From Exercise to Obsession

I used to swim, bike and run for exercise. Something to do to stay in shape and healthy. I added some races because I thought it would be fun to add some competition to this to try and spice it up a little.

Well, I’m VERY competitive and adding races to the mix gets me more fired up than a Republican in an election year.

Triathlon is my life. Here are some examples of how far the rabbit hole I’ve gone, I am sure every triathlete can relate.

Half of my clothes are bought on how they fit me swimming/cycling/running.
I have three pairs of running shoes.
I have one pair that I had to stop using because I have run more than 1000km on them.
My bicycle has a higher resale value than my car.
My vacation schedule is identical to my race schedule.
I own a watch that would make James Bond envious.
I know my heart rate is without testing it.
I log my activities on Garmin Connect, Strava and TrainingPeaks, two of which I pay for.
I also have accounts on ZwiftPower, Athlinks, Active, and a blog that I talk about triathlon.
I play a video game called Zwift that is connected to my bicycle. I play it often.
I go to bed at 8:30 so that I can be up at 5AM to go for runs.
I own a speedo. I wear the speedo. In public.
I own more pairs of spandex shorts than I do jeans.
Half of the podcasts I listen to are running related.
The other half I listen to while I am running.
I bought and watched the movie “TRI” and cried.
And there is sooooo much more….

Lastly I have made the biggest commitment yet to the sport… I’ve hired a coach. A triathlon coach. 2017 is going to be a year of great improvement.

If you are a triathlete and want to share anything about how far the rabbit hole you’ve gone, share it in the comments.

Happy New Year 2017!

Clarke