Originally Posted by Dakota rube
When the fuck did "tri" become the accepted terminology? She told me she was working at "Tri" and I was all "huh? Tri what? Try? Tri-City?"
I admire her a bunch for her energy and her determination: she's run several TC marathons, a bunch of Grandma's and Boston. Good for her. But fuck, this has now crossed over into the obsession territory for her.
And, as I said, she is at base bat-shit crazy, so adding in this has kicked her right off the normal plane.
Well, it's a fairly typical progression. Not excuse the rampant jargoneering and general chest-thumping ass-hattery of your typical marathoner/triathlete, but most folks go from "oh no not me - I'll never run a marathon" and then they dip their toe in, and they face the struggle of pushing your limits - some come through the other side a truly changed person. Mostly those changes are positive, but sometimes a person's exuberance can exacerbate an already shaky relationship with the outside world.
Where is gets bad is in the ramp-up (hey I'm Doing this!, Look at me!), and the eventual waning of talent/desire/time (I Still Have it, dammit!). Given the explosion of tri-events, you're seeing a lot of the first, and in a few years you'll see a lot of the latters.
As for me, I'm still pretty low-key, but I take a personal, visceral thrill in watching some tatted/gear-laden triathlete cross the finish line...well behind me.
BTW...Rube, congrats to RBIII for Boston. That's one of my goals for next year, once I'm (ahem) 40 and the qualifying standard gets a tad easier.