Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Dating a Triathlete...

(got this in an email today.. funny)

"I am an outdoors type of person." Really means: I train in any type of weather. If it's raining, snowing, 90 degrees w/100 percent 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 am a capable mechanic, but don't expect me to change your flats or tune your bike. You need to learn that on your own.

"I enjoy jogging." Really means: Let's 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. Eventually though if your not burning 4,000 calories a day your going to plump up and have a terrible complex due to watching me eat deserts and not gain any weight. Friends and family will eventually decide not to dine with us anymore due to my horrid table manners. 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 you're 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 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 let's make the best of the 2 hours we will spend together on average each day. If you are a licensed message 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, and Canada, 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.

"I enjoy site seeing." Really means: Lets grab a mountain 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 enjoy relaxing soaks in the tub." Really Means: I'm going to stop on the way home and buy two bags of ice, throw them in the tub with some water, and sit in this torture chamber for 30 minutes.

"I'm interested in photography" Really Means: My camera is permanently perched a tripod in front of my trainer. I obsess over taking photos of my bike position and analyzing them to get the perfect setup.

"I'm into in technology" Really Means: My HRM and bike computer are my best friends. Until you can give me some hard data that can improve my training, don't bother trying to buddy up to me. You could one day break into the top three if I find you as entertaining on long runs and rides as my mp3 player.



Tea said...

That is so darn funny! I have to copy it and send it to my friends.

The embarrassing part is that I EAT MORE THAN MY TEENAGE BOYS. Yeah, if they ever date a girl who orders a salad, it'll be short lived.

JohnnyTri said...

copy away peeps!

Ken Schulz said...

So true... which is why I'm currently dating a Triathlete. Actually, she's still got a faster Ironman time then me!

TriTurtL said...

That is too funny! Copying as we speak... While I'm not that much of a stud--a few of those hit dangerously close to home!

Shelley said...

I want a triathlete too...:-)) Cool post!!

Bigun said...

yet another reminder of why we have so few friends. My sister was over yesterday - follow along - My Step Dad's Daughter in Law is very plugged in to tri's - and my sis says that when ever she's around her, all she talks about is training and food - like your post. My sis doesn't like to even be around her. For some reason, as obsessive as I am, she says that I never talk about tri's around her unless she asks. So I guess I'm not so bad.

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Bill said...

Too funny.

I have no need to peruse the singles forums, but I can certainly identify with several of those traits.

And like Tea above, I easily out-eat my 16 year old son. Drives him nuts when we go out to eat, since I'll reach over and take stuff from his plate when he starts lolly-gagging over his food.

momo said...

ha! i'm sure big j has a few things he could add. he says i'm obsessed. :-)

1HappyAthlete said...

love it

TriSaraTops said...

Too funny!

During IM training last year I could out-eat my husband without gaining a pound. And that guy can EAT. It was awesome. :)

Andra Sue said...

That's too cute...I've seen it before, but I always laugh when I read it. My favorite is "I enojoy dining out." Hehheh. :-)

Deb said...

Funny but all very true!

SkiRough said...

I love how you have dating service spam in your comments. That list is awesome :)

JohnnyTri said...

I know whats up with da spam!

Allez said...

Love it!!! Especially the "dining out" and "soaks in the tub"! :-)

Jane said...

Really funny! I'm just starting out, but already annoying those around me with this talk.

Lance Notstrong said...

I like the "go on a 30 mile ride at the spur of the moment". Can't everyone do that? :-)

blink140pnt6 said...

Echo Bigun, I don't talk about tri unless it's with a triathlete or someone who initiates the subject in conversation.

I get worn out more by trying to explain it than atually doing it.

Uh.... btw nice post Johnnytri

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