An Age Grouper Is Born

Swim – Bike – Run

Career – Family – Friends – Personal Interests – Yard Work – Dishes – Vacuuming – Oil Changes – Packing Lunches – Laundry – Grocery Shopping – Returning Library Books – Making Dinner – Training – Commuting – Sleep …

A triathlon is an organized race, typically consisting of a swim, bike, and run.  A triathlete is an athlete that can avoid drowning, knows how to ride a bike, and doesn’t like to walk.  To keep the race results fair and comparable, triathletes are divided into groups – Males, Females, Professionals, and amateurs in 5-year increments.

An “age-grouper” begins as one of the amateurs in those 5-year male/female incremental groups.  And from that point – things start to spiral into control.

On July 14, 2013, I crossed the finish line of the Mossman Sprint Triathlon at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT.  I was 20th in a field of 23 for Male 30-34, 336th overall, and despite being out of breath, I was hooked and wanted to do more.  The real challenge would be, how to fit a triathlon “training plan” into my work-life balance.  That, and finding time to learn how to freestyle swim…


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