Triathlete Defined…..

I have been thinking about this for quite some time.  I like to define myself and not let society do it for me.  Labels get placed everywhere and they are not always accurate.  We are all different in one way or another so why allow somebody else to define you.

While thinking about this I started to think of how I would define myself as a triathlete and came up with a few funny items that I think help define who I am, and would like to have you add to the list of how you define yourself as a triathlete, marathoner, ultra-runner, 5k’er, newbie, etc.

  1. I knew I was a triathlete when I thought to myself that it is more enjoyable to shave my legs than to shave my face.
  2. I knew I was a triathlete when peeing on myself while riding my bike or running was not a big deal.
  3. I knew I was a triathlete when the decision to skip beer was easy because I had a 4 hour ride the next morning at 6am.
  4. I knew I was an endurance athlete when the concept of can’t no longer existed.
  5. I knew I was a triathlete when I contemplated shaving my head bald so that I would be faster in the water without a swim cap.
  6. I knew I was a triathlete when I purchased a swim buoy, a kick board, paddles, fins and a bag specifically for swim gear.
  7. I knew I was a triathlete when I had a conversation about power and watts and was not discussing them with the electric company.
  8. I knew I was a marathoner when I started discussing weight of shoes to help me be faster.
  9. I knew I was an endurance athlete when weight training was not about how much I could bench press but how fast I did them in.
  10. I knew I was an endurance athlete when I started scheduling vacations as race-cations and train-cations.
  11. I knew I was an endurance athlete when almost puking was a badge of honor.
  12. I knew I was an endurance athlete when my DVR was full and I dare not think about deleting Kona tapings from 3 years ago.
  13. I knew I was a triathlete when I chose to watch the ITU National Championships over the Mets baseball game.
  14. I knew I was a triathlete when Chuck asked me if I competed in triathlons…..twice!!!!!
  15. I knew I was an endurance athlete when I had a string of 6 days in a row of falling asleep on the couch at 730p.

When did you know you were a {fill in the blank}?

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  1. Matt Oravec says:

    Haha love that.

    I knew I was a triathlete when I couldn’t wait to get on my trainer every morning.

    I knew I was a triathlete when I started thinking of work as forced recovery time.

    I knew I was a triathlete when I started wearing my compression socks out in public after a race.

  2. Rebecca Korb says:

    That was great!

    I knew I was a triathlete when I chose not drinking on a Friday or Saturday night so I could get up at 6 the next day to do at least two, if not all three, disciplines.

    I new I was an athlete when I wash more spandex than work clothes.

    I new I was an endurance athlete when the thought of running for less than an hour was no longer an option, ever.
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    • Jason says:

      Rebecca #2 tis awesome. This morning I looked in my drawer and had more underwear in there than ever which means I have been wearing running shorts, bike shorts, tri suits etc more than normal clothes.

  3. Bill says:

    I’ve just started training for my first triathlon, I’m very excited to see what it’s all about :)

    Found you through 321delish…

    • Jason says:

      Bill – welcome to the family. What race are you targeting for your first? It is an awesome sport with great people doing amazing things.

      • Bill says:

        Aiming for this one to get my feet wet:

        I’ve got a fair amount of saddle time, been riding non-competitively for over 20 years so that will be my strength. The run, swim, and transitions will be my time killers, but that’s what training is for :)

        Yesterday was a brisk 5 mile run, today is 22 miles of bike and an hour or two of swimming. Then Monday I’m meeting up with some tri veterans for a 50 mile ride! ::very excited::

        And you’re completely correct, the people I’ve met are awesome and motivated! Glad I found your page! Keep up the great work!

  4. marlene says:

    Great list! Definitely laughed at a few of them, and I can relate to many from a “marathoner” standpoint!
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  5. You know you’re a swimmer when you sweat chlorine as you run…
    You know you’re a swimmer when your boyfriend stops kissing you and says, “Did you even shower after you swam?”
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    • Jason says:

      LOL…..yesterday I was sitting on the couch and I smelled chlorine and then remembered that not only did I NOT shower after my pool swim in the AM but also not after my lake swim in the PM.

  6. Nora says:

    I knew I was a marathoner/triathlete when I spend more money on race stuff than regular clothes.

