– How to Train for a Triathlon When You’re Over 50

If you’re over 50, you may not have considered competing in a triathlon — even if you’re a runner, swimmer or cyclist — thinking that they are too difficult or only for buff 20- or 30-somethings.

As a 53-year-old who recently finished an Olympic-distance triathlon — and competed in her first (sprint-distance) triathlon at 51 — I can assure you that’s not necessarily the case.

In fact, “more than 50,000 people over age 50 in the U.S. currently participate in triathlons,” says Caryn Maconi, spokesperson for USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport.

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