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If there is anything New York Times subscribers like more than reading about bad white people being systemically racist, it’s endurance sports. As I’ve often pointed out, while anaerobic exercise like weightlifting correlates with right of center politics, aerobic exercise correlates with NYT subscribers’ politics. (How causal is this correlation deserves research.) So the NYT publishes a huge number of esoteric articles about running techniques and the like.

Ever since blacks took over traditional American sports like football and basketball and Kenyans started winning the gold medals in the traditional American sport of distance running, white American have been inventing new endurance events that even Kenyans can’t beat them at, such as the triathlon, which combines marathoning with long distance swimming and bike riding.

So this provides a tricky challenge for an NYT reporter, who does a pretty good job of servicing subscribers’ psychic needs.

From the New York Times sports section:

‘I Can’t Just Quit’

Sika Henry is the first African American woman to be recognized as a pro triathlete. But a horrible bicycle crash in 2019 nearly thwarted her dream.

The famous Ironman Triathlon that emerged in Hawaii a few decades ago consists of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a full Marathon 26.2 mile run. There are also shorter, less crazy versions, but each of the three events falls well into the endurance rather than sprint spectrum.

By Alanis Thames
Nov. 23, 2021

As Sika Henry worked to become the first female African American professional triathlete, she remembered her childhood conversations about race with her family.

Her parents told Henry and her brother, Nile, stories about their paternal grandfather, who was a track and field athlete and football player in the 1920s. Because of segregation, he was not allowed to play in the N.F.L., and instead pursued a career as a jazz musician.

Just think of all the white football players who got rich playing in the NFL in the 1920s, such as Red Grange and, uh, … uh … Bronko Nagurski! … Oh, I guess he only played in the 1930s. Never mind. But, the point is, great-grandpa might have been as good as Red Grange. And that white people back then were bad.

This memory stuck with Henry. She uses it as motivation in her journey in triathlon, a sport in which few contestants look like her.

“He said to my dad one day, ‘I never thought I’d see the day when Blacks could play professional sport,’” Henry said.

And at times, Henry didn’t know if she would ever compete professionally in her sport, either.

No other African American woman had earned an elite license — which gives triathletes their professional status — in triathlon before Henry, according to U.S.A. Triathlon, the sport’s national governing body. She overcame a horrible bicycle crash during a race in 2019….

Henry used to hate distance running. She walked on to the track and field team at Tufts University, a Division III school outside Boston, where her main event was the high jump on top of racing in the 200-, 400- and 4×400-meters. To train for the 400, Henry’s coach suggested that she run three miles sometimes during the week. She would balk at the distance. “I thought that was just so long and painful,” Henry said.

In 2013, though, a breakup left her seeking a distraction, so she signed up for a local sprint triathlon, a beginner friendly race consisting of a half-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. …

And yet Henry noticed there were almost no other Black people competing alongside her.

“I was just like, ‘Where are they?’” she said.

While other individual sports, like sprinting, have large numbers of African American competitors, triathlon draws little nonwhite participation.

The two words “like sprinting” are a dog whistle to HBD-aware triathletes that the reporter isn’t a total ignoramus, that she knows that blacks of West African ancestry tend to be much better at short than long distances. But it’s not going to disrupt the average NYT subscriber’s reading of this as a nice story about a black person heroically triumphing over the systemic racism that keeps blacks from winning their rightful share (i.e., virtually all) of triathlons.

As of this year, U.S.A. Triathlon said, 13.3 percent of its annual members are people of color. Less than 2 percent are Black or African American.

“It’s kind of taboo,” said Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, the only Black female board member of U.S.A. Triathlon.

“You’re not going to go to an urban community and see a race or have an opportunity to race,” Dorsey said. “You might go 30 miles north, east, south or west in a rural or suburban area, and you have triathlon races all over the place. So for minorities, that’s still part of the barrier.”

Henry is only the second Black triathlete in the U.S. to reach professional status. Max Fennell became the first African American triathlete to earn his professional certification in 2014.

During her quest to gain professional status, Henry garnered a sponsorship from the shoe company Hoka in a rarity for amateurs in endurance sports.

In other words, the Establishment wants more blacks triathletes, but blacks aren’t that interested. The rest of the article, read carefully, is about how much support she has received from the triathlon community despite not being all that good.

 
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  1. “The Establishment wants more blacks triathletes, but blacks aren’t that interested.”
    Kind of like the crisis of the sparsity of black birdwatchers, back-country campers, etc.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  2. Luzzatto says:

    We’re at a 🤡 world point now where every career field/job that is not predominantly Black is a White Supremacist career field/job.

  3. Ever since blacks took over traditional American sports like football and basketball and Kenyans started winning the gold medals in the traditional American sport of distance running, white American have been inventing new endurance events that even Kenyans can’t beat them at, such as the triathlon, which combines marathoning with long distance swimming and bike riding.

