I am a triathlete. Now I state that with a bit of hesitation and even, I would say, embarrassment because anyone who knows me will realize immediately that I don’t exactly have the physique of a triathlete or really of an athlete of any kind–yet. It would be nice if people said to me, “Wow, you have a perfect body! You must be a triathlete.” But alas, I am more often asked when my baby is due (and I’m not joking about this one). But I don’t care. I LOVE doing triathlons. I have participated in 4 multisport competitions so far with another one coming up this weekend, and I am hooked. I was strictly a runner before my sister convinced me to look into doing triathlons, and as much as I enjoyed that (after a while), I enjoy this even more. I like the variety and the extra challenge of not just completing a 5k run, for example, but of completing a 5k run after having completed a 500 meter swim and a 12 mile bike ride. It makes me feel cool. The day I finished my first full triathlon I spent the rest of the day saying, “I’m a triathlete!” I had perma-grin all weekend. Aside from the pride factor, though, it has turned out to be quite the growing experience for me, and not just physically. (In fact, if you want to get technical, it’s been more of a shrinking experience for me physically.) I feel like a completely different person than I was a few months ago thanks to the experiences and challenges I have had training for and competing in triathlons. I would even venture to suggest that I’m a better wife and mother thanks to these experiences (although the housework has definitely slipped). I’ll have to expound on some of those in other posts, but for now suffice it to say that I feel compelled to continue doing triathlons despite my rounded physique because I am becoming a better and stronger person for it on the inside even if you can’t tell on the outside.


5 thoughts on “Triathlete = Me (a.k.a. Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover)

  1. I want to know who would possibly ask YOU if you’re expecting a baby!!! I laughed when I saw your title for this post. That’s funny . . . as if it’s a bad thing to be one. You are my inspiration and someday I’d like to be just like you :).

  2. You amaze me. I’m exhausted after a 5K run and can’t imagine doing any more beyond that. And you look great too!

  3. You two are both so nice, but I promise that I really have been asked that. I just got home from 3 mile run tonight that should have been a 7 mile run. I just didn’t have it in me. Oh well. Some days are like that. And Melanie, I think the key word is “imagine.” It’s amazing the limits we put on ourselves just because we don’t believe we can do it. But the reverse is also true. We are capable of so much more if we can just believe that it’s possible.

  4. D, You are my hero! I soo hope I get to this point at some time in my life. I’d love to do a triathlon, but it’s a bit hard imagining it when I can’t even run for more than 30 seconds. But at least I can say I’m trying. For now. 🙂

  5. Two years, Andrea. I can’t wait to do a triathlon with the entire family! That will be so fun. And this way you’ll have plenty of time to train.

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