This isn’t a sales pitch
Over the last few years I’ve spoken to thousands of triathletes; at races, on Twitter, via email and on Facebook. Now this maybe my age and the triathletes I’ve spoken to but a few things have stood out again and again.
We work very hard
We train a lot
And we have families that we care about deeply.
Dad, husband and wife are all really common words in BeyondT2′s followers on twitter.
Do Your Friends and Family Understand You?
One of the things I discovered working with non-triathletes and having a wife isn’t a triathlete is that most of the people you’re nearest to just don’t get it. Yes they support you – but often they don’t understand why this 6 hour ride was so much more important than last weeks.
Other triathletes do.
And so one of the big things for us, as triathletes, is to help, support and motivate all the other triathletes out there.
One of the best Ironman experiences of my life was at Challenge Roth (well it did use to be an Ironman). I wasn’t racing, I was reporting on it – but as the day went on and I’d done the work bit I spent my time trying to help everyone still out on the course with a bit of motivation.
I walked through Roth cheering everyone on, I walked out of town still cheering. I walked past a closing aid station up the hill and through the forest. Until as it got dark I was standing by myself cold, wet and hyped up wondering if the runner slowly plodding towards me was the last.
Every Triathlete is a Hero
That’s the tough end of the day when people are out in the middle of nowhere, little chance of making cutoff and with no supporters.
We probably can’t cheer every triathlete on in every triathlon but that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to try.
We understand the mental highs and lows of a race, how important it is to have someone who understands cheering you on and so we stay till the last man or woman finishes.
You are worth it
Head out into BeyondTransition and explore.