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Translation of a Triathlete's vocabulary


"I am an outdoors type of person." Really means: I train in any type of weather. If its raining, snowing, 90 degrees w/100% humidity, or winds gusting at 30 mph. I don't want to hear any complaints because I will still train in it and you're just a big wuss for complaining about it.

"I enjoy riding my bike." Really means: with or w/o aero bars, alone or in a peleton, I don't care. If you can't do a spur of the moment 30 miler then you're not my type. I will let you draft, but if you can't hang and I drop you - I will see you later.

"I enjoy jogging." Really means: Lets run hills until we puke. I have just as many shoes as you only mine are better because they are functional and all look the same.

"I enjoy dining out." Really means: I enjoy eating out, in or anywhere else I can find food. Don't be shy because with the amount of food I eat, you can have that main entree instead of a salad and you will still look as though you eat like a rabbit in comparison. Don't get your limbs too close though as I may take a bite out of you. Most importantly don't expect any taste off my plate unless you can bring something to the party like more food. Oh, and don't ask me any questions during breakfast, Mid Morning Lunch, Lunch, Afternoon lunch, Dinner or Recovery Dinner as it does not lend to efficient food intake.

"I enjoy quiet walks on the beach." Really means: Walks on the beach warming up into an 8 mile run and then plunging myself in the ocean for a 2 miler. If you get in my way youre going to find out what mass start is and let me assure you that you don't want to find out.

"I find fulfillment in charitable work." Really means: If I am not racing, I am volunteering and I expect you to be there along side me as I stand out in 90 degree weather for 8 hours handing out sports drink to cyclists going 20 mph. Just stick the ol' arm out there and hope it doesn't get taken off.

"I enjoy sharing quiet moments together." Really means: It's taper time. Just back off because I am strategizing and in a pissy mood because I am worried about my "A" race and can't workout.

"I enjoy site seeing." Really means: Lets grab a bike and get our HR's up to 90%. There's plenty of time to look around on the descent as trees and bushes whiz by you at 40 mph.

"I like stimulating conversation. " Really means: while we are running, we can talk about food. Then we can talk about how we decided what to wear on this run based on the temperature at start time versus the temperature at the time we expect to finish, how horribly out of shape we are, how many miles we did last week, and how many we will do this week and next week. Then we can talk about food.

"I am an active person." Really means: Aside from my 40 hour job, and the 8 mandatory hours of sleep a night. 10 hours a week are devoted to me during the off-season and 20 during race season leaving us 4 hours. 2 of which are spent inhaling food and you not talking to me, so lets make the best of the 2 hours we will spend together on average each day. If you are a licensed massage therapist or doctor this would make the most optimal use of our time together. Nutritionist is also acceptable, but I probably already know just as much as you.

"I enjoy road trips and leisurely drives." Really means: You have your choice of Wisconsin, Idaho, Florida, California, Arizona, Kentucky or New York, but don't expect to do much site seeing. If I get enough support from you we might be able to include Hawaii in there.


  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    'I have hardly done any training today.'
    Except the 20k commute at warp speed, doesn't count do it every day..oh & the lunchtime swim...less than an hour due to the inconvenience of travelling to & eating after..doesn't count, & the evening run, wasn't straight off the (20k commute) bike for a brick & less than an hour..doesn't count.
    So no not much today at all.....
  • ZacniciZacnici Posts: 1,385
    "Oh you play tennis do you? That's interesting" Standing about in clean white shoes with no scuff marks, immaculate shorts and top with not a hair out of place or a bead of sweat on you and you call that excercise!!!!!!!!
  • MowfMowf Posts: 272
    To significant other "you got any plans this weekend?" - do I have time for a 4 hour bike ride after an early morning swim in a lake this Saturday.

    'I wouldn't mind going for a quick run later, if that's cool with you'. - I am going for a run later. And it won't be 'quick'. And if you suggest an alternative way in which we could spend the evening, i will sulk like a baby.
  • md6md6 Posts: 969
    i need a new bike = I saw lots of blinging carbon at my last race and feel i should treat myself (see also the Triathlon made me poor thread)

    I'd forgotten we had to go there/do that/they were coming over this weekend = I thought if i ignored it then it wouldn't happen and I could go for a long run/bike/brick session
  • "anyone up for a drink tonight?"

    = great, meet you there after I've been to the gym and blasted off 30mins on the treadmill, done a few weights and then 20mins on the x-trainer. I'll then depart the pub at 21:30 as have to be up at 05.30 for an OW swim.
    (actually i ended up clubbing till 02:00 last time and missed my swim ... *shakes head* .. )
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