Dating endurance athlete
Ultramarathoner, adventure racer and endurance sports journalist Adam Chase goes head-to-head with Triathlete editor-at-large Holly Bennett as to the risks and rewards of dating in and out of the sport. I was once a triathlete. Now I'm a recovered triathlete. The process of recovery included switching my athletic focus first to ultra running, then to adventure racing, and now it is merely a hodgepodge of activity. And it amused me to see the consternation on the faces of my athlete friends as they struggled with the changes. It was as though I had changed my name and they couldn't handle the new one, like when Prince became the Artist Formerly Known As or when your yoga friends assume pseudo-Indian identities.
To date or not to date a triathlete
I'm going there. Sorry mom. Maybe skip this one? You've heard those comments? So yeah Truth time people. What's it really like to date an endurance athlete? Let me first say, I asked permission before writing this post. Also, let me clarify, by 'endurance' athlete, I mean the kind of athlete that NEVER turns down another run unless it's taper time , the kind of athlete that has goals bigger than the buffet table and belief and discipline that put my very Dutch Grandmother to shame.
The kind of athlete some day I dream to be. In the meantime You know you're dating an endurance athlete when: And you can bet every pair has a log in some excel spreadsheet TheSpreadSheet for the number of miles on each, which pair brought the best PR time, what pair is best suited for what terrain, what temperature, and what pair matches the exact run outfit in the Running Walk In Closet TheCloset - Your pantry has six different kinds of protein powder in designated cans.
Each meant for a different kind of run you can bet these are backed up in TheSpreadSheet with data proving validity Each has a flavour of Chocolate because ps everything is Chocolate. Also there's a back up can of each in the cold room for emergencies, like when random friends need pacing for miles, or girlfriends say let go on an adventure, or a zombie apocalypse where ultra running is clearly your only chance in hell of survival.
Chia, Hemp, Macca, Sunflower, Peptias oh wait those are mine All meant for increasing power and strength. All of which have the added side effect of increasing metabolism and uhhhh digestion. This provides a space for a "while we are running" clause in the dating arrangement where either or both parties are permitted apology free farting rights. This stash never truly seems to dissipate. It's almost like a reminder of a piece of life left behind in the choosing of the new path.
Like all the size too big pants and shirts yet to be relinquished. Ohhhh and don't help yourself to this stash. It creates worried glances through curtains and impromptu supply shopping trips. The Bulk Barn super saver card is hotter than your visa at christmas. It's Stocked. It's ready. The GPS watch is always charged. The headlamp always has fresh batteries. He may not know where the heck that one screw driver is, but there's a fully stocked running bucket at the ready for the 3am call from a friend that needs to practice night running.
The drop bags have embroidered name tags for that favourite race. There's a second and likely third and fourth TheSpreadSheet for how to crew hour by hour in the next 24 hour race. The vitamin bottles are labelled "Turn around 1" "Turn around 2" The water bottles are lined up in the cupboard in order of preference, possibly colour coded, likely matching the shoes and compression socks and favourite race finish shirt. Finish times come and go, but hell that finish photo will be thrown around online for years!
OMG there's socks. This is the only dating relationship I've ever been in when it's completely normal to go out shopping in purple and pink compression socks and shorts, smiling the entire time. Where my tan lines are 'normal' and matching his. When he mixes the recovery shake for you and shares the kitchen floor to guzzle it down while you sit in your underoo's having stripped off all the sweaty run clothes the moment you reentered the house.
We shared a kiss this morning, both of us shaking our blender bottles off to the side, hoping the other might not notice, or be offended. Yep, match made on pluto I'd say. Who else can you kiss without a second thought to the chia seeds likely stuck between your teeth? Who else can you tangle your blender ball whisk with in the sink? What's an endurance athlete do when first laying down? Think again It's a well coordinated maneuver of who's knee will face which way to avoid bumping in the dark while stretching.
I'm that sexy. Oops sorry, was that your hip? Could you just poke your elbow there in my IT band? Awwww much better thanks. Where were we? Oh and ps This endurance athlete business is a routine all it's own. What do you do in your spare time? What spare time? Got two hours to run before or after work? Perfect, don't mind me showing up ten minutes late. Quick kiss me good bye before you scoot off for your run.
