Illustration by Matt Collins.Professional triathlete Jesse Thomas shares the most important do’s and don’ts of supporting a triathlete.
In his late 50s, Tony caught the triathlon bug. Like most of us, he started exercising a ton and spent too much on equipment. He eventually joined a local team and raced four to six times a year. He loved it.
Tony’s wife of 30 years appreciated the passion behind his new activity but didn’t understand the craziness of it all. She was supportive, but not interested enough to subject herself to a long, hot and admittedly boring day of watching him race. It just wasn’t her thing.
That was until one day, when Tony finally convinced her to come watch a local half. His requests were simple: cheer him on, and of course, give him a Gu at mile 8 of the run. She agreed, dropped him off at transition and wished him luck.
Six hours into his race, suffering from serious fatigue, Tony approached mile 8. This was his shining moment. And sure enough, he saw his wife....