Dan Empfield, triathlon sage, recently wrote he believes triathlon is on the rise in 2018 for the first time since 2011 - and this is great news for those of you who've been embracing the sport as athletes, coaches, race directors, retail store owners, technology innovators, etc. A rise in the sport will be welcome for all of us - most especially the athletes, who'll greatly benefit from the adrenaline shot of renewed enthusiasm and race venues sizzling with excitement. Bring it on 2018!
Many of you - 291 to be exact - participated in our quick and dirty survey about your plans for 2018. The numbers and some comments are below.
Raise the Bar is changing it up a bit in 2018 - sowing our oats and embracing maybe a bigger definition of "Multisport". We invite you to join us for the following!
Sunday, January 28: Trail Run & Walk at Taylor Mountain in Hobart. 3 groups - absolutely everyone welcome and no one left behind.
RTB's 2018 Exercise Variety Challenge: If you're one of those that likes to mix it up and want to earn some RTB $$, sign up for our challenge starting tomorrow!
Moving from Full Ironman/70.3's to Sprint/Olympics: 23
Moving from Sprint/Olympics to Fulls/70.3's: 35
Leaving Triathlon behind for awhile 28
Taking on Triathlon for the first time 4
Taking on a new sport 12
Returning to an old favorite sport 52
Adding a twist to the standard road tri (.ie.Mountain bike) 35
No big changes 139
- Coming back to the game after having kid #4 a little over a year ago! Woooo Hoooo!
- Giving my body a chance to recover from all of the cruelty I put it through for two years and decided to take smaller shorter distances this year. 2019, I’ll attack at a high level again. 2018 is meant to enjoy the sports more and recover the body. Plus, I think my husband wants to actually see me during waking hours.
- Gonna swim like a fire breathing water dragon, ride like lightning, run like the wind, and Iâm not letting up until I see a podium under my toes.
- I am coming back after 2 years away from participating. I volunteered at triathlons the last 2 years as I recovered from injuries unrelated to training or racing. However, I do see a change in how I approach the sport as I grow older. Focus on one or two races per year.
- I can swim and bike but am unable to run due to hip replacement surgery. Would like to find a Tri in which there are age groups and team or relay events. Also, could you offer swim & bike events?
- I haven't seen a date announced yet for the Seafair Triathlon. That was my big race for the past few years. So I may be looking for a new triathlon if that one doesn't happen in 2018.
- I plan to participate in 5 - 7 triathlons and already signed up for both the Black Diamond and Lake Meridian Olympic distance races - thanks for the early bird discount.
- I plan to stick with my tried and true -- 2-3 Sprint/Olympic distance Tris, a couple (2) of Stair Climbs, a few (3-5) road running races, I dabbled in Mtn biking last year and plan to do more of that, and I've been itching to try my hand at tennis for years (so my hope is that I actually do it this year)
- I will always do Lake Meridian and TriTurtleTri. They are my absolute favorite races.
- I will be trying to strike a balance between racquetball, golf and training for a couple of Olympic distance triathlons this summer.
- I'm 66 and I don't run anymore. I did 60 races in 11 years. It was fun!
- I'm planning on doing mostly Olympic Tri's and lots of mountain biking. Training for the BC Bike Race :)
- Last year I came back to sprint triathlons after 5 years off. I did 3. This year I plan on doing more and possibly an Olympic distance.
- Looking for races that I never did before to mix things up a bit.
- Lots of Adventure Racing, SwimRuns, and Orienteering. Less organized races (i.e. triathlon, and running races).
- More core work and stretching. Strengthening weaker muscles to restore balance. New cables on racing bike.
- Playing more golf since I recently retired, but still doing Sprint and Olympic triathlons. I am considering doing a Half Ironman also or instead of a shorter triathlon.
- Returning to cycling - after taking a couple years off for school, hopefully coming back to cycling, maybe for a college team.
- Returning to skiing.
- Running, Xterra, Trap Shooting, IDPA, USPSA, 3 Gun, Short Course Tri’s, Mountain Bike Racing
- Same "A" race as 2017: Ironman Arizona. I would like to spend more time cycling - I plan on completing the STP in 1 day this summer as Ironman preparation.
- Signed up for more extreme open water swims.
- Stepping back to the shorter races till both kids are in school full time.
- Still planning to do run, bike, swim. Sprint and maybe one Olympic. Looking forward to aging up into the 60-64 AG!
- Taking a 2nd year off full ironman but sticking with halves as well as trying to find and do more off-road tris.
- Trying out an Xterra
- Using tri's as measure of health and fitness, Not concerned with competition but the journey. My goal is to swim, bike and run at a comfortable pace. Combined with diet ( Paleo ) and HIT I hoe to be able to spend less time training and more time playing which could include alternate sports,
- With a new addition to the family going for those long bike rides make a full Ironman too difficult right now. Same with rides such as STP. Targeting just 1 70.3 and some shorter distance tris. Less long runs as well.