If an hour goes by and you don't see me, I'm in love with the movement of the ground under my feet, the run took me hostage, I'll be back, I promise. It's the only love affair either of us will accept outside of the other. It's the one we aren't afraid to share and protect for the other. It's a RunStreak thing. It's a ThisIsMe thing. It's an acceptance thing. It's a forever thing. Like a long run It's a perfect thing. It's a forgive my snot rocket thing, can I borrow your hand sanitizer thing, a can I have a suck off your hydration pack hose thing, a 'your pace or mine' thing, a share the world together thing.
Yep he's ThatGuy. And I'm the lucky one, dating the endurance athlete Truth be told! Posted by Unknown at 6: Relentless Romero September 11, at 5: Newer Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
But on the bright side, if your married or are dating an endurance athlete, you always know where we are. Sleeping, Eating, Surfing the web for. My husband is amazing. He will go for a mile training run, make it home in time to take the kids to the pool, and still have energy to water the.
Came across this great blog post on what it takes to date an endurance junkie. I tell everyone who will listen, my wife treats me better then I deserve. As an endurance junkie here are a few of the things that make it hard to live with us. I do enjoy going out on the town, staying up late at night. But while Michele is warm and in bed, I will be out on the roads getting in a few night times miles.
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Just kidding. In fact, endurance junkies are some of the most quality people around. Being a true endurance junkie is a lifestyle. For many of us, training makes us better people every day. It serves us in ways other people or experiences have not or cannot. And so we find ourselves caught up in a committed relationship, legs intertwined with the goddess of multisport.
How to date a triathlete/marathon runner/endurance junkie.
On many occasions I have met a couple where one was an active runner and the other was merely their athletic supporter that joke never gets old. I have always wondered how these runners and non-runners could co-exist so peacefully. So, I thought I would put down on electronic paper some of best reasons for dating a guy who just happens to run. Eat All You Want Not only will he never notice how much you eat but there is virtually no chance you will ever out eat him. Chances are he will be too busy cramming lots of food in his mouth to mention it even if you do. In fact, he probably will just high-five you for the effort. Cue Will Ferrell: If you happen to be a runner as well, he will be quite used to seeing you sweaty, with messy hair, no makeup and panting heavily at the end of a run.
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As a fly fisherman, I often hear the same thing about fishing. Sometimes I agree with people who don't "get" my activities. When you describe each one in detail, it can sound frigging crazy. And triathlon is the craziest of them all. You have seen " the video ", right? NRG42 - 9: Long time no talk! I'm single Just sayin'! Most of the people I have dated just don't get it I struggle if the man I'm dating is an athlete and wants to compete with me all the time.
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I'm going there. Sorry mom. Maybe skip this one? You've heard those comments? So yeah Truth time people.
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Imagine adding a part-time job to your already crazy schedule. Turns out your friendly neighborhood triathlete has. Training for an Ironman—a 2. Even a marathon with its relatively lower physical demands still necessitates four or five hour-long runs, speed training sessions, and at least one plus mile run weekly. After all, who could possibly train on top of a real job? Ultra-marathon and marathon runners also fit a similar demographic.
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My husband is amazing. He will go for a mile training run, make it home in time to take the kids to the pool, and still have energy to water the garden before dinner. My husband is also a pain in the ass who spends so much time chasing endorphins that he rarely pauses to soak in the real world. No joke, he recently asked me who Jennifer Lawrence was. If you're used to being an interpreter for your pop-culture-challenged, fitness-addicted boyfriend or husband, chances are, you too are in a relationship with an endurance athlete. Here, other tell-tale signs you're in love with one.
I started this blog six years ago while grasping for some essence of identity. I had just traded my job as a University professor in Hawaii to serve tables in the small mountain town of Flagstaff. I had recently graduated with a Masters degree but decided to forego a career in journalism in order to stay home with our unexpected daughter. I felt fulfilled by motherhood, but had lost a little bit of myself in its wake. I have always been free-spirited, adventurous and eager for life experiences.
Participating in endurance sports requires two main things: Time because training, traveling, racing, recovery, and the inevitable hours one spends tinkering with gear accumulate—training just one hour per day, for example, adds up to more than two full weeks over the course of a year. And money because, well, our sports are not cheap: A report published by USA Cycling shows much the same: There are a handful of obvious reasons the vast majority of endurance athletes are employed, educated, and financially secure.Endurance Athletes and Ketosis