Just ask Liz Pittinger, Harry Chapman and Roger Brockenbrough. Ranging from 39 years old to 77, these “older” athletes are proving there is no age limit in endurance sports!
Liz Pittinger, 39, went from her first swimming lesson to practicing with one of the top master’s teams in the country in just a few short months. She captured gold in the 50 free and 100 IM after surviving stage I breast cancer after going from zero to 4000 yards a workout in less than a year.
Harry Chapman, 59, was waking up one morning and realized his pants really were size 44. That led him to do putting on a swimsuit. “I was completely out of place,” he says now. Two years, close to 100 pounds and thousands of laps later, here he is at the same pool on yet another Sunday. At age 57, Chapman picked up the dreaded 1st leg of triathlon and used it to drop 100 pounds.
Roger Brockenbrough, 77 in 1985, at age 51, started training for triathlons. “I soon found that in spite of my non-athletic background, I really liked the training, meeting others who were getting involved in the sport, and competing.” Over the past 25 years Brockenbrough has competed in 200 triathlons (8 ironmans) and duathlons, winning 31 national medals and 20 world medals.
What’s the point you may ask?