Thursday, January 27, 2011

Triathlete Relations

I am one of the lucky few triathletes who happened to find love in another triathlete. A typical day consists of waking up around 4am and heading to morning practice together. We are part of a team so even though we're working out "together" we technically don't see each other during practice since we're in different pace groups for all three sports. After that, it's a protein packed breakfast together, followed by our respective jobs, come home, train more, cook dinner together and pass out before 9pm. It's a great life for us, we have the same passion and it puts us on the same schedule. 

But I can't help but wonder how athletes dating non-athletes maintain that relationship. How do you form a bond when you only see your partner for the hour before he/she goes to bed? For me I would think being left alone for too many hours in an empty home would lead to neediness and extra encounters with my "me time" hand. Everyone wants to date the hot professional athlete but do they really know what they're in for?!


Note: I ask questions with the hope of answers...I'd love to hear from wives/husbands/gf/bf/friends of athletes on how you make it work or how it didn't...

8 comments:

  1. My wife was afraid I would "move on" since (in her words) she doesn't look like those women. It can be tough for a non-athlete spouse to deal with the habits and personal traits. But it can be nice to have different habits.

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  2. Glad to hear you guys make it work. Do you plan date nights or have rules to make the tough schedule more united??

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  3. Speaking as someone who doesn't see his wife for months at a time, that's what your right hand is for, yes? Or left, if you swing that way...

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  4. http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/02/news/triathlon-training-creating-exercise-widows_19434

    A great article that was posted only 4 days after mine :)

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  5. i am not dating an athlete but the man is ready to go always....always, always, ALWAYS! this makes it easier on me. b/c anytime i fancy it, it's on tap.

    additionally we weight train together and after ward he is one big shot of testosterone....this often leads to our own athletics ;)

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  6. I think it can be super difficult for partners who aren't training as it's difficult to see the appeal of working out so much. My husband is a runner and cyclist so he really gets it, but we also have a toddler so there is some negotiating around that.

    LOL Kristen!

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  7. I always thought it would be fun to date another triathlete. But my boyfriend makes a great support team and runs the last 50 yards with me to the finish line. Does that count?

    Love your blog!

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  8. I just begun to date a tri athlete man. So far so good. One of the great surprises for him was that I can last up to.4 hours on bed. I'm not a tri athlete but an average cyclist. He encouraging me to run probably swim too. Not sure were this will go as of yet

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