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Friday Stray Thoughts

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments


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Happy Friday everyone!  For those of you looking for a little light lunchtime internet distraction to tide you over until quitting time, here’s a Few Stray Thoughts for your Friday Afternoon

This week – a shout out to all the family and friends who support us through this crazy-assed thing we do called a sport…

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I shared this link with my wife, and any of you who race should share it with your partners and family too.  Or maybe your friends who don’t understand “I can’t tonight – I have a long run in the morning”: The Triathlon Widow, courtesy of Tri Wives Club:

From Urban Dictionary (via the link above):

“A triathlete is any person who was once human, but has now transformed into something super-human, and can no longer hang out with other mere mortals.  They must spend all their spare time swimming, biking, running, and shaving themselves in order to keep their new-found sport god status.  During this time, they are technically still married, but their wife/husband considers them dead due to their lack of normal human function.

Note:  The spouse is only considered a triathlon widow during the time the triathlete is spending all their spare time training, racing, shaving, or thinking about their multi-sport addiction in general.

How to use in a sentence:  I’m a triathlon widow this weekend.  My husband is gone from our family for 3 days to do an Iron Man race 5 states away.  Yes, he had to pay to be in it, and no he does not win anything.”

Cheers to everyone who puts up with me (and every other triathlete out there) during race season… or training season… or any season for that matter…

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Attending a race as family or friend of a racer is a skill.  From waking up at stupid o’clock, to spending the morning with an anxious racer while you’re clinging to your coffee, to several hours keeping yourself occupied in some random park while your racer is on course, to driving home with a tired racer who wants to be appreciative (but also really wants to sleep).  It takes commitment.  It takes dedication.  Luckily the Tri Wives Club has given us a great guide to The Sport of Spectating.  Some great tips here – particularly the tribag.  Definitely worth the read… if you happen to know a racer and ever might want to go cheer them on… ya know… like this weekend… hint hint…

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And what’s a race without a few funny spectator signs.  Spectators are the life of the race – serious love for everyone who comes to cheer on the athletes (even if you’re not there to cheer me, I still find it motivating).

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Have a great weekend everybody!  Good Luck to everyone racing this weekend!!!

  1. September 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Great post.

    I love the “Yes, he had to pay to be in it, and no he does not win anything.” If that doesn’t show our commitment/craziness, nothing does.

    Good luck this weekend.

  2. September 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Great post, good luck with the oly this weekend, you will nail it.

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