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8 Reasons to Tri in the UK

by Terry VanderWert
8 Reasons to Tri in the UK
Senior Triathlete Sue Faulkner and family members after triathlon #2

I was introduced to Sue Faulkner through her story in BBC’s Get Inspired. Her story, titled “Grandmother of six completes first triathlon at 63“, reported how she decided to get involved in triathlon through a classic, “I will, if you will” agreement. The article also described Sue’s training for her first triathlon and her race day experience.

Inspired by her, I contacted Sue by email and began a conversation that has continued up to this day. Following is what I learned about Sue’s experience.

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What I Learned About Race Fueling at the Rocky Gap Triathlon

What I Learned About Race Fueling at the Rocky Gap Triathlon
Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland

Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone, Maryland, USA – The 25th Annual Rocky Gap Triathlon was held June 1, 2013 in Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland’s Allegany County.  It was during this race that I received some valuable advice about run training and race fueling from a fellow senior triathlete.   It was also State #15 in the ‘Triathlon Across the USA” adventure.

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‘Gotta Tri’ – Triathlon in The Villages, Florida

by Terry VanderWert
‘Gotta Tri’ – Triathlon in The Villages, Florida
The Villages Triathlon Club logo

The Villages, Florida (https://www.thevillages.com/), located about one hour’s drive northwest of Orlando International Airport on the Florida Turnpike, is a retirement community that promotes, almost demands, activity for every age and ability.  Triathlon is one of the activities growing in The Villages thanks to the triathlon club.

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My First Triathlon – Is This How George Plimpton Felt?

My First Triathlon – Is This How George Plimpton Felt?
My daughter, friend and his son and me before the start of the 2011 Buffalo Triathlon

The initial motivation for what has become a significant life adventure for both my wife and me was created in April 2010 at my annual physical exam at age 57.  During the physical, my doctor informed me that the trends of my blood sugar and cholesterol were not good. But, he also told me that “this is nothing that losing 20 pounds won’t fix”.

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