Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Y U No Tri?"

Since getting up off of my couch in June 2010, I've done a lot of things I never thought I would. From Obstacle Challenges to Relays to Marathons, I've taught myself to say "Yes!" to whatever new opportunity presents itself.

It was only a matter of time, then, before this question presented itself to me:

Yep, it was inevitable. Friends think it's time for me to go all in and compete in a triathlon.

And I thought about it. I really did. It would be a new challenge, certainly, and it would require a big step outside of my comfort zone. It's the perfect next step.

Still, I resisted. I couldn't quite get myself to the point where taking part in a triathlon sounded like something I wanted to do.

Finally, I understood why I was pushing back against the idea.

I don't want to.

What, you were expecting something earth-shattering and brilliantly insightful? Sorry, not this time. It really is as simple as that.

I enjoy running. Not every day and not every run, but overall. I love how it makes me feel. And I enjoy the different types of runs, too. Marathons are a very different challenge than a weekend relay race, for example. But it's still running.

Biking annoys me. I don't like relying on a piece of equipment to get me from Start to Finish. If my legs hurt, I can press on. But if my tires go flat, I'm screwed. It's that dependence on something other than myself that bothers me.

Swimming? Meh. I like being above the water when boating and I enjoy being under the water scuba-diving, but swimming? No, thanks. It just doesn't appeal to me.

And here's the weird part. I'm okay with saying "no." I don't feel like I'm missing out, or wimping out, or somehow less of an athlete because I don't want to compete in a full triathlon. I'm comfortable watching from the sidelines, cheering on my amazing TRI friends, and enjoying my runs.


  1. I hear you on the bike thing. I follow Lori at Finding Radiance and I'm in awe of her 100 milers and how she knows how to fix a flat. I would just be so pissed that it happened it would screw with my good mojo! And I'm scared to swim in open water. Scuba diving? That's just nuts!!

  2. Good for you on not being 'shoulded' into doing something that doesn't bring you joy and excitement at the thought! I keep toying with the idea of a tri, but I just can't commit to the training time it would take right now, not to mention the money. (No bike in my garage except my daughter's old one.) Maybe someday, but not right now, and that's fine for me, too.

  3. Yeah, it just doesn't click with me to do it. If it ever does, I'll change my mind. But for now, I'm going to keep doing what I enjoy.