Will Lance Armstrong race a triathlon after retirement 2.0?
Posted Feb 17 2011 2:55pm
As you may recall from THIS story, Lance Armstrong announced his retirement from pro cycling this week in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press.
The seven time Tour de France winner said, "My focus now is raising my five children, promoting the mission of Livestrong, and growing entrepreneurial ventures with our great corporate partners in the fight against cancer."
You'll note that there's not a word about swimming, or running, and certainly nothing about traithlon in his retirement statement.
Perhaps more interestingly Armstrong also pulled out of the Rotorua Triathlon in New Zealand (his first tri in decades) due to a knee injury at the start of the year.
That certainly doesn't sound like Armstrong is ready to switch from cycling back to triathlon...does it?
But perhaps even more interestingly, Amstrong at least using his triathlon alter ego, Juan Pelota , tweeted a photo of his new tri gear recently along with this, "Easy run on town lake then a swim w/ the fellas @, @, Kemp, Foley, etc."
Which of course begs the question, why is Armstrong running and swimming if he has no plans to race a triathlon?
In our humble opinion we think that Armstrong will race. Trying to keep Lance Armstrong from racing is like trying to keep a fish from swimming.
There can be no doubt that the sport triathlon is Armstrong's first love. He says as much under his Juan Pelota alter ego: "Grew up idolizing The Big 4. They used to call me Junior. Retired. Raisin' 5 kids. I swim, I bike, I run. I travel. I fight cancer. And I like cold beer."
So yes, Armstrong is retired...but he's not dead. And we believe that the siren call of competition in a sport he first loved will be too hard for him to resist. He may have changed his goals. Perhaps he's no longer shooting for the Kona stars but strongly suspect that Juan Pelota will race a triathlon...sooner or later.