But seriously. And I know nobody likes to hear this: get over it. It’s ok. It’s just marketing. The people who run the race obviously think his involvement will bring attention the the event.
But here’s the real reason why you need to let it go. It’s not an affront to your ability to compete. It doesn’t undermine your or anybody’s achievements competing in triathlons, or Kona in particular.
Inclusion is fundamental to the event. That is why they have a lottery for participation. Therefore, it is not, strictly speaking “the best of the best”:
“A mainstay in the history of IRONMAN, the IRONMAN Lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of one of IRONMAN’s founders, John Collins, as a way to provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to qualify for the world’s most challenging one-day endurance event.
That presumably includes former Super Bowl MVPs/Dancing With the Stars dudes/35 year old retirees with too much time and a need for attention but that organizers think people still care about. By the way, Got Chocolate Milk?
The day that the Olympics let millionaire athletes compete against everyone else, for ratings, is the day that “sports” finally and fully died. Pursuing some purity of purpose in the realm of athletics is nonsense in our $$ driven capitalist society (also see “Lance”). Go out and run, ride, swim, whatever for yourself and your own well-being. I’m going to go to Walmart now and buy myself a Timex Ironman (Tm) watch and some boxer shorts to satisfy my desperate need to feel like I belong to something (snrk).
boostuv wrote:I did my first triathlon ever in 1:19 without a coach or a $12k bike and I’m a middle of the road athlete. So I’ll say it again, he has no business racing Kona.
Well he has a little bit too much of muscle mass to be a good endurance athlete. But he was trained for different type of activity — explosive one. you don’t see sprinters as skinny as stayers. After all you have to have a lot of oxygen and ATF saved in muscles to be able to borrow it during sprint or other exclusively anaerobic activity. Top notch 100 meter sprinters do not even breath during these 10 seconds.
So heed to lose muscle mass. Just losing 30 pounds will give him a good boost in biking and running. And he is 92 in 263 after 6 month of training? I don’t give damn sh@t about H.Ward but c’mon do you know a lot of people who can do it?