Into the great unknown
Into the great unknown
As far is I can tell this triathlon business is 90% in the head. I'm really good at some bits, not so good at others, and mostly it's a great ever unknown. This is my experience of managing mind, and body, to be the best triathlete I can be.

I will rant only once

ritatrisby ritatrisMay 16th 2013
A brief, one-off, lifestyle choices rant if I may. Incited by the latest from insecure-neurotic-food-issues-huge-sense-of-personal-inadequacy-colleague-number-one.

Fine. Plenty of people around with said issues, we┬'ve all got them in varying degrees, but funnily being called ┬'crazy┬' multiple times a day does begin to grate a little when it appears that the novelty of knowing someone who does exercise isn┬'t going to wear off.

This week I decided to keep count of the ┬'crazy┬' comments, out of interest. I got to three by just after lunch on Monday before giving up and reverting to the respond-noncommittally-if-at-all strategy that I usually employ.

Now I am well aware that some of my motivations for doing triathlon come perhaps from an unhealthy place. Sometimes I struggle to balance my training and racing motivation and focus with the rest of my life. But take ┬'triathlon┬', and replace it with ┬'going to the pub┬', ┬'watching TV┬', or ┬'having children┬' and what you have is in fact everybody else in my office. Furthermore, take the word ┬'crazy┬' and replace it with ┬'gay┬', ┬'retarded┬' or ┬'spastic┬' and you┬'d have a disciplinary on your hands. So why is calling people ┬'crazy┬' so acceptable? And what if I (or any other colleague listening) had a mental health issue that I was dealing with?

I┬'m fairly sure I┬'m not alone as a triathlete working in a non-sporting environment. I know that sitting next to someone who appears super fit, gets up to go swimming at 6, runs at lunchtime, eats well, achieves personal and sporting successes on a weekly basis and also enjoys it must be tough if you do have said sense of personal inadequacy. Hey, I feel inadequate when I┬'m talking to people who have a booming social life with heaps of friends, plenty of cutting edge live music events to attend, and invitations to spend time with people they┬'ve known for years coming out of their ears. The difference in response being that I don┬'t imply directly to them on a daily basis that they have an alcohol problem, or don┬'t really do anything constructive with their time, or are ┬'crazy┬' for spending every Sunday morning with a hangover.

It┬'s a lifestyle choice. It┬'s no different in time consumption, exhaustion levels or range of psychological motivators than any other. Fortunately, the rest of my team are fairly normal and pretty much get that. They are happy doing their own thing, some of them have done sporting events, some have active friends and family, some not at all, and their response to me having a great run/ride/swim/race over the weekend is much the same as to anyone else saying they had a great time visiting friends in Devon. Lovely.

Alas, colleague-number-one isn┬'t going to change, so I shall endeavour not to go really crazy and start shouting STOP CALLING ME F***ING CRAZY! in their face repeatedly.

That is all. Thank you.
twiggyby member: twiggy, May 18th 2013 11:54
Love this!! Luckily most of my collegues are pretty sporty, but my last job sounds just like this experience.
by guest: , May 24th 2013 10:42
What a great blog entry - this has resonated in me, as somebody who is frequently called "crazy" for pursuing similar exercise activities. I frequently think those who are the most vocal in suggesting our craziness to exercise actually need to do this to validate and justify their own lifestyle choices and legitimize their behavior - when secretly they want to join in. The reaction is priceless when you suggest they come along for a run/bike/swim - it's like pouring petrol on fire!
tallguy76by member: tallguy76, May 30th 2013 12:33
Well said !
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