Lance Armstrong Returns to Triathlon

Cycling champ has new focus at age 40

Sep 16, 2011
Outside Magazine

Lance Armstrong confirmed Thursday that he will compete in the XTERRA USA Championship later this month, returning to triathlon 23 years since he last competed in the sport. "It seemed like a fun time and the training has been going very well," Armstrong told the Associated Press. "I'll go out there and have a good time and see how it goes." Armstrong, who will turn 40 days before the September 24 race, was junior national triathlon champion as a teen before turning his attention full time to cycling. The race will cover a 1-mile swim, 20-mile mountain bike ride, and a 6-mile run. Also scheduled to compete are four-time XTERRA world champion Conrad Stoltz, five-time national champ Josiah Middaugh, and two-time Ironman World Champion Tim DeBoom. Armstrong admitted that his long absence from the sport it would be prudent to take his return to triathlon one race at a time. Armstrong parodied himself in a Saturday Night Live skit in which he returned to triathlon too hastily and had forgotten how to swim and run. In April, he finished third, behind two professional triathletes, in a 2.4-mile swim in Austin. 

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