Friday, January 27, 2012

What do you wanna be??

First off I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of your sweet and encouraging comments lately!  It's so nice to hear these things from someone not wanting in your pants, AKA Tom!  :)  Thanks again, your friendship and motivation it keeps me pushing along!

I was sent this email from and absolutely love it.  I do want to be a Triathlete, I do want to challenge myself, I do wanna spend my hard earned money on bikes, wetsuits, running shoes, etc (ok, not really, but I'm willing to).  So here is the article they emailed me:

So You Wanna Be a Triathlete?

Fact: You will not become efficient at swimming, biking or running overnight. This is NOT an easy sport.

Check your ego at the door because chances are someone fifty pounds heavier than you will lap you in the pool. Not to mention she will be ten or fifteen years older than you, too.

You will be passed on the bike many times, and you will never be the fastest runner in your town.

You will have early morning workouts. Really early.

You will plan your weekends around your swim, bike and run.

You will be up while others are sleeping.

You will be training while others are sitting.

You will discover others who also follow this blood, sweat and tears cult. 

You will eventually get a flat tire...and have to change it all by yourself.

No matter what you hear, triathlon is NOT an inexpensive sport.

Warning, it is extremely addictive, hence the impulse spending on wetsuits, bikes, running shoes, aero bars, aero helmets, speed suits, power meters, GPS heart-rate monitors and many other “gotta have” items.

You will hate swimming more times than you like it for the first year.

You will suffer through road trips with whiny fellow triathletes.

You will suffer setbacks.

You may experience an injury.

You will develop a love/hate relationship with a foam roller and ice baths.

You will at some point realize you need a coach.

You will hate swimming for the first year.

You will wear tight clothing.

You will not like how this tight clothing fits or looks.

Your age will take on a whole new meaning.

You will discover a whole new meaning for tan lines. 

Food will become an extremely important part of your life.

You will learn new words such as GU, cadence and brick.

You will hate swimming for the first year.

You will spend more time on your bike than on your couch.

You may lose a friend or two because you spend too much time swimming, biking and running, and they could care less about your heart rate training, foam rolling pain or 20-mile bike ride.

You will learn patience.

You will be humbled.

You will start to realize you are paying money to put yourself through pain and suffering, but for some odd reason, you LOVE it.

This sport called triathlon becomes a part of you. You start to plan your entire year around sprint, international, half iron- or full iron-distance races. Your vacations become racing, and you start to realize that this could become a life-long adventure.

Many people settle for things in life. They settle for a crappy job, marriage, friends, food, place to live and overall fitness and health. Those who desire more or those who want more out of life than a drive-thru window and boring sitcom, will choose triathlon or an activity that makes them happy—an activity that will change their life.

Triathlon will change your outlook on life, your career, your marriage, your goals, your friends and many other things you thought you had figured out. It’s not just crossing a finish line or going home with a boring finisher medal. It’s the countless hours that got you to that point—a moment in time that you will NEVER forget, a moment that you will discuss with your family and friends for hours if not days after the event. These discussions will most likely be about how you could have done better. At what point could you have swum faster, biked harder or ran more efficient? This is what will go through your head every day until you get the opportunity to suffer again.

So you wanna be a triathlete? Enjoy the ride and train hard! 

So matter what you wanna be, or what to strive for, push hard!!



  1. Oh baby, no truer words have ever been spoken!

  2. That sounds pretty hardcore, now I definitely know it's not something I want to do ;) hahaha j/k I'd maybe try and tri one day! and Tom is pretty lucky I showed Colin that dress pic and he thought you were pretty hot too!

  3. Awesome article! I can't wait to do my triathlon and hopefully an Ironman!

  4. Yup..............these sound about right to me!

    So excited for you. You're going to LOVE the journey -- the finish line(s) is better than you can imagine. Every one of them.

    Go get 'em, Killer.

  5. This is a great email. I know you're going to do a fabulous job on your first triathlon!

  6. It is so fun though! You will love it! I just bought a wetsuit and I'm waiting for it to arrive...I don't know why since all the lakes are frozen over. Do you think it would be ridiculous to use it in the pool? It is a crazy sport, but that is what makes it so awesome. You're going to rock it!

  7. Awesome! I'm doing my first one this summer... and I hope I don't get addicted because I can't afford it!! :)


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