Tales in Triathlon

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I am incredibly honoured to have been able to write for the Tillsonburg News, share my thoughts, opinions and experiences with you all. I appreciate all of the great feedback that I have received at my restaurant as it gives me the inspiration to keep writing and challenging myself in other facets of my life.

I have composed some thoughts to let everyone know the lighter side of triathlon. Some of us A-typers are serious, but we do kick back and poke fun at our trade from time to time. Below are a list of some things that I do that make me shake my head (but I still do them).

1. Wifey snaps at you for using her razor to shave your legs(yes I do this).

2. When you go to the beach, you don your speedo with pride as you try to play with your kids.

3. When out on a family bike ride you are clipped in, in the aero position, and fashioning your new aero helmet, and usually miles ahead.

4. When your bike is on the car-rack, it doubles the value of the vehicle.

5. Household chores are the perfect excuse to wear your heart rate monitor, to see how many calories you are burning and compare to workouts.

6. When at a destination race, the bike gets a bed in the hotel room.

7. When someone asks you to a foot race you say "ok, how about around the town and back?"

8. Your bike has a name (Bolt), and is almost certainly talked to every day.

9. Wearing your wetsuit around the house to stir up pre-race nostalgia with that fine rubber scent.

10. When someone asks you how training is going, you reply with a play by play synopsis of base, build, peak and taper phases almost like you're being interviewed on TV.

11. Your closet is filled with race shirts, training gear, and compression garments (and not much else).

12. Most people shake their head at you, and call you crazy.

13. You think nothing of spending over $500 dollars to race in an Ironman triathlon (seriously $500).

14. You go to bed at 9 p.m., not because you're tired, but because you're excited about waking up at 5:30 a.m. for swim practice.

15. You study your race finishing times, and those in your age group to see how you compare, and can recite all of your split times.

And probably my most favourite thing...

16. Even after an extremely hard day of suffering in a race, you will sign up for next year's version in the morning.

I hope you have enjoyed these pokes at myself as much I did making them.

Until I meet you at the start line, train safe and have fun!

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