{Guest Post} Are You A Triathlete?

28 06 2011

Hey there! I (Chloe) am currently in San Diego for a childhood obesity conference. No complaints here. I didn’t want to leave you with nothing to read while I was away though,  so I have 2 great guest posts lined up. Today, Chloe from Running With a Bottle of Wine will be sharing about what it means to be a triathlete.  Chloe is a 30 something from Florida. She’s a triathlete who loves fishing and wine…and trying to stay awake. 🙂

Have a great day!

Are you a triathlete?
I don’t know about you – but several triathlons in the south have become ‘duathlons’ due to crazy ass currents and waves.  So let’s say this is your very first triathlon.  You’ve been swim/bike/run training for this bad boy for months and are pumped to race.  You are ready for this bad boy.  But you hear the swim is canceled.  And it’s a duathlon.  This happened to me this year – granted it was not my first triathlon – but I was PISSED.  So I could not imagine how the first timers felt.  Unless you don’t like swimming – then you’d be pumped.  Anyway – you race and do awesome.  But are you a triathlete even though the swim was axed?  Hmmm?  Are you?
 
That question was brought up in one of my favorite pod-casts – Garden Variety Triathlon   If you have not listened to it – please do!  It’s awesome.  Anyway – YES!  You are still a triathlete!  Triathlon is a lifestyle, not just a race. Once you get into the zone – you eat, drink, and sleep triathlon.  All of your non-triathlon friends won’t even pick up the phone because they don’t want to talk about how awesome your new chamois cream is working or how you lost a toe nail.  You think about what you eat the day before a long training day because you don’t want to feel like CRAP 50 miles into a 100 mile ride.  Or you tell your friends ‘Sure we can go out to dinner – only if we can meet at 5’.  Sometimes it can be tough – but it’s worth it in the long run.  ‘Specially if you love the sport.
Thankfully I’m surrounded by people who support me and are used to my weird ways.  Specially when Ironman training rolls around.  No joke, but the week before IMFL last year, my training partner and I did not even wear heels.  We did not want to even think about a silly accident that would possibly ruin the last three months of training (talk about OCD). But your friends will get used to your ways – and be in awe when they see you rock out a race….and possibly decide to jump into the triathlon obsession as well.
 
So – go out there and kick some ass.  You know you can.  It’s hard at times to stay focused and yes, sometimes massive amounts or wine are consumed, but you are human.  And wine is needed sometimes.  But not before a long training day.
Happy Training!
XI(the other) CHLOE
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6 responses

28 06 2011
amy

I won’t wear heels for months before a marathon or other big race! And, I agree whole-heartedly about lifestyle being the key factor here.

28 06 2011
Emily

That’s so true about it being a lifestyle. Sometimes I think that can actually be a negative because it can take away from other non-tri related parts of life if you let it. I try to incorporate the lifestyles together, if that makes sense.

I wore heels a few days before heading to Boston and was totally panicking the entire time!

28 06 2011
Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food

Chloe,

you are so right that being a triathlete (or any athlete) for that matter is due to the training and the way of life, NOT the one day of the race! So important for us all to remember that it’s the journey that matters!

Thanks so much for sharing and I hope more of your races will end up being tris instead of duos! 🙂

28 06 2011
lizard151

I almost never wear heels, ever, And my friend is at that conference too!

28 06 2011
Erin @ Until You Tri

I hadn’t thought about it that way (as being a lifestyle, not a race) but it’s true! There was a lot of worry that the swim was going to get cancelled for my first tri and I was SO nervous. I even hate swimming but I didn’t want to have put in all that hard work to NOT do a triathlon at the end of it. I was super glad it didn’t get canceled after all, but if it does I suppose it’s not worth getting too upset over since, like you said, it’s a lifestyle!:)

29 06 2011
katie

I love that you are drinking cupcake wine!

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