>A couple of years ago, fellow blogger Steve Stenzel wrote a blog entry (and an article in the Examiner of St. Paul) regarding a triathlete's seven deadly sins. You can find the article here<http://www.examiner.com/triathlon-in-st-paul/a-triathlete-s-seven-deadly-sins-part-1>. It's really a funny article, and so true in many ways. After re-reading Steve's post, I started thinking about how envy, vanity, lack of humility – and in general, narcissism, play a role in triathlon. Let's be honest. Triathletes (generalizing) aren't the most humble folks. Especially those who are 1st time Ironman competitors. We talk about our training. We ask people to follow us online. We talk about how much time we spend swimbikerunning. We post online about our efforts and results. We spend far too much time away from our families and loved ones training. In a lot of ways, what we do is pretty darn selfish. While generalizing, I know that I'm guilty of it. I wonder why we are like that? Is it that we're looking for validation of our hobby/sport choices? Are we simply that vain? Are we looking for acceptance? I really don't know the root cause. I'm not well enough versed in psychology to render an opinion. I do find it curious to think about though. What are your thoughts? To what extent does this generalization paint triathletes in a poor light with the "general" population?