Century Club Spotlight Archive
Century Club Member: John Taylor
Century Club Category: Triathlon – 100
What is your occupation?
Retired Air Force, retired public school teacher, part-time running shoe salesman.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I have been married over 45 years; have two daughters and five grandchildren. My wife and daughters have all done triathlons, my eldest daughter is still competing in all triathlon distances from sprint through Ironman.
When did you begin your multisport career and what made you decide to start racing multisport events?
I did my first triathlon in St. Louis in 1983. I had been a competitive runner for seven years and after doing well in a 40-mile ultra marathon, I rewarded myself by not running for a week, during which I rode my new bike over 150 miles. I started competing in triathlons and duathlons shortly after that.
What have you learned from your participation in multisport events?
I believe that training for triathlons and duathlons has helped me continue to be competitive into my 60s. If I have an injury that keeps me from participating in one sport, I can usually continue to train in one or more of the others. I enjoy the triathlon community much more socially than the cycling community. Triathlons are possible for people from all spectrums of society.
Has your participation in multisport events helped you overcome any challenges? If so, what?
I had a near fatal cycling accident in 2000 and spent 13 months in physical therapy before I could ride again. Doing my first triathlon after that accident became the goal that got me through countless hours of physical training. Being able to still compete despite a reduced ability to run well reminds me every day of how fortunate I am to have survived my accident and how wonderful it is to enjoy training day after day.
What is something you can't race without?
I cannot and could not race without all the unselfish support of the race directors and all the volunteers they marshall to make multisport competition possible!
Do you have a "bucket list" race? If so, what race?
What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
I have too many to mention from qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 1981 to doing my first Ironman with my daughter in Louisville in 2007.
What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
I still have delusions of qualifying for Kona.