I know that the sport of triathlon is seen as a individual sport, but I find this to not be totally true. I know that the obvious, being involved in a rely team event exists, but that’s not what I am talking about. What I am talking about the team effort that needs to happen for a single person crossing the triathlon finish line. I believe that this takes place no matter what distance you are covering.
This support comes in many forms. There is your Tri-Club, there is your coach, there is your employer giving you the time off to participate and train from time to time. But, in my opinion the most important is family support. Training for triathlon (long course in particular) takes a lot of time. It’s the early mornings, and the long training days that really put that support to the test. There are weeks that I have trained up to 20 hours for a event. And that’s with 2 kids, a wife, a full time job, and a house and yard to take care of. I’ve gone on 100 mile bike rides while in a family vacation. And I’ve packed more training gear than anything else on those same trips. I’ve fell asleep (and I swear I was just going to rest my eyes for a minute) when I was supposed to be getting ready to go out to dinner with my wife. I have screamed in pain from cramping legs for half the night after an event while my wife tended to my every need. This list could go on and on, I think you get my point.
Crossing the finishing line at an endurance event has a feeling like no other. Having break through training sessions also have a distinct feeling. My family and circle of support knows that I like those feelings in my life to feel more alive. And they are willing to support and sacrifice for me to achieve all of these crazy things.
So weather you are signing up for your first sprint or in the middle of training for Ironman, don’t forget to thank everyone helping and sacrificing for you and your sport.
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See you on the road, in the lake, or on the trails,