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8/28/12 7:24 P

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if you were under 150, say 140, would you gain 10 pounds to race athena? i don't think so...i think getting out of the athena catagory will be bitter sweet, but mostly sweet. you can celebrate that instead, and move on to the next stage of your life. winning your age group : )

so, i have not won my age group or even come close in road tri's, i look at my progress, i used to be bottom 15%, now i am 30%to mid pack.

as i am moving up in age, it looks like there is less competition, if i can keep it up into my later 50's i may place !




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8/27/12 3:21 P

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I'm in the boat, scale was stuck at 165 for a while now it is finally moving, got it under 160, now it wonder it I want to be under 150!! Doctor says the scale will stop when it wants to!!!


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2/23/12 8:10 P

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I'm just going to add a "ditto" to what everyone said. To me it doesnt make sense to keep weight if your goal is to loose.

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2/5/12 11:33 A

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I'm in the same boat as everyone else here - despite the fact that your doing so well on your weight loss and are very close to the Athena cutoff, I wouldn't recommend sacrificing momentum to fit in a race category by weight if I still had more loss to go. The beauty of this whole discussion is that YOU'RE DOING A TRI! Good for you! Keep it i up and may you have many long years of competition ahead of you!

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1/9/12 8:45 A

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Good point. I think the Athena cut off is 150 in our local races as well. Maybe checking the cut off will solve your problem.

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1/9/12 7:33 A

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I agree with the others but with this thought - which is your goal - weight or podium? Also, could you do both? Athenas in most, if not all my races, are 150 lbs. I know they are considering (or have in some races) raising that to 160 lbs. I weigh 165 and have signed up as an Athena in all of my races this year. Of course, I know that my goal weight is 150/155 so even if I hit it, I will be "athena eligible" this year. At my age, I have no chance of being on the podium, but Athena . . . well, I could do it if I keep my training up. If the weight does change, I guess I will have to change to an age grouper and just be happy that my body still moves! Good luck this year!

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1/6/12 5:46 P

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I agree. Go with your long term goal. There is never any guarantee's. You could stop losing weight and still not place in your age group. Since last year, there could be others joining your age group that might edge you out. How disappointing would that be particularly if you held your weight loss back just for that reason. That being said, it you are happy with your current weight and don't really care if you lose more this training season, then I say go for it. It always feels great to place in your age group.

I know this doesn't give you a definitive answer but I hope it helps.

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1/6/12 9:52 A

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Contrats to you for all that you have accomplished so far!!!

I would suggest that you look at what your ultimate long term goal is and then make the choice that is most in line with that goal. If your true goal is to loose more weight that would put you under the Athena category, then I think that i would go ahead and do age group and be happy with the accomplishment of not being "eliigble" for Athena.

Can you register for Athena and then change to age group when/if you have gone under the 155 weight limit?

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1/6/12 9:34 A

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I am having a dilemma... and I would love some other input or opinions on this.

I am at 160 pounds - only 5 pounds away from leaving the Athena category. I had hoped to place in the top 3 this season in my weight group, but now I cannot decide if I should:

1. Stop losing weight and focus only on training so I can place in the top three for Athena. It would feel really good to be on a podium after 2 seasons of triathlon in which I carried obese and morbidly obese BMIs, wouldn't it?

2. Continue with weight loss and just keep triing anyway. My times would be obviously improved without the 25 pounds I carried across those finish lines last year!

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