As I get older and I start thinking about the end of my career as a pro I find myself seeing the Trathlon world a little differently . Triathlons have been a massive part of my life for so long. Because I have been immersed in it for what seems like forever I think that I sometimes have a bit of a distorted view of how the real world sees the sport.
This was really brought home to me the other day when I was at University. I am in the process of trying to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree. It is part of my plan to set up the next phase of my life when I am no longer a professional triathlete. I suppose everybody has to grow up sometime!
There are going to be some parts of the subject that I am going to miss because of upcoming races. I started trying to explain to my lecturer that I was a professional triathlete and that I had contracts for upcoming races and that I would miss some of the laboratory classes. She then asked me if I raced in the masters category representing Queensland (the state where I live). I tried to explain that I got paid money for doing these races, but she thought that Triathlons was just like something you do for fun.
This just emphasized to me how young a sport triathlon really is. Even though we are in the Olympics and there are hundreds of thousands of people racing Ironmans and 70.3’s all over the world, we still have a long way to go to be recognized as a mainstream sport. The other thing that this situation pointed out to me (yet again) was that you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously no matter how big a deal you may think you are in triathlons!