Busy retirement for Simon Whitfield

Triathlete Simon Whitfield carries the Canadian flag into the stadium at the London Olympics. Photo...

Triathlete Simon Whitfield carries the Canadian flag into the stadium at the London Olympics. Photo by Al Charest/Calgary Sun.

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 AM ET

CALGARY - Everyone’s idea of retirement is different.

For Simon Whitfield, it means running ‘only’ 50 km a week.

“The last two years, I ran over 100 km a week,” the Canadian Olympic triathlete said. “Now, I probably run around 40 to 50 km at the most.”

Wow, you’ve really let yourself go, Simon.

Whitfield, who won gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney and silver in ’08 at Beijing, hasn’t ruled out participating at the Rio Olympics.

But he’s not planning on it.

“I would be very surprised,” the 38-year-old said. “I wouldn’t completely rule it out because I don’t need to.

“But I would suspect I’m most likely done.”

Whitfield said his more relaxed training schedule allows him the freedom to enter competitions — like the Calgary Marathon’s 10-km race — just for the fun of it.


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