    Bullshit. Not true.

    Triathlons are legitimate, very hard, athletic contests invented by White people. They were not created, as Steve implies, to counter non-White intrusion.

    When I was in college in the early 1980s, a couple of my classmates were avid in the triathlon. One was a Marine ROTC student. He was adamant about it, and quite proud of himself. If anything, Steve, you can say that the triathlon is White, but you cannot say that White people invented it to counter anything at all. It is a very difficult event that White people happen to excel at.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    , @Clyde
  4. usNthem says:

    I think it’s probably safe to say sika won’t be winning or even challenging for any major triathlete championships. But her tokenism will be highly regarded and she’ll have many participation trophies to be proud of.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  5. Triathletes tend to be rather middle class, as it is not something that you are likely to make any money at unless you are at the very very top.

    Access to a swimming pool for developing good swimming technique is not available to everybody, and racing bikes are expensive.

    The sport requires a tremendous amount of hours spent in training which makes it difficult to combine with working a full-time job.

    When I lived in Bermuda 40 years ago there were a number of fairly decent black triathletes, and also some very good white ones.

    • Agree: Old Prude
  6. Because of segregation, he was not allowed to play in the N.F.L., and instead pursued a career as a jazz musician.

  7. Because of segregation, he was not allowed to play in the N.F.L., and instead pursued a career as a jazz musician.

    Why wasn’t music segregated too?

  8. I happened to be in a car with my parents on the Kamehameha Highway in the north shore of Oahu (really a 2 lane road in those days) during the bike part of one of the very early triathlons. Supposedly it started as a way to settle an argument as to whether the bikers or the runners or the swimmers were the best all around athletes.

    Interesting to note that the swimming and biking distances are based on distances in Oahu. One end of Waikiki Beach to the other end. Bike around the island coming back through the middle because only dirt roads were around one corner.

    So the distances in the Ironman Triathlon are based on a place it is no longer held. These days the championship is on another island.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  9. Anon[366] • Disclaimer says:

    If there is anything New York Times subscribers like more than reading about bad white people being systemically racist, it’s endurance sports.

    Dissidents should cancel their New York Times subscriptions and give as the reason that the company needs to hire more blacks. Black reporters and writers, especially.

    • LOL: Cortes
  10. As I’ve often pointed out, while anaerobic exercise like weightlifting correlates with right of center politics, aerobic exercise correlates with NYT subscribers’ politics. (How causal is this correlation deserves research.)

    Fight or flight, write large.

    People who are going to fight for things = patriarchal behavior = weightlifting. Because being big and strong allows you to hold your ground and dish out some punishment and let the other guys know you aren’t worth taking. It allows you to protect your family and also take a beating and recover more quickly.

    People who are going to run from things = matriarchal behavior=long distance running. Because running far allows you to escape to live another day, allowing you to set up shop somewhere you aren’t being attacked and no one is around. Get away and bring your family with you, if they can keep up — every man for himself.

    Much how like a lot of rich people in the 1970s and 80s escaped from cities in NY, MA, and CT and their crime by “running” to their second estates in Vermont, allowing them to LARP as “poor country gentry” and elect commies like Pat Leahy and Bernie Sanders while, suspiciously, making sure both protected their rights to own guns.

    In America, if people have an avenue to escape, they tend to vote lefty. If they can’t, they tend to vote righty—because there’s nowhere else to go, so you have ti dig in and fight.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @psmith
  11. mc23 says:

    White people are crazy about stuff. Like the English guy who came up with the Spartathlon in 1982, 153 miles in two days over Greek mountain trails to see if they could recreate the legendary run. Fifty some years old, he really ticked off his wife.

    It’s widely recognized trait. See the clip from the 1997 movie Con Air with Dave Chappelle.

  12. Hello, Steve I just read your most recent and excellent article at taki “Print the Legend” and I wanted to mention another way I think the media manipulates.

    When it appeared that the Rittenhouse prosecution was an obvious loser MSMlite left wingers like ana kasparian claimed that they were “shocked” to learn that the men Rittenhouse shot were white I don’t think much of ana but its hard for me to believe she didn’t know they were white and she isn’t a person that likes to admit she doesn’t know something in any case.

    These comments were picked up and spammed endlessly by conservative media including Tucker Carlson I think. They got great pleasure from “owning the libs” for thinking that Rittenhouse had killed black men and that this case was about racism and therefore mattered. How clueless they are. What was the lesson of this narrative?

    “Oh, gosh, my bad. I thought this case was important but it turns out he just killed a couple white men so what’s the big deal really? He kinda did us a favor if you really think about it. No need to riot.”

    Do you think this is possible or is it too much of a grand conspiracy?

  13. prosa123 says:

    I thought it poor journalism when the NYT described Henry’s bicycle crash as “horrible” and “gruesome.” Certainly such overdramatic terms were beneath its standards. But then one of the links in the article showed photos of her face immediately after the crash … and yes, it was horrible and gruesome. Fortunately she seems to have recovered well.

