For a 14:20/3:50 guy and a pretty good swimmer, are there other options for post-collegiate athletes? Like are there other programs that would be a little more lenient on times?
I'd love to hear some times of what a "pretty good swimmer" is. From my 10 experience in this role, it has been rare that I've found a collegiate runner who had the perfect NCAA experience in terms of being injury free and having a running program that has been individually tailored for that athlete. With the size of programs it's a very difficult task, but that's another thread altogether! It would be worth a conversation together to learn about your individual situation ([email protected]).
There are other elite squads around the country which could allow someone to work part-time and train triathlon to see potential without being completely all in. I have a few collegiate recruits who have a FT job and are working on their limiter discipline in their home environment with the goal of meeting the CRP standards within this next year, while also earning money. At some point they know in order to become a world class triathlete they will have to make the leap to full-time training, but right now it's enough of a tester to give them (and us) a better idea if they can make it.