When I was in Chicago for the holidays, I swam at the local "Y." I met up with a group of guys with whom I blended perfectly. One was a teacher, one a trucker, one retired and I don't know about the 4th but he was a very funny gent. It was a great workout. I told them that, just by chance, my swim group at home is a little different. We have two mathematics Phd candidates, a JD who works in life insurance, a Computational Geneticist, the CFO of a branch of The University as well as a few others. But you know what? Upon pool exit, despite some career differences, both groups are exactly alike in two ways:
They both smell like chlorine and both complain that "The pool is too damn hot!!" I love it!
So if this happens to be the situation where you live, it's obvious that regardless of background, occupation, or outside the pool interests, you have lots company across the nation! (And it was too damn hot!)
Just because you know something, don't expect others to. I "learned" from our 22 year daughter that, of the transmission options in her 11 year old little Volvo, P-R-N-D-4-3-2-1 that "the four is 4 wheel drive, Dad." Uh, really? Wonder of Volvo knows that.
Double Dog Dare
Just a minute, something's wrong with this picture? This husband and wife couple both have on World Championship wrist bands for the 10/10/15 Kona race as they stand outside race registration in the ballroom of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Resort. That can't be, can it? Both are in the event? Really? You bet!
|I took this picture as the couple was sorting all the goodies they got during athlete check in|
I've been a part of this sport for a good while now but I must say that this is a first for me. This is especially true since one of the themes of my writing has been that your triathlon training is anything but "invisible" to friends and family if you do it right (Does it Suck to be Your Triathlon Spouse? Probably. http://bit.ly/1EMVp7c)
So when I met 60 year old Bob Price, racer #320 with 67 other athletes in his age group and his 54 year old wife Cathie Price, racer #793 with 71 in her age group, I just had to ask. They love triathlon and have been racing for about 20 years. In fact, they've done so many iron distance events that they qualified for Kona through the legacy program this year. Earlier I was asked by Ironman to do a dozen or so athlete profiles for Ironman.com for the race this past year. I have a feeling after spending hours on the phone with these Kona-bound athletes that the legacy men and women might be just a tad more thrilled that they'd "made the cut" so to speak. It's way more than simply paying dues, they were unbelievably grateful for the opportunity.
One of the bigger advantages the Prices felt they had over the average single Ironman athlete family was accountability. Being from Canada, more often than they would like the weather is not always hospitable for outdoor exercise. Knowing both bikes are waiting in the garage often gets them out the door when others might "roll back over and go to sleep."
It also makes for an understanding such that they never need to make an excuse for training. Along with work, they both feel that swim-bike-run is priority number one and would easily take precedence over the opening night at a new restaurant down the street or seeing the new Star Wars film at the local video palace. They even race together most of the time which seems to make sense. One thing I didn't ask in our short time together was how they handle injury. I wonder what the psychology is when she is headed our the door for a run but he stays home battling plantar faciitis? I'll bet they're way ahead of me and have encountered that situation plenty of times.
Now, looking back on the Hawaii race I wish I could report great results and orchid lei finishes for both of the Prices. But as many of you know - including this author - some days things don't go your way and your desired goal just isn't met. Plus, the tough Kona course is no walk in the park. Bob was able to tame the rigorous Kona landscape finishing in 16:23 but after reasonable swim and bike legs with two solid transitions Cathie had to drop out on the run. Never-the-less, I'll bet that her disappointment was short lived as triathletes are used to adversity and have internal mechanisms for fighting back. Plus could you have any more understanding spouse on the planet than Bob Price? I certainly doubt it. I wouldn't be surprised if they're already planning their next husband and wife Ironman. Together.