  14. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve raced XTerra Guam (a 1500 meter open ocean swim, 31 kilometer mountain bike, and 8.2 kilometer trail run). Lots of Navy and Air Force personnel, including members of SEAL Team 1 and AF PJs, some local islanders. The armed forces folks, male and female, were pretty much white and Latino, with a smattering of Northeast Asians. I don’t recall seeing any blacks. People did it because it was something they enjoyed, a personal challenge to see if they could complete it. There was no money to be made, only spent.

  15. I once met a competitive, rock solid, cigarette smoking triathlete. The muscular person looked like it didn’t have an ounce of fat.

    The idea of a three-in-one, endurance sport always struck me as gimmicky. Why not the Western States Endurance run, followed by a bicycle ride down to Newport Beach, ending with an open water swim to Catalina?

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Alfa158
  16. “Just think of all the white football players who got rich playing in the NFL in the 1920s, such as Red Grange and, uh, … uh … ”

    HOF CHI George Halas, HOF GB Curly Lambeau, considered among the top 100 players to have ever played in the NFL. Both were foundational members of the HOF when it opened in 1963. Come on, Steve. The point can be made without totally de-emphasizing whites’ contribution to the infant NFL of the 1920’s. CHI’s jerseys still bear GSH, George Halas’ initials, and he died in ’83.

    “The Establishment wants more blacks triathletes, but blacks aren’t that interested.”

    Blacks aren’t that interested because: it doesn’t occur to them that they should be interested, and, they don’t hear that a large amount of money is being made at the top, when compared to sports they do care about. Who earns more money, the top Triathlete in the world, or LeBron? Case closed. Of course, maybe blacks also aren’t very good at the sport, and aren’t interested, and the cycle repeats itself.

    The Establishment isn’t really interested in having more POC’s in white majority sports, until it occurs to them that POC’s should be in these sports, and…why aren’t they? Otherwise, these non-relevant, niche sports merely serve as punch lines for NYT elitists: “If they were all that, they’d be dominated by POC’s, and why aren’t they? Must be racist. Oh well, on to the next Who? Whom? of the day”

    Those kind of niche sports don’t really hold NYT attention for very long since it’s a small market, under the radar especially when compared to NFL, NBA, etc.

  17. Henry’s coach suggested that she run three miles sometimes during the week. She would balk at the distance. “I thought that was just so long and painful,” Henry said.

    Oh FFS.

    I drive a desk and have a slightly high BMI and I could go knock out three miles, or even five, without too much discomfort this very minute.

    It’s all so tiresome.

    • Disagree: Old Prude
    • Replies: @Old Prude
  18. Mike Tre says:

    On a related note, it’s always inspiring to mention the story of Dick Hoyt, the Ironman competitor who would carry his disabled son with him through the entire competition. He did it at least twice that I know of. Sadly, Dick died recently.

  19. “It’s kind of taboo,” said Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, the only Black female board member of U.S.A. Triathlon.

    I had a cousin who died of tekemia, or something like that. She didn’t make it to kindergarten. Her parents couldn’t get her name and birth year on a license plate, so they settled for her name and death year. We all found that creepy.

    Tekemia Dorsey = “Sky to Dearieme!”

  20. @Paleo Liberal

    I happened to be in a car with my parents on the Kamehameha Highway in the north shore of Oahu (really a 2 lane road in those days)

    Wow– they upgraded it from 1963? Was it paved yet?

    It was barely wide enough to fit our Galaxie. How we got out is lost to memory.

    I want to go back to drive Interstate [sic] H-3:

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  21. Ano says:

    Yo Steve,

    Why should we negroes train for the triathlon, when we don’t need to swim and cycle from the Louis Vuitton store to the waiting car?

    Yes, it is true we did have to sprint from the cops this time round but that was simply because none of the handbags were under \$900.

    Yours,

    Black Retail Merchandise Liberation Army

    • LOL: Automatic Slim, bruce county
  22. Amateur sports are usually disproportionately White.

    • Thanks: Old Prude
  23. @Abolish_public_education

    Why not the Western States Endurance run, followed by a bicycle ride down to Newport Beach, ending with an open water swim to Catalina?

    Why not an uphill run to Asmara (elev. 7,626′), a bike ride down the 60-mi. escarpment to the coast, then an open-water swim to the Arabian peninsula? (With a dispensation from any future slavery.)

    First prize would be 15¢ gasoline for life. Second would be the deed to the Fascist-era Fiat Taliglero building. Third prize, a Philippine guest worker of your choosing.

  24. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    You missed his point. No one made money playing in the NFL until the late 70s or even 80s. Up until then, you had to have a job in the offseason. They played for peanuts in the early NFL.. My uncles turned down pro football offers in the 40s because it was not enough money to be worth the trouble… they went on to be doctors and businessmen instead. The NFL was useless waste of time in terms of making money and coming up in the depression money was their goal. That is what he means.

