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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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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