Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How to date an endurance athlete

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely Wednesday. I myself cannot complain. This week is going swimmingly (even though I haven't swum). Hardy har har. Anyway, P-Funk and I got in some cross training action on Monday due to thunderstorms and yesterday Hollster, P-Funk, and I got in a 5 miler super early.

Basically, nothing new. (Training for MCM will start soon enough, so let's all enjoy my nice weekly runs until I become a maniac again, shall we? Mmmkay.)

I have got to get out and hit the road on my bike. July is going to creep up out of nowhere and I'm gonna get dusted in that tri. Here's hoping my swimming skills can at least keep me from coming in dead last.

On a super side note, I have a question for you all. I recently came across a fan page on facebook called "How to date an endurance athlete." Pretty funny right? It got me thinking, are we difficult to date or be married to? I know a lot of you have significant others who aren't runners, swimmers, or bikers. How do they feel about your passion for these events? And have you ever gotten them to do an event with you?

I just figured this would be good food for thought. (Any may or may not apply to my life. Wink. Wink.)

18 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yes we are difficult! Tri-geeks are crazy. Marathoners have no weekends, but Hashers top them all...........

Heather said...

My husband would say we are definitely hard to be married too! It seems like he says "life does not revolve around running" at least 3 times a week. What does he know?

Lisa said...

My husband is fit and goes to the gym, but he doesn't run. He was very supportive while I was training for NYC last summer/fall but didn't quite understand all it was taking out of me. It did cut into our socializing and saturdays during the summer. I definitely think we can be difficult to live with, but at least we're determined and know how to set and achieve goals!

JM said...

This is the reason I am single...or at least I keep telling myself that I don't have time for a relationship because I have biking, running and swimming to do. :)

Jen said...

My husband has always been very supportive. I'd like to think someday he'll run with me. He's picked up a lot of my slack around while I'm gone. He goes to bed early with me on Friday nights and listens to me talk about running and doesn't complain about the clothing that I "need". It's a good arrangement. And after all, if he ran too, who would watch the kids?!
So when do we get to hear about who he is?

Lauren @ Team Giles said...

OOo does B.o.B. have a lover!? ;)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

We pee in our shorts on our bikes? If you weren't a Triathlete would you want to date that?

celmore said...

I would say yes...we are hard to date or be married too. My wife is very supportive but it does wear on her. I am lucky see puts up with me!!!

it's all about pace said...

divorced 3x.... not endurance sports related tho...

Scott Brown said...

Yes Beth, food for thought.

My wife is definitely warming to the idea. When I would say "I'll just be an hour or so, Honey going for a run!" I used to get this look like you might see on the Queeen of England if you had walked in on her while she was brushing her teeth!

But now my wife mostly grimaces and bears it. Except when we have a big fight, the morning after I always have to check there is no poo in my sneakers!! The dog's not my wife's....!!

Oh I kid!!! None of this nonsense would be possible without her support ;)

onelittletrigirl said...

The percentage of divorce amongst competitive triathletes is over 50%. I don't know about running thought. Triathlon, past the sprint level is extremely time consuming to train for and can wedge into relationships. I do believe that my commitment to training has affected my dating.

saundra said...

My spouse is passively supportive. He does not seem to have a problem with my training but refuses to acknowledge my eating habits. He has no problem with scheduling vacations around races but does not go to races and cheer. However, I know he thinks it's cool because he brags about my being a "race-ist" to his friends and coworkers.

Shannon said...

Actually, my husband is very supportive and now he runs with me. He actually said yesterday that he'd like to do the Half with me in October. So, now we bike and run together and I love it.

RunningLaur said...

My fiance is of the philosophy of 'do what you want.' He's not actively involved in my running or racing, but he doesn't try to undermine it either. If anything, it makes him happy to know what sort of things (ie running related things) he can buy me for presents.

While it'd be nice if we could spend more of my 'endurance time' together, it's also a nice time to freely spend apart. I can run to my heart's content, and he can play blow-'em-up video games.

Glenn Jones said...

I'm jealous that you're thinking of marathon training again. I can't even get a normal week of short runs on track....

My wife and I have a "as long as you're happy" type of marriage. That way I get to run and hike, she gets to travel. It must work - we've been maried for 23 years now and I haven't had to go to Europe!

Cynthia said...

Hmmmm... maybe this is why I'm single & ready to mingle???

The Shabby Princess said...

I think it is a challenge. My husband is very supportive but he doesn't understand the obsession either. He's a long distance cyclist, but, not as obsessed with it as I am with running. Although, when we're both training, it's really funny to see how much Advil and Gu we go through in a week!

Leanne said...

My husband hates running but he has raced in all the races I have because he is so stinking competitive. The really awful part, he does not train but he is so naturally fast. My goal in life is to have a faster 5k time than him.