  25. Luzzatto says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    The vast majority of Black voters prefer to read The Root over The New York Times and The Washington Post. So all of these anti-White articles from those 2 newspapers are red meat for White Democrat voters and not so much red meat for Black voters. There is probably like only 8 Black folks in the entire country who are subscription readers of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    • Agree: Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    • Replies: @PaceLaw
  26. Luzzatto says:
    @mc23

    Dave Chappelle commits a hate crime in Con Air by setting a Native American on fire and than adding insult to injury by saying the last Mohican is burning.

    But Con Air will not be Cancel Cultured like Gone With The Wind for example, because Blacks rank above Native Americans in The Identity Politics Olympics.

    • LOL: IHTG
    • Replies: @IHTG
  27. Altai says:

    I’m beginning to notice a pattern…

  28. Steve, I would bet money that this Alanis Thames had just got done reading Lionel Shriver’s recent book The Motion of the Body through Space* when she wrote this article. It’s just uncanny or canny, one. The book revolves around the husband of the narrator lady, who first strangely, because he never liked exercise, ran a marathon, then trained for and competed in an Ironman competition (it was the “Metalman” in the book).

    I’m sure commenter International Jew, who recommended the book to me (thanks, I.J.), would back me up on this, that the writer here got the theme of her article directly from that novel. There’s a lot more to the thoughts in the book, but one small theme that I thought would become more of the story – it never did – was that the husband was screwed out of the rest of his civil engineering career by a triple does of wokeness (feminism, blackness, and immigranity). That’s how he came to have the time on his hands to do this heavy exercising, in fact. Lionel Shriver also mentions the lack of anything but White people in the Metalman world.

    A running theme in all of the 3 Lionel Shriver novels I’ve written is that the New York Times is the be-all-to-end all. I think the author really believes that.

    This 3rd novel I’ve read by this author is a very good one too, so I was not disappointed. The ending of this story about aging (too) is very heavy.

    .

    * Peak Stupidity review promised 3 weeks ago, but not coming till after Thanksgiving.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  29. Luzzatto says:
    @IHTG

    The Gay guy in Con Air is such an extremely stereotypical feminine sissy twink boy that he makes Fred Schneider from The B-52’s look like Dirty Harry in comparison. In 2021 that alone should get Con Air Cancel Cultured by The LGBTQ Mafia.

  30. Old Prude says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    A sport like skiing is very capital and equipment intensive. Marathons are time intensive. Only the affluent can afford the hours required to take it up as a hobby.

    Even if I were interested in endurance sports, which I am not, because I can’t imagine three hours of thinking of nothing but “This sucks”, I do not have time to spend hours every other day destroying my knees, nor would Mrs. Prude allow that to take precedence over yard work and fixing the appliances.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  31. PaceLaw says:
    @Luzzatto

    Ah Luzzatto, I have to disagree with you here. For the highly-educated black management class (i.e., lawyers, engineers, doctors, etc.), they are highly addicted to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Granted, as a percentage of the total black community they may be fairly small, but highly significant in terms of black opinion.

    In terms of The Root, I would say that’s more of a lower to middle-class black magazine for folks who are eager to tag along to gossip, hearsay and fantasy. Of course, the New York Times and Washington Post also engage in gossip, hearsay and fantasy, but they do it in such a more highbrow and sophisticated way that the highly educated readers are readily convinced that all of the fanciful stories are true.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  32. Old Prude says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    I am with the black girl on this one: What is the blazes is there to occupy one’s mind after two miles, except how much one’s knees hurt? Four miles? Fuggedaboutit. Caveat: During a 5k, one can at least think “What the hell is that fat guy doing in front of me?”

  33. More plaques for blacks.

  34. @Old Prude

    I wonder what will go through her head when she hits the wall at 18.

  35. Ggbbyg says:

    Don’t tell the NYT about the crossfit games. But Steve would find it very interesting

  36. @Reg Cæsar

    Yes, it was paved in those days, except for an area near the NW corner of the island which was accessible only to 4WD.

    As for H-3, I went hiking in that valley before the highway was built. I was told it would be my last chance.

  37. psmith says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Okay, but actual fighting is fightier than either strength training or endurance training, and GPP for actual fighting will involve a fair bit of both.

  38. George says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    “Access to a swimming pool” I am surprised the NYT didn’t mention lack of swimming facilities with a tie in to Blacks drowning more. A road bike and biking gear is expensive to buy and maintain and if you live in the wrong area easy to be stolen. Travel would also be expensive.

    Most of the expenses of football player development is met by the taxpayer via public school.

