Why do we do this?
Triathletes are weird...
Really, we are if you think about it. Sometimes I forget that we are until I talk to someone in my life who isn't into triathlon or any racing for that matter. Normally, it stems from the question...
"Why do you do triathlon?"
And normally my answer without thinking is...
"Because it's fun!"
Yes, that's true, it's a lot of fun to go out on group rides with friends and to push yourself as hard as you can. It's fun to climb mountains, to swim in lakes and oceans, travel to races, and celebrate performances. But guess what's not fun?
Getting up hours before the sun to jump in a cold pool, sitting on the trainer for hours because there is snow on the ground outside. Missing social events because I need sleep to keep up with my training.
I don't see these things ever becoming fun for me, yet I continue to do them day after day, which leads me to believe that there must be something more to triathlon than just being fun. There's that feeling of crossing the finish line that I've never found anywhere else. That feeling is like a drug. You almost never talk to someone who does one triathlon and then quits. You'll hear all the time all the people after an Ironman say that is their last one and they are done, yet a few months later they are craving another race.
For me, the thing that got me hooked was constantly thinking after every race,
"Hmm... I coulda done that faster."
As soon as I finished my very first triathlon in 2013, the Wildflower Olympic distance, that was the first thing that went through my mind...
"What if I didn't wear socks?"
"I wonder how much faster I could get at swimming this year?"
"What if I only grabbed nutrition at one spot on the bike?"
"How many calories do I actually need for this distance?"
These are all questions I was asking myself. Hint: Be careful with the sock scenario as I had a horrible experience thinking I could run with no socks at St. George 70.3. These questions are also the reason I wanted to start this blog. Theres a million and one things I now know that could've helped me in the beginning of my race career and I want to pass that info along to others as well as document it all in one place for myself.
It has now become my goal to see how good I can possibly get at this sport while still having fun and helping other triathletes to do the same. It's good to remember that the reason most of us get into the sport in the first place is to have fun. Triathlon is a part of life, it's not all there is to life.
With that being said, I absolutely can't wait to get this new year rolling and see what lies ahead this race season. Remember, the next time someone asks you why you do triathlon, respond...
"Because I'm weird."
Thanks so much for checking my blog out guys, I promise lots of content to be coming out this year so make sure to subscribe! Let me know in the comments below what drives you to do triathlon and any topics you would like me to write about. Happy new year!
Jake is a triathlete and coach with a passion for travel and everything triathlon. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.
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