adventures of a mere mortal in fitness and life

The thing about triathletes and endurance athletes is that many of us have rediscovered the power of positive motivation, encouragement, and coaching in our adult lives. The paradigm of pushing through personal boundaries to shatter past records and achieve new, previously unattainable goals is something many of us move away from after we graduate from high school sports teams. This lens–one of encouragement, big dreaming, and distinctive goal-setting–is the one through which we understand how to show love and affection. If one of my friends mentions a goal she’s been entertaining, you sure as hell bet I’ll be on her case about realizing that goal and surpassing it. This comes off as annoying to some, but more often than not I’ve been met with appreciation.

Perhaps most people don’t get enough of this on a regular basis. When was the last time you heard someone say something like, “I believe in you,” “You can do anything you set your mind to,” or “Dream big”? These are things we were liberally showered with as children, but such encouragement and belief in oneself falls by the wayside as we grow up and hide away behind our desk jobs. This makes me sad.

I think people who are drawn to things like endurance sports are people who have recognized that realistically, only a finite amount of achievement and goal realization is possible in the “real world”. The concept of the entirely self-made man or woman is a thing of the past, as our careers and personal lives function more at the whim of the economy, our happenstance social network, and random obstacles that arise than our education and persistence. No longer does good, honest hard work necessarily translate into getting where one wants to be.

With triathlon, the payback is reliably and predictably related to the amount of work that’s put into it. Working hard = progress, and progress = personal growth and improvement. We crazy endurance junkies have found an arena in which one of the most basic human needs is not only attainable, it’s incredibly accessible. Maybe we’re not so crazy, after all?

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Comments on: "How to date a triathlete/marathon runner/endurance junkie. | Just Another Vegan Endurance Junkie" (3)

  1. I agree with the part about appreciation not being given out enough in this generation, I think if you dream big, people pigeon hole you in to the “dreamers” category and then that’s it unless you surpass your dream that is when people start to stand up and take notice.

    Also rediscovering your ability to self-motivate is a massive skill that most people lack, it’s the same as being able to take constructive criticism

    I find myself in the impulsive category, if I enjoy doing something (triathlon, training, racing) then I do it to its fullest and put 110% into every part of it.

    Good blog

    • Thanks for the response! I think when people pigeon hole others as “dreamers” or “crazy triathlete” that their response is motivated by fear. I never take stuff like that personally anymore. I do agree that most people take notice when someone has surpassed their dream, but I like to be and see people “on the way” to their dream- struggling and figuring it out. It motivates me and keeps me going when I have setbacks. Thanks for reading!

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