    “…1920s. Because of segregation, he was not allowed to play in the N.F.L., and instead pursued a career as a jazz musician. ”

    Turns out the NFL predecessor was founded in 1920. One of the founding teams was the Akron Pros. The coach of the Akron Pros was Black.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League#Founding_and_history

    “Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard (January 27, 1894 – May 11, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He was the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard and Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Pollard

    Searching on [american football injuries 1920s] gives gruesome details of the injuries especially to the mouth and face, which might have discouraged a talented sax player.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  39. Daniel Lieberman’s Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding begins with him in Hawaii watching and wondering about the Ironman Triathlon. The thesis of the book is that for most of our evolutionary history, most of us were close to the edge of starvation so we developed a desire not to do any unnecessary exercise which would burn precious calories. But those ancestors moved so much out of necessity that they stayed in good shape. Modern life makes it difficult to move in similar ways so people who want to stay healthy have to “exercise”–a concept foreign to hunter-gatherers.

    That makes it sound simplistic but it’s actually a really good book.

  40. @Jonathan Mason

    From my experience runners are middle class and triathletes are straight-up rich. Requires an expensive bike and gear, and the races tend to be hundreds of dollars.

    I considered switching from running to triathlons as I’m a decent open water swimmer but the cost put me off.

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  41. Going to have to disagree that aerobic exercise like running is inherently liberal. Not sure if that take is accurate today, though it probably was a decade ago. I did a 10k Turkey trot last weekend- hardly a tattoo in sight among the men OR women. Now I definitely cannot head down to the nearest beach and see zero tattoos, and I will also see plenty of tattoos at my gym. I think tattoo density is a pretty good correlate for politics and class.

    Also lifting weights is more popular than endurance sports among people under 50, and seems like it attracts a broader cross-section of society.

  42. Ganderson says:

    My uncle played line for St. Thomas College in St. Paul, graduating in 1924, and was offered a contract to play for the Duluth Eskimos of the National Football League. He turned it down to teach high school, which paid better

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  43. mmack says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    “The sport requires a tremendous amount of hours spent in training which makes it difficult to combine with working a full-time job.”

    Nearly 25 years ago I dated a gal that competed in amateur triathlons. They were “mini triathlons” of shorter distances than The Ironman, but still pretty intense.

    She spent A LOT of time swimming laps, biking, or jogging to stay in shape, to the point of charting her weight. I would go jogging with her and she was serious about it, jogging for miles to keep her endurance.

    She did all of this after coming home from her full time IT job.

    She was a competitive swimmer in grade and high school and picked up triathlons to stay fit. She sheepishly admitted she gained about 30 pounds when she was married and after the divorce went back to competing and lost the weight. Luckily for me she was pretty cute 🥰 and had a smoking hot body from all the exercise. And she didn’t look anorexic like the runners Steve posted about a few weeks back.

    Sadly, since she is a White Woman triathlete, she is a racist (Sarcasm mode off)

  44. @Stonewall Jackson

    No, I got his point quite well. MY point was that there were some whites who did contribute to the NFL’s early beginnings, such as Halas and Lambeau. I get it that Steve was making the larger point that the NFL wasn’t all that in the ’20’s, but I’m saying lets be fair and acknowledge that there were some players who still have a lasting legacy even today. Most NFL fans are aware of who Halas and Lambeau are (or were).

    If you really want a microcosm of how far the NFL lagged behind MLB as the US’s national sport, in 1939, MLB’s HOF opened its doors in Cooperstown, NY. It took about three years from its inception, induction of first class, to actually opening. Cooperstown, NY has always served MLB quite well in forging its mythology of the location of the “first” MLB style game played in the mid. 19th century.

    By contrast, since the mid. to late ’40’s, the NFL had tried to decide where and when to open a HOF of its own. For a long while it was slated to open in Latrobe, PA, but finally was decided to open its doors in Canton, OH in 1963. At the time, the NFL wasn’t wealthy enough to officially contribute much in the way of money toward the building, upkeep, etc.

    You’re correct that NFLers weren’t paid massive amounts of money until starting about the mid. 1980’s. This means that such stellar QBs as Montana, Elway, Marino, etc began their careers earning low to mid. six figures. Considering that by the mid. ’80’s, MLBers already had free agency and were making low seven figures, the gap between the two sports in their top players average salaries is quite revealing.

  45. @PaceLaw

    “I have to disagree with you here.”

    And I have to disagree with you as well.

    “For the highly-educated black management class (i.e., lawyers, engineers, doctors, etc.), they are highly addicted to the New York Times and the Washington Post. ”

    What, all five of them?

    “Granted, as a percentage of the total black community they may be fairly small, but highly significant in terms of black opinion.”

    Not even 10%. At best, it’s about 5%. Remember, the demographics of the average NYT/WaPost subscriber has an annual income of 6 figures. Most whites outearn blacks to begin with, so the number is even smaller than you might suppose.

