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Home Is Where the Triathlon Is

By , Alicia Capetillo, Staff Writer
At 258 pounds, Monty Seidler (MIRAGE727) saw people who worked out regularly as obsessive, so when a physical therapist suggested that he look into triathlons it seemed crazy. Soon, though, he would find that the triathlon life was the only life for him.
By 2000, after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Seidler had already spent years ignoring his health. "I overate, started to drink alcohol more [often] and fell into a sedentary lifestyle with total disregard," he says. In October 2010, his wife introduced him to SparkPeople and he started to change the way he thought about food and exercise.
"My goal was always to enjoy watching my granddaughter grow up and live on the beach with my wife for a long time," Seidler says of his motivation to make a healthy change.
Having found his spark, Seidler wasted no time getting started. Just one month later, he started walking 5Ks, then advanced to running them six months after that. By the time the word "triathlon" was presented as a viable option, Seidler was intimidated, but intrigued. "[My physical therapist] had seen me come out to support him and others during a mock triathlon. I was still giddy at the fact that I had [even] become a runner at my age!" he said. "Little did I know that I would be invited to join a triathlon team at 63."
For Seidler, the triathlon offered a new challenge and, after his initial surprise wore off, he jumped at the opportunity. He started with the water, visiting a local open water session for his first taste of training.
"I'm not going to lie, I was intimidated. I swam about 200 yards doing a breast stroke and it wore me out!" Seidler says. "It was worth it. The experience was exhilarating. Everyone was encouraging, welcoming and I could not wait until the next session. I found myself in the learning process again at my age and loved it."
Suffice it to say, he was hooked. As his swim sessions continued, his distances got longer and his level of intimidation decreased as his confidence grew. At 63 years old, Seidler was discovering a fortitude and determination that he had not experienced before. He found a camaraderie with his teammates that keeps him motivated, inspired and in a positive state of mind, which continues today at age 65. As of today, he is down to 175 pounds, has competed in 10 triathlons, three duathlons and is a member of a local team, in addition to his position as team leader for the SparkPeople Triathlon Team.
"I want everyone to find out what they are capable of doing. It's within us all and can change your life for the better." Seidler says. "I have role models who are still triathletes at 85. I want to be like them when I grow up!" 

On the successful journey to healthy living, exercise has a way of becoming a part of you. Home Is Where the Workout Is is a series featuring members like you who achieved their goals by getting hooked on exercise. Discover what can happen when people struggling with weight loss find their passion and change their lives. 

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MUSICNUT 4/1/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
What a great story. Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational. Report
GGRSPARK 12/9/2019
Story of the month !!!!!
Bravo. Report
GGRSPARK 12/9/2019
Story of the month !!!!!
Bravo. Report
GGRSPARK 12/9/2019
This is the kind of story I like to see. And please note this man’s age.
I am not a triathlete but have an athlete I support, now a pro coach. Age is not a factor. It’s all ll between the ears. Report
EVILCECIL 10/5/2019
Spark on!! Report
Completing a Triathlon is something I want/ need to do for myself. Congratulations Monty! Report
WTG!!! Report
That is great, Monty. My daughter just completed the Iron Man in Lake Placid. She only learned to ride a bike three years ago. It is amazing what it has done for her. And someone in his 70s finished ahead of her. All things are posssible. Report
Wonderful story, very inspiring! Report
Absolutely great Report
Awesome story! Report
Monty, your story is so inspiring! It's a great thing to get hooked on, eh? Life is good, when you are good in life. Congrats! Report
Awesome! Monty you are amazing and give me motivation to continue my quest of running. Report
Thanks Monty you are such an inspiration!!!!! Report
Awesome job Monty!!! That is the one sport that I miss most... the triathlons.. Thank you so much for sharing your story! WooHoo!!!


Nola Report
Fantastic ! and so inspiring.. Report
SO proud of my wonderful sparkling friend Monty...you are SUCH an inspiration! Report
Keep on keeping on! Great job. Report
Congrats to your success, Monty!
Your story is an inspiration!
Good job, Monty! You have come a long way. Keep up the good work. Report
How nice to see your story featured! You are indeed an inspiring Spark and always a supportive teammate! Congratulations on your success so far and all the best for MANY years of fun to come. Report
Such an inspiring journey!!! So glad that Spark featured you!!! Report
Great success, Monty! Great story!! I know you live it and always will. So glad SP recognized what I've seen in you for years and years. Congrats, Marsha Report
WOW! Just goes to prove once again that is never too late to get fit.

Way to go!!! Report
Congratulations Monty!! What a Wonderful Surprise to see your Blog Featured!!! You Rock!! Report
Woo-hoo! I knew this article would be coming, so glad it turned out to be YOU as the featured triathlete... LOVE it! You are such an inspiration to the rest of us out there TRI-ing! That Spark continues to burn bright! Report
Really enjoyed reading your story. Way to go, Monty!
Awesome! Report
How wonderful to see your story featured here Monty! Way to go! Report
CONGRATS Monty !! This is very inspiring. LOVE it when I read of an older person (Hey I am now in my mid 50's,,, can remember when I thought "30 is OLD!") starts a major lifestyle change.. TY for sharing this. Report
Spark on, Monty! Report
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