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The Real World?

Ran across a blog title. In that title, it stated “Triathlon, and how it relates to the real world.”


That got me thinking, does Triathlon relate to the real world? I mean most of the things we do, outsiders look on and say things like “how can you get up that early” or “you are crazy for running that far”. Getting up at 0500 on a regular basis to get demolished in the pool or run to the top of a hill, then down, only to turn around and run up it again aren’t things the normal dad does on my block.

Not to say that you can’t compete and have a real life; I do it each day along with countless others; but there are reasons why living a normal life and being a triathlete are completely different.

We compete in three sports simultaneously. It can take years to be efficient in the water swimming 5-6 days a week; throw in cycling and running, it can take that long to just survive. Now eat, drink, and try to keep it in your stomach until the finish line.

We plan our training volumes like a kid plans a trip to the candy store. As much as we can hold, then just a little bit more. To fit in the appropriate training time, we resort to either two-a-day or brick workouts. I haven’t had less than 2 days a week with a brick or two workouts since November 2012.

Our obsession with gear can be unquenchable. When you have to gear up for three sports, it can be expensive. Throw in the newest ‘Super Tri-Bike’ or the “Lightest Shoe” things can add up real fast. The only thing worse than that? We eat it up asking ‘what else can we buy?”

Our thoughts are mostly on training, racing, or nutrition. My wife is the first to point out that I spend a lot of time talking about my training plan or how my nutrition plan is going. We can be annoying to anyone who will listen, and even to those who don’t.

I think we are all crazy.

And I think triathlon does not relate to the real world.

Question: Do you think Triathlon relates to the real world?


2 responses

  1. I can say as a software engineer it does not relate to any of my coworkers, I am now an odd duck in the office. Event the marathon runner and power lifter employees think triathlons are total craziness.

    June 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

    • Engineer and Triathlete, two very distinct personalities…..

      My coworkers have the same opinion to how I train, race, and eat. It makes me happy though that I could out run all of them any day of the week.

      June 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

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