    Also, let’s do take into account that many (not all, but many) of the blacks who can afford to subscribe and read the NYT, the rappers, actors, athletes, are not, for the most part, educated. Ironically, they are a large chunk of the high income earning blacks, and yet they don’t read the NYT either. They’re more likely to read the Root and other lowbrow ‘zines, as the Root is based in the black community, unlike the NYT. (For us, by us, is the chant for a reason, and the NYT isn’t for blacks exclusively).
    And keep in mind also that most of the blacks who make it to the upper middle to upper classes came from the hood, the ghetto. Thus they aren’t likely to be “wasting” their time or money on a NYT subscription.

    “In terms of The Root, I would say that’s more of a lower to middle-class black magazine.”

    Do you really want to wager which magazine is perceived in the black community as catering to blacks needs, black issues, etc? NYT or The Root? Also, do you want to wager, on the whole, which magazine has a larger percentage of black readership/subscriptions?

    I mean honestly. Like well over 90-95% of all blacks are in the lower-middle classes.

    NYT indeed. The ownership is so out of touch with POC and what they think etc. it’s beyond laughable.

  46. @Old Prude

    I never competed in a triathlon, but I considered it and did some training for it at a time when I used to participate in road races.

    When you are young and fit, your knees do not hurt and you get a feeling of euphoria.

    I am now 70, but intend to swim a kilometer today, and usually find that by the second half I feel like I am floating on warm cotton wool, and that I feel great afterwards. Otherwise why bother?

    Triathlons are often also associated with travel to fun vacation destinations and provide an opportunity to meet fellow competitors. You may even get a second or two of yourself on local news coverage.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    , @RobinG
  47. Alfa158 says:
    @Abolish_public_education

    That race was run in the opposite direction. It started in Catalina instead of ending there. Swim to Palos Verdes on the mainland, bicycle to Death Valley, then finish with a run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney portal in the Sierras.
    I met one of the fanatics who competed in that. He was a high power stock analyst on Wall Street and on a business trip to California he stopped to give a market overview to the clients of my investment advisor. He was about what you would expect from someone like that, extremely bright, laser- focused, achievement oriented individual. If he had been an actor he could have played Sherman McCoy. He said he did the race because he had noticed he was getting overweight and wanted to get back in shape. The last time I was in Catalina it was just clear enough to be able to see the Peninsula 26 miles away. I tried to imagine slipping into the water at O-Dark-Thirty and swimming it, not to mention the rest of the race.
    Maybe that’s why you don’t see many Black people doing Ironmans, too much pain for the deferred gain and it needs low time preference.

  48. Farenheit says:

    I think for fun, it would hilarious to do a “find and replace” for the article.

    I’m thinking everywhere it says “professional triathlete” replace that with “volunteer docent at local railroad museum” and replace “Triathletes USA” with “Trains USA”.

    The overall tenor of the piece would be the same, but it would be more relatable to guys like us.

  49. @Stonewall Jackson

    A cousin used his 1950s, NFL earnings to help pay for law school. He still holds an obscure, league record (one that will never be broken).

  50. “You’re not going to go to an urban community and see a race or have an opportunity to race,”

    Triathlon deserts!

    • Replies: @Muggles
  51. Nothing predominantly white or enjoyed by whites will escape criticism as “unbearably white,” because they hate whites.

  52. @Achmed E. Newman

    Dunno, I think this Alanis person’s head would explode at the scene in the affirmative action lady’s office, rendering her unable to continue with the remaining 75% of the book.

  53. reminds me how during the Floyd riots the weekly circular email from British Rowing (definitely a very traditional upper-class, defacto-white pursuit) lamented the whiteness of their sport and promised initiatives to change this evil state of affairs, etc. (mind you another sport I’ve been involved with at the other end of the economic spectrum also gave a similar message, despite being substantially ‘diverse’ already since mostly only immigrants or their descended communities do it).

    & we’ve been hearing the same thing from more leisurely aerobic activities such as going for walks in national parks, up hillsides etc for years already. And a whole lot more besides.

    the message is any remaining accidentally white space must be filled up with black bodies…

  54. @Mike_from_SGV

    And Art Institute of Chicago docents.

    • Agree: Old Prude
  55. @usNthem

    Right now, reporting a noose would be a good career move for her.

    • LOL: Old Prude
  56. Mike Tre says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    “The Establishment wants more blacks triathletes, but blacks aren’t that interested.” – Sailer

    With all of the successful marathon running Africans one might think at least a few of them would be interested in competing in triathlons.

    Hmmm – between the above two statements, what are we missing here.

    Oh that’s right, negroes are absolutely terrible at swimming. Like, really really bad. This fact of course is rarely mentioned because it contributes to busting the absurd myth of negro physical superiority.

