training buddies during season. He doesn't go out or party too often, unless it's an early party, in bed by 10 most nights.

    Basically, from his experience it's a lot of dedication to get there. He's seen some amazing places though (raced in Italy just a few months ago) and has a lot of really great stories.
  • Tritimium

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    Jan 01, 2009 9:51 AM GMT
    I know of one or two pro / semi-pro triathletes / duathletes on this site...I'll see if I can direct them to this thread.

    I agree with everything that's gone before - but don't feel discouraged if pro or semi-pro is what you want to do. You've gotta love the sport, be disciplined, and find some means of financial support. There are a number of pros out there who have set up their own business - usually in clothing, coaching or nutrition related to triathlon. Some athletes have done interviews describing their typical daily existence, which make for interesting reading.

    It helps if you're accomplished in at least one of the disciplines - which you are! (However, because of the growth of the sport, the present youth membership of the sport are being coached in all three disciplines from a very young age - so watch out!!!!!)

    In terms of the volume of training, pro triathletes are probably comparable to pro rowers - and perhaps more.

  • UStriathlete

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    Jan 02, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    www.teamtbb.com

    if you 'really' want to be a pro triathlete, brett sutton isthe best coach ever. the rest of the so called pros and coaches are just posers.
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    Jan 02, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    1.) You have to be good which means standing a chance at winning or coming close to it.
    2.) Get sponsors.
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    Jan 04, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    I agree with what Pinny said.

    I would check out the USAT website for information.

    http://www.usatriathlon.org/content/index/1166