Why so few Black triathletes?
This is the who wants to be a millionaire million dollar question? I’ve heard many sound reasons as to why we are grossly misrepresented in triathlon.
- It’s an expensive sport
- Lack of access to facilities like swimming pools, lakes etc
- no way to train properly in the hood
- we are afraid of water
While the above reasons are all valid on some level, In my opinion the reason can be broken down into one simple word……EXPOSURE!
In my case, I had the money, access to many different top notch facilities, and I was not afraid of the water. However, I had never really heard of a triathlon before. I consider myself an avid sports aficionado, but the wonderful world of triathlon had escaped my circle of exposure. As a matter of fact, my circle of friends all who I would considered highly educated African Americans, had never heard of the sport either!!
Now that I’m in the sport it’s hard to believe when I told my friends what I was doing the response was always followed by a question. “What’s a triathlon again?” Who knows how long I would have meandered along oblivious to the sport had it not been for my good friend who is a black man too exposing me. My friend was challenged and exposed by a co-worker (who was white) to join him in a triathlon. This is why you need different types of people in your life. Black, white, Asian, Indian, etc.
My friend who just happen to finish a marathon and was looking for a new challenge, did some research and agreed. Of course me being his good friend got roped into trying it too. I believe that once you get a taste of the triathlon lifestyle, it’s hard not get swept away by the excitement and personal fulfillment triathlon brings.
Which brings me full circle in creating this site. Now get out there and get to exposing!!!!