    From my time in the Marines – my MOS was 1833/AAV’s and the minimum swim qual was class 2. Well 3rd AABN was home to about 5-600 1833’s and maybe, MAYBE 10 of them were black. Just to emphasize the significance of that, enlistees that went open contract (no preferred mos) or were disqualified from another mos for whatever reason were recycled into AAV’s (I DQ’d from tanks because of being color deficient,) meaning there would be a surplus of recycled negroes available for the AAV’s. But they didn’t make it because they couldn’t swim. I would also guess tough standards for swimming is what eliminates many a negro from the ranks of special forces all throughout the military.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  57. @Buzz Mohawk

    Just looked it up. First triathlon held in 1974.

    https://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-triathlon.htm

    I agree with Buzz. It’s possible that it attracts whites now because… it’s white.

  58. Muggles says:
    @Old Prude

    Marathons are time intensive. Only the affluent can afford the hours required to take it up as a hobby.

    And yet, every place that puts up a basketball hoop or court is usually full of blacks (Blacks!) mostly male, from morning to midnight. Inside or out.

    So blacks seem to have plenty of time to devote to that sport. Are all of these raggedly looking young men from the affluent classes who can spend endless hours at leisure you mention?

    Put up a hoop at the end of your block and find out.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  59. Marie H says:

    The only triathlete I knew was a tall, strong white man. He was a winner in Southern California. I think he’s gay but he didn’t flaunt it.

  60. Muggles says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Triathlons are often also associated with travel to fun vacation destinations and provide an opportunity to meet fellow competitors. You may even get a second or two of yourself on local news coverage.

    I agree. I recently talked to a real estate professional who told me that he and his daughter were traveling to Mexico in a few days for a marathon event. He said they do that several times a year, sometimes out of the country, as a combined vacation/sports activity.

    They don’t win money (or if they do, nominal) but for the travel and community.

    BTW, I agree about the knees. Years back I did road biking around where I live because too many runners I knew had bad feet/knees by their mid 40s. Some don’t but most can’t continue.

    Biking won’t do that, but stopped that because too dangerous on streets. Now just safe gym.

    If you don’t at least do something like walking, you will blimp out. Just look around in any large line you happen to be in (unless registration line for a marathon.)

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  61. Muggles says:
    @International Jew

    I think the Nordstrom sprints in California have proven quite popular for black folks.

  62. I love that a ‘breakup caused her to need a distraction.’ When I got divorced I ran twenty miles a day. Then at the end of the first week I realized I was 140 miles from home. Stay safe.

  63. I had too much Thanksgiving to make an insightful point, but I’m just awake enough for some random observations:

    1) I saw somewhere many years ago that some special forces were advertising at triathlons because that’s what their members did in their spare time. I did a couple climbs with a Ranger featured on TV for the Best Ranger competition. Many of those guys are athletically endurance focused because their job is very endurance focused.

    2) I was surprised by how many right wingers I met in cycling and climbing groups, and this was in my deep blue metro area.

    3) Regarding running hurting knees, I’m well into my 40s, have been running since I was a teen and have a handful of marathons under my belt and have never even had knee pain. Perhaps you just don’t have good running genes? Regarding the mental suck of endurance sports, I think that’s mostly attributable to variation in “runners high”. Like everything else there’s genetic variation involved. I’ve always been highly sensitive to runners high. When you’re lean, have no knee pain, and are sensitive to runners high running (cycling, climbing etc.) can become both enjoyable and addictive. Meditation for people that can’t sit still is the saying.

    I do see a lot of betas on bikes where I live, but they’re not competitive cyclists – or competitive anything. If you go to any competitive event with young males – even endurance oriented – you’ll find competitive, even ‘alpha’ personalities. And in my experience these types of men often lean right, despite the spandex.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
  64. @Muggles

    “And yet, every place that puts up a basketball hoop or court is usually full of blacks (Blacks!) mostly male, from morning to midnight. Inside or out.”

    Like duh. And that proves the point which you don’t seem to understand. Why exactly do blacks devote hrs upon hrs to a sport that they rightly perceive as one of “their” own?

    “Are all of these raggedly looking young men from the affluent classes who can spend endless hours at leisure you mention?”

    You just don’t get it. So here’s the point. For the most part, most blacks grow up in urban areas, such as the hood, the ghetto. While for the most part, wealthy upscale whites grow up in wealthy enclaves such as suburbs.

    Not a trick question, actually an obvious one: Which land area, urban areas (cities, ghettoes in particular) or suburbs is more conducive for training for a 26 mile marathon? Answer: The suburbs

    As most black families don’t earn enough to move out of the cities, which sport, marathon or basketball, is more conducive for youths to take up for training? Answer: basketball. All you need is a ball, a hoop, and a half court. Most ghettoes have enough room for that. Running 26 open miles in the city, where exactly can that be done? Example: Manhattan alone is about 13 miles, and there are too many cars, public transit, etc in the way and isn’t conducive for training for marathons. Yes, yes, there are examples of cities holding marathons. For the most part however, most whites tend to do their traininfg in the suburbs. The actual date of the city marathons, the traffic is held back and there’s room for the runners. Aside from those days, that simply isn’t a reality.

