Folks have hobbies. Some are gardeners. Others collect stamps. Some people collect Beanie Babies. Others play golf.
What do we do? We do triathlon.
Have you ever really thought about why we do this sport? What about this sport floats our boat? Is it the thrill of victory? The self-inflicted pain? The concept of being outside? What makes triathlon “it” for us – versus any other thing that could be our hobby-of-choice?
What about swimming, biking and running makes this sport fun? What drives us to do this?
It’s a tough question for me to answer. Frankly, I’m not sure why I like triathlon. Perhaps it just “feels” right. I’m certainly not going to ever win a race, so standing on a podium isn’t my motivation. I think I like the endorphins I get from exercise. I know I like going fast on my bike.
But – what makes really me interested in this sport? Why am I not interested in bowling or woodworking or sailing? Why am I not a fisherman? I wonder if this drive to tri is something embedded in my subconscious. A reptilian need for exercise, perhaps. Or maybe, the root is a desire to test myself. It could be, perhaps, that because others tri, so must I.
I don’t think I have an answer, fully. All I know is that I enjoy, therefore I do, triathlon.
What about you? Why do you tri?