TriNews: The Staggering Stats of ‘Making it’ as a Pro Triathlete… But Following a Dream? Priceless
March 14, 2016
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On this special episode of TriNews with Thorsten Radde we dive into the topic of going pro and what it really entails.
- “I want to go pro, what do I need to do?”
- Criteria: U.S. vs. other countries’ requirements on achieving pro status
- Variables to consider: current lifestyle vs. lifestyle as pro, will you still be working part- or full-time, do you have time to train and recover like a pro?
- How has becoming a professional triathlete evolved in the past 5, 10, 15+ years?
- How many pro triathletes exist today
- Financial considerations
- Of today’s long-course pros, how many are able to make a comfortable living off just prize purse earnings?
- How else do pro triathletes make a living?
- Comparing pro triathlete’s income with other pro sports
- Sponsorship and endorsements for pros
- What do sponsorships offer? And what do sponsors require from their pros?
- How to be appealing to sponsors in what you offer in not only performance, but your following, reputation, online presence, etc.
- Sponsors vs. affiliates (and how this works in podcasting, too)
- The bottom line of needing to perform to make ends meet
- Finding longevity and a sustainable approach as a pro: is it possible this day in age?
- The KPR system and the need to race a lot to “make it”… is allowing for long-lasting careers and healthy pros?
- Long-course pros vs ITU pros
- How Olympic triathletes are more supported by the federation
- The role of “donors”
- Examples of up-and-coming pro’s who had rocky starts: Kyle Buckingham, Matt Hansen, Matt Trautman, etc.
- From a pure stats & POV (not emotional) does Thorsten think going pro is wise?
- But from an emotional standpoint and the idea of following your dreams, taking a chance and taking risks… is going pro worth it?
- Never living a life of “what if’s” and coulda, shoulda, woulda’s
- It may be hard, but if you have what it takes… go for it! That’s what we think!