    Also, which sport, basketball or running marathons, pays the top contestants (or starting players) more money? Answer: The NBA pays their top players considerably more money than do marathons.

    Basketball training in urban areas is akin to fast food: It’s convenient, and very affordable when compared to its alternatives.

  65. @Mike Tre

    “Hmmm – between the above two statements, what are we missing here.”

    The fact that both statements were written by Steve, and not by me. So whatever floats your boat.

  66. @Muggles

    Gravel cycling is very white and the most popular new segment of the sport because growing numbers of riders and racers want to be on safer routes outside of metro areas, so rugged bikes with drop bars like road bikes but with wide tires sell like hotcakes. (It fits the same niche as crossover vehicles that drive well on the road but are more rugged than a sedan.) There’s also an aspect of authenticity and unpretentiousness to gravel racing, particularly since the modern niche of “gravel cycling” (as opposed to historic reality of frequent road cycling on gravel roads back in the day) was invented in the midwest. The most famous gravel race is the Dirty Kanza 200 miler in Kansas, but it changed the name to something else because of woke pressure over the reference to the Kanzaa tribe. Another one is the Belgian Waffle Ride, a grueling California race.

    I don’t have a gravel bike or ride these events, but have been a road cyclist for almost 30 years. Fortunately I live in a rural area with good (and tough) routes and I ride down a gravel road on many rides, but see the appeal of the gravel sector for riders in metro areas who spend most time on indoor trainers in virtual racing such as zwift.

  67. Clyde says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Triathlons are legitimate, very hard, athletic contests invented by White people. They were not created, as Steve implies, to counter non-White intrusion.

    Of course they were, what black man or Kenyan is going to take up endurance swimming? This is why Triathlons are racist.

  68. RobinG says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    OT… an innocent question….

    What do the racialists (or typical Brits) make of the influence the Romans (i.e. southern European, Mediterranean) must have had on British genetics?

    This mosaic is amazing, and huge… 11 meters (36 feet) by almost 7 meters (22.9 feet).
    Richard III archaeologists strike again with Roman mosaic
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/richard-iii-archaeologists-strike-again-with-roman-mosaic/ar-AAR8leC?ocid=msedgntp

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  69. I don’t understand the White proclivity to abuse themselves because Blacks don’t participate in White-ish endeavors. Triathalon? Try motorsports. Lewis Hamilton (but are you really Black if you speak like the Queen?) Bubba Wallace. White’s complain there aren’t enough people with a dusky hue in the sport.

    But, when the preferred “ride” is
    and not
    https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/pgoaty-miata-3-1608224636.jpeg?crop=1.00xw:0.754xh;0,0.0751xh&resize=1200:*

    is it any wonder

  70. Hermes says:

    The magical aura emitted by all the capital B’s now appearing in our mainstream media should boost blacks’ famously heretofore low self-esteem enough to grant them the well-deserved triathlon success that’s been so systemically racistly denied to them for all these years.

  71. @George

    George, funny you should mention pools and blacks drowning. In a conversation yesterday with a woman who grew up in my neighborhood she mentioned she was bullied by a black girl and her black friends in HS. The bullying ended when she told her tormentor that she couldn’t beat her in a fight but she could hold her under and drown her at swimming class. Case closed. Stay safe.

  72. Old Prude says:
    @Anonymous Jew

    Bad knee is probably a result of a wrestling injury forty years ago that finally decided it didn’t care for the prolonged pounding of running. It will be cycling from now til the end.

    I can’t say I miss the drudgery and misery of running one bit.

  73. @Ganderson

    Gandy, there was an ironworker in my local who play hockey for the NY Rangers. I asked what his best contract was and he said…”\$5000 and a Blazer.” I said, “Sweet deal, those are cool cars.” He said, ” A blue blazer with the team logo on the pocket.”

    • LOL: Old Prude
  74. @RobinG

    I don’t think anybody gives it any thought, any more than they think about the influence of Viking genetics in northern England.

    Britain has met had many waves of immigrants over the last couple of thousand years. Many people in England are of Irish or Scottish or Welsh descent.

  75. “Britain has met had many waves of immigrants over the last couple of thousand years. Many people in England are of Irish or Scottish or Welsh descent.”

    Yes, but these groups are all Caucasian. Now the real shocker would be if Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Kenyan, or Malawi DNA was found to have existed in England from the year 500 AD.

  76. Yngvar says:
    @S. Anonyia

    I considered switching from running to triathlons as I’m a decent open water swimmer but the cost put me off.

    Yeah, me myself am pretty sure I would win the Ironman if I was ever to enter, but I can’t afford the airfare to Hawai’i, so never mind. I’ll fatbike to the North Pole instead. /j

  77. Is it time to organize an Arbery triathlon?

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