Guest blog: Sue Linroth
Note from JZ: Sue Linroth is a mother of two living in Longmont, CO. In 2007 she learned to swim and started back to running after a decade long break. Already an avid cyclist, triathlon was a natural next step in her athletic progression. In 2008, Sue competed in her first triathlon and never looked back!
Faster at Fifty
I turned 49 today. By triathlon standards, that means that in 4 months I will also be turning 50! I don’t have any issues with turning fifty, other than I didn’t have a chance to be fast at forty.
You see, I entered my first triathlon at 46. Over the last couple of years I’ve done the requisite work: weekly track sessions, consistent intervals on the bike and I’m a regular at Masters’ swim. Admittedly, with solid, consistent training I have reached some significant milestones. This year alone I’ve more than tripled my yardage in the pool, PRd in my Sprint Tri 5k time and just recently set a new record for time in the saddle. I’ve achieved results that I never imagined. I’m definitely faster than I used to be but I’ve often wondered “How long will it take for me to get… fast?”
I recently found myself in a conversation about this topic with my husband. He asked me how I define fast. I didn’t have a ready answer. He followed with another question: “If you can’t define fast, then how can you expect to measure it, and how will you know when you get there?”
After some significant introspection (not to mention a great degree of discomfort at not being able to answer this question), I came to the realization that for me, fast is not a number. It is a state of being in a given moment, workout or race. A place where you test your limits, push the comfort zone and come out the other side with something that is faster in a way that it hasn’t been previously. According to my own definition I have in fact been fast in my forties!
I intend to carry this new perspective with me as I head toward the next season and into my new age grouping. I plan to keep my sights firmly on my goals, push some limits and come out the other side. I am also looking forward to setting some new PRs —- (I may have been fast at forty, but I plan to be faster at fifty!)
Good luck Sue. I hope you achieve all your goals. All the best to you in your fifties!