In honor of Letterman retiring from late night TV, here’s our own triathlete top ten list.
Top Ten Ways to Tell if You are a Triathlete
10. Your bed time is 8:30pm
9. You put more miles on your bike than car this year.
8. Your social media posts include a picture and a finish time
7. All family vacations are planned around a race
6. Your casual wardrobe consists of race T shirts
5. Your most expensive watch is a Garmin
4. Your dishwasher is filled with sticky water bottles
3. Your weekend is spend mostly in Lycra
2. Can’t do flip turns
And the #1 way to tell if you are a triathlete…
1. Weird tan lines
I hope I made you smile at least. If you have your own top ten list item, leave a comment.
Now get out there and work on those weird tan lines!
Happy President’s day Monday! Let’s do this! We all could use a bit of motivation to get rolling on Monday. On Mondays, I like to share a Mantra or short inspirational message. If the message resonates with you, use to motivate yourself in training or life. Do you have your own awesome Mantra? Please share it below in the comments.
It’s hard to fail, but it is worse never to have started –
I sure Teddy Roosevelt would have been an Ironman, if the races existed in his time. He was a true hard man. As a child he was sickly from asthma, and instead of accepting his fate, he trained to get stronger. He eventually became very physically fit, and a celebrated boxer. His physical accomplishments were made from pure power of will as he was not physically gifted.
What I admire most about TR is his tenacity and fearlessness. When TR decided he was going to accomplish a goal, he went after 100%, and no man could deny him. That same will is required to take on big challenges like IM.
Merry Monday! Let’s do this! We all could use a bit of motivation to get rolling on Monday. On Mondays, I like to share a Mantra or short inspirational message. If the message resonates with you, use to motivate yourself in training or life. Do you have your own awesome Mantra? Please share it below in the comments.
“Best day of my life”
This is one of my personal favorites. If you say this to yourself, and really mean it, you can’t help but feel better. This works fantastic in races. When you are really suffering, open up a big smile, and say “this is the best day of my life.” You may feel silly saying this as snot is running down your face, and you feel like road kill. If you are healthy enough to be out doing what you love, it is the best day of your life. Can each new day be your best day? I think so, if you want it to be.
The new year is a great time for new beginnings. It’s time to break bad habits, and make this the best year ever. As with every facet of life, we have resolutions for our triathlon season as well. Just like the eager early year gym goer, who gives up by Feb, our best intention-ed resolutions fall away into the road side ditch.
Here’s some well meaning resolutions versus reality for most triathletes.
- Resolution: This year I will do less racing!
- Reality: I’ll cut out that hot/hilly/expensive race that I didn’t PR. The other ten races were enough.
- Resolution: I am going to do more swim training! (If I had a nickel for everytime…)
- Reality: I was getting to the pool way more, until I realized, swimming is only 18% of my race. I can only save like a minute with all of this extra training. I’ll just run more instead.
- Resolution: I’m going to train less, and spend more time with the family!
- Reality: I just saw my training partner’s plan and I need to increase my training 20% to keep up. I can’t let him/her get faster than me.
- Resolution: I’m going to clean up my diet!
- Reality: I’ll only have 6 pancakes after my long run, instead of the IHOP endless stack. (Yumm Pancakes!)
- Resolution: I’m not going to drink, I’m going on the wagon!
- Reality: You cross the line at a 5k/10k/HM/Marathon, and the first thing you ask, “Where’s the beer tent?
- Resolution: I’m going to do more strength and core work!
- Reality: I don’t want to bulk up, and go over my ideal racing weight.
- Resolution: I going to stay injury free!
- Reality: It only hurts when I run fast.
- Resolution: I’m going to hire a coach!
- Reality: Do you see how much they charge? I’ll get new race wheels instead, that’ll make me faster.
- Resolution: I’m going to volunteer for a race!
- Reality: If I have to get up that early, I’m going to race * Consider keeping this resolution as races always need volunteers, and you will have a great time.
I know these are just generalizations, and none of these will apply to you.
What are your triathlete resolutions, and how do you plan to keep them?
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