I have also been thinking about the paradigm shift that has slowly developed in my life thanks to triathlon. For starters, a good day is a day that is anchored in a good training effort. It has become the cornerstone of my daily life. I read somewhere recently that being a pro (the author of the article... NOT ME!) is not just a job, it is a 24 hour commitment. I think that is true for serious amateurs as well. I find that anymore making the decisions that will support my training efforts come easily. I want to eat right, I want to sleep enough, I want to sweat every day, I want to take care of my body and mind so that I can perform at my peak. I no longer have a time when I workout and then the rest of my day. I am simply an athlete 24-7 and frankly, it feels great! I am also acutely aware of the fact that my friends think I'm nuts (in a good way... the others aren't friends anymore.)
Here are a few things that one can expect as triathlon takes over your consciousness like an alien mold:
Your drink order in a restaurant might change:
Your interior decorating might look a little different:
Your patio furniture might change:
You might find yourself being proud of permanent sweat stain on the concrete:
You may begin to find tan lines stylish:
You may show off pics your clean bike like it's a child's graduation photo:
You may find you owe your bike mechanic more than just money after a tune up:
These are just a few of the clues that you got bodysnatched at the finish line of your first race!!
Isn't change beautiful?