Professional cyclist Andrew Talansky quit the sport in September to take up Ironman. Here’s why…
I can see how from the outside the decision to quit pro cycling seemed abrupt, but it was actually something I’ve been working on quietly for a while now. I didn’t necessarily know I would be going into pro Ironman, but my priorities in life were shifting. I was questioning whether cycling is 100% what I wanted to be doing.
It’s such a demanding sport from the risks, the race days and travel, setting up your life in Europe for half of the year. When my son Bodie was five months old, I’d been gone for three months. I want to be the best athlete I can be, but I know that I’m a better athlete when I’m being the best father, husband and friend I can be to the most important people in my life. It’s not a trade-off, they feed off each other.
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