    I knew I was a marathoner/triathlete when I got anxiety while out with friends on a Friday night because I’ve got a long run or bike ride in the morning.

    I knew I was a marathoner/triathlete when 13 miles is no big deal.
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  7. Karen says:

    so true… you end up saving up for races instead of beach vacations or you try to figure out what races are nearby your planned vacation spot. I had a moment of truth theother day when I switched my “sport” in Daily Mile from runner to triathlete. At the teim it seemed very monumental – ha ha.
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  8. Kevin says:

    Great list!

    1 – Stubble on the face and smooth legs FTW
    2 – Not yet.
    3 – Ditto
    4 – Absolutely
    5 – Never shaved head, but I go for the “aero” buzz cut in the summer
    6 – Gotta have swim toys
    7 – No power meter :(
    8 – Why do you think I bought my Kinvara shoes?
    9 – Lean not bulk
    10 – I think my wife is finally learning to accept this
    11 – Never been a puker
    12 – I lost a bunch of recordings when I DVR crapped out. I almost cried.
    13 – I don’t think you missed much skipping the Mets, so I don’t know if this one counts.
    14 – I don’t know Chuck.
    15 – Only 6 days? Welcome to my life :)
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    • Jason says:

      Kevin –

      Chuck is a dude I met in the pool earlier this year and wrote about him here:

      Then this week I see him in the gym lifting and he approaches me and says ‘you into triathlon?’ and then realizes that he already met me.

      So now you know Chuck….but feel free to substitute Chuch Norris into that statement as well.

  9. Natasha says:

    Absolutely love #4!!! Nice post I needed a laugh right now! I knew I was a triathlete when I named my bike and had more trisuites and exercise clothing then I did dress clothes!
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  10. Jen says:

    Love this post!!

    I knew I was a runner when I gave up worrying about having cute feet. No lost toenails, calluses, it’s a constant pedicure nightmare but those black toenails are little badge of honors… In the past I would be horrified.

    I knew I was a runner when I get more excited about my Runners magazine subscription coming in than my Vogue.

    I knew I was a runner when I get irritated when a place doesn’t have my favorite GU

    I knew I was a runner when I’d prefer a gift card to Road Runner sports instead of Bloomingdales.

    I could go on and on… ;)
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    • Jason says:

      You will go on and on. Right on past 20 miles to 26.2 and then onto marathon #2 and #3 and on and on.

      Isn’t it hilarious how your ‘priorities’ change once you start down the path of endurance athlete?

  11. Michael says:

    This is the BEST post ever!!! I seriously, seriously love it. Now let’s see – I knew I was a triathlete when:

    I got up to go to the pool at 4 am

    I purchased my first Triathlon backpack for the insane amount of stuff I need to take with me to each race

    I got body marked for the first time

    The first time I crossed that finish line….oh yeah…what a feeling!!

    • Jason says:

      I love my tri backpack. I have been thinking about getting a second one for work since there is a lot of stuff to carry for work as well.

  12. Jill says:

    I knew I was a runner when I started a running blog!! :)

    Totally love your list, made me smile big time!

    • Jason says:

      That is hilarious. Yes, I could say I became a triathlete when I started my blog as well.

      Happy to make you smile….just one more month and I will make you smile and laugh in person.

  13. You know your a multiple IMer when while you are thinking of ways of becoming faster while in the middle of an Ironman race.
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  14. When I receive an invitation, I always check my training and race schedule first.
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  15. LOVE it!

    I knew I was a triathlete when I skipped taking a shower after my run because I knew I would be up at 4:30 the next morning swimming!
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  16. A little late catching up on all this good stuff because well…I’m an endurance athlete and sorta busy…not a whole lot of time to read :)

    BUT…when it REALLY sunk in, that I was a triathlete…was when my 16 year anniversary rolled around and a friend asked me if I was getting a new wedding band/ring and I got really concerned…So I came home and made my husband stop lacing up his shoes for his run and made him SWEAR to not purchase me ANY jewerly of ANY kind….WHY??? because I really wanted those Zipps… 808s to be exact!!

    Besides…when do i have time to jewerly?? If I’m not running, biking, swimming…I’m in the shower or sleeping….

    And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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