When I was looking into qualifying for my elite license last summer, I had a sense that it would be incredibly complicated. I was worried there would be all these extra requirements and pressures, and I kept thinking that maybe I just wasn’t ready. But then when I began to actually look into what was involved in taking my pro card, I realized that it’s actually really simple, and in many ways relieves some of the stress that comes with triathlon. I know that racing elite is not necessarily an option for everyone, but for those who find themselves in a position to qualify for their elite license, I wanted to write about some of the things that I thought about when I was deciding what I wanted to do.
(Thanks to Brian Fancher for the super cool race photo! This is from Charleston's local sprint series at James Island County Park).