Am I being naive about becoming a professional triathlete?

I'm a 19 year old college student, that has always been really involved in physical fitness and physical activity. I've ran track in high school, as well as soccer, and have ALWAYS ran distance. Over the past few years, I've become extremely interested in Triathlon, and more specifically, Ironman. - I'm also on the triathlon team for my university. I've spent countless hours training and prepping for sprint races, and have done very well (placing 1st in my age group 2/3 times) , but I personally feel like I never had that special genetic talent that some runners and swimmers have. I was never elite class at any of the three disciplines - I never went to state for track (having only ran a 5:00 mile), and just started swimming about a year ago (which I'm picking up pretty steadily). Looking at what it takes to become a pro, and i mean REALLY looking, I'm starting to realize that maybe I was meant to do this (and I know how naive that sounds, which is why i'm writing this). I know that I have the dedication, and the drive to keep going, but I also don't want to enter professionally into a sport that, genetically I will never be able to win at. I know that becoming world-class in all three of the disciplines in Ironman is extremely difficult and sometimes takes decades to perfect, as well as the financial aspect, where i'm probably going to be broke most of my life. I guess what I want to know is if I keep working at it from where i'm at, finish college, and try to become pro, would I have a chance of making something out of myself if i was motivated enough, having never really been blessed with that elite genetic talent. This has been my biggest dream for years now, and I hope to follow it to wherever it takes me. Thank you so much!!

Asked By: xemnas564 - 12/5/2012
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It's extremely difficult to make a consistent living as a professional athlete. If nothing else, one little injury can alter your life and then you find out how good your fallback options are... More
Answered By: Yeti - 12/5/2012
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