I've said it before, but one of the biggest reasons that I love triathlon, is the people that I meet through the sport. After spending a weekend at a triathlon coaching clinic, I've added quite a few more people to my list of inspiring, all around awesome people that I have met on my tri journey.
Our special guest for the weekend was Scott Tinley - legendary Ironman. Scott is down to earth, warm, and generous of spirit. Spending time with him really highlighted the true spirit of the sport.
Scott shared a colorful portrait of the origins and early history of triathlon with us during our chats throughout the clinic weekend, and through that depiction of history, he highlighted what the sport is really about. He was there in the early days in San Diego and was a member of the Big 4 that dominated Ironman through the 80s. In recent years, Scott has worked to gather stories and photos to document the history of the sport on http://TriHistory.com/. I highly recommend taking a look at the site. I've always had an avid interest in history in general, so learning more about triathlon and it's early days as a sport for adventurers and risk takers was so inspiring to me. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first documented triathlon in San Diego, and it is amazing how much and how little the sport has changed since then. The best part to me is that triathlon is still pretty magical. It's still about pushing the limits of your comfort zone, building relationships that become like family, and having fun doing what you love.