Those of you who have participated in our event know that participants of all ages and abilities “show up”. Jack Bettencourt is a long time participant and once again plans to join us in August. He is a great example of how staying fit and maintaining a zest for life can pay off. Here’s a bit about Jack and a few words of his wisdom.
• Your name and age: Jack Bettencourt – 84 years young
• A little bit about you: I have been involved in sports all my life, doing something every day with regard to working out. I don’t train on the streets anymore, but rather in a park on dirt trails. I weighed 158 in high school, the same in college, and am still the same weight today. I’ve never stopped my athletics in my whole life. In the beginning I was into running and I saw that the running world was feeding the swimming world and they both were feeding the triathlon world. Many years ago, I was the head of the crew that helped Jack La Lanne do his Bay swims when he used the Dolphin Club as a base.
• When did you complete your first triathlon? The first triathlon I completed was in Mill Valley in 1980. I’ve lost count how many I’ve completed since!
• What is your favorite thing about the sport? My favorite thing is seeing people transfer from the running, swimming or biking worlds to the triathlon world.
• Share your top training tips: I train in running, swimming, biking and weights. I do not drink alcohol and I don’t eat restaurant food if I can help it.
• How has training for or participating in triathlon(s) affected other areas of your life? I have no aches and pains and take NO medications.
• Any words of encouragement for novice or aspiring triathletes? My advice to aspiring triathletes, is to be strong in all three sports. Cross training is where you get strong and where it all comes together.