by Coach Steve
As we pursue excellence in triathlon events our behavior can become
a bit obsessive, especially from the perspective of those who don't
participate, but that's what passion for sport is all about. As
obsessions go triathlon is not that bad, perhaps a little
taxing to family and significant others, but no threat to society
as a whole. Consider what we do from the perspective of those not
'addicted' and you should be able to see some humor in it.
Here are the symptoms:
- Just one more qualifier and you're sure you'll make it to Kona.
- Only one workout a day makes you feel guilty.
- You called in sick not because you're hung over but because
the weather was bad over the weekend and you've got to get that
long workout in.
- You lie to your friends and family about what you did over
the weekend: "I relaxed!"
- You can accurately assess fitness level by volume of laundry.
- You know the exact weather prediction for any given day, when
a storm is coming, what the wind speed is—and most important—from
which direction it's blowing.
- Your bike(s), wheels, wetsuit, and other miscellaneous tri-gear
are worth more than your car.
- A year of entry fees cost more than your car insurance.
- You never sleep-in on weekends.
- You used to eat candy bars and still do, but now they have names
that include words like: Power, Balance, Zone, etc.
- Acronyms and numbers like HRM, AT, LT, ATP, OD, 140.6, 70.3
are familiar, and IM does not mean Instant Messenger!
- You know there's still a band aid at the bottom of lane 3.
- The phrases "Swim Meet this Weekend," and "Annual
Maintenance Shutdown" stress you out.
- You forgot how to tie shoe laces.
- You know all the kilometer to mile conversions by heart.
- Spending another $1000 on your bike to shave a few seconds off
your 40k time is well worth it.
- You plan your race season a year in advance and log on at midnight
with your credit card ready.
- You used to make fun of people wearing Lycra, now you think
it looks cool. :)
- You look forward to getting older (aging up = less competition)!
"Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad."
- Chinese Proverb