I realized after I hit “Publish” yesterday that my post may have sounded like I was denigrating two people groups: 1) Real Triathletes 2) New Year’s Resoluters.
In fact, I am not.
As to number 2, see a post by the Steve in a Speedo guy. I believe I linked to that last year, but like he said in his post this year, it’s worth repeating. The article basically talks about how we have the opportunity to help some folks accomplish some goals. That’s what we’re all on this Earth for anyways, aren’t we?
As to number 1, well, I wish I did all of those things I accused triathletes of doing. However, if you’re just getting into the sport or don’t think of yourself as athletic, don’t think you won’t be able to enjoy a race just because you’re not a super athlete. I’ve had fun at each and every race, but haven’t come close to winning.
There are some very competitive people that race, but most of the community is pretty supportive. I’ve passed folks and been passed by folks who said “Good job!” as we went by each other. I don’t normally say anything because I’m too worn out to speak and run at the same time.
It occurs to me, though, that I’m not a great evangelist for the sport; I haven’t convinced even one person to run in a race. Maybe that just proves that triathlon has to choose you, and not the other way around.
OK, enough for now. Thanks for reading.