It can be common for many triathletes to go for a run in the morning, a bike
ride in the afternoon, and finish the day with a swim in the evening.
The next day you might find the typical active family skiing, or boarding, or hiking in the mountains.
So what' s the best car for active amateur athletes? Here are five suggestions for amateur athletes on the move.
But lets face it for most active amateur athletes the car must have the ability to:
- Repel sweaty running short odor,
- Swallow your bike, all your gear, and still have room for a wet Golden Retriever,
- Coddle a sore monkey butt after a 50 mile bike ride,
- Hold 10 cases of beer and 10 cases of Gatorade,
Still make you look good after you’ve just finished second to last in
your age-group, and just barely ahead of the oldest athlete in the race,
- Compliment the shape and color of your "I' d rather be running/biking/sailing/swimming/skiing/riding/dancing/hiking/climbing" sticker,
- Compliment the shape and color of your favorite bike,
- Compliment the shape and color of your skis.
So without further obfuscation here' s number 5 of 5 Top Cars for active amateur Colorado athletes:
5) Any late model Subaru Outback wagon
This all wheel drive car is perfect for the young up and coming
budget minded amateur athlete. It has everything you need including plenty of
room, Japanese reliability, a big roof to hold your bike and huge
sunroof for all those last minute “on the way to the race” bike
Reader Warning: Do not attempt to adjust your bike through the
sunroof while driving to an early morning race, instead have your buddy do it by strategically placing a beer can in the bike' s
Another advantage of the subbie is that in places like Colorado this car is
almost ubiquitous, so you' ll feel just as comfortable driving your own
subbie as you will your friend' s subbie. The only problem could be that
you might have a hard time telling your car apart in the grocery store---so
make sure to get your personal "I' d rather be...." sicker ASAP.
4) The Scion xB
This inexpensive little car is not only immensely practical, fuel
efficient and giant on the inside, but also extremely and painfully
ugly. The styling seems to suggest the offspring of a 1950’s bread van
that had a one night stand with a very ugly and horny Jeep.
This is the perfect athlete' s car as you certainly won’t be noticed
when you sulk away from your next PW (Personal Worst) or DNF race. You
may be the only person in the 20-25 age group beat by the 80-plus
retired homemaker, but they’ll soon forget all about you when you step
into your car.
Just image the conversation now. “Did you see that dude get crushed by that old….man is that an ugly car…now what was I saying?”
3) Honda Element
This car has all the same advantages of the Scion xB plus it is
twice as big so it will hold twice as much stuff. With the Scion you
have to waste precious time putting your bike on top of the car. The
Honda Element will eagerly swallow all your stuff plus, all the stuff
of the 80-plus-year-old homemaker, plus the 80-plus-year-old homemaker
for a really fast get away from your next PW.
The Element also has two other advantages. The seating material is
made from a sort of rubbery neoprene. This material is perfect for a) not getting stinky no matter how many wet-running shorts, or Golden Retrievers rub themselves on the seat and b) creating an almost perfect Velcro like grip to your sweats safe and secure on the ride to the gym..
The other advantage of the Element is a massive sunroof above the fold
flat rear seats of the car. This comes is handy when you meet that
special athlete of your dreams and you are trying to woo him of her to
you place….or car.
“Honey come back to my place (I mean car) car and I’ll promise I’ll
show you the stars,” can be your pick-up line. You may also add (if you
have your bike on your roof) “I’ll show you my spectacular bottom
bracket and crank.”
Or, if you happen to be a runner, the
huge roof, combined with the car' s springy seats makes for a great
place to jog in place, if you can' t find an open gym or working
2) The Amphicar
This 1960’s car may not be the easiest vehicle to find, but for obvious
reasons it may be almost the perfect athletes car...especially if you
are a swimmer. Just image your swim workout as a proud Amphicar owner.
Instead of driving to the health club, and searching for parking,
and swimming in a over crowded pool or recreation center you just hop
in your Amphicar and drive to the nearest lake. Once at the lake just
slip into your swimsuit and locate the nearest boat dock.
Now slam down the accelerator and hit the water at high speed with
you favorite band blaring on the radio. Once you are halfway across the
lake, stop the car and now the world is your own private open and
massive pool. What could be more perfect? How about you bring along
three of your swim buddies and show off a bit by swimming laps around
1) The Yugo
This former Soviet era Yugoslavian car is arguably the worst and
least reliable car ever sold in the United States. In other words, this
is the perfect Athlete' s car as it will almost always leave you
This means that you will have no other choice but to bike or run
home for help. Going out to a big dinner will inevitably turn into an
impromptu 30-mile bike ride home. A trip to the grocery store will mean
a challenging 10-mile run to the nearest gas station or 5-mile push
home. A trip to the local cleaner will mean you' ll get to push the car
home for that almost perfect core strength workout.
nothing s say' s "I' m a fit athlete," more than pushing your Yugo down
the side of the road with your huge and sweaty muscles glistening in
the mid-day sun.
You’ll be the fittest and fastest athlete
in your neighborhood in no time. And when they ask you how you did it
just smile, wink, and say that magic word…Yugo.