Partners, Triathletes, Zoomers
LOUISE MCGONIGAL, AGE 65, DAVE WATTS, AGE 71, PARTNERS, TRIATHLETES, ZOOMERS
Triathlons aren’t for sissies. And Louise McGonigal and Dave Watts of Elmvale, Ont., are no sissies. Last October, McGonigal, a retired educator, won the Hawaii World Ironman Championship in the 60-65 age group — her 20th Ironman.
They train 12 to 15 hours a week and are already planning for major 2010 Ironman competitions. Competing at an elite level involves the camaraderie of people who don’t associate age with weakness. Watts, a retired contractor, says, “I’ve always trained with younger guys and held my own.I never thought about age. Now, in my 70s, it’s awesome.”