Earlier this week it came out that Alan Webb was probably quitting running to become a triathlete. Sure, whatever, do what you want. But, this post written by his wife is sort of insanely sad and messed up? He was tired of losing, so he’s moving to triathlon? He didn’t think he had a shot at podiuming at Worlds in running, so he’s moving to triathlon? The US needs better triathletes, so he’s moving to triathlon? Not to mention some of the little side notes she makes just don’t add up or seem right. Really not sure what I think about this.

http://runteamwebb.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/the-wifes-perspective-on-a-career-change/

10 thoughts on “Earlier this week it came out that Alan Webb was probably quitting running to become a triathlete. Sure, whatever, do what you want. But, this post written by his wife is sort of insanely sad and messed up? He was tired of losing, so he’s moving to triathlon? He didn’t think he had a shot at podiuming at Worlds in running, so he’s moving to triathlon? The US needs better triathletes, so he’s moving to triathlon? Not to mention some of the little side notes she makes just don’t add up or seem right. Really not sure what I think about this.

    1. Ok I just read it…c’mon dude, learn to change a flat tire before you try to make the Olympic team in triathlon. Then again, my old coach always said the draft legal stuff was a “wet run”. If you can stay with the first swim pack and draft on the bike, it comes down to the run!

      1. What the heck are you talking about??? Learn to change a flat tire before you try to make an Olympic team????? Maybe you should try to understand the mindset, life and pressure that comes with being tabbed as the next great American middle distance runner at the age of 18. Don’t try to give him advice (albeit very strange and unprovoked advice) when you know nothing of the situation at hand. And yes maybe to you the decision was “super lame” but it was clearly the best option they felt they had an they are making the most of it. Show some respect for the man.

      2. Show some respect for the sport of triathlon. My response was from Kelly’s comments about the wife’s post and the wife’s actual post. His biking experience is limited and she has had to pick him up from several bike rides because of flat tires. Being a great triathlete is not just about being a great swimmer and phenomenal runner. His triathlon performance has yet to be seen, but I wish him the best.

  1. Alan competes to try to be the best in the world – aka be better than his former self. The last 7 years it hasn’t happened so he’s moving on to something he’s dreamed about doing since he was a kid – triathlon. He has no idea how good he can be but based on his athletic ability there is a pretty good shot he can be decent and find more enjoyment in this rather than going back to be mediocre as an elite runner. Enough explanation? How is that sad? Sounds more like jealousy on your end. When people want to make themself feel better they talk other people down. But at least I give you credit for backing it up with your name.

    1. I have absolutely no problem with him wanting to do triathlon. I get that. And I think he could be really good at it; I hope he is. I found the post strange because it came off as oddly dismissive of how hard triathlon might be to get good at though and it was strangely pessimistic about his running accomplishments. It seemed to basically say that he didn’t think he could hack it in running so he was doing triathlon because it’d be easier to be the best at. If that wasn’t how it was intended, then perhaps you should re-look at some of the wording, because as is it comes off to lots of triathletes like you have no respect for the sport.

      1. My bad. I totally understand and have a ton of respect but you’re right. That’s exactly what Alan doesn’t want is talk. He wants to race and let the results show for what they are. Its a major commitment and just as if not harder than running. He knows that which is why he’s dedicating his life to continue training! Thanks for clarification and understand I don’t exactly know much about triathlon and for one know I would be terrible at it. Best of luck to you.

      2. it WILL be easier to be the best at a triathlon. from a statistical standpoint there is less competition in triathlons worldwide than there is in track. so yes, if thats what she meant then that is totally fine because it is true.
        Having said that, I saw nothing in that post that seemed even remotely like how you described it. Nowhere does she say that “because he couldnt hack it at running he was doing triathlon because it’d be easier.” She was simply explaining the choices that she and Alan have made over the past few months. They owe nothing to you.
        Alan Webb was the best miler in the world at one point and is still the best miler in U.S. history. Before running he was a highly competitive swimmer. I think he has a great shot to be an Olympian. Sorry if it comes off like they “have no respect for the sport.” You have no right to say that based on that singular article.

      3. Of course they don’t owe me anything. But, I also “have the right” to think and say whatever I want, particularly about public sports figure who make at least some of their income off their fan base. And I am not the only person who got the impression I got from that post.

      4. Good luck! If he can swim fast enough to be with one of the main groups, he should be really good at ITU. Looking forward to watching the races.

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