Since I recently realized I’ve completed 20 races, I've decided to do a small look back on my short career in the sport.
Mostly Random and Largely Inconsequential Things I’ve Learned in Four Years of Triathlon
- In three weeks preceding and following my A race I must not buy clothes. If I do, those clothes will only fit in the three weeks preceding or following my A race in following years
- It is possible to eat three breakfasts and still be hungry
- Coffee serves more than one purpose (don’t ask unless you really want to know)
- High fibre breakfasts are a bad idea on race morning, no matter how much coffee you drink
- Gels are disgusting but necessary and you eventually get used to them.
- You don’t need expensive nutrition bars:
- Nugget potatoes are possibly the best thing ever on a long ride
- Mini blueberry pancakes are pretty darned good too
- Almost ripe bananas are usually gross but when I’m riding they rock
- The cycling skill I really want to master is peeling and eating a banana while pedaling
- Triathletes think you're wierd when you offer them pancakes 50km into a ride
- Chocolate milk is recovery food?! I love this sport!!!!!
- I am more likely to leave the house on time when I make a breakfast that requires 6 minutes to prepare than one that takes 30 seconds (huh?)
- After getting up early every day for eight months, sleeping in becomes incredibly difficult
- Naps are good
- My subconscious is a gullible five-year old
- I am never, ever going to lose my biker tan
My fellow triathlete reader(s?), please share any somewhat random and largely pointless things this sport has taught you!