The Defining ITU Images Of 2012After she decided to race her first Ironman in Cozumel this weekend, 2012 gold medalist Nicola Spirig’s coach Brett Sutton saw plenty of reactions that led him to respond in a blog post on Trisutto.com. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, Sutton’s words don’t just apply to his star athlete, they contain sound advice for age groupers everywhere and why to take on a challenge.
Nicola Spirig’s recent announcement to compete in Ironman, while welcomed by many, has caused my inbox to start overflowing with panicked emails from Swiss heavies questioning such a dubious ‘Olympic compromising’ decision at the end of an already, as she puts it, ‘crazy’ season.
But this IM debut is not about racing. It’s about staying true to a philosophy that has taken her to highest peaks of our sport and encapsulates everything that old-school triathletes stand for. Taking on a challenge simply because you can.
Like the majority of participants in our sport,...